Summer Smoothie Recipe

Summer Smoothie Recipe

There’s nothing better in the summer time that a fresh, fruity smoothie to give you a little bit of a pick-me-up. Especially in all the hot weather we’ve been having recently it can feel a bit much and a summer smoothie is the perfect way to pack in your 5 a day!

The combination of peach and pineapple is definitely a winner in our eyes and this smoothie we found on the gorgeous Madeleine Shaw’s website will definitely hit the spot!

Ingredients – makes one smoothie

1 peach
100g pineapple
300ml of coconut water
4 fresh mint leaves
1-2 medjool dates
4 ice cubes
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract


All you need to do is put the ingredients into a blend and whizz away! So simple, just make sure you blend until smooth for the perfect smoothie! Enjoy!

8 Oriental Fragrances Ideal for Summer

8 Oriental Fragrances Ideal for Summer

Exotic, evocative and seductive, there’s no chance oriental fragrances will be going out of style any time soon. Generally, they can be quite intense in aroma, but you can find some gorgeously light perfumes that give you an oriental hit. Ideal for the spring and summer, it’s scents like these, infused with warm, sensual notes that can define the warmer months as fun and carefree.

1. Paco Rabanna Olympea

Paco Rabanne’s Olympea collection has a little slant to suit almost any type of woman. From the bold, sexy vibe of Olympea Intense, to the subtle, delicate tones of Olympea Aqua. Each fragrance shares the same blend of exotic notes, with the original Olympea blending hydroponic jasmine and ginger lily.

2. D&G no.3 L’Imperatrice

Sweetly mysterious and alluringly stylish, everything about Dolce & Gabanna’s no.3 L’Imperatrice makes our toes wriggle with delight. This delectable scent has all the sophistication of a D&G creation, and plenty of elegance to boot. Mixing watermelon, pink cyclamen and musk, it’s not to be overlooked!

3. Hugo Boss Deep Red

Something of a classic when it comes to oriental inspired fragrances, Hugo Boss Deep Red is a go-to scent for women everywhere, and with good reason! This easy-to-wear perfume is a heady mix of fruity flavours, like pear and blood orange, with spicy ginger, and musky, woody tones.

4. Burberry Touch

Softer than some oriental scents, Burberry Touch gives you a big summery punch, without overloading the senses. This delicate flower of a perfume is light enough to wear throughout the day, and all-night long. Combining juicier notes like blackcurrant, cassis, with spicy pink peppercorn, soft rose and smooth peach, it’s as refined as it is delicious.

5. CK Obsessed

Inspired by addictive, compulsive love, CK Obsessed is every bit the sexy and seductive scent. Powerful, unwavering and sumptuous, this warming fragrance is a perfect balance between the typically masculine white lavender, and citrus, exotic flowers and musk notes.

6. Prada Candy Sugar Pop

Brand new to 2018, Prada has us in a spin with Candy Sugar Pop. It’s as fun and flirty as it sounds, but this fragrance doesn’t shy away from bolder notes. A youthful appeal is all down to a mouth-watering mishmash of citrus fruits, caramel, white peach and florals, and a smooth vanilla base.

7. YSL Black Opium

Dark, enigmatic and magnetic, YSL Black Opium has been one of our favourite perfumes for a long time. This powerhouse of a scent embraces all things magical and deeply feminine, with its coffee and pink pepper accords, vanilla, jasmine and orange blossom, and a final hit of patchouli and cedar.

8. Marc Jacobs Decadence

What’s not to love about Marc Jacobs Decadence. A masterpiece in its own right, it’s the epitome of sophistication, leaving you feeling utterly glamorous and desirable. Italian plum, saffron and iris all give it its signature appeal, along with woody tones, lush florals and liquid amber.



Here at Fragrance Direct we believe all mums are heroes, and with Mother’s Day now less than a week away, we’ve teamed up with Thomas Cook to offer you the chance to win one of four amazing prizes, guaranteed to make your mum smile! With £200 worth of pampering products from us, a year’s supply of flowers from Bloom and Wild, a Radley bag and purse or a spa day for two people from Spa Breaks up for grabs, a win for your mum is bound to get you in the good books this Sunday!

To be in with a chance of winning simply head over to the Thomas Cook Facebook page, and share why your mum, or your kids’ mum, is your hero in the comments using #Mumsahero.

Full T&Cs can be found via the Thomas Cook blog here.

Balance Me – Our Top Picks

Balance Me – Our Top Picks

Balance Me provides a natural skincare alternative that achieves visible results through botanically active formulations. The pioneering skincare has been made possible thanks to the advances in natural skincare and over the years they have been able to push the boundaries on hat is possible in natural beauty innovation.

Within the Balance Me range each product has been designed to enhance a sense of balance and promote wellbeing. Each Balance Me blend is carefully crafted to work on three levels: aroma, skin benefits and mood-boosting properties. Balance Me understand how busy our lives can be and recognise how hard it is to achieve balance on many levels.

Keep reading to hear about some of the amazing bestselling products from the range and what they can do for your skin!

Pure Skin Face Wash ‘ ‘A gentle sulphate and petroleum-free face wash to achieve a balanced, clean and blemish free complexion’ Rebecca and Clare Hopkins, Co-Founders.
Super-fast and effective to use, this wash effortlessly removes all daily grime and makeup, including eye makeup, without stripping the skin of its natural oils. Its invigorating aroma stimulates the senses and balances the skin’s natural barriers.
The key ingredients of this brightening, refreshing and cleansing wash are:
Rice bran oil ‘ Rich in unsaturated fatty acids, anti-oxidants and vitamin E, this botanical oil helps to balance the skin’s natural protective barrier.
Moringa Oil ‘ Rich in vitamins and unsaturated fatty acids, this botanical oil contains skin rejuvenating and anti-inflammatory properties.
Spruce Knot ‘ A purifying anti-oxidant, rich in vitamin E and renowned for its balancing and skin regulating properties.
Massage this Pure Skin Face Wash into the skin to make a luxurious emulsion and then rinse to leave skin fresh and perfectly balanced.


Wonder Eye Cream ‘ ‘Our triple action eye cream works instantly to brighten tired eyes’ Rebecca and Clare Hopkins, Co-Founders.
Wonder Eye Cream is hydrating but light and absorbs beautifully, helping to immediately reduce the appearance of fine lines, puffiness and dark circles. The delicate skin around the eyes is strengthened and better able to protect itself against signs of ageing. An instant hydration hit smooths fine lines and helps to reduce the appearance of fatigue.
The key ingredients of this Wonder Eye Cream are:
Hyaluronic Acid ‘ A super fine grade that is able to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin, and can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water to help skin instantly hydrate, smooth and plump from within.
Cucumber Oil ‘ Calms, soothes and brightens the eye area.
Witch Hazel ‘ Tightens skin, reduces inflammation and puffiness.
Lightly pat the cream with your ring finger, just under the brow and along the edge of the eye socket twice daily.


Congested Skin Serum ‘ ‘A saviour for those moments when your skin shows signs of an unwelcome blemish or breakout’ Rebecca and Clare Hopkins, Co-Founders.
This cream is ultra-effective and seriously soothing, it provides an instant and highly effective treatment for spots and breakouts. The blend of soothing ingredients in a light, non-greasy petroleum free gel, provides an instant treatment which calms the skin as soon as the blemish begins to show, without causing dryness.
Key ingredients for the Congested Skin Serum are:
Kanuka Oil ‘ A powerful anti-microbial and anti-bacterial to calm and combat skin infections or imperfections.
Spruce Knot ‘ A purifying anti-oxidant, rich in vitamin E and renowned for its balancing and skin regulating properties.
Eucalyptus ‘ Renowned for its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties.
Apply with a clean finger directly onto distressed areas, breakouts or skin prone to congestion.


Fake It – Don’t Bake It!

Fake It – Don’t Bake It!

Why we’re over baking ourselves to achieve that bronzed glow this summer’
Our team, at FD, care about your wellbeing, which is why we’ve dug deep and selected an exclusive range of self-tanning products to assure you don’t have to dig deep into your wallets this summer.

1. St Tropez Self Tan Sensitive Bronzing Lotion 200ml – £22.99
Starting off with a tan brand staple: the St Tropez Self Tan Sensitive Bronzing Lotion. No one wants a tan which gives the illusion of melting zebra stripes and we assure you that all St Tropez self-tan products will leave you with nothing but a natural looking streak free tan. The reason it has made our hit list though, is due to this particular product being specially formulated to be gentle on the skin causing no unwanted rashes or irritation. BUT the best feature and the main reason it’s in our shopping baskets is that it contains no instant colour, meaning there is little or no residue on towels or bed sheets. The days of constantly washing bedding and buying new towels are over!


2. Guerlain Terracotta Spray Bronzing Powder Mist 75ml – £38
Although this beauty may be on the pricier side, the outcome is as natural as they come. Friends, family and even admirers on the street will be asking you where you’ve been abroad. The Guerlain Terracotta Spray Bronzing Powder Mist has been made for women who do not want to use a brush or who are constantly on the go. If you’ve just finished work and have 30 mins to redo your hair, makeup, outfit and tan, this product if perfect for you. Why? It lights up the complexion in just two seconds! With more coverage and a more even-toning effect than a GUERLAIN bronzing powder. SOLD.


3. Lancaster Self Tan Beauty Smoothing Gel For Face 50ml – £14.99
Now, if you’re the type of girl or boy, who keeps their body covered for the majority of the year or is naturally fair skinned or just simply wants to look healthy and refreshed. We have found your new beauty essential. The Self Tan Beauty Smoothing face Gel from Lancaster. It combines a natural origin self-tanning agent with melanin to mimic your natural tan colour. This light-textured moisturising gel, with Coconut Water extract caresses your skin with a perfecting, smoothing sheen, discreetly tinted for fool proof application. Switch up your face moisturiser for this summer necessity.


4. St Moriz Instant Glow Gift Set – £9.99
Not got that dream holiday booked this summer? Upgrading your part-time retail hours for over time because you’re a skint student? Don’t want to look like Casper the friendly ghost when your friends come back from Ibiza? Don’t worry we have your back. This cute St Moriz Instant Glow Gift Set which includes the Instant Wash Off Body Tan, Shimmering Bronzing Body SoufflǸ and Instant Glow Bronzing Powder, has you sorted if you want to try a range of tanning products without the hefty price tag. The Instant Wash off body Tan is perfect for a night out clubbing if you don’t want to be glowing the morning after. Going to a festival this year? Use the Shimmering Bronzing Body SoufflǸ on your legs and arms to add that extra va va voom. Are you a tan addict? Add the Instant Glow Bronzing Powder if you want to look, not just sun kissed but sun soaked.


We hope this short list has helped anyone unsure on which tan to fake it with this summer. All products are featured on our Fragrance Direct website. On a final note, we just want you to remember, if anyone compliments you on your bronzed bod, it’s okay to tell a white lie sometimes’ if it’s going to make you brown.

Summer Beauty Buys

Summer Beauty Buys

Summer’s here, despite what the weather may tell us! Whether you’re planning a trip abroad to guaranteed sunshine, or waiting for the sun to hit your own backyard, refreshing your makeup set is the fastest way to feel summer-ready.
Your skin needs a different approach during these months to look at its best. The same goes for the makeup you use. The right bronzers, highlighters and lip colours will complement a tan, and give you that fresh glow. For a bit of inspiration, here’s some of our favourite products for this summer, and as always, our 24/7 makeup sale gives you the best for less!

MAC Select Cover Up
Wearing heavy makeup when you’re on holiday is never ideal. With this nifty, lightweight concealer, you can banish dark circles without packing on layers of foundation. Made to even out skin tones, you simply need to dab it onto troublesome areas. It blends seamlessly, and creates a silky concealing base on the areas where you need it most.


OPI Nail Lacquer
Funky, hardwearing nail colours are a must for the summer months. You’ll have those feet on show, so keeping them looking perfectly pedicured is essential. OPI’s smart nail lacquers are designed to stay put, even during sandal weather. With just a quick at-home application, your nails will look beach-ready. You can choose from colours ranging from vivid orange, to sophisticated neutrals, and vampish darks.


Glo & Ray La Amo Creamy Shimmer Lip Colour
Nothing ties an outfit together quite like a dazzling lip colour. Glo & Ray are pros when it comes to creating gorgeous, sexy and totally on-trend lip shades. The Creamy Shimmer Lip Colour range has all the best summer shades, including hot pinks, deep, sensual reds, and romantic blush tones. But they’re especially lovely, because these shimmery shades pop like nothing else, moisturising your lips and making them look fuller, plumper and absolutely kissable.


Lord & Berry Luminizer
The Lord & Berry Luminizer is one product we rarely leave home without. We already have a big crush on the brand, and this smart, stick highlighter is one of the reasons why. Subtle when applied, and easy to wield, it gives your complexion an instant lift. A few flicks over your cupids bow, cheekbones, browbones and nose, and you’ll look vibrant and dazzling. Just the thing when you need to look glowing, quick-smart.


Calvin Klein CK One Powder Bronzer Compact
Every girl needs a great bronzer. We especially love the CK One Powder Bronzer Compact because it’s so easy to use, plus you can slot it into your bag and keep it with you always. It even has a little mirror for those on-the-go applications. But most importantly, this micro-fine powder slides onto the skin like a dream, for a radiant, sun-kissed look. In fact, it’s everything you’d expect from this top-quality beauty brand.