Kelly Eastwood aka The London Chatter is a pro at packing light without compromising on style or her skincare routine. We visited her in her West London flat - a treasure trove of eclectic souvenirs from her travels, gorgeous clothes (of course) and a LOT of baskets - where she talked us through the contents of her carry on, shared her top travelling tips and told us why conscious consumerism is where it's at.
Sustainability has been a core part of Cowshed's philosophy since our early days and we are always looking for new ways to reduce the environmental impact of our products and packaging. As part of our refresh, we are now using G . F Smith for the paper boxes that hold our skincare. These are made at a paper mill in the Lake District from recycled coffee cups which would otherwise have gone into landfill.
Cowshed trainer Jess Sproson told us how getting into the exfoliating habit with our new Dual Action Body Scrub means the moment the sun shows its face, she can make the most of her summer wardrobe. She shared her expert tips for perfectly polished skin, whether you’re a fake tan fan or not.
For some of us, our skincare and beauty routines are so deeply ingrained into our day that going without them would be akin to leaving the house without brushing your teeth. It’s not necessarily pure vanity; being comfortable in your own skin is hard and doing all you can to feel that way isn’t to be knocked. That being said, when the phrase ‘skincare fasting’ started cropping up across the internet, I was intrigued. I’ve always subconsciously viewed fasting as a spiritual act - a test of will, resilience and faith - that I’ve never really committed myself to. I wanted to change that.
Our refresh has seen a few changes which have inspired some questions. Many involved the mood that no one seemed to recognise: Awake while others were asking 'where has the men’s mood gone?' Bullocks was our men’s grooming range, but we realised that its uplifting and invigorating qualities were universally relevant so we reimagined it as Awake, our newest mood.
One of the biggest changes you'll notice to Cowshed this summer is how our products look. Illustrator Katie Scott was chosen to create new botanical illustrations that emphasise the natural ingredients that are at the heart of everything we do.
Ruth Costello, Soho House Design Director, Graphic Design & Art Direction, says: ‘We originally chose to work with Katie on our Morning Noon Night book to illustrate the ingredients that we use in the Cowshed spa at Soho Farmhouse from the produce gardens. For the Cowshed refresh we wanted to find a way to tie the new branding to the walled garden at Babington House without it looking twee or obvious. Katie's obsessed with creating something that pays tribute to the heritage of plant illustration but with her own spin. I think it would have been hard to find anyone else who’d give it that detailed finesse.’
You might have noticed that things look a little different around here. That's because twenty years after we opened our very first spa at Babington House in Somerset, we realised that Cowshed deserved a refresh. While the quality of our products and our commitment to natural ingredients remain unchanged, our packaging and names have evolved to make them more relevant for today.
So, what’s new?
In our commitment to all things natural and botanical, we’re very conscious of the impact that Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) in shampoos can have on the environment and the health of our scalp and hair follicles. With this in mind, we turned once again to Jess to clue us in on the debate surrounding SLS: what it does, why we don’t use it and what we use instead.
Cowshed's New Product Development Manager Oliya Kalashnikova isn't just the expert who formulates all our products, she's also a fan of home-grown, DIY beauty too. Here she shares some of her favourite hacks for healthy hair and skin.
My go to face mask for super hydrated, fresh skin:
Full fat Greek yoghurt
A dash of olive oil
Put them all in a blender and leave on your face for up to one hour.
Considered by many to be the pièce de résistance of a skincare routine, take some time to dive into the world of serums. Whether you have seven serums in rotation or have never touched one before, this guide will navigate you around our most highly rated serums.
Of all the serums on the market, the one ingredient on every beauty enthusiast's mind is vitamin C. Its fans can't get enough of the seemingly endless list of skin-perfecting qualities: from UVA/UVB protection, to improving the appearance of hyper-pigmentation, evening and brightening skin tone and boosting collagen levels. With six serums exploiting these benefits, SkinCeuticals is a source of authority when it comes to vitamin C. Get to know their three most popular vitamin C serums here.