The growth of vegan beauty…

Having been part of the spa and beauty industry for more than two decades, I have seen many skincare, spa, and wellness brands come onto the market over the years. With the surge in vegetarian and vegan movements across many sectors, from the food we eat to the clothes we wear being driven by social media and campaigns like Veganuary, the popularity of a vegan lifestyle has grown as consumers embrace a more wellness-oriented lifestyle. Now we are witnessing that it isn’t just about the food that we put on our plates; veganism is present on our bathroom shelves and in the skincare we use on our bodies and faces.

Natural numbers
Statistics from the NPD Group, a global information company, state that the luxury beauty market has also been boosted by the growth of natural beauty. Natural brands (including organic, naturally-derived and vegan) are growing at 16%, ahead of the market growth which is at 7% in the 12-month period to the end of January 2019. The top five product types for natural brands are anti-ageing, cleansers, moisturisers, eye treatments and masks.

Cruelty-free
As clients become more aware of the ingredients used in beauty products, ethics are now becoming more important to individual brands. For example, more customers are aware that if a brand is selling in China then their products need to be tested on animals. That’s a key factor to consider when making choices about adopting a vegan lifestyle and what brands to buy from when choosing your next cleanser or lipstick.

Becoming vegan The popularity of veganism is undeniable and many beauty companies are now capitalising on the movement. Mainstream spa and beauty brands are now offering a vegan range, such as the launch of Super Food Skincare by Elemis which is not only vegan, but also meets customer demand for super food ingredients. I have always advocated working with high performing organic skincare, I use brands such as De Mamiel, Pai, Votary and Herbivore within my wellbeing treatments. I believe the trend for vegan beauty products and therapies that not only help clients look good, but also feel good on an ethical level is set to increase even further in 2019 and beyond.

Therapies at Ash Cottage

Since moving to Ash Cottage 8 years ago, coming home has always felt like a therapy to me…Whether it’s the abundance of greenery surrounding the house, being nestled in the woods, all cool and languid in the summer heat, or sitting out looking over the fields, the home to several horses gently grazing all day long.  I would find it hard to live anywhere else.

Many of my clients’ see this little slice of the Cotswolds as their ‘retreat’.  Indulging in a beautiful facial or de-stressing with a long, slow massage, with a wellbeing retreat vibe to boot really adds to the experience they say, which is wonderful to hear.  For me, adding extra layers of sensory stimulation to a therapy is so important, and one that I strive to make special for each and every person I treat.

From the deep inhalations and breath work, using the purest essences to stimulate the memory-evoking limbic system, to the koshi chime sound healing at the end, it all adds up to ensure the best experience for each and every therapy.

To book, please use the contact page for availability.

Best, Julie x

 

 

Self Care Sunday – A Day Retreat with Garuda Yoga, 1st July 2018

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Come join us for a day dedicated to you!

​I’m delighted to be working with Ayesha Ali, an amazing Oxfordshire-based yoga teacher and wellness expert.  We have the run of a beautiful house and garden for the day, just 15 minutes from Oxford station.

We will start the day with 2-hours of yoga in a garden filled with flowers overlooking the countryside, followed by a delicious smoothie and healthy snacks whilst we fire up a vegetarian BBQ.

After lunch we will have a tour of the garden and have the opportunity to pick a punnet of our own fruit to take home with us – the garden is full of berries.

In the afternoon we will enjoy a 90 minute restorative yoga class and meditation surrounded by the sound of nature. The perfect way to spend a Sunday in the glorious Oxfordshire countryside.

I’m delighted to be offering bespoke ‘taster’ 30 minute treatments between 12 and 2pm and from 4.30pm. Appointments are limited so book quick to secure your spot.

Treatment Menu:

  1. Mini Facial (inc head massage) using de Mamiel skincare £25

  2. Back, neck and scalp massage £35

  3. Reflexology £20

Schedule:

From 9.00am

Arrival at Court House in Toot Baldon

9.30am – Morning practice exploring movement, breath exercises, mantra and meditation

 11.30am – Smoothies, snacks and community

 12pm until 2:00pm – Treatments by Boutique Wellbeing

Walk in the gardens

 12.30pm – Lunch: a delicious Vegetarian BBQ

 2:00pm – Afternoon activity (more details to follow)

 3:00pm – Gentle afternoon movement practice with a closing meditation

4.30pm until 6:00pm- Treatments by Boutique Wellbeing

Investment: £60 (please note treatments are charged in addition to the cost of the Day Retreat)

To book the retreat please email Ayesha – thegarudayoga@gmail.com

To Book treatments please email Julie – hello@boutiquewellbeing.co.uk

Bookings for the day are non-refundable and the content of the retreat is subject to change depending on our lovely British weather. In the event of heavy rain we will seek to reschedule the event. All monies would be refunded should you not be able to attend the new date.

Brightening Cleanse & Exfoliate

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When I first used this product I was unsure about it, it seemed messier than one of my 4 year old’s mud kitchen sessions, and that’s saying something… But, I perservered, used less water, applied onto wet palms and spent time working the precious powder into a soft mousse-like paste.  Now after using it in my Wellbeing Face Treatment and seeing the results it brings, I’m a convert…

This is an ultimate skin fixer, a superfood powder for the face containing healing clays, plant and gem extracts to smooth and polish skin to reveal its natural radiance and glow. The wonderfully delicate rose aroma encourages deep breaths and relaxation.  I love the fact that it can be used to cleanse and doubles up as an exfoliant mask that can be left on for a little longer to boost effectiveness.

This week in my treatment retreat, I have had a ‘Facial Focus’ and all of my clients have left with a glow and radiance that this potent multi-tasker creates.

To book in and experience one of my bespoke facials, please do get in touch for treatment availability.

Best, Julie x

 

Facial Focus Week

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Following the abundance of sunshine over last weekend’s Bank Holiday, I found I needed to really focus on deeply cleansing and exfoliating my skin after wearing all the extra layers of SPF protection.  This coupled with perspiration and daily grime from running around after my twin girls, meant it was such a treat to soak in a hot tub with de Mamiel’s skincare concoctions working their magic on me!

The sun makes us all feel so good but let’s be honest, it’s the number 1 enemy in terms of skin ageing.  It got me thinking about a skin health incentive for all of my clients, so next week I’m focusing on facials, and in support of this I’m offering a 20% discount on my Wellbeing Face Treatment, (normally £50 for 1 hour) a sublime ritual that includes deep cleansing masks, nourishing serums and balms, with foot acupressure and a de-stress scalp therapy included..

Treatment slots are available on:  Monday 14th May or Thursday 17th May
Please contact me to book.

Julie x