We asked Cowshed's product formulator Oliya to tell us a bit about the newest addition to our Gorgeous Cow mood - a bath & body oil - and a little bit more about its hero ingredient, Borage seed oil.
‘Gorgeous is one of our most popular fragrance moods – it’s a beautiful, floriental, spicy fragrance. A lot of women were asking for a complimentary oil to bathe in, to use on their skin and for massages – basically to complete their Gorgeous ritual. There was a real demand, so we met it! This particular oil has such a heady, romantic, intensely feminine and sensual fragrance… we wanted to try to bring back that sense of taking time for yourself - think Cleopatra, or the golden age of Hollywood, just making bathing into a ritual again.
Of all our senses, smell is the strongest and that’s why this oil is so powerful. It is a 100% natural, bespoke blend of floral oils that interact with the parfum - which comes from Rose Absolute, Mandarin Oil and Palmarosa Oil - to create a unique composition. It warms on the skin, gradually releasing the different layers of scent – you might pick up on the spicy heat of clove oil, while sweet almond will intensely moisturise without leaving the skin feeling greasy.'
'One of the most interesting ingredients in the Gorgeous blend is Borage seed oil. The oil is extracted from the seeds but you can also eat the leaves, the plant stem and the flowers – it’s nice you can use up the whole plant. It’s used in German, Spanish, Italian and Cretan cuisine in many ways. In Italy they boil the plant and serve it with potatoes, it can be added to soups, stews, pastas… The flowers are beautiful – a purple-lilac colour which they use to decorate cocktails.
It can be used as food and dried as a herb – it’s been used in medicines for 1500 years, so it’s one of those ancient ingredients that is seeing a revival. It’s native to the Mediterranean and also grows in the UK. An annual plant, it adapts to wherever it grows. I always feel that something that can be consumed internally must be superior to something that can just be put on your skin.'
'Borage Seed Oil has a higher amount of the fatty acid called gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) than any other oil. GLA is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, so this means it’s calming and soothing, to the point where people with excema and topical dermatitis apply it to soothe those conditions.
For the complete Gorgeous experience I’d recommend running your bath with our Gorgeous Bath & Shower Gel, then pouring in some Gorgeous Oil to make it even more luxurious and nourishing to the skin.'
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