Get to Know the Brand: Philosophy

Get to Know the Brand: Philosophy

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!

The background

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 state.

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.

Philosophy’s mission

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 results.

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…

Purity Pore Mask

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!

Renewed 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.  

Nature 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 illuminated complexion.

Pure 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.

Nature 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.

Senorita, 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.  

Hay Fever-Proofing Your Makeup

Hay Fever-Proofing Your Makeup

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 gets!

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 like Dermalogica 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!

Yankee Candle – Is It Worth The Hype?

Yankee Candle – Is It Worth The Hype?

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 for choice.

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!

A Guide To Understanding Acne

A Guide To Understanding Acne

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.

Blackheads

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

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.

Papules

A papule is a small red bump which can feel tender when touched.

Pustules

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.

Nodules

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.

Cysts

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

Spots or 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 contraceptive pill
  • Stress

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 your cheeks.

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 you can.

Forehead 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 you’re drinking.

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 skin problems.

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
  • Hormones
  • Genetics

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 skin.