Our Story

Old medicine for the modern world.

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. 

We remember it as a place of community & healing, where you would find skincare, vitamins & herbal supplements, and be treated to a salty dropje (Dutch licorice) on your way out.

Today, as sisters, we continue to pull from our roots and offer herbal remedies to nourish body, mind & spirit.