Fragrance is a powerful tool in creating an impression. Whether it be a waft of your grandmother’s perfume transporting you back in time or the smell of toasted marshmallows making you feel all warm and cosy, smell is one of our most important but underappreciated senses.
Fragrance helps to set a scene, adding another dimension to memories and our ability to recall moments. In the same way that a spray of your signature scent is the finishing touch of your outfit, you can increase the festivity in your home, using scented candles to help create a multi-sensory experience.
Discover fragrances that will add something special to the backdrop of your Christmas, from refreshing pine needles and spicy sandalwood to juicy red berries and roasted chestnuts – your perfect seasonal scent is only a click away.
As one of the UK’s best-selling candle brands, WoodWick knows a thing or two about creating inviting, inspiring scents. WoodWick Crimson Berries Ellipse Candle is an excellent example of a quintessentially Christmas candle that will fill your home with the sweet smell of luscious spiced fruit.
Crimson Berries features juicy notes of apple, pear and berries alongside cinnamon, cloves, crushed pine needles and assorted woods. The Hearthwick wooden wick crackles and flickers as it burns, replicating a roaring fireplace for added appeal. With a 50 hour burn time, you’ll be able to enjoy this candle all season long.
Another giant of the candle world, Yankee Candle is no stranger to festive-themed fragrances. Perfect for those with a sweet tooth, the Yankee Candle Merry Berry Large Candle has raspberry and sugar plum notes with added indulgence from vanilla butter cookies.
As Yankee-lovers will know, the large candle offers exceptional value for money, with up to 150 hours of burn time and an airtight lid to seal in the fragrance when not in use. Discover this fruity, mouth-watering candle for yourself and see what you’ve been missing out on.
Designed in England by a Yorkshire-based team, Heart & Home have gained global recognition for their innovative, environmentally conscious range of products. Heart & Home Ellipse Twin Wick Cranberry Spice is a simple yet rich blend of juicy berries, warming spices and regal forest pine.
Created using an eco-friendly blend of two natural soy waxes, this candle features two wicks and a burn time of 40 hours. With a frosted glass jar and embossed lid, this candle will look gorgeous in your home even when it’s not in use – and it’s perfect for gifting too.
With over 40 years of manufacturing quality candles for UK customers, Wax Lyrical has released its Christmas Joy range of candles just in time for the festive season. Wax Lyrical Baby It’s Cold Outside Deck The Halls Candle is a warming blend of spicy cinnamon, clove and nutmeg with a touch of citrus and a base of pine and amber.
Deck The Halls has a burn time of 50 hours and comes in a beautiful monochrome gift box. Give it to someone special or keep it for yourself as the frosted red glass is sure to complement your Christmas decorations.
Founded in 1897, Shearer Candles made its beginning in the historic candle making area of Glasgow, Candleriggs. Today, the brand is known for its artisanal approach and craftsmanship, with candles lovingly created in their Scottish factory.
Shearer Candles Christmas Tis’ the Season 3 Wick Candle is a decadent scent of frosted pears poached in festive spices, paired with crisp pomegranate. With three wicks for even heat and scent distribution, Tis’ The Season will burn for approximately 35 hours, filling your home with exquisite fragrance.
Sassy Shop is home to a vast assortment of wax melts handcrafted in Bristol. Launched in 2017, the brand’s humble beginnings began with a Facebook shop and, in three short years, had moved into a 5,000 SQ foot commercial space. If you love melts, Sassy Shop is the only name you need to know.
With its handy storage bag and selection of four scents, the Sassy Shop Wax Winter Gift Bag is a great way to sample some of the best-selling winter wax melts. The gift bag includes Winter Frost, Chestnuts & Brown Sugar, Candy Cane and Sweater Weather.
Can’t choose just one candle for the Christmas season? You don’t have to with the Yankee Candle Christmas 12 Votives Tree Gift Set. Presented in a beautiful themed box, the set includes 12 glass votives with fragrances from the Signature Collection.
Scents include White Spruce & Grapefruit, Silver Sage & Pine, Holiday Zest, Smoked Vanilla & Cashmere, Wild Orchid, Amber & Sandalwood, Bayside Cedar, Lakefront Lodge, Black Tea & Lemon, Praline & Birch, Pink Cherry & Vanilla and Spiced Banana Bread. Give a few as stocking fillers and keep the rest as a well-earned treat for yourself – we won’t tell if you don’t.
Since the beginning of time, women have always had a lot on their plates. But it’s nothing a tall latte and some concealer cant cope with… right? The hard truth is that all those late nights and early starts have invisible (and not so invisible) effects on your body and could be reversing the effort you put into your skincare routine.
How much sleep do you need?
As a general rule, most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep per day. Some people can thrive on as little as six, and others need as many as ten, but the vast majority fall somewhere in between. And, if you’re totally honest with yourself, you probably have a good idea of how much sleep you need to perform at your best.
There are several reasons you may not be getting enough sleep, some of which are avoidable, and others aren’t. While it’s easy for others to suggest you “get an early night”, if you’re a parent to a newborn (or, let’s face it, any child under the age of 5), that’s easier said than done. And, even if you’re not up multiple times in the night, many of us stay up late trying to claw back some “me” time in the evening. This leads to one of the main reasons we’re not getting enough sleep – revenge bedtime procrastination.
What is revenge bedtime procrastination? And are you guilty of it?
Revenge nighttime procrastination is a psychological phenomenon introduced in 2014, in which people stay up longer than they want in an attempt to gain control over the night after feeling powerless over elements of their day. Instead of sleeping, you stay up late to do those things that you don’t have time for, like binging the hot new Netflix series or scrolling your social feeds. It’s enjoyable while it lasts, but you ultimately pay the price the next day.
How sleep affects your skin
Adequate sleep is essential for the overall health of your skin as your body releases growth hormones that aid in cell and tissue regeneration and skin restoration. When you don’t get enough sleep, your cortisol levels can also become elevated, triggering inflammation. Inflammation breaks down the proteins that maintain a smooth and bright complexion. Ultimately, lack of sleep results in dull, unhealthy skin, which is more susceptible to breakouts and sensitivity.
And, let’s face it, not getting enough sleep is often a symptom of other things going on. Whether it’s deadlines at work, an upcoming exam, or not having enough time to yourself during the day, it’s best to address the cause as well as the symptom.
3 tips for more restful sleep
There are a few simple things you can do to improve your quality of sleep, so you wake feeling (and looking) well-rested.
Get off screens at least an hour before you go to bed. Screens emit a blue light that our body interprets as daylight, throwing off our inner sleep cycle. Stepping away from your screen also helps put an end to revenge bedtime procrastination.
Create a sleepy routine. Give your brain good clues that it’s time to start winding down. Moisturise your body mindfully, have a cup of calming chamomile tea, light a relaxing scented candle – anything that helps signal to your brain that you’re getting ready to sleep. You may not feel it working at first, but give it a try for three weeks, and your brain will soon start playing ball.
Reset your sleep cycle. Circadian rhythm is your internal clock that regulates the sleep-wake cycle over a 24 hour period. If you’re used to falling into bed at midnight, your circadian rhythm will be set to this schedule. Reset your internal clock by waking at the same time every day, even during the weekend, until your body finds its natural balance.
When it comes to the festive season, those of us in the northern hemisphere drew the short straw. Sure, we get magical white Christmases, mulled wine and snowmen, but we also get stuck wearing party dresses in subzero temperatures. This year, as always, we’ll put on a brave face, slip on an outfit that’s designed for warmer climes, and of course, invest in the ultimate accessory to any Christmas party outfit. Golden, glowing skin.
Achieving the perfect fake tan isn’t always easy, but the products you use can make a world of difference. A quality self-tanning skin care product will hydrate and nourish your skin, leaving it smooth, bronzed and more even. Whether you’re entirely new to tanning or are a seasoned professional, the collection below includes everything you need to get ready for the festive season.
Gradual or instant? Face or body? Dark or light? Check out these five standout products for an all-over glow that puts Rudolph’s to shame.
Nip + Fab have gained a loyal following of beauty enthusiasts over the years thanks to their award-winning range of targeted skincare products. So, it will come as no surprise that their faux tan serum is the must-have item this festive season.
With a lightweight texture that can be used on either your body or face, Nip + Fab Faux Tan Luminize Body Serum contains moisturising ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and niacinamide. These compounds plump and smooth for more youthful, hydrated skin and, in just eight hours, leave you with an even golden tan.
Gradual tanner is the perfect way to introduce yourself to the world of tanning. Designed to deepen in colour the more you apply it, the formulation minimises the risk of going overboard. While other products can transition your skin from ivory to mahogany in one sitting, Skinny Tan Gradual Tanner gives you full control over your desired result.
The vegan-friendly body butter is made with 99% naturally derived ingredients which nourish and condition your skin while giving it a healthy glow. Apply daily to build the perfect depth of tan with no streaks or patchiness.
Gradual tanning products are great when you’ve got the luxury of time, but sometimes you need results and you need them now. When time is of the essence, Cocoa Brown Original 1 Hour Tan Mousse is the answer to your prayers. Rapid tanning ingredients accelerate the development of a gorgeous bronzed glow in as little as one hour.
With its Tahitian gardenia scent, natural shade and vegetable derived formulation, this rapid-tanning mousse is easy to apply and suitable for even sensitive skin. Let it develop for one hour for a dark bronzed glow, or three hours for an intense result. Then, enjoy until the results fade in 5-7 days.
If applying your tan with a mitt often ends in disaster, L’Oreal has just the thing for you. L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Self Tan Express Mist Spray is an easy-to-apply self-tan with a revolutionary application system that eliminates the need for endless rubbing.
The secret to streak-free results comes from the ultra-wide spray applicator which uniformly expels micro-fine tanning particles over the skin. These particles dry instantly, without the need for rubbing. So, if you’re a bit of a butterfingers, or just want a fool-proof way to achieve flawless results, this is the tanning solution for you.
In summer you can get away with ditching the foundation in favour of natural, sun-kissed skin, but in winter it’s a different ballgame. Pale, lacklustre skin leaves you looking washed out, but now there’s an alternative to full-face makeup.
SOSU by SJ Dripping Gold Wonder Water Tanning Face Mist is a facial tanner designed to give you a boost of radiance throughout the winter. The hydrating mist is infused with vitamin E and gives your face a filter-like golden glow in 4-8 hours. Allow the spray to dry before applying makeup or going to sleep, then enjoy your natural bronzed glow.
From party season to family selfies, this list has all your tanning needs covered.
Is your mind frazzled by the tinsel and to-do lists yet? Christmas is a wonderful time of year, but it’s also one of the most stressful. With feasts to plan, cards to send and gifts to buy, it’s no wonder so many of us rip into those Quality Street tins a little earlier in the month than is usually socially acceptable.
Below you’ll find a collection of our top picks for Christmas giving, with a selection of gifts that are ideal for any important woman in your life. Shop for loved ones, or give your other half a fighting chance of picking something you’ll love by slipping this article into his DMs.
Philosophy has taken the world by storm with its simple yet stunning fragrance collection. Philosophy Amazing Grace is one of their best-selling scents, with fruity top notes of Bergamot, Grapefruit and Mandarin Orange; floral middle notes of Freesia, Jasmine and Rose and a warming base of Musk. The result is a clean, soapy, feminine fragrance that makes a subtle signature scent.
The Philosophy Amazing Grace Gift Set includes a 60ml bottle of Amazing Grace Eau de Toilette, Shampoo/Shower Gel and Firming Body Emulsion, all presented in a Limited Edition gift box.
Who says advent calendars are only for kids? The last few years have seen the rise in advent calendars for people of all ages, offering everything from gourmet chocolates to alcoholic beverages. The BeautyPro 12 Days of Christmask Advent Calendar is our top pick of women’s advent calendars in 2021, with a decadent sheet mask behind every door.
Between the harsh weather and *ahem* changes in our diet, the festive season is when our skin most needs a boost of hydration. This advent is perfectly timed, with 12 x full-size sheet masks including nourishing ingredients such as collagen, olive oil and green tea extract.
bareMinerals are renowned for their transformative cosmetics and vegan-friendly formulations, making them a favourite with the eco-conscious consumer. The bareMinerals Full Size Eye Essentials Trio is the ultimate gift for fabulous eyes for the festive season, with full-size liner, mascara and brow gel within a seasonal presentation box.
The bareMinerals Strength & Length Mascara is enriched with a fortifying plant-based serum to encourage fuller, longer, healthier lashes in as little as eight weeks, while the Strength & Length Brow Gel uses the same serum to reveal fuller brows.
Help her rediscover her inner glow with a powerful duo of decadent skincare products. The Dermalogica Your Brightest Glow Yet Gift Set comes in a beautiful box containing Biolumin-C Serum 30ml and Biolumin-C Eye Serum 15ml.
Enriched with potent vitamin C, the serums work together to transform tired, dull skin, resulting in a brighter, smoother complexion. The face serum is formulated to tackle fine lines and signs of ageing, while the eye serum is gentle enough to use on the delicate skin around your eyes while still providing results.
This Christmas, show her how much you care with a luxurious fragrance set from Yves Saint Laurent. A captivating blend of coffee, vanilla and juicy pear with a base blend of cedar and cashmere musk makes Black Opium the perfect winter fragrance and one she’s sure to love.
The YSL Black Opium Gift Set contains a 90ml bottle of Black Opium Eau de Parfum, a miniature 7.5ml bottle for on the go, and a stunning YSL Tatouage Velvet Cream lipstick in the most luscious shade of deep red, #206 Club Bordeaux.
A thoughtful gift with a not-so-hidden message, tell the remarkable woman in your life how you feel about her with a gift from Marc Jacobs. Perfect is a complex but exquisitely balanced fragrance that combines the tart sweetness of rhubarb with creamy almond milk and rich cedar. The result is a cosy perfume that is neither too fruity nor too floral; it’s just… perfect.
Marc Jacobs Perfect Gift Set includes a 50ml bottle of Marc Jacobs Perfect Eau de Parfum and a matching 75ml bottle of body lotion. Used in combination, the Perfect fragrance will last from dawn to dusk.
With less than two weeks to go until the biggest shopping event of the year, we’re here to bring you the latest and greatest deals we have to offer this Black Friday. Get your Christmas shopping lists ticked off with our incredible selection of fragrance and beauty savings….
Nothing quite screams Christmas like a magical Yankee Candle! Countdown the festive period with the incredible WOW Festive Gift Set that features a selection of sumptuous home scents including the Letters To Santa Medium Jar, the Snow In Love Small Jar, 12 Christmas Eve Tea Lights and so much more. Packaged in a beautiful red box and adorned with bunches of holly and other festive plants – it makes the perfect treat to gift this season.
It’s true, the Merry Berry Candle is officially in the Black Friday sale! Explore aromas of sugar plum and notes of sweet raspberry, blended with luxurious butter cookies and more. Replicate the smell of freshly baked treats with a simple light of the Merry Berry Candle. Save a huge £8.40 off this luxuriously scented Yankee Candle that makes the perfect festive treat for that special someone in your life!
Fragranced entirely with 100% pure essential oils from around the globe, this luxurious reed diffuser gift features four fresh home scents that provide a range of therapeutic benefits for the mind, body and soul whilst transforming the ambience in your home. As the essential oils diffuse through the natural reeds, their benefits slowly release into the room, creating the ultimate soothing atmosphere in your home. Originally £34.99 and now reduced £24.49 – don’t miss out on this incredible Black Friday deal!
Glamorous and mysterious, Nina Ricci Ricci is a symbolic fragrance designed for the modern day heroine. Featuring luxurious top notes of rhubarb zest and bergamot, heart notes of moonflower and indian tuberose and base notes of patchouli and sandalwood. This incredible scent makes the perfect addition to your dressing table! Shop the Black Friday Sale and save £37 off this top scent today.
Davidoff is the ultimate masculine fragrance, a cool and fresh scent which has been a firm favourite since its creation in 1988. Explore a refreshing and interesting blend of sea water, mint, lavender, coriander and so much more. Treat the special man in your life to this sharp and distinctive scent that would make a great signature fragrance for any man. Plus, you can get a ridiculous £49 off this 200ml scent!
Yep, you’ve heard it right, the Lacoste Eau De Lacoste L.12.12 Blanc has entered the Black Friday Sale… This pure classic floral woody fragrance features top notes of grapefruit, cardamom, rosemary and cedar leaf, mixed with the core of mexican tuberose and sensual notes of leather and suede. Perfect for everyday wear, this top fragrance is priced at £31.95 for an incredible 175ml – don’t miss out!