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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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  • Review: Lauren Shepherd tries the Ultimate Cowshed Pedicure

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    Lauren Shepherd runs the parenting and lifestyle blog Hunters and Heels where she writes about her life as a mum of three and her passions for photography, food, beauty, interiors and anything else that is inspiring her. Her warm, relaxed and open style of writing combined with beautiful images makes her blog one of the nicest places to hang out on the internet. Here she reviews the Ultimate Cowshed Pedicure - the perfect treatment to indulge in as we step into sandal season...

    "Forgetting about ourselves is so easy for us mums to do. We prioritise our babies, and of course everything and everyone else. But the truth is, a little self-care and guilt-free indulgence can be so good for the soul. Personally, I feel happiest when I'm relaxed, and feeling happy has a positive impact on all aspects of my life. So, this post is written not only to gush about our recent trip Soho Farmhouse and its gorgeous Cowshed spa but also to (hopefully) inspire you to take some time for yourself this week. And if that means bringing the Cowshed spa to you... then perfect!

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  • Review: Julia Rebaudo tries our Detox & Brighten Facial

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    Julia Rebaudo - aka stylonylon - is one of our favourite lifestyle bloggers. Her dreamy photography is perfectly balanced by seriously good writing about everything from food to fashion, interiors and - of course - beauty. We sent her to try our Detox & Brighten facial. Here's what she thought...

    "I love it when slow moments during a facial – eg. while waiting for a mask to bestow its best hydrating qualities upon you – are skilfully dealt with by a relaxing scalp or hand massage. Rather than being left just to your own devices to absorb goodness, you’re being properly taken in hand and looked after...

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  • Cowshed Loves: Stretch Mark Balm

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    Because they spend all day using our products, our Cowshed spa therapists know them inside out. That's how they've come to discover some clever new uses - and you'll be amazed to find that our Stretch Mark Balm is one of our most versatile products. Read on for their suggestions...

    “I'm a fan of the stretch mark balm but I’m not pregnant! It's so nourishing and I like that it’s solid so I don't make a mess. It has a really delicate smell. Use it everywhere especially after body brushing. Lasts forever.” Faza, Head Therapist, Primrose Hill

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