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  • How to unwind (and thrive) at Christmas

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    We get it. You’re running around trying to juggle a million different Christmas-related tasks (work Secret Santa, presents for family, food shopping) all while fighting flu, freezing weather, crowds and general festive chaos. And let's be honest, staying hydrated, taking off your make-up and finding time to exercise are all things that might slide to the bottom of your to-do list. With that in mind, we asked Cowshed's Educator and Training Manager Jess Sproson to share her top tips for sailing through December in a serene state (well, within reason...)

    'Believe it or not, Christmas is actually a great time for eating healthily - satsumas and clementines are full of Vitamin C which you need for fighting off colds when you’re stressed out. Try to think about keeping your hormones balanced too - everything from Evening Primrose Oil, to Vitamin B12 (kale's a great source) to our Moody Cow range will keep you feeling calm at this time of year when things can get a bit manic.

    Skin can also get really dry in winter so it's all about hydration. Our skin is our largest organ so it's important to protect it - it's actually waterproof so use lots of oils at night and our Stretch Mark Balm. Our Spearmint Sea Salt Scrub is also a nice pick me up.

    How to recover the morning after a big night? If I’m really hungover I try to get outside and go for a run. I always drink hot water with lemon first thing in the morning to cleanse (it’s also really hydrating) and get my vitamins and greens in. My skin will be really dry and I’ve generally left my make-up on so I do a proper cleanse with my Clarisonic, then I tend to use a coconut oil as a second cleanse followed by a hydrating B mask. I also love a good sheet mask for intense hydration and then the night after a big night I use organic virgin coconut oil all over my body -  eyelashes, eyelids, my hair - everything!

    I’m a big bath person - I love baths, they’re my favourite things. Something about the warm water is so peaceful and calming for me, it’s the place I do a lot of my thinking and mind organisation. I am sure some people would say mediation but not me - I am not very good it but I always feel more settled after a bath, plus it's a no phone zone as I am so clumsy.

    I give myself a little face massage with oil (check with Amie) Jennifer Young - oncology treatment brand who just won an award for working with cancer patients - night time oil and night time serum - they're amazing and make me sleep like a log.

    For a big night out I double cleanse and use our Palmarosa Face Mask because it gives a nice even texture to skin and I always use a sugar scrub on my lips, I actually make my own from coconut oil and brown sugar then gently exfoliate my lips.'

  • Christmas Spirits

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    On cold winter evenings there's nothing better than curling up in front of a roaring fire (or the TV) with a warming cocktail in a weighty crystal tumbler. A Soho House favourite is the traditional Old Fashioned which is made with Bourbon, but you can also try with any dark spirit for an Old Fashioned with a twist. For example try a Scotch Old Fashioned, Rum Old Fashioned or Rye Old Fashioned, for example. Here's how to make this classic winter warmer.

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  • How to Make a Christmas Wreath

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    If you can’t make it to one of our wreath-making workshops in partnership with FLOWERBX don’t worry, they kindly shared some tips so you can make your own festive wreath at home and have the best dressed door/wall/table in town...

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  • Get Festive with FLOWERBX

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    This Christmas we are partnering with FLOWERBX to host a candle wreath-making workshop in one of our London spas. Enjoy prosecco and festive canapés while making your own table arrangement using natural materials and fresh foliage. You'll also be able to enjoy a scalp or hand massage and will take your centrepiece home at the end of the evening along with our new Winter Candle.

    Founded by Whitney Bromberg Hawkings, formerly Tom Ford's right hand woman, FLOWERBX is the flower delivery service of choice for the style set and has transformed the way people order bouquets with its single-stem, single colour arrangements which arrive at your door in chic boxes or brown paper.

    Thursday 14 December: Cowshed Primrose Hill, 6-9pm. BOOK NOW >

    Tickets costs £60 with £10 from the ticket price redeemable against our Christmas gifting range on the night.

  • Little Miss Notting Hill Gets Back to Basics

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    We sent Little Miss Notting Hill to try our signature Back Cleanse - an indulgent treatment that's designed to leave skin glowing and muscles feeling seriously relaxed! Here's what she made of it...

    'Getting prepped for the festive season is just as much about writing your shopping list for others as it is drafting your own personal ‘to do’ list – who doesn’t want freshly painted festive nails and a pedi for those new heels with that new dress for the work Christmas party?! But it’s not just about the body – it’s about the mind too. Christmas can also bring with it some stresses and so it’s important to find those moments to take time out and to book something in for yourself, which is why I always love a massage at this time of year.'

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  • Christmas Shopping Events

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    Making your list and checking it twice? Join us at our Carnaby Street and Clarendon Cross spas this month for a spot of stress-free Christmas shopping plus canapés and a glass of fizz. All Cowshed gifts will be 20% off during the evening and the team will be on hand to help you tick everyone off your list. It's the perfect way to start the festive season...

    Cowshed Carnaby, Thursday 9 November, 7-9pm
    RSVP by emailing reception@cowshedcarnaby.com

    Cowshed Clarendon Cross, Thursday 30 November, 4-8:30pm
    RSVP by emailing reception@cowshedclarendoncross.com

  • Spa of the Month: Cowshed Shoreditch

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    Our East London spa can be found on the ground floor of Shoreditch House, right in the heart of the buzzy Redchurch Street neighbourhood. This is the place to go for pre-party manis with your friends or a restorative massage the morning after the night before... We asked Michaela Spiers, General Manager at Cowshed Shoreditch to sum up the vibe of her spa.

    'I have been with Cowshed for three years now with hopefully more years to come. The teams we have in the spas are amazing. Everyone is passionate about what they do and our main priority is our clients.

    Cowshed Shoreditch is the best (of course)! Whether it's indulging in a body treatment in our rooms downstairs or socialising with friends during a manicure or pedicure, our atmosphere suits all. Want a relaxing treatment during your lunch break? Come and having a sitting calm treatment (exclusive to Shoreditch), the 15 minute scalp, neck and shoulder massage followed by a lower leg and foot massage will ease all your aches and pains.Then go for a cheeky cocktail in one of the many bars in the area.'

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  • Claire Menary reviews the Sleepy Cow Body Treatment

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    Just because it's (finally) time to start bundling up in cosy coats and knits, it doesn't mean neglecting what's underneath. In fact, before the party season swings around, this is the perfect moment to treat post-summer skin to a little TLC while also giving your mind a chance to unwind at the same time. We sent blogger and photographer Claire Menary to try our Sleepy Cow Body Treatment at Cowshed Primrose Hill. Here's what she thought.

    'It’s coming up to that time of year when hibernation is looking pretty attractive isn’t it? The Danish concept of ‘Hygge’ has never made more sense to me. It’s time to wrap up, get cosy and wear layer after layer which often means that all those summer body rituals - all the preening and buffing - go out the window. It’s also the time that we start gearing up to one of the busiest and most stressful times of the year as people slowly wake up to the realisation that the year is almost over and - shhh, let’s say it quietly - Christmas is around the corner. Cue panic stations.

    Before you start getting caught up in silly season (it’ll be here before you know it - eek!), how about a thought for what you’re about to put your poor body through? With that in mind, perhaps it’s time for a treat?

    Nothing says a de-stress pamper quite like the Sleepy Cow Body Treatment; which is exactly what the lovely team at Cowshed booked me in to experience at their cosy outpost in Primrose Hill. On the day of my visit, I was sleep deprived, stressed out to the max and had the beginnings of an autumnal cold coming on so if that wasn’t a good starting point to test out the treatment’s primary aims of relieving tension and quietening the mind then I don’t know what is!

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    As with all Cowshed locations I’ve had the pleasure of visiting, the Primrose Hill spa is a hygge haven. I popped myself downstairs to the treatment rooms and instantly felt the stresses of the day fall off my shoulders - what is it about spas having the ability to just make you feel more relaxed just by being there?

    Before the treatment even begins, I’m already in a state of heaven thanks to the heated table I throw my stressed out and tired body onto. The 75 minutes of bliss begins with a body exfoliation, focusing on the legs, then arms, and finishing with the back, scrubbing away all the day’s woes. Skin is left buffed, refreshed and positively smooth, I guarantee you’ll want to show it off.

    Next comes the massage, targeting the feet, back and neck. My therapist used just the right amount of pressure - the Goldilocks of pressure if you will - ensuring it’s not too hard to make it into a deep tissue, but not too little to just be one of those massages where you feel that all they did was rub a tonne of oil onto your skin. The relaxing blend of essential oils glide across the body - a heavenly thing to experience.

    Was I relaxed at the end of my treatment? Like you wouldn’t believe. It was as though my nightmare of a day hadn’t even happened and all was good in the world once more. There may even have been a temporary drift into a snooze towards the end too… A treatment that really lives up to its name, you’d be mad not to book yourself in.' Follow Claire @clairemenary

  • Our 2017 Advent Calendar is here!

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    So popular it's now a Christmas tradition in its own right, our famous Advent Calendar is back for 2017 with a new look and a fresh selection of Cowshed classics inside. Open a door a day and discover 24 travel sized versions of our most-loved products including Cowlick Gentle Shampoo, Saucy Cow Conditioner, Wild Cow Bath & Body Oil, Knackered Cow Relaxing Body Lotion, a muslin cloth, manicure gloves and plenty more. It's the ultimate Christmas countdown...

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  • Catwalk report: Mary Katrantzou Spring/Summer 18

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    In the lead up to the launch of our exclusive collaboration with Mary Katrantzou, Cowshed attended the designer’s Spring/Summer 2018 show at London Fashion Week this weekend.

    Mary is known as ‘the Queen of Print’ (as you’ll see on the Cowshed products she designed for us) and as the models walked down the catwalk this was immediately apparent. Bright, bold floral designs in vibrant colours adorned dresses and were cleverly revealed to be ‘paint by numbers’ prints with some left blank and white, as if awaiting a hand holding a colouring pencil to fill them in.

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