The Perfect Gift for Mother’s Day – Candles!

The Perfect Gift for Mother’s Day – Candles!

Everyone loves candles! Whether you use them for decoration, to scent your home or to create a cosy or relaxing atmosphere, everyone enjoys that feeling you get when you take your new candle of out the box and find a place for it in your home. So, we are going to run through some of our favourites that might be perfect for a Mother’s Day gift or if you are just treating yourself!

Our first recommendation would be one from the Woodwick Collection, these candles come in a variety of sizes and scents, but we love them at fragrance Direct because they crackle when burnt. If you are buying for your mum, then there are some lovely scents such as Sea Salt Magnolia in the Artisan hourglass or Pomegranate in the clear with wooden lid, that would make a great present.

The next candle we love is the Plum & Ashby Honey and Amber scented candle. This candle has notes of zesty citrus and sweet vanilla, inspired by glorious afternoons in the British country side. Designed to give to ultimate relaxation in its simplistic and sophisticated packaging, this would be a create addition to anyone’s home.

One which would make a wonderful gift is the Ted Baker Fig and Olive Candle, our favourite scent of the collection. Warm and fresh in an elegant deep grey this floral scent would be perfect for anyone with style. Each candle is carefully crafted and housed in a weighted glass vessel and inspired by the exotic fragrances from Ted’s travels.

If you are wanting a traditional styled candle, one that would look nice on a coffee or dressing table the Heart and Home ones come in a sweet frosted jar with lid. Due to the time of year we would recommend the White Jasmine and Freesia scent as it is light and fresh for spring.

Lastly if you have a smaller budget, a brand we all know, and love Baylis and Harding do a good range of candles in a sleek and sophisticated glass bottle. At Fragrance Direct we love the Mandarin, Grapefruit and Lemon scent for its fresh yet subtle fusion.

If you prefer a diffuser then have a look at our huge range. One which we really love is the Orla Kiely Geranium Home is a fresh scent packaged in her signature, cheerful print this would be a wonderful feature in your home for spring or a thoughtful present.

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!

Top 3 Beauty & Makeup Apps You Need To Try

Top 3 Beauty & Makeup Apps You Need To Try

These days, there’s an app for just about everything and the ever-current beauty industry has stepped up to the mark.

We’ve been seeing beauty and makeup apps springing up for a couple of years now, and we can’t get enough of them! With developments in facial recognition technology and artificial intelligence moving forwards in leaps and bounds, if you’re new to the world of beauty apps, there’s never been a better time to get involved.

Whether you want to try on virtual makeup looks, order a new collection or appoint a professional hairstylist or beauty therapist to your door, these apps have it all. Here are a few of our favourites.

1. YouCam
YouCam is one of the most popular makeup apps available and can be downloaded on Apple and Android devices.

By using facial detection, this smart beauty app gives you a true-to-life experience in real-time or on photos. There are hundreds of gorgeous makeup and beauty products to choose from, so you can mix and match until you find a combination that suits you!

The YouCam community is thriving – members can share and discover makeup tutorials, fashion news and tips. Some of our favourite features of this app include:
• One-touch skin analysis
• Beauty live streaming
• Real-time makeovers

This app has it all and is a great place to start if you’re new to the game.

2. Mary Kay Virtual Makeover
Mary Kay’s Virtual Makeover app is perfect for makeup lovers. You can try makeup and beauty products on your own face, or choose a model to try on, and share your designs with your friends on social media.

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.

This one is available on both iTunes and for Android.

3. Slapp
Finding the right shade of foundation, especially online, can seem impossible. There are so many makeup apps that promise to match your skin tone to your perfect shade of foundation, concealer or lipstick, and often they fall short of the mark.

Well, enter Slapp! This is one of the few skin-matching apps that really work, and we can’t get enough.

Available on iTunes and for Android, this free-to-use app works by analysing a picture of you, focusing on your cheeks, chin, and forehead, before bringing you a list of all the best products to suit your shade. You can filter products depending on your needs, and the app will serve up a whole selection of colour matches from all your favourite brands! Amazing, right?

So, it seems no matter what you’re in the market for, there’s a beauty app available to help. Did you know we have an app of our own? Download the Fragrance Direct app to browse and buy all your favourite products at the touch of a button! If you’re a little more old-school, stick to the Fragrance Direct blog for all your beauty and makeup tips, like how to clean your makeup brushes and sponges, or how to gym-proof your makeup.

Get To Know The Brand: Regenerate

Get To Know The Brand: Regenerate

Enamel erosion happens to everyone, at all ages, and 80% of common tooth problems we all experience at some stage in our lives are caused by enamel erosion and acid attacks. Enamel is the outer coating of the tooth that protects the core underneath, and regardless of its hardness, it gets eroded daily through what we eat and our lifestyle choices. Even healthy food and drink can trigger acid attacks, but enamel erosion isn’t something you have to live with suffer through.

Regenerate Enamel Science
Regenerate Enamel Science™ is the first oral care system that can regenerate enamel mineral, reversing the early enamel erosion process and preventing damage to your teeth further down the line. The unique and patented NR-5™ technology and ingredients, developed from 9 years of research and inspired by bone repair technology, combine when activated to form a fresh supply of enamel minerals that integrate themselves onto the teeth. With clinically proven results, this is the first system that can regenerate enamel mineral with the same mineral that tooth enamel is actually made of.

Regenerate Enamel Science Advanced Toothpaste
Regenerate Enamel Science™ Advanced Toothpaste will protect and strengthen your teeth against cavities, help to restore original whiteness and give you a fresh mint sensation with regular use. From the first use, you’ll notice a dense formula with a rich texture, and this is due to the high content of ingredients working their magic as you brush your teeth. The toothpaste’s unique formulation starts working immediately, and with each use it will form a fresh supply of enamel mineral.

Regenerate Advanced Foaming Mouthwash
Regenerate Advanced Foaming Mouthwash is a new and powerful addition to your oral care routine, offering everything you’d expect from a mouthwash and more. With the ability to restore enamel mineral and reverse damage after acid attacks, you’ll find your teeth becoming stronger and healthier over time with use. Its new foam technology means micro-bubbles reach between teeth and around the whole mouth, leaving it feeling fresher for longer. Although small, this mighty mouthwash contains up to 50 rinses, as many as a regular 500ml bottle, and means you can use it at home, on to go or as a travel size product when going away.

Regenerate Advanced Enamel Serum Kit
Regenerate Advanced Enamel Serum Kit contains Regenerate’s trademarked NR-5 technology and can increase the effectiveness of the Advanced Toothpaste by 43% when used every month for just three minutes across three consecutive days. Containing one NR-5 Serum and one Activator Gel plus two custom-fit mouth trays and a mixing stick, you can combine these into a serum and use alongside your Advanced Toothpaste for a concentrated boost of the formula, helping to reverse the early enamel erosion process.

Future-proof your smile today and shop the range of Regenerate products.

Yoga Skin

Yoga Skin

Whether it is with the latest anti- wrinkle cream you have tried or whether you’ve invested in invasive procedures such as botox or plastic surgery we are forever trying to approve our appearance. We all want to look and feel our best!

In 2017 figures showed that in the UK 28,315 went under the knife, with highs off 51,000+ in 2015. In 2017 a whopping 2.69 million had soft filler tissue such as botox usually used to reduce signs of aging. But more and more of us are taking a different approach, by improving our health and lifestyle choices. A new trend the beauty industry has seen is yoga skin; Yoga is a popular exercise used to improve body strength and as a relaxation technique, but it also now proving the benefits to your skin.

So, let’s talk about the YOGA GLOW… is it a thing? Yes, and it is being described as a fresh, juicy, luscious look! How does this work? The motion of yoga combined with the breathing exercises helps to balance out hormones and enlarges blood vessels which increase the blood flow providing the skin with nutrients and oxygen. Take a look at some of benefits we have found in more detail;

Increases Blood Circulation – Most exercises improve your blood circulation, but speed might not be your style so if you prefer Yoga to Zumba don’t worry slow is not ineffective. Positions such as a spinal twist, shoulder stand and forward folds are a great way to increase blood flow to your face. Blood flow to the facial area will speed up the skin cell renewal nerves, bringing on that glow!

Reduces Toxins – As mentioned blood circulation is key but if you add some sun salutations A or B to raise the tempo, increasing body temperature this will allow your body to sweat out all toxins. If you have a build up of toxins this could be the cause of breakouts or dark areas so, get your blood pumping even if it is only slightly – take it at your own pace!

Oxygen Purifying – Yoga is known for its breathing exercises, so if you can include positions such as a camel pose or high cobra this will allow your body to open your lungs letting more oxygen in. Oxygen is essential for a bright and youthful complexion as it fills the blood with boosting nutrients.

Lowers Stress – Stress at any age can be the cause of skin concerns whether it brings on break outs or effects your sleep leaving you with dark circles and tired lines. Lowering your stress is a huge health benefit! Restorative yoga relaxes the body and clears the mind, as well as promoting restful sleep.

Balances Hormones – Yoga is renowned for restoring harmony and helping our bodies to regulate hormones. This helps with everything from breakouts and acne to fatigue. Vinyasa classes will stimulate hormone producing glands allowing your body to keep its natural balance.

We put this too the test and sent a volunteer to a local Yoga class. Four weeks in and here is the latest update;

‘The first class I found challenging due to my strength, so my breathing was out of time, but I now love attending the class. There is no pressure for ability and your body instantly feels better from taking in bigger breathes and stretching out. My skin has completely cleared up since the Christmas period with a combination of Yoga and trialing natural products. I find the class a great alternative to a usual work out and extremely helpful with mindfulness.’

If you want to trial something new that is budget friendly Yoga is perfect with great added benefits. The Yoga Glow is real! If you want to try some organic, natural products that can help aid your skin then one organic brand we would recommend would be The Organic Pharmacy.

Urban Veda – Ayurveda, Skincare and the Soul

Urban Veda – Ayurveda, Skincare and the Soul

5,000 years ago in India the health and well being system called Ayurveda was developed which established a connection between the mind and body. Today, Ayurveda is still considered one of the world’s most sophisticated natural medicinal systems alongside the likes of Chinese medicine. Ayurveda’s core remedy for maintaining good health and wellbeing is achieving balance of the mind, body and spirit. The Urban Veda ranges are built to work for each dosha types.

5,000 years ago in India the health and well being system called Ayurveda was developed which established a connection between the mind and body. Today, Ayurveda is still considered one of the world’s most sophisticated natural medicinal systems alongside the likes of Chinese medicine. Ayurveda’s core remedy for maintaining good health and wellbeing is achieving balance of the mind, body and spirit.

Vata types are ruled by the Air and Ether elements. This abundance of air creates a very fast paced life and Vatas talk and think very quickly. Naturally creative, energetic and passionate, this dosha can often be described as being ‘airy fairy’ or having their ‘head in the clouds’. Vatas can always feel the cold so when they are out of balance, this gets heightened. Their skin also increases in dryness and dullness and becomes more dehydrated. Our Radiance range is specially formulated for the Vata dosha by drawing on ingredients that naturally brighten the skin. Turmeric for example, has been used in India for thousands of years to do exactly that. It features as the key ingredient, alongside Papaya which is also an excellent skin enhancer, Liquorice to restore the skins’ elasticity and Aloe Vera which thoroughly hydrates the skin.

Pitta types are usually very fair with pale skin. Ruled by the Fire and Earth elements, this dosha has a fire that burns within them and it is this fire than makes them very driven and ambitious characters. They are head strong and ‘fiery’ and will often be in CEO and entrepreneurial type roles in the workplace. Pittas also typically have sensitive skin, which can be easily aggravated when out of balance. Our Soothing range contains a variety of ingredients chosen to cool and calm any aggravation on the skin that may have occurred. Sandalwood is known for its soothing properties and gently prevents the internal fire from increasing and becoming unbalanced. Lavender and Aloe Vera are also used to provide gentle yet effective hydration.

The Kapha dosha is comprised of the Earth and Water elements. Anyone who is a Kapha will be extremely grounded, humble and level headed. They love living life to the full and are compassionate and loving. Kaphas have naturally oily skin so when out of balance, the skin can become blemished and acne prone. To control the excess sebum, our Purifying range draws on the powerful properties of Neem, an ingredient known as the ‘Village Pharmacy’ in India. It is used in many ways as it is highly antiseptic and when combined with Tea Tree and Witch Hazel, the face is cleansed from bacteria and completely mattified.