Philosophy is a brand us here at Fragrance Direct have got
very excited about. One of the new skincare brands to welcome to the site, it
has lots of AMAZING skincare products for you to get your hands on.
If you’ve never tried any of the Philosophy products or
heard much about them before then we’re going to take you through a bit about the
brand and some of our favourite products, so keep reading!
Philosophy’s moto is to inspire beauty beyond skincare, with
products that transform, deliver very real results that instil confidence and
wisdom for wellbeing. Their philosophy on skincare is simple: cleanse daily, peel
weekly and treat the skin with expert formulas, returning the skin to its ideal
Where did Philosophy come from?
The founder of Philosophy was deeply inspired by the beauty
of Arizona, the land or surprises and extremes. A place where nature creates
true beauty. The Philosophy scientists took this inspiration and used nature to
create the best beauty and expert skincare products, combining gold-standard
ingredients with natural scents and memorable textures.
They are a mindful beauty brand that believes beauty is more
than skin deep. Their products help you look and feel your best, whilst also
having the confidence to seize the day! Philosophy aim to inspire beautiful
skin as well as beautiful days with products that consistently deliver visible
Skincare, fragrance, bath & body?
Philosophy offer a whole range of different products that
cover everything you could need to create a solid beauty regime.
Skincare – their skincare harnesses the power of science and
nature with dermatological science for clinical, visible and instant results.
Fragrance – scent your life and live with grace, wearing
fragrances that scent the skin from head to toe.
Bath & Body – soak up the joy with playful and joyous
bath & body formulas that treat the skin and delight the senses.
Our favourite products
Now after reading that I’m sure you’re excited as we are to
try all the amazing products available from Philosophy. Here we have a quick
round up of our favourite products and some bestsellers…
Transform dull and tired skin with this pore-refining mask. In
just 60 seconds it gives your skin a luminous, spa-like glow. Including
mineral-rich and deep-cleansing sea salts it helps to naturally purify and
detoxify the skin while marine extracts and vitamin E help to calm and smooth. The
result is visible, clearer and smoother skin after just one use!
Hope Water Cream
The lightweight, fast absorbing texture of this innovative
water cream replenishes parched skin by increasing skin’s hydration levels by 86%
and delivers a cooling burst for up to 72 hours. This moisturiser leaves your
skin perfectly primed for makeup, with a fresh and natural glow that lasts all
day. Formulated with exclusive hydra-glow complex containing Norwegian glacial
water, hyaluronic acid and pineapple extract. It leaves the skin feeling
infused with moisture with a baby soft feel.
in a Jar Warming Exfoliator
This gorgeous exfoliator reveals a mousse like texture that
gives you a spa-like facial in the comfort of your own home! It works to eliminate
dulling impurities from the skin and promote a healthy-looking glow. The instant
glow facial uses a combination of physical exfoliation and an exclusive enzymatic
complex to gently roll away dry, flaky skin revealing a soft, smooth and
Grace Nude Rose EDT Spray
This is beautiful and delicate fragrance that is perfect for
the first days of Spring. Effortless simplicity in a composition of delicate blush
rose balanced with dewy greens, neroli and bright orange flower cocooned in the
warmth and sensuality of cedarwood and sun-kissed musk.
in a Jar Cica Complex Recovery Moisturiser
This restoring and nourishing moisturiser soothes dryness, restores
skin’s moisture barrier and reinforces its natural resilience for improved
texture and tone. It leaves the skin feeling recovered and revived.
Margarita Shampoo and Shower Gel
Bring happy hour home with the Senorita, Margarita Shampoo,
Bath and Shower Gel, a multi-tasking formula for the hair and body. It transforms
into a rich lather when it comes into contact with water, the luxurious wash
gentle cleanses and conditions while releasing a energising scent to shake up
your shower routine. Added bonus, this product can be poured into your bath to
create a tub full of energising and revitalising bubbles.
For many of us, summer means all good things.
Beautiful weather, our favourite clothes, and outside adventures with friends.
What’s not to love? Unfortunately for around 13 million of us in the UK, hay
fever comes around each year with different ideas.
You read that right; around 13 million Brits
suffer from hay fever every summer, making it one of the most common allergies
in the nation. At least you’re not alone!
If you’re familiar with the allergy, which sees
sufferers react to pollen with cold-like symptoms including sneezing, runny
nose, sore throat, and itchy eyes, you’ll know how much of a pain it can be.
While hay fever is not caused by a virus, which means you won’t feel unwell in
any other way, the cold-like symptoms can be super inconvenient.
There’s no cure for hay fever currently.
However, there are some ways to treat the allergy, which can make your
favourite summer activities (we’re thinking picnics, hikes, and sunbathing in
the countryside) a lot easier to manage.
The easiest ways to deal with hay fever
As recommended by the NHS:
- Use Vaseline around your nose
to trap pollen particles
- Wear sunglasses to stop pollen
getting into your eyes
- Shower and wash clothes
regularly to get the pollen off
- Stay indoors
- Keep windows and doors shut to
avoid a pollinated house
- Vacuum and dust with a damp
cloth to keep pollen away
- Buy a pollen filter for the air
vents in your car
Because no cure or treatment can prevent hay
fever, if you’re stuck with the allergy, you’ll need to learn to deal with it.
It can be a little uncomfortable and inconvenient, but that’s as bad as it
Hay fever and makeup
This is the stuff we’re most interested in! How
can you keep that perfect makeup looking
its best throughout summer, when pollen is making your eyes itch and stream?
Read on for our tips and tricks for hay fever-proofing your look this summer.
Skip eye makeup altogether
Hear us out. Summer is a perfect time to try out
a fresh new look, which can mean skipping out on eyeshadow and liner and
focusing on other parts of your face.
Less makeup works particularly well at this time
of year. You’re more likely to have a peachy tan,
which means your eyes will be popping naturally without the need to heavy
mascara and liner to emphasise them. Skipping these steps can also be a great
way to keep your makeup looking great when it’s super-hot outside; mascara and
liner are two of the biggest culprits for sweating off, so leaving them out
means no chance of panda eyes at your summer event.
Keep your eyes natural and pair back your makeup
routine to suit the warm weather. A swipe of blush can emphasise
your summer glow, while a bright lip is a playful way to wear makeup in the
sun. Bright lipstick
also looks great with minimal eye makeup, as French girls everywhere will tell
you. Try out the look and wave au revoir to smudgy hay fever eyes forever!
Use waterproof formulas
If you aren’t willing to forgo the mascara, waterproof formulas
are a great way to enhance your lashes in the face of hay fever. Choose the
right product, and you’ll be able to dab and wipe your tears away without
spoiling the look of your makeup.
There are plenty more waterproof makeup options
available, including some great liquid liners!
Perfect for a BBQ cat-eye or a flawless summer wedding look.
If you’re considering waterproof makeup this
summer, why not switch your entire collection and ensure a picture-perfect look
no matter how sweaty it gets. You can find plenty of waterproof eyeshadows,
foundations, blushes, and lipsticks over on our shop site.
Enhance your eyes with a lash lift or tint
Our favourite way to beat hay fever is with a
summertime lash lift and tint. Lash work has become super popular in recent
years, with plenty of salons offering the service and lots of at-home kits
available too. There are several different options available, so you can choose
the lash treatment that suits you based on the look you want.
For subtly enhanced lashes, stick with a tint
An eyelash tint is a great way to enhance your
eyes while still maintaining a natural look. Whether you go to a salon or
choose an inexpensive yet effective at-home dye kit, your results will include
darker lashes that look naturally thicker and longer. If you don’t have silky
dark lashes, this is the simplest way to fake it.
Choose a lash lift for a semi-permanent mascara finish
If you’re a mascara diehard but suffering from
hay fever eyes, a lash lift is a perfect solution. Most salons offer the
service now, which involves lifting your natural lashes for a just-curled look
that stays. Your therapist will usually then dye your lashes and apply a
thickening treatment to make them appear more defined. Lash lifting is a
favourite among the beauty elite, who love natural-looking results and the
procedure’s several-week lifespan.
For a more glamorous look, try lash extensions
If you love stand-out eye makeup and you’ve
never tried eyelash extensions, you don’t know what you’re missing! Lash
extensions involve a professional beautician fixing tens of individual false
lashes onto your own to create your desired finish. You can go a little more
natural with a scattering of shorter lashes, or choose thick, long, false-lash-looking
extensions for all-out glamour.
Eyelash extensions last for a few weeks and
eliminate the need for any mascara, which means they’re perfect for summer and
even better for hay fever sufferers!
Choosing hypoallergenic makeup in summer
If you have hay fever, you might also experience
sensitive skin and reactions throughout the summer. Whether your skin reacts to
grass, heat, or pollen in the air, there’s never been a better time to consider
hypoallergenic skincare and makeup.
Hypoallergenic skincare, like face wash, moisturiser,
and even SPF
cream, is gentler on your skin than chemical options. Because they’re so
gentle, these hypoallergenic skincare products are unlikely to cause or
aggravate a reaction from something like hay fever or sun intolerance. Brands
and Simple are great
for hypoallergenic and sensitive-skin-friendly products.
If you’re searching for hypoallergenic makeup
for hay fever season, look to the likes of bareMinerals and
Vichy, who are great at making beautiful makeup that won’t cause or worsen a
reaction. Hypoallergenic makeup means you can still apply all your favourite
products and keep your skin happy too – win-win!
For more summer skincare advice or 2020 trend
tips, keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog!
If you’re into home comforts, you’ve probably
owned or considered a Yankee Candle during a mooch around a department store.
If you love a Yankee, but a cheaper alternative is tempting you, think twice!
These pretty scented candles are slick and
stylish, with some unusual and tempting options to choose from. It’s always a
good idea to be careful of fads and brands which might not be worth the hype.
Sometimes price and quality don’t go hand in hand, we get it. So, when it comes
to Yankee Candle, are the colourful candles worth spending a little more on?
What are Yankee Candles?
The family brand started out in 1977 when
16-year-old student Mike Kittredge made a candle at home for his mum’s
Christmas present. A neighbour liked the candle and offered to buy it, leaving
Mike with enough money to make two more, one for his mum, and one more to sell.
The sweet story of Yankee Candle’s startup led to worldwide expansion and the
start of a new household name.
What scents are available?
As demand for Yankee’s scented candles grew, so
did the brand’s portfolio of scents. From their iconic jar candles to glass
pillars, sweet tumblers, and square options, there are plenty of styles to
choose from. When it comes to choosing a scent, you might find yourself spoilt
These some of the bestselling Yankee Candle scents:
- Clean Cotton
- Pink Sands
- Baby Powder
- Midnight Jasmine
- Fluffy Towels
- Vanilla Cupcake
- Warm Desert Wind
- Lemon Lavender
- Dreamy Summer Nights
- Sea Air
Why do Yankee Candles cost more than some alternatives?
There are a couple of reasons why Yankee Candles
are a little more expensive than unbranded options, and most of them come down
to quality. First off, Yankees are unique in that they burn down evenly. That’s
right, no annoying trail of wasted wax stuck up the side of the glass. When you
choose Yankee Candle, every bit of scented goodness gets released into your
home. And thanks to their crazily long burn time, you can enjoy your splurge
for even longer.
Another reason for the higher price tag is their
all-natural ingredients. Suitable for vegans, free from animal testing, and
made with paraffin wax, Yankee Candles are a natural alternative to some animal-derived
options with chemical scents.
Finally, their smell and the choice of fragrances
available makes Yankee Candles a little costlier. Few other candle companies
can boast such a vast portfolio of gorgeous scents, even less which are
all-natural and of such high quality. And, with new varieties added to the list
each year, there’s always something new to discover.
Are they worth the hype?
We say, yes. When it comes to quality and a
scented candle that lasts, you can’t beat Yankee!
How to get Yankee Candles for less
If you want all the luxury of a Yankee Candle in
your home but can’t quite face the price tag, shop at Fragrance Direct and pick
up your favourite for less.
You can save £5 on large jar candles, and there
are plenty of great scent options to choose from. From Vanilla
Cupcake and Fluffy
Towels to Cinnamon
Stick and Tropical
Jungle, we have a huge choice of Yankees with £5 off. You can also shop
Yankee Candle oils and diffusers for less when you come to Fragrance Direct.
For more brand reviews and home ideas, keep
exploring the Fragrance Direct blog!
Whether you’re involved in a long-term
relationship with acne, or you suffer from occasional breakouts, understanding
the cause can be the key to successful treatment.
From hormonal imbalances to stress, environment,
or even diet, there are plenty of possible causes. And, good news,
dermatologists are often able to tell the reason for your breakout based on its
appearance and location.
Read on for everything you need to know about
acne face mapping and spot
treatment and trial a couple of solutions at home before shelling out for a
dermatologist appointment. If you still can’t crack it, consider booking
yourself in for a professional check. It might just be the best thing you ever
do for your skin.
What is face mapping for acne?
Face mapping has been around for years, evolving
from ancient techniques with not much evidence to support them. The idea is
that internal issues show themselves on different parts of your face. For
example, face mapping believes that acne
on your forehead could mean a problem with your liver.
While internal issues can cause acne and
breakouts, it’s not realistic to jump to these kinds of conclusions every time
a new spot appears. We can, however, suggest some possible reasons for your
skin troubles based on where the problem sits.
Different types of spots
Before we get into the where of your acne
or breakouts, let’s look at the what. There are six main types of spots
which can be caused by different things and need treating in different ways.
You know the ones. Blackheads
are small black or yellowish spots, sometimes raised, which develop inside
pores. Blackheads aren’t necessarily filled with dirt but can be coloured
because the inside of the hair follicle produces colour. Blackheads will
sometimes empty when squeezed.
Whiteheads are similar in size and appearance to
blackheads, although the centre of the spot will be white instead of black or yellow.
Whiteheads might be firmer than blackheads.
A papule is a small red bump which can feel
tender when touched.
Pustules are small red bumps, like papules, but
have a white head in the centre. Pustules are filled with puss and are the kind
of spots that will pop when squeezed.
A nodule is a large, hard spot which sits
beneath the surface of the skin. Nodules can be painful, and no amount of
squeezing will pop them.
The most difficult type of spot to treat, cysts
are large, puss-filled lumps that are hard to remove and should be treated
professionally. Cysts are the most likely type of acne spot to scar.
Face mapping – what do spots mean?
You might be able to tell a little about the
cause of your acne or breakout depending on where it is on your face. Whether
it’s your chin, forehead, cheeks, or back, read on for help understanding the
cause of your blemishes.
Acne or spots on the chin
acne on your chin? If you’re wondering what it means, you’re in luck! The
chin is affected quite significantly by hormones.
Dermatologists and specialists have found plenty
of research linking spots on the chin, jaw, and lower cheeks to hormonal
changes. This part of the face is known as the U-zone. It’s often a problem
area for teenagers who’re going through puberty.
While it’s not always the case, hormonal wobbles
can cause acne on your chin. If hormones are the cause of your skin problems, the
type of acne you see on your chin will most likely be cystic. That means large,
sore red bumps which won’t squeeze and small whiteheads that don’t break
through the surface.
Of course, there are other possible causes for
acne on your chin, like touching or leaning on the area regularly or a reaction
to something in your diet.
Some possible causes for hormonal imbalances
that can cause chin breakouts are:
- Your period
- A messy sleep routine
- You’ve stopped taking your
The best way to deal with chin acne is to try
and identify the cause. If you’re suffering from regular or constant acne on
your chin, think about the above hormonal influencers and try to figure out if
one of them is affecting you.
Acne or spots on the cheeks
Spots on the cheeks can be a real pain. They’re
super-visible, hard to conceal, and are often sore and red. There are several
possible reasons for cheek acne or breakouts, most of which you can control if
you understand them properly.
Some dermatologists connect the cheeks to the
respiratory system, which includes the lungs and other organs involved in
converting oxygen to carbon dioxide. When something bothers your respiratory
system, like smoking, allergies, or pollution, you might find you breakout on
The most common cause of cheek acne or
breakouts, however, is the transferring of grime and bacteria from other
surfaces like your hands, your phone, or an unwashed pillowcase. To combat
this, try to be aware of what touches your face. Keep your phone and
pillowcases clean and most importantly – hands off!
Acne or spots on the forehead
Another common area for acne or spot breakouts
is the forehead. There are several reasons for spots on your forehead; whatever
it is that’s getting you, we’re sure you’ll want to do something about it if
spots can be the result of bladder or digestive problems. These kinds of
problems come from the things you eat or don’t eat and the amount of water
If you’re fighting a constant battle with
forehead acne, try increasing the amount of water you consume to at least two
litres a day, or cutting processed foods out of your diet. Alternatively, try
cutting back on things like dairy, caffeine, and alcohol, all of which can
cause spots on your forehead.
Forehead acne or breakouts can also come from
puberty or stress. While you can’t necessarily control these things,
understanding the cause can be a good way to come to terms with your temporary
Acne or spots on the hairline
Hairline acne or spots are – sigh – pretty
common. If you have red bumps or whiteheads along your hairline or on your
scalp, you’re probably suffering from this type of acne or breakout.
There are several possible causes of hairline
spots. Some are controllable, while others are a little more difficult to
manage. Take a look below and think about whether any of these factors might be
affecting your skin’s condition:
- Hair hygiene
- Makeup in the hairline
- Hair products
- Helmets, hats, or headbands
The good news is, if your hairline acne is coming
from an external influencer like grease, makeup, or sweat and dirt trapped by
helmets, hats, or headbands, you should be able to deal with it easily. Whether
you start washing your hair more frequently or switch your foundation to a
lighter coverage that won’t clog pores, adjusting one of these factors should
help clear up your acne or breakout quickly.
If, however, you have more severe hairline acne
caused by hormonal changes or genetics, you’ll need to be more patient when it
comes to treatment. Try picking up an anti-acne medication, wash, or lotion to
clear away the spots, and always treat the area with care.
Treating the different types of spots
Now you know a little more about the different
types of acne and breakout, you’re better placed to start treatment.
If you think your problem is grease or grime, or
that your skin is touching something dirty, you can remove that influencer from
the picture. Whether you stop touching your face, wash your pillows once a
week, or take a break from your favourite headgear, you might find that the
problem clears up within a couple of weeks.
If you’re worried that your acne or breakouts
are coming from hormonal wobbles or genetics, for example, if you frequently
breakout on your chin or forehead, it might be time to visit a dermatologist. A
dermatologist can recommend changes to your diet and daily routine that might
help clear up your blemishes or provide medications to see them off.
For more help understanding skincare, keep
exploring the Fragrance Direct blog. From a guide to
SPF to hypoallergenic
beauty, there’s plenty of information to help you uncover your best-ever