MAKING A DIFFERENCE.
BEAUTY + WISDOM + WELLBEING™
The West African proverb “the sun is hidden in her face”, translates a reflection of purity, of thought, of action; one’s inner light. Our highest purpose is to sustainably handcraft the most exquisite portfolio of organic therapeutic spa-grade products and design integrative wellness therapies that are deeply rooted in traditionalism, ancestry, heritage, and wellbeing so when others see you, they see the light within.
LOVE = KINSHIP + ONENESS™
We have an unwavering commitment to create an enduring love relationship between our customers who are discerning and deserve the best-in-class, our handcrafted products because they are of the most impeccable quality, and the reverence we have for Mother Earth and all of its wonderful inhabitants; a sacred triumvirate that upholds the traditional African philosophy of kinship + oneness™.
DO NO EVIL CAUSE NO HARM
A force for good, KOKOBÉRNA works steadily to make a difference, to do less harm and more good for people + planet. We choose not to be part of the problem. We constantly innovate and evolve our business for the highest good of all.
We are just like you… and got tired of being told we couldn’t trust our ability to know our bodies intimately. So we journeyed back to our West African origins and learned all we could about ancient traditional medicine and the philosophy of vibrant slow living using indigenous botanicals to heal, to cocoon, to restore. This is exactly why we do what we do - transcend mediocrity: to challenge obsolete, polarized, and one-size-fits-all norms around the excellence of culture, ancestral knowledge, femininity, masculinity, spirituality, hormone health, reproductive wellness, mental health, and beauty as a spiritual practice™... to create the world's most exquisite, the most impeccable, the most therapeutic products and divine experiences to nurture and rejuvenate body + mind + heart + spirit™ for a lifetime.
A FORCE FOR GOOD: INSPIRE + UPLIFT
We believe "beauty is as beauty does™." We believe in equal human rights and equitable opportunities for women and young girls of tomorrow. The global challenges we face as women in society require leadership. Leadership of ourselves. Hence, KOKOBÉRNA was purposely built as a force for good with the goal to inspire, to uplift, and to use business as an effective tool to move the world in a better direction.
Since the beginning, and without being "certified" to do so, we have always seen it as our responsibility to give back. We pledge 5% of every experience, bottle, and jar sold and donate the proceeds to charitable organizations and nonprofits supporting causes we deeply value: from providing safe shelter for victims of domestic violence, to educating our young girls of tomorrow in STEAMxB (Science, Technology, Engineering, The Arts, Mathematics, x Business), to inspire fellow women entrepreneurs and farmers in developing countries with micro finance opportunities, to be stewards of the environment and advocates of Mother Earth. An important mission to inspire and uplift all of humanity. To be the catalyst that initiates change for a brighter future. With your continued support of our business, this is our gift of gratitude - our gift to humanity.
KOKOBÉRNA is a portmanteau of two words: Kǒkóèkà – our founder's tribal name has a rich ancient history in the Efịk culture, one of many tribes in Nigeria, to mean “mother’s daughter” AND Bernadette - named after St. Bernadette of Lourdes that was given during our founder’s coming of age confirmation rite of passage, to mean “strong, brave one”.
It is our belief the origin of our name reflects the essence of our brand and its destiny; an ideal that mirrors the substance of the KOKOBÉRNA Woman.
A global citizen who has intercontinental living experiences across Africa, Europe, and America, Belinda Kǒkóèkà Bassey Ephraim was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria into an Efik royal family and hails from a dynasty of female West African herbalists, 14 generations and counting.
The unwavering commitment to preserve her heritage backed by scientific research led to the laborious creation of Ephraim's first formulation. The seed of KOKOBÉRNA was planted and the brand's sacred crown jewel, HEALER’S GOLD™ Oil, was born.
In everything we do, we are maniacal about the details and believe transcending mediocrity is paramount. We do not identify with trends. We do not mass-produce. We do not outsource our process. We do not compromise. We built an ethical mindset into our business so everything we do considers our impact therefore we do not cut corners... ever.
In simple, yet profound ways, this is why making the very best product matters. It matters for highly discerning clients who deeply love how we make them feel inside out outside in.
Hosted by Belinda, the KOKOBÉRNA Podcast is a series that celebrates free-spirited women determined to live life fully with integrity, reverence, grace, beauty, courage, kindness, purpose, boldness and joyful radiance. A space that considers how women can embody the KOKOBÉRNA philosophy of beauty + wisdom + well-being™ in their lives.
It is a chance to speak up, to make a difference, to transcend mediocrity across the beauty and wellness landscape. A different kind of podcast that is 100% organically handmade. It is at the heart of my work in making change that I am proud of.
Call in to the show and leave a voice message … to share ideas, ask me a question, and for an opportunity to be featured.
Repair + Treat + Restore
A daily AM and PM ritual infused with indigenous organically farmed botanicals and steam distilled aromatherapeutic grade essential oils to nourish and soften skin, reduce irritation, and minimize redness/adult pigmentation/acne scars/sun spots.
WITHIN 7 DAYS
100% saw a reduction in redness and inflammation
89% had fewer pigmentation spots and scarring
72% rebalanced overactive and/or underactive sebum
KOKOBÉRNA implies "mother's daughter - brave one."
A creator, contemporary artisan, and seller of high-quality products since 1611, KOKOBÉRNA is the world’s leading independent West African house and integrative well-being brand. Underpinned by exceptional know-how passed down from generation to generation, the House asserts its uniqueness by combining the sacred wisdom of herbal and traditional medicinal knowledge with the exacting standards of science, and a constant quest for the finest materials. From the ancestral monarchs of Old Calabar Kingdom and today under the creative direction of a 14th generation descendant.
Guided by unbridled curiosity, we continue to explore the heritage library of ancestral family-owned remedies to craft exquisite creations that are instantly therapeutic, effective, and a delight to experience. In collaboration with the House’s artisans, we painstakingly alchemize the subtle energies of the finest indigenous organic medicinal plants, nocturnal flowers, and botanical seed oils in a responsible, biodynamic, and environmentally committed way.
Mindful of our customers’ well-being and peace of mind, KOKOBÉRNA takes great care and thoughtfully designs preventative complementary therapies, experiences, and integrative medicine protocols that nurture and holistically improve quality of healing, increase health span, and rejuvenate body + mind + heart + spirit™. From formula to prototype to finished object, KOKOBÉRNA is an invitation to transcend the sands of time and experience a deep-rooted sense of calm, well-being, and vitality from the inside out outside in.
A force for moving humanity forward, the House pledges 5% of every purchase to support charitable organizations that strengthen our communities and advocate for Mother Earth.