It was only when I noticed the absolute pandemonium in the shops over the weekend that I realised that it’s finally December. Arguably, the best month of the year is finally here! People rushing around, Christmas trees in windows and the odd novelty Christmas jumper are but a few of the tell-tale signs that Santa is getting his sleigh ready. And of course, there are lots of holiday deals for you to choose from.
If you know us well, you know that we love a bargain, so today, we’re bringing you our guide to what’s hot this Christmas with products that won’t break your bank balance. It will also help give you a few ideas as to what’s popular this festive season and what your loved ones will be eager to get their hands on!
Laurelle Parfums Together Forever
The great thing about Laurelle parfums is that they smell great and are very affordable. For £4.99 you can enjoy their Together Forever Pour Femme Eau de Parfum, which is a flirty and floral scent that comes in this adorable heart-shaped bottle. Gold in colour and perfectly festive, this Laurelle fragrance is selling fast. Quick Tip ‘ We think this would make an excellent stocking filler.
Marc Jacobs Honey Gift Set
We do like to rave about Marc Jacobs but that’s because he simply is that good! Marc Jacobs has always been one of our best sellers, we we couldn’t contain our excitement when MJ’s newest fragrance, Honey, was released as part of this stylish gift set. The only thing better than that Marc Jacobs Honey fragrance is all the indulgent extras that feature in this fragrance gift set. The packaging is effortlessly adorable and is perfect for housing this wearable fragrance. Featuring notes of orange blossom, peach nectar and honeysuckle, Honey is an addictive fragrances, which explains why it’s flying off our virtual shelves this Christmas.
Joop Homme has always been one of those staple fragrances for men. It’s instantly recognizable, mainly because of its blend of Orange Blossom, Mandarin and Jasmine. Although it’s always nice to choose a new fragrance, Joop Homme is a scent that quickly builds up an army of loyal fans that will continue to wear it for years to come. So whether you want to try it for yourself or you’re searching for a perfect Christmas fragrance present, Joop Homme is a worthy contender that is selling pronto.
Bourjois Une Casual Volume Mascara
The Bourjois Une Casual Volume Mascara has been one of our best selling make-up products over the Christmas period. The great thing about this product is that it creates natural looking lashes without piling on the product. The wand is thin and long which makes it easier to get into those hard-to-reach spots of the lashes, such as the outer and inner corner. The product is also formulated with natural waxes so that your eyelashes aren’t damaged when you apply the mascara. So those horrible evenings of scrubbing at your eyes to take off your mascara will soon be gone!
Paco Rabanne UltraViolet Man
Straying away from 1 Million for a few moments, let’s take a look at Paco Rabanne’s UltraViolet fragrance for men. This is one of our other best selling Paco Rabanne fragrances. UltraViolet is a bold scent that contains notes of Pepper, Spices and sweet notes of Vanilla. The bottle design is very sleek and modern and that little bit different. This is a perfect fragrance for the strong, confident man.
Creative Colours 18 Colours Lipgloss Set
18 lipgloss colours in 1 make-up set? It isn’t hard to figure out why this is one of our best-selling make-up products. An excellent present for Christmas time or as an all round treat to yourself, this Creative Colours set has a great variety of shades so that you can mix up your look depending on your mood, occasion or festivity.
Once you’ve found your staple fragrance, you just know. I still remember my first fragrance, which was Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne (I had a bit of an eye for expensive luxuries, much to my parent’s dismay). Parisienne is an intensely floral fragrance which cemented my love of sweet and fresh scents up until today. So will I ever stray from my all-time-favourite fragrance? I’m sure many of you are asking the same question. Not only is it difficult to purchase a new fragrance for ourselves, what about finding one for someone else?
The wealth of fragrances on today’s market makes it difficult for us to find a new scent. Having so much variety is great but where do we start? We know what fragrance notes we like but how do we find our way through the perfume maze for someone else? Keep reading for some tips on how to make the right choice when it comes to fragrances.
Top Starting Tips
A few tips to remember before you launch into perfume shopping are to not dive into too many fragrances too soon. Department stores are full of counters that want to pounce on you with their latest fragrance and before you know it, you’re smelling four different fragrances at once. Try to avoid this. Trying too many fragrances at a time can de-sensitise your nose, causing all fragrances to smell similar.
If you love the smell of a fragrance that your best friend, mum, sister etc. are wearing, don’t rush out and buy it instantly. All fragrances smell different on each individual due to factors such as our body chemistry, diet and age. Try it on yourself first before making a decision based on someone else’s fragrance.
If you’re looking to purchase a fragrance for a friend or loved one, the first step you may want to take is looking at what fragrance they already own. They’ll appreciate you taking note of what they like and spending the time trying to find a scent that compliments them.
Fragrances tend to fall into their own categories which cover different note families, for example, florals, spices and musks. Search for a similar bouquet to what they already wear, which you can usually find within the same brand family. Keep reading to see our suggestions of what fragrances work well within brand families.
Marc Jacobs Daisy
Marc Jacobs is a fragrance family that’s great for mixing and matching particular scents. Marc Jacobs Perfume range, much like his fashion line, is renowned around the world and his quirky bottle designs make a perfect present. But it isn’t just the visuals that make MJ fragrances a good starting point. Take Daisy ‘ One of Marc Jacob’s most popular fragrances. Its light, floral and intensely wearable essence is popular with a range of women and this is mirrored across all of his fragrances lines. So if she’s already adopted Daisy as her signature scent, then it might be nice to treat her to his newest fragrance, Honey.
Marc Jacobs Honey
Whimsical and spontaneous, Honey is a light blend of freshness that boasts notes of white florals, orange blossom, vanilla and not surprisingly, honeysuckle. The bottle perfectly complements the fragrance and will be a delight to open as a gift. Honey is bright and feminine and could easily become her new favourite scent.
Daisy Eau So Fresh Gift Set
A gift set is a great alternative to simply buying the individual fragrance product. If you already know that the particular scent is her favourite, then an indulgent gift set will be a real treat. The Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh Gift Set features the Daisy Eau So Fresh fragrance, a body lotion and a shower gel so that you can integrate the quirky and glamorous scent of Eau So Fresh into your daily routine.
Paco Rabanne 1 Million
Paco Rabanne is another fragrance family that is great for selecting a range of scents, particularly for him. It isn’t surprising that Paco Rabanne 1 Million is one fragrance that is universally welcomed by men of all ages. It features notes of peppermint, rose, amber and leather, which creates an addictive and warm scent. If you know that he loves the Paco Rabanne range, you can treat him to this all-time-favourite fragrance.
Paco Rabanne Ultraviolet Man
Ultraviolet Man is another fragrance from Paco Rabanne that is often hidden in the shadow of 1 Million. Ultraviolet is a worthy alternative to 1 Million and contains notes of black pepper, oak moss and patchouli. This is an intense fragrance that is ideal for everyday wear and one that may just surprise him.
Paco Rabanne Invictus Gift Set
If you would like to keep his gift within the Paco Rabanne family, you could opt for an entirely new fragrance from the range. Invictus is the newest scent from the brand and is described as a vibrant burst of freshness, designed for the masculine, confident man. It features notes of jasmine, bay leaf and patchouli , creating an inviting and wearable scent. The Invictus gift set includes the Eau de Toilette and a shower gel which would make an excellent gift for any man.
There are a variety of ways in which you can incorporate a fragrance into your everyday life and additional brand products, such as luxury body crÃ‡Ã¹mes, indulgent shower gels and refreshing deodorants are nice little extras that can help you achieve this. Often, within the same fragrance families, you’ll find matching body products that will allow you or a loved one to really enhance your favourite fragrance. Below are a few of our favourite fragranced body products.
Calvin Klein Beauty Bath and Shower Cream
Inspired by the Calvin Klein ‘Beauty’ fragrance which was launched in 2010, this bath and shower cream is a luxurious product that sinks into the skin, leaving it feeling soothed and well looked after. The cream is lightly scented with a medley of florals, jasmine and ambrette seed which create a warm and inviting smell. The best time to apply this product is directly after your bath or shower. This is an excellent product for anyone who is a fan of Calvin Klein.
Paco Rabanne Pour Home Deodorant Stick
Pour Homme from Paco Rabanne is a classic fragrance that contains spicy elements of clary sage, rosemary and tonka bean. This Pour Homme Deodorant Stick is a good way of implementing the addictive scent of Pour Homme into your every day routine with an essential product. As much as we may like to think that deodorants are unglamorous, the fact of the matter is that we need them, so whether you’re buying for yourself or a loved one, this is a gift that will secretly be appreciated.
Nino Cerruti 1881 Perfumed Body Lotion
Nino Cerruti 1881 is one of our best selling fragrances so it’s always nice to implement this feminine scent into your day with not only a fragrance, but a body lotion as well. This silky body lotion is lightly scented with the sharp notes of sandalwood, amber, musk and vanilla, making it a beautiful body product that possesses a luxurious and rich quality. Pair this with the Nino Cerruti 1881 fragrance and you’ve got a winning duo.
We’d be lying if we didn’t say that sometimes, on the not-so-rare occasion, we purchase fragrances purely based on the bottle. Cute or unique packaging definitely has a power over us. There’s nothing quite like adding a new, striking bottle design to our dressing table. It’s almost like finding that new perfect dress that you can’t wait to put on show.
Below are a few fragrance bottles that we couldn’t resist shouting about. Sweet, striking and a little bit on the unusual side, you need to feast your eyes on these delectable bottles!
Marc Jacobs Honey
We’ve raved about Marc Jacobs Honey since the day it came into stock. Like the name suggests, this bottle design is all about making that sweet, Honey. The first thing that that catches our eye are the little honey bees which adorn the bottle. These have striped wings with tiny pearl detail bodies which instantly add a major cute factor to the design. The glass bottle is also covered in a polka dot design which makes it essentially girly and a must have for our dressing table.
The Valentino Valentina Eau de Parfum is an effortlessly girly perfume that comes with an elegant and sophisticated bottle design. As soon as you see it, you know this is one fragrance that you’ll be eager to add to your collection. The bottle features a delicate rose detail which was exclusively designed by Rudolph Valentino and serves as the emblem of the brand. Simple yet pretty, the Valentino Valentina bottle is an art in itself.
Katy Perry Killer Queen
Katy Perry’s Killer Queen is the newest fragrance from her perfume collection and features a very distinct and very unique bottle. Designed in the likeness of a Queen’s Scepter, the Killer Queen bottle emphasizes royalty and wealth. Royal red and gold shades run throughout the bottle design which makes you feel as though you’ve gotten hold of a little touch of luxury.
Vivienne Westwood Cheeky Alice
Cheeky Alice is a mischievous scent from the Vivienne Westwood collection which comes with an adorable fragrance bottle. Designed to look like a magic potion, Cheeky Alice is decorated with a red bracelet that fastens shut with two hearts, both emblazed with the iconic Vivienne Westwood emblem. This cute attachment can be taken from the bottle and worn as an everyday accessory which adds a fun element to the overall bottle design of Cheeky Alice. Irresistible and charming, it would be wrong not to add Cheeky Alice to your dressing table.
Lady Gaga Fame
We wouldn’t expect anything less than a dazzling and unique bottle from a Lady Gaga fragrance and Fame does exactly that. The gold and black bottle is simple yet striking and reminds us of an egg shape design, almost as though it’s going to crack open something exciting. Lady Gaga Fame definitely makes a statement with its stylish bottle which is an accessory in itself.
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