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.
Shop the full range of Zen CBD products we stock here!
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.
Is your calendar slowly but surely filling up with outdoor socialising plans? If your first thoughts are around needing a new fragrance or topping up on some beauty products, we’re here to help with our top Spring Sale picks!
Guys on the lookout for a new Spring/Summer fragrance, look no further. It’s a go-to brand that everyone loves, Montblanc. Their Legend Spirit aftershave is sophisticated and independent. Inspired by modern shades of white, Legend Spirit is super refreshing, intense and perfect for your first trips back of freedom. The top notes are sparkling with pink peppercorn, bitter grapefruit and zesty bergamot. Its powerfully aromatic heart beats wildly, with intense lavender and cardamom with a sensual blend with oak moss, softened with a cocktail of white musk. For more great savings on scents for him, shop our Mens Fragrance Sale.
Jimmy Choo Illicit is a classic fragrance waiting in the sale for you to come and take a spritz. This modern floral scent awakens the senses, calling out to every woman who dares to live life to the full. This is an entirely unique fragrance experience; punchy, provocative and feminine with its blend of addictive notes including ginger, rose, jasmine, and sandalwood. Created for the woman who likes to take centre stage and set pulses racing, this alluring aroma teases, tantalises and delights all the senses. For more beautiful perfumes shop our Ladies Fragrance Sale.
Ran out of your favourite cleanser? You need to try this one. This gentle exfoliator was developed for all skin types, to purify and detoxify your skin. The jojoba wax beads work to gently scrub away dead cells revealing fresh skin underneath, while the jojoba seed oil deeply hydrates, plumps and firms the skin. With back to back days of wearing makeup to come, a solid cleanser to rely on is key. For more skincare find shop our Skincare Sale.
New plans call for a new eyeshadow palette and one of our favourites from the Spring Sale is LaRoc’s The Chocolate Box. This captivating hybrid palette boasts two huge lavish high beam highlights and an endless collection of creamy chocolate hues. The Chocolate Box Palette is the new iconic palette on the block. Showcasing 18 ultra-pigmented mattes, 6 prismatic metallics and 2 extra-dimensional strobe powder highlights, this palette is like nothing else seen before. So beautiful! For more makeup marvels, shop our Makeup Sale.
When having all that fun in the sun to come, don’t forget your SPF! This Piz Buin Allergy Lotion SPF30 helps protect sensitive skin and help minimise allergic reactions to the sun. Its Amanduline ingredient helps soothe irritated skin, and its hydration complex provides the moisture to help skin keep its ideal hydration level, which prevents peeling and contributes to a longer-lasting tan. Vitamin E also helps prevent premature skin aging. For more tanning pieces, shop our Sun & Tan Sale.
Remember to give your hands some TLC from all the sanitising. The anti-pigmentation properties of Longue Vie Mains from Guinot makes this the ultimate hand moisturiser treatment which must be used at least twice a day. Keeping them hydrated and nourished, it’s magic in a tube. For more steals, shop our Bath & Body Sale.
Finally, a little something for your de-stress sessions outside of all your new plans, a Yankee Candle gift set. This set contains: 1x Sunny Daydream Medium Jar, 1x Clean Cotton Small Jar, 7x Mixed Votive Candles and Fresh Cut Roses Tealights. It’s the ultimate Spring candle edit. For more home scents goodness, shop our Candles & Home Sale.
Founded by a renowned skin therapist, Dermalogica is the ultimate go-to brand for all things expert skincare! Not only is the brand certified cruelty-free, gluten-free, and vegan, their unique formulas are free of artificial colours and fragrance too!
It’s time to look ahead and read our round up of the freshest, new launches that should be on your radars right now! Read on to find out more…
Introducing the all new PowerBright Dark Spot Serum from Dermalogica, an advanced serum that begins to diminish the appearance of uneven pigmentation fast, and keeps working to even skin tone over time. If you’ve found that your skin is feeling a little dull and you need a boost of glowing hydration then this is the product for you! Not only does it fade dark spots, it keeps working over time to deliver smooth, even-toned skin too. It’s time to embrace natural, glowing skin and see yourself – without dark spots.
What is hyperpigmentation?
Dark spots can take on many names—sun spots, age spots, melasma—whatever you may call it, these terms all fall under what is known as hyperpigmentation.
This common condition is where patches of skin become darker than the surrounding area, which is caused by an excess production of melanin deposits and can be triggered by many factors like UV rays, pollution, hormones, injuries etc.
How to use:
Each morning after cleansing and toning, apply one pump. Allow one minute for product absorption.
Fancy a little home workout for your neck? The Neck Fit Contour Serum does exactly that! With the help of the roller applicator, this product trains the neck to be tighter, smoother, more toned and contoured. Tightens immediately, and proven to tone in 12 weeks, the Flex Lift Contour Technology acts like an invisible mesh to immediately tighten skin. Plus, it’s plant-based science and a novel tripeptide delivers retinol-like results, visibly smoothing, firming and toning skin.
How to use:
Turn the applicator On. Tilt chin up and roll the applicator over the entire neck, from the décolleté up to the jawline. Gently squeeze the tube to dispense the serum while rolling. Return the applicator to the Off position and continue rolling it in an upward motion over the skin to massage in the serum. Keep chin up until serum dries. Use morning and night.
Who doesn’t love a moisturiser for oily skin that gives all the dewy glow and none of the shine? We know we sure do! This jelly-based cooling moisturiser’s water-like texture leaves skin feeling fresh and lightly hydrated. Featuring a weightless formula, which contains a retinol-like bioflavonoid complex, this solution helps to reduce excess oil and refine skin. As well as this, hyaluronic acid locks in moisture to deeply hydrate skin, finishing off with blue tansy flower oil and brightening blueberry extract to help calm and soothe your skin while providing antioxidant benefits.
How to use:
Apply a pea-sized amount over your entire face and neck as the last step in your routine. Use day and night.
It’s time to minimize visible pores and reduce excess oil with this refreshing toner. Featuring key ingredients of niacinamide, this mist toner helps diminish the appearance of pores, brighten skin and even skin tone while an antioxidant-rich blend of witch hazel, green tea and matricaria flower extract that provides a pore-tightening effect, followed by cucumber extract to refresh the senses for a cool pick-me-up.
How to use:
Spritz on after cleansing morning and night or throughout the day as needed.
Ralph Lauren was created by the designer in Manhattan in 1967. Filled with innovative spirit and a fearless take on what modern fashion should look like, this ground-breaking brand has stirred things up for decades, creating some of the best known clothing lines, fragrances, accessories and furnishings in the world today!
Like everything Ralph Lauren, their fragrance library is bold, ultra-fashionable and chic. From fresh scents to sweet smelling sensations, read on to find out the best Ralph Lauren fragrances to take into Spring for him and for her…
Discover Polo Red Eau de Parfum, the newest male fragrance in the Polo Red collection. Crafted with rich, natural woods, the fragrance brings a new level of luxury to the Polo Red family. This perfume is elevated by a fresh citrus blend of red grapefruit and cranberry combined with the peppery, spicy hues of Ginger. Clary sage and Lavender create an intensely masculine and aromatic heart. Finally, the base notes of Red Wood Accord and Benzoin ensure a long lasting impression of warm sensuality and pure sophistication. Sophisticated, seductive, luxurious and perfect for Spring!
Ralph Lauren presents a new interpretation of his classic Romance fragrance, with the introduction of Beyond Romance. This is a floral, woody eau de parfum perfume that embodies elegance in a bottle! The scent is initially fresh and fruity with the sparkling radiance of Bergamot, Mandarin and Raspberry. As the fragrance develops, the femininity of the floral bouquet in the heart notes is created by the luxurious scent of fresh, dewy Centifolia Rose, traditional Lily of the Valley and opulent Jasmine. Finally the base note of black vanilla ensures a long lasting, rich, luxurious sensuality. Why not stock up on this fresh scent for the warmer months?
Still haven’t found your favourite scent to wear in the sunshine? Well worry no more because Ralph Lauren has you covered! Ralph Lauren Woman features a magnetic contrast between bold florals and rich woods. The iconic tuberose flower conveys opulence with bright, luminous inflections, followed by rich sandalwood that adds an alluring and enveloping creaminess and depth of character to juicy blackcurrant notes. Priced at £62.99 for 50ml, this scent is the ultimate affordable must-have for Spring!
A modern masculine fragrance that’s sure to be on his wishlist this Spring! Red Rush features bold, fresh top-notes of crisp apple and mandarin, followed by top notes that are complemented by punchy spearmint and middle notes which energise and invigorate. Finally finishing with base notes of cedarwood and musk, completed by the clean and modern dry down. Red Rush is a versatile addition to any fragrance wardrobe this season.
Who doesn’t love a cult-favourite to see them through the season? Well Ralph Lauren Romance is an iconic must-have for all! Ralph Lauren Romance Eau de Parfum is described as a sensual blend of velvety woods, extravagant florals and seductive musk. This summery fragrance is perfect for any day whatever that day might hold and its long lasting scent will stimulate your senses throughout the day! Grab this classic scent today, you won’t regret it!
Model Ashley Graham revealed in Bazaar magazine that her signature scent is the gorgeous Chloe Signature! Here’s a little bit about the sweet smelling sensation –
The iconic feminine fragrance suited to a free spirit with an utterly innate sense of chic. The scent takes the classic rose and ingeniously translates it into a vivid perfume: feminine, natural & sexy.
The fragrance is a combination of floral powder notes, uplifting hints of peony and lychee, and the embellishment of springtime freesia. The airy, flirtatious head notes drift away to reveal the heady magnolia and lily of the valley, as well as subtle intimations of warm amber and elegant cedarwood!
Kendall was once the face of the fragrance and she even claims to wear it too! It’s not hard to believe because this scent is irresistibly gorgeous! Here’s a little bit about the fragrance –
Experience the fragrance that captures your glamour, your sophistication, your bravado. A sexy, provocative contrast of two distinctively different accords – rich roses awakened by ripe fruits, with a seductive velvet creme accord – provide an intriguing dual impression. It’s a true innovation in fragrance design, as complex and fascinating as the woman who inspires it.
You might know her from the hit show Pretty Little Liars, but we know her for confessing her love for Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb during an interview in 2011! We can’t blame her, it’s the perfect Spring scent! Here’s a little bit about the fragrance –
Transport yourself or a loved one to a world of floral fantasy. Be engulfed by the addictive floral notes and immerse your senses with the warm woody undertones as the diamond grenade bottle erupts into a whirlwind of sweet sensations, transporting you to a world of floral fantasy. Experience the sparkling top notes of Tea, Bergamot, and Freesia; be enveloped in the floral heart of Sambac Jasmine, Cattleya Orchid and Centifolia Rose; and immerse in woody base notes of Amber and Patchouli. A captivating perfume for women: prepare for a floral fascination!
In the past Kylie Jenner’s said fragrances give her a headache – but she does claim to like the Coconut Passion Spray from Victoria’s Secret. It’s sweet and vanilla-y. Plus, it’s £12 quid. Bargain! Here’s a little bit about the scent –
A sheer mist designed for mixing with other fragrances for a custom scent! Fragranced with warm vanilla and coconut, this scent is a must-have this season.
In a previous interview, Katy Perrys has expressed her love for Mugler’s Angel, explaining that this fragrance stands out because it’s creative, luscious and distinct! Here’s a little bit about the scent –
A wandering star with sculpted facets that catch the light, it nestles gently in the palm of the hand, to provide an easy and comfortable spray action. Olfactory family: Oriental Gourmand This perfume of the extreme is a real olfactory manifesto built around 3 facets: – Celestial Facet: Bergamot – Delicious Facet: Praline – Voluptuous Facet: Patchouli.