How To Care For A Dry Scalp

How To Care For A Dry Scalp

Struggling with a dry scalp? Whether it’s from over-styling or certain skin conditions such as eczema and seborrheic dermatitis, there are many reasons behind this common skin problem. Harsh winter weather conditions also play a part in drying out the skin and causing damage, meaning many people suffer from a dry scalp during the colder months.

If a dry scalp is causing you stress and worry, there are things you can do to relieve the problem. In this blog, we’ll take you through the causes of a dry scalp, and the steps you can take to keep it at bay. Make sure to browse our thinning and hair loss range to find lots of great products to achieve a hydrated and healthy scalp.

Our top tips for caring for a dry scalp are:

  • Reduce how often you wash your hair
  • Use a gentle shampoo
  • Take care when styling your hair
  • Turn down the heat on the styling products
  • Use deeply moisturising hair care items

Let’s look at how to care for a dry scalp in more depth, as well as some of the products you can incorporate into your hair care and skin care routine to improve dry skin in general.

Reduce how often you wash your hair

Overwashing and excessive shampooing can be detrimental to the condition of your hair and scalp. It can make your hair brittle, difficult to style, and even greasy due to over-production of oil. If you wash your hair every morning and notice symptoms of a dry scalp, like itchiness, flaking, and dry skin elsewhere, it might be time to cut back on the cleansing.

Which products should I use?

Make sure you’re using cleaning products specifically designed to treat dry scalps such as the Sebamed Anti-dry revitalising shampoo 200ml. And if you’re experiencing dry skin elsewhere, it’s time to invest in good-quality moisturising products. One of the best products for dry skin, we recommend the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Lotion 500ml for its deeply hydrating formula.

Use a gentle shampoo

Using a gentle shampoo is one of the most important steps you can take to combat a dry scalp. Treating your hair with harsh products can strip it of much-needed moisture, which can lead to irritated skin and thinning of the follicles. Refresh your shower stash with some milder shampoos which will provide quick relief for your dry scalp.

Which products should I use?

The Tara Smith Vegan Hair Care range is a great choice when it comes to tackling dry skin. Their fantastic products work to hydrate and moisturise, leaving you with soothed and shiny locks. And even better, all their products are made from natural ingredients, which is excellent news for your hair! Try the Tara Smith gorgeously gentle shampoo 250ml for rapid, noticeable improvements.

Take care when styling your hair

If you suffer from a dry scalp, being very careful when styling your hair is crucial. If your hair becomes super tangled after washing, try not to be too harsh when brushing through the knots, as this can damage your scalp further and cause it to dry out faster. Using a wide-tooth comb or a detangling brush is a great way to provide gentle care for your hair and make styling a more comfortable experience.

Which products should I use?

The John Freida detangle comb offers one of the best dry skin solutions. Featuring widely-spaced teeth, this is a Holy Grail product when it comes to styling sensitive hair and tackling a dry scalp.

Turn down the heat on the styling products

If you find yourself reaching for the styling products daily, it might be a good idea to cut down your use. Excessive heat on your head can cause the water droplets in your skin to evaporate, resulting in loss of moisture and a damaged scalp.

Whether it’s super straight hair or bouncy curls you want, try turning down the heat on your styling products to the lowest setting. Or start using them only a couple of times a week. Avoid the hairdryer and let your locks dry naturally, too.

Which products should I use?

Investing in a high-quality heat protection spray is a good idea if you use heated styling products. We recommend the Tresemme keratin smooth heat protection spray 200ml to protect against damage and give your hair a boost.

Use deeply moisturising hair care items

When choosing hair care products, go for deeply moisturising varieties to restore a bit of moisture to your hair and help repair a dry, damaged scalp. And if you aren’t already doing so, make sure to drink plenty of water to keep your skin nice and hydrated.

Which products should I use?

The American Crew Daily Moisturising Shampoo 450ml is an intensely hydrating shampoo which provides a deep clean and ultimate protection for the scalp. Give it a go and discover the results for yourself!

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The Best Home Fragrances For Winter

The Best Home Fragrances For Winter

Chillier temperatures and cosy nights are well on their way, and now is the time to fill your home with fragrances that invite a calm, warming atmosphere. With the lead-up to Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to move away from light, floral scents in pursuit of more decadent and welcoming aromas that reflect the beautiful things about wintertime.

Think cinnamon, spice and all things nice – scents that make staying wrapped up indoors a real delight.

The best home fragrances for winter include:

  • Sandalwood
  • Frankincense and myrrh
  • Orange and ginger
  • Vanilla
  • Fig
  • Cinnamon spice

Read on to discover why these scents are perfect for the festive build-up and beyond. We’ll recommend some products, too, so you can try out these fantastic fragrances for yourself.

Sandalwood  

With deep, earthy tones and a rich aroma, sandalwood is the ideal uplifting scent to totally transform your abode this winter. Reminiscent of a cosy, crackling campfire, this lovely fragrance smells equally pleasing through scented candles and diffusers alike.

Though on its own it exudes a soft, subtle aroma, sandalwood also works very well in conjunction with other scents such as lavender and cedar.

Create seasonal magic with Price’s sandalwood reed diffuser, perfect for relaxing and unwinding in a haze of mystical fragrance. Or, with a hint of cocoa added to the mix, give the Shearer Candles cocoa & sandalwood pillar candle a try. This glorious aroma is sure to see you through the colder season and beyond.

Frankincense and Myrrh

There’s nothing quite like the spicy scents of frankincense and myrrh. A spicy blend of rosemary, pine and citrus, frankincense constitutes a true depiction of the winter months. With a similar aromatic woody scent, myrrh has been used for centuries as a strong perfume and for medicinal purposes.

Together, these scents combine to create a lovely treat for the senses. Fancy straying away from sugary-sweet traditional festive fragrances and opting for something different instead? Frankincense and myrrh could be the fragrance for you.

Enjoy ultimate wintry vibes with the Shearer Candles frankincense & myrrh diffuser 100ml. A strong Arabian scent featuring a combination of vanilla, spices and musk, this diffuser will last you right the way through the Christmas period.

Orange and Ginger

Warming and wonderful, the sweet fragrance of orange and ginger drifting through your house is just what you need for true relaxation this wintertime. Perfect for evoking lovely memories of Christmas’ gone by, this powerful citrusy scent intertwined with the sharp tang of ginger will bring your senses to life.

For a refreshing explosion of goodness, we recommend the Price’s orange & ginger boxed jar candle 400g. Whether it’s a gift for you or a little treat for someone else, this scent will help turn the house into a comforting festive paradise. It’s the ultimate winter warmer!

Vanilla

Partial to a sweet treat every now and again? Vanilla might just become your new go-to home fragrance this winter. Just the thing to evoke a pleasant, cosy atmosphere, there’s something super comforting about the smell of vanilla wafting through the air.

One of the best-smelling home fragrances on the market, elevate your mood this winter with the Pacifia Island vanilla diffuser 120ml. Wherever you choose to display this fabulous diffuser in your home, the lovely aesthetic and traditional smell of vanilla are sure to work wonders. Or, if you’d rather light a scented candle instead, the Jelly Belly vanilla candle pot is just the thing.

Fig

When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing better than unwinding with your feet up. Make your night in even better with the gorgeous smell of fig – the perfect blend of green and sweet-swelling aromas.

Renowned for its soothing crackling sound when burning, the WoodWick large candle fig is just what you need to emit this fantastic scent. With an impressive burn time of 130-180 hours, it’s sure to see you through every crisp winter evening this year. Get those cosy socks on, grab a mug of hot chocolate, and immerse yourself in this fabulous fragrance.

Cinnamon Spice

Can’t wait for Christmas to arrive? Fight off the winter blues and welcome the festivities into your home with a cinnamon spice candle or diffuser. Reminiscent of delicious goodies baking in the oven, this nostalgic scent is just the thing to help turn your home into a winter haven.

Made up of a delicious blend of apple spice, cinnamon and clove, the Shearer Candles Cinnamon Spice tinned candle is an excellent choice for filling your house with this aroma. Not only does it smell great, but this candle also comes in beautiful packaging and looks fabulous displayed on shelves and windowsills.

Love all things fragrance? Whether it’s fresh citrus notes or oriental spices, let us help you find your perfect scent.

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The Best Black Friday Offers 2020

The Best Black Friday Offers 2020

With the 27th just around the corner, prepare to experience a Black Friday like never before! Shopping online is the easiest it’s ever been here at Fragrance Direct as we’re showcasing some of the best beauty offers along with incredible deals on fragrances, pamper essentials and home scents too. Are you ready?

Gatineau SPF Daily Urban Protection Collection, £34.99

SAVE £40

Take advantage of incredible savings on this Daily Urban Protection Collection from iconic beauty brand, Gatineau, featuring their Perfection Ultime Daily Urban UV Shield SPF50, Perfection Ultime 30ml, Nourishing Lip Balm SPF15, Clear Aquamemory High Hydration Mask 15ml and Travel Cosmetic Bag.

Tigi Catwalk Your Highness Tween Duo, £13.99

SAVE £15

If you’re a haircare fanatic and a fan of this brand, the TIGI Catwalk Your Highness Tween Duo has been put together especially for people with flat hair that needs some serious lift. Working together, the shampoo and conditioner will add volume and enhance your hair’s flexibility, creating big, bouncy hair that moves freely and exudes vitality!

REN Clean Skincare Ultra Moisture Day Cream 50ml, £19.99

SAVE £14

Skincare lover? This day cream has been specially developed with a moisturising complex to leave your dry skin feeling soft, comfortable, unbeatably hydrated and looking gorgeously healthy. Bio Extracts strengthen the skin’s structure to help retain moisture. If you don’t know REN Clean Skincare, get to know!

Decleor Luxury Size Lavender Shower Gel, £17.99

SAVE £8

Would you really turn down a pamper session? Experience a calming cleanse with the DECLÉOR’s Luxury Size Lavender Shower Gel, a soothing body wash infused with Lavender Essential Oil. Tested on sensitive skin, this bath and shower gel effectively lifts away dirt and impurities while delicately scenting the skin with its relaxing Lavender aroma. It will soothe and caress the skin, softening and cleansing to leave the body feeling refreshed and comforted. Ah, a dream…

The Body Shop British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask, £12.99

SAVE £5

Grow your glow with the classic brand, The Body Shop’s British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask. Inspired by the European bathing rituals, their 100% vegan refreshing gel face mask is infused with real rose petals, rose essence, rosehip oil and organic Community Trade aloe vera. And what’s more, it’s formulated without parabens, paraffin, silicone or mineral oil. Reveal skin that’s replenished with moisture and visibly smooth with a youthful dewy appearance.

Australian Bodycare Hand Cream, £9.99

SAVE £5

Because a good hand cream is an essential! This hand cream features natural, Australian Tea Tree Oil for very dry and cracked hands. Simply, rub the cream into your hands, paying special attention to knuckles and dry areas. Apply it 1-2 times daily or as needed. For a complete refreshing experience, combine with Australian Bodycare Body Wash. What’s better is that this hand cream is dermatologically tested and 100% vegan.

Sanctuary Spa Cloudberry & Lychee Blossom Body Wash, £2.99

SAVE £4

Featuring a unique blend of super fruity cloudberry and intensely juicy lychees. Juice up your shower show each morning and get jiggy in tumbling clouds of fluffy foam, filled with cloudberry and lychee extracts to leave your skin feeling super cleansed, seriously soft and smelling good enough to eat.

Fragrance Deals

If you’re on the lookout for incredible deals on your favourite scents from brands including Viktor & Rolf, Calvin Klein, Elie Saab, Marc Jacobs and more, you can shop from the best right here!

Body Deals

In need of some new pamper products or looking to gift your loved ones some nourishing bath and body treats? Shop Australian Bodycare, NUXE, Gatineau and more!

Candles & Home

On a mission to turn your home surroundings into an entrancing Winter Wonderland? Shop great brands featuring Yankee Candle, WoodWick, Shearer Candles, Price’s and more!

A Luxury Lovers Guide To Black Friday

A Luxury Lovers Guide To Black Friday

Black Friday is near but don’t fear we’ve searched high and low for the best Black Friday buys this year, whether you want to solidify your status as the best gift giver of all time or perhaps you’re running low on that all important giftspiration, whatever it is, read on to discover our show stopping selection of splurge worthy gifts! 

Lancôme Advanced Genifique Serum

Tis’ the season to have great skin! Glow this Christmas with Lancôme’s Advanced Génifique Serum that helps to minimise the appearance of those pesky fine lines and wrinkles in a gentle yet effective way. So, let someone refresh, replenish and revitalise their complexion this season with a serum so luxurious, you might just keep it for yourself… 

Lancôme Absolue Soft Cream 

Just landed at FD, this luxurious and luminizing cream helps to promote skin surface renewal, leaving your complexion feeling silky-soft. On contact with skin, the cream melts into the pores, delivering it’s unique blend of active ingredients, allowing a long, luxurious facial massage. If you’re struggling for an unforgettable gift this Christmas, then give this signature skin cream to someone special and make this festive season one to remember!

Elemis Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream 

Delve into a sweet slumber and let your troubles float away with Elemis’ Pro-Collagen Night Cream. With only the application to do, just let the cream do the work and grab some of that much-needed snooze time. The night is the skin’s optimal time to regenerate, so make it count and use this exceptional fusion of antioxidant-rich sesame and avocado oil that targets the signs of ageing to reveal a radiant, firmer-looking complexion in the morning. 

Dermalogica Your Best Cleanse & Glow Gift Set 

Treat someone to an at-home festive facial with Dermalogica’s Cleanse & Glow Set. This unmissable trio is the perfect introduction to the Dermalogica double cleanse routine. If you’re wanting to achieve an instantly brighter and smoother look then this one’s for you! So, say goodbye to tired looking skin and hello to a new, luminous complexion. The set features a precleanse, cleansing gel and the all impressive daily microfoliant, so wipe away your impurities and grab this special set this season.

NUXE Prodigiously Floral Gift Set 

When we think of luxury we think of NUXE! This luxe NUXE gift set is a gorgeous addition to any ladies skincare collection. Featuring a floral scented shower gel, huile dry oil, cream boost gel and a floral candle, this makes it the ultimate cosy night-in gift. So feel fresh and nourished with this stunning selection of NUXE’s best-selling products! 

The Organic Pharmacy The Expert Serums Value Set 

Personalise your skincare this Christmas with The Organic Pharmacy’s Expert Serums Set. Made in London with love, these clinically proven serums make the perfect present for a loved one! With there being no promise for a spa treatment this year, it’s more important than ever to give the gift of great skin to luxury lovers this season. Featuring four full sized serums that target your problem areas, this set will see anyone through the new year!

DECLÉOR Green Mandarin Overnight Facial Peel

Turn back the clock on tired skin with this Green Mandarin Overnight Facial Peel by DECLÉOR. The resurfacing acids and soothing botanical oils work together to give your skin a natural glow and reduce the first signs of ageing. Powered by glycolic acid and natural fruit acids, the formula not only offers powerful exfoliating benefits, but also infuses moisture into the skin too! We recommend following a 28 day course every night to achieve a radiant complexion, then continue to use it as a top up when the skin is feeling a little dull!

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5 Natural Skincare Products We Love

5 Natural Skincare Products We Love

Considering going vegan? You aren’t alone. Having grown in popularity in recent years, many people are turning to veganism. This involves changing up eating habits, contributing to environmental issues, and switching up daily beauty and lifestyle products.

With Veganuary just around the corner, now is the perfect time to give your skincare drawer a quick refresh with some beautiful vegan and cruelty-free skincare goodies.

Many people who suffer from skin conditions, such as acne, are often hesitant to make the switch to vegan skincare products. Suppose you struggle with acne, specifically whiteheads. In that case, you’ll be pleased to know that there are lots of great natural skincare picks out there which offer a solution to this common skin problem. You can find many of these must-have items in the vegan range on our site.

In this blog, we’ll give you a run-down of what whiteheads are, and take you through five fabulous natural products to help combat them this Veganuary.

How can I get rid of whiteheads?

Characterised by their small, round appearance, whiteheads are a common form of acne and occur when pores get clogged with sebum and dead skin cells. If you’re struggling with whiteheads, there are a few simple steps you can take to help banish them for good. These include:

  • Washing your face thoroughly every evening with lukewarm (not hot) water.
  • Washing your hair regularly. The build-up of oil in the hair follicles can transfer to the face and cause breakouts.
  • Avoiding harsh cleansers and scrubs which can irritate the skin.
  • Exfoliating a couple of times a week to remove dead cells from the skin’s surface.
  • Treating your complexion with acne-fighting simple skin products.

Read on to discover five natural skincare products designed to help combat whiteheads.

The Organic Pharmacy Peppermint Facial Wash

The Organic Pharmacy is one of the best brands on the market for natural products. Their peppermint facial wash is infused with antibacterial ingredients which help reduce the number of bacteria on the skin’s surface. It’s is a Holy Grail product if you’re suffering from acne.

The benefits

Made up of a blend of excellent organic ingredients such as lavender, eucalyptus and tea tree, this cleanser works to balance combination and oily skin, leaving it refreshed and revived. After use, skin feels clean, calm, and awakened. Use every morning to help keep pesky blemishes under control.

Best for

One of our favourite simple skin products, The Organic Pharmacy peppermint facial wash is best suited to those with oily and sensitive skin.

Elemis Biotec Skin Energising Cleanser

With a philosophy of discovering ‘truth in beauty’, Elemis is renowned for delivering brilliant skincare results with the help of natural ingredients. The first step to ridding your skin of whiteheads is unclogging congested pores. And with the Elemis Biotec Skin Energising Cleanser, this is easy to do.

The benefits

This terrific product provides a deep cleanse for the skin, pulling out any surface oils and impurities whilst balancing the complexion. After use, skin feels beautifully smooth, energised and refreshed.

Best for

The Biotec cleanser works well with all skin types. Still, those with acne-prone and oily skin will achieve noticeable results quickly.

Ayumi Sandalwood Face Scrub

Kickstart your Veganuary by adding the all-natural skincare brand Ayumi to your beauty collection. Founded in 2011, this innovative brand uses only the very best natural and cruelty-free ingredients in its products to totally transform your skin. Tackle acne head-on with the sandalwood face scrub, just the thing to free your complexion of dead cell build-up to reduce the likelihood of whiteheads.

The benefits

Infused with a combination of essential oils such as frankincense, ginger and lavender, the Sandalwood Face Scrub works to buff away cells. It leaves the skin looking and feeling healthy and moisturised. 

Best for

If your skin is both dry and acne-prone (a complex combination), you’ll see fantastic results with this product. 

REN Clean Skincare Clear Calm 3 Clarity Restoring Mask

Introducing the Clarity Restoring Mask by leading skincare brand Ren. If you haven’t already incorporated face masks into your beauty routine, this natural skincare must-have is a great place to start.

The benefits

The outbreak of whiteheads is down to the overproduction of sebum which forms a ‘plug’ on the skin’s surface. With the help of Licochalcone, Ren’s mask helps to control sebum production. It penetrates and smooths the skin, leaving you with a fabulously glowy complexion.

Best for

This mask is excellent for those with sensitive skin who want to control their whiteheads.

Australian Bodycare Concentrated Tea Tree Oil 30ml

Say hello to one of your new-favourite simple facial products – the Australian Bodycare Concentrated Tea Tree Oil. The Australian Bodycare brand is one of the best around for high-quality products devised from vegan and natural ingredients.

The benefits

Due to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial qualities, tea tree oil is excellent for improving acne. This concentrated oil will help maintain your skin’s natural PH balance while giving it a deep clean, keeping your pores clean and healthy.

Best for

Those with acne-prone skin who would like to improve the condition of their skin will benefit from this product.

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