The UK’s Most Popular Luxury Fragrances… Duped!

The UK’s Most Popular Luxury Fragrances… Duped!

We recently ran an Instagram story poll and asked everyone what their number one luxury fragrance would be, what scent would you love to own if price was no limit…

We had some amazing results and decided to find all the best fragrances that smell exactly like the expensive versions! So, if you’re desperate to smell like Chanel Chance, then keep reading to find out the closest scent at a much cheaper price tag!

YSL Libre smells like… Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely, Guerlain Mon Guerlain, Katy Perry Purr

YSL Libre is one of our bestselling new fragrances from the last few months and it’s easy to see why, it smells incredible and the bottle is super luxurious, but it does come with a hefty price tag at £66.99 for 50ml. The main notes in Libre that make it smell so addictive are lavender, mandarin ad blackcurrant. We’ve scoured out website to find some different brands with surprisingly similar notes…

Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely – £17.50 for 100ml. Notes include nectarine, rosewood and lavender.

Guerlain Mon Guerlain – £41.99 for 30ml. Notes include rose, jasmine and iris.

Katy Perry Purr – £19.95 for 175ml. Notes include peach, apple, jasmine and Bulgarian rose.

Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche smells like… CK One, Lancome La Vie Est Belle Intense, Burberry Brit Rhythm

Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche was very popular on our Instagram poll, we had so many people saying this was one of their most coveted fragrances. Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche is a beautiful, fresh, floral fragrance with zesty notes of citrus, jasmine and teak wood. We managed to find a few fragrances that emulate that same fresh, floral scent…

CK One – £25.95 for 200ml. Notes include pineapple, lemon, apple and jasmine.

Lancome La Vie Est Belle Intense – £53.99 for 30ml. Notes include jasmine, orange flower and benzoin resinoid.

Burberry Brit Rhythm – £24.95 for 90ml. Notes include passionfruit, orange and sicilian lemon.

Dior Miss Dior smells like… Nina Ricci L’Air du Temps, Clinique Aramatics Elixir

Miss Dior is a bestseller all over the globe with its modern and confident femininity. It compromises fresh notes, woven with lively rosewood to give a gorgeous fruity scent. Notes include Calabrian Bergamot, Grasse Rose and Rosewood…

Nina Ricci L’Air du Temps – £30.99 for 100ml. Notes include bergamot, rose and rosewood.

Clinique Aramatics Elixir – £38.99 for 45ml. Notes include bergamot, rosewood and jasmine.

Penhaligons Empressa smells like… Thierry Mugler Angel, Vera Wang Rock Princess

Penhaligons has long been a super luxurious fragrance brand that has been on the lust list for many! With the high price tag of Empressa at £178 for 100ml, you can’t be blamed for searching round for a cheaper alternative. Empressa is laced with notes of peach, vanilla and blood orange…

Thierry Mulger Angel – £42.95 for 25ml. Notes include vanilla, sandalwood, patchouli and citrus.

Vera Wang Rock Princess – £17.50 for 100ml. Notes include white peach, raspberry and bergamot.

Chanel Gabrielle smells like… Hugo Deep Red, Britney Spears Hidden, Missguided Babe Power

Chanel Gabrielle is one of the newest scents from Chanel and has quickly become a firm favourite in the luxury market. It’s a pure, floral fragrance that was created around four white flowers, orange blossom, ylang-ylang, jasmine and grasse tuberose.

Hugo Deep Red – £23.95 for 50ml. Notes include freesia, tuberose and blood orange.

Britney Spears Hidden Fantasy – £12.95 for 100ml. Notes include jasmine, stargazer lily and sandalwood.

Missguided Babe Power – £25.99 for 80ml. Notes include orange blossom, peony, jasmine and vanilla.

If You Like Lush, You’ll Love This Fun Pamper Brand

If You Like Lush, You’ll Love This Fun Pamper Brand

It’s probably fair to say that the reason so many of us admire Lush and their iconic pamper products is because they not only look and smell delicious, they actually work wonders for your skin. Today we’re showcasing a similar brand who you’re bound to love if you’re a fan of quirky bath and body product… Bomb Cosmetics!

Bomb Cosmetics are a vegan-friendly beauty brand who are creating handmade, natural pamper products that smell good enough to eat. If you’re a fan of bath bombs, look no further because every bath-side treat you could ever need is sat right here waiting for you. Their magical, skin-saving formulas feature the power of essential oils to soothe your body and enhance your mood – how dreamy!

Bomb Stick With Me Hexagonal Gift Box, £19.99 / RRP £24.99

Find a magnificent mixture of sweet and fruity in this land of cute and colourful. Marvel in the fun fragrances and pure essential oils as they lift your spirits and inspire your imagination! This gift pack also comes with the cutest stickers to bring out your inner artist and create your own unique gift (if you’re not keeping it for yourself that is).

Bomb Fruit Basket Gift Box, £15.99 / RRP £18.99

Get your fix of freshly squeezed citrus juices from Bomb Cosmetics’ very own fruit basket! With just a couple of products, you can awaken your senses with pure essential oils to help you feel energised for the day ahead!

Bomb Amour & More Watercolour Bath Blaster, £4.50

Who doesn’t love a bath bomb? Paint the water pink with rings of rich colour and take creative control of your bath time! Filled with inspiring Clary Sage and stimulating Sweet Orange essential oils you’ll feel motivated to make a masterpiece in no time.

Bomb Bergamot Essential Oil, £4.49 / RRP £4.79

If you’ve watched that episode of F.R.I.E.N.D.S where Monica draws Chandler a bath and he falls in love with having them, one of the key parts to make it was essential oils. This pure bergamot oil feels just as heavenly as it smells. Add just a few drops to your bath to kickstart the relaxation session.

Bomb Cosmetics Thanks A Melon Gift Pack, £11.99 / RRP £14.99

This gorgeous gift set features the One in a Melon Bath Blaster, Apple & Raspberry Bath Mallow, Who Wants to be a Melonaire Bath Mallow, What a Melon Lip Treatment and the beautiful What a Melon Soap. Inspired by a cult-favourite fruit, this gift pack has the power to leave you feeling fresh and invigorated – Thanks a Melon!

Bomb Totally Tropical Gift Pack, £11.99 / RRP £14.99

Drench yourself in tropical vibes with pure essential oils to energise your skin. Carefully-selected, stunning essential oils complement all the fragrances which can trigger long-lost memories or transport you to a faraway land.

Bomb Body Shimmer Body Butter, £7.99

With 30% pure shea butter along with moisturising sunflower oil, pure neroli and grapefruit essential oils, this body shimmer will leave a subtle shimmer to your skin. It has a sweet, zesty scent opening with sparkling lemons, limes and green apples along with a fresh heart of lily and lemongrass balanced with creamy vanilla and soft musk.

Are you a Bomb Cosmetics convert? Which of these products are you just dying to try? Let us tell you, they really do look just as amazing in person and they smell truly heavenly.

How to Do Your Makeup on a Bus, Tram, or Train

How to Do Your Makeup on a Bus, Tram, or Train

We’ve all been there. While applying makeup on the morning commute is far from ideal, sometimes there’s just no alternative. If you’ve overslept or had an early morning disaster, you might well find yourself bundling your makeup into your bag to be applied on the way into work.

Applying makeup on the bus, tram, or train can be a great way to spend the empty part of your day. Instead of staring out of a window or mindlessly scrolling through Instagram, you can get yourself sorted and feeling good for the day ahead.

If you’re worried that getting ready on public transport is a controversial behaviour, you’d be right. 28% of people in the UK are offended by public makeup application, and a third of women have encountered a rude comment from another passenger while putting ok makeup. Why? Who knows! If you need to do your makeup on the commute, we say you do you and don’t let anyone else’s judgement get in the way!

Applying makeup on a bus, tram, or train

A public transport makeup routine can be a little trickier than at home, where you probably have a big mirror and plenty of space to work. If you’re thinking about putting on makeup on your way into work, you might need to make some tweaks to your daily steps to ensure everything sits right.

Choose the right products for on-the-go application

This is a biggie. If you think you’re going to be applying your makeup on the commute, it will be important that you choose products that can handle your on-the-go approach.

Whether you choose these products to be part of your everyday makeup collection or build a special makeup bag to take with you in the morning, choosing compact and functional products is a must.

Foundation

When it comes to foundation, try one in a creamy stick formula that you won’t need to pour out onto your hand. When you choose a stick foundation, there’s no risk of spills or mess, simply apply the product to your face then blend it out with a foundation brush – no fingers necessary! You might also like a compact cream or powder foundation, which can be lifted and applied with a brush. These compact options are great for on-the-go application because they often come with a mirror in the lid.

Blush

To colour your cheeks, choose a single shade blush in a small compact. There’s no need to bring your giant palette of shades along for the commute – the bulky container will only get in the way and make your application even more annoying to any prickly passengers nearby. There are plenty of great single shade blushes to choose from, and these small, light products will pop into your bag no dramas.

Eye colour

Eyeshadow? No problem. Choose a creamy eyeshadow stick or pot that can be easily applied and blended out with your finger. If you’re including this step in your on-the-go makeup routine, you might want to keep some tissues or wipes in your bag to clean off your finger afterwards.

Lashes and eyebrows

For lashes and brows, why not choose a brown mascara which can double up as a brow gel? For extra compact points, choose a mini travel mascara that won’t take up as much room in your bag. Choosing a small mascara instead of a full-sized product helps you stay in control of the want, too, which means you’re less likely to poke yourself in the eye. Praise!

Lipstick

A swipe of your usual lipstick or balm completes the look, and you’re ready for the day! Of course, you can add or remove steps to make sure your travel makeup routine suits you perfectly.

Quick hairstyles for the morning commute

If you don’t have time, don’t worry about straightening, curling, or fastening your hair into a fancy do. Some of the best hairstyles are the simplest, from a sleek ponytail to a sweet low bun, there are plenty of options which can easily be achieved on-the-go.

Here are some of our favourite easy hairstyles for those mornings when there just isn’t time:

  • Push it back with a headband
  • Twist it into a low bun
  • Line some clips along your fringe to keep it out of the way
  • Pull together a sleek ponytail
  • Weave a loose plait

Keep a comb or a compact brush in your on-the-go makeup bag for last-minute hairstyling and make sure you’re always looking sleek.

Searching for more makeup and hairstyling inspiration? Keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog for everything you need to know about feeling great, even when you’ve overslept!

The Ultimate Guide to Spring Floral Fragrances

The Ultimate Guide to Spring Floral Fragrances

Spring is our favourite time of year to invest in a new fragrance. Why? Besides the fact that many major fragrance brands release highly anticipated new lines for spring, the change in weather has us feeling refreshed and ready for the new season ahead, and we like to replicate that in our scent.

These fresh floral fragrances are the perfect way to put an extra spring in your step each morning. From heady rose scents to bright, aquatic options, here are our ultimate spring fragrances with something for everyone.

Figuring out your spring persona

Whether you’re looking for something bright and perky or a memorable fragrance to set you apart, the first step to choosing your new spring fragrance is figuring out your seasonal vibe.

New-season sparkle

For something fresh and light, check out sparkling fragrances like Kenzo World EDT. Feminine, floral, and playful, it’s the perfect ode to springtime and a true mood-booster.

Marc Jacob’s Daisy Twinkle range is gorgeously light and fun. Inspired by sunshine and full of energy, choose between the original twist, Daisy Twinkle, Daisy Eau So Fresh Twinkle, and Daisy Dream Twinkle.

Bright and seductive

Striking a middle ground between a fresh scent and a hint of seduction is easy with the right fragrance in your collection. Jimmy Choo Blossom gives you a taste of warmer nights, helping to well and truly banish those winter chills. Mixing florals with punchy citrus fruits, it’s both sweet and sexy.

If that sounds too youthful for you, opt for the ultra-feminine undertones of Yves Saint Laurent’s Black Opium Glow. Sensuous, dazzling and energising, this fragrance blends notes like black coffee with citrus to create a powerful spring scent.

The power couple

Hugo Boss has the perfect male and female scent duo for this time of the year. Boss The Scent For Her EDT is zesty, warm, and light. It’s also alluringly feminine, making it a go-to scent for anyone looking for a new signature this spring. For him, Boss The Scent is rich, exotic and powerful.

When it comes to harnessing the essence of divine beauty, look no further than Paco Rabanne’s Olympea, and to match, Invictus aftershave. Olympea is perfect for inspiring confidence at the start of the season. Invictus is the ideal pairing thanks to masculine, energetic notes.

Warmer nights

Romantic types deserve seductive scents like CK Obsessed Intense. The aftershave and perfume blur gender lines, creating an exquisite marriage of sensuality and power. Non-conformist and mysterious Gucci Guilty Absolute fragrances for him and her are another great option.

The best spring floral fragrances

If you’re still searching for your new spring scent, explore our ultimate list of the best floral options for the season. There’s something to suit every taste in this collation, so you can be sure to find your new favourite in no time.

  1. YSL Black Opium Floral Shock

YSL Black Opium is a long-standing favourite. With fruity top notes and coffee accord base, it’s the perfect choice for special occasions. New to the Black Opium family, Floral Shock combines much fresher, floral tones with the iconic coffee notes. Think Black Opium on ice.

2. Marc Jacobs Daisy Kiss, Daisy, Eau So Fresh, and Daisy Dream

The bottles alone scream spring, pretty enough to grace even the most beautiful dressing table. The Daisy Kiss editions were released in 2017 as an adaptation on the ever-popular originals, with fruity and floral compositions that are perfect for a fresh daytime scent. Which one will you choose?

3. Chloe Love Story Eau Sensuelle

The newest release from Chloe, Love Story Eau Sensuelle is a sweet, sensual scent that’s perfect for spring. A little sweeter and more romantic than other Love Story editions, this super-feminine fragrance is ideal for a laid-back spring occasion.

4. Narciso Rodriguez For Her Fleur Musc

Fleur Musc represents bold, passionate femininity, evoking charm and grace. The perfect spring scent for fans of a muskier finish, Fleur Musc boasts vibrant notes of rose, spices, and amber wood. What’s more, the bright pink bottle will stun in any collection.

5. Calvin Klein Deep Euphoria EDT

Calvin Klein Deep Euphoria EDT is the newest offering from the Euphoria range. A radiant spring scent with a light, fresh finish. Deep Euphoria opens with fresh floral compositions, while whimsical notes of water lily and pear leave a lasting impression. If you’re a fan of Euphoria or Deep Euphoria, this will be the perfect addition to your collection.

6. Escada Fiesta Carioca

Fiesta Carioca gives us start-of-summer vibes, but we’re happy to feel that way throughout spring! A quick mid-afternoon spritz is a perfect way to reenergize and perk up your day. The fragrance is sweet, fruity, and tropical, with notes of Brazilian passion fruit, red raspberry, and orange flower.

7. Bulgari Rose Goldea

Bulgari Rose Goldea is a little more mature than your usual spring option, with a combination of rose and white musk leading the way. Perfect for spring evenings or statement-making occasions, Goldea skips out on the fruity note in favour of a more sensual finish.

8. Nina Ricci Luna

A fresh release from Nina Ricci, Luna’s first glimpse is beautiful and enticing with notes of orange blossom and wild berries. The heart and base notes create a bold sensuality with eternal flower, caramel, and sandalwood. Luna is a great addition if you love something a little deeper – the perfect intense and captivating evening option.

9. Givenchy Live Irresistible EDT

This Givenchy EDT is the ultimate fruity scent for the warmer months. Givenchy Live Irresistible boasts pineapple, spicy rose, and amber in the perfect combination of fresh, fruity, and floral – a perfect choice for brighter days ahead.

10. Givenchy Gentlemen Only Parisian Break EDT

A limited-edition fragrance presented in Givenchy’s iconic bottle, Gentlemen Only Parisian Break is a light, bright scent designed to remind you of a summer morning stroll through Paris. With splashes of lemon, hints of mint, and touches of sage keeping it fresh and aromatic, it’s our favourite of the Gentlemen Only line.

11. Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Blush EDT

Another beautifully packaged fragrance for floral fans, Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Blush, is a light and airy choice with notes of violet leaves and lily of the valley. Add rose tones and base notes, and you’ve got the perfect signature scent for the upcoming season.

12. Lacoste L.12.12 Energized EDT

A twist on the original L.12.12 Blanc fragrance, Lacoste L.12.12 Energized packs a punch of ginger, citrus, and mint to leave an extra fresh, crisp scent. For a light finish over a heavy musk, this is the perfect EDT to transition from spring through to summer.

13. BOSS Bottled Unlimited EDT

BOSS Bottled Unlimited maintains the same base note of Sandalwood that makes BOSS Bottled so popular, with a new fruity and minty spin making it a perfect choice for spring.

14. Calvin Klein Endless Euphoria

Romantic and dreamy, Endless Euphoria is intensely fresh yet delicate – a firm favourite for springtime. With notes of cherry blossom, mandarin, and rose, Endless Euphoria is the perfect choice for special occasions and springtime walks alike.

15. Dolce and Gabbana Dolce

Enjoy a dream of Italy when you spritz on Dolce and Gabbana Dolce. This pretty spring fragrance tells the story of soft and feminine Italian love. Boasting notes of papaya flower, white amaryllis, and musk, this soft yet fresh scent lingers on the skin all day.

For more seasonal fragrance inspiration, keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog. Discover our favourite autumnal musk or winter spiced scents and ensure you’re always feeling in touch with the seasons.

Underrated Hair Care Brands You Need to Know About

Underrated Hair Care Brands You Need to Know About

When you’re sat at home watching the TV in the evening, you’ll often see haircare and beauty ads for all of the same brands – boring. Today, we’re shouting out some of the most underrated haircare brands that have rave reviews in the world of social media that you definitely need to try out. Let’s take a look.

Shea Moisture

Shea Moisture is a natural haircare brand founded by the principals that their products must be made with organic, sustainably produced and cruelty-free ingredients. They’re free from all common chemical nasties too such as parabens, mineral oils and petroleum that are often found in higher-end products. Shea Moisture is a great haircare brand because they cater for all. They specialise in creating dreamy formulas for curly and afro hair types along with offering lightweight, nourishing products for less textured hair. All of their products also smell incredible with ingredients such as shea butter, coconut oil, superfruit, hibiscus and so many more!

Natural World

Natural World is a haircare brand that focuses on totally natural and organic products. They use natural active ingredients from around the world to create affordable luxury haircare. You’ll find amazing ingredients such as Moroccan argan oil, Brazilian keratin, chia seed oil, coconut water, quinoa, charcoal and mint. You may not have heard about this brand before but as you can see they’re quite the lovers of oils which are so hydrating and nourishing for your hair.

Love Beauty & Planet

Sustainability-led hair (and skincare) brand, Love Beauty and Planet, create products that are packaged in 100% recycled plastic bottles and jars, helping you to give a little bit of love back to our planet without compromising on beauty-boosting results. They also believe in the power of small acts of love to make you and the planet a little more beautiful every day with ethically sourced ingredients and PETA-accredited, cruelty-free and vegan formulas.

Aussie

“There’s more to life than hair… but it’s a good place to start” – the Aussie philosophy. Aussie actually did start in the land down under, with a bunch of plants. Fast forward to today and Aussie are stocked globally and are hair superheroes here in the UK. You may have seen them on the shelves when making your way through the beauty departments in town but at Fragrance Direct you can make extra savings by shopping their incredible products online.

Denman

From their humble roots of a brother creating a brush to help his sister style her hair to the tool used by superstar hairdressers to create endless iconic hairstyles, Denman creates hair tools that help to completely transform your look. In the world of haircare, the brush you use to detangle and tame your strands is just as important as the products you put in it and this brand’s products are definitely worth investing in.

Which of these underrated haircare brands do you think you’ll be taking a second look at now? Whether you’re after the perfect delicate brush to minimise detangling damage or silky-smooth conditioning formulas, these brands have got you covered root to tip.