THE BEST RETAIL IN THE WORLD: Haeckels of Margate
I LOVE Haeckels and everything it stands for. Its marticulously researched and lovely products are created in a lab on a cliff top in Margate, Kent. Their passionate about conservation and the beauty and resource of the local area. They have created a range of skin care products and scents using a seaweed base from the local Margate Jurassic chalk reef coast. The consistant passionate message from their beautifully directed films to the packaging and shop fit has a passion that can only come from a small brand. Haeckels have also recently opened a treatment room and you may have seen their stunning crowd funded mobile Seabathing Sauna on George Clarks Small Spaces. If your in Margate the store is a must. The shop fit is stunning with reclaimed pieces from Retrouvious and the original bones of the property showing through in several cracks and crevices. Create a story telling that needs no words and a completely unique interior.
More about the Haeckels story from the Dom the founder...
" Haeckels is a natural fragrance and skin care brand.
Our skin, hair and body products are a work of love; a love of natural ingredients, a love of design and quality but ultimately a love of the heritage of coastal living. All our hand crafted products are formulated in our clifftop Lab in Margate where we only use and distill locally growing botanicals that offer the very best anti-oxidant properties. We hold one of only two licenses in England to harvest seaweed from the English coast, we take great pride in our license and see it as a responsibility to care for the coastline, to clean it and to monitor it just like any farmer in the world. Margate’s coast is genuinely unique: built on a giant 14 mile long Jurassic chalk reef which makes up 20% of the UK chalk reefs which means its able to nourish families of seaweed not found anywhere else in the world. Hand harvested Seaweed forms the base ingredient of all our skin care range based on the tradition of Thalassotherapy derived from the Greek word meaning ‘sea’ or ‘ocean’. Thalassotherapy treatments use ocean water, seaweed, ocean mud and marine minerals to treat ailments and enable the body to replenish, remineralise and revitalise to enhance good health for body and mind. All our products are tested on ourselves, no animals, so every product we create we love and know works brilliantly, we use them everyday as each product is designed to make a complete daily skin care routine. Margate and its surrounding areas are places of genuine raw natural beauty, we encourage you to explore, get out there, take a walk, go for a swim and if you don’t live here take the coastlines natural goodness away with you in a Haeckels bottle!"