CBD burst onto the health and wellness scene and skyrocketed in popularity over the last few years, popping up in everything from chocolate to bath bombs. Read on to learn more about it and whether you should add it to your daily wellness routine.
What is CBD and how does it work?
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is one of many chemical compounds produced by the cannabis sativa plant. It is a natural, non-psychoactive extract with unique health benefits. In recent years it has generated a lot of interest with researchers looking at potential therapeutic uses for CBD.
CBD works within a biochemical communication system in the body. We have two types of cannabinoid receptors – CB1 and CB2 which respond to CBD. CB1 receptors are found all around the body, with many in the brain, and they deal with co-ordination and movement, pain, mood and appetite, amongst other things. CB2 receptors are more common in the immune system and affect inflammation and pain perception.
Is CBD Legal?
CBD products must meet strict standards to be legally bought and sold in the UK. Products must not contain more than 0.2% THC to be legally sold in the UK, it’s the THC present in the cannabis plant that causes a psychoactive effect. CBD oil does not have any psychoactive effects as it contains only trace amounts of THC, so it will not cause a ‘high’.
How to choose a good quality product?
With the influx of interest in this area of health, more products have arrived on the market. It’s difficult as a consumer to know the difference between products, but there are a few key things to look for:
Organically certified – ensures the product and raw materials will be of the highest quality.
Extraction method – CBD extracted with heat or solvents may have damaged many of the plant actives. Ensure the product is batch tested for contaminants and cannabinoid levels to guarantee you are getting what you need.
Quality – Make sure the product is batch tested for contaminants and cannabinoid levels to guarantee you are getting the amount that is labelled on the bottle.
CBD oil vs. Hemp oil
CBD comes from a different part of the hemp plant (typically stalks, leaves and flowers) than hemp oil which is extracted from the seeds. Hemp seed oil is a nutritious oil in its own right, however it contains no CBD or other cannabinoids so will not provide any of its therapeutic benefits.
There are no set dosages for CBD, everyone metabolizes compounds such as CBD differently, so the dosage will vary for everyone. It is best to find the dosage that works for you by starting low and increasing slowly.
What form to take?
CBD is used in a number of ways. Some products are applied topically, while others are ingested orally or placed sublingually (underneath the tongue). Sublingual forms are very effective as they bypass the digestive system and liver metabolism, going straight into the blood stream for better absorption and wider circulation throughout the body.
The Zen CBD Difference
Hemp absorbs everything in the soil it is grown in. So, suppose there are even trace amounts of chemicals, pesticides, or any other toxic elements, they will end up in the supplement. Zen CBD is organically certified by the Soil Association which have stringent regulations and ensures the highest quality raw materials and product.
Zen CBD offer a full spectrum CBD which retains the benefits of all the other compounds alongside CBD and the synergy of the plant including its terpenes, antioxidants and nutrients. Isolated CBD is heavily processed, and can be synthetic, meaning it’s not even derived from the hemp plant.
ZEN CBD offer a great range of naturally flavoured organic CBD sprays, the perfect choice if you find the pure CBD oil taste a little too earthy. The delicious natural flavours from coffee to peppermint mask this grassy flavour, and make using CBD a pleasant and enjoyable experience. The sprays are easy to pop in your handbag, gym bag, or keep in your desk drawer for when you need a zen moment.
ZEN CBD sprays are preserved in MCT oil. This improves the durability and bioavailability of CBD. Hemp oil can be used as a carrier but it tends to go off quickly once opened (and doesn’t taste as good).
ZEN CBD use a superior supercritical CO2 extraction method. This is regarded as the gold standard form of CBD oil. It produces a full spectrum oil, that is chemical free, so you benefit from the entourage effect of all the compounds working in synergy together.
Zen CBD test each batch for 14 Cannabinoids, including CBD and THC content. Each batch is also tested for pesticides/heavy metals and contaminants, guaranteeing no nasties, and all the full spectrum goodness to help you stay zen all day long.
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With warmer weather on the way, it’s time for a little Spring cleaning in the hair product department! Throw out your tired treatments and dated hair care masks in favour of something new and improved this month. We’re here to show you the best hair masks you should be trying for luscious, healthy locks. Read on to find out what we’re obsessing over right now…
An FD favourite and the official winner of the Best Hair Care Hero Award, Shea Moisture’s Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Hair Masque is the ultimate hair care dream! Featuring an intense, conditioning treatment, this mask infuses hair with a powerful dose of hydrating moisture and nutrients. Say goodbye to dry, brittle hair and hello to fresh luscious locks. This mask ensures it smoothes and fortifies follicles for stronger, healthier frizz-free hair. Go on, give your hair the love it needs…
Hangry Hair? Dig into Garnier’s Ultimate Blends Goji Hair Food Hair Mask Treatment to nourish and condition hangry hair. This 3in1 intensive hair treatment for coloured hair can be used in 3 different ways: as a conditioner, rinse-out hair mask or leave-in conditioner! Give your locks super food for incredible super hair! Featuring 98% natural ingredients and a 100% vegan formula, this blend includes goji and soy which helps to restore coloured hair’s shine, creating a luxurious melting texture that instantly absorbs into hair!
It’s time to soften, strengthen and help repair hair damage created by heat and damage! Give your hair a shot of core repair technology to breath life into locks that are on the brik. Use TIGI’s Bed Head Urban Treatment Mask weekly to create an intensive repair treatment that gives hair the kiss of life!
This 2 minute Magic Mask with organic coconut oil nourishes, restructures and prevents the scalp for smooth and healthy hair. Each mask satisfies your senses with a dose of freshness from ylang ylang. Loved by fragrances for its lively and luminous notes, we adore ylang ylang, because the floral and jasmine aroma adds distinctive notes of fruit and spice! Discover the new you with this must-have mask today!
This extraordinary Coconut Oil Multi-Use Hair Balm features a luxurious multi-use nourishing mask infused with fine coconut oil to ensure your hair is silky smooth. We recommend using this as a pre-shampoo, in the shower, as a finishing touch or as a sleeping mask. Give it a try today – this formula intensely nourishes with no weigh down for irresistibly soft, free-flowing hair!
Revuele’s Oil Therapy Hair Mask is here to save the day with this transformative oil therapy hair mask infused with luxurious argan oil. Argan oil contains 70% of unsaturated fatty acids, including oligo linoleic and omega acids. This unique formula actively nourishes the hair and intensively soothes the scalp, protecting it from dryness and flaking, eliminating any unwanted dandruff! If your hair is feeling a little dry then use this to increase elasticity and smooth the hair – all whilst protecting the surface layer and enveloping each with a protective mantle!
I’m sure you know how important creating the perfect skincare routine for your face is but it isn’t the only routine you should be doing! It’s understandable – after all your face is a priority and everybody sees it, but body care is a must, too. It’s time to transform your body into a glowy smooth texture, just like your face!
If your body care routine currently consists of washing up with a standard shower gel and sparingly applying a layer of lotion on, then it’s about time you created the ultimate skin care routine for your body. Not sure how? Not to worry, we’ve created an easy step by step routine that will ensure your body is soft, smooth and 100% hydrated!
Step 1: Cleanse
If you’re already following a regular skin care routine for your face then you’ll probably know the full importance of ensuring that you wash your face day and night! Whether you’re dealing with your hands, face or even your legs, the best way to kick things off is by starting off completely clean. This means using a cleanser meant specifically for washing your body, we recommend opting for a gentle body wash that won’t irritate or dry out your precious skin. Pair this with your favourite cleansing tool – washcloth, loofah, or even just your hands, then make sure to rinse off before moving on.
Step 2: Exfoliate
Sometimes you might find it quite tricky exfoliating your face – fear of irritation, too much scrubbing or even just a bit messy! Thankfully, the skin on your body is better suited to exfoliation. Because your body is typically tougher than your face, you don’t have to be quite so careful about over scrubbing.
Be sure to exfoliate two or three times a week, exfoliate your body by adding your favourite scrub into your shower routine and gently massaging the scrub into your skin. Don’t forget to pay extra attention to those dryer patches e.g. knees, elbows and heels.
Step 3: Shave
If shaving is a part of your cleansing routine, then start by spending a little time in the shower – this will ensure that the water softens your skin ready for the application of your razor. Once you think it’s time to reach for the razor, go ahead and take it slow, applying shaving cream to your skin and carefully moving the razor with the grain instead of going against it.
Step 4: Hydration
Now it’s time for you to glow! While your skin is still wet from your previous shower steps, it’s an ideal time to hydrate your skin. Applying moisturiser to your body whilst still wet helps to fully lock in the moisture. Smooth your preferred lotion/cream over your body from neck to your toes, letting it absorb before putting your clothes on.
Step 5: Tan
This step is 100% optional – but if you’re one to delve into the world of tan then doing it after your body care routine will work wonders. If you want your body to be bronzed, smooth on your favourite tanning product that will help give your skin a gorgeous glow over time. Try doing this step 2-3 times a week, being sure to use sparingly around joints, to achieve an even streak-free tan.
We recommend trying out the Garnier Natural Bronzer Self Tan Mist For Body tan. This quick drying body self-tan mist is formulated with a unique blend of plant origin tanning actives and enriched with nourishing apricot oil, resulting in a natural looking, all year round golden glow with no orangey tones. The spray format is easy to use with 360° application that allows you to reach those tricky-to-tan areas like the feet, hands and back. The ultra-fine mist gives an even coverage that is streak-free. No need to rub in just re-apply as desired to achieve a deeper tan glow!
Inspired by the gorgeous surroundings of Australia, Australian Bodycare strives to provide the best skin care solutions and helps people achieve a better quality of life! Featuring a range of unmissable hair, body and skin ranges, their products delve into natural ingredients to give you professional results with every use.
Explore the complete collection of natural bodycare & skincare, including products that prevent and treat the most common skin problems – all while staying gentle on the skin. Discover your new favourite and read on to find out more…
Discover this luxurious hand cream, infused with natural Australian tea tree oil which helps to target dry, cracked hands. Give this gorgeous blend of nourishing ingredients a go and prepare to see your hands glow! If you’re looking for a cream that rejuvenates and replenishes dehydrated skin then this cream is for you! Formulated using shea butter, meadowfoam seed oils, sweet almond oils and berry fruit waxes, this unique blend creates a protective layer over your skin, allowing the cream to protect your hands as well as deeply nourishing your skin!
Moisturising after shave body lotion helps to prevent ingrown hair and red spots that often occur after hair removal, that’s why it’s crucial you try out a body balm during your all important shave routine. Why not leave your skin feeling soft and well cared for with this antibacterial blend of tasmanian pepper, tea tree oil and allantoin. This special blend of ingredients prevent irritation whilst soothing damaged skin too, go on, try it for yourself!
Perfect for both women and men, this effective exfoliating body scrub works to hydrate and soften the skin. 100% sulfate free, this scrub provides all the benefits of natural Australian tea tree oil, which helps to leave your skin feeling clean and rejuvenated. Now onto the brainy bits – this scrub also contains glycerin, allantoin and crushed sandalwood nut shell to help draw out dirt, impurities and make-up from pores and the surface of your skin, just pop a small amount on after a shower and voila!
This refreshing and mild body wash with Australian tea tree oil effectively cleanses the skin without causing dryness. It washes the skin clean of bacteria, and removes excess oil! The antibacterial tea tree oil restores the skin’s natural protection and inhibits unwanted bacterial growth. Next up is glycerin, this adds moisture and helps the skin maintain a proper balance, the skin-friendly pH makes it suitable for all skin types and the distinctive scent of tea tree oil disappears soon after it is applied, but not to worry the active ingredients in tea tree oil remain active for quite some time!
Struggling with your Australian Bodycare purchase? Not to worry, we’ve collected all of their latest and greatest launches and popped them into a beauty box just for you! Featuring a set full of must-have products, this box includes: Australian Bodycare Concentrated Tea Tree Oil 10ml, Australian Bodycare Active Derm Deo Balm 50ml, Australian Bodycare Spot Stick With Tea Tree Oil 9ml, Australian Bodycare Tea Tree Intimate Balm 100ml, Australian Bodycare Tea Tree Foot Spray 150ml, and Sample Sachets x3 – Scalp Cure, Hair Clean & Face Wash. Worth an incredible £64, you don’t want to miss out!
We’re over the moon to be partnering with Make a Wish for World Wish Day on 29th April. Thanks to the fundraising and money saving platform Savoo.co.uk, we’re making it even easier for you to help us support this incredible charity and the life-changing work they do for seriously ill children.
From 19th April to 2nd May, all Fragrance Direct orders made through Savoo will generate a free donation for Make A Wish at no extra cost to you. The donation is equal to 2% of your total order value, so if you treat yourself to that £75 fragrance you’ve been dreaming of you’ll raise a £1.50 donation straight to Make A Wish. Plus, Savoo has even got an exclusive Fragrance Direct discount code to help you save money along the way (6% off all Fragrance Direct orders, valid 25th to 30th April).
The money saving team at Savoo has rounded up all the ways you can save money when you shop with us. Get inspired for your next fragrance order and enjoy your favourite scents for less. Plus, read on to find out how to enter our exciting fragrance giveaway!
Students can enjoy an extra 10% student discount sitewide with a valid UNiDAYS account – even fragrances that are already on sale. Treat yourself to a new scent, whether you’re a sweet and floral or deep and woody fan. Simply log in or register with UNiDAYS to verify you’re a student, generate your one-use code and redeem it at the checkout to smell your best without blowing your student budget.
Shop the sale
We’re always updating our sale with lots of fragrance bargains and discounts of up to 70%, so it’s a great place to snag some best selling scents for a fraction of the cost. Expect all your favourite brands like Calvin Klien, Diesel and Marc Jacobs as well as extra savings across make-up, bath and body, haircare and skincare.
We love helping customers like you get the best deal on the best fragrances, which is why you’ll always find discount codes and promotions. Look out for spend and save deals like £10 off when you spend £75 as well as free shipping codes and 3 for 2 on select brands. Find the latest Fragrance Direct discount codes on Savoo or on our Discount Codes & Promotions page.
Save money on shipping – all orders over £25 automatically qualify for free delivery. Whether you’re a Nina Ricci or Ellie Saab fan, get your new fragrance and beauty goodies delivered straight to you without paying a penny extra. Just add your top picks to your basket and choose free standard delivery to save a few pounds on shipping costs.
Free 90-day returns
We’re pleased to operate a no quibble returns policy on all orders. Return your unwanted items unopened and in original condition within 90 days for a full refund. Simply fill out the returns form and send your items back via Royal Mail and don’t forget to keep your proof of postage.
Who doesn’t love a freebie? We certainly do! Look out for free gifts when you shop our collection or head to the Free Gifts page to see all eligible items. Freebies can be anything from a branded bag to match your fragrance to mini 7ml scents. Your free gift will automatically be added to your basket when you checkout.
Snag a real bargain in the clearance sale – packed full of huge savings across end of line stock. From scented candles to DKNY perfume, our clearance sale is a great place to look if you want to grow your fragrance collection on a budget. Once they’re gone, they’re gone so it pays to be quick and snap up a fabulous deal before it’s gone.
The easiest way to stay up to date with our deals and discount codes? Opt into our mailing list. Scroll down to the footer of our site and register with your email address to join the gang. You’ll be the first to hear about new fragrances, the latest promotions and ways to save money.
Win a Nina Ricci or Giorgio Armani fragrance
Fancy winning a 80ml Nina Ricci Nina Rouge Eau de Toilette Spray or a 50ml bottle of Giorgio Armani Si Eau de Parfum Spray? Head over to Savoo’s Facebook page from Monday 26th April and tell them which you’d love to win and why. Two lucky winners will be picked by the Savoo team on Monday 3rd May. Whether you’re doing it for yourself or a friend, you have to be in it to win it!
More information about the Make a Wish donation
All Fragrance Direct orders made through Savoo’s Fragrance Direct discount codes page will generate a free donation to Make A Wish equal to 2% of your order value. To get involved, simply redeem one of Savoo’s Fragrance Direct codes on your next order. Once your order has gone through the donation will go straight to Make A Wish at no extra cost or effort to you. So not only will you be saving money on your favourite fragrance, you’ll also be giving back to an extremely incredible cause.