Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day Gifts

Are you guilty of presenting your dad with a shirt shaped present on Father’s Day? What about that pair of socks you know he’ll LOVE because, well, who wouldn’t love a pair of socks? Ladies and gentleman, it’s time to confess your Father’s Day sins and think outside of the box for this impending Father’s Day occasion.

Aside from a trip down to the pub and bottle of his favourite fine wine, why not treat him an aftershave gift set or maybe one of our best selling men’s fragrances? Choosing a fragrance will show him how much you care and that you’ve put a lot of personal thought into this year’s Father’s Day gift. Read on to discover all our favourite Father’s Day gifts’

First up we have the legendary and iconic Hugo Boss BOSS Bottled. This masculine scent is perfect for Father’s Day as it’s simplistic, unaffected and distinctly male. Your dad is bound to love this scent and it’s everything you’d expect from a Hugo Boss scent. This must-have fragrance combines fresh and zingy notes with more musky flavours to create a beautiful aftershave. A well rounded fragrance that’s perfect for the modern man!


Dolce and Gabbana The One for Men is true classic. Since its launch in 2008 this aftershave has been a staple in every man’s fragrance collection, the type of scent that never gets old. It is a woody, oriental fragrance with top notes of grapefruit, basil and coriander leading through to a base of amber, cedar and tobacco. This scent is sure to make a lasting impression and one your dad will cherish for years to come!

Next up we have Paco Rabanne Invictus. The Invictus aftershave range is both fresh and powerful, designed for the dynamin, confident man. Make your dad feel like a champion this year with blends of marine top notes guaiac wood, pepper, grapefruit zest and violet leaves. Each product in the Invictus range plays with the same energising scents so why not go the extra mile and pick up the Invictus gift set.


Gucci Guilty is the perfect signature scent to inspire total confidence to whatever the day brings. The Gucci Guilty aftershave has masculine notes of lemon, orange blossom, cedar wood and patchouli. It is a luxurious scent that will be a real treat for your Dad this Father’s Day. Gucci Guilty Pour Homme comes housed in a sleek slate bottle which looks super stylish.


We also have Carolina Herrera 212 Men is the perfect fragrance for the modern man, brimming with masculine poise and total confidence. The modern-day classic has been a huge hit since it was released in 1999, blending unmistakeably manly fragrances with a crisp, fresh undertone for a truly dynamic, powerful aftershave. 212 Men combines zingy green apples, spices and grapefruit with heady hits of ginger, sage and violet. A gorgeous everyday scent for your dad this Father’s Day!

Paco Rabanne Invictus Eau de Toilette
Invictus is the hugely popular scent from the legendary Paco Rabanne. Championing masculinity and strength it is bound to be a winner for your Dad! It is fresh and has an invigorating mix of marine accord, grapefruit zest, bay leaf and patchouli. The trophy packaging is godly and will be sure to make your dad feel extra special.

Joop! Homme Eau de Toilette
Joop! Homme is a strong and masculine fragrance that features oriental notes that create a sensual and bold scent. The pink bottle is for the daring and confident Dad who is not afraid to be outspoken. A combination of orange blossom, bergamot and Amalfi lemon make up this intriguing scent. At £21.95 you’ll be making a massive saving!

Carolina Herrera 212 Men Eau de Toilette
212 Men from Carolina Herrera is a contemporary scent for men, it is a confident masculine scent that is perfect for the modern Dad. With top notes of green apple, spices and grapefruit and base notes of musk, cedar, incense and sandalwood this is a great scent for those who like a woody floral musk.

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Eau de Toilette
Le Male from Jean Paul Gaultier is a true classic. A fresh charismatic fragrance that is perfect for casual or formal wear, perfect for those Dads who like a signature scent! The packaging of the bottle and the tin make it even more perfect to give as a Father’s Day gift. This scent includes notes of wormwood, bergamot, cardamom, lavender and orange.

Hugo Boss Boss Bottled Unlimited
The new fragrance from Hugo Boss is a must have scent for men! Boss Bottled Unlimited is an energetic and masculine fragrance that will be sure to suit your Dad. It is fresh and inviting with notes of mint, iced violet leaves and grapefruit which creates a wearable fragrance for every day. Perfect for the Dad who is always on the go!

Diesel Only The Brave Extreme
Only the Brave Extreme is the perfect choice for all those Fathers who are just heroes! Only the Brave Extreme is the new launch from Diesel and we just can’t get enough of it. The packaging is unique and masculine and sure to be a hit with your Dad!
Well those are our top 6 but you can check out more of our Father’s Day picks here!

Get To Know The Brand: Lord & Berry

Get To Know The Brand: Lord & Berry

How much do you know about the cosmetics brand Lord & Berry? Not much? Well they’re actually celebrating 20 years in the industry! Born in Milan, the style capital of the world has always been a strong symbol for the brand. Firmly established in the backstage at Milan and London fashion weeks, Lord & Berry are devoted to creating and empowering woman worldwide through their fashion forward cosmetics. Lord & Berry create products for mothers, daughters, grandmothers business women, explorers athletes, intellectuals, philanthropists, wives: cultured women. They strive to carry these women through the daily and special events of their lives, enhancing through self-confidence their quality of life.

Here at FD we’ve just got this amazing makeup brand on board and we were squealing with excitement when all the products started passing through the office. Here are some of our favourite products from the range:

1. Timeless Kissproof Lipstick. This is a liquid lipstick that is dries superfast without leaving you with any cracking. It glides onto the lips like a dream and feels ultra lightweight. Our favourite shades are Perfect Nude (for that perfect nude we’ve all been searching for), Bazaar (a pinky, mauve tone) and Brave Red (for the ultimate red lip).

2. Smudgeproof Waterproof Eye Pencil. This eyeliner literally stays put from the moment you put it on until the moment you come to take it off, it does not budge! It comes in Black and Black/Brown which is really gorgeous if you want something a little bit softer.

3. 20100 Matte Lipstick Pencil. This lipstick is so easy to apply as it comes in a pencil! You literally use it like you would a lip liner and totally fill in the lips to create an intense matte finish. It’s super long lasting but also really comfortable to wear. Our favourite shades are Adorable, Divine and Prelude.

4. Luminizer Highlighter Stick. This highlighter stick is a satiny-gold colour that is just beautiful! It creates a radiant, dewy glow that will perfectly on all skin tones. Dot and blend it over the areas that the light would natural hit, cheekbones, brow bone, bridge of the nose and cupids bow.

5. Vogue Matte Lipstick. This lipstick has an extraordinary matte formulation that has a velvet feel on the lips and brings glamour to any look. It helps lips appear full and defined instantly! Euphoria is a beautiful coral, orange colour that would love gorgeous with a tan. Another favourite is Smarten Nude, a deep cool toned brown.


6. Magic Brow Eyebrow Pencil. This brow pencil is quite unusual as it combines two colours in one pencil to help define the brows but in a really natural way. It also has a spoolie on the other end that you can use to brush through and blend out. It comes in three shades so you can choose the best one to suit your natural brow colour.

7. Lip Oil Potion. Now this is an absolute life saver if you’re someone that constantly has dry or chapped lips (*hello me!). The combination of oils and active ingredients in this potion work together to condition the lips, relieve dryness and chapping and also shield and protect against the environment.

8. Back in Black Mascara. This mascara is perfect if you’re looking for something that has the deepest black colour ever but also gives you high definition and loads of volume. Apply a couple of coats for deep and intense lashes. Bonus the applicator is really small and precise so you can reach each individual lash.

9. Ultimate Lip Liner. The Ultimate lip liner is the original Lord & Berry product. It’s comfortable and super easy to use as it has a round shaped barrel that glides over the lips. This pencil is also enriched with LXB complex that softens and protects the skin. Our favourites shades are Plum, Romantic Rose and Bare.

10. Cream Foundation. The cream foundation in the Lord & Berry range is long lasting and high coverage but also doesn’t leave your skin looking cakey. It has a silky finish that is buildable as it is so easy to blend out. This foundation also has added skincare benefits that help moisturise and also keep you protected from UVA/UVB rays.

Check out our amazing Lord & Berry range now!


How To Prep Your Skin For Summer

How To Prep Your Skin For Summer

That sun lounger is calling! If you’re preparing to bare a bit more skin on your holiday we’ve got some top tips to make sure you’re buffed to perfection. For gorgeous, smooth, exfoliated skin you just need to carry out a few simple steps’ but you might want to start a couple of weeks before you step on that plane!

‘½ Treat your feet! Your feet have been trapped inside winter boots for months now so probably need a little extra work. A couple of weeks before you go away make sure you remove all the dead skin with a foot file, this one from Opal Crafts is really easy to use. Next up try applying an overnight foot mask to help hydrate the skin and keep feet looking smooth, Leighton Denny have a great foot masque that comes with socks! The make sure you’re regularly applying a hydrating foot cream to help stop the skin from cracking and leave you with sandal ready feet! Finally, if you get chance go for a gel pedicure, they can last for up to 4 weeks and will stay chip free all holiday!

‘½ Regular exfoliating! This is another step you need to be doing regularly a few weeks before you go away. Exfoliating will lift off the outer layer of skin cells that are dead and reveal smooth and healthy looking skin. A body scrub is the best option for this step; we love Cowshed Spearmint Exfoliating Sea Salt Scrub, Elemis Frangipani Salt Glow Body Scrub and the Nuxe Body Fondant Scrub. If you have pair of exfoliating gloves this will also help remove as much dead skin as possible.

‘½ Stay hydrated! Once you’ve done all your exfoliating and body brushing make sure you keep your skin hydrated. After every exfoliating session, make sure you apply a generous layer of moisturiser or body lotion. The Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa body lotion is amazing at sealing in as much moisture as possible and it also smells incredible! As always make sure you drink as much water as you can, there is nothing better for your skin than H20!

‘½ Hair removal. Whichever hair removal technique you prefer, make sure you do it at least 24 hours before stepping on a plane. You need to give your skin time to heal itself and you’re less like to experience any irritation. Try the Veet 3 Minute Hair Removal Cream; it leaves your skin looking silky, smooth and ready for the beach! If you prefer to head for the salon and get a wax, I suggest planning this in for a couple of days before you go away.

‘½ Summer Scents! You always need a gorgeous holiday fragrance that is fresh and light and will remind you of all those happy memories. CK One Summer is perfect to take away with you; it’s bright, energetic and fresh. It will instantly remind you of cucumber and gin and tonic, what more could you want on holiday! If you prefer something a bit fruitier, try Escada Fiesta Carioca!

‘½ Apply SPF! This one’s for while you’re on holiday, apply apply and apply again! When you’re in the sun reapply sun protection every hour if you’re sweating or dipping in and out of the pool. Sunscreen is so important for keeping your skin safe in the sun and a bright red nose isn’t really going to work with your radiant, glowy makeup when you’re heading out for dinner. Choose a formula that works for you, many sunscreens now cater for dry, oily or normal skin so you don’t have to worry about disrupting your skincare regime. We love the Malibu sun creams, they have a great range and they’re super affordable


Protecting Your Hair In The Sun

Protecting Your Hair In The Sun

We all know how important it is to keep our skin protected from the harmful rays of the sun, but we can often be guilty of forgetting about our hair! The sun can wreak havoc on our locks just as much as our skin, leaving it dry, frazzled and damaged (not the look we’re going for!). Here are our top tips for keeping your hair safe in the sun.

1. Conditioner is your best friend. While the sun is drying out your hair, make sure you help restore it with plenty of conditioner in the warmer months. It will help keep the hydration levels in your hair up and bring it back to life after a day on the beach. If you’ve been splashing in and out of the pool all day, try adding a leave in conditioner to really lock in that moisture as chlorine will also aggravate the situation.
Toni & Guy Nourish Conditioner for Damaged Hair.
Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Leave in Conditioner.

2. Sunscreen Serum. Plenty of hair serums also include an SPF, now this is perfect for when you’re out in the sun all day. They will help stop the sun from making your hair brittle and therefore snapping off or splitting.
Malibu Dry Oil Spray SPF20
Charles Worthington Takeaways Sunshine Protector


3. Try to avoid heat as much as you can. Your hair is already taking a bit of a beating from the sun so try to avoid as much additional heat as possible. Embrace your natural hair and let it air dry if you can, if not then go for the cool setting on your hair dryer. This also goes for styling tools; try to steer clear of straightening irons and curling tongs!

4. Care for your colour. If you have coloured your hair you’ll need extra protection in the sun, as the sun’s rays can really fade your colour. Having coloured hair, particularly lightened, also makes the hair dryer to you’ll need to make sure you’re using plenty of conditioner as mentioned above. Try selecting products that are specifically suited to coloured or treated hair as they tend to have ingredients to keep colours looking vibrant and hydrated.
Tigi Bed Head Colour Goddess Duo ‘ Shampoo and Conditioner

5. Go natural! Avocado, olive oil and coconut oil all help keep your hair naturally moisturised, they aid in the retention of water that your hair is exposed to either in the air or the shower. Try mixing up your own hair mask and apply once a week throughout the summer months.


6. Tame the frizz. Warmer climates can be a nightmare for people with naturally frizzy hair, trying to control this will help your hair retain moisture and stop it going extra dry. Try adding in an anti-frizz curl cream to help maintain your locks and keep them conditioned.
Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Frizz Curl Defining Cream

7. Know when to wash. You probably already know it’s not the best idea to wash your hair every day, this is even more important in the summer months. Shampooing every day removes all the natural oils you produce that are designed to protect your hair and keep it healthy. Washing once every couple of days with a hydrating shampoo and conditioner is the best option to stop your hair from drying out.
L’Oreal Elvive Nurti Gloss Shampoo

8. Regular trims. Split ends and breakage can be more visible in the warmer months as they hair naturally appears dryer. Keeping up with regular trims will help keep the hair looking healthy and full and also improve the condition.


Now you’re fully equipped to protect your hair from damage this summer, if all else fails keep your hair tied up and under a super stylish wide brimmed hat! Here at Fragrance Direct we are fully supporting Sun Awareness Week (8th May ‘ 15th May), take a look at all our sun protection products and after-sun’s here and make sure you’re protected against those rays!

Scents for Spring Weddings

Scents for Spring Weddings

Let’s be honest, weddings can be super stressful. There’s a million and one things to think about and you want everything to be perfect. Have you picked out your wedding fragrance yet? Smells can really connect to your memory so you’ll want to make sure you choose a scent that will instantly bring back all the beautiful moments from your big day. Let us give you a hand as we round up some of the best scents for a spring wedding. All these fragrances will be beautiful if you’re a bride to be or wedding guest so keep reading’

1. Marc Jacobs Daisy Kiss Eau So Fresh. This Marc Jacobs perfume is perfect for any spring/summer wedding, it is fun, floral and as the name suggest beautifully fresh. Introducing top notes of pear, raspberry and grapefruit this perfume is a gorgeous day time scent to keep you smelling sweet throughout your big day.

2. Gucci Bamboo. Next up we have a classic scent from Gucci; Bamboo. This perfume is sensual, romantic and bright, perfect if you are looking for something floral but not too sweet. Notes include sparkling Mediterranean citruses and white floral heart that will make you feel soft and romantic on your special day.

3. Jimmy Choo Illicit Flower. This Jimmy Choo perfume is for all those brides that are unafraid to break the rules and want something individual. Illicit Flower opens with voluptuous notes of apricot, zest of mandarin and floral notes of freesia yet in the base there is sensual woody notes of cashmeran and sandalwood. This scent is completely intoxicating and guaranteed to transport you back to your big day every time you catch the aroma.


4. Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely. This classic fragrance is described as a soft, powdery and intimate fragrance and majorly feminine. It’s the perfect scent for a spring wedding as it has notes of rosewood, lavender and white orchid that fuse together to create a discreet and delicate scent. If you want something that won’t overpower you on your wedding day then this is the one.

5. Paco Rabanne Olympea. Every bride wants to feel like a goddess on her big day and Paco Rabanne Olympea will make you feel just that! It is an utterly irresistible fragrance that will make you feel like a Queen. The fragrance has a mix of sensuality and freshness with notes of salty vanilla accord and floral ginger lily and hydroponic jasmine. Totally hypnotic!

6. Armani Si EDT. For the bride who wants to walk down the aisle smelling of roses. Armani Si is the perfect floral and feminine scent for every bride. The Eau De Toilette version is lighter than the original Eau De Parfum and therefore ideal for a spring wedding. Notes include blackcurrant, pear, neroli, floral freesia and rose.


7. Bulgari Rose Goldea. The newest addition to the Bulgari family, Rose Goldea is beautifully captivating. A spell-binding combination of Rose and White Musk that is deeply seductive and will anchor itself in your memory. The gorgeous rose gold bottle will be something you want to keep forever as a momentum of your big day.

8. Dolce and Gabbana Dolce Rosa Excelsa. Dolce Rosa Excelsa truly captures rose petals in bloom and is a symbol of love, beauty and romance, what could be more perfect for your wedding day? The perfume opens with notes of neroli leaves, papaya and white water lily moving through to heart notes of African dog rose and Turkish rose absolute.

9. Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Blush. Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Blush perfume is an airy blend of lush florals, a gorgeous fresh, light scent that’s perfect for the English spring/summer wedding. The fragrance is filled with notes of violet leaves, rose, and lily of the valley. This perfume is definitely one that lasts all day long.

10. Elie Saab Rose Couture. Elie Saab Rose Couture will make you feel like the most important woman in the world on your wedding day. Combining couture and perfume, this scent will be a real treat for your big day. The fragrance opens with floral poetry of peony-rose accord and luminous orange blossom mingles with jasmine and rose nectar to create a soft, floral scent.