By now you likely have heard all about how life-changing hyaluronic acid is. Since rising to prominence on the skincare scene in the past few years, we haven’t been able to get enough of the moisture molecule. If you’re at a loss here, you can learn all about the cult ingredient here. In the simplest terms, hyaluronic acid is an ingredient prized by hydration seekers and dry skin sufferers; it is hydrophilic, so it attracts water to the skin and delivers that dewy look we all crave. In honour of this beloved molecule we have created an edit of our favourite products that feature hyaluronic acid.
To coincide with the arrival of our new CBD treatments, we created two new drinks to make your spa experience even better. Our new Lavender and Shroom Lattes are our way of re-imagining a classic. With a strong focus on wellness, both are specially crafted to enhance the effects of our treatments and support a healthy lifestyle.
With the arrival of Spring and freak flashes of sun, hail and everything in between, our skin is working overtime to adjust. We turned to Jess Sproson, the Cowshed Educator and Training Manager, to identify our top picks for calming the skin and mind as the season changes. Here's what she had to say:
"This lightweight moisturiser helps to soothe and calm the skin, targeting any persistent redness. Intended for day and night use, the cream is ideal for any Rosacea skin types. It contains a smart NeuroMed Complex that is designed to calm the nerves under the skin, which when aggravated cause redness or Rosacea on the skin."
An Introduction to CBD
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring compound found in the flower of the cannabis plant. It’s a relatively new addition to the beauty landscape, but CBD has garnered a lot of attention. The saturation of CBD products in the market, as a result of the emerging trend, can make it difficult to navigate. Fear not, we’re here to help you demystify CBD. But first, a clarification is in order: CBD is a safe, non-addictive, non-psychoactive compound that research is discovering may have many potential benefits.
Author of Sunday Times bestselling book Parenting The Shit Out of Life and founder of Flex Appeal – a campaign to fight for flexible working for all - Anna Whitehouse aka Mother Pukka talks about postpartum beauty and why a catseye flick is not crossing the line.
The first (and last) ever beauty vlog I did was called ‘How Not To Scare People With Your Face’. The basic premise of it was cobbling together a vague look in 60 seconds with a toddler hanging off your left leg – quite the challenge if you’re attempting a catseye flick. Either way, I had come to the realization that phrases like ‘this look will take you seamlessly from day to night’ and ‘a slick of neon yellow eyeshadow’ just didn’t wash on the nursery run. So with a make-up bag that was once brimming with versatility, I ended up with three items: Benefit’s concealer for dark circles, NARS orgasm blush to make it look like I might have some life in me and – somewhat punchily – Tom Ford’s Liquid Liner.
Having never considered that feline flick because of the sheer skill it requires, the beauty director at Stylist magazine where I was working at the time told me to give Tom Ford’s pen a go. One steady slick across my sleep-ravaged eyelid and I was sold. In 10 seconds my eyes were crow-barred open and as the tiredness got more intense, the flick heightened like some sort of exhaustion graph.
Our guide to gifting this Mother’s Day is here to help you decide which set might be the best fit for your mum. Whether you have absolutely no idea what to get, or you just need a little push in the right direction, here’s a selection of gift sets that make it seem easy.
The Busy Mum
For the mum that never stops, our Signature Hand & Body selection is a godsend. As well as the Refresh hand wash and lotion, this set features our bestselling Relax bath and shower gel and body lotion, making it perfect for the mum that needs to take a minute- or thirty- and slow down.
Our latest collaboration is with Etta Loves, the range of sensory muslin squares featuring prints designed with an expert in children’s vision to support babies’ visual and cognitive development. We spoke to founder Jen Fuller about the highs and lows of launching her own business and what might be next.
What was your background before launching Etta Loves – had you always hoped to run your own business?
'I’ve spent the past 20 years working in a media agency, mostly client service and media planning. I’ve loved every minute but have always been searching for an idea good enough to take a chance and start something for myself, to afford me the flexibility and freedom around my family.'
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.
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.'
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
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'.
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.