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  • Claire Menary reviews the Sleepy Cow Body Treatment

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    Just because it's (finally) time to start bunding 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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  • Meet Lil Caldwell of Grandirosa

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    Lil Caldwell of Grandirosa floral design studio is the woman behind the beautiful blooms that you'll see in all our Cowshed x Mary Katrantzou images. We asked her how she came to work with flowers, the inspiration behind the Cowshed shoot and for some expert tips to get the most out of your own arrangements at home.

    'For the shoot, we predominantly used big blooms for impact and texture. The design of the bottles was perfect inspiration! Matching the vibrant colours of the packaging, we selected English roses with the most perfect scent, different varieties of dahlias, delphiniums and stems of flowering dill, freesia and crocosmia. Very much the best of summer. Dahlias are having a 'moment' at the minute - the variety you can get in colour, size and shape makes them perfect for creating really impactful floral design. They feature in many forms in the images - blush Cafe Au Lait dahlias which are huge (sometimes they are called dinner-plate dahlias), pom-pom dahlias in vibrant corals and orange and Withy Pitt dahlias which are grown by a specialist grower in West Sussex.

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  • Cowshed x Mary Katrantzou

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    This September we are thrilled to announce an exclusive collaboration with one of London’s most exciting talents, Mary Katrantzou. The award-winning designer chose four of her favourite Cowshed products (our Knackered Cow Bath & Shower Gel and Body Lotion, Cow Pat Hand Cream and Dirty Cow Hand Wash) and reimagined them with her signature use of bold colour and intricate print.  The collection will also include silk pyjamas and a range of cosmetic bags featuring the same prints - coming soon!

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  • Anna Hart Trials Our New Detox Pedi

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    Anna Hart runs South Molton St Style, a fashion and lifestyle blog packed with beautiful images and helpful tips for anyone seeking a bit of style guidance or inspiration. We sent her along to our spa at The Ned to try our new Detox Pedicure - the perfect treat for post-summer feet before they go into their winter 'hibernation'...

    'It’s easy to forget about your feet when the colder months arrive with them being buried in shoes and socks, but after a summer of bright coloured nail polishes, sand and welly-clad festivals my hooves are looking anything from presentable by the time autumn comes along. Even though I go for regular massages to treat aches and pains in my back, neck and shoulders I hadn’t considered offering the same TLC to my feet.

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  • Spa of the Month: Clarendon Cross

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    Tucked away in a tranquil, leafy enclave of Holland Park in West London is Cowshed, Clarendon Cross. It's known for its delicious dishes as much as our ever-popular pedis, with people popping in and out throughout the day for coffee, cake, treatments and chats creating a bustling but relaxed vibe. Spa manager Liz explains the charm of this true neighbourhood spa.

    'Clarendon Cross was the original Cowshed spa [in London] – it’s been here 12 years and a lot of our clients have been with us that whole time. We have a lot of locals who see the same therapist that they’ve seen for years. We work closely with all the local businesses and have really good friendships with the residents. Clarendon Cross and Primrose Hill are the only two Cowshed spas with a café so that makes us unique – you can sit and have avocado on toast while having your pedicure. It’s quite a social hub for the community.'

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  • Beauty Juice: The Lowdown on House Press

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    In every Soho House and Cowshed spa you'll find rows of colourful bottles waiting to deliver a refreshing and healthy hit of cold pressed juice. This is House Press - another part of the Soho House family, just like Cowshed, and equally dedicated to making you feel good on the inside and - as it turns out - on the outside too. Here Artur Zielinski, head of House Press, explains which cold pressed juices contain the ultimate beauty-boosting ingredients.

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  • Spa of the Month: Cowshed, The Ned

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    Our beautiful new spa at The Ned features all the familiar Cowshed touches you’d expect, from the famously comfy mani/pedi chairs to restful treatment rooms, plus a few grand flourishes as befits the building’s grand Edwardian heritage (think hand-painted wallpaper, a spectacular hammam and the fanciest changing rooms we've ever seen). Spa General Manager Svet took us on a tour and shared some of her favourite things about this very special Cowshed.

    ‘I worked for Orient Express hotels in Sydney where I worked my way up from reception through to operations manager, spa manager, so I have a background in five star hotels. We were the leading spa in Sydney for three years and then from Sydney I came over to England because my husband’s British. I didn’t go straight into spas, I started working with companies in the private sector doing operational roles and then I moved over to Cowshed Primrose Hill where I opened up the spa and that was my first connection with Soho House. I was there for three years and Primrose is very successful - it was the largest site in London, it was considered the flagship in terms of the standalones.

    Then from Primrose I moved over to The Ned. I’ve been here since its inception – I joined at the end of December and was here for the pre opening and it’s been an amazing opportunity. Even though I’ve run big companies before this is challenging being in charge of three floors, but it’s exciting, I’ve got a great team and we’re doing really well.

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  • Sleepy Cow Calming Collection

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    Drift off into a perfect night’s sleep with our Sleepy Cow calming collection. Starring a unique aromatherapy blend of Melissa and Lemon Myrtle essential oils to relieve tension and quieten the mind. The perfect antidote to restless minds and sleep. Sleepy Cow is the answer to all your dreams.

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