Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s day is coming around pretty quickly! If you’re in a quandary, wondering what to buy your loved one this Valentine’s day, then you’ve come to the right place! Finding the right present for your loved one can be tricky but fear not, we have the perfect guide to take you through our favourite fragrances to help make decision making simple!

Scentsation Perfumes

YSL Libre – Libre means freedom! A grand floral Eau de Parfum, with an unequivocal YSL twist. The burning sensuality of the orange blossom flowers from Morocco, twisted with the aromatic boldness of lavender from France. This gorgeous new perfume from YSL is bound to be a winner and will give you maximum brownie points!

Marc Jacobs Daisy Love Eau So Sweet – Daisy Love Eau So Sweet captures the addictive and irresistible spirit of Daisy Love with an unexpected sweet freshness. Sparkling white raspberries reveal a lustrous personality while a soft floral airiness and delicate musk immerse you in sweetness. A cute flowery bottle that is perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Lancome Idole – Lancome Idole is for the women who defy expectations, the leaders and the innovators! If that sounds like the lady in your life, then Idole will be the perfect fragrance for her. Pure and sensual oil of Jasmine is mixed with a beautiful Rose Accord.

Addictive Aftershaves

K By Dolce & Gabbana – Masculine, authentic and captivating… what more could you want for a perfect Valentine’s Day gift?! K by Dolce & Gabbana conjures the Italian countryside and the Mediterranean midday sun with a combination of citrus fresh freshness, blood orange and Sicillian lemon.

Hugo Boss BOSS Bottled Infinite – BOSS Bottled Infinite is a refreshing, sparkling fragrance that is perfect for everyday wear. Representing the modern Man of Today, it makes the perfect gift for your loved one whether they are pursuing success or seeking balance and authenticity.

Montblanc Explorer – Explorer is an invitation to a fantastic journey, an irresistible call for adventure. The scent is an unconventional woody-aromatic-leather Eau de Parfum that reveals Italian Bergamot contrasted with rich Vetiver from Haiti and exclusive Patchouli from Indonesia.

Luxurious Gifts

Marc Jacobs Daisy Gift Set – You can’t go wrong with Marc Jacobs Daisy, the scent is so beautiful it quickly becomes a signature scent. The gift set is perfect for that extra special gift as it includes the 50ml fragrance as well as a Body Lotion and a Shower Gel, all housed in a beautiful gift box!

Paco Rabanne Pure XS for Her Gift Set – if you’re looking for something a little bit sexier then look no further than Paco Rabanne Pure XS for her! A luxurious floral oriental, Pure XS for her captivates, accelerates and escalates the senses!

Issey Miyake L’Eau D’Issey Pour Homme Gift Set – This is a super timeless fragrance with a very masculine scent. Fresh, vibrant and elegant as the ingredients Yuzu and Sandalwood meet! The gift set just makes it that extra bit special with an added 100ml shower gel.

Ralph Lauren Polo Blue Gift Set – An invigorating blast of fresh air, Polo Blue makes you think of the freedom of the big, blue ski, the energy of the open waters… A cool, fresh and warm spicy scent that is guaranteed to be a hit. The gift set includes a 75ml bottle along with a 30ml travel spray!

The Mystery Of Scalp Care Explained

The Mystery Of Scalp Care Explained

It’s just as important as skincare but why don’t we hear about it? Maybe it’s because it doesn’t have that luxurious ring to it, ‘scalp care’ – it sounds a little bit raw, right? We put so much effort into looking after our skin and investing in the best products around to get the gorgeous healthy locks that we desire but what’s missing is the thing that connects the two, quite literally.

So, you’re thinking: “why do I need to know about it, my scalp feels pretty fine to me?”. Well, even though it might not be at the top of your hierarchy of beauty needs, you’d be surprised just how much dirt and grime finds its way to the top of our heads from being exposed to polluted environments. Or maybe, you do suffer from issues relating to it such as dandruff or itchiness, either way, we’re here to give you a little bit more info on the topic.

Why is it so important?

Treating your scalp with extra TLC will only benefit you as your strands will soon be thanking you in no time for the added silk and hydration. Signs of an unhealthy scalp include excessive oiliness, hair loss, dryness, itching and peeling. However, if you choose your hair products well, you can easily begin to combat these issues.

What do I avoid?

Don’t take super-hot showers. The high heat of the water will only dry out your skin even more by irritating it. When brushing through your hair, comb it gently while being extra careful near the roots. Something you probably didn’t know is that excessive brushing with some force to detangle can actually bruise your scalp – that’ll probably ring some bells for those of you who were lucky enough to have your dad scrape your back into a ponytail when you were younger.

Ingredient Don’ts: sulphates, parabens, silicones, chlorides, mineral oils, petroleum

Where do I start?

Depending on how dry you feel your skin and scalp get, this will determine the amount of product you can use and how oily you can go with the formula. For example, thicker more textured curly hair can handle heaps of oil because it almost soaks it up in an instant. This is due to curly hair shafts that don’t allow natural oils our heads already produce to get very far. However, straighter, finer hair will need much lighter formulations and finer shampoos and conditioners so that the hair isn’t left feeling weighed down or too oily.

Ingredient Do’s: coconut oil, jojoba, aloe vera, shea butter, castor seed oil, honey

Brands To Try

Shea Moisture

Naturally sourced and sustainably produced goodness. Made with love, Shea Moisture strives to create incredible formulas that are free of harmful ingredients – and they smell amazing!

Love Beauty And Planet

Featuring ingredients such as Amazonian Muru Muru butter, ylang ylang, sandalwood oil and many more, this vegan and cruelty-free brand are at the top of their game.

Why Wearing SPF All Year Round Is Your Anti-Ageing Secret Weapon

Why Wearing SPF All Year Round Is Your Anti-Ageing Secret Weapon

First things first – what does it stand for and what does it actually mean? SPF, aka, sun protection factor, refers to the amount of protection a product offers against the sun’s damaging UV rays. The number on the label, in fact, refers to a theoretical amount of extra time you can spend in the sun until your skin is truly exposed. For example, if just after 5 minutes you feel a slightly tight, burning sensation, SPF30 would increase that time by 30 until you felt that way. Got it? Let’s continue.

UV rays are pretty lethal. Considering the fact that they have the power to cause skin cancer and premature ageing while remaining naked to the human eye is pretty scary, right? In addition to this, they’re present all year round, no matter the weather. Did you know that approximately 80% of UV rays still make their way through clouds? What’s more, if that water, sand and even snow reflect them. It’s a problem we can’t avoid.

Even in the colder months and the dark, wet winter we all adore (not), while our bodies tend to be pretty covered up, our faces are still very much exposed. In a day and age where we’re finally lucky enough to have moved away from all the old-fashioned pore-blocking formulas that were utterly terrible, we should be making the most of newer skin technology. We’re in an era where SPF has met luxury skincare.

SPF + Luxury Skincare = Soulmates

Today we’re showcasing three standout SPF products that you just need to try! In order of affordable to high end, each one is 100% worth investing in to truly save your skin…

Guinot Age Sun Anti-Ageing Sun Eye Cream SPF50, £21.50, RRP £38.00

Featuring a very high protection formula specifically designed to fully care for the eye area, this cream from Guinot protects the skin against the harmful of effects UVA and UVB rays. It also shields against blue light rays and their harmful effect on skin ageing.

Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Day Cream SPF30, £49.99, RRP £82.00

This daily moisturiser with SPF 30 protection gently resurfaces the skin by stimulating the natural cell renewal cycle. This skin-smoothing day cream is perfect for treating yourself to a touch of luxury in the skincare department.   

Dermalogica AGE Smart Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50, £62.99, RRP 66.50

Achieve absolute hydration with this incredible product from Dermalogica that helps defend against the internal and external causes of skin ageing. This medium-weight, emollient daily moisturiser with Broad Spectrum SPF50 contains their classic AGE Smart ingredients that are just to die for.

How do you look after your skin all year round? Are you guilty of only topping up the SPF in the summer month when you go on holiday? Trust us, you’ll thank yourselves later when you’ve invested in quality sun protectants for not only your body but your face too. Come on now, who doesn’t want younger looking skin?

Winterproof Your Skin & Hair

Winterproof Your Skin & Hair

It’s no secret that the winter months can wreak havoc on skin and hair. The seemingly constant wind, rain, and freezing cold temperatures do plenty to strip away essential natural oils, leaving hair dry and brittle and skin parched, flaky, and more prone to breakouts. Throw indoor heating into the mix, and you might find yourself in a pickle.

Why, oh, why? If you’re battling the elements this winter, there are a couple of saving graces that you might want to add to your beauty routine. Making use of the right restorative products can balance out the winter damage and help you maintain your shiny locks and smooth, baby-plump skin.

What does winter do to the skin?

There are plenty of reasons to love winter, from cosy nights beside the fire to mulled wine and sparkling lights. But there are some drawbacks to the dark, cold weather that we experience in the UK. Our least favourite of these is the effect that winter can have on our skin. Dry, flaky, sun-deprived skin isn’t something we strive for, and while there are some things you can do to fight the inevitable, you might have to accept it to a certain extent.

To reduce the effects of cold weather on your skin, you’ll need to get serious about your winter skincare routine.

How to keep skin healthy in winter

There are several things you can to minimise winter’s effect on your skin. With the right equipment and a little effort, there’s no reason you can’t cruise through the season with a glowing complexion.

Winterproof your home

You might be thinking about moisturisers, oils, and serums, and while those products do play a big part in winterproofing your skin, the best place to start is your home environment.

The drier the air around you, the drier your skin will be. Obviously, there’s nothing you can do about the outside air (we wish), but you can control the humidity inside your home. Consider buying a humidifier for your bedroom, or the room where you spend most of your time. Humidifiers increase the amount of moisture in the air, helping keep skin hydrated like it usually is in the balmy summer months.

Hydrate your skin through your diet

Diet plays an important role in the skin’s health and appearance, and foods containing healthy fats can help to improve the condition of dry skin. This means fuelling up on things like avocado, oily fish, nuts, chia seeds, and extra virgin olive oil. You should be drinking plenty of water, too, but we didn’t need to tell you that.

On the other end of the scale, things like alcohol, coffee, and caffeine can cause dehydration. While it can be hard staying away from the coffee during dark winter days, it’s recommended that you try to make the sacrifice if you’re concerned about your skin’s hydration.


A little dry skin is inevitable in winter. Keep its effects to a minimum by buffing flakes away with a gentle exfoliator two to three times a week. Choose a product with a mild formula to keep sensitive skin happy and concentrate on areas prone to dryness like your nose and forehead.

Start using a heavier moisturiser

Light moisturisers have their place in summer, but when things start to dry out in the colder months, you’ll need a little more support from your product. This is one of the most important steps in treating dry skin, so don’t skip it!

Choose a heavy cream moisturiser that contains hyaluronic acid. Use it morning and night to keep skin ultra-hydrated and peachy.

Perfect your bedtime routine

The key to healthy-looking, hydrated skin day after day is the perfect nighttime routine.

Hot showers are tempting in winter, but exposure to the warm water for more than a couple of minutes can add to your skin’s dehydration. Keep the temperature mild or limit your time in the water to help your skin maintain its natural oils. Switch your regular shower gel or soap for a gentle formula and apply a thick layer of moisturiser almost as soon as you step out.

Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and slather on an eye cream, followed by your heavy winter moisturiser. You might also want to turn your attention to other parts of your body before you sleep too, applying hand cream and lip therapy before you go to sleep.

All this might seem like a lot, but when the reward is healthy, glowing skin, we think it’s worth the effort!

What does winter do to hair?

Like its effect on the skin, wintery weather and indoor heating can dry hair out by stripping away the natural oils we love. Thankfully, there are plenty of tricks and products that can help battle the cold and keep locks looking great through winter.

Be careful with scarves and layers

We’d never suggest you leave your favourite scarf behind on a chilly winter morning, but have you ever thought about what those woolly layers are doing to your hair? When you throw on a scarf or sweatshirt and don’t untuck your hair, leaving it trapped between your layers, it’s subjected to unnecessary friction which can cause dryness and damage.

Try tying your hair into a soft bun beneath your scarf, keeping it safe from the elements but also avoiding friction from your layers.

Shampoo less

To help keep your hair hydrated and healthy, consider cutting back the frequency of washes. When you shampoo your hair, you clean away grease, dirt, and built-up oils from your scalp. Doing this too often, particularly in winter, can cause your hair and scalp to dry out unnecessarily.

Try to go an extra day between washes, wearing your hair in a neat up-do if you don’t feel good with it down. The weekends and days off can be perfect for this, and your hydrated hair will certainly thank you!

Deep condition once a week

Revitalise your hair with a deep conditioning treatment once a week. Choose a product that helps strengthen and moisturise. Simply sink into a warm bath, slather on your deep conditioner, and enjoy ten minutes of relaxation while the product does its work.

Use a nourishing oil

We love serums for summer, but when the days are long and cold, your hair will need a little more intense TLC. Choose a nourishing hair oil and apply a few drops straight after a wash. You can then dry and style your hair as normal. The oil will help minimise frizz and static, protect from heat damage, and keep your hair hydrated against the wind and rain. You can also finish off your look with a few drops of oil for extra silky softness.

Searching for more winter survival tips? Keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog and discover the tips and tricks that’ll see you through the season.

2020 Changes to Your Makeup, Skincare & Beauty Routine

2020 Changes to Your Makeup, Skincare & Beauty Routine

A new year is here! To celebrate, we’re switching up our makeup and skincare routine. We’re in dire need of a little TLC after an over-indulgent festive period, and with January sales in full swing, there’s never been a better time to inject a little newness into the daily toil.

There are plenty of ways to update your routine, from makeup and beauty to your overall health and wellness, so focus on what’s going to work for you. If you already have a flawless nighttime arrangement, why change it?

For many of us, though, there are parts of the routine that could be just that little bit better. If you’re stuck in a rut and want to feel happier and more radiant throughout the day, try making one of these small changes and see how it affects you.


A good diet is one of the most important elements of any beauty routine, though it can be easy to ignore in favour of fancy lotions and potions. If you’ve fallen off the health wagon this winter, now’s the time to jump back on!

Make small changes to your diet that you’re likely to stick to. Whether it’s drinking more water each day to switching out caffeine for healthier herbal teas, there are plenty of options that’ll have you feeling great.


Even the most perfect skincare routines can use an update from time to time. Refreshing your regular products helps them work to their full potential and allows you to really understand what’s best for you.

Try changing your daily moisturiser for a different formula, adding an exfoliator into your weekly routine, or applying facial oil before bed. Only you can know what your routine is lacking, so it’s up to you to identify any problems and fix them. Of course, if you have your routine down and your skin is flawless as a result, you might be better sticking with what you know.

Another way that we’re updating our skincare routine for 2020 is by leaning more towards sustainable and organic products. There are so many eco-friendly beauty products on the market, with many of them making use of brilliant new natural ingredients. See what you can find and feel good about looking good this year.


This is the place to have fun. There are so many changes you can make to your makeup that will have a huge influence on your look, whether it’s day-to-day or for a special occasion.

Why not test a new eyeshadow colour? Experiment with winged eyeliner or switch your regular black mascara for a shade of brown. You can go natural or experiment with a bolder look. The possibilities are endless!

Searching for more new year new me inspiration? Keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog for plenty of tips and tricks that’ll have you feeling like your best self in 2020.