ILERA Apothecary, founded in 2015 by Chinonye Akunne, is a plant-based skincare brand based in Detroit. It was established on Chinonye's Nigerian heritage and pharmaceutical background. The name ILERA — meaning health, derives from Yoruba, a national language in Nigeria. The word apothecary was inspired by her family line of pharmacists. The ILERA Apothecary team strives to keep West African practices and philosophies alive by delivering sustainable ingredients found naturally on the Earth. Our most commonly used ingredient is Okwuma, the Igbo term for Shea Butter. Okwuma is a natural plant grown in the Shea Belt of West Africa.
Our products, initially made for dry skin, eczema, and other skin conditions, have evolved to suit all skin types. Our use of natural, high-quality ingredients in our products allows you to grow confident in your skin. With each product we develop, there is a thorough process involved; to ensure our products can be used as a complementary system. For instance, if you are struggling with eczema, our team recommends using one of our Hydrating Body Washes to cleanse and hydrate your skin. To seal in the moisture and prevent dry skin, next, we recommend using one of our Moisturizing Body Butter. Lastly, to prevent wrinkles caused by free radicals due to environmental exposures, our team recommends ending your day using our Revitalizing Night Oil.
In addition to offering products with skin healing benefits, ILERA Apothecary excels in social good. We are involved in unique partnerships that create jobs and economic development in 3 countries and growing. Utilizing digital technology, we have created a highly interactive customer experience that includes virtual wellness events, informative blog posts, and curated pop-up shops. We are committed to impacting our employees, customers, and local communities. Including those who handpick and produce our raw materials, manufacture our products, and find the solution to revive their skin with ILERA Apothecary. Our commitment to social good continues to differentiate our African beauty brand within the clean beauty industry.