Last Minute Gift Ideas

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Christmas is just around the corner and panic is starting to creep in as there are people still on the list to buy for. The problem is the people you have left on our list to buy presents for are the ones we haven’t got a clue what to buy! With ram packed December diary’s and emails with the last delivery dates coming through stress levels are rising. Never the less like every year we manage to pull it off, so we are here if you need some last-minute present inspiration for family members, friends or that work colleague you’ve exchanged two words with…

For the men in your life whether it’s your dad, brother, boyfriend or colleague here are 5 products we recommend you take a look at.

1. The American Crew Essential Grooming Kit. American Crew is a leading brand created specifically for men and the stylists they trust; their products are one of the best with a sleek masculine style. This gift set includes a fiber cream, 3 in 1 shampoo, shaving gel and finishing spray all in a smart washbag.

2. The Dolce and Gabbana the one Grey for Men Gift Set. This intense fusion of opposites grounding aromatic cardamom with an earthy vetiver combined with a smart bottle and luxury packaging is a great gift for a certain gentleman in your life this Christmas.

3. The Barber Pro Skin Revival Mask Set. The set contains a selection of a sheet, foaming, under eye mask and putty peel off masks. Everything someone needs for a fresh looking and clear appearance. Especially after the hard months of excessive food and drink.

4. The Mens Society Beard Grooming Gift Set. This is for those gentlemen who love their facial hair. This is a sophisticated beard cologne and Moisturising Oil with a Wax comb and leather sheath. Portland England’s Beard Grooming Set contains everything a gent will need to cultivate, preen and protect his beard.

5. The Lacoste L’Homme Gift Set. This set is an essence of modern style masculine and simplistic design. Its woody spicy scent with top notes of mandarin and sweet orange make it a warm and sensuous fragrance. This is a great gift for anyone who is shopping on a budget.

For those tricky ladies such as your mother in law, sister and girlfriend here are some ideas that are gifts that we think anyone would appreciate.

1. The Clarins Weekend Treats Gift Set. This brand has an innovate approach to beauty making it completely unique and recognised for their approach to well-being, balance and happiness. The set includes flash balm, hand and nail treatment, light up perfector, rich body lotion, hydra essential cream and eye contour gel. A great recommendation if you really want to treat someone.

2. The Nuxe Crème Friche de beaute set for Normal Skin. This set includes a light hydrating cream and a face, body and hair dry oil. These two products are perfect for soothing and revitalising your skin which may have taken a hard month or so. These products and packaging are perfect for a present for someone who does use or hasn’t yet tried the brand as they are so highly recommended.

3. The Yves Saint Laurent YSL Mon Paris Gift Set. Introducing a new expression of love and passion this feminine bottle and set feels like such a treat when you open it. The floral scents turn a traditional model upside down meaning it appeals to all ages you might be buying for.

4. The Decleor Time To Glow Gift Set. Decleor continues to lead with its trusted expertise in aromatherapy skincare. Using natural and potent active ingredients they continue to visibly enhance health and radiance. So, for anyone who you think deserves a little boost this is a lovely gift to give someone this Christmas. The set includes a hydrating oil serum, exfoliating cream and Intense glow awakening cream.

5. The Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal Gift Set. This set is an unexpected, off-beat and fun design and scent, making it the perfect for sisters and girlfriends that you are struggling to buy for. The signature honey paired with intoxicating tuberose, tonka bean and sandalwood makes this scent so addictive to anyone who tries it making it the perfect gift.

Best Beauty Trends & Products of 2018

Best Beauty Trends & Products of 2018

2018 has been an impressive year for fashion and beauty. We’ve seen new products by Givenchy and Armani fly off the shelves, while growing trends in skin rejuvenation and therapeutic lotions have shown that the desire to look after our minds as well as our bodies is stronger than ever.

If you feel like the year has been a bit of a blur (and who can blame you?), then allow us to run through some of our favourite trends and the best beauty products of 2018, along with our best-selling new scents that aren’t too late to be added to your Christmas list.

1. Making room for me time
It’s safe to say our working days are getting longer and our chilled-out evenings are becoming rarer, which probably explains the growing trend in relaxation products.

As more people become comfortable with the idea of at-home massaging, massage balms, such as the Kaeso Velvet Touch Aloe Vera Cuticle Massage Cream, are showing that you can get salon-quality products at a reasonable price. Interest in aromatherapy products has continued to grow too, with bath salts, aura sprays, and body lotions amongst our best-selling.

Meanwhile, our candles and home products have seen a massive 235% increase in popularity. From room sprays to reed diffusers, such as the Orla Kiely Fig Tree Scented Diffuser, it’s just as important to look after your home as it is your body.

2. Get your glitter on
Want to take things up a notch without the risk of looking excessive? A little glitter is the key.

Glitter has always been there to add a touch of glam to our lives. It’s really taken off this year and can be found in many different products, whether you want to let your eyes sparkle with the W7 Pressed to Impress Glitter Palette and L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Top Coat Mascara, or steal the limelight with glistening nails courtesy of Manhattan Last & Shine Nail Polish

There’s even the chance to soak in all of the glitter with the luxurious Style & Grace Bubble Boutique Bath Sprinkles Glitter Set. The choices are endless!

3. Facetime
Face masks continue to interest us as we seek a natural remedy for softer and smoother skin. It seems that the more unusual the ingredients, the more desperately we all want to try them.

The CB&CO Hemp Face Mask uses hemp seed oil to nourish and refresh, while the Cougar Beauty Caviar & Gold Face Mask features both luxurious ingredients for their anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

4. Skin refreshed
Skin products have seen a big growth this past twelve months, as revitalisation products no longer come with a hefty price tag. From eyecare, such as the Elemis Absolute Eye Serum, to DIY kits, there’s plenty to feel refreshed about.

The Dermalogica Normal/Oily Skin Kit is not only a top-grade product, but it’s a real lifesaver when it comes to having great skin. Meanwhile, the DECLÉOR Hydrating Discovery Kit is another must-have for when your skin calls out for a bit of rejuvenation.

5. Bright lights, brighter impressions
When done right, bright neon colours can make a real impact. Neon variants of our favourite products continue to sell well, and that’s why they’ve remained a beauty trend of the past year.

Collection Work The Colour Nail Polish really adds the colour to proceedings with its vast stand-out collection, while Bourjois Rouge Edition lipstick is an elegant and sleek must-have.

6. Fifty shades of yellow
Speaking of brightness, yellow has seen an incredible resurgence recently. With so many different shades to choose from, it’s a versatile choice. Fashion trends indicate that the nicknamed ‘Gen-Z yellow’ will continue to be popular amongst trendsetters next year, so it’s only fair that your beauty products match up too.

The yellow MAC Eye Shadow Matte provides an even blend that will stun without ever looking too much while the Naj Oleari Colour Emotion Classic Effect Nail Polish in Giallo will have you glowing even in the coldest of months.

Our best-sellers of the year
As we’re nearing the end of the year, we thought it would only be fair to let you in on a few little secrets regarding our best-sellers.

1. Our best-selling new product of the year was, by far, the Givency L’Interdit Eau de Parfum Spray. The scent is an invitation to defy convention and embrace femininity, so it’s no surprise that it’s 2018’s biggest sell.

2. The warm, glowing tones of Marc Jacobs Daisy Love have been popular with those wanting something a little vibrant.

3. Paco Rabanne Pure XS For Her Eau de Parfum Spray offers a provocative floral oriental scent that’s proven hard to resist.

4. Caroline Herrera Good Girl Eau de Parfum Spray is a sophisticated blend of amber notes, praline, jasmine sambac, and sandalwood.

5. Rounding out our top five new scents to fly off the shelves, Armani Si Passione is a daringly bold scent exuding with confidence.

Looking for some more beauty inspiration? Why not read our tips for professional DIY facials at home or learn about the perfect skincare routine for oily skin.

Top 20 Fragrance Launches Of The Year

Top 20 Fragrance Launches Of The Year

2018 has been a year to remember! We witnessed Meghan Markle marrying into the royal family, and later announcing that her and prince Harry are expecting their first baby. Whether you’re a football fan or not, no one missed our world cup journey this summer… Gareth Southgate becoming a national hero while the whole country got to enjoy some sunshine. Never the less this year has flown by and you can often forget all the good bits, so we have put together a timeline of the bestselling aftershaves and perfume launches of the year for you to look back over. Just in case you’re in need of a little inspiration for the new year or a reminder to pop it on your Christmas list here is a little recap.

January – Gucci launched Gucci Guilty Absolute the fragrance which is a product of the revolution #GuiltyNotGuilty the ultimate partner for Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Homme. Beginning from a mysterious note of blackberry this scent is a non-traditional women’s fragrance created for a contemporary woman.

Jimmy choo Blossom was also launched this January inspired by sweet scents. The citrus notes compliment the red berries, taking notes of bright colours and delicious scents which was perfect for the summer months ahead.

February – Issey Miyake launched Issey Miyake L’eau Pure Nectar, a scent that is sweet with fruity and floral tones. With top notes of pear nectar and heart notes of rose, honey and marine all in a lovely copper bottle, it made the perfect Valentines gift for this year.

Carolina Herrera’s Good Girl is an audacious and sexy yet elegant and enigmatic scent, aimed at girls who like to live on the edge and aren’t afraid to be their selves. With its iconic shoe shape bottle it soon became a firm favourite.

Armani Si Passione was the third fragrance launch of this month, adding a new dimension to Giorgio Armani’s feminine fragrance personality, he describes this scent as ‘an irresistible combination of grace, strength and independence spirit.’ The perfect perfume for the modern-day independent woman.

April – This month we saw the launch of the Paco Rabanne’s 1 Million Lucky and Lady Million Lucky. The iconic bottle had been reinvented and the scents were fresh, crisp and vibrant with this idea ‘life is a game’ and that you should live in the moment. A moto at Fragrance Direct we love.

Prada launched Prada Luna Rossa Black, a powerful yet fresh scent in the sophisticated all black bottle. The dry, musky and amber combination gave the perfect seductive masculine cologne for this year.

June – One of the biggest launches this year was Marc Jacobs Daisy Love. This scent is described as addictive and irresistible with its vibrant first notes in a burst of sweet cloudberries. The oversized Daisy inspired by the iconic Marc Jacobs icon reflects the warm glow of the fragrance. This perfume is full of personality and perfect for someone who enjoys life.

Celebrating the new facet of the Jimmy Choo woman, Jimmy Choo Fever is an innate extrovert with a playful energy and sense of fun. Effortlessly glamourous and instinctively seductive this became the one to wear for summer nights.

August – Jean Paul Gaultier’s Scandal by Night was the scent of freedom this summer. Like life, full off surprises. This unique bottle and packaging paired with an addictive blend of honey, sandalwood and Tonka bean made this a delicious sexy scent for all women.

We also saw the new Calvin Klein Women launch, a sensual, luminous perfume that has its own distinct voice. A woody fragrance combined with floral tones empowers modern women and celebrates every aspect of feminine spirit.

September – Dolce and Gabbana launched The Only One which captured the essence of sophistication. It felt as if you were being hypnotized within its femininity. The signature smell was a combination of violet and coffee giving a floral scent and the packaging of this product was one of our favourites for the year.

This September we were also introduced to Pure XS for her by Paco Rabanne. This wild provocative floral oriental, with the electrifying Emily Ratajkowski as the face of the campaign was an instant hit. The disarming allure of hot vanilla and popcorn note bursts captivates and escalates the sex-appeal.

Ralph Lauren Women is one, if you haven’t already, need to try. It is a contrast between bold florals and rich woods, alluring creaminess and depth of character to the juicy blackcurrant notes. The classic styled bottle is completely in keeping with the brand and perfect for anyone who loves Ralph Lauren.

The final women’s launch for September was L’Interdit by Givenchy which was a true tribute to bold, free femininity. A white floral cut through with dark notes unleashes a bold luminosity that flirts with obscurity. This fragrance is unforgettable, intense, addictive and fearlessly elegant.

For Men Boss Bottled the Anniversary edition was a personal favourite. It is a confident and contemporary version of the iconic classic combining elegance and style. This scent balances a fresh and fruity top note with a warm spiced heart seasoned with just a dab of clove.

Boss The Scent Private Accord was launched by Hugo Boss this September revealing another exclusive seduction. This scent first made an appearance in 2015 and since has been a great statement with base notes of cocoa absolute and top notes of ginger. The masculine bottle is completely unique and aesthetically pleasing to look at.

YSL Y Eau De Parfum Men by Yves Saint Laurent is an authentic fragrance that also perfectly complements a capable confident established man. It features fresh citrus and aromatic notes followed by a deeper intensity of sensual woods. These aftershaves all capture the essence of modern men.

October – Lacoste L’Homme Intense is a more intense twist of the original. It is a spicy and woody fragrance with a reinforced timeless sensual base. It is for those audacious men who lead the game with style and elegance with a masculine bottle to match.

This year’s launches have been so unique that it has been hard not to love each one, but everyone has their own individual style and scent, so we encourage you to try these best sellers from this year as they are such a treat whether you are buying for yourself or someone else.

Christmas Gifts – Fragrances For Him and Her

Christmas Gifts – Fragrances For Him and Her

Fragrances make the perfect gift as Christmas time. A thoughtfully selected perfume or brand new aftershave really shows the recipient how much you care and will go down a treat come the 25th December. However, selecting the perfect scent can be quite a tricky task if you don’t know what scents they like. So, we’ve put together a list of the most popular fragrances to gift this Christmas, keep reading for some inspiration…

First up we’ve got one for the ladies – Marc Jacobs Daisy Twinkle. Daisy perfumes are hugely popular, especially at Christmas time. There’s just something super special about the gorgeous Daisy cap that makes it the perfect gift. Daisy Twinkle was new for 2018 and it has been one of our favourite additions so far, the range also includes Twinkle Eau So fresh and Daisy Dream Twinkle. Daisy Twinkle is a bright and playful floral perfume that opens with a juicy burst of wild berries mixed with hints of violet leaves. If you’re looking for something really special for your girlfriend, sister or best friend then you can’t go wrong with this one.

Next up we have Diesel Only The Brave. Now this is an intense, masculine fragrance that is perfect for the modern man. Fashionable, sexy and cool it will seriously impress anyone lucky enough to receive it this Christmas. Featuring top notes of Amalfi Lemon and Mandarin, heart notes of Cedar, Coriander and Violet and base notes of Amber and Benzion. If you want some inspiration for your boyfriend or brother then give Only The Brave a go, they won’t be disappointed.

If you’re looking for a scent for your mum, aunt or mother in law then Gucci Bamboo is a really good choice. A strong, yet graceful scent inspired by one of Gucci’s most recognisable signatures, the bamboo. A soft, yet intense fragrance that is expressed with strong notes that resonate through the heart and base. A beautiful mix of Deep Sandalwood, heady Tahitan Vanilla contrast with sensual Casablanca Lily, Orange Blossom and Ylang Ylang.

Next up is a classic that almost every man has worn at some point in their lives, Davidoff Cool Water. If you know that they are big Davidoff fans then you can’t go wrong with picking up a bottle of their favourite scent, it’s iconic! Inspired by the powers of the ocean, this aftershave has been giving a feeling of intense freshness for over 25 years. This scent is bound to bring some nostalgia to your dad, uncle, father in law, basically any man!

If you really want to treat someone special, then pick up a bottle of Giorgio Armani Si Nacre Sparkling Limited Edition. With the gorgeous bottle and sparkling juice, it just feels super Christmassy. It also leaves a beautiful sparkling effect on the skin that is perfect for those Christmas nights out or New Year’s Eve plans! A perfume that is fresh, green and addictive with notes of Freesia, exquisite honey and Rose De Mai.

The scent that makes the man… Joop WOW! If you’re looking for a fragrance for a confident, sophisticated man then look no further. Joop WOW! tells the story of a journey of transformation, a man turned into powerful and confident gentleman with nothing to prove. A fresh-woody fragrance that awakens the senses with exquisite ingredients including captivating notes of Bergamot, Cardamom, Vetiver and Warm Vanilla.

Marc Jacobs Decadence is the perfect scent if you need a gift for the glam queens in your life. Beautifully luxurious and impulsively indulgent, Decadence truly makes a statement. An indulgent sensual woody scent, the fragrance captivates with a sultry top note of succulent Italian Plum, Golden Saffron and Velvety Iris. This perfume truly makes a statement, so you can be sure to impress this Christmas.

Paco Rabanne Pure XS is the perfect scent for the man in your life… Carnal, beyond control and explosive! This fragrance was made for the young, hot, powerful man. It is explosive, fresh, robust and manly… hovering between the purity of raw desire and the pleasure of excess. With notes of cinnamon, vanilla, ginger and myrrh you can be sure they will adore this scent!

Ultimate Guide To Unisex Perfumes And Fragrances

Ultimate Guide To Unisex Perfumes And Fragrances

The world of perfume was once so simple – sweet, delicate florals for women, and musty, woody spices for men. Well, gender stereotypes are no longer the norm, and thanks to brands like Tom Ford, Paco Rabanne and Calvin Klein, a huge selection of unisex fragrances are available which will work for you no matter where you are on the gender spectrum.

If you’re looking for a fragrance that you can share with a partner, a unisex gift or simply for a scent to suit every occasion, our guide to the best unisex fragrances is here to help.

Tom Ford Private Blend Mandarino Di Amalfi EDP Spray
Tom Ford is the master of unisex fragrance, often combining floral delicacy and natural musk to create something special which suits all genders and personalities.

Our favourite is Private Blend Mandarino Di Amalfi, a citrusy fresh fragrance combining mint, thyme and wildflowers. Evoking warm, breezy evenings on the coast, this gender-neutral spray promises to bring a sense of calm to the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Calvin Klein CK All Eau de Toilette Spray
Calvin Klein – another fragrance master – has blessed us with this classic scent which is as inclusive as it is iconic. CK All is a clean and subtle yet distinguished, and is suitable for work, romance and relaxation. This unisex fragrance can be worn anywhere, anytime and is sure to make an impression.

The flask-shaped bottle is a tribute to minimalist style that’ll look great in any home. Echo its simplicity as you take on the day with calmness and serenity brought to you by this scent.

Acqua Di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Cedro Di Taormina Gift Set
This gift set includes both a spray and shower gel and is the perfect present for any occasion. A Mediterranean mix of black pepper and lavender is balanced by notes of cistus labdanum, vetiver and Virginia Cedarwood. Combined, these ingredients evoke the lush vegetation and volcanic landscape of a far-off island.

Look to the Acqua Di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Cedro Di Taormina Gift Set for a treat that’s practical, indulgent, and can be enjoyed by anybody.

Acqua Di Parma Colonia Assoluta Eau de Cologne
Luxury Italian lifestyle brand Acqua Di Parma have a range of fragrance which has been considerately designed to suit all genders, combining delicacy and sophistication to create something quite special.

Colonia Assoluta boasts a fresh, sensual scent, which combines sparkling top notes of Sicilian bitter orange, bergamot and verbena with warm and spicy base notes of cardamom, pink pepper and pimento. The elegance of jasmine and wild orchid develops the scent even further, and lands it amongst our favourite unisex fragrances on the market.

Guerlain Jicky Eau de Parfum Spray
Although it was originally developed for women, this warm scent is now considered unisex following its favour amongst male Hollywood stars including Charlie Chaplin and Gary Cooper.

With cold top notes of lavender, citrus, orris and rose, and warm bases of patchouli, vanilla, amber and musk, this unusual, sensual fragrance is guaranteed to set pulses racing no-matter who wears it.

If you’re a true lover of fragrance, take a look at our guide to the best candles for relaxation and bring your passion into your home, or if you’re looking for the perfect way to pamper yourself, discover how to do a professional DIY facial at home courtesy of Fragrance Direct.

Spicy, Oriental Scents for Winter

Spicy, Oriental Scents for Winter

Seductive, spicy, mysterious… welcome to the world of oriental fragrances. For a scent that evokes mystery, exoticism and sensuality you need to open your eyes to a spicy or oriental perfume. Perfect for this time of year when you’re looking for something a little headier, warmer and longer lasting. Oriental perfumes can be quite intense, often featuring warm and spicy notes such as musk, vetiver or gourmand.

Oriental, spicy scents make great evening scents, so perfect for all those Christmas parties coming up! Keep reading to check out some of our favourite Oriental scents available at Fragrance Direct…

Hugo Boss BOSS The Scent Private Accord
BOSS The Scent Private Accord is the newest addition to The Scent range and it’s the most seductive yet! Infused with sophisticated mocha and magnetic cocoa absolute that vibrates at the heart of the fragrance. Exquisite spicy notes of ginger and exotic Maninka fruit enhance the addictive quality. An elegant, masculine fragrance that will seduce the senses!

Paco Rabanne Olympea Eau de Parfum
If you’re looking for something oriental but a little fresher then Paco Rabanne Olympea is the one for you… a crossroads between the sensual salty vanilla accord and the freshness of floral tones. Olympea starts with green mandarin, boosted by the floral and aquatic essences of ginger lily and hydroponic jasmine, awakening the senses.

Acqua Di Parma Colonia Assoluta
A unisex fragrance for both men and women, Assoluta is a fresh, vibrant and sensual oriental scent. Combining sparkling top notes of Sicilian bitter orange, bergamot and verbena with warm and spicy base notes of cardamom, pink pepper and pimento. A sophisticated composition.

Calvin Klein Euphoria for Women
Inspired by an orchid about to bloom, Calvin Klein Euphoria is a spicy/oriental scent with top notes of pomegranate, persimmon and a lush green accord. But the spicy notes come through in the dry down and this is when it gets really exciting, with strong notes of liquid amber, black violet, cream accord and mahogany wood. The perfect evening fragrance.

YSL Black Opium Eau de Parfum
Black Opium is inspired by the dark and mysterious side of the YSL brand. A gorgeous, heady scent that is perfect for evening wear. The fragrance opens with notes of coffee, complimented by accords of pink pepper, leading you through to a heart of vanilla, jasmine and orange blossom, drawing to a close with base notes of cedar and patchouli.

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male
Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male is a classic fragrance that is popular with many, fresh and charismatic. The perfect fragrance for everyday casual wear as it is not too overpowering. Still with the oriental accords of wormwood, bergamot, cardamom, lavender and orange it is super wearable throughout the day.

Carolina Herrera Good Girl
Good Girl is a sensual, evocative fragrance born from beautiful contradictions, representing the duality of the modern woman. Both fresh and light and moodily dark, the innovative fragrance captures a woman’s complexity. The sweet, alluring qualities of jasmine, give Good Girl its brightness and femininity. The darker side of Good Girl is created with richly fragrance cocoa and intoxicating tonka.

Emporio Armani Diamonds for Men
The final fragrance in our oriental and spicy round up is the gorgeous Armani Diamonds for Men. Described as a fresh, daring scent it opens with top notes of bergamot and guaiac wood, blending with a heart of vetiver, cedar and Sichuan pepper, rounding off with a smooth base of cacao and amber.