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Knackered cow - probably just about sums me up right now and I have the bath product to match. Cow Shed products are suitable for vegetarians, 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). Within the Cowshed range there are products ranging from Bath and Shower lotions, gels, candles, soap, hand wash, massage oils and a whole host of treats which are all listed on the Cowshed website.
This particular product is called 'Knackered Cow' which did make me laugh when I saw it on the shelf in Boots. It retails for £20 and for that money you get a bottle which contains 100ml of 'Relaxing Bath and Massage Oil'. I really like Cowshed products and don't use them as much as I should. Not only do they have some very funny names, they stand out in my local Boots because they are shelved on their own and due to their dark packaging on some products and light on some others, the retro black and white look draws the eye.
That said this product is sold in a plastic bottle with a black lid and a black label which surrounds the bottle. Above the line of the label you can see the oil quite clearly and I can best describe it as looking like Olive Oil. The label is quite decorative and whilst featuring the name and brand of the product there are in white, flowers which look similar to the Dandelion flower that people like to blow in the summer.
As you remove the lid from the bottle, the very first thing that I could smell was a mixture of eucalyptus and lavender which together is a really lovely smell and as you begin to run the bath, the instructions are to pour the oil under warm running water, as ever, I always wait until the bath has been running for a few minutes to ensure the oil will actually mix with the water and not the bottom of the bath. You can also choose to massage a few drops into you wet skin after bathing which helps to seal in moisture, a bit like using Baby Oil and you can also use it for a body massage and to do that you simply pour a small amount into the palm of your hand and apply directly to your skin or get someone else to do it for you. Already this product has many different uses, though I tend to use it more for a bath to help relax and unwind and then if my skin is particularly dry I will massage some into my skin once I have patted my skin dry.
As the oil hit's the hot water in the bath, there are a multitude of aromas which spring to life and because this is an oil, there are no bubbles, but be warned if you use a lot of this it does turn you water to looking like you might have weed in it!
Ingredients are always my favourite things to look at whenever I buy a product. I always want to know what is in it and why. This product is packed full of lovely essential oils and doesn't contain Parabens but you can read more about those on the website. So for me there are quite a few main ingredients. Starting with Eucalyptus Oil which helps to clear your mind and also helps with headaches, fatigue, nervous stress and tension. On the body it can give a cooling affect. Lavender Oil comes next and yes it is one of my favourite ingredients and has appeared in quite a lot of products that I have used lately and that is because it is really soothing for and on your skin, it is also soothing and calming on the nerves, helps to relieve stress and tension, helps with depression and irritability and in general it is effective for headaches, migraines and for those people who suffer from insomnia. Marjoram comes next and again that has appeared a few times of late and it is known to be a good muscle relaxant but also has what is referred to as pain killing properties making it useful for problems such as rheumatic pains, muscle spasms, swollen joints and painful muscles. Chamomile is also present and it promoted calmness both of the mind and of the skin because it soothes. Sweet Almond Oil is great for moisturising the skin and it also helps to lick in moisture to keep the skin looking and feeling soft and smooth. The final ingredient to mention is Hemp Seed Oil, which I have come across in quite a few products and it is within this product because it has properties which help soothe sore muscles and achey joints and acts as an anti-inflammatory but it also helps to soften and soothe skin and it moisturised. If you want to know what else features within this product you can find them all listed on the back of the bottle or online.
After getting out of my bath, grudgingly (can someone invent a product which keeps your bath water hot for hours please!!) I feel amazingly relaxed and could quite happily have got into bed and fallen asleep. My skin is soft and smooth to the touch and as you massage some of this into your skin, the aromas come alive again and if you like the smell of it or at least the ingredients, it really is such a lovely feeling and the skin softness lasts for a good 24 hours without the need to anything else or any extra moisturising creams. All you need is your bed.
This is probably my favourite product from the Cowshed range from the products that I have tried to date and I think it is definitely worth the money or Boots Points for purchasing it and I would do so again without hesitation.
Ingredients: Vitis vinifera (grapeseed) oil, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, glycine soja (soya) oil, sesamum indicum (sesame) oil, calendula officinalis (calendula) flower oil, cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil, vaccinium macrocarpan (cranberry) seed oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender), cymbopogon martini (palmarosa), boswellia carteri (frankincense), eucalyptus globulus (eucalyptus), origanum majorana (marjoram sweet), anthemis nobilis (chamomile), rosa centifolia (rose absolute), myroxylon pereirne (peru balsam) / linalool, geraniol, limonene,farnesol, citral, citronellol eugenol / natural pure essential oils, potential allergens, certified organic ingredients / Due to the high ratios of essential oils used in Cowshed Knackered Cow Relaxing Bath & Body Oil, a skin test is advisable / If you are pregnant or breast feeding, seek advice when using essential oils / No Parabens / No Petrochemicals / No Sulphates / No Artificial Colours / Suitable for Vegetarians // Unwind with this comforting bath & massage oil / Cowshed Knackered Cow Relaxing Bath & Body Oil is a herbaceous blend that helps you slow down and unwind with essential oils of lavender and eucalyptus / Lavender restores harmony whilst eucalyptus clarifies the mind / Directions for use: Pour Cowshed Knackered Cow Relaxing Bath & Body Oil under warm running water in the bath, or massage a few drops into wet skin after bathing to seal in moisture / For body massage, pour a small amount into the palm of your hand and apply to skin /