Mother’s Day Gifts For All Budgets

Mother’s Day Gifts For All Budgets

Whether you’re celebrating your own mum this Mother’s Day, or preparing to show your partner or a friend how much they mean to their younger kids, choosing the right gift – however small – can make all the difference.

When it comes to finding a Mother’s Day present for the special lady in your life, don’t let your budget stop you from choosing something they’ll love. There’s no need to worry about buying an expensive gift if you don’t have the money to spare – chances are, your mum will adore anything you give her just because it’s from you!

To make things a little easier, we’ve put together some of our favourite Mother’s Day gift choices to suit all budgets:

1. Mother’s Day Gifts Under £10
If you have a low budget for Mother’s Day this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t still choose a great gift to make her smile. Try one of these Mother’s Day gifts under £10 for an easy win. If you have little more time, choose a couple of Mother’s Day gifts for less than £5 and put them together in a hamper for your mum – nothing says ‘I love you’ like than a touch of thoughtfulness.

Taylor of London Tweed Eau de Toilette Gift Set
With a perfume, hand cream, soap, scented candle and two bath bombs, all for less than £10, this eau de toilette gift set is an excellent low-budget gift for Mother’s Day. It comes beautifully packed in a patterned box, so it’s also a pleasure to unwrap.

Muelhens 4711 Eau de Cologne Gift Set
This simple gift set by Muelhens contains a 50ml eau de cologne and a delicate cream soap bar. The fragrance is refreshing and citrus – the perfect pick-me-up for a hard-working mum this Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day Gifts for Under £5
If you want to go down a different route with your Mother’s Day offering this year, why not pick up a selection of smaller bits and put together a hamper or goodie-bag? Our 3-for-£5 makeup is perfect for this! Throw in a card, a bottle of wine, or some of your mum’s favourite chocolate, and you have yourself a Mother’s Day gift she’s guaranteed to love.

Here are some of our favourite skincare gifts for less than £5, perfect for filling up your Mother’s Day hamper:
Bio Glow Apricot and Rosemary Face Scrub
Astor Soft Sensation Lipcolour Butter
Derma V10 Clay Mask Purifying
Balance Active Formula Dragons Blood Eye Serum
Balance Gold Collagen Serum

Now you know – the perfect Mother’s Day gift doesn’t need to cost the earth!

2. Mother’s Day Gifts Under £30

If you feel like spending a little more on your special lady this Mother’s Day, we have a fantastic selection of fragrance and skincare gifts to suit a £20-£30 budget. Here are some of our favourites:

Anna Sui Miniature Fragrance Gift Set
This Anna Sui minis set is an excellent Mother’s Day gift if your mum is difficult to buy for. With five fragrances included, your chances of introducing them to a new favourite are high!

Nina Ricci L’Air Du Temps Gift Set
Nina Ricci’s feminine fragrances are iconic, and L’Air Du Temps is the designer’s best-known scent. Timeless, sophisticated, and favoured by women around the world, this fresh fragrance makes the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Oil Set
A beauty must-have, Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream leaves skin feeling soft, fresh, and replenished. This gift set includes a bottle of Eight Hour Miracle Oil, an Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisture Hand Treatment, and an Eight Hour Skin Protectant – it’s the gift of beautiful skin!

3. Mother’s Day Gifts Under £50

Splash the cash this Mother’s Day with a luxury gift – you won’t believe what you can get your hands on for under £50! If you’re struggling, start by checking out some of our favourite Mother’s Day gifts for under £50.

Dermalogica AGE Smart Skin Kit
With a Skin Resurfacing Cleanser, Antioxidant Hydramist, Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque, Dynamic Skin Recovery, and Multivitamin Power Firm, the AGE Smart Starter Kit by Dermalogica contains a full month’s regimen that your mum can use every day for firmer, smoother, healthier skin. Trust us – she’ll love it.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Gift Set
Daisy Dream is a variant of Marc Jacobs original and hugely popular Daisy fragrance. This gift set includes an eau de toilette spray, a shower gel and a body lotion. It comes beautifully packaged in a sweet blue box, so the only thing left for you to do is write out the card.

Gucci Bamboo Gift Set
Strong yet graceful, Gucci Bamboo has been designed to represent diversity in women. The Gucci Bamboo gift set, which includes an eau de toilette spray and a body lotion, is perfect for Mother’s Day, no matter who you’re buying for.

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!

Beauty and Fragrance Gifts for Mother’s Day

Beauty and Fragrance Gifts for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day will be here before you know it and with it being on the 31st of March, the last day of the month it is best to be prepared while we still have the budget. We all want our mums to feel appreciated and loved every day of the year but on Mother’s Day we can make an extra special effort.

If you are struggling with idea’s here at Fragrance Direct, we have the answers so there is no excuse to grab some flowers and chocolates from the corner shop last minute. If you think this year your mum would like to try a new fragrance, then these three launches are ones to have a look at. The first is Issey Miyake Eau’ D’Issey Pure Petale De Nectar, which is a fresh light Eau de Toilette that has just launched and is perfect for spring summer. This is a great one for all mums out there with a feminine taste due to its sleek, delicate bottle design and sweet scents of pear, honey and rose.

The second recommendation for a fragrance would be the new Emporio Armani In Love with You. This new Eau de Parfum is a fruity, sweet, addictive scent with notes of black cherry, jasmine and vanilla and with its classic, simplistic bottle, this would make a great gift. Not only that the name of the fragrance would flatter any mum out there.

The final suggestion for a fragrance would be the Dolce and Gabbana The Only One 2, the second chapter of the story. This new launch is for the sophisticated, strong mums out there with its signature coffee and violet notes. With its red, empowering bottle it symbolises love and femininity.

If you are thinking of other options this Mother’s Day, there are some great gift sets that any mum would love to receive. The first is the Gatineau Pamper Collection 4 Piece Gift Set, this set includes the Aquamemory High Hydration Cream Mask, Defi Lift 3D Revoluming Lip Care, Vitmina Suractivee Hand Cream and the Professional Mask Brush all in a beautiful wash bag. For anyone who uses Gatineau and is new to the brand, this is an incredible brand and would be a real treat to whoever receives this set, another bonus is you would make a huge saving on these products.

The next idea we pulled out as a great present was the Crabtree and Evelyn Garden Hand Therapy Duo. This brand always does lovely hand cream sets in beautiful packaging, but this duo is a favourite. Both creams smell gorgeous especially the Gardeners moisturising therapy and are great for healing any cracks or dryness caused by the cold weather.

This set is for if your mum deserves a little pamper, this Soothing bath and body set by Urban Veda is a trusted brand that will harmonise delicate skin. It includes a body wash and full-size soothing body lotion full of calming botanical extracts that will de-stress and pamper this Mother’s Day.

The final recommendation from us here at Fragrance Direct would be for those mums who are into their beauty brands and products. The Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara Set includes a full-size mascara, lip and eye make up remover and a precision glide eye pencil eye liner in black velvet. This is a highly recommended brand and these three products are essential in any lady’s make up bag making it a great gift this Mother’s Day.

We hope that this has been helpful and that you find the perfect gift for your mum this Mother’s Day! Make sure you take a look at the Mother’s Day category for more options.

Dermalogica Prisma Protect

Dermalogica Prisma Protect

It isn’t new to us that exposure to the sun’s UV rays can have a huge impact on our skin. We all know to apply some form of sun protection on really hot days, when we’re away on holiday and when we’re in direct sunlight, but did you know that even on a cloudy day, up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays can still pass through? And did you know that UVA rays can even pass through glass? Protecting our skin from the sun’s damaging rays is so important, and this means sun protection should be a part of everyone’s skincare routine no matter what time of year or what you’re doing on any given day. This is the only way to maintain healthy skin whilst preventing the visible signs of sun damage such as dryness, tightness, lack of elasticity and dark spots.

Introducing Dermalogica’s newest Moisturiser with SPF protection, Prisma Protect SPF30! This light-activated moisturiser provides broad spectrum defence whilst also preventing future signs of aging. Combining a hydrating moisturiser with protection from UV rays, free radical damage and pollution means this multi-tasking product has just made our skincare routine a lot easier. Simply apply after cleansing and toning for all-day hydration, visibly smooth skin and protection from damaging sun rays. No need for an extra layer on sun cream!

We caught up with Dermalogica’s Education Executive, Victoria Schofield, to find out more about this exciting new product and how it works.

The Master Multi-Tasker
If you’re looking for a moisturiser to fit in with your busy lifestyle, Prisma Protect SPF30 could be the multi-tasking moisturiser you need in your life! It defends against environmental aggressors, delivers long-lasting hydrating and boosts your skin’s natural luminosity. Ideal for those in their 20’s and 30’s, looking to maintain healthy skin and prevent skin damage, Prisma Protect Sp30 is suitable for all skin conditions and is packed with smart technology and traditional ingredients for your healthiest skin yet!

Light Activated Skin Defence
1. Defend. In the quest for youthful looking skin and minimising skin damage, you need a moisturiser that defends against our hostile environment. Prisma Protect SPF30 contains best-in-class sunscreens that defend against visible light and offers superior protection from both UVA, the ‘ageing ray’, as well as UVB, the ‘burning ray’. It also contains Japanese Matcha Tea, which is 100x more powerful than Green Tea providing potent antioxidants to defend against free radicals and pollution particles that ravage our skin. In fact, it blocks out 85% of pollutants that may otherwise enter our skin causing symptoms such as dehydration, sensitivity and pigmentation.

2. Hydrate. Keeping skin hydrated throughout the day poses us a real challenge because so much in our environment and lifestyle saps the moisture from our skin. Prisma Protect SPF30 contains Advanced Moisture Magnets that we derive from plants that binds water to the skin like a magnet. This provides a reservoir of moisture, keeping skin hydrated and smooth all day.

3. Boost. Dermalogica have created some exciting new technology to boost your skins natural luminosity. Using light-activated drone technology allows us to target specific cells in the skin with actives that boost your skin’s luminosity and inner glow. These ‘cosmetic drones’ are programmed to deliver their contents to your collagen producing cells where they release light-activated Chlorella, an algae extract. So, once you’ve applied your Prisma Protect SPF30 and you’re out and about, this ingredient gets to work deep in your skin boosting radiance.

To get the most out of this innovative product, first you should clean your skin with a Dermalogica Double Cleanse to ensure all make-up, dirt and pollutants are off your skin. Then, spritz your face with your favourite toner to layer hydration. Finally, apply a generous amount of Prisma Protect SP30, which should feel silky and light and dries down for a sheer coverage.

To find out more about how to work with your skin’s natural defence and repair modes, and advice on what products you should use and when, visit

Future proof your skin health and get your life-activated skin defence on!

Controlling Acne Through The Changing Season

Controlling Acne Through The Changing Season

With March marking the beginning of Spring, most of us will be looking forward to our skin returning to its glorious hydrated state. However, the initial change in weather can cause a riff in our skincare routine and for anyone who suffers with acne, monitoring your skin is key because you may suffer with breakouts. They say spring is the perfect time to scrub your skin and free your pores of any dirt, even though we are constantly advised on consistency, this is the time to experiment with new products that you may benefit from.

As the weather gets warmer and humidity heightens oil and grease can get trapped feeling heavy, clogging your pores. Acne breakouts happen when the sweat mixes with bacteria, so you must find oil- free products and ones with ingredients that are going to help you tackle it. Firstly, try switching to an oil- free or water-based product this will help control excess sebum;

Dermalogica Active Moist is a lightweight, oil- free moisturiser that contains silk amino acids and plant extracts that will improve texture as well as tackling dehydration without aggravating your skin or blemishes. It’s a soft, easy to apply formula and a great one to try out.

Clinique Acne- Blemish Solution Correcting Serum is a gentle oil-free formula which is designed for adult skin types that are experiencing breakouts along with lines and wrinkles. This serum clears skin leaving it hydrated and fresh for the day.

Secondly for a deeper clean and treatment of acne look for products that contain Salicylic Acid;

Alba Botanica Acne Oil Control Lotion; Is a mattifying oil- free lotion with max strength 2% salicylic acid. This gives you visibly clearer complexion leaving your skin smooth, fresh, oil-free and plump.

Burt’s Bees Anti- Blemish Purifying Daily Cleanser contains salicylic acid which is scientifically proven to penetrate pores, clearing bacteria which can cause outbreaks and any excess oil without drying out your skin or leaving it irritated.

Lastly an ingredient that would be to look for glycolic acid;

The Ren Skincare Radiance Micro Polish Cleanse; Is a gentle two-in-one foaming cream cleanser which washes away dirt and makeup while micro beads of Amber Powder buff away dead skin cells and polish your skins surface leaving it brighter and healthier.

Elemental Herbology Vital Glow Overnight Resurfacing Cream is an awarding winning restorative cream, containing Malic Acid, Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid it dramatically helps cell turnover, reduction in blemishes, pigmentation and imperfections. This product will deliver a healthy and radiant glow if you feel your skin is needing a boost.

Hopefully this has been helpful, some tips to remember if you aren’t already; cleanse at least twice a day, don’t scrub your skin as it can cause irritation and treat yourself to some skin friendly foods such as blueberries, tomatoes and fatty fish’s and then your skin will be flawless for summer!

Get To Know The Brand: Nuxe

Get To Know The Brand: Nuxe

Founded more than 50 years ago by Aliza Jabès, a pharmacist with an interest in phytotherapy and aromatherapy, NUXE is one of France’s best-selling pharmacy brands. Merging nature and luxury to create the brand name, NUXE offer a diverse range of face and body products tailored to different skin types that feel and smell amazing. The formulas are a result of combining rare plants, essential oils and patented ingredients, and Nuxe stands out for its exceptional textures and unique scents that envelop the skin. Many of the NUXE products and ranges are award-winning, and the brand is best known for its signature dry-oil, Huile Prodigieuse, which has become an iconic, cult beauty product.

NUXE’s Commitments
Quality commitments
– Made in France from formulation to production.
– A strict formulation charter: no mineral oils, no parabens, no animal origin ingredients (except for beehive products).
– No animal testing in compliance with applicable regulations.

Environmental commitments
– Botanical active ingredients with controlled geographic traceability, some of which are environmentally responsible.
– An eco-design approach to packaging.
– Easily biodegradable rinse-off products.
– Reduction in waste generation through recycling.

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse
NUXE’s iconic dry oil, Huile Prodigieuse®, is the ultimate skincare product, offering a unique sensory experience. This inimitable, incomparable cult product nourishes, repairs and beautifies the face, body and hair in both summer and winter. Its addictive scent and unique dry oil texture promise an experience of sheer bliss during and long after you apply it.

Huile Prodigieuse® offers the benefits of a plant-based oil combined with a unique dry texture that quickly penetrates the skin to achieve a non-greasy finish. Its natural formula (98.1%*), enriched with vitamin E and free of silicone, mineral oils and paraben, works wonders wherever on your body you use it; the skin is left nourished, repaired and enhanced and the hair supple and glossy in a single step. Originally created in 1991 as a multi-purpose product by NUXE President and Founder Aliza Jabes, who was pregnant at the time, Huile Prodigieuse has had over 25 years of success. Variations of the iconic product include Or, which contains tiny shimmering particles to highlight your beauty, and Riche, which contains higher levels of Macadamia Oil to nourish even the driest of skin. In 2016, the original formula was reinvented to include Tsubaki Oil making it even more precious and innovative.

Floral Innovation: Crème Prodigieuse® Boost
Introducing a new generation of multi-corrective skincare, with skin-boosting extras!
NUXE’s new skincare collection includes a unique anti-oxidant complex with three key ingredients: Jasmine Flower, Calendula Flower and Cellular Sugar. Together, these ingredients boost cellular activity to counteract the effects of stress, sleep deprivation and pollution damage on the skin. The five product collection evolves the NUXE iconic fragrance of Orange Blossom, Magnolia and Vanilla, lifting it with fresh, fruity and sensual notes. Your skin will be left feeling fresh, looking plump and radiant.

Energising Priming Concentrate – Suitable for all skin types, this is the ideal primer to prepare your skin for the day or night. Two types of natural Hyaluronic Acid are combined in this revolutionary serum-lotion inspired by Korean skincare to visibly smooth out wrinkles and deeply moisturise the skin, whilst Vitamin C will increase the skin’s radiance.

Multi-Correction Eye Gel Balm – Brighten your eyes with this delicate, ultra-refreshing gel balm which contains a Botanical Caffeine extract with anti-dark circle and anti-puffiness properties. Together with Hazelnut Oil, this lightweight gel-balm helps strengthen the fragile area about the eyes.

Night Recovery Oil Balm – This ultra- cocooning oil-balm, enriched with Macadamia oils, allows the skin to regenerate itself overnight. The Jasmin Flower anti-oxidant complex boosts cellular activity, while Nopal Flower Extract (the flower of the Prickly Pear) specifically increases cell renewal for a more luminous, glowing complexion and smooth features upon waking.

Multi-Correction Gel Cream/Silky Cream – This daily booster, combining the Jasmin Flower anti-oxidant complex with the smoothing effect of natural Hyaluronic Acid, revives fresh, radiant skin while softening the first signs of ageing. Available in 2 textures: a gel-cream with a light, matte finish for normal to combination skin, and a velvety, silky cream for normal to dry skin, you can choose the finish perfect for you.

Nuxuriance Gold
Nuxuriance Gold is a range of four skincare products with absolute anti-ageing power. Scientifically proven to give radiance, luminosity and a youthful glow, Nuxuriance Gold uses at least 92% natural ingredients to renew the skin and reduce the signs of ageing as well as the effects of environmental stress over time. Golden micro-reflectors illuminate the skin whilst innovative and powerful ingredients such as the Saffron Flower target deep down in your skin to strengthen, hydrate and stimulate new skin cells.

Nuxuriance Gold Nutri-Revitalising Serum – This velvety anti-ageing serum improves the skin’s texture leaving it revitalised and radiant. Reinforced with a natural origin Micro-Hyaluronic Acid, it smooths and firms the skin and makes it appear less thin.

Nuxuriance Gold Nutri-Fortifying Oil Cream – Infused with golden micro-reflectors, this melting oil cream boosts strength and radiance to dry skin as it weakens with age. It leaves the complexion instantly more nourished, revitalised and looking brighter over time.

Nuxuriance Gold Nutri-Fortifying Night Balm – This night-time essential is enriched with Shea Butter meaning you’ll wake up to smooth, luminous and nourished skin. Night after night, your skin will become stronger and more resilient.

Nuxuriance Gold Radiance Eye Balm – With golden micro-reflectors, this eye balm immediately nourishes, illuminates and smooths the eye contour area. Day after day, you should notice the eye contour appears more even, and the eyes are revitalised.