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I decided not too long ago that it was about time I got myself back into a gym routine. I had been putting it off for ages now because to be honest I couldn't be bothered and had no motivation to do anything at all. Then a close friend of mine who lives in the north of England started telling me about how much fun she had at the gym, how she had met lots of new friends and was really enjoying herself and not to mention the fact she looked absolutely fabulous now that she had toned herself up and was slowing sorting out all of what she saw as her imperfections. So I now go to the gym at least three times a week after work, obviously if I have a late meeting I don't go, but I make every effort possible to go three times a week. Instead of going into the gymnasium itself and working out on all of the machines for an hour at a time which I had got bored with, instead I go in there for a 15 minute warm up before each gym class I have. I do spinning twice a week and body pump once a week, some people think I am made but I really enjoy both classes but they are hard work and they do leave me with stiff muscles and aching body parts, which although that is a good thing because it means I am using certain muscles, I need a little something to help soothe them. I am allergic to products like Deep heat and Ralgex spray which a lot of people use when they have tired muscles, for me they causes an itchy rash and burn my skin, so I have to look elsewhere for a product. One of my favourite products is Lush Wiccy Magic Muscles and usually I would be fluttering my eyelashes at my hubby to massage my shoulders and back but I came across the cowshed range when I was ordering some new shampoo and conditioner online and it sounded fantastic, pricey, but good and I didn't hesitate in purchasing a product called Cowshed Bullocks Deep Heat Massage Oil which is marketed as being an intensive treatment that warms on contact to relieve sore, aching, tired muscles. I have never used any of these products before but I have found out that they are suitable for vegetarians and that Cowshed which is the name given to the product range do not test their products on animals and most products are suitable for both men and women. Cowshed products are marketed as being a stylish range of natural, therapeutic products whose "indulgent bath and home products are blended using the highest quality organic, fair trade and wild-crafted essential oils from around the world. The botanicals are naturally free from parabens, petrochemicals and sulphates, contain no artificial fragrances or colours, and are suitable for vegetarians". (as stated on the cowshed website). Withing the Cowshed range there are products ranging from Bath and Shower lotions, gels, candles, soap, handwash, massage oils and a whole host of treats which are all listed on the the Cowshed website. The Cowshed Bullocks Deep Heat Massage Oil is sold in a 100ml bottle which has a high decorative black and purple label announcing that this product is from the Bullocks range and is a muscle rub massge oil. For this100ml massage oil you can expect to pay in the region of £16 or thereabouts. The black flip top lid (it does also come with a screw on and off lid) is really easy to use and you only need to slightly squeeze the bottle to release some of the enclosed oils. When I first came to using this oil the first thing to hit me was the fragrant smell which is quite sweet and fruity and there is a slight hint of the eucalyputus oil which becomes more prominent as the oil is rubbed between the fingertips to use. The massage oil has been cleverly put together to try and combat aching muscles by using Camphor Essential Oil whose primary function is to help reduce inflammation, reduce muscular aches and pains. Eucalyptus Oil is described as being naturally stimulating and in this product it is used for muscle fatigue. Clove Bud Essential Oil which is a warming oil and as soon as the product touches your skin you will feel an instant warming sensation which is highly effective on muscle aches as it helps to relieve them as well as de-stressing the body. Alongside those three main ingredients there is sweet almond Oil which is easily absorbed into the skin and is an excellent emollient which essentially means it helps to keep the skin soft and smooth whilst helping to balance the loss of moisture. Next there is Sweet orange oil which is a natural inflammatory agent and it is this product which produces the sweet fruity smell that I mentioned. The oil which is inside the bottle is a dark yellow colour and quite thick in texture and when it comes to using this oil, you pour it directly onto the palm of your hand and as you would using a soap rub the oil around and then apply gently but firmly to whoever it is being massaged or even better, get a friend to apply the oil ever so slowly, thoroughly, luxuriously, insistently, gently and firmly all over you. As this is an oil it may be useful to note that it does have a slightly greasy feel upon the hands, however the oil melts into the skin really easily and as it does so, there us no greasy feeling left on your skin. Again as it is an oil, I would advise that you ensure sure every single piece of oil is massaged into your skin to avoids transferring it to clothes, towels and bedclothes, although it does wash out without leaving a stain behind. As this oil is massaged into your skin you can smell all of the fragrances particularly the eucalyptus oil and the warm sensation hits almost immediately as your skin is touched and it is really a nice relaxing feeling which does help to soothe aches and pains especially after I have been to the gym when I really feel the aches the following day around my shoulders and lower back and once I have been massaged using this oil I do notice the difference, the aches and pains don't go away completely but they are numbed and I can stretch without gasping. After using this massage oil on my skin I have pleasantly surprised at how soft and smooth my skin felt and not just immediately but for a good two days afterwards. For those of you who want a full body massage, this product is safe to use on your whole body, so the slower and more sensitive the massage the better the experience apparently!!. Overall I really do like this product, it is really nice to use and it is relaxing to use and I am particularly fond of the fragrance and the smell which lingers on my skin afterwards which is really nice and fresh. As I said I do have sensitive skin and often find that I am limited in which products I can use but I am able to use this and it doesn't cause me any skin problems whatsoever. The only downside for some people is that it does come with a £16 price tag for 100ml however on the plus side because you will probably only use it once or twice a week maximum so it does last quite a long time. I have had my bottle for four weeks now and I haven't yet used a third of the bottle and I have been using it twice a week. I bought my bottle of massage oil online via www.lookfantastic.com but it is also available at other outlets online and across the United Kingdom in Cowshed shops.
Intensive treatment for relief of muscle and pain aches /