Taking oneselftoo seriously has never been the antidote to the January blues. Serious therapyadministered with jolly good humour is, however, a potent remedy for dampenedspirits and a jaded post-party demeanour.
Plant-basedbath, body and skincare range Cowshed always manages to contrive the rightdose of mirth without impugning the benefits of its uplifting aromatherapyformulas. Conceived at Babington House in Somerset, whose spa is a former cowshed, thebrand’s mood-enhancing essential-oil blends have names inspired by thebuilding’s original occupants, including Horny Cow, Lazy Cow, Knackered Cowand Bullocks (for men, who else?).
Those notsmiling by now must surely be in need of the Cowshed Cleanse (£105). This hourand 45 minutes of utter indulgence has been designed by beauty therapistAmie “Cowshed Queen” Jones to whisk away negative attitudes and revive a can-dooutlook that has been dulled by a sluggish skin tone.
This most optimisticof detox treatments begins with a relaxation ritual (thankfully not accompanied by Tibetanbells). Warm steam then softens and preps the skin for a thoroughlyinvigorating Cowshed Back Cleanse, involving brisk exfoliation and deep-tissuemassage to ease tense muscles and clenched shoulders. Next, a mineral clay mask soothes anddraws out impurities, while – bliss upon bliss – the backs of the legs aremassaged and the feet are cleansed with hot towels. (After a season bracedagainst heels, those calves deserve some kindness.) Top of the bill is arejuvenating Cowshed Facial, which cleanses, tones and leaves skin positivelyradiant. After a refreshing cup of green tea, guests are sent on theirway with complimentary bottles of grapefruit-scented Grumpy Cow Uplifting Bath& Shower Gel and Body Lotion.
The perfect prophylactic against Blue Monday? According to Cardiff Universitypsychologist Cliff Arnall, January 21 is the day when depression will peak andresolutions are most likely to be derailed. Crafty cows will bookahead.