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.  

our promise

Our products are made by makers, & made with love. 

We’re committed to helping every human get healthy hydrated hair, and to helping end ashiness worldwide. ;o) 

We believe in ‘nutritional density’ in hair care: using natural ingredients that pack a nourishing punch! We believe in educating our customers about the power of natural ingredients for wellness & health. And we believe in affirming our customers and the many beautiful textures that we represent. 

We promise to always create uncompromising formulas that nourish and celebrate kinks, coils, locs, and curls.

meet our founder