After falling for the scents and smells of Thailand, Fadi Ghaby jumped at the opportunity to bring it all home, says Edmonton Journal.

Ghaby is the owner of Harnn & Thann North America. The Thai-based, all-natural skin-care line enjoys huge success throughout Asia, Australia and Europe. Surprisingly, its North American headquarters is in Ottawa. The brand’s success across the continent rests largely on Ghaby’s shoulders, as he gets set to take on the leading skin-care giants.

“I am blown away by the product,” he says. “Both men and women love it. The line is exotic but not feminine.”

The 37-year-old believes people buy products from companies that have a huge marketing machine behind them such as Aveda, Clinique and the Body Shop.

Harnn was first launched in Thailand in 1999 as a home-spa product company. Thann was created three years later to promote its skin-and hair-care line. The company now boasts 70 stores in 22 countries. The two lines feature all-natural face and body care, moisturizers, cleansers, aromatherapy and anti-aging products. All are paraben-free with no artificial colours or fragrances, and the packaging is made from recycled materials.

“Asian culture is about balance. Our concept is to calm people down by concentrating on mind, body and spirit,” Ghaby says.

Screenshot from Harnn & Thann