Grooming Tips for Men

Grooming Tips for Men


In todays world the modern man takes pride in his appearance and with more products out there, life is made easier. Here is a men’s grooming guideline with top tips and product recommendations as it can be hard to know the good from the bad. This guide is perfect for anyone who needs a little extra guidance for finding what works best for them.

Firstly, for gents something that is always important is hair, no matter how much you have you! If you have thick hair it will be able to withhold pomades which are thicker, waxy, water-based products and for those who have a thinner head of hair we recommend using a spray for hold. American Crew Pomade is the perfect product for hair that can sometimes be a little wild, this styling product is a great formula excellent for taming curly or straight hair if you are wanting slick back or roughly textured hair. The alternative would be the firm hold spray with a medium shine finish by American Crew. This spray can be worked into damp or dry hair to give long lasting hold and is easily restyled throughout the day. American crew are renowned for their reliable, affordable men’s grooming products so you should check out their brand whatever products you are needing.

If you are keeping on trend with the long stubble, maintaining definition and tidiness is key – think Jake Gyllenhaal! This type of beard suits all face shapes, but needs trimmed meticulously to eliminate stray hairs, particularly those which grow on the cheek areas as well as on the Adam’s apple. Having good beard clippers is essential and cost effective as it saves you popping to the barbers every week, our recommendation would by the BaByliss for Men Ceramic Smooth Clipper which is a cordless or mains clipper, which gives a precise engineer ceramic cutting blades for smooth effortless cutting of the hairs. Finish up with a beard oil which will nourish your beard and soften up the tougher hairs, the Admiral Nourishing beard Oil with Olive extract is a favourite.

Everyman should have a signature scent, if you are wanting to be cost effective use a value one for every day and you’re favourite for weekends or evenings. A man’s fragrance should not be overpowering it should be a part of his presence, something people recognise him for. Run Wild the new scent from Davidoff is perfect for everyday as a light, fresh, unique blend of lavender, fir balsam and Tonka bean. This scent has just launched and is predicted to be very popular so grab yours now for summer. For a classic style for the evening or weekends we recommend the top new launch for men this year Giorgio Armani Code Absolu Eau de Parfum Spray. This is an oriental scent with a rum herb balanced with Tonka bean and vanilla notes and with the highest percentage of essential oils this is ensured to last all night long.

A smile goes a long way so looking after your teeth is important. An electric toothbrush is proven to be more effective at moving plague and maintaining gum health in comparison to a manual toothbrush because of the rotating motion. At fragrance direct there is a range of great rechargeable toothbrushes such as the Oral B Vitality Cross Action Rechargeable toothbrush, this is currently great value and offers superior cleaning motion.

For your skincare routine look for a facial wash that is going to keep your skin clear of any outbreaks or blackheads and if you have had a heavy week use one that is micro-bead free because it is more abrasive and will remove any dirt of bacteria you have built up! The award-winning Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm from Balance Me has Virgin Coconut Oil and May Change which have impressive anti-bacterial properties, leaving your skin plump and nourished, protected and hydrated!

We all try to hide signs of aging whether we are male or female a good eye cream allows you to reduce puffiness, fine lines and dark circles the Total Eye Care by Dermalogica is formulated without artificial fragrances and colours. It is a bonus that this cream is SPF 15 considering your eyes are a sensitive area.

Lastly any grooming tools such as tweezers and clippers you need for keeping on top of nails or eyebrows you can shop all on the fragrance direct website for great value. Keeping on top of if will be cost effective and easy to do, so we hope you found this helpful.


Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day Gifts


Father’s Day is around the corner and with one payday left why not be prepared this year. For a little extra help, we have pulled out some great recommendations in this gift guide, anything from new launches to purse friendly picks just in case you are struggling for ideas.

The first recommendation would be the The Armani Code Absolu this is the newest addition to the classic Armani Code Range. The is an audacious rum heart with a balanced blend of tonka bean and vanilla, overall being quite an addictive spicy oriental fragrance. In a sleek bottle and packaging this would be a great gift for any man who is into their fragrances.

Our second recommendation would be Boss Bottled by Hugo Boss, this is an iconic player within the fragrance world with its continued popularity. The masculine tones of sandalwood, cedar and vetiver give this scent an elegant style that is perfect for everyday or a special occasion.

If you are working with budget in mind the Lacoste Pour Homme is a great steal. This is timeless blend of juniper berry, cardamom, pink peppercorn and cinnamon bark giving you a natural masculine scent that would make a wonderful gift.

If you were looking to spend under £20 there are plenty to chose from, but one recommendation would be the Calvin Klein Eternity Now EDT. This is a light oriental scent with notes of ginger and coconut nectar which move into tones of patchouli and cedar wood. The bottle is a classic simple design making this a great one for any father this summer.

At fragrance direct we love gift sets; you get more for your money and they look fabulous. Our first top pick for Father’s Day would be the Hugo Boss The Scent gift set which includes the 100ml Eau de toilette spray, deodorant stick and shower gel. Boss the scent is a warm, masculine scent in a unique bottle design, this fragrance is adored by all ages with its exquisite notes of ginger, Maninka and virile leather.

Our next top pick amongst the gift sets would be the YSL Y for Men, this includes the 60ml EDP with a shower gel and aftershave balm. This fresh authentic fragrance is perfect for the modern-day man with notes of bergamot and ginger combined with geranium and Tonka bean.

If you still haven’t found the perfect present then have a look at the grooming category, because there are some great brands such as Elemis and Hawkins & Brimble to have a look at. For any fathers that look after their beard the Jack Black Beard Grooming Kit includes a beard wash, beard oil, beard lube and beard comb making it very easy. If they don’t have beard but are really into their hair American Crew are a brilliant brand for all thing’s hair, their shampoo and conditioners are favourites but there selection of paste’s, clays and hair colour blends are great products, not one would be left disappointed.


Best Of The Spring Sale

Best Of The Spring Sale


If you haven’t already had a look at our spring sale, then our question would be why?! This spring some of your favourite brands have huge savings! Whether you are looking for a lighter alternative for summer or just a change for the season there is something for everyone. Here we have pulled out some exciting products that you need to get your hands on!

Let’s start with fragrances, the women’s category has some great scents such as Vera Wang Eau de Parfum. Originally launched in 2002, this classic opens with a mandarin and blossom note giving it a fruity blend which would be perfect for day or night.

Lastly for our women’s fragrance category it would be one from the iconic YSL Black Opium family; Intense. This scent has top notes of anise, jasmine sambac absolute for heart notes and a coffee accord for base notes giving it a seductive fullness perfect for your evening events.

If you have had a look at the sale you will have seen the great variety of giftsets; one favourite especially for this time of year is the CK one set. It comes as a great package including, body lotion, hair wash, with the 200ml and a mini EDT. The CK One scent is a fresh, fruity fragrance with essences of orange, lemon and jasmine and can be the perfect choice for both men or women.

Another recommendation if you have any birthdays coming up would be the new Gucci Guilty EDP Gift Set in its reinvented iconic packaging. This launch has been massively popular with top notes of Mandora, heart notes of Lilac and base notes of Patchouli giving the scent a floral richness so this is defiantly a gift set we had to talk about.

Moving on to Men’s if we were to name a few of the best buys we would start by talking about Calvin Klein Euphoria. This spray is an addictive, fresh, oriental scent with a ginger pepper cocktail and cedar leaf. This is a popular scent for aftershave or brand enthusiasts.

Next, we have the classic Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme EDT. This light, fruity scent is perfect for spring with notes of Sage, citruses and bergamot.
If you are buying for yourself or someone else the Boss Bottle Man of Today is a great one for every day or evening. The edition is part of BOSS bottled collection meaning it is a masculine scent, made from notes of apple, geranium and sensual, woody notes.

If you were thinking you needed to restock some of your skincare essentials this would be the perfect opportunity to do so. The sale includes some great products such as the Clinique Clarifying Lotion. This cleanser is perfect for dry skin removing any dead skin cells leaving your skin looking smoother and feeling cool and refreshed, great for before bed or prior makeup.

Ren Clean Skincare Rose O12 Moisture Defence oil is another great product, as you know oil’s work more effectively that moisturisers to throughout the changing seasons this is perfect for keeping your skin its most radiant condition.

If you know about American Crew already, we know you will be happy to know that their products are currently discounted on our website. Their men’s products are full of natural cleansing wheat protein which is added for strength and shine and meaning they are great for everyday use.

Lastly, we delved into make up to have a look at some of the best recommendations for you, one to look at would be the Technic summertime summer glow pressed pigment palette. This is a lovely palette which includes shimmery neutral tones of orange and pinks. The product itself applies evenly to the selected area’s making it super easy to use and would pair perfectly with a neutral lip, so you could pick up the W7 kiss lipstick in naughty nude to complete your summer look.

There’s tons of discounts to get your hands on so make sure you check out the sale category!

Beard Hygiene

Beard Hygiene



Faecal hair ‘ FD investigates what lies beneath the beards of the UK’s men
-Spoiler alert- it’s gross.



Take a walk down any UK street, or spend any time in any one of the many artisan coffee shops around the country and you’re sure to spot plenty of guys with beards. But what’s lurking underneath all that hair? And could any of the bacteria found there be bad for your health?

We wanted to know more so enlisted the help of the Microbiology Department at Manchester Metropolitan University to conduct a study, to reveal what kinds of bacteria the average beard contains. Research involved controlled swabbing of the beards of participants, and analysing the samples to reveal what germs beards frequently harbour ‘ spoiler alert ‘ it’s gross.

A shocking 47% of the facial hair sampled contained the microorganism ‘Enterococcus spp’, which is commonly found in the human bowel and in faecal matter. The beards that contained these bacteria were of varied lengths and styles, meaning no facial hair is safe!

The majority of participants claimed they had washed their beards with soap on the same day as the test, but results suggest these men need a little guidance in the beard hygiene department. We have compiled some top tips to keep nasty bacteria at bay:

1. Wash your hands in the bathroom!
This one seems like stating the obvious, but recent surveys have claimed around 60% of men don’t actually wash their hands after using the toilet. A quick squirt of soap, massage, and a rinse post-toilet should be top of everyone’s hygienic habits.

2. Make sure you shampoo
Everyone knows to shampoo their head hair, but beards need some attention too. Try this Ted Baker Grooming Room Beard & Hair Shampoo to thoroughly clean and cleanse your beard in the shower.

3. Condition Too
Caring for your beard is essential for its health, helping it stay fresh to keep the bacteria at bay. Try Beardsley Ultra Conditioner for Beards, for its antibiotic and astringent properties to keep your beard germ-free.

4. Brush that beard
For the lengthier beard bearers, the Proraso Moustache Comb and Beard Brush Set is perfect for ridding your beard of pesky bits of food that manage to bury themselves in your budding facial bush.

5. Care for your beard in between showers
To groom and tame that beard between washes, try this American Crew Beard Serum. It contains beneficial oils that instantly condition and keep hair soft and well-groomed, so your beard is not a habitat for unwanted germs.

Find more beard grooming essentials in the Fragrance Direct Men’s Haircare section.

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is coming around quickly and before we know it the 17th of June will be here! Make your Dad feel extra special this year with a gift to blow his (brand new) socks off! Why not treat him to the perfect signature scent or maybe a best-selling fragrance gift set for that extra special element. Keep reading to check out our top picks for all the Dad’s out there this Father’s Day’

First up we have some fragrance favourites that will make your Dad feel super special this year.

BOSS Bottled United
If your Dad loves football then you need to pick up the latest fragrance from the legendary Hugo Boss! BOSS Bottled United combines the freshness of the outdoors with the urban warmth of woody notes. For those men who act with passion, loyalty and integrity, BOSS Bottled United is the one!

Armani Code A List
Make him feel extra VIP this year with Armani Code A List! The newest scent from Armani, Code A List will make him feel super exclusive. Code A List has been infused with the original notes of Armani Code, yet has been distilled further into a rare blend.



Davidoff Cool Water Man Gift Set
A gift set is the best way to give something a little bit extra this Father’s Day. This Davidoff Cool Water Man gift set has the added benefit of including a 75ml EDT, a shower gel and an aftershave balm. This iconic scent is bound to be a winner’

Paco Rabanne 1 Million Gift Set
The Paco Rabanne 1 Million is a fresh, classic scent that opens with top notes of mandarin, peppermint, rose and cinnamon. With the 1 Million gift set comes with a 100ml fragrance and a shower gel housed in a gorgeous gold metal box. It really does look like the ultimate gift!



Issey Miyake L’Eau D’Issey Pour Homme Gift Set
We love this Issey Miyake gift set as it comes with a 125ml EDT and a great 40ml travel size fragrance too! Perfect for on the go or travelling. L’Eau D’Issey Pour Homme is a fresh yet warm, woody scent accented with spicy notes. A well rounded fragrance that is perfect for every Dad!

Don’t fancy gifting an aftershave this year, maybe he already has his signature scent (and we all know men can be stuck in their ways!) so why not pick up an extra special grooming product for something a bit different.

Baylis & Harding Fuzzy Duck Cedarwood Daily Grooming Kit
This set is the perfect gift as it comes in such gorgeous packaging! The set includes a hair and body wash, face wash, aftershave balm and shower gel that all come in handy travel sizes.



L’Oreal Men Expert Cool Power Gift Set
For the Dad’s that are always on the go then the L’Oreal Men Expert Cool Power gift set is perfect! This set includes a body, hair and face wash and a deodorant in fresh, cool scents. For £5.99 it is great for those on a budget!

Scottish Fine Soaps Face & Beard Care Kit
Is your Dad one of those that LOVE their beard and could never be without it? Then we have the perfect gift for him! Scottish Fine Soaps Face and Beard Care Kit includes a wooden beard comb, beard oil, face moisturiser and a face soap. It’s scented with thistle and black pepper which will give him the ultimate grooming experience!



Men’s Society Sportsman Recovery Kit
Is your Dad very active and love to play sports? Then the Men’s Society Sportsman Recovery Kit is the perfect Father’s Day Gift for him. It comes in a handy little tin that makes it feel extra special, including a relaxing bath oil, a soothing muscle oil a stretching elastic to help improve flexibility!

Remington Wet Tech Rotary Shaver
Looking for something extra special this Father’s Day and really want to push the boat out? Then how about this Remington Wet Tech Rotary Shaver. With steel blades, a flexing head, rechargeable batteries and waterproof you can be sure he’ll get the best shave of his life!

Skincare Tips for Men

Skincare Tips for Men

It only takes a few tweaks to refine your skincare routine, even if you’re a man on-the-go. By looking after your skin, you’ll look better and feel healthier. The good news is that you don’t need a cabinet full of cosmetics to get that youthful glow either. The trick is picking the right products for you and sticking to a routine that works with your skin and your lifestyle.

Cleanse

Washing your face daily, especially after exercise, will cleanse your skin of pollutants, dirt and sweat. Rather than opting for harsh soaps and hot showers, make sure to go for a cleanser that’s gentle enough for daily use. Your skin type will dictate what sort of cleanser will suit you too. Jack Black’s Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser is a perfect addition to your shower caddy, or if you want something for a deeper clean, check out products like Elemis’s Men Deep Cleanse Facial Wash.




Have a shaving routine

With the right shaving accessories, you’ll be able to keep your grooming technique in order, and your skin fresh and razor-burn free. Avoid cheap disposable razors at all costs and swot up on shaving techniques before you put a blade to your skin. All this will help you avoid unsightly lumps and bumps post-shave. Depending on your style, there are clever electricals like the BaByliss For Men i-Stubble 3, and the Braun Series 3 Style n Shave 3 In 1 Shaver. Pre-shave products like foams and shave soaps will help razors glide over your skin, and post-shave balms and lotions, like American Crew’s Post Shave Cooling Lotion, will soothe and protect.



Moisturise

Whether you’re a man who shaves every day or not, moisturising is an essential if you want to look younger and keep your skin healthy. Think of ‘cleanse and moisturise’ as part of your immovable daily routine, and you can’t go wrong. Again, look for a moisturiser that works with your skin type. If you’re unsure what that is, check out typical traits for different skin types and familiarise yourself with what you need. Great moisturising products include the NUXE Men Moisturising Multi Purpose Gel, and Jack Black’s Clean Break Oil Free Moisturiser.



Use SPF creams


Sun damage is one of those things that can really add years to your face. More importantly, protecting your delicate skin from harmful UV rays is just common sense. Even during the gloomier months, it’s good practice to add a little SPF to your skin. Look for higher factors for better protection, like Ultrasun’s Face Anti Ageing Sun Protection Sensitive with SPF30.



Get the odd pamper product


Who’s to say men can’t have a bit of pampering at times too? There are plenty of great products designed for men’s skin that enable you to indulge every once in a while. BARBER PRO’s Under Eye Mask With Activated Charcoal reduces puffiness and calms irritated skin, and little treats like NUXE’s Merveillance Expert Lifting Eye Cream are a simple, luxurious addition to your daily routine.