An organic brand that’s made here in Bahrain? Find out more
Everybody adores Summer with its light clothing, fun activities and refreshing drinks. But the fantasy of a great cool summer stops when it comes to sunburn, dry skin and hair problems – issues which prompted Reem Al-Khalifa to come up with Green Bar, a range of 100-per-cent organic products, formulated to deal with whatever the desert can throw at us using some of the traditional Arabic remedies she had heard about over the years.
Reem was personally facing skin and hair troubles caused by the region’s dry and hot weather and, after much searching, she realised there was a gap in the market for natural products with long-term effects.
She also wanted to help preserve age-old Bahraini culture and traditions since the island has a long history of using natural extracts for health and beauty in the ancient Arabic custom of anointing.
Explaining the Green Bar process, which sees all products made and bottled in Bahrain, Reem said: “We have an extravagant product list that introduces people to our local anti-oxidants, because we know that people want to get in touch with the local culture and we wanted to offer that to them in the most extravagantly natural way. For example we use cider, henna, lavender and rose - a Middle Eastern and North African super blend.”
This mix can be found in the company’s flower polish which promises to leave skin tingling and rejuvenated.
Reem added: “Our natural botanical cold-pressed face and body oils help both men and women because they are absorbed into the skin and do not just ‘sit’ on top of it so your skin doesn’t sweat – instead our oils let the pores breathe! The hair oil will soften, strengthen and stimulate growth whilst deeply nourishing.”
And she continued: “All our products are naturally based. Green Bar’s oils are infused with the purest in concentrated plant essences, a mixture of sugar, henna, rose, lavender and local cider is creatively revamped with a luxurious base of botanical infusions of almond, amber and Brazilian bitter orange creating a wondrous combination of fragrance and experience. We only use the finest in botanical cold-pressed oils, that’s what makes our products safe even for babies’ skin.”
And Reem should know, she has a hand in making all the products herself in the company’s workshop and laboratory in Riffa.
Green Bar has partnered with the newly-opened Pure Spa at Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre to exclusively showcase the products to create naturally rejuvenating treatments.
“We’ve concocted innovative therapies for Pure Spa such as the signature ‘Green Bar’ experience with some of the locally sourced herbs in our products. This is a rejuvenating and luxurious treatment for the body, mind and soul using 100-per-cent pure botanical oils to nourish and hydrate the skin as well as activate a sluggish system to return you to your rightful radiance,” said Reem.
Reflecting her personal spirit, the young Bahraini brings a breath of fresh air to the island’s beauty industry saying: “We live on an island, so we must enjoy the sun, and then take care of our skin with Green Bar. Do not underestimate having fun or put it off, do it as much as you can! Love yourself and your skin and hair will remain beautiful even if you are a heavy-duty holidaymaker!” Green Bar products are currently exclusively available through Pure Spa or online at www.greenbarinc.com.