Howard University student Savanna Gibson creates beauty brand that’s POPPING |

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A Howard University student is attracting new followers on social media after her beauty brand is sparking conversation on the ‘gram.’

Savanna Gibson, a junior at Howard University is the CEO-Founder of Surface Cosmetics a beauty market and skin-care line that breaks the mold with millennial trends.

Screen Shot 2020-04-10 at 2.25.22 AMGibson the youngest of two older brothers was raised in a Jamaican and Puerto Rican household in the city of New York and attributes her success to the support of her family. Currently at Howard University she’s majoring in Sociology and minoring in Afro-American studies.


Now, how does a social science specialist spark an interest in cosmetics? Simple. Back in high school, Gibson told us she started ‘Self-Care Sundays.” [My] showers would be about 1-2 hours long and every Sunday night I would make face masks and sugar scrubs with things I had in the fridge, [then] lock myself in the bathroom [listening to] some R&B,” she told

After doing this for a couple years, she developed a love for skin care. “I realized I loved caring for skin [and] that love inspired me to share this feeling with other people who want to or already enjoying nurturing their skin [as well],” Gibson said.

The name Surface Cosmetics was finalized during her freshman year of college. ‘I couldn’t decide between posh cosmetics or surface cosmetics, so I took a couple votes from my friends and they all [agreed] to Surface.

Have a passion, love your craft and that’s all you need [to be successful]

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She’s been in business for about nine months and business is booming. Her ingredients vary! Of course she didn’t give us her secret, but she mixes and mingles with natural products that keep her customers coming back for more.

What does she sell? ( )

  • Edible Lip Scrub (Yes, you can eat it!)
  • Body Scrubs
  • Essential Oils
  • Body Butters
  • Facial Toners

Instagram: surfacecosmetics| Twitter: @SurfaceCosmeti1

Q&A Segment with this Howard University scholar on entrepreneurship, how she creates her products and much more! CEO Gibson, please tell us the process of how you make your products all natural?

Savanna Gibson( ): I usually start by getting my ingredients measures together (I purchase them in bulk) then I mix everything together or for the body butter I whip everything together. What’s your favorite/popular product?

Savanna Gibson( My favorite to make is the ‘roses’ facial toner because I love to watch the rose bud expand and change colors. Why is everyone POSTING about the lip scrub? That’s super popular

Savanna Gibson( Since every ingredient I use in the lip and body scrubs are all natural, [I make them] EDIBLE. If you wanted to eat it, you can! What products will you have in the future?

Savanna Gibson( In the future there will be sea salt, scrubs, face masks, body wash, candles, SO MUCH IN STORE! Were you scared to start a business if so why?

Savanna Gibson( I was so nervous to start my business! I was so focused on all the ‘What If’s?’ and found myself creating and thinking of the worse outcomes. All the negative thoughts only hold you back. 

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