Beautiful gifts await in our roundup of Mother’s Day gifting ideas that are guaranteed to put a smile on her face. To give you all the inspiration you need this Mother’s Day, we’ve got extravagant new fragrances, classic cult-favourite scents, luxurious skincare goodies, home scents and more to spark the perfect gift idea!
What makes you feel ALIVE? Every woman has her own answer. Inspired by living life to the fullest and finding your own way, BOSS ALIVE from HUGO BOSS empowers women on their path to success. Contemporary and confident, blending soft and bold notes, the BOSS ALIVE perfume fragrance leaves a trail of positive energy. Sparkling apple and plum top notes exude optimism, while a powerful floral heart of jasmine sambac reveals radiant femininity. The contrasting base fuses woody notes with a magnetic vanilla absolute, bringing comfort and confidence. A golden ornament surrounds the glass bottle like a piece of jewellery, while the nude pink juice captures the light, reflecting the aspirational, life-affirming nature of ALIVE.
Stella Smart Beauty award winner 2020 INTRODUCING MY WAY; THE NEW FEMININE FRAGRANCE BY GIORGIO ARMANI Giorgio Armani, designer of timeless fragrances, unveils its new fragrance; MY WAY. Through new experiences and meaningful connections to others, one finds the path to the truest version of oneself. I AM WHAT I LIVE MY WAY is inspired by the genuine search for meaning and authenticity that lies outside oneself, ultimately creating a more profound way of being. Through the influence of serendipitous encounters and new experiences, one discovers one’s own multifaceted depths. Intimate yet universal, “I am what I live” encapsulates this ethos.
The playful and unexpected new women’s perfume, Perfect Marc Jacobs Eau de Parfum for her, is a comforting floral scent that celebrates optimism, self-acceptance and originality. The perfume was inspired by Marc Jacobs’ mantra: “I am perfect as I am,” which is symbolised by a tattoo of the word “perfect” on his wrist. Like his tattoo, Perfect Marc Jacobs is about embracing and expressing one’s true self. Modern, bright, and feminine, Perfect is an unconventional yet harmonious clash of fresh floral and calming smooth notes. The fragrance opens with juicy notes of rhubarb and bright daffodil that reveal a comforting heart of almond milk. The fragrance finishes with a soft dry down of cedarwood and cashmeran. Perfect is nothing you would expect and everything it needs to be. #MJPerfect #PerfectAsIAm Perfect as a gift for a friend or daughter to show them how much you care for them or even as a treat to yourself.
Black Opium in the new fragrance from Yves Saint Laurent. This new scent is inspired by the dark and mysterious side of the brand. The latest in the Opium collection this fragrance opens with notes of coffee, complimented by accords of pink pepper, which lead you to the heart of vanilla, jasmine and orange blossom, drawing to a close with base notes of cedar and patchouli.
Are you ready for a floral explosion? Discover a floral explosion with Flowerbomb, the original floral perfume from Viktor&Rolf. 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.
Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Eau de Parfum is Lancôme’s bestselling feminine fragrance that is a sweet and elegant perfume capturing the essence of Magnolia Extract. Inspired by the idea of natural and simple beauty and taking pleasure in the small things in life. Opening with top notes of iris, a key ingredient of this beautiful floral fragrance, flowing into a heart of patchouli accords which is all finally rounded off with a smooth base of gourmand. A unique olfactory signature perfume created by three of France’s leading perfumers. The elegant signature bottle is entitled “le sourire de cristal” meaning “the crystal smile” evoking the rounded imprint of a smile at the heart of the crystal square. The finishing touch is a pearlescent grey ribbon that is tied round the neck, forming twin wings of freedom.
Start your cleansing routine with Miel-En-Mousse Foaming Cleansing Makeup Remover. Dissolve make up and gently cleanse skin to leave it feeling clean, soft and comfortable. A foaming cleansing makeup remover with a rinse-off formula.
Advanced Génifique, is now enriched with 7 prebiotic and probiotic-derived extracts to strengthen the skin’s barrier and leave skin looking healthier and younger. Inspired by microbiome science, our iconic face serum’s formula is enriched with new complex of 7 prebiotic and probiotic-derived extracts works in optimal affinity with skin.
Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Rich Cream treats dry skin with an intense boost of hydration. Lancôme’s moisturising and soothing skincare cream with Hyaluronic Acid. Soothes sensitive skin and protects from the effects of environmental stress. Enjoy softer, smoother feeling skin with a radiant complexion.
Yankee Candle Midnight Jasmine Large Jar Candle is a classic, easy-to-use jar candle, with pure natural fruit extracts and a seductively lush fragrance. The initial scent, blending Neroli, Orantique, Mandarin Blossom and Yellow Grapefruit, gives way to the main body fragrance of Grapefruit. This culminates in a lingering impression of Musk with Powdery Notes. Comprising of premium-grade Paraffin Wax and the finest quality ingredients from around the world, this large-sized candle with its 100% natural, lead-free wick offers a clean, consistent burn.
There aren’t many things in life as stylish or beautiful as a Valentino creation. In line with their gorgeous and lavish fashion lines, each Valentino fragrance is as enticing as the last. Discover the incredible range of luxurious Valentino scents today, from cult-favourites and signature scents to fresh new launches, read on to find your next new purchase!
The all new Valentino Born In Roma Yellow Dream is here! Inspired by the iconic golden sunrise in Rome, this warm scent celebrates a new beginning, full of life, hope and optimism, painting a scented picture of Roma! This romantic scent features sparkling notes of pineapple and mandarin orange, a heart of gingerbread and spices and base notes of vanilla and cedar. If you’re on the hunt for the newest and freshest new fragrance drop then this is the scent for you!
Here at Fragrance Direct, Valentino Voce Viva is a personal favourite of ours. A scent that celebrates every woman’s voice, this fresh feminine fragrance represents the harmony of a radiant floral bouquet, made addictive and powerful through an unexpected crystal moss accord! This colourful scent includes top notes of fresh italian bergamot, softened by sweet and juicy mandarin, heart notes of orange blossom and golden gardenia and finally, base notes of crystal moss and sweet vanilla. Go on, treat yourself…
Valentino Born In Roma Donna is a couture fragrance made of 3 incredible jasmine flowers and accord blended with bourbon vanilla, one of the most luxurious ingredients in the perfumery! This twisted cool facet of pink pepper and woody accords is blended with notes of blackcurrant accord, cashmeran and jasmine tea. This irresistible scent features a bottle designed with the iconic Valentino stud, inspired by Roman architecture this bottle will look amazing on every ladies dresser!
Aromatic sage, smoked vetiver and cool vibrating mineral salt… It’s Valentino’s Born In Roma Uomo of course! This modern scent is a must-have this season, featuring rich spicy ginger, this fragrance makes the perfect pick-me-up when you’re feeling down! Whether you’re treating that special someone or you’re simply just buying for yourself, why not have a spritz of Born In Roma Uomo this season?
Elegant and eternal, Valentino Uomo pays homage to the classic italian style with its contemporary and uplifting scent. Refined and crafted with the finest materials, Uomo features notes of bergamot, white leather, crema di gianduia and coffee, creating an effortlessly masculine fragrance. Houses in a decadent glass bottle, summing up the Valentino brand effortlessly, Uomo is a rich must-have fragrance for every man.
This might just be your next go-to scent! Iconic and unforgettable, Valentino Valentina is a fresh, floral scent embodies all things delicate, strong, elegant and rebellious. Opening with notes of calabria and white truffles, a heart of orange blossom, swee jasmine and ruberorse and finally finishing with base notes of cedar, vanilla and amber, this scent is too good to miss so act now and grab your new forever favourite from Fragrance Direct!
It’s time to turn over a new page, find your smile again, and continue dreaming, wearing perfume. Issey Miyake IGO is the ultimate fragrance for the adventurer who loves a playful scent.
Both nomadic and playful, IGO, Issey Miyake’s latest creation from their iconic L’Eau d’Issey range has become a bit of a homebody, and after a few months of inactivity, IGO is ready to take flight.
A two-in-one version, a new practical experience, a double fragrance, a little wink of design and a joyful innovation. The sturdy bottle (ISTAY) chose to stay at home, whist the mischievous cap (IGO) dreams of travelling. Ready to go, jump in a bag, picturing its new adventures, even if they’re only around the corner. It wants to play, to detach itself from its base, even though it’ll eventually come to its senses and return. It imagines being swept away in a whirlwind zest for life, one of great joy.
Rediscover the pleasure of L’Eau d’Issey with IGO, whose fragrance floats away, off to new horizons. Invigorating fresh air blows with the scent of adventure, savored in three dimension. For women, an exquisite farandole of floral notes. For men, the invigorating vitality of woody, spicy notes. With Nectar, the fruity, joyful version of L’Eau d’Issey.
These new fragrances, now mobile; a ready for new odysseys. Close your eyes and at the bottom of your bag, briefcase, or even your pocket, feel the joyful, reassuring presence of IGO, always ready to bring a new spritz of freshness here and everywhere.
It’s time to go! And, with Issey Miyake IGO, you’ll have adventure at your fingertips.
One fragrance, two bottles, the surprise of a playful game of doubles.
Looking to upgrade your grooming routine? Or, on the hunt for your next new fragrance? We’ve got you covered! Here at FD, there’s no need for endless scrolling and searching because we’ve compiled our top men’s must-haves this season, just for you! From moisturisers that hydrate all day to scents to see you through the season, read on to find out more…
Shaving can sometimes seem stressful and a bit of a hassle, but no with the Lab Series Skincare for Men Electric Shave Solution! This concentrated, oil-free shave solution helps lift the bear and builds a protective glide between the electric razor and the skin. Give this a go to cool and refresh your saved area with no rinse-off required. So, if you’re on the hunt for a quick and easy shave solution then shop today at Fragrance Direct!
Self care on a budget? Yes please! L’Oreal’s Men Expert Hydra Power Refreshing Moisturiser provides maximum hydration for an amazing 48 hours. Enriched with peppermint extract to help reinforce skin’s defence against daily aggressions. Morning or night, this non-greasy formula is quickly absorbed, leaving you with a hydrated and minty fresh complexion!
Indulge yourself this season with Lancome’s Men Genific HD Youth Activating Concentrate. Génific HD is specifically designed for men, and visibly rejuvenates the skin. Day after day, skin is infused with life and radiates with energy. If you’re longing for a healthy glowing skin tone then use this to dramatically refine and restore your skin texture! Lavish and luxurious, this belongs in every man’s grooming collection…
Giorgio Armani Code Eau de Toilette is a stylish and bold fragrance for men which is perfect for evening wear! This award winning fragrance features top notes of Lemon and Bergamot, heart notes of Guaiac Wood, Olive Blossom and base notes of Tonka Bean, Tobacco and Leather. This masculine fragrance is placed in a sleek black bottle, making it the ultimate addition to any man’s collection!
Amber, leather and pine, it’s Paco Rabanne 1 Million For Men Eau de Parfum Spray! Be bold with this rich, intense scent that represents soaring sun rays, amber heat and the opulence of a leather-solar harmony. Featuring a gold, stylish bottle, this fragrance acts as the perfect ornament too. So grab it today at Fragrance Direct, you won’t regret it!
The BOSS man is primed to succeed with drive and ambition, if this sounds like you then we’ve got your next new fragrance! Combining elegance and style, this vibrant scent features notes of fresh cloves, warm sandalwood and irresistible vetiver. Why not shake up your daily options with this timeless classic today?
Your perfume is one of the most personal things you wear. The scent you choose can help represent your personality, whether sweet, aromatic, powerful, soft, or sexy, and we think that’s a beautiful thing!
But finding your new signature scent can be challenging, particularly if you’re looking for a perfume that you can wear every day. Plus, we’re faced with a real task with the need to shop online (thanks, Coronavirus). How do you choose a fragrance without smelling it first?
In this guide, we’re going to help you choose your ideal perfumes for 2021. We’ll talk you through some of the different scent types out there, so you can start out by picking your perfect fragrance family. Then, we’ll share some of our favourite tried-and-tested options as well as exciting new releases. All you need to do it sit back, relax, and explore our guide to picking a perfume in 2021.
Understanding the different types of perfume
Ever heard of the fragrance wheel? Every perfume fits onto the wheel somewhere, into one of the four main categories, and then into one of lots more subcategories. It might sound a little scientific, but it couldn’t be simpler. The four main types of fragrance are:
In each of these fragrance families, you can find many more descriptive areas, like fruity, water, citrus, and aromatic. You might also prefer wearing eau de toilette, or parfum, the latter of which is usually more intense and long-lasting.
The fragrance family you go for will depend on your preference and personality. And there’s no reason you can’t switch it up, wearing a different type of perfume every day. There are no rules! Your scent is a choice that only you can make. So have fun experimenting until you find your favourite. Then spritz on and feel great!
The best perfumes and aftershaves for 2021
Let’s get into it. These are some of the best perfumes and aftershaves for 2021. We’ve included lots of forever-favourite scents further down; the formulas which top the charts again and again, and don’t seem to ever get old. But first, here are some new releases to wrap your nose around this year. Exciting!
1. Valentino Voce Viva
Valentino makes some of our favourite luxury perfumes, and Voce Viva, the latest addition, is no exception. Lady Gaga is the face of the fragrance, winning us over before we opened up the box. Designed around colour, couture, and coolness. Wearers can enjoy notes of bergamot, mandarin, and ginger in this fresh yet indulgent fragrance. White flowers sit at heart, while vanilla and moss notes bring Voce Viva back down to earth.
Released towards the end of 2020, GIVENCHY’s new addition to the L’Interdit family, L’Interdit Intense, takes you even deeper into the fragrance notes. Expect powerful tuberose, leather, and vanilla from this punchy yet sophisticated perfume. Orange blossom and toasted sesame make this scent ultra-unique. It’s oriental at its heart, both intense and subtle, and perfect for special occasions and making an impression.
3. Lancôme Idôle L’Intense
Brand-new for 2021, Lancôme’s Idôle L’Intense has been created to empower strong, outspoken, empowered women. What better way to start the year? Carve out a new path for yourself with this beautiful perfume, helping build confidence each time you wear it. Just like the original, Idôle L’Intense has a bright, clean fragrance at its core. There are floral notes in there too, and delicious vanilla bringing subtle sweetness. Jasmine is one of our favourites, and it’s right there in the mix of this newest Lancôme perfume.
4. Giorgio Armani My Way
Giorgio Armani My Way was new in 2020, and perfume fans are falling in love with it one spritz at a time. This addictive perfume is both modern and floral, with a bouquet of white flowers at its heart. Enjoy notes of responsibly sourced Madagascan vanilla, Indian tuberose, and Egyptian orange blossom. And, there’s a refill bottle available, so you can keep your footprint at a minimum whenever you’re running low of this beautiful Armani scent.
The latest men’s fragrance by Jean Paul Gaultier has arrived, and it’s safe to say we’re here for it. The iconic body bottle is dressed in black and gold this time, representing leadership, style, and strength. The fragrance itself is elegant, woody, and oriental. Ideal for standout days or special occasions. Notes of cardamom, lavender, iris, and vanilla blend to create a perfect signature scent.
You’ve probably tried the Chloé signature perfume by now. And if you haven’t, we recommend giving it a go. The signature Chloé fragrance is a forever-favourite, perfect for every day and special occasions alike.
But what’s this? A new addition to the timeless family? Chloé’s new Rose Tangerine perfume is an exciting newcomer and an absolute must-try if you’re a fan of the original. Rose Tangerine remains true to its predecessor but adds a bright, fruity twist of its own. Tangerine, blackcurrant, cedar, and amber headline the mix. Yummy!
7. HUGO BOSS ALIVE
Looking for an uplifting perfume for 2021? HUGO BOSS’ newest fragrance, ALIVE, could be just the thing. Find joy in every moment when you spritz on ALIVE, whether it’s a special occasion or a regular old Tuesday. This captivating perfume brings together woody and floral notes, including vanilla, cedar and sandalwood, and vanilla.
Jaw-dropping bottle? Check. Fiery, sensual fragrance? Check. Approved by Dua Lipa? You know it! Yves Saint Laurent’s new perfume, Libre Intense, is one we’ll be wearing any time something exciting happens in 2021. With notes of tangerine, lavender, jasmine, and vanilla, this intense, heady perfume will have you feeling confident every time you wear it. The amber-coloured liquid is encased in a stunning YSL branded bottle, making this new perfume an attractive addition to your dressing table, too.
Issey Miyake nails men’s fragrance time and time again. And Fusion D’Issey, a new addition in late 2020, is no exception. Enhance your year when you choose this energetic aftershave for 2021. Fusion D’Issey is inspired by cold water meeting molten lava, the elements combining heat and freshness to create something new. Notes of lemon, coconut water, ambergris, rosemary, and cardamom combine in this refreshing yet warm Issey fragrance. New signature scent? It could be!
Forever-favourite fragrances to add to your collection in 2021
We’ve shared some of the new releases we’re most excited about, so you can find something different if that’s what you fancy. But there are some longstanding perfumes and aftershaves out there that can always fit into your collection. We’re talking about the scents that have been around for years. These remain just as popular today as when they were released.
You might already have a few of these fragrances lined up. Whether you know them or not, these are the perfumes we couldn’t live without.
Bestselling ladies’ perfumes to try in 2021
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue
Calvin Klein Euphoria
Calvin Klein CK One
HUGO BOSS Orange
Roberto Cavalli Signature
Carolina Herrera 212 Sexy
Elie Saab Le Parfum
Giorgio Armani Si
Best selling men’s fragrances to try in 2021
Bvlgari Pour Homme
Issey Miyake L’Eau D’Issey Pour Homme
Paco Rabanne 1 Million
Calvin Klein CK One
Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio
Calvin Klein Obsession
Davidoff Cool Water
These ever-popular favourites always go down a treat, whether you’re choosing as a gift or adding to your own collection. Don’t forget, you don’t need to commit to a full-size bottle right away. At Fragrance Direct, we offer smaller sizes, so you can test out your choice before snapping up 100ml or more.
Whatever way you decide to go with your 2021 fragrances, be sure to choose an option (or two) that makes you feel great every time you wear it. We could all do with a little lift in our lives this year, and your perfume or aftershave is a perfect place to start!
You might be spending Valentine’s Day alone this year but that doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself! If you’re after a few pick-me-ups this February then read on to find out the ultimate self-gifting ideas you need right now…
Featuring Viktor & Rolf Bonbon Eau de Parfum, Bonbon Shower Gel and Bonbon Body Lotion, this set is the ultimate gift to spoil yourself with this February! This floriental perfume is distinguished by its caramel heart, for a unique and signature scent. Completely irresistible, this sweet treat blends fruity top notes of mandarin, a heart of sumptuous caramel and an intense woody base of cedarwood and amber. Go on, why not indulge yourself this season?
Spirit Of The Brave renwes and echoes the original creation from which the fragrance draws its inspiration. A new name to embody a new kind of masculinity and bravery in co-creation with Neymar. If you’re single this Valentine’s Day and your longing for that bargain buy that provides a little pick-me-up then this bundle is the one for you. Priced at £24.75, this fragrance for men features energizing notes of bergamot, elemi oil and green galbanum, along with this it features a black and gold bottle, perfect for any dresser!
Transform yourself to a place that is beautiful, optimistic and pure with Marc Jacobs Daisy Gift Set. This floral favourite is the ultimate lavish gift to see you through Valentine’s Day. This scent embodies the essence of the daisy girl who wears it: timeless, yet young-at-heart. Bursting with succulent wild berries, soft white violets and white daisies, this fragrance will leave your skin feeling irresistibly fresh and radiant scent on the skin. The bottle is an embodiment of sophistication and vintage charm, inspired by its name, the daisy flower is turned into a whimsical bottle shape, making the perfect new addition to your fragrance collection.
Inspired by the moisture-retaining properties of the aloe plant and passion fruit, the Biolage HydraSource Dry Hair Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner for Dry Hair ensures your hair’s hydration levels are optimised through absorption and retention of moisture. Give yourself the ultimate Valentine’s Day pamper night in with this luxurious hair duo, leave your hair feeling soft, manageable and healthy looking with three gorgeous hair products. If you’re taking some alone time this February then sit back, relax and pop on a hair mask!
Nowhere to go? Then get your glow on this Valentine’s Day with Dermalogica’s Best and Brightest Gift Set! Featuring a Daily Microfoliant, Biolumin-C Serum and a Skin Soothing Cream, this set is sure to lift your spirits this February. Achieve a youthful and bright complexion three iconic anti-ageing products from Dermalogica. Why not have a bubble bath, stick on your favourite love ballad and try out your new gift set today!
Men need a little TLC too, that’s why BARBER PRO’s Skin Revival Mask Set has everything you could need and more this February! Featuring a Gentlemen’s Sheet Mask, an Under Eye Mask, a Foaming Mask and a Face Putty Peel-off Mask, this bundle is packed with the ultimate skin essentials for him! Brighten and rehydrate your skin today with activated charcoal and collagen, you won’t regret it…