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  • Anna Hart Trials Our New Detox Pedi

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    Anna Hart runs South Molton St Style, a fashion and lifestyle blog packed with beautiful images and helpful tips for anyone seeking a bit of style guidance or inspiration. We sent her along to our spa at The Ned to try our new Detox Pedicure - the perfect treat for post-summer feet before they go into their winter 'hibernation'...

    'It’s easy to forget about your feet when the colder months arrive with them being buried in shoes and socks, but after a summer of bright coloured nail polishes, sand and welly-clad festivals my hooves are looking anything from presentable by the time autumn comes along. Even though I go for regular massages to treat aches and pains in my back, neck and shoulders I hadn’t considered offering the same TLC to my feet.

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  • Spa of the Month: Clarendon Cross

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    Tucked away in a tranquil, leafy enclave of Holland Park in West London is Cowshed, Clarendon Cross. It's known for its delicious dishes as much as our ever-popular pedis, with people popping in and out throughout the day for coffee, cake, treatments and chats creating a bustling but relaxed vibe. Spa manager Liz explains the charm of this true neighbourhood spa.

    'Clarendon Cross was the original Cowshed spa [in London] – it’s been here 12 years and a lot of our clients have been with us that whole time. We have a lot of locals who see the same therapist that they’ve seen for years. We work closely with all the local businesses and have really good friendships with the residents. Clarendon Cross and Primrose Hill are the only two Cowshed spas with a café so that makes us unique – you can sit and have avocado on toast while having your pedicure. It’s quite a social hub for the community.'

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  • Beauty Juice: The Lowdown on House Press

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    In every Soho House and Cowshed spa you'll find rows of colourful bottles waiting to deliver a refreshing and healthy hit of cold pressed juice. This is House Press - another part of the Soho House family, just like Cowshed, and equally dedicated to making you feel good on the inside and - as it turns out - on the outside too. Here Artur Zielinski, head of House Press, explains which cold pressed juices contain the ultimate beauty-boosting ingredients.

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  • Spa of the Month: Cowshed, The Ned

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    Our beautiful new spa at The Ned features all the familiar Cowshed touches you’d expect, from the famously comfy mani/pedi chairs to restful treatment rooms, plus a few grand flourishes as befits the building’s grand Edwardian heritage (think hand-painted wallpaper, a spectacular hammam and the fanciest changing rooms we've ever seen). Spa General Manager Svet took us on a tour and shared some of her favourite things about this very special Cowshed.

    ‘I worked for Orient Express hotels in Sydney where I worked my way up from reception through to operations manager, spa manager, so I have a background in five star hotels. We were the leading spa in Sydney for three years and then from Sydney I came over to England because my husband’s British. I didn’t go straight into spas, I started working with companies in the private sector doing operational roles and then I moved over to Cowshed Primrose Hill where I opened up the spa and that was my first connection with Soho House. I was there for three years and Primrose is very successful - it was the largest site in London, it was considered the flagship in terms of the standalones.

    Then from Primrose I moved over to The Ned. I’ve been here since its inception – I joined at the end of December and was here for the pre opening and it’s been an amazing opportunity. Even though I’ve run big companies before this is challenging being in charge of three floors, but it’s exciting, I’ve got a great team and we’re doing really well.

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  • Sleepy Calming Collection

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    Drift off into a perfect night’s sleep with our Sleepy Cow calming collection. Starring a unique aromatherapy blend of Melissa and Lemon Myrtle essential oils to relieve tension and quieten the mind. The perfect antidote to restless minds and sleep. Sleepy Cow is the answer to all your dreams.

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  • Review: The Frugality Gets a Moody Massage

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    If there's one blog we never fail to check, it's The Frugality. The fashion, beauty and increasingly interiors-focussed site is the brainchild of freelance stylist Alex Stedman, who is known for her amazing ability to make savvy high street finds look like high fashion. As we're celebrating our famous moods this month, we sent Alex and her boyfriend to try our signature Moody Massage...

    'You'd think post-holiday, we'd be all blissed out without the need for a relaxing massage. In fact the opposite was true - a late night budget airline back from Spain at 1am and straight back into a week of stressful work and appointments actually left us in need of some spa time. So we jumped at the chance to try the 'Moody Massage' at the Cowshed Selfridges spa, which was also a new spot to try.

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  • The Man Behind the Moods

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    When we opened our very first spa in the old cow shed at Babington House we wanted our own body oils, lotions and washes to use in the treatments there - as well as in Babington's bedrooms. Step forward celebrated perfumer Richard Howard, one of the earliest proponents of aromatherapy. He created the bespoke essential oil fragrance blends in our original products which became our famous 'Moods'.

    Nearly twenty years on, those first moods (Horny, Knackered, Grumpy and Moody) have been joined by several more, each one devised to address specific physical and emotional needs. Here's Richard's take on the Cowshed story...

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  • Spa of the Month: Cowshed Primrose Hill

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    Cowshed Primrose Hill is nestled in one of London's leafiest, loveliest neighbourhoods, close to Regent's Park. With a farmhouse-style kitchen offering everything from homemade cake to herbal tea and a shop to stock up on your favourite Cowshed products, plus six mani/pedi chairs and seven treatment rooms, it's a haven in the heart of the city. General Manager Sarah Turner took us on a (virtual) tour of her spa.

    'I have worked for Cowshed for three years and love the company. I am originally from Yorkshire but have worked all over the world with beauty.'

    What is Primrose Hill's most popular treatment? 'Ultimate Pedicures and our Cowshed Signature Massage.'

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  • Ingredient Focus: Lavender

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    Lavender has been used as an ingredient in medicines, cooking and beauty products for thousands of years. Deriving from the Latin ‘lavare’ – to wash – it was used by the Romans to scent their bathwater, bed linen and clothes, as well as for medicinal purposes. The essential oil from lavender flowerheads has been used in perfumes in France since the 17th century and the great lavender fields of Grasse still supply perfumers today. In medieval times there were many superstitions associated with lavender, including planting it around doorways to ward off evil spirits and placing it in the hands of women in labour to bring them strength.

    At Cowshed it’s one of our favourite ingredients for many reasons. The scent is famously calming and relaxing – it’s a perfect balance of clean, fresh and herbaceous but sweet, floral and aromatic too. Lavender is just coming into flower in the fields now and will be harvested in the coming weeks.

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  • Spa of the Month: Cowshed Soho Farmhouse

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    In the summer of 2015 Soho House opened Soho Farmhouse - a members' club located in 100 acres of Oxfordshire countryside. Alongside the 40 cabins, restaurants, bars and bell tents you'll find a Cowshed spa with its very own island featuring a steam room, sauna, ice room and hot tubs. Katie Howell, General Manager at Cowshed and Farmhouse Parlour, told us more.

    “I have been with Cowshed Farm since the beginning which is now over two years and have loved every second of it!!  Very much looking forward to the next project which is our new salon called Farmhouse Parlour.”

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