What if water didn’t have to make up in some cases nearly 87% of all cosmetics and toiletries you buy? How insanely decadent is it to wash ourselves with clean water when so few even have access to drink it?– Haeckels
Haeckels (founded by Dom) are brilliant and one of the most forward-thinking brands out there with their approach to branding and sustainability. They have developed a range of skincare made from seaweed on their doorstep:
“Seaweed hydrates; it’s rich with valuable vitamins, minerals and amino acids; it’s anti-bacterial, skin rebuilding and anti-inflammatory; it’s all-natural, and all around us. Under licence, we harvest it by hand from the beach just steps away from our shop.”https://haeckels.co.uk/about/#our-story
Looking at Haeckels’ stockists, this has led me to discover more natural companies that are relatively close (within 1 hour) to home. I intend to visit some of these stockists when I next visit Oxford as I’ve noticed they all have an organic theme, which means they also supply other organic items such as
Illyria Pottery – a wonderful shop in Oxford containing hand-thrown ceramics by Katie, and all inspired by natural forms.
The Store X – this store has led me to discover that there is a community called “Soho Farmhouse” in Oxfordshire countryside that you can become a member of. The community has cabins to stay in and hosts a whole range of activities such as horse-riding, golf, football and even has a pool. There are a selection of shops, including this store which contains fashion, art, music, books and luxury homewares, and even a farmhouse shop and restaurant. Not to mention the decor everywhere is absolutely beautiful!
Harriman & Co – based in Leicester, a shop containing a wonderful range of homeware and furniture with organic influences, including skincare and fragrance.