Our heritage calls us to create and together we answer.
Sisters Liana & Roxane spent their childhood summers in Holland. Living above their Opa’s Amsterdam apothecary & playing in his garden by the sea. These precious moments became the driving force behind their lifeswork.
Liana grew up to become a devoted student of Mother Nature. With a B.A. in Health Sciences & Masters in Business she found her heartswork in Herbalism. As Chief Formulator she creates Herbal remedies to wholly support wellbeing & showcase the abundant healing of plants.
Inspired by the meaning the apothecary held to its' loyal customers, Roxane dreamt of building a shop just like her Opas’. After years of working in operations & retail, she is doing just that.
A family business through & through. Cleban was originally founded by Michel Cleban in 1850 Amsterdam as a “drogisterij,” (loosely translated as “apothecary.”) A century later our grandfather was given a job as a clerk, the shopkeeper being a distant relative. Twenty years later he took ownership, working alongside his son for years before passing the apothecary onto him.
It was a place of community & healing, where you would find both skincare & supplements, and be treated to a salty dropje (Dutch licorice) on your way out.
Ten years after the founding apothecary closed its doors, Cleban & Daughters launched in the Golden state of California by two sisters with a dream. Every step in production is maintained locally in a conscious effort to minimize our carbon footprint. We work with small batch farmers who are experts in their crops, carefully cultivate the land & contribute greatly to the potency of our formulas. Respect for Mother Nature is intrinsic in all we do and permeates throughout our process.