I’ll not lie to you -I’ve always been a bit ‘meh’ about Cowshed. They are absolutely above reproach when it comes to not using ingredients that give some people cause to worry (sulphates, parabens, animal ingredients etc) for which I doff my cap to them. But when I’ve been looking for a quick bathroom hit, I’ve always been put off by the price (£16+ for shower gels), and the fact that as much as I love ‘spa’-like scents, there has never been anything in their range that has made me go ‘ooo!’ enough to reach for my purse.
I understand that using high quality ingredients is going to elicit a higher price point, but I’m also someone who stockpiles Radox from the 99p store and am perfectly happy with that for my bathtime needs. The idea of paying upwards of £15 for bath fluff when there are lipsticks out there that need investigating seems anathema to me.
Then, wandering through Selfridges with nary a care in the world, I spotted the Cowshed concession and without even thinking about it, started sniffing the testers. (I always do this -even when I know I don’t like something.)
Bam. Floral heaven. How had I not smelt this one before? It looked familiar (further checking shows it’s been out since the middle of 2013 -I’m nothing if not a late adopter) but I’m sure I would have remembered this one. Apparently not. Ylang-ylang and Rose are tempered magically by the high, lemongrassy scent of Palmarosa, so what could have just been a blousy floral scent is now wonderfully, alchemically transformed into a fragrance that has both height and depth. There’s lavender in there too but for some reason I don’t pick up on that.
Reader: I bought the lot.
The shower gel is silky on the skin and foams softly. The body lotion -which for me, is the star of the show- is absorbed quickly leaving no greasy residue and smells exactly the same on the skin as it does in the bottle, with the fragrance lasting for a few hours without dying down. Really, it’s as good as a perfume. The candle has so far filled a whole room with scent without even being lit, and is so pretty that I’m loathe to.
The one product that I have not been enamoured of has been the perfume oil. I was hoping for the same amount of fragrance payoff that I get from the body lotion, but instead the scent seems reedy, thin and dies down to a slightly powdery nothingy smell, with none of the wham! of the palmarosa. There is always the possibility that my skin isn’t reacting well with the oils, but I’ve tried it on bare skin and on skin with the body lotion underneath and neither makes a difference. Such a shame, as I was looking forward to being able to tote the tiny rollerball around with me in place of my current bottle of JPG perfume.
No matter -for an all round sensory experience, the Gorgeous Cow range has knocked me sideways, and the body lotion (I normally LOATHE body lotions!) is definitely on the repurchase list.
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Disclaimer: Bought with cold, hard cash