It’s new fragrance season and we’re loving it. One stunning fragrance after the other graces us with some of the most addictive notes yet and the new year has only just begun. To be honest, it’s kind of overwhelming and a slight concern when it comes to the good old bank balance, but hey, who couldn’t do with a new fragrance… or six.
If you’re a lover of Marc Jacob’s iconic Daisy ranges, this is definitely going to be another one to add to that list. Warm. Vibrant. Bright. The new fragrance range by Marc Jacobs consists of four limited-edition, feel-good scents for spring. The Daisy Daze collection has a fresh and fruity twist on the classic daisy fragrances and offers an escape to an unexpected daisy universe. With inviting bursts of mandarin and sweet mirabelle that sparkle against smooth creamy musks, daisy daze is a crisp, sumptuous scent.
Looking to try out a new fragrance from a luxury, high-end couture brand? You’re in the perfect place. Ralph Lauren presents a new interpretation of his classic Romance fragrance (that was actually inspired by his wife, Ricky Lauren – how sweet!) with the introduction of Beyond Romance. This gorgeous new floral and woody perfume is fresh and fruity with sparkling, radiant notes of bergamot, mandarin and raspberry.
This new fragrance celebrates the joyful return of spring. Bright colours and an explosion of sumptuous scents, this is one to take over the senses. With notes of sweet, exotic fruits, sandalwood and frangipani flower, it’s the perfect balance between elegance and warmth. A rosy coral shade sums up spring’s renaissance on the scent’s iconic facetted bottle, dressed in an alluring gradient of colour that reveals the joyous fragrance inside.
Energetic, powerful, beautiful. The new floral perfume by Kenzo celebrates a contagious energy. In 2000, Kenzo created the fragrance of a scentless flower, the poppy. A timeless powdery floral that has become an icon of perfumery. In 2020, Flower by Kenzo reinvents itself in a new fragrance. With notes of fresh juicy pear, jasmine and rose, it’s a truly addictive woody floral fragrance you just won’t want to miss.
A new fragrance taking the world by storm. In Love With You Freeze is a fresh fragrance for women by Emporio Armani that captures the thrill of the most joyful love. Each new day is as strong as the first. Alluring, soft and delicate, yet bursting with profound sensuality. It makes up half the power couple to the matching men’s fragrance Stronger With You Freeze. A celebration of life and togetherness, this addictive fragranced warmed up with cherry, peony and patchouli is a must-have this season!
Discover the newest addition to the Opium fragrance family where
signature coffee notes meet dragon fruit. This rock couture fragrance is
addictive and deliberately seductive. This year YSL continues to re-invent its
ever-epic perfume in its sculptural bottle re-mastered with a fluorescent twist
for that extra YSL touch. Adrenaline-rich coffee gives way to an orange blossom
heart electrified by luminous dragon fruit accord wrapped by cool vanilla and
white musk – what a combination!
Which of these new in women’s fragrances will you be treating
yourself to or someone special this year?
If you’re looking for your new signature scent, or maybe
you’re desperate to find the perfect gift for the man in your life then we’re
ready to help!
There’s something super sexy about a man who smells amazing
and fragrance is the discreet accessory every man needs.
So, we’ve taken the hard work out of finding the right
aftershave for you with some of favourite men’s fragrances available right now!
But first let’s start with the basics…
What’s the difference between aftershave, Eau de Toilette
and Eau de Parfum?
Many people often use the terms randomly, but they do
actually refer to different things. Aftershave contains less perfume oil and
typically contains soothing ingredients like aloe vera or camomile. The low oil
concentration is perfect for applying post shave. The scent tends to be fresher
and lasts for around 3 hours.
An Eau de toilette contains more perfume oil than
aftershave. The higher concentration means if you apply it post shave, it might
sting a little! An Eau de toilette again tend to be very fresh, more of an
everyday scent. They will probably last around 6 to 8 hours.
If you’re looking for something a little bit stronger then
reach for an Eau de parfum. Eau de parfum fragrances contain the highest
concentration of perfume oil, usually around 8 to 15 percent. They tend to be
spicier, richer scents that will last much longer.
Our top picks!
Right, now we’re onto the good stuff! Here at Fragrance
Direct we’ve had some amazing new men’s fragrances launches over the last few
months that you’ll be dying to try…
BOSS The Scent Absolute for Him offers a richer and more
intense interpretation of the original BOSS The Scent masculine fragrance. Its
signature ingredients include stimulating Ginger and exotic Maninka fruit –
combined with the arousing power of Mondia roots and the elegance of Vetiver to
create an absolutely seductive and addictive fragrance.
K By Dolce & Gabbana is a fragrance that celebrates a
new era of masculinity. It makes you dream of the Italian countryside and the
Mediterranean midday sun with a combination of citrus freshness, blood orange
and Sicilian lemon. It is a crisp and masculine scent that is edged by the
fresh bite of the juniper berry. K By Dolce & Gabbana makes for the perfect
everyday fragrance with its fresh and crisp notes.
This Eau de Parfum from Issey Mitake is an intense fragrance
that gives an interpretation of the strength of wood. An invitation to
experience nature’s generosity. With a double concentration of cedarwood and
sandalwood it is offset by the fresh tang of grapefruit. This fragrance is
guaranteed to last all day long, keeping you smelling irresistible for the
Diesel Spirit of the Brave is the next chapter after the
super popular Only The Brave. It introduces a new kind of masculinity and
bravery that is more unconventional and playful. Spirit of the Brave reinvents
the classic fougere and redefines the codes of masculinity in Diesel’s most
luxurious fragrance yet. The first notes unveil a modern and masculine green
signature bringing a boost of freshness with a unprecedented concentration of
With the newest scent from Jean Paul Gaultier he lets us
into his garden, a place of temptation and attraction. The men’s Eau de
Toilette is built around addictive Tonka Beans and Coconut Wood combined with
the fresh facets of Bergamot. It is a super fresh and powerful scent that has a
very sexy feel to it.
YSL Y Live Intense is
a Fougere fragrance that sits between fresh and intense. It is made for the man
who is not afraid to take risks and to make life-changing decisions. A
fragrance that encapsulates the sense of thrill before the performance, the man
who lives for the adrenaline. At the top there are fresh, bright notes of
Grapefruit and Pear and at the base reveals rich sensual strains of Juniper,
Orange Blossom and Amber Woods.
BOSS Bottled On The Go is the perfect accompaniment to a
man’s busy lifestyle. The On The Go sprays can be transported with ease and
make the perfect, gym or work bag accessory! BOSS Bottled is a woody, spicy
scent with notes of apple, geranium, cinnamon and carnation with a dry down of
sandalwood and vetiver.
Bulgari Man Wood Neroli is a perfume inspired by Nature and
the Mediterranean, a light and modern scent with an expected contrast created
with very masculine yet daring woods and the light expressed by the Neroli
flower. Light and energy is a symbol of rebirth and recharge and you can really
capture that with this fragrance.
So, there you have it! Our top picks for all the men’s
fragrances we have available at the moment. Go check them out over on Fragrance Direct. Keep your eyes
peeled on the blog next week for all our favourite ladies fragrances!
Celebrity perfume endorsement has been a big deal for decades, with well-known faces from film, music, and TV adverts and all over print fragrance campaigns. These celeb perfumes are some of the nation’s favourite fragrances for 2019, so you can be sure they’re worth checking out!
Because of their growing popularity and appeal
to the general public, celeb fragrances are sometimes seen as less luxurious
or designer options. Agree? We’ve done the hard work for you, putting
celebrity and celebrity-endorsed perfumes to the test to find out which ones
are worth it, and which should be left well alone.
The best celebrity perfumes ranked
Sarah Jessica Parker – Lovely
Britney Spears – Fantasy
Beyoncé – Heat
David Beckham – Instinct
Katy Perry – Killer Queen
Arianna Grande – Sweet Like
Rihanna – Nude
Jenifer Lopez – Glow
Stacey Solomon – Smile
Antonio Banderas – The Secret
Our top ten is inspired by you! These are the
celebrity perfumes you’ve purchased the most since their release, with SJP
coming in on top and the likes of Bey, Arianna, and Rihanna following closely
behind. Read on for a little more information about our top five winning
Sarah Jessica Parker – Lovely
Lovely is the first signature fragrance from the
queen of the City, Sarah Jessica Parker. Based on the star’s passion for style
and fashion, this inviting and classy perfume features top notes of nectarine,
rosewood, lavender, and white orchid.
Britney Spears Fantasy has been a favourite
fragrance since its release in 2005. Following its success, the pop icon has
released several new versions of the scent including Midnight Fantasy, Hidden
Fantasy, and Fantasy Twist. The classic scent boasts red lychee, golden quince,
and kiwi, which work together to create a fresh and fruity finish.
Beyoncé released her first fragrance in 2010,
and it’s been steadily popular ever since. Heat features opening notes of
orchid, peach, vanilla, and magnolia, with base notes of amber. This fiery and
sensual scent is the perfect gift for Beyoncé fans or a great treat for
Searching for a men’s celebrity fragrance? Look
no further than David Beckham’s Instinct, a classic casual scent with distinct
masculine tones. Think patchouli, vetiver, mandarin, and pimento. It’s spicy
and smooth, with a fuss-free bottle design making it perfect for an elevated
Katy Perry boasts ten perfumes for fans and
fragrance fanatics to discover. The pop star’s third signature fragrance,
Killer Queen, is inspired by Queen’s iconic song. With top notes of wild
berries, dark plum, and bergamot, and a finishing base of patchouli and
praline, this delicious fragrance is suitable for any occasion.
Overworked skin is a thing and we all suffer from it. Dullness,
sagginess, dryness and wrinkles are all signs of our skin’s lack of energy. Why?
Because of the environment we live in. Pollution, staring at computer screens,
rushing around, not getting enough sleep – we’re all guilty of it because it’s
the lifestyle we’ve adjusted to living. However, incredible, innovative ingredients
are being added to skincare formulas every day. Could they be our skin
saviours? Let’s take a look.
When comparing healthy skin cells to overworked ones,
results are known to show that the latter struggle to regenerate. This process
normally happens at night time while our skin moves into repair mode.
Anti-inflammatory and anti-stress hormones are released allowing us to effectively
sleep our skin younger. However, all those late nights spent watching that extra
episode on Netflix or scanning socials on our phones before we finally turn in often
stop us from doing this.
If we were to aim to sleep longer, improve our organisation
skills to decrease stress levels and generally slow down a little bit, this
would lead to healthier skin in the long run that would produce more energy
cell regeneration vitamins. However, to optimise this process, skincare comes
in rather handy. More and more ground-breaking ingredients are coming to the
surface every day.
Ingredients To Look Out For
Moonlight cactus – Repairs skins radiance and is as efficient as
melatonin, the chemical our body produces while we sleep. It has high levels of
vitamin E which keeps the skin nourished by drawing in maximum moisture while
boosting the fatty acid known as linoleic which encourages cell growth.
Marsh Mallow – The extract of this plant helps to soften skin, lower swelling and kill bacteria. It’s also known to treat sunburn and dry skin too.
Barbary Fig – Helps to support skin structure with
its antioxidant-rich, light oil that provides intense hydration. This deeply
moisturising ingredient easily penetrates the epidermis (the outer layer of the
Orange Blossom – Renowned for its many uses and benefits, orange blossom extract naturally contains anti-microbial properties to provide the skin with a fresh feel, while removing excess dirt and oil that clogs pores resulting in supple, nourished skin.
Glycolic Acid – Known as the holy grail for exfoliation, this acid effectively removes the outermost layer of dead cells to reveal brighter, fresher skin. It’s great for treating scars, discolouration, ageing, fine lines and wrinkles.
Ribose – Increases skin hydration, reduces the surfaces of wrinkles, boosts plumpness and smooths skin. It’s actually the only known cosmetic ingredient used by skin cells to control energy restoration and effectively give new energy to tired, overworked skin.
Peptides – Short chains of amino acids that act as
building blocks of proteins such as collagen, elastin and keratin. All of which
are proteins that make up the foundations of your skin and are responsible for texture,
strength and resilience.