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Women’s Perfume Gift Guide – How To Choose

Our women’s perfume gift guide takes you through the main fragrance groups, showing you how to choose the perfect scent. Plus we pick some great gift options from each group.

Use our women’s perfume gift guide if you want to shop fragrance but don’t know where to start! Ideal for birthdays, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.

Floral Perfume
The easiest fragrance to spot! If she loves the smell of roses, freesias, daisies – in fact any florals, then a floral perfume is the one to choose. There are so many options to choose from here, but let’s play it safe and choose scents that will appeal to most. We adore Ghost The Fragrance – in a bottle shaped like the female form, it’s a soft, floral fragrance that any woman will adore. From just £19.95 it’s also very affordable.

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Possibly the most famous floral perfume, Jimmy Choo Eau de Toilette (be sure to choose the EDT!) is a massive seller. With a bottle inspired by Murano glass and created by the Jimmy Choo co-founder Tamara Mellon (you can read our full guide to Jimmy Choo scents here). It’s glam, glam glam! We’ve linked to the 100ml but there are even more savings to be had in smaller sizes, notably the 40ml which makes a fabulous stocking filler.

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Oriental Perfume
Does she prefer heavier scents? Musky cinnamon, spicy fragrance, warm and sugary scents with vanilla? If the answer is yes, then oriental scents are the ones to choose. A word of warning: unless you’re really sure these are for her, then choose another group. They’ll really be too heavy for anyone not into oriental fragrance. The bestseller in the oriental perfume group is Calvin Klein Euphoria Eau de Parfum.

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For something a little different, Laura Biagiotti’s Roma is a very affordable treat. A blend of crisp and fruity resins and evening flowers with base notes of vanilla and musk.

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Woody Perfume
If she loves a scent with mossy, earthy notes, then a woody fragrance is the one to choose. Think cedarwood, sandalwood and vetiver. Chopard’s The Wish is an immensely popular scent, an elegant, refreshing, woody fragrance that contains a blend of woodsy and spicy florals, with notes of patchouli, incense, sandalwood and amber.

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Thierry Mugler’s Alien is a modern woody scent. Jasmine Sambac and a hint of orange blossom combine to give a unique fragrance that’s often described as “sexy, sensual and uplifting”!
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Aromatic Perfume

Does she love the scent of grass and herbs (think lavender, rosemary, basil and sage)? Then aromatic fragrance is a great one to choose. We love Penhaligon’s Lavandula Eau de Parfum.

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For a more affordable option, Burberry Brit Rhythm has top notes of English lavender, with pink pepper, orange blossom and cedar.

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Citrus Perfume

Does she love the clean, zesty scent of lemon, orange and mandarin? Or maybe she’s not a fragrance fan at all?! Then citrus scents are a great choice! Universally popular, they’re fresh and subtle. Davidoff Cool Water Woman is a very clean fragrance suitable for all, and at very affordable prices. Notes of citrus and pineapple blend with the scent of fresh, ocean air.

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Fruity Perfume

Does she love the scent of apples, peaches, blackcurrants – in fact, any fruit? Then a fruity fragrance is for her. We adore Guerlain’s La Petite Robe Noire (if in doubt, choose the eau de toilette) – we don’t think any woman would be sorry to receive this beauty! With a fruity, blackcurrant scent, this is sophistication in a bottle:
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allbeauty Last Order Dates Christmas 2016

At A Glance: Here the UK dates you need to know.
For IOM, Channel Islands and Worldwide, see our handy chart below.

  • Royal Mail Tracked (our standard ‘free’ option):
    last order date is Wednesday 21st December 2016
  • DPD Next Day Delivery (courier service):
    order by 7pm on Thursday 22nd December 2016
  • Royal Mail Special Delivery (next day delivery with the Royal Mail):
    order by 3pm on Thursday 22nd December 2016

For delivery charges and expected delivery times, see our Delivery page here.

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End of Term Gifting – What To Buy Teachers

We pick easy wins for end of term gifting. Fab suggestions on what to buy teachers (male or female) at prices you’ll love.

End of term gifting doesn’t need to be a last minute panic. First make a list of everyone you want to shop for, then head for the allbeauty Christmas shop or pick from our suggestions below. Want to buy home fragrance? See our separate post here.

End of Term Gifting – What To Buy Teachers

We’re not being rude, but it’s fair to say that unless it’s a special year (eg last year of school) or you have extra reason to thank them, teacher presents are on a budget! We think that’s ok, but it’s also nice to surprise them. So stay away from chocolate this year and pick one of these (click any image to buy):

FOR HER
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MOROCCANOIL
Original Limited Edition 25ml A Christmas-themed edition of the classic, luxury hair treatment. Can be used as a mask, for styling or finishing. If she has lovely locks, she’ll love this.
Our price: £13.45
L’Occitane
Aromachologie Relaxing Pillow Mist 100ml 
Being a teacher is stressful. This pillow mist features a 100% natural scent, with essential oils of lavender, bergamot, mandarin, sweet orange and geranium to promote relaxation and well-being.
Our Price: £14.00
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Weleda Mindfulness Body Wash Gift Set This relaxing body wash collection includes a selection of five different 50ml tubes of body wash and a grown up colouring book!
Our Price: £14.95

Perfume Atomisers Want something small? Our perfume atomisers are an easy way to decant a favourite fragrance and take it with you – perfect for a staff room pick-me-up! Available alone or in gift-sets.
From: £5.50

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Ghost Captivating
Eau de Toilette Spray 30ml & Body Lotion 50ml If you’re set on buying a fragrance, go for Ghost. It’s soft and sophisticated. It’s feminine but not horribly floral or twee. We’ve never found anyone who doesn’t love it! This set contains the 30ml EDT & a 50ml body lotion.
Our Price: £19.95
Molton Brown, Pomegranate & Ginger (Hand Wash 300ml) A luxury handwash is a joy, this hydrating hand wash from Molton Brown is fragranced with a spicy kick of ginger, a sweet heart of lily-of-the-valley and a smoky base of vetiver. Leaves hands fresh, clean and intoxicatingly aromatic – plus it’s a chunky size.
Our Price: £16.95

 

FOR HIM
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TIGI Bed Head Christmas Gift Sets – Man On We really like this for a younger teacher. Containing shampoo, conditioner and wax, in fabulous Christmas packaging, this is a whopper of a set and very impressive!
Our Price: £14.95
Noble Isle, Gift Sets (Fragranced Shower Gel Gift Set 4 x 30ml) A traditional gift but a luxury one at a great price, and doesn’t even need to be wrapped! Containing four sample sizes of Bath & Shower Gels.
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Noble Isle, Hand Wash (Whisky & Water Hand Wash 250ml) It’s handwash, but not as you know it! Nothing girly here, this liquid gold wash is redolent of the finest oak-aged single malt with warm vanilla and cedarwood on the nose and skin-calming extract of Scottish malted barley.
Our Price: £18.00
Decleor Christmas 2016
Grooming Party From pre and post shave care to full body shower gel, this all-in-one set will leave skin looking fresh and energised.  Decléor is a luxury brand he’ll really appreciate, suitable for men of any age.
Our Price: £17.10
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Geoffrey Beene, Grey Flannel (Eau de Toilette Spray 120ml & Aftershave Lotion 120ml) Great for a classic or older teacher, Grey Flannel is a woody fragrance. Its fragrant nature explores essences of lemon, geranium and cedar wood, blended with notes of musk, bergamot, oak moss, sandalwood, violet and sage. You cannot go wrong!
Our Price: £19.95
Paul Smith, Extreme Man (Eau de Toilette Spray 50ml) There are a lot of great male fragrances out there, at affordable prices, so by all means choose one as a gift. We love Paul Smith Extreme Man. It’s woody, spicy, and unexpected. A heart of incense, enhanced by floral hints of geranium and rosewood with modern musks and mellow tonka beans. Great for any age and the 50ml is a nice size for gifting.
Our Price: £14.95

If you’re end of term gifting let us know what you bought! Leave us a message on our Facebook page or tag us in your Insta pics @allbeautyhq.

The allbeauty Christmas Magazine Is Full Of Gift Ideas!

The allbeauty Christmas magazine is now available to read – and shop – online.

The allbeauty Christmas magazine is full of gift ideas, plus party season tips and more.

Tip: Click the Fullscreen logo to flip, read or shop.

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**Facebook Giveaway**

To celebrate our Christmas magazine, here’s your chance to win a fabulous Decléor Christmas 2016 Box of Secrets: Wonder of Youth gift set, worth £69. To enter: just click on the image below, make sure you’re following us on Facebook and share the pic. We’ll select one winner at random on Tuesday 13th December (UK & EIRE only) – good luck!

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Comp T&C: 1 winner picked at random, entry closes Midnight 12th December 2016. We will dispatch prize asap but do not guarantee delivery for Xmas. UK & EIRE only.

Download Our Cute Christmas Printables

Download and print our cute allbeauty Christmas printables – our Secret Santa Hint Card is perfect for the office or use our Wishlist & Wallet Slip to drop a few hints!

We created our Christmas printables last year and you loved them, so we decided to give them a reblog!

Secret Santa Hint Card – or download from Pinterest HERE

Christmas Printables

Look how cute this is on a desk – now there’s no excuse!!

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Santa Wishlist and Wallet Card – or download from Pinterest HERE

Use our wishlist to ask for exactly what you’d like – or fill out the wallet slip and hide it amongst the notes for a subtle hint in the right direction! Our Christmas printables have you covered.

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Home Fragrance Gifts – Our Top Picks For Christmas 2016

Looking for home fragrance gifts this year? From candles to room mists, there’s a gift for everyone. We pick our favourites at allbeauty.

Home fragrance gifts are always welcome, and a great option for those who don’t wear scent. Did you know? There are a whopping 80 candles on-site right now, from brands including Molton Brown, Penhaligon’s, thisworks, NEOM Organics, Orla Kiely and Cowshed (phew!).

Christmas Scents
For a Christmas-themed scent, the Arran Sense of Christmas range is ideal, with fragrances including cinnamon and mandarin (available as candles or diffusers). Also, don’t miss the new Elemis candles, which come beautifully boxed in a mirrored holder – these are great for teachers, secret santa and older teens. And if the budget can stretch, Molton Brown’s orange and bergamot 3 wick candle is a luxurious festive scent with heart notes of ginger and base notes of musk. What a great way to set the scene on Christmas Day as your guests arrive.

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Relaxing Scents
For the at-home spa sensation, NEOM Organics is our go-to range. For something a little different, try one of their treatment candles – light the wick and burn for 30 minutes, then once a pool of oil has formed blow out the candle and allow to cool slightly, before you pour over any area of the body in need of nourishing treatment. A lovely treat for those with stiff or aching joints. If tradtional de-stressing isn’t on your radar, then try thisworks black spice and cedar candle with essential oils. This is relaxation but without a hint of lavender or chamomile. But candles don’t just have to relax, Cowshed Uplifting Travel Candles are a fab way to wake up in the morning – they’re also 100% natural soy wax and suitable for vegetarians.
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Statement Candles
If you’re looking for a single, large, statement gift, then go for a luxury 3 wick candle. Our Penhaligon’s range are packed with essential oils and burn for up to 110 hours! Yes they’re heavy on the budget but they pack a serious wow. Staying with luxury but lighter on the budget are our Molton Brown 3 wick candles and 100% guaranteed to impress. As a general guide when buying larger candles, look for 1) burn time 2) ingredients (preferably essential oils) and 3) the number of wicks. These are all indicators of size and quality.

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Diffusers
If a candle doesn’t appeal then choose a diffuser. These clever jars of scented oil can be placed around the house to slowly give off scent over a number of weeks. And unlike pot pourri they really work! Plus the recipient can usually buy a replacement bottle of oil to refill once empty. For a gentle, fresh, citrus scent try Arran home fragrance. Otherwise an Orla Kiely diffuser is guaranteed to be popular and again makes a great gift by itself. For a friend who finds it hard to sleep, a NEOM Organics Tranquility diffuser will be very welcome.

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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.

allbeauty Christmas Magazine: Matrix Volume Rose Competition

Enter the Matrix Volume Rose competition featured in the allbeauty Christmas magazine!

Enter our Matrix competition, and win a complete set of the beautiful Matrix Volume Rose range. Just answer the easy question below and enter your details. We’ll pick one winner at random on Monday 9th January 2017.

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Not sure of the answer? Have another read of our Volume Rose feature in the Christmas allbeauty magazine.

ENTER HERE

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T&C: Entry closes Midnight 8th January 2017. Multiple entries permitted. UK & Ireland entrants only. Entry is by entering your details and answering the question correctly. Your details will not be passed to any 3rd party. Subscription to the allbeauty newsletter is optional. We will only use your email address to contact you should you be a lucky winner. We reserve the right to substitute an alternative prize to the same value in the unlikely event the prize is no longer available.

Men’s Party Season Hair – Tips & Products

Discover Our Hero Products & Top Tips For Men’s Party Season Hair 2016.

All products in stock at time of writing. 

Men’s Party Season Hair – Keep It Simple

At this time of year we’re all working hard, which often means leaving the office late. Heading from office to party or from gym to party? Look for products that multi-task.

Men's Party Season Hair Paul Mitchell Mitch Double Hitter is a shampoo and conditioner in one, with a fresh, clean scent. It also gives the hair some weight (so no annoying fly-aways) and is perfect if you’re heading straight from work or the gym and need a quick shower!

The conditioning ingredients also detangle and leave a soft, light finish.

Want to gift? Paul Mitchell Mitch Double Hitter is available in various sets and also in a salon size.

No time to shower? Try a dry shampoo such as Label M Texturising Volume Spray to give an instant refresh, plus added volume and texture.

For styling, use a product that can be re-worked. Celebrity Men’s Grooming Expert Diana Schmidtke recommends Paul Mitchell Mitch Clean Cut.
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I like using Mitch Clean Cut because it’s a pliable moldable paste. It allows for movement and what’s great about it is girls will be able to run their hands through your hair all day without it getting sticky or stuck! It’s really easy to reactivate with water so after the gym or after a workout you’ll be able to restyle it before you go out on a date. And it won’t flake or get too sticky.

We also love: Label M Matt Paste & TIGI Bed Head Men Pure Texture Molding Paste.

Men’s Party Season Hair – Style Basics

  • How you style your hair in the morning will set you up for the day. A simple trick for extra hair volume is to tip the hair upside down when blow drying. Or, if you prefer, you can use your fingers to pull the hair upright, whilst aiming the heat at the roots.
  • For even more volume, use a volume mousse on wet hair then blow dry to activate. The volume will last until your next wash. Try Label M Create Volume Mousse.
  • If you have thinning hair, try Paul Mitchell Mitch Construction Paste. This product (for messy/undone hair) contains tiny fibres that add more volume.

Men’s Party Season Hair – Up Your Game

Going to a big event and want glossy, celebrity locks? Celebrity Men’s Grooming Expert Diana Schmidtke recommends Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Shine Spray and here’s why:

If you want to have perfect looking actor hair at your next event then I suggest you pick up some of this… it’s a lightweight spray shine, it’s a product for finishing so you want to use it at the end. For the perfect natural looking healthy hair. It’s not going to ruin your already existing perfect looking style. What it is going to do is add a perfect amount of shine.

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TIP Don’t be afraid to use hairspray, especially if you have longer layers on top. A quick blast will keep your style in place; we love KMS HairStay which adds hold and shine and has a pepper and pomegranate scent (it also easily brushes out).

Men’s Party Season Hair – Application Is Key!

  • As a rule, warm a 5p to 10p sized amount of product in your hands before applying. Ideally, the product should almost disappear before you apply it. That way you get even coverage.
  • Work product into the roots and then up to the tips – it’s super important to get product onto the roots, (especially if it’s a hold product or the hair just won’t stand up!).
  • More is not more! If your product isn’t giving you the hold you want, try something else. Otherwise you’ll just weigh down the hair and make it look greasy.

POLL RESULTS – Have You Started Christmas Shopping?

allbeauty ran a Christmas shopping poll on our Facebook page on Friday 18th November asking Have You Started Christmas Shopping? Here are the results!

The results of our Christmas shopping poll were:

64% of you said you HAVE started Christmas shopping
36% of you said you HAVE NOT started Christmas shopping

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Do you agree? Did you start your Christmas shopping in July or will you leave it to the last minute? Comment below and tell us!