Our Story


ILERA Apothecary, Our Story, 100% Natural Skincare Founded by Nigerian Sister Duo


ILERA Apothecary was founded in 2015 by Chinonye and Nneji Akunne. The sister duo, born to Nigerian immigrants, developed a strong sense of pride for their Igbo roots, and at a young age discovered ways to educate their peers on their heritage. Inspired by their youngest brother who made a commitment to limit the use of non-organic personal care products, Chinonye and Nneji traveled to their parent's southeastern Nigerian hometown to source the initial ingredients for their first batch of products.

A premium organic and vegan skincare brand, ILERA Apothecary uses sustainably sourced ingredients, backed by science to create highly effective products. All ingredients used in our products enhance the look, feel and vitality of your skin. 

The majority of the ILERA Apothecary product line includes okwuma, the Igbo term for shea butter, an age-long natural home item that has been used in their family for generations.

Each product and scent is formulated by ILERA Apothecary using a simple combination of raw ingredients.