Perfecting That Shelfie!

Perfecting That Shelfie!

We are all aware of the classic selfie but here at Fragrance Direct we have been working on our shelfie’s. For those that don’t know it is a trend on social media and it stands for a picture of your shelf. Displaying those gorgeous perfume bottles, positioned next to a candle, with some stunning make up products and a cactus in the background is something many of us are trying to create that ideal home image. So, here at Fragrance Direct we have been assessing what we would want in our shelfie and here’s what we came up with:

If you fall into a younger age bracket these products would be a great selection for you. Firstly, for a perfume the new Emporio Armani In Love with You Eau de Parfum is a favourite. This fruity fragrance has addictive notes of jasmine absolute and patchouli essence and represents a modern personality of fragrance. In this classic and stylish bottle, it definitely qualifies for our selection.

Now looking into skincare these products are some industry favourites; the Gatineau Tan Accelerator Lotion is a unique triple action that helps to prepare, boost and prolong tanning. If you like you get a natural glow through summer, this prepares your skin in the best way as it encourages your skins natural self-protection through advanced performance melanin productions activators.

Now to feed your face the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel is a soap free gel that removes impurities without disturbing the skins natural moisture balance. The calming balm includes mint and lavender extracts that soothes the skin while removing toxins and debris leaving you with a super fresh face. Dermalogica products are always gentle and perfect for skin types that suffer with blemishes or dry skin. To finish off your face care you need a reliable moisturiser the Lancaster Aquamilk Day Cream 24 Hour Deep Moisture is perfect for skins that suffer with dryness, leaves your skin in the perfect condition for the day.

Now your shelf is full of some of the best brands one thing to add would be some hair care; the Toni&Guy Intense Softness shampoo and conditioners are known for helping with everyday vitality, keeping its natural softness and healthy-looking shine for you all the time, not just when you leave the hairdressers.

At Fragrance Direct we know when you get older what you want out of products changes so for our second shelfie these are the products we pulled out for an older age group; for fragrance the new Lancome La Vie Est Belle En Rose Eau de Toilette is the reinvented version from the original which was widely loved. It has notes of red fruits, peony accord and sandalwood oil and is in the bottle known as the crystal smile.

Looking at skincare if your aims are to tackle signs of aging then a recommended cleanser would be the Elemis Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser which is the new generation of anti-aging products that will reveal a youthful complexion. This cleanser will defend you against daily pollutants with skin protecting moringa seed peptide and great burdock which will help balance out the skin.

For a moisturizer the Gatineau Age Benefit Integral Regenerating Cream would be a great investment. It contains 2 avant-garde active ingredients; Gen-control blocks the expression of visible signs of aging and the fibro-repair helps promote skin elasticity which will get your skin feeling smoother, firmer and more radiant.

What we really love about this one is the one-click makeover feature. These makeup looks are created using perfectly matched seasonal colours and products. Users can try on timeless or modern makeup looks and discover what suits them best, without having to splash out on all the products before-hand.

For a body lotion the bestselling Ahava Mineral Body Lotion Sea Kissed is a shelf worthy product, its light, luxurious and includes ingredients such as Aloe Vera and Witch Hazel. This allows it to absorb quickly without leaving any stickiness or grease.

Now for your hair the Goldwell range is one to try, they are professional hair care brand known for their colour care or smoothing treatments. If you suffer with frizzy hair the Goldwell Dual Senses Just Smooth gentle-as-water shampoo has ingredients such as Kukui Nut Oil which nourishes and rinses away any impurities smoothing your frizz-prone hair.

Two fabulous shelfie’s if we don’t say so our self! We know you want to make sure the products on your shelf the best in class, so you see the best results and they don’t just sit in your cupboard. We hope this helps!

Beauty and Fragrance Gifts for Mother’s Day

Beauty and Fragrance Gifts for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day will be here before you know it and with it being on the 31st of March, the last day of the month it is best to be prepared while we still have the budget. We all want our mums to feel appreciated and loved every day of the year but on Mother’s Day we can make an extra special effort.

If you are struggling with idea’s here at Fragrance Direct, we have the answers so there is no excuse to grab some flowers and chocolates from the corner shop last minute. If you think this year your mum would like to try a new fragrance, then these three launches are ones to have a look at. The first is Issey Miyake Eau’ D’Issey Pure Petale De Nectar, which is a fresh light Eau de Toilette that has just launched and is perfect for spring summer. This is a great one for all mums out there with a feminine taste due to its sleek, delicate bottle design and sweet scents of pear, honey and rose.

The second recommendation for a fragrance would be the new Emporio Armani In Love with You. This new Eau de Parfum is a fruity, sweet, addictive scent with notes of black cherry, jasmine and vanilla and with its classic, simplistic bottle, this would make a great gift. Not only that the name of the fragrance would flatter any mum out there.

The final suggestion for a fragrance would be the Dolce and Gabbana The Only One 2, the second chapter of the story. This new launch is for the sophisticated, strong mums out there with its signature coffee and violet notes. With its red, empowering bottle it symbolises love and femininity.

If you are thinking of other options this Mother’s Day, there are some great gift sets that any mum would love to receive. The first is the Gatineau Pamper Collection 4 Piece Gift Set, this set includes the Aquamemory High Hydration Cream Mask, Defi Lift 3D Revoluming Lip Care, Vitmina Suractivee Hand Cream and the Professional Mask Brush all in a beautiful wash bag. For anyone who uses Gatineau and is new to the brand, this is an incredible brand and would be a real treat to whoever receives this set, another bonus is you would make a huge saving on these products.

The next idea we pulled out as a great present was the Crabtree and Evelyn Garden Hand Therapy Duo. This brand always does lovely hand cream sets in beautiful packaging, but this duo is a favourite. Both creams smell gorgeous especially the Gardeners moisturising therapy and are great for healing any cracks or dryness caused by the cold weather.

This set is for if your mum deserves a little pamper, this Soothing bath and body set by Urban Veda is a trusted brand that will harmonise delicate skin. It includes a body wash and full-size soothing body lotion full of calming botanical extracts that will de-stress and pamper this Mother’s Day.

The final recommendation from us here at Fragrance Direct would be for those mums who are into their beauty brands and products. The Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara Set includes a full-size mascara, lip and eye make up remover and a precision glide eye pencil eye liner in black velvet. This is a highly recommended brand and these three products are essential in any lady’s make up bag making it a great gift this Mother’s Day.

We hope that this has been helpful and that you find the perfect gift for your mum this Mother’s Day! Make sure you take a look at the Mother’s Day category for more options.

February Round Up – Our Favourite New Launches!

February Round Up – Our Favourite New Launches!

I think we can all agree that February has been a great month! This short month has been a little mood boost for everyone; we celebrated the love with Valentines day, witnessed some of the best dressed at the Brits, Oscars and Bafta’s and to round it off we had a mini heat wave! Not only that but here at FD we have celebrated some of the best new launches in the Fragrance World so far this year. So, today we have having a round up from start to finish, so you don’t miss out!

The first launch of February was Dolce& Gabbana The Only One 2 Eau de Parfum, the second chapter of the story. This fruity and sweet fragrance has top notes of red berries, heart notes of Violet Accord and base notes of Tonka Bean. This scent is a smooth and addictive addition in a gorgeous sophisticated bottle symbolising love, seduction and lust.

Issey Miyake then launched Eau D’issey Pure Petale De Nectar in a stylish and sleek bottle with a soft explosion of springtime scents. This EDT has top notes of Honey Pear, heart notes of Rose Petals and base notes of creamy sandalwood. This is a unique signature of the trilogy with is the perfect scent for the season.

The third launch this February was the colourful and joyful fruity scent of Elie Saab Girl of Now Forever. It’s delicious top notes of Raspberry, heart notes of Rosa Cassia and base notes of Cashmeran make this is the fun, feminine couture scent for spring.

Joop! Homme Absolute was the first for men this February. With top notes of black pepper, heart notes of Ylang Ylang and base notes of Cedarwood this fragrant illustration of men’s dual nature is a contrast of unexpected floral notes and masculine accords. This time the bottle is black with a yellow logo giving it an extremely sleek and striking appearance.

The next launch this February was Lacoste’s Pour Femme Elixir. This new fragrance design is tailor- made for hedonistic women who dare to live their life to the fullest. With top notes of pink pepper, heart notes of Sambac Jasmine and base notes of Tuberose this is a sensual woody, bold blend which is instantly identifiable from the Lacoste range.

The Jimmy Choo Blossom was a great launch this month, its feminine design and sweet accord of exotic fruits makes it the perfect spring summer scent for 2019! The scent mellows to a sensual base of sandalwood, offering up a simultaneous evocation of sophistication and warmth.

The sixth launch this month was Kenzo’s Flower Eau de Vie which celebrates love at first sight. Zesty ginger as top notes with orange blossom heart notes and base notes of Tonka beans and white musk makes this a delightful addition to the Kenzo collection.

Calvin Klein introduced a spirited reinterpretation of Women with the Eau de toilette. This fragrance celebrates women with a sensual and empowering blend of white peony, ambrox and lemon. Its unique bottle design is all about self-expression and certainly makes this launch stand out from the crowd.

The next launch was the exciting Carolina Herrera Good Girl Legere Eau de Parfum. The black- lacquered bottle gradates from clear to transparent base to a midnight- blue crown representing the transition from day to night, from good to bad. This is a lighter and more floral version to the original and uses notes of Jasmine, tuberose and Tonka bean for its composition.

The final launch for February was the Lancome La Vie Est Belle En Rose, offering a new take on iconic collection. Known as the crystal smile this is a fresher reinterpretation of the floral, feminine scent with top notes of red fruits, heart notes of rose essence and base notes of sandalwood oil. This time the iconic bottle has a pink filter to see life through rose-coloured glasses and its famous wings are in pink to represent the theme of optimism.

As you can see February was full of new launches meaning there is something for everyone! Take a look at our website as these are perfect fragrances for any spring summer occasions you have in the diary or if you are wanting to try something new for 2019!

The Best Fragrances For The Gym

The Best Fragrances For The Gym

When it comes to the gym, our feelings are mixed. Sure, the rush of endorphins makes us feel amazing; we love the way our skin glows after a long session, and the feeling we get in our muscles the day after an intense class, but there are some things about hitting the gym that we just can’t get on board with.

If, like us, you want to really get the most of your visits to the gym, there are a few steps you can take to make the experience altogether more pleasant.

Firstly, gym-proof your makeup by using water-resistant products to avoid sweaty smudges. We recommend choosing lighter products, like Clinique’s gorgeous Age Defense CC Crème, which will help you feel good without overdoing it.

While wearing make-up in the gym isn’t necessarily for everyone, making sure you don’t smell too bad during your workout is essential (and courteous to your fellow gym-goers!). We love all things scent here at Fragrance Direct, and we don’t just want to smell fine in the gym – we want to smell great! Here are some of our favourite fresh smelling perfumes and body sprays which are perfect to wear in the gym.

1. Boss in Motion
This light fragrance is super-invigorating and perfect for your workout. It comes in a cool spherical bottle too, making it great for throwing into your gym bag at the last minute.

2. Davidoff Cool Water
Davidoff Cool Water has been created to help you discover the power of cool. This classic scent is inspired by the ocean and promises to provide a feeling of intense freshness – perfect for the gym or for post-workout feel-good energy. If you love this fragrance, try Davidoff Cool Water deodorant, and keep your cool throughout even the most intense workout.

3. Ralph Lauren Polo Sport
This aftershave by forever-iconic Ralph Lauren is sporty and energising. With a summery blend of lemon, mandarin, lavender and bergamot, this refreshing scent will have you feeling bright wherever you wear it – even in the gym!

4. Calvin Klein CK One
Fresh, timeless and utterly iconic, Calvin Klein’s CK One seems to make our lists time and time again. This fragrance can be worn anywhere – to the gym, to work, or in the evening, and never fails to make an impression. Fruity top-notes of jasmine, rose and lily of the valley combine wonderfully, while musk, sandalwood, cedar and amber make up an earthy base.

Throw the frosted glass bottle into your gym bag and enjoy your workout! What’s more, CK One has been designed to be worn by both men and women, so whether you prefer a more masculine scent or something a little more feminine, this light option will work perfectly.

5. Paul Smith Extreme Sport
The iconic brand enters sports-fragrance-territory with the launch of this fresh and energising twist on the classic, Extreme for Men. Inspired by Paul Smith’s childhood dream of becoming a professional cyclist, this fragrance is both evocative and memorable, the perfect motivation to get you through a tough workout.

January Round Up – New Fragrance Launches

January Round Up – New Fragrance Launches

We are already in February! Some may say it flew by, some may say they just survived the longest month ever. Never the less pay day has come around again and slowly but surely the days are getting longer. So now everyone has recovered from the post-Christmas depression here at Fragrance Direct it is time reflect on the month and celebrate the great launches that have kick started 2019.

Let’s start with Pure XS Night, the new Intense fragrance for Men by Paco Rabanne. This oriental fragrance is intensely erotic with key ingredients of cinnamon, spicy salted caramel, ginger, Intense cacao to name a few. This is fabulous new launch with its new bottle design, definitely one to get excited about.

Now a favourite, Marc Jacobs Daisy Sunshine, this new launch is a bright uplifting scent and design. The sunny marigold is wrapped in the radiant warmth of white woods while white strawberry adds a juicy touch. If you love the Daisy collections like we do, then you should try the Daisy Sunshine it would be perfect as a staple scent.

On the 30th of January the exciting Cacharel, Yes I am Eau de Parfum was launched and is perfect for all make up lovers! Whether it’s for a day or night look, the unique lipstick shaped bottle houses an addictive fragrance combining oriental notes with fresh flower accords. Sensual and oriental fruity top notes include zesty mandarin and sweet raspberry developing a heart of white floral accords.

January also saw the launch of Armani’s In Love with You and Armani Stronger With You Intensely. In Love with You is a contemporary and passionate blend for women, with an addictive oriental cherry scent that features notes of black cherry, jasmine and vanilla. The Stronger with you Intensely is a fougere scent that features notes of pink pepper, vanilla and an ambery wood accord. The aged cognac colour perfectly embodies the intense character of the fragrance and with success of its first two seasons this is a favourite amongst today’s young men.

The Gucci Guilty Eau de parfum for Her is a signature fragrance that is a modern declaration of self-expression and fearlessness, and here at FD we cannot get enough. Blended for the new revolution the oriental floral brings a richness and nobility to the original, with ingredients of Mandora, Pink Pepper, Lilac and Patchouli. This scent leaves an enduring silage that lingers in the air when worn and with its latest design is a fabulous scent if you are looking for yourself or for someone else.

Lastly is the very exciting, latest launch from Jean Paul Gaultier with Classique Cabaret. This floral fragrance is an explosion of glamour, sensuality and softness. A glittery red dress, a shower of stars and feathers dive into the world with irresistible oriental orange blossom embellished by the aphrodisiacal powers of ginger and vanilla. This fragrance still has the signature Classique ginger notes but with unique heart and base notes, this is a launch to watch out for as it’s exclusive to Fragrance Direct!

Valentine’s Day Sensual Perfumes for Him & Her

Valentine’s Day Sensual Perfumes for Him & Her

Love is in the air, and we wouldn’t be Fragrance Direct if we didn’t have a list of our favourite seasonal, sensual scents for men and women ready to share with you.

It’s been proven that scents can rouse certain emotional and physiological reactions, for example:
• Lemon: can increase people’s perception of their own health
• Lavender: can contribute to a good mood
• Eucalyptus: can increase alertness
• Rose oil: can reduce blood pressure

So, it makes sense that there are certain scents contained in the perfumes we wear, which can influence mood, and therefore sexual attraction. While many fragrances market themselves as sexy, attractive and altogether irresistible, how many of them have science behind them?

Male vs. Female Sensual Attraction
Men and women are naturally attracted by different scents, so the first step to getting it right is understanding how to attract whoever it is you’re interested in.

According to research, men are attracted to scents of:
• Pumpkin
• Vanilla
• Cinnamon
• Lavender

Women are attracted to:
• Liquorice
• Musk
• Peppermint
• Leather

These sensual scents are perfect for Valentine’s day, whether you’re looking to buy a gift for someone special or to spruce yourself up for a memorable date-night. Choose one of the perfumes in our list and get ready to enjoy a night of romance!

Fragrances to Attract Women

1. Lacoste Live Male
This intoxicating fragrance boasts top-notes of fresh lime, green leaves and sea, while the addition of liquorice and Guaiac Wood combine to create a subtly unusual tone.

2. Calvin Klein CK Be
Often unisex, Calvin Klein fragrances are typically memorable and unique, and CK Be is no different. This fresh, woody, oriental fragrance is suited to both men and women. Imagine notes of sweet magnolia, smooth sandalwood, fresh mandarin and all-important musk

3. Coach Platinum for Men
This masculine fragrance is bold, sophisticated and enticing. Spicy notes of black pepper mix with the sweetness of pineapple in its top notes, which dry down to leave behind an earthy base of sandalwood, vanilla and leather.

Fragrances to Attract Men

1. Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium
Black Opium has risen to acclaim in recent years. The recent scent by trend-giant Yves Saint Laurent is inspired by darkness and sensual mystery. Opening with notes of coffee and pink pepper, this fragrance moves into a heart of vanilla, jasmine and orange blossom that lingers deliciously.

So, grab his attention with this indulgent scent – laced with attractive vanilla, it’s sure to impress.

2. Boucheron Jaipur Homme
Communicate alluring elegance with Jaipur Homme. The surprising fragrance for men contains tones of clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon, which has been proven attractive to men.

3. Lollia Eau De Parfum Relax
Lollia focis all their scents on romance and luxury, so any of their offering will work for your Valentine’s Day celebration. This rich, exotic fragrance blends lavender, bee blossom honey and white orchids. Lavender is attractive to men, and even better – so is vanilla! Enjoy a double hit of sensuality with this sweet, laid-back perfume.

Choose one of the perfumes from this list and get ready for an evening of attraction and romance!