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  • A mindful moment with Jade Jasmin

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    We love meeting people who share our passion for honest, natural beauty and who have something to bring to the wellness conversation. Jade Jasmin left a career in the music industry to set up on her own, practising holistic massage therapy, teaching yoga, mindfulness and meditation. She has curated retreats and wellness spaces around the world and has called Sri Lanka, London and now Portugal home.

    'I spent over five years working in busy creative roles in music, marketing, management and events, and became acutely aware of the physical and emotional impact of these hectic industries and stressful job roles. Yoga and Holistic Therapies have always been a part of my lifestyle so in 2016 I made the move into the wellness industry, starting with massage therapy, yoga and meditation to help redress my own balance, and now I love helping others find theirs. My approach to wellbeing is simple and personable. Over the last few years I have continued to grow and develop my skills specialising in Holistic Massage Therapy, Reiki, teaching Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation.

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    I recently moved to Portugal after 10 months living in Sri Lanka. I was back and forth seeing clients and running retreats and events but spent the majority of that time in Sri Lanka. It had its challenges, but I learnt loads and it was an amazing experience. Travel is important to me, I’m forever in search of calming, inspiring and interesting places that provide me with the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, learning about different cultures. It always reminds me to slow down and to enjoy the simple things in life. When I travel I love to try out new yoga classes and treatments. I also love being by or in the sea, it’s my slice of wellbeing for sure.

    I definitely prefer summer but I do believe winter’s the perfect time to slow down a little, get creative and work on your own projects and personal goals. I try and move with the seasons as much as I can, for example, winter is for slowing down, being cosy, getting creative, coming up with ideas for the year ahead and not making too many social plans. As we move into Spring and the days start to get a lighter, ideas start to come to life and blossom and we start to venture out a little more… Don’t be too hard on yourself, we naturally have less energy in the winter so it’s important to listen to the body and what it needs.

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  • Meet Scamp & Dude founder Jo

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    This spring we are delighted to launch a limited edition collection of superpower-infused products with award-winning fashion brand Scamp & Dude. Here we find out more about founder Jo Tutchener Sharp, the highs and lows of launching your own business and why she decided Cowshed was the perfect partner.

    'A couple of years ago my life took an unexpected turn when I suffered a brain haemmorhage.  I had to face surgery and the fact I might leave my boys, who were then just one and three years old, without a mummy. It was missing my boys in hospital while recovering from surgery that inspired the creation of Scamp & Dude.

    When I was facing brain surgery and the fact I may die, I found myself asking myself if I was proud of how I’d lived my life, if I had done enough to help other people. I decided that running a PR agency had been a lot of fun, but I had definitely not helped enough people and made a difference, so I made a promise to myself that if I made it through surgery, I would do more good. 

    I came up with the idea for Superhero Sleep Buddies when missing my kids in hospital and wishing I could have given them a Superhero to watch over them while we were apart. The Superhero Sleep Buddies have a pocket on the back to hold a photograph of whomever they want to hold close. We donate one to a child who has lost a parent or is seriously ill themselves for every one sold. This is at the heart of Scamp & Dude.'

    'My slogan ‘a Superhero has my back’ reminds kids that someone is watching over them at all times even when they can’t see you, and our Superpower Button gives kids (and grown ups!) a burst of superpowers when they need it most.  We started as a kids brand, but now we have as many styles for adults as we do kids, it seems us grown ups want a Superhero to have our backs too!

    We have also just launched Super Scarves (fronted by Billie Piper) where we donate one of our leopard and lightning bolt scarves to a woman in need for every one sold.  This may be a woman with cancer or a mother of a very sick child; we want to make sure those women know that we’ve got their back.'

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    'Setting up your own business is not for the faint hearted, you will work harder than ever before and you’ll never be able to switch off.  The lowest point was struggling to find a manufacturer, but as soon as I had met with Liberty and they had told me they loved my brand and wanted to stock it all, I knew I was onto something.

    My experience in PR was the best training for starting my own brand, I spent almost 20 years working with brands advising them on so much more than just PR.  I would work on their whole brand identity, NPD, PR, marketing and social media so when it came to launching my own brand, it all came very naturally.  Also the network I’d built during my career has been integral too, never underestimate the power of your network!'

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    'Our supporters are so loyal and vocal and there’s so much support for small businesses on Instagram, especially businesses with a heart who are helping others.  The Instagram community has always been there for me when I need it and I am so unbelievably grateful.

    We are expanding our baby collection this year, as well as launching a beach collection and a sleepwear line and there may be some handbags on the horizon too… and dresses (yes for adults and kids!) and possibly some trainers later in the year. It is set to be another busy year. I’ll be covering myself in the Superpower Spray daily!'

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    'I’ve always loved Cowshed. The brand is very special to me for a few reasons, it was one of my first clients when I launched my PR agency 11 years ago and I ended up working with the brand for 8 years. I fell in love with everything about Cowshed, its ethos, heritage, the spas (especially Babington House which is one of my favourite places in the world!) and products, so Cowshed seemed like the obvious partner to create a Superpower Spray with. It was on my to do list to reach out to the team at Cowshed, but before I had chance, an email popped up in my inbox from the MD asking for a meeting. It was meant to be!

    When I launched Scamp & Dude back in 2016, I had already had the idea of creating a Superpower Spray, something parents could go to whenever their child was having a wobble.  Maybe they are scared to go to nursery, don’t want to go to school, are having worries or nightmares.  I wanted to create a calming mist that could be used as a sleep pillow spray but also as a Superpower Spray to give them a boost and fill them with superpowers when they need it most.'

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    'The candles came about because one thing I’ve learnt from running Scamp & Dude is that us grown ups want to be filled with superpowers too and we definitely want a Superhero to have our back.  I wanted to create two candles, one to give courage and the other good luck, but both to give people a boost.

    I rarely have time to myself, being a mother of two small boys and running my own business, but my beloved bath time is a moment just for me when I can relax, light a candle, listen to a podcast and be alone for an hour!'

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  • Introducing Cowshed x Scamp & Dude

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    We collaborated with Scamp & Dude, the award winning, contemporary fashion brand to create a collection of superpower infused products. Founder, Jo Tutchener-Sharp was inspired to create Scamp & Dude when in hospital recovering from brain surgery. She missed her children so much, she was determined to create a brand that makes kids feel better when apart from their loved ones. The brand's slogan ‘a superhero has my back’ tells children that someone is watching over them, even when they can’t see you.

    ’I love everything about Cowshed, its ethos, heritage, the spas (especially Babington House which is one of my favourite places on earth!) and of course the products, so Cowshed seemed like the obvious partner to create a Superpower Spray with.’ Jo Tutchener-Sharp, Founder of Scamp & Dude

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    Superpower Infused Candles

    Our Grumpy Cow and Wild Cow candles have been given a Scamp & Dude twist for this limited-edition collection. Choose 'Courage' for its zesty blend of Mandarin and Grapefruit, or the invigorating combination of Lemongrass, Ginger and Rosemary in 'Good Luck'.

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    Superpower Spray

    Our all-natural Superpower Spray will help little Superheroes sleep and give them a sense of security when they need it. A gentle, soothing mist with a light, floral fragrance featuring Mandarin, Neroli, a splash of Chamomile and Lavender in a gentle Bitter Orange flower water base with absolutely no nasties. Spray on your little one’s sheets, clothes, their favourite teddy or blanket to help them feel calm and secure both at home and when they’re out in the world.

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  • My Week: Cowshed Chicago's Ashley Byrd

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    The head esthetician at Cowshed Chicago keeps her team on the cutting edge of beauty trends.

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    'Under-27 members go half price on Monday, so it's busy. I show up early to check supplies and then pull a double shift; 10 straight hours in the spa doing facials and waxing. It's a fun time to catch up with clients and hear about their latest work drama, or how the big proposal went down, while we cleanse. I love how they trust me with their skin and as a friend.'

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    'We also get a lot of regulars on Tuesday, when there's a member discount. I feel a bond with many of them. One lady I've been seeing since we opened five years ago was depressed because she and her husband couldn't conceive. But last year it finally happened. I remember her walking in, crying with happiness. Clients can be vulnerable with me in the spa. It's intimate.'

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  • Jess’s DIY Home Beauty Hacks

    Here are three DIY beauty hacks that you can do at home, tried and tested by Cowshed’s treatment trainer Jessica Sproson.

    ‘When I make ground coffee in a cafetiere, I save my granules rather than throwing them down the sink and I scrub my body with them. Either mix them with a little bit of olive oil, or to make it more abrasive mix with dead sea salt. I leave it on my skin – it’s really good for the digestive system and I use it on my face too – it’s really detoxifying and brightens everything up. I do that about once a week – usually at the weekend when I’ve made a coffee at home. Afterwards everything smells lovely and coffee-like – it’s very ‘wakening’!

    I do facial massage every night – I use Wonder Balm as my massage medium but you could use any of our facial oils. Normally I just get into bed, I’ve washed my face already and all my make-up’s gone, then I warm it up in my hands and I press it into my skin first - forehead, chin and cheeks – and then I do draining motions along my jaw and lifting along my cheeks on the diagonal, quite firmly – as if you’re pulling towards you ears because that’s the way the muscles lie, working up onto the forehead. Then to finish I gently massage down the sides of the neck, one side followed by the other, just to help with lymphatic drainage.

    When I’ve been out drinking, in the morning I wash my skin with ice. The first thing I do is I’ll get up, get an ice cube from the freezer and use it as my ‘water’ – all over my face, over my eyes, it’s melting, cooling everything down, reducing the puffiness that you get after you’ve had a drink. I’ll have taken my make-up off the night before using whatever’s to hand – maybe a micellar water – but in the morning, I’ll do another cleanse to get every last trace of make-up off. I prefer a cream cleanser to a gel after I’ve been drinking because my skin is super dehydrated.’

  • The Beauty of Bathing

    We asked Bathe author Suzanne Duckett to explain the transformative power of a long soak in the tub.

    There are few pleasures to rival the rare, innate idleness and exquisite stillness of a soak in a bath. Baths are the ultimate equaliser and the most accessible and universal form of self-care for both men and women, with the remarkable power to instantly transform how we look and feel. For some, baths are a weekly exercise in self-indulgence and a luxurious personal ritual with twinkling candles, oils or salts poured into the water and a glass of wine to hand. For others, a daily wash while reading a crinkled book is part of their wind-down schedule before bed. For many, having a bath is the only time in the day when they can simply shut the door on the world and be on their own; it is an indulgent moment of privacy and solitude.

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  • Everything you need to know about our bespoke body treatment

    Our new bespoke treatment lets you create your own tailored experience in consultation with your therapist, so you get something that's designed to address your specific needs. We asked Cowshed Carnaby's Danielle to explain a bit more about what to expect from our Bespoke Body treatment, which can be 60 or 90 minutes long depending on how much time you have.

    'The baseline of the treatment is a bespoke salt scrub massage – every version includes that. You get the body brushing, the scrub and the massage. The bespoke part is the products or the areas that the client wants us to focus on. It’s a mixture of how they’re feeling and any physical areas they want to address. So, if they want something a bit more relaxing we might use the Knackered or the Lazy oils which are more calming. If they’ve got concerns with things like cellulite or water retention we’ve got the Slender Cow products that we could use. If they've got dry skin and they’re wanting something a bit more hydrating, we’ve got richer products with butters and coconut oil in the Udderly Gorgeous range.'

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  • Anita Bhagwandas on instinctive beauty

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    From reporting on the latest advances in skincare technology and vampire facials to writing about the emotional associations of perfume, Anita Bhagwandas knows a thing or two about beauty. Never afraid to think outside the make-up box, the award-winning journalist shared what she's learned about trusting your instincts when it comes to finding a style that truly expresses who you are.

    From the moment we’re born, so much our ourselves belongs to other people. Our carers pick the clothes we wear until we’re old enough to pick them ourselves. Our bookshelves contain the tomes lauded in verbose newspaper reviews we’re told are epic and so often our careers are chosen from a mixture of parental, societal and economic choices we make.

    Our beauty choices follow the same path – scarily pre-conditioned and seemingly impossible to make totally autonomously. Our earliest forays into make-up came from copying our friends huddled around one illicit Heatherberry lipstick stolen from Boots (sorry mum) or what we gleaned from teen magazines as a barometer of cool. And yet – if you think about it, I mean really think about it - we’re still following that same approach.

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  • Emily Johnston on the Joy of Missing Out

    emily_fashion_foie_grasWe asked blogger Emily Johnston aka Fashion Foie Gras to tell us why staying in is as good as (or even better than) going out...

    'Everyone is going on about FOMO (the fear of missing out), and I have to be honest and say this has to be the most anxiety producing phenomenon to hit our world since the invention of the mobile phone. Of course there is great satisfaction in taking part in the great big world that exists outside the safety of our own homes, but this year I'm taking a step back and embracing the idea of JOMO (the joy of missing out).'

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  • Festive Spirits...

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    Not that we ever really need an excuse, but Christmas feels like the perfect moment to open a bottle of something sparkling and mix up a cocktail that's fresh, festive and pink. We asked Matteo Battistello, bars manager at Soho House 76 Dean Street, for a recommendation. Here's what he suggested.

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