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Valentine’s Day Gift Giving SOS Guide

Love it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is a national institution. At allbeauty, we’re fairly unanimous in that it’s a nice way to break up the winter doldrums and inject some excitement into what would otherwise be the long slog between Christmas and Easter. 

But, and there is a but, we know that for many people Valentine’s Day can bring with it a fair amount of hair-pulling. The panic shopping that occurs over those 24 hours is a sight to be seen. Ideally from a great distance. If you would rather be shot with an arrow than find yourself desperately trying to rip the price tag off the last bouquet of petrol station flowers, this Gift Giving SOS Guide is for you.


The Newly Besotted

You’re in a new relationship and want to buy your special someone a gift, but don’t know them well enough to narrow down your gift options? We hear you. A gift set may seem like a safe choice, but if chosen well, can be incredibly romantic. Scented shower gels and indulgent lotions can make for an ideal night in for two!

 

For Him

With scents such as Fireside and Whisky and Water, the Noble Isle Warm Cocoon Gift Set is the perfect gift for the new man in your life. Containing three luxury shower gels, he can smell great whether at home, the gym, or staying at your place.

Noble Isle Gift Set
Warm & Spicy Bath and Shower Trio – 3 x 75ml

Our Price: £20.00

 

For Her

Presented in a beautiful gift box, The Ritual of Ayurveda Rebalancing Ceremony Extra Large Gift Set contains four products to balance mind, body and soul. Enriched with sweet almond oil and Indian rose, it offers the ultimate aromatic experience.

Rituals – The Ritual of Ayurveda
Rebalancing Ceremony Extra Large Gift Set
RRP £69.90

Our Price: £62.90


Are We, Aren’t We?

 

If you’re on that awkward middle ground of not knowing whether you’re ‘a thing’ or not, buying Valentine’s gifts can send you into a tailspin.

For Him

Acqua Di Parma
Collezione Barbiere Shaving Cream 125g
RRP £46.00

Our Price: £34.95

For Her

Dior Rouge – Dior Couture Colour
999 Celebrity Red 3.5g
RRP £30.00

Our Price: £27.00


No Gifts This Year…

How many times has this one caught you out? One of you declares that you won’t be buying gifts this year, only to blindside you with something at the last minute. Don’t get caught out this Valentine’s Day, have a little something on standby. The best part? These gifts won’t cost the earth and can easily be gifted later in the year on the off chance your other half stays true to their declaration.

 

For Him

Keep it simple with this beautifully presented set of toiletries by Rituals. The Ritual of Samurai Invigorating Medium Gift Set includes everything he needs to look and smell fabulous for a weekend away, so you could even pair it with the promise of a city break if he really pushes the boat out on your surprise gift this Valentine’s.
Rituals – The Ritual of Samurai
Invigorating Ritual Medium Gift Set
RRP £29.90

Our Price: £26.90

 

For Her

From french beauty giant L’Occitane comes the Collection Voyage, including travel-sized versions of eight of their top-selling products. Rich in ingredients such as shea butter and almond oil, you can buy this with confidence that whatever her skin type, it will be well received.

L’Occitane GIfts
Collection Voyage
RRP £24.00

Our Price: £21.60


Time To Up The Ante

Are you ready to push the boat out on a luxury gift this Valentine’s Day? There’s no better way to say “I Love You” than with the perfect fragrance. But how do you choose from the thousands of options available? While buying a tried and true favourite is a safe option, why not surprise your significant other with one of these top picks?

 

For Him

Winner of a Cosmopolitan Beauty Award, Fragrance Foundation Award and GQ Grooming Award, Tom Ford Fabulous Eau de Parfum is an ideal gift for the discerning gent. Combining the deep scent of leather with notes of lavender, vanilla and almond, this fragrance is sure to be a new favourite.
Tom Ford Fabulous
Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml
RRP £218.00

Our Price: £185.30

For Her

Designed for the strong, contemporary woman, Yves Saint Laurent Libre Eau de Parfum is a feast for the senses. From its couture bottle to its effortless combination of floral, aromatic and citrus, it’s no surprise that this perfume has gained a cult following. 

Yves Saint Laurent
Libre Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml
RRP £78.00

Our Price: £66.00


Treat Yourself

Whilst buying gifts for others is rewarding, why not treat yourself to a new signature fragrance at the same time? The new fragrance Daisy Daze Eau de Toilette by Marc Jacobs is the perfect way to gift yourself this Valentines Day!

Marc Jacobs Daisy Daze
Eau de Toilette Spray 50ml
RRP £59.00

Our Price: £50.15


To shop all of our incredible Valentine’s Day gifts, visit allbeauty.com or click the image below.  Happy Valentine’s Day, love allbeauty!

Fragrance Gifts Made Easy

The temperature has hit single digits and tinsel is donning supermarket shelves, which can only mean one thing – it’s time to start your Christmas shopping. 

When it comes to buying gifts for our nearest and dearest, there are always some people who are extra tricky to buy for, but nothing beats the feeling of finding that perfect gift. Fragrance can be particularly hard to get right, but there’s no need to panic this festive season. Grab your beverage of choice and sit back as we walk you through these perfect pairings. Trust us, they’ll be the gifts you can’t wait to give. 


The Lovebirds

Whether for a pair of newlyweds or a gift for your loved one that you’ll benefit from too (why shouldn’t you spoil yourself?!), Armani’s ‘With You’ collection offers the ideal pairing. The combination of masculine, Stronger With You, pairs perfectly with the feminine In Love With You. For the ultimate ‘his and hers’ gift this Christmas, Armani has you covered.

Available individually or as gift sets, shop the range.


The Contemporary Woman

Described by some as “a light breath of fresh air”, Yves Saint Laurent Libre embodies freedom, strength and sensuality. With notes of lavender, orange blossom and jasmine, this scent is the perfect everyday fragrance to empower and embolden.

Available in 30ml, 50ml, 90ml and Limited Edition gift packs, shop the range. 


The Rocker

The epitome of glam-rock, YSL Black Opium is a sweet, dark fragrance for the wild and rebellious woman in your life. Aromatic notes of coffee, vanilla and pink pepper create a warming bouquet that is sure to turn heads for all the right reasons.

Available in 30ml, 50ml, 90ml and 150ml, shop the range.


The Dreamer

Struggling to find the perfect gift for the woman in your life that dares to dream? Lancôme Idôle may just be the perfect gift for a strong empowered woman. With notes of pear, rose and white musk, this fragrance is clean and sophisticated – “Because there is an idol in every woman, and because every woman is an idol”

Available in 25ml, 50ml and 75ml, shop the range.


The Young and Young At Heart

A light, warm scent that combines vanilla with blackcurrant and pear, Lancôme Le Vie Est Belle is ideal for women who value the beauty in simplicity. A versatile fragrance that manages to be both effortlessly simple and deep in complexity, this would be equally well suited to a collegiate niece or world-traversing aunt.

Available in a range of sizes and gift packs, shop the range.


The Lad

Designed for the strong, graceful and creative, Only The Brave by Diesel makes buying for the special young man in your life a breeze. Combining citrus top notes of lemon and mandarin with woody cedar, violet and coriander, this fresh scent sits on the right side of mature. 

Available in a range of sizes and gift sets, shop the range.


The Gentleman

Often the hardest group to buy for, Ralph Lauren Polo Red Rush makes it easy to shop for the father figure or significant other in your life. Fruity notes of lemon, red apple and orange flower sit atop musk and cedarwood to create a warm, fresh and balanced scent that compliments any discerning gent. 

Available in 75ml, 125ml and 200ml bottles, shop the range.


The Timeless Woman

An iconic feminine fragrance, award-winning Ralph Lauren, Woman makes a wonderful gift for the elegant woman in your life. Rhubarb, orange blossom and tuberose counterbalance hazelnut and sandalwood to make this effortlessly glamorous scent.

Available in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml bottles, shop the range. 

 

Whoever you’re buying for this Christmas, rest assured that allbeauty is here to make finding the perfect gift easy. 

 

Behind The Scenes Of One Of Prada’s Most Iconic Fragrances

If you love fragrance, you’ll already know that Prada is a giant in the perfume industry, bringing delicately balanced creations from their Italian perfumery into homes around the world. Effortlessly wearable and with an unmistakable aura of luxury, Prada offers the ultimate adventure for the senses. 

We thought this would be a great opportunity to take you behind the scenes of one of Prada’s most acclaimed perfumes, Prada Luna Rossa Carbon. 


The Prada Touch 

From the runaway success of L’Homme Prada to the cult following of Prada Candy, the Prada brand has been synonymous with luxury since the establishment of their fashion house in 1913. 

From beginnings rooted firmly in women’s fashion, Prada has expanded into designer footwear, leather bags, art, architecture and of course, perfume. 

Their ability to transcend the trendy and reinterpret the status quo has resulted in a global brand which focuses on quality over quantity. Prada Luna Rossa Carbon is another in Prada’s long line of iconic additions to the world of fashion and beauty, here’s everything you need to know. 


Prada Luna Rossa, When Substance Matters 

The official fragrance of the America’s Cup, Prada Luna Rossa was inspired by CEO Patrizio Bertelli’s love of sailing. In fact, so passionate about sailing is Mr Bertelli that in 1997 ‘Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team’ entered the race for the America’s Cup and in 2017 it was announced that Prada will be the hosting sponsor of the 2021 America’s Cup event held in New Zealand. 

Unsurprisingly, the classic Prada Luna Rossa fragrance is inspired by all things nautical, from sailing boats to marine flora. Since the release of the first Prada Luna Rossa fragrance in 2012, there have been a handful of further interpretations of the scent, each with a different 

twist. While each of the award-winning Prada Luna Rossa range is unique, they are all connected by their fresh, organic, sensual subtlety. 

The classic Prada Luna Rossa has top notes of lavender and bitter orange, while ‘Prada Luna Rossa Sport’ is a warmer variant including ginger and juniper. ‘Prada Luna Rossa Blackoffers a heavier fragrance with amber and bergamot, while ‘Prada Luna Rossa Carbon’ sets itself apart for introducing a more engineered, high-tech element to the scent. 

Having quickly garnered a global following, Prada Luna Rossa Carbon has become a best-selling fragrance and is a firm allbeauty favourite. 


Prada Luna Rossa Carbon – Your New Signature Scent? 

Intrigued by the newest Prada Luna Rossa fragrance? Here’s everything you need to know to decide if it’s the perfect signature scent for you (spoiler alert: it probably is. 

Prada Luna Rossa Carbon has a complex list of notes which combine to create a fougère fragrance which is spicy and aromatic. The notes which are most pronounced are ambroxan, lavender and metal – which dry down to a light, refreshing scent that is equally reminiscent of nature and industry. 

Top Notes: Bergamot, Pepper

Mid Notes: Lavender, Soil, Water, Metal, Coal

Base Notes: Patchouli, Ambroxan 

Unlike many other masculine fragrances which fall squarely into either formal or casual, Prada Luna Rossa Carbon is serious enough for business but light enough for pleasure. It’s a fragrance guaranteed to send compliments in your direction. 

Prada’s Luna Rossa Carbon has rightly earned its place as a prestige fragrance, appealing to men from all walks of life. It’s refined, modern take on classic perfumery makes it an incredibly versatile fragrance, capable of taking you from the boardroom to Sunday brunch, and everywhere in between. 

Prada Luna Rossa Carbon is available in 50ml and 150ml bottles.

Shop the full Prada Luna Rossa range HERE. 

Inside a Winter Scent

Our sense of smell is inextricably linked to memory. Whether it’s freshly cooked biscuits like Mum used to make, that sweet smell of a baby’s head, or the combination of orange and clove at Christmas, one of the ways we reminisce is through aroma. It makes sense then, that people search for their ‘signature scent’, that cologne which becomes so synonymous with its wearer that one is reminded of them at the smallest sniff.

Whether you’re still searching out your signature fragrance or have one you wear year-round, this post is for you. 

Why one signature fragrance isn’t enough.

Summer perfumes, with their fresh and citrus notes, are best worn when the days are warm as their lighter notes are projected by the heat in the air; these subtle elements are too easily muted by cold weather. Conversely, winter fragrances typically include heavier notes and larger molecules, allowing them to better project off the skin and carry beyond those thick winter scarves. 

If you try to make a summer fragrance perform over winter, you’re fighting a losing battle. 


How to find your winter scent.

Fragrances can be classified into one of eight families: Aromatic, Chypre, Citrus, Floral, Fougère, Leather, Oriental And Woody. Each category can be further split into multiple sub-families and with such a broad range of fragrances, there’s a scent for every season. 

If you’re searching for your winter signature scent and are overwhelmed by the options, you may want to pinpoint a subfamily and start from there.  Two of our favourite options for a winter fragrance are Woody Musk and Spicy Oriental. 

Woody Musks can be either floral or fruity and may have notes of sandalwood, pine, patchouli, vetiver or cedarwood.

Spicy Oriental Ambers combines spices like cinnamon and cloves with woods including sandalwood and atlas cedar.

Other notes that lend themselves fabulously to a winter perfume are ginger, nutmeg, star anise, vanilla, amber, myrrh and resin.

If all of this information is making your head spin – the allbeauty team has you covered.

Our favourite winter scents…

Shopping for a new fragrance needn’t be an arduous task. If you want a short shortlist, why not try one of these top picks.

For Women

#1 With fruity top notes of apricot and pomegranate, this may not immediately seem like a winter perfume, however, the base notes of Diesel’s Loverdose Red Kiss provide a heavy base that offsets the lighter notes perfectly. With patchouli, vanilla and sandalwood, you’re sure to love this sensuous scent.

#2 Award-winning and a firm favourite with allbeauty customers, Estée Lauder Knowing combines florals with creamy woods to create a seductive fragrance that you’ll adore. Amber and sandalwood dominate the base notes, while Rose and Plum balance out the top notes.

#3 A more winter-friendly version of their classic Lady Million perfume, Lady Million Prive by Paco Rabanne is a delightful combination of woody notes, sweetened with honey, cacao, vanilla, and a touch of raspberry. Good enough to eat!

#4  A truly glamorous fragrance, Roberto Cavalli’s Nero Assoluto is a velvety scent which features orchid, vanilla and citrus juxtaposed against wood and ebony base notes.


For Men

#1 Wanted by Azzaro is an award-winning fragrance for men that combines fresh top notes of lemon and ginger with heavier middle and base notes. The scents of cardamom, vetiver and tonka bean make this a great winter scent.

#2 Another fantastic fragrance, this time from Boucheron, Quatre Absolu De Nuit Pour Homme sits within the spicy wood family and has notes of clary sage, lavender, nutmeg, black pepper, atlas cedar and vanilla.

#4 Boss brings us Boss Bottled Oud Saffron, a sensuous scent that features saffron, rose, and oud – some consider this to be unisex due it’s effortless combination of masculine depths with warm florals. 

#5 Award-winning L’eau D’issey Pour Homme by Issey Miyake is a classic scent that is incredibly versatile. A woody aquatic, it features top notes of juniper and bergamot with sage, vetiver, nutmeg, moss, cedar and sandalwood.


Still not sure where to start? Our Fragrance Finder for Him or Her makes choosing your next signature scent a breeze. Try one out!

Visit our Winter Beauty Edition to keep you beautiful this Winter

The Cuddle Up

Discover Your New Scent This Autumn

Is there any season more wonderful than Autumn? Cold wind tousling hair and scarves, the crunch of leaves under chunky boots, evenings on the sofa with a glass of Merlot – it’s the beginning of the snuggliest season. 

As the evenings draw in, we’ll spend more time indoors, more time wearing woolly layers. Suddenly those floaty scents of summer will begin to jar with the autumnal atmosphere. Over the next few months, we’ll be spending more time getting cosy and snuggling up with the ones we love, so what better time to invest in a signature Autumn scent?

If you need inspiration, we’re here to guide your sense with our five top-rated fragrances for both men and women.

Autumn Perfumes for Women

  1. Ombre Leather by Tom Ford 100ml
Our Price £97.75 You save £17.25 (15%) off RRP

 

The most popular of our cool-weather ladies fragrances, Ombre Leather has top notes of cardamom, with mid notes of leather and jasmine sambac.

This is a deep, warm perfume which will be a firm favourite through Autumn and Winter. 

 

 

  1. Miss Dior by Dior 150ml
Our Price £127.80
You save £14.20 (10%) off RRP

A scent that bridges summer and Autumn perfectly, Miss Dior by Dior combines top

notes of Italian mandarin with the heady fragrances of Egyptian jasmine, rose and patchouli.

 

Miss Dior is one of those rare breeds of perfume that has stood the test of time.

 

 

  1. La Panthere by Cartier 50ml

    Our Price £43.50
    You save £44.50 (51%) off RRP

A sensual floral, La Panthere by Cartier is a diverse scent that will take you effortlessly from day to evening.

With notes including gardenia, rhubarb, dried fruit and musk, you’re sure to be impressed with this bouquet.

 

 

  1. Sexy Ruby by Michael Kors 50ml
Our Price £29.95 You save £40.05 (57%) off RRP

An autumnal perfume for those who prefer a fruity fragrance, Sexy Ruby by Michael Kors has main notes of raspberry, apricot and rose.

The base note is cashmere wood, which provides a deeper complexity to the overall scent.

 

 

 

  1. Aqua Allegoria Bergamote Calabria by Guerlain 125ml
Our Price £35.95

A spicy citrus, Aqua Allegoria Bergamote Calabria by Guerlain has top notes of bergamot and petitgrain (the leaves of a bitter orange plant),  with ginger and cardamom mid-notes and a woody, white musk base. 

 

 

 

 

Autumn Perfumes for Men

  1. Oud Wood by Tom Ford

    Our Price £138.70
    You save £23.30 (14%) off RRP

From the Private Blend Collection, Oud Wood by Tom Ford is our top-rated men’s fragrance for Autumn. 

The notes of oud and Brazilian rosewood are joined by sandalwood, cardamom, Sichuan pepper, and vanilla, to create a heavenly combination for cold days.

 

 

  1. He Wood Rocky Mountain Wood by Dsquared2

    Our Price £39.95
    You save £28.05 (41%) off RRP

Inspired by the Canadian Rockies, He Wood Rocky Mountain Wood by Dsquared2 is a fragrance that will see you through Autumn, Winter, and even Spring.

With notes of violet, cedar, vetiver and pepper, this is an excellent choice for a signature scent.

 

 

  1. Only The Brave Extreme by Diesel

    Our Price £52.00
    You save £13.00 (20%)

An oriental woody fragrance, Only The Brave Extreme by Diesel is an ideal option for men who prefer to avoid the heavier musks.

Notes of apple, lemon and mandarin orange bring a fruity zest, which is balanced with leather, rose and tonka bean.

 

 

  1. Invictus Legend by Paco Rabanne

    Our Price £63.30
    You save £10.70 (14%) off RRP

For a fragrance that can take you from the waters of the Mediterranean to the ski fields of the Alps, look no further than Invictus Legend by Paco Rabanne. Fresh notes of sea salt, grapefruit and the ocean are juxtaposed with bay leaf, amber and wood.

 

 

 

  1. Eros Flame by Versace

    Our Price £55.25
    You save £9.75 (15%) off RRP

This strong scent is one of contrasts, with citrus, wood, spices and amber all coming into play.

The main notes are mandarin orange, vanilla, tonka bean and rosemary, although black pepper, rose, geranium, lemon, sandalwood and cedar all get a mention too.

 

 


With a vast range of perfumes available at allbeauty, it’s safe to say that your signature scent is only a few clicks away. So, what will you be wearing this Autumn? 

Father’s Day 2019 Gifting Inspiration

Father’s Day

With Father’s Day just around the corner , we’ve taken a look at gifting ideas for the most important men in your life. Whether you are buying for a partner from your children, gifting for a father figure or older gentleman, we have considered your needs from all angles!

Looking for even more great gift ideas? Take a look at our Father’s Day Shop
*Information correct at the time of publishing

Top Men’s Fragrance & Aftershave of The Year 2016

Announcing the top men’s fragrance of the year 2016. The scents he loved to wear, from prestige to designer and celebrity. Plus we reveal the best selling men’s Christmas aftershave.

The top men’s fragrance of the year 2016 is compiled by allbeauty, based on sales throughout the year. 

top mens fragrance

Which top men’s fragrance is your favourite? Any you dislike? Comment below and tell us. Visit allbeauty to shop any of the products shown and don’t forget to tag us in your pics if you’ve recent bought any of these.

Most Wished For Christmas Fragrances 2016

Each year we compile a list of the most wished for fragrances by men and women – here’s what everyone’s hoping to find under the tree this Christmas 2016! Don’t know what to buy? Don’t know what to ask for? Eyes down…

Our most wished for Christmas fragrances are a curated list compiled in November 2016.

Top 8 Most Wished For Women’s Christmas Fragrance:

1. Beyoncé Heat Eau de Parfum
2. Jean Paul Gaultier – Classique Eau de Toilette
3. Calvin Klein – Eternity For Women Eau de Parfum
4. Paco Rabanne – Lady Million Eau de Parfum
5. Jimmy Choo – Eau de Parfum
6. Thierry Mugler – Alien Eau de Toilette
7. Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely – Eau de Toilette
8. Ghost – The Fragrance Eau de Toilette

Top 8 Most Wished For Men’s Christmas Fragrance:

1. Jean Paul Gaultier – Le Male
2. Hugo Boss – Boss Bottled
3. Calvin Klein – CK One Eau de Toilette
4. Issey Miyake – L’Eau d’Issey Homme
5. Joop – Homme
6. Paco Rabanne – 1 Million EDT
7. Dior – Sauvage EDT
8. Ted Baker – M

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Please note: Our lists are curated from Amazon.co.uk ‘Most Wished For’ as of November 2016.
All items available from allbeauty.com as of Christmas 2016, while stocks last.

The allbeautyHQ Team Tell Us Their Fave Retro Scents

This week on allbeauty.com we’re talking favourite retro scents. We asked the allbeautyHQ team to tell us theirs and the stories behind them….

allbeauty retro scents Claire Claire – Head of Social Media
“My Mother was a beauty consultant for Chanel, I wore bottles of Chanel No. 19 to school as a teenager – I was very spoilt!! I also had the gorgeous Chanel After Bath Powder that went with it. It came in a huge container and lasted months.”
 Retro Fragrances Peter Peter – Lead Creative
“Back in ‘82 I recall getting ready for a first date. I spotted Dad’s aftershave (Drakkar Noir) in the bathroom cabinet and decided to borrow it. Problem was, I splashed it everywhere then couldn’t wash off the scent! The smell was all over me – very embarrassing!”
 Retro fragrances Fi Fi – Head of Brand

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche really takes me back to my childhood. It was a permanent fixture on my Mum’s dressing table, in those glamorous times of big hair & shoulder pads!”

 Retro fragrances Ryan  Ryan – Digital Designer

“I wore Lacoste Pour Homme every day in my first year at Uni (2002/3) – I think someone gave it to me as a going away gift. It brings back great memories whenever I walk by someone wearing it (not all of them ones I can share!)”

Tell us your favourite retro scents and why you love them – you can tweet us @allbeautynews or leave us a comment below.

Father’s Day: The Fragrances Dad REALLY Wants 2016

This Father’s Day are you wondering what Dad REALLY wants? We’ve discovered the top 8 most wished for men’s fragrances for Father’s Day 2016! Forget the guesswork, because the answers are here.

All fragrances are in stock at the time of writing and available to buy at allbeauty.com. For a full list with shopable links, see the end of this blog post.

8 Most Wished For Father's Day Fragrances

You can shop all of these great gifts for Dad at allbeauty.com – links are below:

  1. 1. Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male SHOP NOW
  2. 2. Hugo Boss Boss Bottled SHOP NOW
  3. 3. Calvin Klein CK One SHOP NOW
  4. 4. Paul Smith Extreme Man SHOP NOW
  5. 5. Paco Rabanne Invictus SHOP NOW
  6. 7. Davidoff Cool Water For Him SHOP NOW
  7. 8. Ted Baker M SHOP NOW
  8. Even when Father’s Day is over, we think this is a great insight into the aftershave men really want. If in doubt, buy Dad (or Granddad) a fragrance from this list and you can’t go wrong!