The Benefits of Rosehip Oil

The Benefits of Rosehip Oil

One of the oldest ingredients that is historically known as a therapeutic remedy and well quite frankly a miracle worker is Rose Hip Oil. This ingredient certainly lives up to its reputation within the beauty world, but we thought we would recap on the benefits in case you’re struggling to find a product that works for you.

So, here are some of the many benefits that rose oil has, to start off can we just mention the smell of rose hip oil is truly heavenly and makes you feel instantly fresh! but the the important bits are firstly, that it can help you with Hydration and moisture. The fatty acids help keep cell walls strong retaining any water and if applied in an oil form it is easily absorbed by the skin allowing its antioxidants to travel deep into the skin’s layers, hydrating from within leaving your skin clear and soft.

The next major positive to talk about is the exfoliation and brightness it can do for your skin. Rose hip oil has a natural exfoliation and is rich in vitamin A and C which encourages skin cell turnover boosting overall appearance of your complexion.

It also boosts collagen, this is due to being high in vitamins that are necessary to produce collagen. If you are wondering what collagen is then it is the structural protein in your skin so by boosting collagen it will help elasticity and firmness especially when aging as our body naturally produces less as we get older.

If you suffer with inflammation due to conditions such as rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis causing your skin to be itchy, red and irritant, then this may be the answer. Due to the antioxidant vitamins within rose hip oil the anti- inflammatory properties will calm and soothe your skin. Calming any irritated or itchy areas. If you don’t like adding oil to your face, there are other options such as cleansers so here are some of our most loved products;

The Organic Pharmacy Rose and Chamomile Cleansing Milk– This is a gentle rinse off cleansing milk which is ideal for removing impurities and toxins from the day, as well as any excess make up. It is perfect for sensitive skin, prone to redness. This soothing and sensitive solution will leave your skin fresh, soft and supple.

Balance Me Rose Otto Face Oil – This 100% natural calming and skin-strengthening rose oil works on protecting sensitive and red complexions. Massaging this oil into your face and neck in circular movements will provide a under layer for moisturisers giving you an intense hydration.

REN O12 Moisture Defence Oil – This is a super hydrating oil designed to lock in moisture. It targets tight or dull skin with natural bio- actives such as Rosa damascene oil and Carthame oil. These ingredients work on nourishing and repairing skin as well as tackling inflammation or redness.

The Organic Pharmacy Double Rose Rejuvenating Cream – This cream is known for is benefits to all skin types with its nourishing rose-hip blend with Ginger, Gotu Kola and Marigold. This cream will promote cell regeneration and reduce broken capillaries leaving your skin looking glowing.

Pinterest Beauty Trends

Pinterest Beauty Trends

More and more of us are turning to Pinterest for inspiration and trend forecasting so we thought we would pull out some of our favourites for you to have a look through!

The first one which we are sure you have all seen is ‘GOING GREY’! Yes, very tempting! This trend has developed into many ashy shades and people are now mixing ombre with shades of grey and it is gorgeous. With the evolution of silver shampoos, it makes it easy to maintain at home; so here is one to crush on.

The next trend we are seeing on social media is Reflective Make up. If you haven’t already seen it, this stuff is amazing! It comes in a particle spray and gives you a full body glow. This is one to keep an eye out, especially as soon we will be in full festival season swing.

Coffin nails have been the in thing for shape, but we are seeing a new pattern becoming increasingly popular on Pinterest and that is Tortoiseshell nails . They add a sense of sophistication and style and that’s why at fragrance direct we love this trend!

The makeup world is ever evolving but one who is heavily desirable at the moment is Charlotte Tilbury. Her glowy make up turned the Victoria secret models in to actual angels demonstrating this more natural, no makeup, make up look. Some of us are looking to move away from the heavy eyebrow and intense contouring to this all round subtler, glowy look.

Some products at FD that can help you achieve these trends;

The Fudge Clean Blonde Damage Rewind, Violet- Toning Shampoo combines their bestselling cleaning shampoo and their damage rewind shampoo. This is a good shampoo for blondes and greys due to its neutralising violet pigment and proteins, hydrating guarana and oti-plex which tackles any unwanted yellow tones, strengthens, refreshes and cleanses.

The Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow Facial Primer – This award-winning primer is perfect for creating an effortless, ‘make-up free’ dewy look. It can be worn under foundation or on its own and smooths over any lines or wrinkles leaving you with a beautifully even skin tone and dewy complexion.

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.

The Perfect Gift for Mother’s Day – Candles!

The Perfect Gift for Mother’s Day – Candles!

Everyone loves candles! Whether you use them for decoration, to scent your home or to create a cosy or relaxing atmosphere, everyone enjoys that feeling you get when you take your new candle of out the box and find a place for it in your home. So, we are going to run through some of our favourites that might be perfect for a Mother’s Day gift or if you are just treating yourself!

Our first recommendation would be one from the Woodwick Collection, these candles come in a variety of sizes and scents, but we love them at fragrance Direct because they crackle when burnt. If you are buying for your mum, then there are some lovely scents such as Sea Salt Magnolia in the Artisan hourglass or Pomegranate in the clear with wooden lid, that would make a great present.

The next candle we love is the Plum & Ashby Honey and Amber scented candle. This candle has notes of zesty citrus and sweet vanilla, inspired by glorious afternoons in the British country side. Designed to give to ultimate relaxation in its simplistic and sophisticated packaging, this would be a create addition to anyone’s home.

One which would make a wonderful gift is the Ted Baker Fig and Olive Candle, our favourite scent of the collection. Warm and fresh in an elegant deep grey this floral scent would be perfect for anyone with style. Each candle is carefully crafted and housed in a weighted glass vessel and inspired by the exotic fragrances from Ted’s travels.

If you are wanting a traditional styled candle, one that would look nice on a coffee or dressing table the Heart and Home ones come in a sweet frosted jar with lid. Due to the time of year we would recommend the White Jasmine and Freesia scent as it is light and fresh for spring.

Lastly if you have a smaller budget, a brand we all know, and love Baylis and Harding do a good range of candles in a sleek and sophisticated glass bottle. At Fragrance Direct we love the Mandarin, Grapefruit and Lemon scent for its fresh yet subtle fusion.

If you prefer a diffuser then have a look at our huge range. One which we really love is the Orla Kiely Geranium Home is a fresh scent packaged in her signature, cheerful print this would be a wonderful feature in your home for spring or a thoughtful present.

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!

Thank you for reading, we hope you’ve enjoyed this post! Come and take a look at the incredible fragrance and beauty brands we stock!