Find Your Sound With Perfume and Music

Find Your Sound With Perfume and Music

Like a chord in music, perfume is made up of a unique combination of notes. The character of the final product is due to its composition. The arrangement. A perfume can be loud or quiet, happy or sensual, popular or unique. Both music and perfume are forms of art but have you ever wondered if your tastes for them are embedded in your identity?

We’ve done some digging through the old and new archives of both music and fragrances to find the perfect pairings. Maybe you’re a fan of the songs and will find your new signature scent. Maybe you’re already a fan of the fragrance and will find your new favourite song. Come and take a look!

YSL Black Opium & Sabrina Claudio

The Scent: YSL Black Opium

The Sound: Sabrina Claudio – Naked

A sensual song for a sensual fragrance. A sweet yet spicy, breath of fresh air. A beautiful combination. To compliment the delicious perfume notes of black coffee and vanilla, this honey-sweet, R&B track from Sabrina Claudio is just as delectable. Her silky voice takes you on a journey as she sings about undressing herself physically and emotionally: “Uncover all of my truths, undress my fears, leave me nude”. If you’re a fan of the gourmand fragrance family this song is pretty much gourmand, sonically.

Armani My Way & Masego

The Scent: Armani My Way

The Sound: Masego – Silver Tongue Devil

Got a tropical holiday booked? First, you’re going to want to purchase this gorgeous fragrance from Armani for its stunning fruity notes of bergamot, orange blossom, tuberose and white musk. Second, you need to add this island-vibe track to your holiday playlist pronto! From the first few seconds of the song, you’ll be hooked and picturing yourself sipping cocktails on a sun-lounger before you know it. Masego is a musical genius, fusing his saxophone melodies into many of his iconic tunes.

Marc Jacobs Daisy & Connie Constance

The Scent: Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Intense

The Sound: Connie Constance – Prim & Propa

If you’re a fan of alternative takes and twists on the norm, this perfume-music duo is the one for you. This newest addition to the Daisy legacy is a deeper twist on the classic scent. It’s vibrant and sparkling with bursts of strawberry and pear, featuring a sweet honey heart and is balanced by a crisp green moss. This fragrance’s equivalent in the world of music? Connie’s Prim & Propa. It starts out with an instantly refreshing verse, leads to a sweet, pop-y bridge and centres around a heavy, indie, band chorus.

Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb Midnight & Victoria Monet

The Scent: Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb Midnight

The Sound: Victoria Monet – All You Need

Mysterious and sensual, Viktor&Rolf’s Flowerbomb Midnight is the perfect fragrance for evening wear. The perfect evening occasion? Getting ready for a date night or indulging in a pamper session with the sweet soundtrack of Victoria Monet. Having written music for Ariana Grande, think: a sugary-sweet voice but with a dash of R&B/Soul. Featuring the dreamiest harmonies, All You Need, will whisk you away.  

Armani Code & Giveon

The Scent: Armani Code Eau De Parfum

The Sound: Giveon – Heartbreak Anniversary

Smooth, silky and airy, Giveon’s voice and the effortless seduction captured by Armani’s Code Eau de Parfum is a match made in heaven. R&B/Soul artist from Long Beach, California, Giveon, is known for his baritone vocals inspired from the jazz era. His music conveys a tranquil mood that fits perfectly with the elegance of Armani Code in its latest Eau de Parfum form. If you’re looking to create a super chill ambience, this scent and soundtrack is the ultimate combo.

Calvin Klein Defy & SWMRS

The Scent: Calvin Klein Defy

The Sound: SWMRS – D’You Have A Car?

If you’re a fan of indie gigs, this perfume-music duo is likely to be your kind of style. Featuring Calvin Klein’s latest scent, Defy, with Richard Madden as the face, it’s a daring contrast of invigorating freshness and powerful woods, made up of an addictive citrus blend, earthy vetiver oil and an alluring amber base. It’s the perfect fragrance for both day and evening wear. What to listen to while you’re getting ready? This crazy SWMRS song that is guaranteed to get you moving.

Viktor&Rolf Spicebomb & CHINAH

The Scent: Viktor&Rolf Spicebomb

The Sound: CHINAH – Strange Is Better

Next up, a fragrance and a song for an acquired taste. Starting with the scent, we’ve all heard about spicy notes, but a whole fragrance created to centre on that very concept? Enter Spicebomb, an explosion of bergamot, grapefruit, cinnamon, tobacco accord, white leather, pink pepper, lavender and many more incredible notes. The perfect song to pair would be CHINAH’s Strange Is Better. It says it in the title. This three-member band from Denmark create electronic and alternative R&B. If you like the sound of this one, just wait until you discover their full discography.   

Armani Stronger With You Freeze & Camp Lo

The Scent: Armani Stronger With You Freeze

The Sound: Camp Lo – Luchini AKA This Is It

Finally, we have a classic fragrance that will never go out of style, just like this track from the American hip hop duo, Camp Lo. With just one spritz of this fragrance for him, you can smell the trendy clothes, the suave suit, the expensive car, and watch. In just seconds of the track playing, you can see him jumping in said car going about another day in his lavish lifestyle. For the lovers of timeless music and scents, this one’s for you.

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How To Beat The Heat And Get A Better Nights Sleep

How To Beat The Heat And Get A Better Nights Sleep

Warm weather keeping you up? Us too. We know there’s just nothing more frustrating than not being able to sleep during the heat – as the temperature increases, the amount of time we spend tossing and turning tends to increase too, but not to worry, here are some clever tips and tricks that can help our minds and bodies switch off this summer…

  1. Use a wet towel: During those warmer nights, a wet towel is going to be your new bestie. Try soaking an old towel in water and hanging it in front of an open window in your house or even in front of your fan. This ensures that any air flowing through your space will pick up the cool moisture from the twel and circulate it round the room. 
  1. Pop your pillowcase in the freezer: Sounds sort of bizarre doesn’t it? But this handy little trick does actually work! Simply grab your pillowcase of choice, pop it in a bag and then pop the bag into the freezer for 15 minutes and voila, there’s now no need to repeatedly find the ‘cool side’ of your pillow during the night.
  1. Keep your curtains and blinds shut: The simplest tip of them all – keeping your curtains and blinds closed throughout the day will provide you with some major benefits when it comes to hitting the hay. By doing so, you’ll ensure that the heat from the sun doesn’t shine through into your bedroom, causing it to overheat. 
  1. Swap out the heavy duty duvets for lighter, airy sheets: We know you might have some type of deep, emotional attachment to your favourite nighttime duvet but it’s time to opt for a sheet and say goodbye to your beloved comfort blanket this season. Simply remove the sheet from your duvet and use the sheet to sleep with, we promise it’s a game changer!
  1. Stay hydrated: Our final tip is to stay hydrated throughout the day. Many people don’t realise that drinking water regularly during the daytime, leads to a cooler night’s sleep during the night time. So, nextime you decide to skip that extra refill of your favourite water bottle, remember that this too, could lead you to a deep, delightful slumber…

Sleep Top Picks 

Balance Me Beauty Sleep Hyaluronic Mist 

Created to promote a good night’s sleep, this targeted mist is great for your skin too. Hyaluronic Acid hydrates and plumps your skin while the smart blend of Hemp Oil and high-grade essential oils are proven to induce calming relaxation. 

DECLEOR Hydra Floral White Petal Hydrating Sleeping Mask

During the night, this light gel mask enriched with Sweet Orange, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis, essential oil and Pea extract reduces the appearance of dark spots and refines skin texture. Wake up with transformed skin recharged, bright and fresh like dew. Its Neroli, Citrus Aurantium Amara, essential oil scent invites you to relax. 

Wax Lyrical Silent Night Sleep Room Spray

Create a haven of tranquility and drift into a peaceful night’s sleep with this soft, soothing herbal aroma. Infused with lavender and patchouli essential oils this fragrance is enriched with scents that are said to relax the mind and encourage restful sleep. Spritz your home with 100ml of powerful fragrance which enhances your wellbeing and brings a beautiful scent to your home. This collection of mindful home fragrances by Silentnight and Wax Lyrical have been created using essential oils, to invigorate the senses and relax the mind – all in aid of a productive day and a great night’s sleep.

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Makeup Must-Haves That Give You The Perfect Summer Glow

Makeup Must-Haves That Give You The Perfect Summer Glow

Glowing somewhere? We’ve got the ultimate go-to gorgeous products that’ll leave you looking and feeling radiant this summer. From illuminating bronzers to sumptuous skincare, we’ve got everything you need to get your glow on this season.

The weather might be heating up but these products are hotter…

Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream

I mean it’s all in the name, right? Jane Iredale’s Glow Time BB Cream is formulated using all-natural minerals that adjust to your unique skin tone to cover blemishes, minimise the appearance of pores and wrinkles and smooth and brighten the skin. Glow Time nourishes your complexion and protects from UV damage too. Not only does this silky, fresh formula not block pores, it’s 100% vegan and cruelty free! To use: Gently pat into your skin with fingers, sponge or a brush. 

bareMinerals ENDLESS GLOW Pressed Highlighter 

Nothing makes your complexion illuminate more than a fabulous highlighter – this mineral-based highlighting powder by bareMinerals gives you a naturally luminous, dew-kissed glow while blurring the look of pores and imperfections. This clean, mineral highlighting powder provides long-lasting, lit-from-within luminosity while blurring the appearance of pores and imperfections. The talc-free formula gives you a smooth, photo-ready finish that won’t crease, cake or crack!

Flormar Bronzing Powder

No luminous look is complete without the addition of a bronzing product. It’s time to get your glow on with Flormar’s Bronzing Powder – with its soft and silky texture, this product will give you the healthy, bronzed look you’ve longed for. To use, just grab your favourite contour brush and voila, you’re bronzed to perfection!  

The Organic Pharmacy Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Did you know that Hyaluronic Acid has been proven to increase your skin’s moisture and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles? Well now you do! The Organic Pharmacy’s Hyaluronic Serum is your glow-to ticket to looking radiant this summer. It plumps and hydrates your skin while improving the skin’s natural protective barrier to lock in and retain moisture. This light, yet intense corrective formula is clinically proven to reduce the number of wrinkles by 30% too. 

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil

Not only will this Miracle Oil leave you with a healthy-looking glow, it’s a three in one product too! This versatile, multi-taking formula works across the face, body and hair. Infused with Tsubaki oil, an ultra-hydrating ingredient that works to deliver long-lasting moisture, revealing radiant, fresh skin with a firmer appearance. As well as this, it also soothes and calms redness and irritation, whilst combating uneven skin to leave you with rejuvenated skin on the entire body. 

NUXE Shimmering Dry Oil Huile Prodigieuse

Face, body and hair – Nuxe Shimmering Oil does it all! The sensorial shimmering version of Huile Prodigieuse contains tiny shimmering mineral particles. It nourishes, leaves a satin finish and illuminates skin and hair in one go. It has a unique, non-greasy feel and a captivating fragrance, perfect for the warmer months. Whether you’re glowing on the go or simply have nowhere to go, this product is an instant mood booster for making you look and feel great.

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A Curly Girl’s Guide to Summer with Shea Moisture

A Curly Girl’s Guide to Summer with Shea Moisture

Caring for curls is a challenge full stop. Bring a little sunshine and heat into the mix, those textured strands can become too hot to handle. But not this Summer. With the helping hand of the hair(life)-saving brand Shea Moisture, products that can do just the trick and smell delicious are available in just a few clicks. Just like magic!

We’ve been obsessed with a handful of Shea Moisture’s magical products, so let’s take a look.

Inclusively exclusive, Shea Moisture create the best beauty products for everyone formulated with ingredients gathered from around the world, picked to complement perfectly and this Summer we’ve been obsessed with one range in particular for curly, more textured hair types…

Meet The Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Range

Manuka honey is a special type of honey that is relished for its natural healing properties for hair and skin. It’s super versatile and blends like a dream when formulating products with a wide range of conditioning oils – one of Shea Moisture’s fave combos? Mafura oil.

The Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Masque is amazing for providing intense conditioning for hair that is thirsty for moisture. This deep conditioner infuses hair with a powerful dose of moisture and nutrients. It’s also a great product to use whether you need a quick hydration boost or an extra deep conditioning treatment. In need of some revitalising action? This is a must-have. Curly girls, you’ll know the feeling when you can see your strands are lacking in shine and softness to touch. It’s the usual sign that alerts us to prepare for the next hair wash cycle while less textured hair types experience the opposite, a need to cleanse natural oils away, while we’re here to take all the nourishment we can get.

Moving onto the iconic shampoo and conditioner combo, these products from the range are just as beautiful. The Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Shampoo is sulfate-free and cleanses hair follicles with a luxurious lather that you can feel actively pampers your hair with natural nutrients and moisturisers. While the honey offers powerful antioxidant protection, the exotic oil is great for masking. It’s the perfect shampoo if you’re looking for a product that will cleanse your hair but leave plenty of moisture for manageability.

Finally we have the Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Conditioner that was created for those of us who need a strong, deep conditioner for low porosity hair (meaning the structure and shape of your strands doesn’t easily allow moisture to be absorbed into your hair shaft) that is too dry. This easy, rinse-out conditioner infuses the strands with nourishing moisture thanks to a stunning blend of organic Shea Butter, Baobab, Coconut and of course, creamy, rich Manuka Honey and deep-penetrating Mafura Oil.

Shop Shea Moisture today at Fragrance Direct and discover the brand’s iconic haircare ranges today including Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Coconut & Hibiscus, Manuka Honey & Yogurt, 100% Virgin Coconut Oil and more!

Summer Essentials That Smell Seriously Good

Summer Essentials That Smell Seriously Good

Come July, we’re all ready for lighter, cooler beauty products that leave us feeling calm and fresh. Whether it’s glowy SPF lipsticks you need or sweet scents you’re after, you can find all the fragrant summer goodies that you should have on your radar right here…

Lancaster Golden Tan Maximizer After Sun Lotion £27.99

Getting your glow on this summer? Lancaster has you covered. Discover this luxury After Sun Lotion that will leave your post-tan looking and feeling amazing. This golden tan maximizer prolongs your tan for up to one month and instantly calms sun-exposed skin. Infused with natural-origin buriti oil, this tan activator intensifies melanin production for a golden, even and long-lasting tan. Refresh your routine with this deliciously scented lotion that leaves skin feeling supple and velvety soft too.

DKNY Be Delicious Coconuts About Summer £29.99

Chill out and celebrate the warm weather season with Be Delicious Coconuts About Summer, the newest limited-edition fragrance from DKNY. Coconuts About Summer Eau de Toilette is a fresh, warm floral fragrance that adds an extra dose of all things vacay to the iconic apple scent. Revitalizing notes of cool coconut water, smooth musk and lush magnolia take you beachside for some fun in the sun. Featuring a lighter concentration of essences, it’s a tropical, celebratory scent made for summer days!

Calvin Klein CK One Summer £24.99

Bask in this sweet smelling summer scent by Calvin Klein and discover your new favourite fragrance. This bright, genderless scent was inspired by the coolness of an oasis in the sweltering American desert. This limited edition scent reinterprets the original CK ONE with fresh notes of bright citrus, vibrant rhubarb, lemon and a fresh water accord. This incredible bottle features blue waves and a collection of stickers, encouraging you to personalise your bottle too. 

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau de Parfum Spray £53.99

Dive into endless summer with the warmth of the captivating Bronze Goddess eau de parfum. Showcasing a sensuous, sun-drenched blend of bergamot, warm amber and Tiare flower, it is balanced by the sweetness of vanilla and the creaminess of coconut, perfectly complementing the tropical backdrop of your summer vacation…

Jane Iredale LipDrink SPF15 Lip Balm  £11.49 

The warm heat can put you at risk of burning and stripping your skin’s moisture so it’s super important you invest in an SPF Lip Balm this season. Jane Iredale has you covered. This unique formula combines a variety of waxes and oils to provide a protective shield whilst feeling moister than a traditional lip balm. Plus, Jane Iredale is an animal-friendly skincare and makeup brand that’s certified cruelty-free!

MADARA Sun20 Weightless Milk SPF20 £16.99

Light as air, this weightless sun protection Milk delivers safe and effective, yet invisible and insensible broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection for body, hands and face, holding back sunburn, dark spots and photoageing. Based on the juicy aloe vera, this pure mineral milk spreads effortlessly and absorbs instantly, working from the moment of application. Enhanced with raspberry seed oil, this product pampers the skin for a soothed and comforted feel. 

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