ILERA Apothecary was launched in 2015 with the values of creating plant-based skincare products with the highest quality and ethically sourced ingredients. At ILERA Apothecary, we believe in the power of love and support found in the community. We are committed to making an impact on our customers, employees, and local areas through our store, which is more than an online marketplace and physical retail location – we provide a diverse, inclusive space for in-person wellness events, curated pop-up shops, and community building.
Born to Nigerian immigrants, our founder and CEO, Chinonye Akunne, developed a strong sense of pride for her Igbo culture at a young age. She has culminated an impressive background in scientific fields with her specialties in Public Health and Environmental Health Science. Through her studies and experience in prevention of exposure to harmful chemicals in the workplace, she honed in on her passion for creating holistic skincare products to protect and revive the skin and body. With Chinonye’s entrepreneurial and humanitarian spirit, she strives to make the beauty industry more transparent all while staying true to her roots and helping others.
Although all of our products and scents are made in-house in Detroit, Michigan, our impact reaches far beyond the mitten state. Established on our founder’s Nigerian heritage, our team strives to keep West African practices and philosophies alive through delivering you sustainable ingredients naturally found in the Earth. The majority of the ILERA Apothecary product line includes “Okwuma”, the Igbo term for Shea Butter, a natural plant grown in the Shea Belt of Africa. Other ingredients commonly found on the Africa continent and used at ILERA include: lavender, chamomile, coconut oil, cocoa butter and more. Learn more about our vast range of natural ingredients here.
We want to bring you the same healing benefits our simple ingredients have brought to our family for many generations, keeping our ancestors skin soft, vibrant and youthful. With our products, people of all walks of life will feel confident in using the best products tailored for their skin without compromising the environment or their budget.