about us

image: products on table with potted plants. text reads, "clean, natural formulas: no petroleum, no silicones, no sulfates, no parabens, no animal testing. "
our story
Oyin Handmade is an artisanal manufacturer of moisture-rich personal care products, especially formulated for highly textured hair and dry skin. 
Since 2003, we’ve used food-grade ingredients to create high-performance personal care products with clean, good-for-you formulas. 
Oyin (“oy-yeen”) is the Yoruba word for honey! this ingredient is an incredible natural hydrating ingredient for dry hair, and also reminds us of  sweetness, love, and joy - the feelings we seek to inspire in the everyday acts of self-care.
Our goal is healthy, happy hair and skin.

our history
Our brand was founded by jamyla bennu, who started making moisture-rich products for her highly textured natural hair in 2001 - a time when nearly every ‘ethnic’ product on the market was focused on straightening or relaxing. She built our first website in 2003 (and again in 2005 - long, nerdy story ;o) and began selling the products online to other naturalistas.  
We are proud to be part of the early wave of the #naturalhair movement, and thrilled to continue providing amazing products for healthy & happy textured hair!
We remain a family-owned, woman- and black-owned and led small business. We are now based in Baltimore and happily self-manufacture our products from food-grade ingredients.