Bader Hassoun Story
Tripoli has been famous since the earliest times for the art of perfumery and manufacture of therapeutic soaps, and many of its sons bore the title of al-Attar. Great names in this field left indelible historical imprints, among others Dr. Bader Hassoun, who has been inspired and professionalized by his uncle al- Hajj Bachir. An Ottoman document belonging to Haji Abdul Qadir al-Maghribi al-Attar, the grandfather of the Nouri branch of the Hassoun family, dating back to 1256, evidenced the historical authenticity of Bader Hassoun family in Tripoli’s perfumery.
The rebirth journey started in 1993, when a jewelry shop run by Bader Hassoun in Tripoli’s Al Sagha Souk (Tripoli’s market for gold) was theft. This unfortunate event compelled the owner to try to revive the soap manufacturing in which his family’s ascendants had lost hope. In his first attempt, Bader Hassoun spent a full night with his wife making the Tripoli soap with its initial mixture: olive oil, dates, glycerin, colorants and perfumes. The next day, all the soap he displayed in his shop was sold out.
At that very time, Bader Hassoun realized that the world of soap had a door open for him. He chose the most rugged, yet the most unique way. He discovered the keys to his success thanks to the books of chemistry, history and Arabic philosophy which he passionately reads. As time went on, Bader Hassoun who inherited the knowledge of his ancestors, succeeded in making a qualitative leap at the level of perfumery and the development of the art of natural soap in Tripoli, leaning on the background of scientific and distinguished expertise that enabled him to excel and compete at the local and international level.
Bader Hassoun Eco-Village
Bader Hassoun’s vision, much like a towering roof, converted the soap industry into an ecologic and touristic industry. Khan Al Saboun expanded into the Eco-Village that caters a pioneering service in recreation, heritage tasting, self-care and land’s preservation. In a quiet, chemical-free property, where the green Al-Koura countryside borders Tripoli, the Eco-Village has been built to become the world’s largest soap museum. Its qualifications have been extended to a wellness and retreat area intended for tourists and residents. When heading to the Eco-Village, a day of rest and renewal waits for them.
Our village is perfumed by a gentle aroma filled with aromatic plants of rosemary, sage and olive trees. This sacred tree, historically donated to Lebanon, transports the visitors to blessed spiritual stages. It fits in with the principle of our Arab doctors who believed and proved that “fragrance satisfies the soul”, that magic recipe that they set out from the Levantine to the world, combined to their medical breakthroughs.Our holistic environmental approach also applies to every product served in the Eco-village; our lines’ components are cruelty-free, not animal tested.
The Eco-village also gives a particular interest in recruiting women, which makes over than a hundred women able to run their own home business, contributing to the handicrafts, preserves and homemade services catered in our village. Partnering with local craftswomen serve as a key element in the society (SLR), and lifts our social responsibility up towards Tripoli and surrounding community.
This spot for self-care and recreation invites you to get acquainted with the traditional Lebanese cuisine catered in our restaurant, which offers an exquisite view. Our dishes are freshly made from our chemical-free land.
Why the Eco-Village? It is the Hospitality that embraces all your desires. Because having you in our village hosts you in the “Bader Hassoun” family, which extends from northern Lebanon across the world.