Haeckels Bladderwrack and Fennel Hand Cleanser

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.

So when I was looking for a hand soap for my clients to use in the rest room, these were the factors I had in mind, and I came across this Bladderwrack and Fennel Hand Cleanser by Haeckels.

I love the stylish bottle

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.

Each product contains high levels of fucoidan, a potent natural anti-inflammatory, which also helps reduce redness on the skin.

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 nutrients in seaweed help increase pH alkaline levels in the bloodstream, in turn reducing acidity levels in the body and the 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.

Seaweed is an excellent natural source of omega-3 fatty acids that promote healthy skin.

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, and being a hairdresser, I am also curious to try the Repairing Nettle Scalp Oil.  I will keep you all posted on these.

If you would like to try one of the Haeckels products, you can purchase them here.  Or you will find them in high end department stores all over the world including; Fortnum and Mason, and Selfridges. The full list of stockists can be found here.


Natalie x

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    • Frances
    • 11/03/2018

    I love these products x
    I didnt know so much about them. Thanks for all this …lovely blog x

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Hi, I’m Natalie Shirlaw, a professional hair stylist on a personal wellness journey.

My aim is to help women live a more natural life that will leave them looking and feeling amazing. Ever since I was 10 I’ve been fascinated with the hairdressing business and officially started working when I was 14. I’ve worked in some of the top UK salons and for some of the best hairdressers in the world, and I now have my own salon in Kent.

 As a hairdresser I’ve always wanted to give my clients the latest and best products and even ended up being a technical consultant for L’Oreal, but one thing was common throughout my career - 

I am passionate about finding natural and organic products that work just as well as the big brand alternatives, and that are ultimately better for you too. For over 10 years I’ve been actively researching, and testing as many products that I can. Everything from skincare, to makeup, to food and even home wear. I’ve been incorporating these products and tactics into my daily life since and I’ve never felt better. Outside of my regular work I’ve studied martial arts and other Eastern practices like Reiki, meditation, Feng Shui, EFT and NLP.

 So as you can see I’m a big advocate for all around healthy and natural living. I’ll be sharing my best tips, tactics and products here, that you can implement easily to live a more natural life, where you can feel and look amazing. I’m really excited to have you with me on this journey and can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together!

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