Christmas shopping for family members never has to be difficult again. Here lies the ultimate guide. Whether you’re shopping for luxurious fragrance gift sets or indulgent pamper treats, you’re guaranteed to find more than a thing or two to get ticking off your list!
For The Dads…
Acqua Di Parma Colonia Gift Set 180ml, £145.99 / RRP £170.00
A fresh modern fragrance inspired by the iconic Colonia from 1916 that Dad will love. Colonia Club offers the perfect balance between the classic and the contemporary. The characteristic top notes, combined with mint and neroli, reveal an innovative freshness at the heat of the fragrance. Then the finishing aromatic notes of geranium and lavender are enhanced by the woody base notes of Haitian vetiver, musk and ambergris accord.
Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Gift Set 75ml, £43.99 / RRP £50.00
Always a classic. This fresh, charismatic fragrance is truly seductive. With notes of wormwood, bergamot, cardamom, lavender and orange, it is the perfect fragrance for casual or formal wear. This iconic aftershave is a true classic, which embodies the signature style of Jean Paul Gaultier. This is a great one for to buy for Dad as he’s pretty much guaranteed to love it.
BOSS The Scent Him Gift Set 100ml, £55.99 / RRP £69.00
Reawaken the senses with the seductive power of BOSS The Scent. It’s irresistible and truly unforgettable. Featuring exquisite notes of ginger, exotic Maninka and virile leather that unfold over time. The effect is unrepentedly potent, crafted to provoke the sense with an air of depth and enigma: powerful, rich, full bodied. You just can’t go wrong with a bit of Hugo Boss!
For The Mums…
Carolina Herrera Good Girl Gift Set 50ml, £64.99 / RRP £74.00
Inspired by Carolina Herrera’s unique vision of the duality of the modern woman: audacious and sexy, elegant and enigmatic, good and bad. Forever pushing and crossing the limit, the mysterious sensuality of good girl makes for a modern yet sophisticated fragrance. This is a great one for Mum because not only will she love the design, it smells just as incredible as it looks.
YSL Libre Gift Set 50ml, £68.99 / RRP £78.00
Mum is guaranteed to love the newest addition to the YSL fragrance family: Libre. It’s freedom in a scent. This grand floral perfume encompasses the burning sexuality of orange blossom flowers from Morocco, twisted with the aromatic boldness of lavender from France. Crafted by master perfumers this new fragrance is stunning.
Paco Rabanne Olympea Gift Set 50ml, £56.99 / RRP £64.99
Paco Rabanne Olympea makes a statement of strength, power and seduction. It is the fragrance of a modern-day goddess which is why Mum deserves it so much. Olympea opens with the dynamic notes of fresh green mandarin, aquatic tones of water jasmine and the subtle warmth of fiery ginger flower.
For The Brothers…
YSL Y Gift Set 60ml, £48.99 / RRP £57.00
Y by Yves Saint Laurent is not the story of one man but of a whole generation: a creative generation of men who dare to follow their passions and carve their own path. Sound like your brother? It’s the perfect match. From inspiration, through hard work and collaboration to self-accomplishment and success. This fresh citrus fragrance with sensual wood notes is incredible.
Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau Male Gift Set 75ml, £46.99 / RRP £52.50
Jean Paul Gaultier’s Le Beau is built around addictive Tonka bean and coconut wood combined with the fresh facets of bergamot. This scent will leave a fresh, powerful trail making it the perfect fragrance gift set for him, suitable for every age.
Prada Luna Rossa Homme Carbon Gift Set 100ml, £60.99 / RRP £70.50
Strong as the darkest rock, with the freshness of air, Prada Luna Rossa Carbon brings together steam-distilled botanicals and synthetics in a mineral-forward mix. Bringing together metallic notes of Lavender, green Citrus of Vert de Bergamot from Italy, Wood of Patchouli and Amber of Ambroxan.
For The Sisters…
YSL Black Opium Gift Set 90ml, £84.99 / RRP £96.00
Gift your sister the YSL way. A glam rock scent full of mystery and energy, Black Opium is an irresistible gourmand floral fragrance with notes of black coffee for a shot of adrenaline along with vanilla for sweetness and sensuality. If she loves evening plans and is a fan of deeply sweet scents, she’ll fall in love with this member of the YSL family.
Marc Jacobs Daisy Love Eau So Sweet Gift Set 50ml, £46.99 / RRP £57.99
Daisy Love Eau So Sweet captures the addictive and irresistible spirit of Daisy Love with an unexpected sweet freshness. Sparkling white raspberries reveal a lustrous personality while a soft floral airiness and delicate musk immerse you in the sweetness of the moment.
Britney Spears Curious Eau de Parfum Gift Set 100ml, £17.99 / RRP £39.00
If you have a younger sister who’s only just getting in to wearing a fragrance, you can’t go wrong with this Britney Spears classic. It contains some of the most gorgeous notes including mouth-watering pear, delectable vanilla and so many more. It captures the romantic, independent and mischievous spirit of the curious woman.
If you’re looking to gift a family member a pamper evening or grooming gift have a little look below for more gift inspiration!
He’ll also love…
Rituals The Ritual of Samurai Collection Gift Set, £31.99 / RRP £37.99
Ted Baker Ted’s Grooming Room Travel Trio Set, £19.99 / RRP £29.00
Below The Belt Grooming Gift Box Fresh Collection, £8.99 / RRP £12.00
She’ll also love…
Gatineau Limited Edition Best-Sellers Collection, £119.99 / RRP £381.00
Decleor Infinite Lift By Day Lavender Fine Gift Set, £71.99 / RRP £80.00
NUXE Nuxuriance Ultra Night Routine Set, £36.99 / RRP £45.00
Today we’re showcasing a leading beauty brand, Australian Bodycare. Since 1992 they have been a brand leader in Tea Tree Oil products after originally being introduced to the professional salon and spa market. They have since developed products available to use at home and you can find many of them here at Fragrance Direct.
Australian Bodycare’s simple yet effective range has been a firm family favourite for over 22 years. Having harnessed the power of Tea Tree Oil, their bodycare products not only heal but maintain naturally clean and healthy skin and hair. While infamous Tea Tree Oil sinks in to the skin to work its magic, the antiseptic effect continues to protect the skin. Unveil your natural beauty today by using Australian Bodycare products are part of your daily skin and hair care routine.
If you’re unsure where to start and want to know more about the products and all their incredible benefits, just carry on reading…
Scalp Cure Treatment Mask – This effective scalp treatment with natural Australian Tea Tree Oil is incredibly calming and soothing. This ingredient works together with lactic acid esters to prevent bacteria building on the scalp that causes itching, irritation and dandruff. Macadamia nut oil moisturises the scalp and the extract of Tasmanian pepper has a soothing effect that prevents irritation too.
Tea Tree Nail Prepare – A nail treatment with natural Tea Tree Oil for cracked, rough and discoloured nails. It’s super easy to use and comes with a brush applicator. This strengthens, protects and stimulates healthy growth of the nails.
Intensive Repair Body Cream – An antiseptic cream for dry skin that prevents, soothes and nourishes the skin. This product is great for using on cracked skin everywhere from the heels of your feet to your elbows and hands.
Concentrated Tea Tree Oil – Australian Bodycare don’t just create products using this miraculous ingredient, they have the pure oil on its own on offer too. With antiseptic superpowers, this 100% natural oil gives a deep-down treatment to minor skin troubles such as blemishes and spots along with helping cure insect bites, grazes and fungal problems.
Hair Clean Shampoo – To be used with the matching conditioner, this shampoo set really helps to prevent itching and irritation that is associated with dandruff and a dry scalp. If you suffer from greasy hair too, despite this being an oil-based product, it will help to replenish your scalp and your pH balance too.
Femigel – This Australian Bodycare Natural Gel Femigel is a vaginal hormone-free gel. This product can be used to relieve dryness, itching, irritation and unwanted odours too. This has been dermatologically and gynecologically tested and is proven to generate great long-lasting results.
Active Derm Rescue Cream – If you suffer from skin issues such as psoriasis or eczema, this product is great for creating a barrier and protecting the skin where the friction occurs that would otherwise irritate this area. Have a cream like this is perfect to have lying around as it really will come to the rescue whenever you need it.
Which of these Australian Bodycare products do you like the sound of? At Fragrance Direct we offer fantastic discounted prices and you’ll often find additional offers too. Go and browse the collection today!
For all the boyfriends out there, what you are about to read is pure gold dust. You’ll never be feeling stuck again when it comes to choosing what gifts to buy her after you’ve seen all of the incredible, luxurious products we have on offer here at Fragrance Direct this Christmas.
What better place to start than with stocking fillers? You can shop this category on our site to find the best gift ideas that are all under £10 making them perfect to fill up her seasonal stocking. From makeup items to skincare and fragrances, you’ll be able to find perfect little bits and pieces she’ll love to kickstart both of your Christmas mornings. Here are a few of our favourites!
Real Techniques Miracle Powder Sponge, £4.99 / RRP £5.99
To add to her collection of makeup sponges and brushes, this powder sponge is amazing. It uses revolutionary foam technology paired with a velvety material for maximum pickup to ensure evenly blended powder.
Gatineau Plumping & Anti-Wrinkle Kit, £8.50 / RRP £10.00
This stocking filler kit features Gatineau’s Collagen Expert Ultimate Smoothing System 5ml, Age Benefit Integral Regenerating Cream 15ml and Aquamemory High Hydration Cream Mask 15ml which are all perfect for combatting dull, dehydrated skin.
Baylis & Harding Forever Love Gift Set, £9.99 / RRP £18.00
This bundle is actually an exclusive to Fragrance Direct, so get your hands on it while stocks last! This is perfect if she’s a fan of prosecco as it contains a couple of shower gels, hand and body lotions, a shower cream and body spritz in Baylis & Harding’s iconic Prosecco Fizz scent. This set also includes a gorgeous cosmetic bag too.
Now for the standout presents! Within this section, you can find extra special, luxurious gifts including designer fragrances and deluxe skincare that she’s bound to love. There’s no need to worry about getting lots of little bits when you’ve got these stunning fragrances to choose from in their magnificent glory.
Marc Jacobs Decadence Eau de Parfum 100ml, £54.50 / RRP £98.00
Glamourously luxurious and impulsively indulgent. Marc Jacobs Decadence is an invitation to indulge. It makes a statement with bold styling, luxurious craftmanship and a revolutionary bottle design inspired by one of Marc Jacobs’ iconic handbags. A fragrance in the form of a handbag – she’ll be obsessed.
Yves Saint Laurent YSL Libre Eau de Parfum 90ml, £86.99 / RRP £100.00
The newest addition to the YSL fragrance family is Libre – it’s freedom in a scent. This grand floral perfume has an unequivocal twist featuring the burning sensuality of orange blossom along with aromatic lavender. Ultra-feminine yet uniquely androgynous. She’ll love this one!
Gucci Bamboo Eau de Parfum 75ml, £51.99 / RRP £90.00
This stunning Gucci perfume is strong yet graceful, based on one of Gucci’s most recognizable design signatures. This is a favourite of many with its iconic bergamot and orange blossom notes. This will be the fragrance she’s secretly been pining after all year but just hasn’t treated herself yet. So, why don’t you!
Valentino Born In Roma Donna Eau de Parfum 100ml, £94.99 / RRP £110.00
A modern haute couture floriental fragrance just for her. Featuring three jasmine flower accords with Bourbon vanilla, this perfume is totally arresting. It has a distinctive twist of pink pepper that creates an alluring woody overdose.
Giorgio Armani SI Passione Eau de Parfum 100ml, £85.99 / RRP £100.00
A powerful reinvention of the signature Armani fragrance, Si Passione adds a new dimension to Giorgio Armani’s feminine fragrance personality. In his own words, “An irresistible combination of grace, strength and independent spirit”. This one will become her new favourite!
Christmas Gift Sets
Go one step further with luscious gift sets this Christmas. These sets make perfect presents to give her a little bit of variety especially if you’re looking to buy her something new that she hasn’t tried before. See below for some of our bestsellers!
Chloe Signature Gift Set 50ml, £61.99 / RRP £79.00
A new scent of luxury. A gold juice highlighting the richness of the fragrance in the Chloe Signature Vintage bottle. A feminine, fresh, effortlessly sexy bouquet of powdery roses featuring a dark grey ribbon to distinguish its intense fragrance. This one smells just as amazing as it looks!
Paco Rabanne Lady Million Empire Gift Set 50ml, £56.99 / RRP £64.00
Featuring Lady Million Empire Eau de Parfum 50ml, a body lotion and travel spray, this set is stunning. This cheeky floral fragrance encompasses radiant magnolia flower with Osmanthus and orange blossom followed by a cognac addition with vanilla and white patchouli.
Jean Paul Gaultier Classique La Belle Gift Set 50ml, £62.99 / RRP £70.00
Jean Paul Gaultier lets us into his garden; a place of temptation and attraction between La Belle and Le Beau, the new fragrances for women and men. La Belle is the result of the fusion of addictive vanilla pod, fresh bergamot and stunning pear. An addictive trail for an ultra-feminine woman.
Yves Saint Laurent YSL Black Opium Gift Set 90ml, £84.99 / RRP £96.00
This gift set offers just that little bit more featuring the glam rock fragrance that is full of mystery and energy, Black Opium, in a full and medium size along with a YSL lipstick. We can guarantee she’ll love this irresistible, gourmand fragrance with energising black coffee and seductive vanilla notes.
If you suffer or have suffered from acne, you might be familiar with the scars it can leave behind. Acne scars might be frustrating, but there’s no reason to feel self-conscious. There are several ways of dealing with scarring, from learning to cover it up like a pro to choosing products that can help reduce its appearance.
Interested? Read on for our top tips for dealing with acne scars and step out, feeling comfortable in your skin!
Treating acne scars
Acne scars don’t have to be forever. There are a couple of routes you can take to help reduce the appearance of scarring on your face, back, and chest. These include:
• Home remedies
• Chemical peels
• Injections of corticosteroids
• Dermal fillers
• Laser treatment
• Punch techniques
We recommend you try a couple of home remedies before you book in with the dermatologist. If your acne is persistent, however, you might want to consult with a professional before applying anything to your face.
Home remedies that have been used for acne scars include:
• Coconut oil
• Argan oil
• Rosehip seed oil
• Shea butter
• Raw honey
• Retinol cream
We can’t guarantee that any of these remedies will work for you, but there’s plenty of research to suggest that the application of oils and creams can aid skin’s healing process.
Just be careful when you’re applying oil to your skin; while it’s great for some people, it can cause more problems for people with naturally oily skin.
Covering acne scars with makeup
The easiest way to deal with acne scars quickly is by using makeup. There are loads of high-coverage foundations and concealers on the market that are great for covering up acne scars, so you can enjoy a flawless finish.
How to cover acne scars with makeup
The process of applying your makeup to cover acne scars is simple:
1. Wash and dry your face
2. Apply a good moisturiser all over your face and neck
3. Using a foundation brush, apply your full coverage foundation all over
4. Conceal under your eyes, and dab concealer onto any scarred areas you want to cover
5. Set your makeup with a translucent powder
6. Apply the rest of your makeup as normal
The best foundations for acne scars
For the best cover-up, choose a full-coverage foundation. Here are a few of our favourites:
1. Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation
2. Maybelline Superstay 24H Foundation
3. Revlon Colorstay 24H Normal/Dry Skin Pump Foundation
4. Artdeco Rich Treatment Foundation
5. bareMinerals BarePro Performance Wear Foundation
6. Revlon Colorstay 24H Combination/Oily Skin Foundation
7. Max Factor Panstik
8. L’Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation
9. bareMinerals Original Foundation
10. Sleek MakeUP Crème to Powder
The best concealers for acne scars
To cover up acne scars and achieve a smooth-looking finish, choose one of these full-coverage concealers:
1. Technic Colour Fix Full Coverage Concealer
2. Models Own Flawless Cream Concealer
3. Sleek MakeUP Lifeproof Concealer
4. bareMinerals BareSkin Stay-in-Place Liquid Concealer
5. Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer
Keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog for more skincare and makeup advice, or head back to the main site and start browsing products to help manage your acne scars and get you feeling fantastic.
You know you’ve put a lot of time and effort into your Halloween makeup when it takes three days to fully remove every last trace of black liner, fake blood and that sprinkling of glitter you thought would “zhush” it up a bit. Becoming someone or something else for Halloween is all part of the fun, but what’s not so fun is the transformation back to reality. Today we’re delivering you some of the best tips around to banish all that makeup so you can jump into bed after your party or night out pronto!
First up is the preparations. Put an old towel down in the bathroom to stand on near the sink to catch any splashes of paint or gooey glue. Lots of heavier products like paint, fake blood and liquid latex are made to come off with good old soap and water so starting with this is always a good option. If you go straight in with wipes, you’ll get yourself in a hot and sticky mess before you’ve even started.
FD Recommends: Himalaya Herbals Cucumber Refreshing Soap
After you’ve removed the messier stuff, a few dashes of makeup remover will dig just that little bit deeper to start pulling up traces of makeup, oil and dirt out of your pores. If you’ve got makeup wipes to hand, they will work too but if you’re prone to spots, using a liquid formula with a muslin cloth or cotton pad is a little more hygienic.
FD Recommends: Elemis White Flowers Eye & Lip Makeup Remover
If you’ve still got a tacky feeling on your face from glue or thicker gel-like products you’ve used, an oil will solve everything. Run the hot water tap until it starts to get steamy then fully drench a muslin cloth in it. Just before you do that, grab an oil whether it’s another makeup remover in oil form or good old coconut oil, and massage it into your face. Then take the cloth and gently massage in circular motions, rinse, then start wiping away excess makeup. This is a similar process to what’s called a hot cloth cleanse!
FD Recommends: Jarrow Formulas Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
In regards to that left-over makeup in your hair, it’s going to have to be a regular shampoo and condition job especially if you’ve used sprays and glitters or anything like that as these products are just going to have to be washed out. It’s worth having a good quality shampoo and conditioner lying around anyway to use day to day to keep your locks in the healthiest condition too.
FD Recommends: Love Beauty And Planet Happy & Hydrated Shampoo & Conditioner
Finally, to remove stains from your skin, shaving cream is a miracle-worker. It’s great for large areas as it won’t irritate your skin as much as using toothpaste or nail polish remover which are also other popular products that are used to do a similar thing. When it comes to removing any stains from your clothes, baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) and water will do just the trick. All you have to do is mix it into a paste and rub into your clothing before putting in the washing machine!
Which of these Halloween makeup removal tricks will you be using this year?
Love Beauty and Planet started with one goal… to make you more beautiful and to give a little love to the planet. They want to help make a little difference towards a happier, less wasteful planet, with every shower. Love Beauty and Planet give careful thought into their ingredients and product packaging.
Love Beauty and Planet was started by a group of like-minded people who believe that looking good and doing good should go hand in hand. They are obsessed with creating fantastic beauty products that we would all love to use.
They started with one simple goal: whatever they do must be good for beauty and give a little love to the planet.
They also work towards making you and planet a little more beautiful, they want to share their journey with you.
Powerful & passionate…
Beauty packed in 100% recycled bottles. The Love Beauty and Planet bottles aren’t 100% clear and that’s because they are made with recycled plastic. They are 100% recyclable, too! The use of recycled plastic sometimes gives the bottles a little colour, but it’s worth it.
Goodies & goodness…
Uncompromised beauty for your skin and hair. The collections are infused with natural ingredients such as organic coconut oil and murumuru butter. Love Beauty and Planet are committed to sourcing high quality ingredients, but responsibly. They also make their products vegan and make a point of skipping parabens and colourants too.
Scents & sensibility…
Ethically sourced fragrance oils and absolutes. Each of the fragrances are infused with ethically sourced essential oil or an absolute such as French heirloom lavender, Moroccan mimosa flower or Bulgarian rose petals. They carefully create every fragrance to delight you in the shower and pamper your senses. They know some of these extracts are rare and fragile, so they source them responsibly.
Carbon conscious & caring…
Their carbon footprint reduction efforts. Love Beauty and Planet are always transparent and open about their carbon footprint. As part of that commitment the not only disclose their annual carbon emissions created through the production and distribution of their products but also work to reduce their carbon footprint by 20% by the year 2020.
Here are some of our favourite products from Love Beauty and Planet:
Muru Muru Butter & Rose Hair Masque – this mask helps keep your hair vibrant. A light treatment, infused with muru muru bitter, moisturises the hair for a healthy-looking gloss. Time for a fragrant kiss of nature and freshness from the hand-picked Bulgarian rose.
Tea Tree Oil & Vetiver Face Sheet Mask – An instant anti-pollution mask that helps neutralise the effects of pollution on your skin. Bring the spa home with this sheet mask infused with a blend of refreshing tea tree oil and vetiver.
Shea Butter & Sandalwood Shampoo – Don’t let hair dehydration give you a bad hair day. This shampoo infused with natural shea butter, hydrates hair for a lusciously moisturised feel. Immerse your hair in the delicate sensual and mysterious scent of Australian sandalwood oil.
Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Body Lotion – Give your skin a boost of freshness with this coconut water infused body lotion. Your body will feel hydrated and refreshed for 24 hours and is left with a delicate mimosa flower scent.
Coconut Oil & Ylang Ylang Shower Gel – Always dreamed of living the island life? Bathe your skin in a delicate tropical touch and enter your own private cabana. Infused with organic coconut oil and ylang ylang flower, this shower gel nourishes your skin with an early morning freshness. The hint of holiday in your shower!
Argan Oil & Lavendar Roll On – Vegan deodorant? Yes please, need we say more? Gives you 24-hour odour protection, to make sure smell beautiful all day long.