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Beautiful Scents for a Life Well Lived

A proudly female-owned business, we’re committed to providing the best home fragrance products in a way that is plant-based, vegan-friendly, and environmentally sustainable. We’re also committed to philanthropy, donating 10% of our profits to charities near and dear to our hearts. 

Don Jacques, Digital Marketing

Don, who's a first-generation Haitian-American raised in Brooklyn, New York, joined the team in 2019 to support the development of our digital marketing and media strategy as the team embarked on the venture to scale the business. Don is a serial entrepreneur, passionate about changing the world one Raise Nation at a time. 


Don has been instrumental in the development of the company’s website and increased social media presence. He's our secret sauce for creating an amazing digital customer experience.

Don Jacques, Digital Marketing


Kua Lumei-Smith, Sales & Business Operations

Kua, who was born and raised in Liberia, West Africa, is a long-time friend and business partner of our founder. She’s most proud of being a wife of 16 years to her husband Anthony and mother to 2 amazing kids (Hazael and Bryan).


She first joined the Ayoka team in 2018, supporting  Epiphanie with planning, setup, and operations at local markets, trade shows, and expos. In 2019, she made the obvious leap and officially became the 2nd member of the team, providing her expertise and perspective as a mom with a very active household and a strategic planner and thought partner to help grow the brand.

Kua Lumei-Smith, Sales & Business Operations



Epiphanie Yohou, CEO/Founder


Ayoka Essentials is a celebration of the spirit of generosity, joyfulness, and gratitude our founder Epiphanie Yohou experienced growing up with her grandparents in their small tropical village in Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa. As a scent enthusiast from an early age, she has spent a significant part of her life crafting and curating proprietary scent blends using essential oils with mood-elevating, relaxation, and anti-asthmatic properties.


Ayoka Essentials provides clean home fragrance products that are plant-based, vegan-friendly, and environmentally sustainable. The mission of Ayoka is to honor her roots and to help improve lives around the world through its give-back gratitude program and commitment to philanthropy.

Luxurious Candles and Scents
Luxurious Candles and Scents

Committed to Clean, Luxurious Candles and Scents

Using our unique and custom blends of essential and fragrance oils, we create lavish and long-lasting candles, room and fabric sprays, and reed diffusers. 

All of our products are always free from toxins, phthalates, parabens, carcinogens, toxins, mutagens, and synthetic ingredients, creating the best way to fragrance your home.  

Ayoka Essentials is passionate about improving lives around the world through our give-back program and commitment to  philanthropy - all while ensuring our customers enjoy toxin-free, vegan home scents they can enjoy without compromise.

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