Ilera Apothecary

ILERA Apothecary is an organic and vegan beauty tech company that caters to customers who want the highest quality  ingredients for their skin without compromising the environment or their budget. Utilizing digital technology, we have created a highly interactive customer experience that includes in-person wellness events, informative blog posts, engaging social media posts and in the near future, an augmented reality app. We are committed to making an impact on our customers, employees and local communities. This includes the women who handpick raw materials in West Africa, our employees who manufacture products in Detroit, and our customers who have found the solution to reviving their skin with ILERA Apothecary products. 

ILERA Apothecary was founded by Chinonye and Nneji Akunne (a dynamic sister duo) with the mission of bringing transparency to the beauty industry by creating vegan and organic skincare products. Handmade in Detroit, Michigan with ingredients sustainably sourced in West Africa, ILERA Apothecary creates skin enhancing products that make you feel confident knowing you are using the best ingredients on your skin and for the environment.

ILERA Apothecary is set to open a retail store in Detroit that will house a curation of skincare items that are carefully sourced and made without toxic ingredients. In the store, ILERA Apothecary will carry its namesake collection as well as a carefully selected curation of other clean beauty brands from Detroit and beyond. Guests will be able to touch, feel, experience and see the details of each product via tester stations.  Interactive tablets will be available to tell each brand’s story using Augmented Reality. The store will include a light spa that will provide services including facials, waxing and skin consultations. Additionally, there will be a licensed Esthetician on every shift and all employees will receive high level training, ensuring they are knowledgeable on all products carried in the store, giving the best customer service. In addition to carrying a diverse range of skincare brands, ILERA Apothecary’s highly trained and educated staff will be able to help customers select a regimen that is best for them.

ILERA Apothecary’s flagship store will have a full technological integration, carrying a diverse range of high-quality products from around the world. We will have items that meet price points of $10 to $200+ to ensure an equitable shopping experience. Our state of the art facilities will give customers a great experience in selecting their skincare needs. 

At ILERA Apothecary, we currently operate as a verified community partner and will expand our reach in our retail location. We will continue to host in-person demos, workshops and educational sessions on the importance of non-toxic ingredients in personal care products. ILERA Apothecary currently hires from the community and pays above a living wage and will continue to do so. 

Voting for ILERA Apothecary in the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest will mean that you are investing in the health, vitality and sustenance in your community. By winning, we are ensuring generational investments to promote health in the communities we serve.



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