Musician Kelly Lee Owens launches candle with Haeckels

The electronic musician and English skincare brand create a candle inspired East London's canal with proceeds donated to the restoration of the area's nightlife

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Electronic musician Kelly Lee Owens and sustainable skincare brand Haeckels has teamed up to create a new candle.

Called Acton’s Lock no.7, the candle marks the first collaboration between Haeckels and Owens, and the first product Haeckels has created outside of its homebase in the seaside town of Margate, UK.

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Haeckels was founded in 2012 when volunteer beach warden Dom Bridges started making his own skincare formulations from seaweed that had washed up along the Margate coastline. Eleven years on, the brand has become one the most respected and innovative names in natural skincare, winning a Wallpaper* Design Award for its compostable mycelium packaging and launching the world’s first grown-to-order face masks

The brand has also opened up its first London outlet in the city's Hackney neighbourhood, just meters away from the real Acton’s Lock no.7. The area is located along East London’s canal, an urban waterway that snakes through what used to the industrial heart of the city and today is flanked by converted warehouses and the skeletal remains of old gasworks.

East London Hackney canal with gasworks reflected

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It’s also home to some of the city’s most notable electronic music venues, Oval Space and EartH, places Owens used to perform before the coronavirus pandemic forced the closure of all venues, clubs, and skincare store alike.

In an effort to support the hard-hit music industry, Owens and Haeckels have decided to donate 40 per cent of Acton’s Lock no.7’s proceeds to the Music Venue Trust, which is dedicated to rebuilding nightlife after lockdown.

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The candle also comes with a scannable QR code which can be used to download soundscapes curated by Owens. The tracks are meant to be listened to while burning the candle, in effect creating a fully-immersive sensory experience to be had at home in the weeks and months before other venues open again. 

As Owens says of the collaboration, ‘[Haeckels] is genuinely my favourite company, whose products I use every day. Everything they do connects back to nature, sustainability and a true passion for the planet and people’s well-being. Innovation and care are at the heart of everything they create. I hope this candle and experience the QR code brings with it, allows you to experience a moment of rest and nourishment.’


Writer and Wallpaper* Contributing Editor

Mary Cleary is a writer based in London and New York. Previously beauty & grooming editor at Wallpaper*, she is now a contributing editor, alongside writing for various publications on all aspects of culture.