• Giving back with the Woodland Trust

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    Since opening our first spa at Babington House in Somerset in 1998, our guiding principle has been to take as much care of the earth as we do of people. We've always used wildcrafted ingredients and our recent refresh saw the introduction of packaging made from recycled coffee cups and carbon-neutral bioplastic. But we know we can do more.

    From the heart and soil of Somerset, our values have always been rooted in honest, natural therapies and ingredients.  This Christmas, we are looking to give back to our British woodlands by partnering with the Woodland Trust. Trees clean the air and lock up carbon emissions, support biodiversity by providing habitats for wildlife and they’re good for our wellbeing too. Partnering with the Woodland Trust aligns with our history, values and commitment to sustainability.

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  • Spa of the Month: Cowshed Amsterdam

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    If you're planning a trip to Amsterdam, make sure you punctuate cycling tours and walks along the Singel canal with a visit to our Cowshed spa. Located on the ground floor of Soho House Amsterdam, the spa offers indulgent treatments in the comfort of private rooms or you can sink into one of our mani-pedi chairs for a touch-up.

    We spoke to Spa Supervisor Claudia about how our Amsterdam spa sets itself apart:

    ‘I’ve been with Cowshed Amsterdam from the very beginning. Before that I spent several years working as a beautician. In 2008, I finished my studies and decided I wanted a new challenge. I worked and lived in Curacao, a Caribbean island, for six months to try something new and gain experience. Since then, I’ve worked for various hotels, salons and spas.

    All of our treatments get a lot of love but our most popular is definitely the Deep Tissue massage. Our manicures and pedicures are close runner ups. As for our products, the Deodorant Spray is always a favourite, as well as our Stretch Mark Balm and the Relax Bath and Shower Gel with eucalyptus and lavender.

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  • 'Tis the Season to Spa

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    The Christmas period is almost upon us with all the parties, last-minute present buying and general fun and chaos it can bring. We've created two new spa packages that will hopefully take a little of the stress out of the season, helping you feel polished and prepared to enjoy the festivities while giving you some time to recharge and relax too. Designed to save you both time and money, both also make excellent gifts that can be enjoyed well into the new year. Here's everything you need to know about our two new spa packages.

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  • Meet the Makers of our Christmas Windows

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    If you pass a Cowshed spa you'll see our Christmas windows have been revealed. This year they are a celebration of the fruits and flowers to be found in a traditional British hedgerow - a nod to our roots in the Somerset countryside and a reflection of this year's gift collection, designed by botanical illustrator Katie Scott. We spoke to the duo behind the windows, Anna and Grace of @anna.gracestudio to find out how they drew inspiration from our botanical ingredients and why it was important to them to make a sustainable display.

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    'Cowshed came to us with this idea of a hedgerow type bloom in the windows. After seeing the new illustrative packaging that Cowshed is using, that was our main point for getting our inspiration. Abstracting those feature patterns on the packaging, the hellebores were the main thing that really captured us. We do quite a lot of paper flower displays, so paper was a natural material for us to go with.'

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  • Recharge with Replenish

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    This week we’re looking into all things Replenish with an ingredient study of Cowshed’s resident zesty mood. Replenish is all about uplifting the spirits and coaxing you into a happier headspace. As one of our most loved moods, Replenish has earned itself a place in bathrooms around the world. But what is it about the mood that makes it so darn more-ish? Here’s a lowdown on all the goodness that goes into Replenish.

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  • Louise Roe answers your winter skincare questions

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    Fashion journalist, presenter and author Louise Roe (@louiseroe) has a transatlantic life, living and working in LA and London. She took over Cowshed's Instagram to host a Q&A on winter skin and shared tips on how she keeps her skin looking and feeling its best during the winter months, whether she’s on the red carpet, taking a night flight or hanging out with her family at home. In case you missed it, here's a round up.

    Q. What’s the difference between cream, oil and gel-based cleansers and what one should I use?
    A. Cream (or ‘milk’ cleansers are really gentle and advised for dry, sensitive skin. They don’t get foamy. Gel, as the name suggests, is of a thicker consistency and better for normal/combination skin. Oil based are not everyone’s cup of tea because they can take longer to remove, but they really work: they get into every crevice and leave skin feeling really hydrated.

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  • Our 2019 Advent Calendars are here

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    You know Christmas is just around the corner when our limited edition Advent Calendar arrives on the scene. For Christmas 2019 we actually have not one, but two calendars - one is the traditional 24-day affair, while the other is a 12-day version.

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  • The Art of Exfoliation

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    We all go through those stages where for whatever reason our skin just doesn't want to play nicely: dry patches start cropping up, the t-zone is perpetually oily or the complexion is just inexplicably dull. One way to take back some control and impart some much needed glow to your skin is by introducing exfoliation into your routine. Enter our new Exfoliating Daily Treatment Tonic.

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  • Talking skincare, make-up and motherhood with Kavita

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    We sat down with stylist, lifestyle influencer and new mum Kavita aka @kavitacola in her London flat to talk about her approach to skincare, how it's changed since she had her daughter Suri and what representing British Indian women in the beauty world means to her. Here's what she told us.

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    'I originally wanted to go into art but did my degree in fashion communication and promotion at Central St Martins. I worked in art direction and as a stylist which was amazing, but I wasn’t completely fulfilled. Then the whole digital thing started happening. I wanted to use my own voice, so I thought I’d start a blog. It wasn’t me trying to be original, it was like, hang on, all these people are talking about what they like, I’m going to do that too! It became my outlet and was very much about fashion, but I had part time jobs at Harrods on the beauty counters where I learned a lot and I’ve always been into skincare, so that became incorporated into my blog.

    ‘The blog took off when I got married; I celebrated the cultural element of our big Indian wedding and put all the makeup and beauty on there and some big brands got in touch. I got to do some cool things, representing British Asian women in the beauty sphere. That was exciting because as a London blogger, I have felt like a minority. What’s great about this job is you’re reaching out to an audience who you have things in common with. People want to know what colour foundation you’re using, what to do about pigmentation and under eye circles which you can be prone to if you're of Indian heritage. It’s nice being honest and connecting with people about those topics.’

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  • Your Skincare Questions Answered

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    We treat a huge range of different skin types and concerns every day in our spas, so we asked Jess, who trains all our therapists, to share some of the questions they get asked all the time and her expert advice.

    Q. When am I supposed to put SPF on – after moisturiser, before foundation – and what sort?

    A. Apply your SPF after your moisturiser and serums and before your foundation. If you have discolouration you want to use a mineral SPF as it reflects the UV rays and doesn’t absorb into the skin, although it can sometimes leave the skin looking chalky. A physical SPF will break down the UV rays and is absorbed into the skin. We stock both types from SkinCeuticals.

    Q. When and how often should I use my hyaluronic acid serum?

    A. Depends on how dehydrated your skin is (which is usually caused by flying, heating, outdoor weather). I personally prefer to wear it during the day, after putting on my vitamin C serum followed by a moisturiser and an SPF to seal in those products. You can use it every day - during the winter months I like to use it twice a day (morning and evening) but it’s more about how your skin feels instead of a strict routine.

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