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Father’s Day Gift Guide

If you’re feeling the gift buying dread as Father’s Day approaches, we feel your pain. Whether you’re shopping for your dad, husband or another significant man in your life, men can be notoriously difficult to buy for. Unlike mums, who are more likely to have a wishlist at the ready, narrowing down potential gift options for dads can be a tricky task. 

Well, we know you already have enough on your plate, so we’ve done the heavy lifting for you. Below, you’ll find our top picks for various gift categories, including some beautifully packaged gift sets and a high-end candle that will blow his socks off.  

If you’re looking for something a little different, you’ll also find some fantastic fragrance ideas in Top 3 Fragrances For Every Dad, and grooming gift suggestions in Traditional Shaving For The 21st Century.


Low Cost, High Impact Gifts

For many of us, the budget is already stretched pretty thin at the moment without the added pressure of gift-buying. Thankfully, there are plenty of low-cost gifts that don’t scrimp on quality. If you’re looking for a Father’s Day present that won’t break the bank, here are a few fabulous options:

Rituals, The Ritual Of Samurai Refreshing Treat Gift Set
A much classier twist on the traditional toiletry set, Rituals have packed four of their most popular men’s products into a sophisticated gift box. The Foaming Shower Gel, 2-in-1 Shampoo & Shower Gel, Shaving Cream and Deodorant are inspired by the traditions of ancient Japanese samurai. 

Noble Isle Fragrance Sampler Gift Set
Inspired by the British Isles and using only the finest ingredients, this collection of four luxury bath and shower gels is sure to please. With scents including Whiskey & Water, which uses ingredients sourced from Scotland, and Golden Harvest, from the North Downs of Kent, it’s a feast for the senses.


Smell Amazing Gifts

If you know his signature scent, a fragrance gift set makes an ideal gift, but for something a little different, why not buy him a miniature set which includes a variety of fragrances. He’ll love either of these highly praised collections…

Versace Dylan Blue Gift Set
Italian cologne connoisseurs Versace have been making high-end fragrances for decades, much to the delight of perfume lovers everywhere. Whether the man in your life sees himself as a Versace wearer or not, it would be a crime not to try these beautiful, high-end colognes. The Dylan Blue Gift Set includes a 50ml Eau de Toilette Spray, 50ml Shower Gel and 50ml Aftershave Balm.

Hugo Boss, Boss Bottled Trio Gift Set
Hugo Boss is synonymous with quality men’s fragrances, making this Trio Gift Set a great choice. The included BOSS BOTTLED, BOSS BOTTLED TONIC and BOSS BOTTLED INFINITE are each their own unique fragrance, so he’s sure to discover something he loves. 


Well Groomed Gifts

Buying for a man who takes a lot of pride in his appearance? We’ve got just the thing! Check out these options for hair and skincare gifts that offer the ultimate in luxury for the special guy in your life. 

Sachajuan Haircare Ocean Mist Collection
If you’re buying a Father’s Day gift for a man who’s still boasting a full head of hair, he’s guaranteed to love this collection. From Swedish brand Sachajuan, this trio of volumising products from their Ocean Mist range uses proteins and minerals to give shine, lift and bounce. 

Shiseido Men Total Revitalizer Set
When it comes to skincare, Japanese brand Shiseido are heavy hitters, having been in the industry for over 100 years. The Total Revitalizer Set for Men includes their nourishing Cleansing Foam, Total Revitalizer Eye Cream, Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate and Total Revitalizer Cream


Home Fragrance Gifts

If he’s not much of a beauty guy, consider treating dad to a scented candle, with a masculine twist. Ideal for the den, man cave, office, or simply for any man who wants to make his home smell wonderful, these home fragrances are just the ticket.

Noble Isle Lightening Oak Candle
Another entry from Noble Isle, the Lightening Oak candle is beautifully boxed ready for gifting and has a rich, warming scent. Described as a “handsome fragrance balancing smoky wood aromas with modern notes of crushed pink pepper and bergamot”, it’s an incredibly popular choice.  Alternatively, try Whisky & Water, for a spicier masculine scent.

Acqua di Parma Colonia Oud Candle Cube
You’d be hard-pressed to find a candle that looks as sophisticated as this. With around 60 hours of burning time and a scent that truly lasts, the Oud Candle Cube blends citrus, agarwood and coriander with heavier base notes of cedar, sandalwood, musk and leather. 


Impossible To Buy For?

Even with all the suggestions we’ve covered in this and other articles, you may still be struggling to find the right fit for the significant man in your life. We get it. Some people are just impossible to buy for. Well, for those people, you can’t go wrong with a gift voucher

Grab a funny card, add a heartfelt message and pop a gift voucher inside – you’ll show that you care, but can let them handpick something that they’ll truly enjoy. 

Phew! Job done for another year. Although… it’s only 6 months until Christmas. *sigh*

Marvellous Minis For Every Occasion

Who doesn’t love a miniature!? Mini eggs, mini quiche, Minnie Mouse… ok, that may be a little too much of a stretch! 

Whether it’s those tiny shampoos from upmarket hotels or designer sets of miniature fragrances, miniature versions of perfumes and cosmetics have always been incredibly popular, and for good reason! Minis are perfect for when you’re on-the-go or just fancy trying something new without too much commitment. Here are some of our top reasons that minis are marvellous for every occasion, complete with a little inspiration to help you on your way.


Little Cosmetics For A Big Night Out

Who knows what will go on during a big night out, it’s best to be prepared! Bring your favourite beauty products out with you, regardless of how slinky your handbag is with miniature versions of fantastic cosmetics. Whether it’s topping up your lippy or pencilling in an eyebrow, minis have you covered.  

With teeny versions of their best-selling products, Benefit are leading the way with their Minis Range. Perfect for topping up your makeup on a night out, try the teeny Benefit Minis Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer or the equally diddy Benefit Minis Roller Liner

Benefit Minis Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer


Whatever You Need For A Weekend Break 

Getting away for an indulgent weekend break? You don’t have to go without OR be weighed down with full-size toiletries. Our range of products below 30ml is the ideal size for a few days of use, keeping your weekend bag light, and you looking gorgeous.

We particularly love the Clinique 3-Step Introduction Set, which includes a cleanser, exfoliator and moisturiser. If you have trouble drifting off to sleep in an unfamiliar setting, invest in thisworks Super Sleep. The limited-edition, travel-size spray has two options, depending on whether you have a busy weekend of activities ahead, or are catching up on some much-needed downtime.

thisworks Super Sleep


Holidays Without The Hold Luggage

Don’t get caught paying over the odds for overweight luggage. Full-sized toiletries add unwanted heft to your luggage and often end up being left at your hotel to save the spill-risk of transporting half-empty bottles home. Instead, miniatures ensure you have exactly what you need for your holiday – no more, no less. 

Hair gurus, TIGI Bed Head, have the perfect miniature set for holiday hair. The Cleansing And Moisturising Mini Set includes small versions of their Totally Beachin’ Shampoo and Conditioner, as well as their Beach Freak Moisturising Detangling Spray. Small enough to meet hand luggage requirements, the set even comes in a clear ziplock bag, so you can be confident you won’t have any unwanted mess. 

TIGI Bedhead Totally Beachin
Cleansing and Moisturising Mini Set


A Miniature Emergency Supply

Life is unpredictable, which is why it’s a great idea to keep an emergency supply of miniatures with you wherever you go. Small enough to throw in your handbag, with your trusty minis on hand, you’ll be ready for whatever the day throws at you.

While the contents of an emergency kit will vary depending on the person, there are a few core items that the allbeauty team can recommend to all our readers.

Tweezerman Micro Mini Tweezer Set 

With three types of tweezers in a handy carry case, this is a must-have. If you have kids, it’s a lifesaver for those unexpected splinters or bee stings. And don’t let their small size fool you, they’re as effective as regular tweezers too (they’ve plucked many a stray hair from an eyebrow or *ahem* chin).

Antipodes Saviour Skin Balm Mini

Harking from the green shores of New Zealand, this little tube packs a real punch. The natural ingredients include tea tree, grape seed, totara and super-fruit extracts to create a healing balm with a range of uses. The Saviour Skin Balm can be used on grazes, chapped lips, cracked skin, sunburn, sore muscles and more.

Other great options include:

HealGel Intensive

 

Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips (and more)

 

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Survival Set


Experiment With A New Look

If you’ve ever been tempted to rock a red lip or play around with a new trend, miniatures are the ideal way to dip your toe in the waters. Instead of paying full-price for something that might not be a keeper, a smaller size allows you to experiment before deciding whether it’s for you. 

With three lip stains and three lip glosses, theBalm Mini Lip Gloss Kit lets you try out a few new colours without paying for six separate products. Less wasted product + more money saved = happy chappy.

theBalm Cosmetics Lips
Plump Your Pucker & TheBalmJour Mini Lip Box Set Vol. 1

Another great kit, again from Benefit (they’re not sponsoring this article, honestly!), is the Snow Doll MakeUp Kit. This set includes small versions of their best-selling beauty products, including a mascara, rose-tinted lip and cheek stain, nude-pink highlighter and brow pencil – everything you need to perfect your look. 


Expand Your Range

Have you stumbled across an amazing perfume or skincare product and want to try more of the range? Forget the hassle of finding a brick and mortar store that is willing to let you try their items (complete with side-eye from impatient sales assistants). Instead, try a miniature collection of the range you’re interested in. Not only does this allow you to get a better feel for each product, it allows you to incorporate them into your daily routine, so you get a better idea if they work for you.

When it comes to perfume, miniatures are a fantastic way to play around with new fragrances. As scents can differ from day to night and summer to winter, having a mini bottle allows you to experiment without committing to a full bottle. Try five Versace perfumes for less than the price of one regular bottle with the great value Versace Mini Gift Set. Similarly, the popular Agent Provocateur Eau de Parfum Mini Set includes four 10ml fragrances and is an absolute steal.

Versace Mini Gift Set


Give Great Gifts

Stuck trying to find a gift for someone who is notoriously difficult to buy for? Skincare products are universally well-received but can be tricky if you don’t know the person well. Miniatures make present buying a breeze as you can gift a collection of smaller items instead of putting all your eggs in one basket. 

With a huge range of beautifully packaged gift sets, it’s fair to say that our miniature skincare offers maximum value. For the ultimate in presentation, you can’t go wrong with Decleor or REN, both of which would be appreciated by even the most difficult-to-shop-for recipient. 


Whether for yourself or others, miniatures are a fantastic option. They’re cuter, more affordable, more convenient and ensure you’re never caught short or weighed down. Marvellous miniatures, get yours today.

Traditional Shaving for the 21st Century

With Father’s Day approaching, it’s high time to delve deeper into the world of men’s grooming. Handlebar, walrus, goatee or clean-shaven, a man’s facial hair says a lot about him. It’s estimated that the average man in the UK will spend around 45 days of his life shaving. What a chore! 

The good news is that by investing in the right equipment, you can turn a job into a joy. In today’s article, we’ll explore the good, bad and ugly of traditional shaving methods and how modern methods stack up. We’ll also be sharing our best buys for Father’s Day, so you can treat that special man to something that will brighten his day.


Shaving: The Tools

The tools used to get the perfect shave have changed rather a lot over the last few centuries! Traditionally, the best shave came from lathered soap and a straight, or “cut-throat”, razor dragged at an angle over the skin’s surface. Understandably, this undertaking was best performed with a second set of hands, hence the importance of the local barber! 

Over time, new variations were introduced which could be done from the comfort of home, such as the safety razor which added a physical barrier to protect the face from any accidents or injuries. Still, shaving was labour intensive, required regular changing of blades (often after every use) and irritated the skin.

Since then, times have changed rather dramatically. Take, for example, Gillette Mach 3 Razor Blades, one of the top-selling razor cartridges in the world. Not only does one cartridge have three incredibly sharp blades, but it also has a gel strip to help the blade glide over the skin, and a skin guard which stretches out the skin to provide a closer shave. It’s little wonder that Gillette claims their razors leave you “feeling better after the 10th shave than a new disposable does on the first”.


What’s In Your Soap?

Old fashioned soap used for shaving has also evolved over the years. Traditional soap was made of fat and lye from wood ashes. The issue with this is that lye can be very irritating to the skin, not to mention drying. To this day, anything labelled as a ‘soap’ must follow a similar formulation to the traditional method, albeit honed to be less likely to cause skin irritation. However, many of the soaps that you find in the supermarket are created completely differently. 

The majority of products that we consider ‘soap’ are actually detergents, using ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) to provide their cleansing properties. Unfortunately, SLS strips the skin’s natural oils, making it less than ideal for shaving. 

Look instead, at the example of one of our best-selling shaving gels, Elemis Ice-Cool Foaming Shave Gel. Infused with fruit extracts and witch hazel, a naturally occurring ingredient that aids skin health. Not only is it free of stripping detergents, but it has additional skin-friendly ingredients such as glycerin, which is incredibly hydrating. 


Shaving: The Technique

While there was once a clear ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ way to shave, the latter of which could result in serious injury, things are a tad more simple these days. Even the traditional advice of shaving with the grain, instead of against, is redundant thanks to advances in pre and post-shaving products and the evolution of razors. 

It’s still advisable to open up your skin with a hot towel or shower prior to shaving – perhaps one of the only things that hasn’t changed over the course of history! This allows for a closer shave and makes it easier for the blade to move through the hair. 

But perhaps the biggest impact on the shaving experience comes from the leaps and bounds in product development. Shave oils can be applied pre-shave to safeguard the skin from irritation, while post-shave, soothing lotions and balms ensure that those who shave daily don’t have to sacrifice the condition of their skin.


Father’s Day Best Buys

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the special man in your life, we’re here to guide you in the right direction. Here are a few fantastic products for a range of men:

Best For The Clean Shaven

Men who prefer to be clean-shaven need to undergo regular upkeep, which can increase their risk of redness and sensitivity. Thankfully, there is a wide range of sensitive skincare products designed to ease the struggle. REN Tamanu High-Glide Shaving Oil is infused with tamanu oil, which is both antiseptic and anti-inflammatory.

Best For Bushy Beards

We know that a big beard often requires more work, not less. Acqua Di Parma Collezione Barbiere Beard Wash gently cleanses impurities from the beard and leaves it soft and silky.  

 

Best For The Moustachioed

Nothing quite beats a spectacularly coiffed moustache, which is why the TIGI Bed Head Mo Rider Moustache Crafter is a must for any discerning gent. With ingredients including beeswax, coconut and sunflower seed oil, it offers a great hold and nourishing properties.

 

Best For The Traditional

Aftershaves have largely fallen out of favour with the modern man, but traditionalists maintain it as an important step in any shaving regime. Although we have no shortage of fantastic aftershaves, Montblanc Legend makes our list due to its great scent, its stunning bottle and its fitting name for Father’s Day.

 

Best For The WOW Factor

If you’re looking for an outstanding gift for an outstanding man, you can’t go past the Braun Series 9 Wet & Dry Shaver. Our top of the line model, this is the world’s most efficient electric shaver. With five shaving elements, a titanium coating, and a leather travel case, this is a gift that is built to last.

Top 3 Fragrances for Every Dad

Fragrances are the ultimate gift, and with Father’s Day coming up, now is a great time to start looking at your options. But, it’s difficult enough choosing a fragrance for yourself, let alone someone else! 

With that in mind, we’ve put together this list of the Top 3 Fragrances for every type of dad. So, whether the dad you’re buying for is a sporty or sensitive type, choosing a great scent for them will be a breeze. Here, we’ll list our top suggestions for each dad, and give you a brief explanation of the main notes (as identified by other customers) to help with your decision making. 


Sporty Dad

You could be forgiven for thinking that the football-loving, racecar-watching dads out there wouldn’t be well catered for when it comes to fragrance. Boy oh boy, you’d be wrong! So popular are fragrances aimed at the sporty (or sport appreciating) man, that there’s a whole genre dedicated to that audience. Sports fragrances tend to be very clean, with citrus or oceanic notes. Here are our top three recommendations:

Prada Luna Rossa Sport
A fresh, bright fragrance, Luna Rossa Sport is as sophisticated as the bottle it comes in. With only five notes, it’s simple yet perfectly balanced: lavender, vanilla, tonka bean, juniper berries and ginger – this is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Issey Miyake L’Eau D’Issey Pour Homme
A warm, clean scent, Issey Miyake is renowned for creating modern fashions and this scent stays true to the brand. Dominant notes in this fragrance are yuzu (a Japanese citrus), lemon, blue lotus, Tahitian vetiver, bergamot and nutmeg.

Ralph Lauren Polo Sport
An oldie but a goodie, Ralph Lauren Polo Sport has been incredibly popular since its release in 1994. The main notes that shine through in this fragrance are mint, aldehydes (fresh, clean scent), lavender, seagrass and bergamot.


Suited Dad

For men who work in an office setting, finding the right fragrance can be a balancing act. Powerful, without being overbearing. Confident, without being arrogant. Warm, without being sensual. See what we mean?! Thankfully, there’s no shortage of fantastic fragrances aimed at the professional man. Here are just a few of our favourites:

Floris No.89
A name synonymous with James Bond thanks to writer Ian Fleming’s adoration of all things Floris, this quintessentially English fragrance has notes of lavender, rose, orange, bergamot, neroli and geranium. 

Trussardi Riflesso
An easy-to-wear Italian fragrance, Riflesso’s main notes are tonka bean, green apple, leather, violet leaves and lavender. Ideal for a man who doesn’t like woody fragrances, this is free of the woody base notes so often used in men’s fragrances. 

Guerlain Homme
A fresh and warm fragrance, Guerlain Homme consists of spicy mint, lime and rum notes layered over a floral, cedar and vetiver base. Warm and soft from day to night.


Sensitive Dad

Not all men want to smell stereotypically masculine and musky. In fact, many of them would much prefer lighter, floral notes offset against a fragrant wood such as cedar or oak. Finding a well-balanced fragrance for the sensitive man can be like finding a needle in a haystack – but we’ve narrowed down our favourites.

Evody Parfums Rêve D’Anthala
Inspired by Madagascan beaches, Rêve D’Anthala is a sweet, sensual unisex fragrance. Orchid, caramel, vanilla and amberwood provide the warmth, while petitgrain and yellow mandarin keep it fresh. You’ll be wanting to steal this one for yourself!

Escentric Molecules Molecule 01
An incredibly popular unisex fragrance, Molecule 01 is a tad difficult to describe! It’s categorised as a Woody Floral Musk, but only contains one note: Iso E Super. This synthetic compound is clean, light and airy and smells slightly different depending on the wearer.

Miller Harris Lumière Dorée
A unisex fragrance, Lumière Dorée is floral without being sweet. Neroli, bitter orange and petitgrain hit you first, with amber, vetiver, white musk and cashmere wood rounding off the base.   


Intrepid Dad

When he’s not planning to climb up the nearest mountain, he’s researching destinations abroad. The Intrepid Dad appreciates global cuisines, cultures and the varied sights, sounds and smells that he experiences along the way. With interesting notes not found in run-of-the-mill fragrances, the following options are perfectly suited.

Montblanc Explorer
Not only does Montblanc Explorer smell fantastic, but the bottle is absolutely gorgeous too. Bergamot and pink pepper take the top notes, while leather, ambroxan and akigalawood anchor the fragrance.

Paco Rabanne Invictus Aqua
The perfect fragrance for Spring/Summer, Invictus Aqua is a reimagined version of the popular 2016 edition of the same name. Drawing inspiration from both land and sea, Invictus Aqua has dominant violet, grapefruit, violet leaf and sea notes, with a thoroughly woody base.

Davidoff Adventure
Exotic and spicy, Davidoff Adventure is inspired by the wilderness. With notes of pimento, black pepper, vetiver, cedar and sesame, it wouldn’t be out of place on a lumberjack (in a good way).


Classic Dad

For older gents or men who don’t often experiment with their fragrance, finding a suitable gift can be a tad tricky. Instead of opting for anything too modern, stick with brands and fragrances that have stood the test of time. You won’t go wrong with any of the three following options.

Creed Aventus
An “old school” fragrance, Creed Aventus ranks highly in the most praised men’s perfumes on the market. Though classic, it’s far from boring, with prominent notes including pineapple, birch, musk, blackcurrant and oakmoss.

Versace The Dreamer
Another highly popular fragrance among those with refined tastes, The Dreamer by Versace balances floral and herbal notes. Iris, juniper, flax, lily and tarragon rest on a base of amber and tobacco blossom.

Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit de l’Homme
You can’t go wrong with Yves Saint Laurent, and La Nuit de l’Homme is no exception. A warm and spicy, powdery fragrance, cardamom is the first scent you’ll notice, followed by lavender, cedar, bergamot, caraway and vetiver.


Will you be treating someone special to a new fragrance this Father’s Day? Does it feature on our list? If not, let us know what you’re purchasing in the comments!

Spring Fragrance Guide: Perfume Notes

As we enter SS20, it’s time to retire the heavy, warm fragrances of winter and turn to something that puts a hop in our step. At allbeauty, we stock thousands of decadent perfumes, and we know that narrowing down your options to a shortlist can be a tricky task! So, to help put you one step closer to finding your perfect signature scent, we’ve created this Spring Fragrance notes guide.


Choosing a Perfume Group

Entire collections of books have been written about the different olfactory groups, and many authorities have their own classification of subgroups, but we’ll endeavour to keep this as simple as possible! In general, there are four main perfume groups; floral, fresh, woody and oriental. For a Spring scent, we recommend opting for either floral or fresh and looking for additional woody base notes if you want a more masculine scent.

From here, we can look at subgroups to further narrow down the genre of fragrance. This will help to determine the notes you’re looking for in your perfume.


Refining Your Selection

Each scent family can be split down into more specific categories, some of which are heavier and some lighter. Lighter fragrances are best for Spring; so take a look at the description of each to see which appeals to you the most.


Floral 

Nothing quite says “spring” like the smell of freshly cut flowers. Floral perfumes are the core group when it comes to fragrances for this time of year.
Common notes: rose, jasmine, peony, hyacinth

Our Favourite: In Love Again by YSL

Another combination of fruit and floral, In Love Again has mandarin and blackcurrant top notes, peony and rose mid notes and a base of musk and blackberry. Good enough to eat!

Shop all our Floral Fragrances from just £9.25


Fruity

Adding a sweet twist to traditional floral fragrances, fruity florals are a great choice for anyone looking for a refreshing, light perfume.
Common notes: apple, pear, peach, melon

Our Favourite: J’Adore Injoy by Dior

A fruity floral, Dior J’Adore Injoy has a top note of gourmet salt ‘Fleur de Sel’, mid notes of sambac jasmine, neroli, tuberose and ylang-ylang, and a base of ripe peaches. A delectable scent that will see you through the warm months.

Shop all our Fruity Fragrances from just £7.95


Citrus

Ideal for Spring, the citrus subgroup is zesty and tangy, ranging from sweeter notes of mandarin to earthier bergamot.
Common notes: lemon, orange, grapefruit, bergamot, mandarin

Our Favourite: CK One by Calvin Klein

The epitome of a unisex Spring fragrance, CK One combines green and citrus notes to create an award-winning perfume. Top notes include pineapple, papaya and bergamot, middle notes include jasmine, freesia and violet, while at its base are oakmoss, green tea and sandalwood.

Shop all our Citrus Fragrances from just £15.00


Once you’ve narrowed down the subgroup you’re looking for, you’ll be ready to start the hunt for your ideal Spring fragrance. 

5 Ways To Show Your Mum You Love Her

Of all the annual holidays, Mother’s Day is arguably one of the most important. Raising kids is a thankless job, and our mums did a pretty good job (if we do say so ourselves). So, showing her how much she means to you isn’t a task to take lightly. 

This year, instead of panic-buying expensive socks, treat your mum to a thoughtful gift when she’s least expecting it. In fact, why not give one of the below gifts for Mother’s Day and the others at random times throughout the year? 

Go on, she deserves it.


Add atmosphere to her living room

Whether your mum has retired or isn’t quite at that stage yet, she’s likely to spend more time at home than she once did. By nature, as we age we tend to enjoy our creature comforts more and appreciate the little things in life, like the comfort of a favourite armchair or the routine of a nightly tv line-up. 

Candles - Mum

Why not add to the ambience by gifting her a scented candle? Choose the right fragrance and you’ll add a whole new element to the room, enveloping her home in a warm scent that adds to the atmosphere. For safe options, Orla Kiely does a fantastic Earl Grey candle with notes of black tea and bergamot – perfect for tea lovers, and you can’t go wrong with The Ritual Of Sakura, which combines the delicate scent of rice milk with cherry blossom.


Give her the gift of a good night’s sleep

How many sleepless nights have we given our mums over the years? Well, why not make up for it by helping her drift off with ease this Mother’s Day? Thisworks is an award-winning company that produces a range of sleep-inducing oils, diffusers, balms and pillow sprays. 

Sleep - Mum

The Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, in particular, has a fan following, with 97% of people surveyed reporting they felt more awake the day after using it. With lavender, chamomile and vetiver, the fragrance blend relaxes body and mind, improving sleep quality and reducing restlessness. Or, if you know she’s having a particularly difficult time drifting off, try the Sleep Plus Pillow Spray which has an increased concentration.


Let her know you’re thinking of her

It’s the little things that count, and nothing is quite as impactful as being surprised with a gift when you’re least expecting it. We love the idea of slipping a gift-wrapped goody into mum’s handbag for her to find later. It doesn’t have to be an expensive or ground-breaking gift, something as simple as a hand cream can be just as appreciated.

If you’re looking for a product that looks as luxurious as it feels, you can’t go wrong with Neom Organics Scent to Make You Happy. It contains mood-boosting essential oils, designed to lift spirits as well as nourishing the skin. Or, if her hands are particularly dry from gardening and other hard-wearing activities, try something more powerful like this Shea Butter Intense Hand Balm by L’Occitane.


A touch of the spa, at home

When was the last time your mum enjoyed a day at the spa? Treating her to a spa day would be the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, but if you can’t, or if she’s not one to indulge in the rest and relaxation that spa treatments offer, there are plenty of other ways to bring the experience to her. 

Home Spa - Mum

A good-quality body scrub is a fantastic way to indulge in some pampering. Aromatic, invigorating, exfoliating and hydrating, scrubs offer an at-home treatment with minimal effort. Opt for a brand that can be found in the top spas, such as this Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Scrub from REN Skincare, or the Frangipani Monoi Salt Glow from Elemis


Give her bathroom an upgrade

No, I’m not talking about a full bathroom renovation, though that would seriously earn some brownie points; I’m talking soap. I don’t know about your mum, but ours buy themselves the same old hand soap from the bottom shelf in the supermarket, year in, year out. It’s one of the many things she doesn’t like to spend money on. So, this year, I’ll be replacing her depressing bar of hand soap with something a little more luxurious. 

There is such a wide range of decadent hand washes that the hardest part is narrowing it down to a shortlist, but on ours is the Molton Brown White Mulberry Hand Wash and the L’Occitane Shea Butter Verbena Liquid Soap. L’Occitane gets bonus points for having an eco-refill option, but that Molton Brown bottle is all class.


Whatever you do to show your mum how much you care this Mother’s Day, remember to appreciate her throughout the year. After all, without her, you wouldn’t be who you are today.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is about showing your appreciation to the important person in your life who helped make you who you are today. Whether it be your Mum, Step Mum, Nan, or anyone else who helped to nourish, guide and support you, show them you care with a thoughtful gift this Mother’s Day. 

While every woman is different, there are undeniably a few ‘types’ who are tricky to buy for. In our Mother’s Day Gift Guide, we’ve hand-chosen products to make gift-buying a breeze. 


The Busy Bee

Her diary is bursting at the seams and she always has somewhere to be. For the Busy Bee, the most precious gift (short of finding more hours in the day) is the gift of relaxation. 

A Neom candle makes the ideal thoughtful present for the hard-working woman in your life. Available in five unique scents, try Calm & Relax, which uses ylang ylang, frankincense and patchouli to create a calm atmosphere in the home.


The Natural Mum

If you have a mum who is conscious about the environment and trying to make greener choices, choosing the right gift can be a daunting task. Thankfully, when it comes to Mums who value the healing properties of natural ingredients and eco-responsible packaging, Philosophy has everything you need. 

In particular, try their Nature In A Jar range, which boasts a Body Lotion with Cactus Fruit Extract, and a Gentle Detoxifying Cleanser with Agave.


The Mum Who Has Everything

When it comes to the mum who has everything, you have to roll out the big guns. The chances are if she wants something, she’s already bought it, so you need to go a step above and find something she didn’t even know she wanted. Perfume is perfect for fulfilling this tricky brief.

For a beautiful fragrance that won’t break the bank, Ghost Dream more than delivers. Multi-award winner, its floral oriental scent combines top notes of water and rose with deeper musk, jasmine and orange blossom. Or, if you’d rather push the boat out on a luxury fragrance, you can find our top picks at the end of this article.


The Mum Who Doesn’t Sleep

Whether she’s a new mum who you want to acknowledge on Mother’s Day or your own mum who has a touch of insomnia, we all know someone who struggles to get enough sleep. Thankfully, this is one of the easiest people to buy for, as there is a fantastic range of sleep-inducing products available.

For a sure winner, you can’t go wrong with Deep Sleep Pillow Spray from thisworks. With 97% of people surveyed saying they slept better after using it, this will be the gift that sets the bar for future years!


The Spa Aficionado

She loves a spa day – who doesn’t!? So this Mother’s Day, bring a touch of that spa experience to her. With so many great brands available, it can be difficult knowing where to start, so let us help narrow down your options with a few top options.

Caudalie is a French beauty brand whose products centre around natural ingredients and “vinotherapy”, they also do a range of beautiful gift packs

REN Clean Skincare is stocked in spas around the world, so you know they’re doing something right! Check out some of their stunning gift sets.

And lastly, Decleor is another brand that is no stranger to the high-end spa experience. You can view their gift sets here.


Bonus Points: Luxury Fragrances

Whoever you’re buying for, you can’t go wrong with a luxury fragrance. If you’re pulling your hair out trying to find that perfect gift, take a look at our top picks for Mother’s Day.

Armani Because It’s You

Fruity and warm, Armani Because It’s You has top notes of raspberry and blackcurrant, with deeper notes of vanilla, violet and jasmine. It’s a decadent perfume that is sure to become her new favourite.

Available in a range of sizes, shop the range from £50.

 

YSL Libre

A light fragrance which embodies freedom, strength and sensuality, YSL Libre contains gentle notes of lavender, orange blossom and jasmine. The perfect everyday fragrance to empower and embolden.

Available in a range of sizes and gift sets, shop the range. from £48.

 

Lancôme La Vie est Belle

Combining vanilla with blackcurrant and pear, Lancôme La Vie Est Belle is a warm fragrance for women who value the beauty in simplicity. Versatile and effortless, this is a great perfume for any woman in your life. 

Available in a range of sizes and gift sets, shop the range from £44.

 

Ralph Lauren Woman

An iconic scent, Ralph Lauren Woman is both opulent and timeless. With top notes of rhubarb and blackcurrant, mid-notes of tuberose and orange flower, and base notes of hazelnut and vibrant woods, this complex scent is an award winner for a reason.

Available in a range of sizes and gift sets, shop the range from £39.95.


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!

Black Friday Beauty Round-Up

“The children were nestled all snug in their beds… so mummy got ready for the shopping ahead.”

Time is of the essence, so let’s cut to it: it’s Black Friday week here at allbeauty! We know that this is peak Christmas shopping time, and you’re probably getting bombarded daily with Black Friday emails, so we’ll keep this on a strictly need-to-know basis.

Tracking all the different sales is an absolute nightmare at this time of year, so, as always, allbeauty is here to make it easy to pay less. Whether you want to pick up a bargainous skincare product or want to stock up on perfumes for Christmas gifts, you’ll find all of our best discounts here. 


Skincare

Decléor – Up To 50% Off Prai – Up to 20% Off
Cowshed – Up To 40% Off

Perricone MD – Up To 65% Off

Philosophy – 20% Off When You Buy 2 Matis Paris – Up To 75% Off  
Fillerina – Up to 35% Off   The Natural Deodorant Co – Buy One Get One Half Price

 


Haircare

Flat, dull, frizzy, oily, wavy, curly or straight – whatever your hair type, you’re in for a treat. In typical Black Friday style, we’ve got amazing discounts of up to 65% off across some of our top-selling brands.

System Professional – Up To 25% Off Sebastian Professional – Up To 65% Off  
Kérastase – Up To 35% Off label.m – Up To 45% Off  
Redken – Up To 45% Off   Nanogen – Up To 25% Off
Shu Uemura Art of Hair – Up To 40% Off   Paul Mitchell – Up To 40% Off  
Foltène – Up To 30% Off  

KMS – 3 For 2 Offer (Use code KMS3) 


Electricals

Whether you’re in the market for a new electric toothbrush or something a little more intimate, we have you covered. Check out some fantastic savings on electrical goods, with discounts across our full range of Philips and Elvie products.

Philips – Up To 70% Off   Elvie – Up To 30% Off   


Fragrance

There are some fantastic savings on fragrances in the Black Friday week sale. Why not choose a luxury perfume by Cartier at an unbeatable price, or treat the special man in your life to an award-winning cologne by Dunhill London.

Cartier – Up to 50% Off Dunhill London – Up To 60% Off  


Home Fragrance

Still struggling to find the perfect gift? You can’t go wrong with a beautiful candle or home fragrance. Neom offers a range of fragrant candles, oils, diffusers and gift sets. And with up to 20% off, there’s never been a better time to try them all!

Neom – Up To 20% Off  

Shop all Black Friday Now at allbeauty.com 🛒