10452 DNA is an accessories brand, designing, producing and proposing several products including high-quality watches, made in Lebanon.
Staying true to the brand, they only produce 10452 pieces of the same kind.
And the best part is: with every watch sold a cedar tree is planted!
Found in the 'Kankaneh' box: A 10452 DNA leather suitcase tag
Abido Chehade founded his company "Abido Mills" in 1950. Since then, it has grown to become a renowned brand of spices and herbs in Lebanon and the Levant region.
After acquiring ISO certificates and other prestigious health accreditations, Abido went on to conquer the world with its tasty blends.
Found in the 'Kankaneh' box: a pack of Anis seeds, perfect for digestion.
Adonis Valley’s products were the first to be organic in Lebanon, in 1992. This brand aims at protecting the environment and preserving the Lebanese Food heritage, it’s all about doing it the old way and the right way. Everything is produced through sustainable agricultural means of production.
Fady Daw, the founder of Adonis Valley, wants to promote rural tourism and be a model for organic sustainable production in Lebanon. His hometown “Fatri” is where everything happens and he prides himself on preserving and respecting the piece of land that his father entrusted him with.
Sumac is a spice that is widely used in Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine. It has a lemony taste and is used in the same way as lemon in dishes! Try using it in salad dressings, or sprinkle it on grilled meat and fish. You can even sprinkle it on pasta or hummus… Unleash your culinary creativity.
Found in the Day3a box, a pack of Summac, and the ‘Tlazzazo’ box, organic salt.
In 1948, Hajj Moussa Al Rifai opened a small shop on Mazraa Street to roast and sell nuts and kernels. He applied such high-quality standards, that a few years later he became a reference in this world: merchants would call him to check whether the imported nuts were of good quality. If he said they were, then everybody would purchase them.
Hajj Moussa was also the first Lebanese roaster to start exporting to Africa and Canada, he put the Lebanese roastery expertise on the map (#trendsetter)!
Amareddine (dried apricot paste) is this orange-colored, intensely-flavored candy. When we were kids, we would suck on as long as possible to make the pleasure last. There was always a pack in our grandmas’ cupboard, it really does bear the taste of the “Day3a!
Found in the Day3a box, 6 pieces of Amareddine, and in the A3yed box, a jar of dried fruits and nuts
Al Wadi Al Akhdar:
Al Wadi al Akhdar’s story began in 1979 with just three products born out of their deep passion for the exquisite tastes of our rich culinary heritage: hummus, foul moudammas and chickpeas. Over the years, it grew to become the number one food brand in Lebanon and a leading Lebanese food brand worldwide. Flavors, variety, and authenticity…All that in cans and boxes!
Found in the ‘Darouriyet’ box: a can of Hommos
If Lebanese summers had a taste… Almaza would be it! Whether you’re sipping it at the beach with your toes spread wide, at a barbecue, or at a friend’s house on a Friday night, Almaza has been around for so long that it has become an iconic Lebanese brand!
Founded in 1933, Almaza grew to become an international player, but always keeping its Lebanese roots very deep in the ground. It also holds a huge place in the hearts of Lebanese and still rhymes with home. That taste can really spark a deep nostalgia!
Found in the Jam3a box, a bottle of Almaza
Just by reading the name of his brand, you can tell that Nader likes to have fun and genuinely enjoys what he does. It started with simple aesthetic and pun-oriented designs that quickly went viral.
Sometimes, with just one word, he is able to move Lebanese around the world. Pure, genuine, relatable. Just what we love at Koullouna!
Found in the Day3a box: a pillowcase that says ‘take me back to the village’ in arabic, specially designed for the box.
When a child is not living in proper conditions, we must join forces and make sure that he/she journeys through life with the same foundations as anyone else. Auxilia was created just for that.
In 1992, graduates of the Lebanese University medical school founded a group to address the many challenges posed by the socio-economic situation caused by 15 years of civil war. Their objective was, and still is, to provide the necessary needs to orphan children, poor and displaced people.
They help maintain family unity after the loss of the bread-winning parent, training and educating mothers to help them find employment, providing children with a proper education among other things.
Auxilia has been here for a long time and here’s to many more years of making people’s lives better!
Found in the Tlazzazo box:: we contributed to Auxilia’s schooling program. Allowing kids to get a proper education and get a good start in Life
It all started in 1993 when Mohamad’s mom got an allergic reaction to expensive face cream. Being a recent chemistry graduate (and a super attentive son, obviously), Mohamad promised his mother that he would create a cream just for her.
Being a firm believer that the bee is nature’s finest biochemist, the young man sought the advice of his older sister, Maha, who has a PhD in Pharmacology, and together with their siblings May and Roula, they created Beesline: an all-natural skincare cosmetics line based on bees and apitherapy. They use the ingredients honey, beeswax, royal jelly, and propolis and combine them with fresh botanical extracts to create their products. This is a super powerful alternative to chemical cosmetics.
Since then, they’ve been growing and today have more than 120 products, all made in Lebanon.
Found in the ‘Tlazzazo' box: a lipstick
Reema’s energy is contagious, and the challenge she took on was ambitious. But she did it! She created Biolicious products with only what is good for you. No gluten, no sugar, no preservatives, vegan, the list goes on... And don’t be mistaken, the products are super tasty!
Made essentially from a mix of living foods, mainly vegetables, nuts, and seeds; they are rich in vitamins, minerals, fibers, and antioxidants. Each product offers the body energy and unique excellent nutritive elements special to their ingredients. With currently 4 kinds of vegetable crackers, 3 kinds of kale chips, hazelnut & raw cacao wafers, and 5 kinds of energy clusters, the Biolicious range is continuously growing to include snacks for the whole family.
Found in the ‘Tfaddalo’ box: Carrot and wild thyme crackers
Bouyout Beirut is a collection of postcards by the talented photographer Joseph Khoury. Whether preserved, rehabilitated or still in ruins since the Civil War, the houses of Beirut have a charm that no city in the world can match.
Found in the ‘Madineh’ box: a postcard with one of the many enchanting facades that Joseph immortalized on the streets of Mar Mikhael and Gemmayzeh in Lebanon.
From the first generation all the way down through to today’s third generation, the name Najjar continues to be synonymous with the freshest, best-tasting coffee.
Indeed, the company’s commitment to, and passion for, constant innovation and improvement, has made the Café Najjar brand a reference point in the region.
Found in the 'Sobhye' box, a pack of classic Cafe Najjar
Castania is the roastery that is 100% Lebanese. Since 1985, they have steadily grown and expanded worldwide. With their delicious nuts and their witty ads, they have become the leading brand in the market.
Found in the 'Jam3a' box: a mix of pure Lebanese roasted nuts
Cindy Daccache is a Lebanese designer. She expresses herself best through drawing. Drawing her feelings and emotions, moods and thoughts.
Most of the time, her drawings are not planned. She follows the lead of the pen while thinking of one idea, and without predicting it, the result gives her the story to tell.
Found in the 'Kankaneh' box: A postcard with Cindy's representation of cocooning, a woman wrapped in her hair with a warm cup of tea.
Conserves Modernes Chtaura
At one point in time (a long long time ago), lemon trees were scarce in Lebanon. So our ancestors had to be creative to find new ways to have zest-y and lemon-y flavors. One of the ones they came up with was made with sour pomegranates.
Juice was extracted from the seeds of the fruit, strained and boiled into thick syrup producing pomegranate molasses, “Debs el Remmen” in Arabic. This thick dark brown liquid is probably the one ingredient that can change the whole taste of a meal!
The taste of pomegranate molasses is intensely sour with a hint of sweetness. It is mostly used in the same way as vinegar in salads and marinades, it can also be added to meat stuffing.
Found in the ‘Tabkha’ box: Debs el Remmen syrop
In 1925, the pine-forested hills of Brummana witnessed the blossoming of the great Lebanese Cortas venture, when Emile Cortas used to assist his mother in preserving apricots.
Upon returning from an apprenticeship in Ireland, he founded the Cortas Canning Company with his younger brother, Michel, creating a flourishing business offering fresh wholesome vegan products for the Lebanese diaspora and consumers wanting to try new, preservative free, healthy authentic flavors. From the challenges of WWII and the Lebanese civil war, Cortas is a story of resilience, passion, and devotion to the craft, since the olden days.
Found in the 'Jam3a' box for specific countries, 2 cans of Baba Ghannouj instead of an Almaza bottle and in the 'Tlazazzo' box, a bottle fo Rose water.
"It took me two years to balance out all the ingredients and perfect the recipes! I wanted both kids and adults to enjoy salty crackers, cookies and many other things made out of Carob Molasses!"
Mirna and George Dagher wanted to make healthier choices for their children, this is what originally motivated them to start Debsy. Plus, the town they lived in was surrounded by carob molasses trees! After two years of trials and errors, Mirna found the perfect balance of all the flavors and is making today delicious carob brownies, cookies, festkiyeh, semsmiyeh and more.
Found in the ‘Tfaddalo’ box by Souk El Tayeb: a jar of Debs
Donner Sang Compter:
Blood donation in Lebanon was not common at all. When you were in need of blood, you had to find it yourself (among friends and family members), Yorgui Teyrouz found that outrageous and decided to take matters in his hands.
This is how he created “Donner Sang Compter”. An NGO that provides blood for patients in need through a centralized database of potential donors, and through frequent blood donation campaigns conducted in partnership with local blood banks.
When we talk about amazing citizens moving the country forward, this is exactly the kind of initiative we have in mind!
Found in the 'A3yed' box, a Donner Sang Compter bracelet with which a donation was made to provide supplies for a blood drive in December 2018.
Edgard Ghanimé is a civil engineer with a love for photography, traveling and exploring.
His first photography exhibition in 2016, "Objectif Nepal" is the baby product of his passions interacting.
He is the talented photographer behind the pictures of the A3yed, Tfaddalo and Tlazzazo box.
Lebanese-Canadian, ambitious and creative, living in Paris, Emilie Madi is a globetrotting photographer/cinematographer. Finishing her studies in Montreal and Vancouver, she travels around Europe for various film shoots before settling in Mexico working in a production company. A few years later, she decides to move to Paris where she meets the Koullouna team, the start of a great working relationship! Her various work experiences and travels have given her an interesting multicultural look at life, she finds the beauty in the mundane, which gives her photos and films a unique feel.
Emilie is the magic maker behind the pictures of Koullouna boxes, up until the A3yed box.
When you enter Eshmoon’s shop, you immediately feel the calming vibes. Eshmoon is the Phoenician god of health. And Samer chose this name specifically for that. He believes that health comes from a holistic mindset. This yoga teacher is an advocate of going back to the roots to reach good life balance through the body and the mind.
So he created his brand of delicious products made only from natural and organic ingredients, made in Lebanon. This is a way for him to communicate his strong beliefs in a concrete way “instead of just talking about philosophy”.
Found in the 'Day3a' box, a tablet of 70% dark chocolate
FabricAID's mission is to offer underprivileged people in Lebanon good quality clothing at affordable prices and helping Lebanon reach zero fabric waste through maximizing the efficiency of second-hand clothes collection, sorting and distribution
Found in the 'Kankaneh' box: The box contributed to the design, manufacturing, and installation of a clothes collection bin in Lebanon!
Freekeh is a cereal made from green durum wheat which grows in our region (the Levant and North Africa). It is used as easily as rice - as an accompaniment, or a base, and is super nutritious. Kind of like the new quinoa but healthier and more affordable. It has recently become a super trendy ingredient - Even Oprah is talking about it!
Being a biochemist and Agri-food engineer student, Maria Ashkar couldn’t just let freekeh become this big thing without making sure our region gets the credit it deserves: so her mission became to “take back freekeh”!
It started with a homemade recipe of a cereal bar made with freekeh, honey, and chocolate. She presented it at a university competition in Lebanon, and since then, it grew to become a full-blown brand with different mixes! Maria Ashkar is changing the way we consume Freekeh and bringing back our grandmothers’ favorite ingredient to coolness.
Found in the 'Sobhye' box, 3 Freekeh bars of different flavors
Gandour originally manufactured a variety of hard-boiled candies, loukoum, and marzipan products out of a factory-store in Beirut. But that was in 1857. Since then, they have extended their range of products and we can’t thank them enough. Because if there is one brand that marks a Lebanese kid’s childhood… It’s Gandour! After having scratched your knees in the schoolyard, Unica, Dabke and 555 were there for you.
Found in the ‘Darouriyet’ box: a mix of the Gandour biscuits, bringing back childhood memories
Gardenia is one of the top brands when it comes to Lebanese spices, grains, and flavors.
Found in the ‘Madineh’ box: three spices and ingredients to make the delicious Sfouf cake.
A few years ago, Ziad Abi Chaker launched GGRIL - The Green Glass Recycling Initiative Lebanon - that aims to solve two issues:
- Recycling green and clear glass that was getting thrown in the normal trash in Lebanon. That's a problem because they have a different recycling process than brown glass.
- Saving the jobs of the last standing glassblowers in Beirut and Lebanon and preserving this Phoenician tradition from extinction.
Found in the 'Sobhye' box: Two coffee cups made by Lebanese glassblowers
Maurice has been wearing the beekeeper mask, for as long as he can remember. He used to work with his dad who was a beekeeper since 1942. Out of all the siblings, it was Maurice who took on the family business and has been producing his tasty honey for more than 40 years now
This honey has spread to 32 places and most importantly, at Souk El Tayeb. Maurice has many flavors of honey, from "Sendyan" to "Zahret El Laymoun", and is always looking to create new ones.
Found in the ‘Tfaddalo’ box: a jar of honey
Hoda Adra is a Lebanese artist based in Montreal. Her work is rooted in poetry and takes shape through illustration, film and spoken word. Having grown up in Saudi Arabia, her artwork is informed by her continual missing of Lebanon
Found in the 'Day3a' box: a postcard specially designed around the theme of the village
I have this thing with Beirut
Rayan el Masri is in love with Beirut. With all its authenticity and chaotic daily scenes.
So a few years back, she decided to start “capturing these snippets of culture before they no longer exist”. Each and every one of her pictures carries a story, a connection or a message. She likes to immortalize real images. She prefers the raw Beirut. The one we really grew up in. The one we know the best.
Found in the ‘Darouriyet"’Box: a postcard with one of Beirut's beautiful streets
Images d’Orient is a contemporary concept, paying tribute to our Mediterranean culture, made in Lebanon. They believe in a world where diversity is embraced and modern is a resonance of ancient.
Since 2000, Images d’Orient has been developing mesmerizing designs that will give your home a distinctive look, both vintage and futuristic. It started with everyday objects (placemats, coasters, trivets), and eighteen years later, the brand has widened its product line and is present in more than 50 countries.
Found in the 'Jam3a' box, 2 design coasters
It’s the story of a happy encounter between a Lebanese guy and a French girl, both in love with Beirut and the Lebanese culture. Together they decided to promote Lebanon and its local crafts though effortless and affordable apparel. They created a label mixing Lebanese designs with the minimalist French touch and their taste for simple and pure aesthetics. And that’s how Inoui was born.
Today, Yammine and Ines create and produce t-shirts made in Lebanon and inspired by typical Lebanese references. The best part is that these t-shirts are hand embroidered by their “tétas” (grandmas), and by the women of the “Ashghalouna” workshop, a training center for widowed women, in sewing, needlework, and cooking
Found in the 'Jam3a' box: a tote bag designed in Lebanon with the “bri2” (the water jug), specially made for this box.
“When kids read the book, I want them to feel that it’s about them. I want to spark their curiosity, inspire them and impact their personality positively.”
Ingrid’s bigger mission is to promote reading amongst kids. So when she created imagineMe, an online platform to create a personalized book for kids, she made sure it spoke to everyone. The kid receives a book with his/her name, a character that looks close to them, family and friends names, his/her favorite dish, the village they’re from, etc. Our favorite is one where the kid is taken on an exciting journey through Lebanon, it’s the perfect gift to an expat friend with kids.
Found in the ‘Tlazzazo’ box, a discount code to design a book for any kid you want and send it anywhere in the world. Enjoy!
The Institut de Reeducation Audio-Phonetique has been in Lebanon since the 60s and was one of the first schools for the hearing impaired to open in Lebanon. The NGO aims to support hearing impaired children and to help them improve their communication skills. But they don’t stop there! To ensure a dignified life to any disabled or underprivileged person, IRAP has put workshops in place (manual and culinary)
IRAP is a “big family” as they like to call themselves, a place where warmth and love prevail over differences.
Found in the 'Sobhye box' A bag to make Labneh at home, made by the IRAP community
It’s the story of a group of Lebanese, living in London and missing the homey and comforting taste of Lebanese food. They turned to the best cooks they knew: Lebanese moms!
They met them, cooked with them, and started selling those delicious dishes to other nostalgic expats. From there, it grew quite fast: they got a bigger kitchen, hired talented chefs, started catering to bigger parties, and regularly launch revisited dishes with a Lebanese touch (fries with sumac? WE SAY YES!).
Their cuisine is naturally healthy and balanced, with recipes full of vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and healthy oils. Beneficial & aromatic spices, including cumin (or Kammoon in Arabic), punctuate their food giving the distinct and delicious taste of Lebanon.
Until today, Kammoon never strayed away from their initial promise to deliver authentic Lebanese cuisine, always made with love.
Found in the ‘Tabkha’ box: 2 recipes by Kammoon for Sfouf lovers and Baba ghannouj lovers
Krikita has been around for 7 years and throughout their growth, they have stayed passionate about making the best nuts and kernels in the market. Innovation, quality and taste are at the heart of what they do, and you’ll understand once you have cracked open that pack and tested it for yourself!
Found in the ‘Madineh’ box: an energy mix in a sharing format.
In 2006, Hady Gebrane, 18 years old at the time, unfortunately, passed away in a car accident. His parents refused to stay idle and decided to take action, so they created an organization for the promotion of road safety awareness among the Lebanese community and called it “Kunhadi” (which literally means ‘be calm’).
Knowing how outrageous the driving is in Lebanon and how dangerous the roads are, Kunhadi wants to change road user behavior through different projects including educational conferences, professional fleet drivers training, national campaigns, installation of retro-reflective markings and installation of a pedestrian safe crossing, etc.
They have done so much in the past year that we wanted to dedicate this month’s donation to them and honor them and to try to add our little impact to their huge inspiring endeavors.
Found in the 'Jam3a' box: we donated the funds that were needed to build a safe crossing in front of a school in Lebanon.
L’Artisan du Liban
L’Artisan du Liban was created in 1979 by the non-profit organization, Mouvement Social, whose mission is to work towards a more just and humane world. They work for the social and economic development of local Lebanese artisans by providing sustainable solutions that help support artistry and preserve the cultural traditions of craft.
Since their creation, they have supported more than 1000 artisans across Lebanon, mostly in remote rural areas, and saved several crafts from extinction.
Found in the 'Kankaneh' box: A bookmark, to use with the book of the month.
The book: L’Etoile Phoenicienne
In this book, the author accompanies the hero in an adventure, discovering those who invented the hieroglyphs, braved the seas and tamed the waters, discovered the alphabet and the purple dye.
Found in the 'Kankaneh box': A copy of the book
About the author:
Those who knew her to describe her as being something close to magic. Tania Bonja Honein was a lawyer, a teacher, a writer, and above all, a dreamer. She wrote about the simple things, the happy pleasures, the essence of life, of love, of friendship, of values. Always with tender and simple words - she was not one to try and be fancy.
This mom, with kids scattered around the globe, remained on a mission to spread love and to praise the land to which she was profoundly attached. Lebanon was often at the heart of her writings. When we talked to her about adding her book to the box, she kept saying “I want people to be proud of their Lebanese roots”.
If you want to treat yourself and spend a night at a guest house somewhere in Lebanon, l’Hote Libanais has on its website some wonderful guest houses!
L’Hôte Libanais saw the light of day in 2001. Its objective is to create the conditions of responsible tourism that respect women, men, and the environment. So they have chosen less-traveled roads, small-scale guest houses, and environments that respect nature.
Found in the ‘Darouriyet’ box: a 20$ voucher with a unique discount code for you to use or to gift.
La Laiterie du Couvent de Taanayel
The dairy farm (or “malbana”, as the local residents call it) is the showcase and shop of the wonderful ‘Domaine de Taanayel’.
The actual brand “La Laiterie du Couvent de Taanayel” was founded and launched in 1994. It quickly caught the attention of Arcenciel, one of the biggest social and environmental player in the country, and in 2009, they signed a long-term partnership, with the aim to turn the domain into an agricultural, eco-touristic and environmental hub.
Found in the 'A3yed' box: A bag of 'Zhourat' (mixed herbs) that can heal any kind of sickness.
Lebanese Food Bank
The Lebanese Food Bank is a non-profit, non-confessional and non-partisan organization established by a group of Lebanese businessmen in 2012. It strives towards the eradication of hunger throughout Lebanon through a range of food, development/training, and awareness programs.
Currently, they provide food on a daily basis to families and individuals in need mainly through the collection of surplus food from partner restaurants, hotels, caterers, supermarkets etc. Their main line of work is to provide food to a selected number of more than 70 Lebanese NGOs active in a variety of fields
Found in the 'Tabkha’ box: we offered 20 food packages to 20 families in Lebanon that can help them for a week!
Lebanon Mountain Trail Association
One trail that would go across all Lebanon...
It was the dream, and they did it!
The members of the Lebanon Mountain Trail Association (LMTA) took it as their mission to establish trails, protect the natural, cultural, architectural heritage and landmarks near those trails, and push the Lebanese economy by promoting responsible tourism.
The trail extends from Andqet in the North of Lebanon to Jdeidet Marjaayoun in the South, a 470km long path that transects more than 75 towns and villages at an altitude ranging from 570 meters to 2,011 meters above sea level.
It celebrates the natural beauty and cultural wealth of Lebanon's mountains and promotes responsible tourism that brings economic benefits to local communities.
Found in the 'Day3a' box: the funds were donated to install signage on the trail.
Life is a beautiful Zyara
Muriel is a cinematographer, Denise is a producer, they have warm smiles and super positive vibes. they will greet you with a hug, and as soon as they will start talking, sparkles will appear in their eyes.
They set a mission for themselves and their team to spread emotional healing as much as possible. “Zyara” is a series of poetic portraits of 5mins episodes telling the stories of fantastically real resilient people. The particularity of these videos is that you don’t see the face of the person talking until the end. Instead, you focus on her/his voice and the details of her surroundings. They didn’t want people to judge someone before they heard their story. Their sentence “Life is a beautiful Zyara” has become a synonym of people listening to each other’s stories and inspiring each other every day. The best part is that it is free and it is on youtube, so you can enjoy this poetry anywhere, anytime.
Found in the ‘Tlazzazo’ box, a kitchen towel with their authentic sentence, reminding us that life is about those simple moments and a postcard featuring one of the beautiful people they have interviewed.
Live Love Beirut
How can we not talk about this amazing initiative making Lebanon better on the ground? It all started with a simple bracelet that was created to counter the negativity that was taking over Lebanon in 2012 and it became a movement that gathers volunteers all around Lebanon to concretely solve pressing issues.
Their mission is to share, celebrate and help the Beauty of Lebanon. It was only natural to collaborate with them.
Found in the ‘Darouriyet’ box: a live love bracelet that funded the environmental initiative of Live Love Beirut
When Luana left Lebanon to settle in Dubai, she became more and more aware of the singularity of the Lebanese dialect. So she decided to celebrate its uniqueness by printing witty expressions on t-shirts.
Little by little, it grew from a hobby to a proper business: Luana moved back to Beirut and diversified her product line to include a long list of colorful and wonderful items with a distinctive and quirky style that anyone can recognize!
Found in the ‘Madineh’ box: a wooden poster that represents the love we have for Beirut, with all its contrasts and stories.
MARCH started as a movement defending freedom of expression in Lebanon but quickly expanded to peacebuilding and conflict resolution projects to address pressing needs in Beirut, Tripoli, Akkar, and Chouf-Aley.
MARCH is also renovating shops and buildings in both neighborhoods. “Many of the people rebuilding the street are often the same ones who destroyed it in the past"
Found in the 'Sobhye' box: the funds were donated to a program dedicated to clean up, sort and fix alleyways and streets in the northern region, especially the sites that used to be the front line when battles were happening.
Miel du Levant
In the 70s, Antoine Abi Harb decided to follow his passion and became a beekeeper in Lebanon. He did it as a hobby and used to give away the honey to his friends and family until one day (in 1999) Antoine received the 0% of sucrose certification from a renowned lab in Kuwait; a first in class score! To him, it was completely normal… he had never fed his bees sugar.
This family business has kept its artisanal beekeeping practices. They still move the hives 4 times a year: “moving around and adapting to the different environment makes our bees stronger and healthier!” says Christy, in charge of the marketing and communications today.
They offer different types of honey: orange honey, forest honey, thistle honey (an extremely rare flower that is only available in Lebanon, Italy, France and Argentina)
Found in the 'Sobhye' box: A jar of “Forest” honey
When Mariam isn’t illustrating imagined cities, she captures her thoughts and conversations with little minimal characters, known as “Les Marions”.
Found in the Sobhye box: a postcard representing the typical Lebanese breakfast gathering.
Mounir Bissat was founded in 1904 in Sidon and grew from a simple unit, employing five workers to a modern factory situated in the heart of Saida’s Industrial Zone. With an excellent product quality and advanced machinery and equipment, Mounir Bissat has become a leader in its field
Found in the ‘Madineh’ box: a pack of Halewe
It all started 28 years ago in Ain El Qabou, a village an hour away from Beirut. Youmna Goraieb and her sister Leila Maalouf had run away from the city combats, along with their families, to their village house in Lebanon
There, the war had taken a toll on the economic situation in Lebanon. So the two sisters decided to do something about it. They transformed their basement into a kitchen and invited the women of the village to come and do what they do best: the “mouné”.
Thanks to a few contacts of retailers they had in town, they managed to get the products in stores, and so the Mymouné adventure started!
Found in the 'Day3a' box: Strawberry and rose petal jam
Ouzville is an initiative aimed at beautifying Ouzai, one of Beirut’s suburbs. Just like many other areas in Beirut, Ouzai suffers from disastrous arbitrary urban planning and development. So the idea is to use paint and colors to brighten the areas’ economic, social, environmental and touristic situation. A splash of positiveness in the chaos of the city.
Ayad, one of the founders, says “Ouzville is the start. After that, we will move to Akkar, Tripoli, Saida, Bekaa, and to all neglected areas in Lebanon.”
Found in the ‘Madineh’ Box: we contributed to the painting of one part of the project in Chouwen, Jabal Moussa.
She is a Venezuelan architect, he is a Lebanese Photographer. They both live in Beirut, and together, they decided to celebrate Lebanese happiness by launching a sunny brand: Papelòn!
Gabriela and Joe wanted to start with a product around celebration and joy, so they started with wine bags. They created witty designs and developed their product hand in hand with Lebanese producers. The result is a genuine line of beautiful items.
Found in the 'A3yed' box, a special wine bag, that says "cheers!"
With over 30 years in the market, Al Raghad has been an expert manufacturer of high-quality tahini, Halawa, Raha, Loukum and many other Lebanese delicacies.
They put so much importance on the quality that their clients call them: ‘La crème de la crème’!. They pride themselves on being Lebanese and of representing this hospitality and warmth that our culture is renowned for.
Be it wholesale or retail, they always aim to deliver a quality taste experience to stand the ‘taste’ of time.
Found in the ‘Tabkha’ box: a tahina conserve to prepare some delicious Baba Ghannouj
Reality and elements of the real world are too mundane for Romy Matar. A messy head, full of monsters, monster machines, and even more monsters.
Romy is a Lebanese designer who animates and illustrates and spreads her characters throughout the hidden corners of Beirut, so the next time you’re walking down the street, and you see a little ghost, who are you gonna call?
Featured in the 'Jam3a' box: a postcard representing a typical Lebanese gathering
Rural Delight Cooperative
"Atayeb el Rif" (or "Rural Delights") is a cooperative that wants to make sure the Lebanese mouneh has the attention and fame that it deserves. In order to do so, they don’t only package and re-sell the products of local producers, but they teach them how to do this with international standards, how to expand and reach new markets. So their 120 products (under the label “The Lebanese Village”) taste homemade while following strict standards.
They are generous, full of energy and driven by their pride in the Lebanese mouneh. The kind of people and missions that inspire you and remind you why you love Lebanon so much
Found in the 'Jam3a box', Zaatar crackers and roasted wheat and in the ‘Madineh’ box
Luna el Murr acquired traditional French techniques and combined them with her authentic passion for the culinary arts to produce unmatched tastes!
She started cooking in an atelier until she actually opened her shop and became famous for her chocolate sablés.
Found in the 'A3yed' box, a pack of 6 Sablés enrobed in chocolate.
“Saboun Baladi” is a soap that carries more than 90 years’ worth of heritage and craftsmanship. Today the brand aims to introduce the young generations to the benefits of real olive oil based handmade soap and to revive this traditional Lebanese handcraft in a modernized approach.
Saboun Baladi is made from pure olive oil, which is a natural softener suitable for all kinds of skins. It is rich in antioxidant vitamins E and A that improves your skin’s appearance; unlike commercial soaps that contain synthetic cleaners and fragrances that block your pores and cause irritation.
Found in the ‘Darouriyet’ box: a natural soap bar
Permaculture is when you develop agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient. Basically treating mother Earth the way it’s supposed to be treated, and perceiving it as a precious ally and not something to control.
Georges and Michel, co-founders of Shams, both based in Lebanon, wanted to escape the city to reconnect with nature. They are both firm believers in the importance of respecting nature’s harmony.
It started with a few tomatoes grown in a backyard, and today, Shams Permaculture is growing into a full-fledged brand of organic products. The fruits and vegetables that they use are seasonal and they even developed their own recipes.
Found in the ‘Day3a’ box: a pack of wild thyme to sprinkle on... everything!
Despite his classic look, Ralph Haiby is a big fan of funky, colorful socks. “The world is full of rules and standards, and socks are an excellent means to break them discretely”, says Ralph. Throughout the years, he found it difficult to find good quality, affordable and well-designed socks; so he decided to create his own brand made in Lebanon.
Together with Maya Rafih, they created Sikasok, and are trying to fill the world with jolly colors and wild Lebanese patterns.
Found in the 'Kankaneh' box: A pair of socks specially designed for our theme to keep you cozy and warm
Souk el Tayeb
The land, the people, the history, the food, and the traditions underpin the very existence of Souk El Tayeb.
Souk El Tayeb has evolved since 2004 from an experimental farmers market promoting small-scale farmers and producers, to an organization working on both, national and international projects to promote and preserve culinary traditions, rural heritage and the natural environment.
They’ve launched a market, a restaurant and are running boutique hotels that support the farmer’s ecosystem from the conception of the product to bringing it to the public.
The "Tfaddalo" box was curated by Souk El Tayeb and all the products in it are part of the Souk El Tayeb organisation.
Based in Saida, the Kalache family has been in the dates business for more than 40 years, distributing dates with a wholesale focus under the name of “Rayan Dates”.
In 2018, the family embarked on a new adventure to launch a gourmet dates boutique under the name of “Tamarat”, offering a full range of hand-crafted delicacies
With the growing interest in healthier snacking options, Tamarat’s take on non-traditional confections has won the hearts of many and the family is already looking to expand their family business to Beirut.
Found in the ‘Madineh’ box: a pack of juicy dates
Terroirs du Liban
Each one of their products has a story, a soul, a meaning. Terroirs du Liban by Fair Trade Lebanon is a socially- engaged brand that offers authentic and traditional Lebanese food products, based on the know-how of Lebanese villages and prepared in a traditional manner by the rural cooperative.
Fair Trade Lebanon was born in the year of 2006 out of the will of a few Lebanese who wanted to change the livelihoods of disadvantaged rural populations in Lebanon while fighting against rural exodus, desertification, poverty, and despair. Terroirs du Liban products fall under the Fair Trade principles, adopted worldwide, claiming authenticity, transparency, and ethics among many others. Their products are exported and mainly available throughout the Fair Trade networks. The good news is that they’re expanding horizons and Terroirs du Liban is now selling in some specialty shops in France. And on top of that…It’s delicious!
Found in the 'A3yed' box, a fig and sesame jam
The Good Thymes
The Good Thymes' adventure began as a hobby: Fady invested in a 300-year-old abandoned farm and wanted to use the land in a fun and challenging way. The decision was easy: him, his wife and both their kids loved thyme so much that they decided to give growing it a go.
So far, The Good Thymes, a 100% Lebanese brand, has developed more than ten mixes including a nutty mix and another one that is fruity. Trust us, you're going to LOVE it - and not just because it's Lebanese :)
Found in the 'Sobhye' box and the ‘Tfaddalo’ box: A nutty zaatar mix pack
Saida Soap Museum
The Soap Museum in Saida, the south of Lebanon, has been a soap factory since the 17th century.
It was then acquired by the Audi family in the 19th century. A few years ago, this beautiful space was completely restored to become a tribute to soap in the region.
Today, it hosts a museum taking you through the history and process of making olive oil soap with a boutique where you can buy your own, made by Lebanese artisans
Found in the 'Kankaneh' box: An olive-oil soap.
Since 1974, Verdi has been synonymous with continuous creativity. Their wares have been gracing the homes of the Lebanese people, in Lebanon and around the world. They were even the suppliers of the presidential palace.
When flipping through the picture album of all their products, we notice the evolution of the styles and tastes that they adapted to, throughout the years. From big extravaganza chandeliers and ornaments to trendy and subtle designs.
Found in the Jam3a box: a hand hammered bowl in an oriental style for nibbles, sweets, or snacks.
There’s nothing like old-school / vintage Lebanese designs, right?
Found in the 'A3yed' box: a notebook designed in which you can doodle your thoughts or organize a list of resolutions for the year.