The warmer months are here, which means longer days, more time outdoors, and the chance to show off a sizzling new style. Whether you’re all about the floaty dresses or prefer to keep it casual in shorts and a tee, your spring-summer scents are a perfect way to finish off your vibe.
Your spring-summer perfume will be the backdrop
for sparkling cocktails, sizzling skin, and all the good times that warm
weather brings. You’ll want to choose a fragrance you love, and one which suits
your personality. Lots of perfume brands create exclusive edition scents for
summer, while others have collections that practically scream sun. Whatever
type of spring-summer scent you choose, we’re sure it’ll help lift your mood
Choosing a new fragrance for spring and summer
can be tricky. With so many options from lots of favourite brands, who knows
where to start? We’re here to give you a hand choosing your new seasonal
perfume, so you can feel great while you’re enjoying a little sunshine this year.
Choosing a spring-summer scent to suit your
The easiest way to narrow down the search is to
decide which ‘scent family’ is your favourite. The four most prominent scent
families include floral, woody, oriental, and fresh. You probably have a go-to,
even if you don’t know it. Take a look at your existing perfume collection and
try to figure out which category your best-loved bottles fall into.
If you still aren’t sure, head to a department
store and get sniffing! Look out for collections which clearly fall into one of
the fragrance families, and see if it’s something you like. Lots of people can
never imagine themselves wearing floral or fruity perfume, and others wouldn’t
dream of choosing anything else. Once you know your taste, choosing your new
spring-summer perfume will be straightforward.
The best spring-summer floral perfumes
Floral fragrances come into their own when the
sun’s shining. Flowers bloom in parks, forests, and gardens, providing a
beautiful backdrop for all our favourite spring-summer activities.
Match your perfume to your surroundings when you
choose one of these sweet, light options to wear all summer long.
Try a woody perfume this spring and summer for
freshly-cut grass and the scents of the forest. Woody perfumes are perfect for
evening wear, while they also make a great daytime option if sweet and floral
fragrances don’t suit you. Here are some of our favourite woody perfumes for
the warmer months.
For a unique and captivating option, try an
oriental perfume this spring-summer season. Oriental perfumes work well from
day to night and often last longer on the skin than lighter options. Whether
it’s sunset drinks or a delicious meal al fresco, one of these oriental
fragrances will have you feeling great.
Fresh perfumes are the most popular choice for
summer, and it’s easy to see why. Fragrances that are created with summer in
mind tend to have more fresh notes than anything else. This means they’re comfortable
to wear for bright and breezy days and casual nights. Throw on your favourite summer
outfit and a spritz of one of these fresh, energising perfumes for a perfect
Once you’ve discovered your favourite summer
perfume, there’s no reason you can’t wear it all year round. Apply a spritz of
your spring-summer scent on a rainy day to evoke memories of brighter times.
It’s a sure-fire way to lift your spirits!
For more fragrance recommendations, as well as skincare, beauty, and hair tips, keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog!
How much attention do you pay to not only the skincare products you’re using but which order you apply them? Applying your skincare in the correct order will make a huge difference to the outcome and we’re showing you exactly how. Follow us from AM to PM on your journey to clearer, more radiant-looking skin!
One of the best things you can do for your skin is cleansing, AM and PM. This Daily Brightening Cleanser is carefully formulated with anti-ageing goodness to ensure that your skin is left thoroughly cleansed and feeling rejuvenated. Calcium and Copper minerals will help to renew your skin whilst antioxidant Mango seed oil and nourishing Sunflower seed oil will help to deliver optimum cleansing benefits.
Exfoliating is a vital step to help buff the skin to it’s healthiest most polished self. This leave-on, flash-foaming chemical exfoliant by Dermalogica helps clear and prevent breakouts while brightening skin. Salicylic Acid, a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA), helps wipe out existing and future breakouts to clear skin while Tangerine Peel Extract brightens dull skin while Grape Extract –a potent source of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) –exfoliates dead skin cells to help even skin tone.
Next up is removing excess oil and tackling ever-ongoing congestion to give your pores an intense cleanout. Garnier’s Organic Thyme Perfecting Toner is formulated with Organic Thyme Essential Oil, Organic Barley Water and Salicylic Acid. This daily-use toner purifies and mattifies the skin, making pores appear tightened and your skin’s texture appear refined. Once your skin is dry from cleansing and exfoliating, you can apply your toner by placing it in your palms and patting into the skin or by taking a cotton pad and sweeping over your face.
To get that next step further, a face mask will help to absorb further excess oil and will help to control the shine of your skin too. Refine and revive your skin with The Boy Shop’s Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask. Inspired by Ayurvedic traditions, this 100% vegan tingling clay mask is infused with bamboo charcoal, green tea leaves and organic tea tree oil. This invigorating charcoal face mask draws out impurities and refines the appearance of pores for healthy-looking skin with a glow that shows.
Serums are the one type of product you’ve heard about and may have even tried samples here and there in gift sets, but they really are packed with some of the best hydrating goodness. This Restoring Serum from YOUTH LAB is an anti-ageing serum that enhances the synthesis of the skin’s structural components. It restores its radiance and brightness, leaving the skin more elastic, smoother and firmer.
Finally, to lock in all of that skincare goodness, a luxurious moisturiser is a must-have! Did you know that in addition to environmental stressors, psychological stress can also impair skin functioning and contribute to the acceleration of skin ageing? Philosophy created this incredibly comprehensive product to help regenerate the look of skin in just 1 week, smooth out lines and wrinkles, and act like a de-stressor for your skin. Don’t forget to apply AM and PM!
Don’t miss out on incredible fragrance beauty goodies in our fantastic summer sale! Did you know you can save up to 65% off so many incredible products including fragrances, gift sets, makeup, skin and body products!Today, we’re showcasing 8 unmissable summer sale picks that you’re going to want to get your hands on for even further reduced prices while you can!
Make way for your new favourite skincare product that is an absolute steal! Gatineau Transforming Cream Cleanser is an innovative and luxurious cream cleanser that transforms to oil once it emulsifies when you add water. Blended with 42% super-powered natural oils, this rich and hydrating cream is easily massaged, dissolving make-up, SPF and pollution from the skin. As it transforms, the nourishing, antioxidant oil completes the cleansing and leaves the complexion soft, radiant and perfectly balanced. Key ingredients: Sweet Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Soybean Oil, Vitamin E. Results – skin is deeply cleansed, conditioned and protected for a glowing complexion.
If you haven’t heard about this one, where have you been? Elizabeth Arden’s 8 Hour Skin cream helps to soothe, restore, soften and protect chapped, dry or mildly irritated skin. This cream aids in the temporary relief of chapped lips, smoothes rough spots on your knees, feet and elbows and softens tough, hard cuticles and hangnails. Dermatologist, clinically and allergy tested, it’s also suitable for all skin types.
Is your skin in need of a moisture boost? Give your skin a dose of ultra-rich hydration with this dreamy product from The Body Shop, when you apply this Mediterranean-inspired, nourishing olive body butter. With 48-hour moisturising properties, your skin will stay softer for even longer!
Looking for a colour-packed but affordable eyeshadow palette? Stay up all night with the Pyjama Party palette! Presenting a mixture of plush pink hues, dreamy chocolates and pigment packed pressed metallics, this palette is sure to impress and make you the life of the party!
Moving onto fragrances, have you treated yourself yet to a new summer scent? This Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau so Fresh Daze is a fresh and floral everyday perfume that will make you feel great each time you wear it. Daisy Eau so Fresh Daze has notes of white peach and orchard blossoms. This beautiful combination will transport you to the spring summer season whenever you spritz.
Now, some summer sale treats for him! Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue Homme Eau Intense Eau de Parfum Spray is a more intense escape to the Mediterranean. Light Blue Homme Eau Intense boasts notes of mandarin, grapefruit, juniper, and musk. A striking men’s aftershave that’s sure to have you feeling great. This 200ml size will last for longer. It’s a perfect addition to any man’s collection. Light Blue Homme Eau Intense comes in a sleek frosted glass bottle with Dolce and Gabbana branding, making it an attractive gift for any sophisticated man.
Our next sale pick for him is Cool Water Man from Davidoff. Inspired by the power of the ocean, this classic male scent has been giving men that vital feeling of intense freshness for over 25 years. With its sparkling marine vitality, this legendary fragrance is the story of a man who plunges into the water in a splendid dive and emerges re-energized.
Masculine. Authentic. Captivating. It’s our final summer
sale pick, K by Dolce&Gabbana, a fragrance which celebrates a new era of
masculinity. It conjures the Italian countryside and the Mediterranean midday
sun with a combination of citrus freshness, blood orange and Sicilian lemon.
This crisp and masculine scent is edged by the fresh bite of juniper berry.
Then comes the sensual pulse of noble cedarwood. It blends with green vetiver
and patchouli. And to give K by Dolce&Gabbana a unique and assertive
personality, an unexpected spark of fiery pimiento essence adds a red-hot touch
There’s such a thing as a signature scent for good reason. The fragrance you wear can say a lot about you and is often something that people remember long after you’ve gone, which means choosing a good one can help make the right impression.
When you’re searching for a signature scent,
there are lots of things to consider. The most important of these is that your
new fragrance is one you love and will be happy to wear again and again. Some
other things you might like to think about include ‘what does this perfume say
about me?’ and ‘when will I wear this fragrance?’. For a scent to be sincerely
signature, you’ll want to choose one that communicates your best traits and is
comfortable to wear for every occasion.
What does it mean to have a signature scent?
Lots of things you do can contribute to your
unique style. This starts with the clothes you wear, how you style your hair
and the way you apply makeup. While nothing communicates your personality like
your attitude, actions, and beliefs, these outside aspects are essential when
it comes to making the right first impression.
Your perfume is another crucial part of your
first and lasting impression. From floral scents that comfort and soothe to
striking herbal compositions that help you stand out from the crowd, there are
lots of options when it comes to choosing a fragrance that’s right for you.
This will be known as your ‘signature scent’.
Our sense of smell is the most closely linked
with memory. Choosing a signature scent and sticking to it is a great way to
leave reminders of yourself wherever you go. A signature scent is a lovely way
to reflect your personality and can make you feel great.
What your scent might say about you
With so many perfumes out there, choosing just
one signature scent can feel overwhelming. Not to worry, because there are lots
of ways to narrow down the search and find the perfect option to suit your
All perfumes fall into what we call ‘scent
families’. For a fragrance to fit into a scent family, it must share the same
notes with others of its kind. These include floral, oriental, woody, and fresh.
Here’s what these types of perfume might say about you:
What do floral perfumes say about you?
Floral perfumes are popular, and it’s easy to
see why. These often sweet and always comforting scents include:
Floral scents are often romantic and comforting,
so if you have this type of gentle personality, you might find your signature
scent here. Because they connote all things pretty and feminine, floral
perfumes are some of our favourites. Explore the enormous range available and
choose one that makes you feel great.
What do oriental perfumes say about you?
Oriental fragrances are often sexy and
confidence-boosting. These can be more womanly than floral and fresh options
and work exceptionally well for evening wear. Oriental scents include:
If you’re looking to exude confidence everywhere
you go, choose a beautiful oriental perfume for your signature scent. There are
lots of options to choose from, from soft to striking, so you’re sure to find
one you love!
What do woody perfumes say about you?
Woody perfumes are on-trend time after time.
These less-common options make striking signatures and are perfect if you’re
all about laid-back vibes and aesthetics. Woody fragrances include:
When you’re choosing your signature scent, be sure to smell around and select an option you really love. You’ll be wearing it again and again, so take your time and enjoy the search. We know it’ll be worth it.
One of our favourite products for every occasion, the right eyeliner can elevate your makeup look and have you feeling fantastic. Whether you’re wearing a neutral brown pencil for a big day at work or a winged liquid liner for a night on the town, you’ll want to make sure you’re applying it correctly.
While it’s easy enough to scribble on a little
eyeliner as an afterthought, we’re not about that life. When it comes to
applying eyeliner, we want it perfect every time. That means choosing the right
product for the look you’re after and putting it on at the best moment. There
are also lots of eyeliner tips and tricks you can use to ensure your look lasts
longer. Never worry about reapplying throughout the day or night when you
follow our guide to applying the perfect eyeliner.
The different types of eyeliner
There are lots of types of eyeliner
available, and the formula you choose will depend on the look you’re going for
and how much staying power you need. These are the main types of eyeliner you
Eyeshadow (used as eyeliner)
well as lots of different formulas available, you’ll be able to choose eyeliner
in a range of colours and finishes to suit your look. If you’re looking for a
more natural finish, consider a blonde or brown liner to create definition
around your eyes without drawing too much attention. Subtle blue and green
liner can also work well if you have these colours in your eyes, making your
natural features pop.
you’re going for all-out glamour, you can’t beat a black winged eyeliner look.
Channel Brigitte Bardot with a dark cat-eye and feel super-confident from the
moment you step out! Looking to add the basics to your makeup rotation? We
recommend a black or natural coloured pencil and a black liquid or gel liner to
help you achieve some fashionable looks.
type of liner can produce unparalleled results but often requires a little
skill and practice to apply correctly. If you do a lot of cat eyes, or you’re
looking to get into the style, pick up a gel eyeliner and prepare for the ultimate
eyeliners come packaged in a small pot, usually with an applicator brush
included. You can use any brush you want to apply your gel liner; we recommend
a little angled option to get the best results. This type of eyeliner is
excellent for making clean, precise lines, thanks to the thicker formula and
precision of using your own brush.
be sure to clean your brush regularly to maintain consistent results, and don’t
forget to put the lid back on! Gel eyeliner dries out quickly if left out for
excellent option for clean lines and precision, liquid eyeliner is ideal if
you’re new to the game or want a quick, fuss-free application. We find that
pens with felt-tip applicators are the easiest to use. There are lots of
options available, so shop around and find a brand you love. You can get lots
of great waterproof liquid liners, too!
a little definition around your lash line, pencil eyeliner is a perfect choice
for creating a less obvious eyeliner look. Pencil liner is the key to a smokey
eye, too! Choose colourful options to add a pop, or stick to neutral browns for
can really get into your waterline with a pencil eyeliner. In contrast, you
wouldn’t want to go there with a liquid or gel option. You’ll need to invest in
a good sharpener to keep your pencil on-point and avoid scratching your
delicate eye area with a blunt tip, but these are cheap and easy to find.
Applying perfect eyeliner
perfect eyeliner seems like it should be so easy. So why do we often end up
with uneven sides, smudges, and flaking flicks that drive us to despair?
of the most important things to remember when you’re aiming for perfect
eyeliner is that the products you use will make a huge difference. No matter
what look you’re going for, use a high-quality formula and take your time.
Line the tip of your applicator up as close to your lash line as you can
get it, resting gently on your lashes if you need to
Start small. Pull the liner in an outwards motion, never pressing down
too hard on your eyelid
You can build up your liner to match on the other sides. Remember, it’s
easier to add it than to take it away!
Practice! Don’t try using a brand new product five minutes before a big
night out. Set aside a little time to practice applying your liner with no
pressure and get to grips with the movement
Now go ahead and master the art of eyeliner! For more makeup tips and tricks, keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog.