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Recently when sourcing products I have been trying to remember a few key things I want to achieve; to buy natural or organic, shop locally, reduce plastic and my waste on the environment, non animal testing and support small businesses. Yet at the same time, l still want a high quality product that works, and does the job it is meant to.
Haeckels products are hand crafted in Margate using only locally grown botanicals. Film maker Dom Bridges (founder of Haeckels) moved to Margate in 2012 and fell in love with the coastline. Dom became a volunteer beach warden, and enjoyed clearing up the beaches and ocean and this activity, connected him to the sea and Margate’s history of Thalassotherapy. He began experimenting by making soap and after a lot of experimenting, came up with this line of products.
Haeckels use ocean water, seaweed, ocean mud and marine minerals that enable the body to replenish, remineralise and revitalise, and enhance good health for the body and mind. Dom believes seaweed cures a multitude of skin complaints and we would all benefit from this if we swam in the sea more.
Haeckels are only one of two companies in England to hold a license to harvest seaweed, and they take great responsibility with that, knowing the ocean is something to be loved and protected for our future generations. All their products come in amber glass bottles , rather than plastic and the amber colour protects the ingredients from UV light to make sure the ingredients achieve the maximum results on your skin.
The first thing that I notice about this soap, is how stylish the bottle is and how beautiful it looks in my bathroom. When I lift out the glass stopper, the smell is quite incredible, I love fennel and the aroma is so strong, it stays on my hands for hours afterwards. I was worried the soap would simply pour out as there is no pump, but it has a lovely gloopy, thick texture, and so it comes out of the bottle very easily and with no waste. The soap feels really high quality and cleanses your hands beautifully, without drying the skin at all.
I have been so impressed with this company and their products, and they meet every single requirement on my list too – I need to try more! The next one I am going to try is the Seaweed and Salicylic powder exfoliant.