Shades & Layers

Shades & Layers

Shades and Layers celebrates the lives and stories of black women on their entrepreneurial journeys. Our first season celebrates black-owned indie beauty brands, with a special focus on natural and organic personal care. We will also explore the many l…


Theo Muthwa-Frendo (African Dermal Science)
Oct 12 • 34 min
This week’s episode of Shades and Layers breaks the mould a little, with a look at a “cosmeceutical” brand, Uso Skin Care. So far, we have explored the indie beauty industry, but once you hear the story of founder and CEO of African Dermal Science, Dr….
Akosua Koranteng (ANiM Naturals)
Oct 6 • 38 min
ANiM Naturals was officially launched in 2017 by founder Akosua Koranteng. I caught up with the Ghanaian born South African entrepreneur soon after the opening of the very first storefront for ANiM Naturals, which is at The Beauty Box in Cape Town’s…
Olwethu Ngcobo (lolaandcoorganics)
Sep 28 • 39 min
This episode of Shades and Layers takes us to my home country, South Africa, to find out what’s happening in the beauty and personal care aisles at supermarkets and . Having had the privilege to visit home frequently also made me aware that there’s are…
Abi Olusanya Profile (The Blac Box)
Sep 4 • 28 min
Gettheblacbox If you’re a black woman who’s ever done personal care shopping in Copenhagen, then you know the frustration of this futile mission. And then you start debating if it’s worth the trek from your home to Copenhagen city centre or if ordering…
Sundra Essien Profile (Isangs)
Aug 18 • 42 min
Today’s conversation is a holistic look at the life of an entrepreneur in the indie beauty industry. Sundra Essien lives and breathes the brand, Isangs, which she co-founded with her husband nearly eight years ago. Everything in their store in shop is…
Carriene Rendbo Profile (I Love Natural Hair)
Jul 10 • 31 min
If you are a black woman living in Denmark (or Scandinavia) and you wear your hair natural, then you have probably come across a company and web shop called ‘I love Natural Hair’. Today’s profile on Shades and Layers is Carriene Rendbo who owns the…
Ade Adejumo Profile (Ade Organics)
Jun 26 • 27 min
There are many ways to pursue entrepreneurship, an independent life, a meaningful career. Ade Adejumo, our guest on Shades & Layers this time around, knows all about this and she has found a way to encapsulate all her interests in her lifestyle…
Introducing Shades & Layers
Jun 17 • 1 min
Introducing Shades & Layers, a new podcast celebrating black women and their entrepreneurial journeys. This is the first season and it explores entrepreneurship in the indie beauty space. It is a celebration of black-owned beauty brands.
Barbara Mensah Profile
Jun 12 • 27 min
A celebration of Copenhagen-based make-up artist and entrepreneur Barbara Mensah.