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!

Celebrating Female Beauty Brand Founders

Celebrating Female Beauty Brand Founders

Women have been making waves in the beauty industry for decades, with plenty of creative and forward-thinking ladies sitting behind some of our favourite brands and products. International Women’s Day has inspired us, as always, to celebrate some of these magnificent founders and their influence on the industry we love.

Check out these leading ladies and their beauty brands. Every time you purchase from one of these brands, you’re supporting women in business as well as treating yourself to something special. Win-win!

Charlotte Tilbury, founder of Charlotte Tilbury

You’ve heard of the brand, but did you know the makeup and skincare brand shares the name of its founder? Charlotte has been interested in makeup since she was a girl growing up between London and Ibiza (dream!), meeting artists and creatives through her painter father. She went on to train at the Glauca Rossi School of Makeup, working as a MUA throughout the influential 90s.

Today, Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup and skincare ranges are readily available, providing women everywhere with easy-to-choose and easy-to-wear options for daily life and special occasions.

Sam Chapman and Nicola Haste, founders of Real Techniques

Sam and Nicola Chapman launched the first Real Techniques brush collection in 2011, but their story started years earlier. The British sisters grew up surrounded by makeup, with their aunt working as a top MUA in London and their mum also interested in following the latest trends.

After several years of hustle, training and working in the industry, the pair set up their YouTube channel Pixiwoo, which took off quickly thanks to the sister’s undeniable talent and natural charisma. Real Techniques came about as the answer to a demand for high-quality, professional standard makeup tools for the masses.

Supporting Real Techniques means the very best makeup brushes, sponges, and tools for you, and a sign of support to the English sisters who’ve overcome so much to create a brand for women. We salute you, Chapmans!

Clare and Rebecca Hopkins, founders of Balance Me

Another sister act, Clare and Rebecca Hopkins are the self-made founders of Balance Me, one of our favourite natural beauty brands. Balance Me is all about finding balance in your life. That’s work, wellness, relaxation, time with family and friends; you get the idea! Clare and Rebecca are big into yoga and wellness, which led them into creating an honest, natural skincare range that makes self-care a little easier for everyone.

These inspirational women are influencing the industry with their fresh approach to skincare, and we’re here to support them every step of the way.

Discover more of our favourite beauty brands as you keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog. From the underrated haircare brands you need to know about to finding the perfect blush formula, you can find everything you might need on our helpful blog.

Top Tips for Staying Productive When Working from Home

Top Tips for Staying Productive When Working from Home

WFH has become one of the most used phrases on the internet right now, with the outbreak of Coronavirus its super important to make sure we’re all being as safe as possible and limiting the spread of the virus as much as we can.

Working from home can be a bit of a novelty for a couple of days but when it gets down to it, we all still need to crack on with the to do lists and keep going. Working at home has many distractions for those of us who aren’t used to it so we thought it would be a good idea to share our top tips on how to be your most productive self!

  1. Wake up at your normal time

If you’re normally in the office at 9am, ensure that you wake up and get yourself ready as you would usually (by all means, if you commute then have that extra half an hour to yourself!). Sticking to a routine makes it much easier to carry on with your work, if you start taking long lie ins, you’ll end up working long into your evenings trying to get everything done!

  • Get dressed

Again, this about trying to stick to routine. If you stay sat in your PJ’s all day, it’s going to feel like Christmas. We’re not saying to need to sit in your jeans or a suit and tie but just make sure you get up, shower and get yourself dressed… loungewear is totally ok by the way!

  • Set up a work-space away from your living space

If you can, set up somewhere you can work away from where you normally relax. This can be difficult if you live in a flat or don’t have anywhere to create a ‘mini office’. But try to keep your work life as separate as you can. This will help to create some sense of normality of work time/free time.

  • Make a ‘to do’ list every day

Make sure you set yourself a list of tasks you want to get completed in the day. This will help you keep on track of where you’re up to and give you clear motivation for the day ahead. Ranking these in priority order will help to make sure you get urgent tasks done first and then if you don’t get to the bottom of the list, these can roll over to the next day. Much like you would do if you were in the office.

  • Use technology to stay connected to your colleagues

Working from home can make you feel a bit cut off from the world and particularly if you’re not used to it. There’s so much technology that makes it super easy to stay connected with your colleagues so make sure you use it. Instant messaging and video calls are essential to check back in with your co workers and keep on top of the tasks you’re doing.

  • Communicate expectations with anyone else in the house

It’s a very weird time we’re experiencing at the moment and now with school closures to add to the mix, there might be a lot more people in the house than usual. Make sure you communicate to everyone else that you might be at home, but you are ‘working’ and that they need to respect that.

  • Take regular breaks

It’s essential that you take regular breaks from your work otherwise you’ll end up getting constantly distracted. When you’re in the office we all often take breaks by having a chat with colleagues, making hot drinks etc. so you still need to make sure you plan these in at home to ensure when you can come back and get on with a task productively.

  • Do some exercise

Moving your body and switching off from work is essential for productivity. Take a walk round the park, do a YouTube home workout or stretch out on your yoga mat. Just take some time to switch off and move your body throughout the day.

  • LOG OFF!

Try to maintain as much routine as possible, like you would normally in the office. If you usually finish work at 5pm, log off and switch your computer off for the night! It can be easy when you’re working from home to lose the sense of routine but what you need to remember is that this is essential for making sure you carry on as productively as you can!

Candle Must-Haves: Scents You’ll Fall In Love With This Season

Candle Must-Haves: Scents You’ll Fall In Love With This Season

Candle-lovers, this one is for you. If you’re on the lookout for new fragrances to scent your home, you’ll find all the inspiration you could ever need right here. Through this transition period into the last of winter and the very start of spring, these must-have stunning scents will have you adding them to your basket like there’s no tomorrow.

A Calm and Quiet Place, Yankee Candle, £18.99

A meditative fragrance balanced with gentle jasmine, a whisper of patchouli and warm amber musk with top notes of mandarin leaf. A Calm and Quiet Place is the perfect candle to give you that wrapped up in blankets, cosy feeling all year round. It’s especially great for this time of year with all the frosty days and nights.

Golden Milk Ellipse, WoodWick, £20.99

Sweet milk mixed with exotic spices swirled with floral notes of frangipani, gardenia and tuberose, what a dreamy combination! Featuring The Hearthwick Flame, you can experience the cosy comfort of a glowing fireplace anywhere in your home with the soothing sound of a calming, crackling fire.

Delicious Rhubarb & Rose, Molton Brown, £33.99

A vivacious tempting blend in an elegant rhubarb and rose-scented candle featuring a fruity melody of bitter rhubarb, zesty grapefruit and yuzu to envelope the home in tantalising, sweet aromas. This stunning minimalistic candle smells amazing and is the perfect pick me up scent for this time of year.

Honeysuckle Apothecary, Barr-Co, £24.99

This candle from Barr-Co is scented with their original, signature oatmeal, milk and vetiver scent. It’s long-burning and even capable of lasting up to 120 hours. Something super cool about this one too is that the range is made from 100% vegetable wax sourced from American farmers!

Black Poppy Jelly Candle, Bomb Cosmetics, £15.99

This quirky Black Poppy jelly candle leads with notes of pretty poppies, jasmine and subtle pink pepper with base notes of vanilla and warm musk scents. This candle features the cult-favourite scent, Bergamot, which is so warming and refreshing for the winter to spring transition.

Red Berry & Fir, Crabtree & Evelyn, £26.99

This stunning Crabtree & Evelyn candle features mulling spice essences of cardamom, mid-winter mimosa and sweet iced notes of vanilla. This is the perfect candle for lovers of festive scents to get that Christmassy smell going all year round too.

Frangipani & Orange Blossom, Abahna, £23.99

With a fantastic burn time of up to 50 hours, this stunning 3 wick candle is stylish and eye-catching while bringing warmth and a cosy atmosphere to any room. Whether you’re enjoying a spa-style experience, entertaining friends or just relaxing for the evening, this glowing candle is perfect for some many occasions.

Cinnamon Spice, Shearer Candles, £7.99 Finally we have this stunning Shearer Candle that gives of a truly delicious aroma of cinnamon, clove and spiced apple. This one is another festive-feeling candle for those who love spicy, warm scents. It’s these kinds of candles that make a house feel like a home and with this one’s gorgeous navy patterned design, it’s irresistible.

How to Combat that Blue Monday Feeling

How to Combat that Blue Monday Feeling

Monday, for most, is the worst day of the week, right? First day back at work, ruins a Sunday night with *the dread* and you have a whole 5 days until the weekend. Well Blue Monday is even worse and it’s upon us! Blue Monday is considered the most depressing day of the year, party season is over, new year’s resolutions are taking their toll, our bank balance is dwindling and it’s pretty cold and miserable… sounds great!

The good news? We have some amazing tips to help boost your mood and get you ready for the week ahead! After all, starting a week with a positive attitude will have you bouncing through the week! Say goodbye to Blue Monday…

  1. Sleep well

Sleep is essential for your mood and the amount of quality sleep you get on a Sunday night can make a huge difference to your week. If you don’t get enough sleep, you can wake up feeling grumpy and irritable which is not a good start for the week ahead. Remove any distractions from your bedroom and get an early night and you’ll have a much better chance of waking up in a positive mood and feeling refreshed!

  • Eat well

What you put into your body makes a massive difference to your mood and how productive you are. Eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables works wonders for your brain as well as your health. Looking after yourself gives your brain lots of positive endorphins which leave you feeling happy and fulfilled, a perfect start to the week!

  • Compliment those around you

Compliment the people around you. Spreading positivity not only makes other people feel great but it’s the best way to warm your own heart too! On Blue Monday, make it your mission to compliment a hand full of people before lunch time, you never know you might make their day!

  • Do something that makes you smile

The most depressing day of the year is the perfect opportunity to focus on yourself and do something that makes you happy. Whether that’s taking 5 minutes to yourself to meditate you going for a facial, using the time will only benefit you mentally and help give you a boost for the week ahead.

  • Avoid stress

Stress has a negative effect on so many different parts of the body and mind. It can accelerate ageing, mess up your hormones and generally affect your mood in a negative way. Try to take as much stress out of the beginning of the week as you can, meal prep, set out an exercise plan for the week, schedule in some chill time. By doing as much preparation as you can, it makes it much easier to stick to and takes the stress out of the week.

Even if you pick just one of this tips to implement for Blue Monday, you’re guaranteed to improve your mood and make the week that bit more positive!

New Year’s Beauty Resolutions We’re All For Making In 2020

New Year’s Beauty Resolutions We’re All For Making In 2020

Every January marks the occasion of a new year and new goals. What resolutions have you already set for yourself? No matter how big or small, progress is progress and if you pair determination with passion you’re bound to achieve them in no time. So, you’ve had a little think about it but have you given any attention to the beauty department? Today, we’re pledging (with you) to stand by the following New Year’s Beauty Resolutions to start the decade living our best glamourous lives.

I will… learn more about ethical brands

A new year calls for a fresh focus on something new. When it comes to ethics in fashion and beauty, many of sustainable brands are often overlooked because not many people know much about the topic. Which, to be honest, is a little bit scary when you think about all the products you could potentially be using that have been tested on animals or may even contain animal products and you don’t even know it. It’s always a challenge to steer away from some of your favourite beauty products, but 2020 is not only a new year, it marks the start of a new decade. Make a change today!

January’s Brand Of The Month who kick-started 2020 is Love Beauty & Planet who are an incredible sustainability-led hair and skincare brand who create products with amazing cruelty-free and vegan formulas. In addition to this, their products are packaged in 100% recycled plastic bottles and jars, helping you to give a little bit of love back to the planet. They believe in the power of small acts of love to make both you and the planet more beautiful every day with phenomenal,ethically sourced ingredients. You can shop the range here at Fragrance Direct where you’ll also be able to take advantage of unbelievable discounts.

I will… invest in a skincare routine

We’ve all said it before but how many times last year did you get back in from an evening out and “accidentally” sleep in your makeup? If not to that extreme, there have most likely been a few occasions where you’ve gone to apply your mascara in the morning and noticed the brush doesn’t glide through as effortlessly because you’ve still got traces of yesterday’s on. Completely removing all traces of makeup isn’t difficult when you have an array of cleansing and hydrating skincare products to choose from.

I will… regularly clean my makeup brushes

Speaking of wanting to improve and take better care of our skin, the brushes and sponges we use to apply our makeup every day are just as important to look after. This is not only to keep them in good condition for optimal makeup results, it’s to keep them clean. All you need is a brush cleaner and a surface to lightly scrub them against (we’ve got trays too) and you’ll be good to go. A useful tip for whenever you run out or are waiting to stock up on supplies, a pea-sized amount of washing up liquid will do just the trick.

I will… be kinder to myself because I deserve it

Self-care is a topic we, as a society, are becoming more and more open to talking about especially regarding mental health and its surrounding topics. Implementing self-care practices is easy enough to do, it’s just about setting aside some time to relax and take a break. One of the best ways to inject feel-good vibes into your weekly routine is to indulge in a pamper session. Bath & Body goodness is just waiting around the corner!

I will… aim to get more sleep each night

Beauty sleep is a thing. It’s actually defined as a night’s sleep filled with extra resting time aka the hours gained by catching z’s before midnight hits. So many of us are guilty of endlessly scrolling through our phones while in bed and it’s not that good for us. Instead, this year, why not light a candle and start that book you’ve been waiting to read or simply keep technology time downstairs before taking yourself up to bed. You should find that it makes a big difference. To take things up a notch, why not try out a sleeping spray too?

Which of these resolutions will you be making for yourself? Be sure to tag us your progress @fragrancedirect on social!