Plum & Ashby

Plum & Ashby

Plum and Ashby produce beautifully designed, high quality products for your home. The brand was founded in early 2013 and ever since they have had many successes with their beautiful product range. Including beautifully scented candles, hand creams, relaxing bath salts and gorgeous reed diffusers you’ll be sure to find the perfect home gift or a treat for yourself!

The hero product in the Plum and Ashby range is the scented candles. They smell divine and have so many options to suit your individual taste. Lighting a candle can do so much for you other than just smell great, here’s a few of the benefits the Plum and Ashby candles can offer you:

Mood boosting ‘ scented candles are well known for being mood-enhancers. Certain smells and aromas affect our emotions and also our mood. So when you feel like you need something soft and calming, go for floral scents such as rose, lavender and jasmine. Try the Pomegranate scented candle from the Plum and Ashby range, it’s super calming.

Stress relief ‘ one of the biggest benefits of scented candles is that they can help relieve stress. Exposing our noses to the pleasant essential oils in scented candles affects our hormones by helping to ease anxiety and worries. The best Plum and Ashby candles for stress relief are the Green Fig and the Citrus and Basil candle.

Improved sleep ‘ your busy lifestyle and every day stress can affect our sleep patterns and leave you lying awake at night. Lighting a scented candle in the evening releases relaxing chemicals that help leave you feeling calm and content. Try the Bergamot & Lavender candle or the Eucalyptus candle from the range, they are super calming. Just make sure you blow them out before you drift off!

Whenever you’re deciding on what scented candle you want to buy make sure you think about what it is you need, is it something to relax you or maybe you need a mood boost? Have a look through the different fragrances and choose wisely. It’s always a luxury to light a scented candle, whether you’re enjoying a night alone or cuddling up on the sofa they always create a beautiful atmosphere. Plus all the Plum and Ashby candles smell incredible (we can vouch!) so we’re sure you’ll love them as much as us.


The Benefits of Vitamin C

The Benefits of Vitamin C

We all know that Vitamin C is great for our immune systems, keeping away a cold and also great for our eye sight but how many of your use it for your skin? There’s a huge list of benefits that Vitamin C can do for your skin, that if you aren’t using it already you’ll be stocking up by the end of this article!

Beauty insiders have been shouting about the benefits of Vitamin C for years but it’s only recently that vitamin c based skincare has been increasing in popularity. The fact that Vitamin C has fantastic anti-oxidant properties, helps protect skin against free radical damage that is caused by external environmental factors. Free radicals contribute to collagen breakdown resulting in sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles. Not ideal.

So to get sciencey about it’

Vitamin C is an antioxidant. It helps protect the skin against environmental factors = pollution and stress! Vitamin C can donate electrons in order to neutralise free radicals created in the skin after oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is sun damage to you and I’ This doesn’t mean if you use a moisturiser with Vitamin C you can forget about SPF though!

Vitamin C is one of the factors in stabilizing and creating collagen molecules meaning it is one of the most reliable anti-aging ingredients. It will help combat the signs of ageing including fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. Vitamin C is also known for its brightening properties, to give you super glowy skin!

So here’s some super Vitamin C products for you to try:

Oilixia Gummy Facial Cleanser: The Gummy Cleanser is founded on Kakadu Plum Extract, one of nature’s best sources of antioxidant vitamin C which makes it perfect for smoothing out the skin and give it a brighter tone. It’s the ideal product to nourish skin after a long day to leave you clean and relaxed.

Balance Vitamin C Power Serum: Illuminate and brighten tired skin with this Vitamin C serum. It is super lightweight and packs a punch in the Vitamin C department. Gently smooth over the face and neck before bed to help your skin rejuvenate overnight.

Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel Environmental Shield: This peel is a face mask designed to restore the skin from environmental damage. It instantly brightens the skin for a radiant glow. Use once or twice a week to exfoliate away dark, damaged cells and infuse skin with moisture and antioxidants.

Dermalogica Age Smart Map 15 Regenerator: Ok so the name of this one might seem a bit extreme but this product has a highly active Vitamin C concentrate that helps to minimise the signs of ageing. It delivers the highest concentration of vitamins to dramatically improve skin’s firmness, brightness and clarity. Use on targeted areas or add to your moisturiser.

Elemis Anti-Ageing Brightening Dark Spot Corrector: This targeted treatment is perfect for visibly reducing the appearance of dark spots, age spots and existing imperfections. It has a brightening complex of Vitamin C, pea and daisy. Use of specific areas you want to brighten.


Christmas Gifts For Him

Christmas Gifts For Him

If you need the perfect present for him this Christmas, look no further. This blog is packed with gifting inspiration. From delicious aftershaves to top-selling electricals, there’s something for even those hard-to-buy-for men.

Delectable gift sets

Give him everything he loves in one package with a gift set. Best-selling designer brands like Paco Rabanne, Calvin Klein and Hugo Boss are all there. To give you some handy ideas, sets include Paco Rabanne 1 Million 50ml gift set aftershave and shower gel duo. There’s also a Calvin Klein Euphoria Men combo, and Hugo Boss Bottled gift set.


Swoon-worthy fragrances

Christmas is the best time for topping up a fragrance collection. Whether you’d like to surprise him with something new, or get a tried a tested favourite, all the big-hitters are there. You can even shop by budget, and work to a price to suit you. You can get your hands on all-time favourites likes Joop Homme, and Lacoste L12 12 Eau De Lacoste with just a quick browse.


Shaving and grooming must-haves

A nice little alternative to fragrance gifts, shaving and grooming kits are just the thing for any stylish man. Pre-shave, post-shave, razors and blades, and beard care products give you a whole range of options, whatever his grooming regime. Some lovely present ideas include Edwin Jagger’s ebony and chrome fusion razor, and Jack Black’s bump fix razor bump and ingrown hair solution.


Cool electricals

Fancy changing things up a bit this Christmas, and buying something he definitely won’t have already? You can choose from a full collection of fancy electrical items. Here you’ll find products like Remington Ceramic M&R Beard Trimmer, Beurer’s 2-in-1 mood light for a pick-me-up during those dull winter months, and Wahl’s ultimate lithium clipper kit.


Christmas Gifts for Her

Christmas Gifts for Her

Need a helping hand with presents this Christmas? Our beauty and fragrance collections make finding the perfect present a cinch. To get you started, we’ve jotted down a few ideas based on our favourite products. So, whether she’s younger or older, loves a perfume or sumptuous beauty products, we have something in store.

Indulgent gift sets

If she has a signature scent, or even if you’d like to surprise her with something new, a gift set can be just the thing. You’ll be spoilt for choice with gift ideas from big brands like Gucci and Calvin Klein. But never fear, if that sounds like too much of a mission, you can narrow the selection down by budget and go from there. Lovely gift sets include the Calvin Klein Eternity gift set with perfume and body lotion, and Marc Jacobs Decadence gift set.


Favourite fragrances

You can’t go wrong with a beautiful fragrance when it comes to Christmas present ideas. If you know what she loves, you can impress her by buying her all-time favourite. Or, be bold and get something you think she’ll be wowed by and hasn’t tried yet. Ultra-sexy, feminine fragrances to top our list include Gucci Rush Eau de Toilette, and YSL Mon Paris Eau De Parfum. Or, for a some easy-to-wear scents, there’s Boss Orange Eau de Parfum spray, and the classy Issey Miyake L’Eau D’Issey Pure EDT.


Must-have make-up

It doesn’t get any better than finding a few lush make-up products in your present collection. Little Christmas gifts for her include beauty products for the face, eyes, lips, and nails. You can get your hands on some of the latest products from the biggest brands for a bargain too. For a clue of what’s on offer, you can get L’Oreal Infallible Lip Gloss in a shade to suit her. Or, bundle together a few essentials, like Rimmel’s Special Eyes Precision Eye Liner, or cute nail must-haves from Essie, like their Ridge Filling Base Coat.


Swanky electricals

For something a little different, check out the trendy and useful Christmas gifts in the electricals section. There’s everything for her to stay polished and pretty head to toe. Take the cool Lee Stafford Coco Loco Hairdryer for starters, and the Magnitone GoBare! Rechargeable Lady Shaver in pink.


Coffee Scrubs – The Benefits!

Coffee Scrubs – The Benefits!

Ok so no one wants to imagine a world without coffee, it’s the only thing that makes us feel alive in the morning but how many of you are taking it into the shower? Coffee scrubs are popping up all over the place but how beneficial are they for your skin?

Coffee scrubs can really take things to the next level for your skin, with way more benefits than your usual body exfoliator. They slough off all the dead skin cells to leave you with soft, smooth and hydrated skin! We have a few brands of ground coffee body scrubs here at Fragrance Direct that you can get your hands on to give it a go’ Bean Body, Scrub Love and Anatomicals.


So what benefits do they offer you?

We all know exfoliating is really important, it aids your skin in staying healthy and also functioning better. After dead skin has been removed, the skin works much more efficiently to expel toxins and also take in nutrients. However adding coffee to the equations gives you a whole host of extra benefits!

‘½ The caffeine found in coffee scrubs can help increase blood flow and therefore reduce the appearance of cellulite and give skin a more even tone.

‘½ Caffeine can also help tighten the skin which will again help reduce cellulite. When caffeine is applied to the skin it restricts the blood vessels, which helps reduce inflammation and swelling.

‘½ Caffeine is also loaded with antioxidants which help fight premature aging, wrinkles and fine lines. So don’t restrict the scrubs to just your body!

‘½ Coffee scrubs use all natural ingredients rather than any nasty chemicals or artificial components which is a huge benefit for our skin but also the environment’ bonus!

‘½ Coffee has the same pH levels as the skin surprisingly, so doesn’t leave your skin stripped of moisture or overly oily.

‘½ Ground coffee is much coarser than normal body scrubs so much more effective at removing dead skin cells. Plus when you use it in the shower the steam really helps to open up the pores so you can really scrub away your dead cells.

‘½ Just as coffee’s antioxidant properties can help combat fine lines and wrinkles it can also repair sun damage! Whether it’s sun spots, hyper pigmentation or freckles, a coffee scrub will speed up new cell turnover and even out your skin tone.


Ok so we’re sold on the coffee scrubs, here’s a few of our favourites for you to try!

Bean Body Coffee Scrub Manuka Honey – £14.95

Scrub Love Coffee Scrub Original ‘ £12.95

Anatomicals Glow Thanks To Joe Coffee Salt Scrub – £10

Bean Body Coffee Scrub Cocoberry – £14.95

Scrub Love Coffee Scrub Coconut Affair – £12.95