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    Wealthy affiliate review

    We’ve all had tough times over the past few years and more and more people are searching online for ways to make money or add to their current income. I did the same in 2021 so I want to share my experience for others who have perhaps come across Wealthy Affiliate too.

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    Wealthy Affiliate review

    Name: Wealthy Affiliate
    Cost: FREE to join with the starter membership
    Upgrading to premium is optional.
    Premium is the most popular package and is priced at $49.00 / £40.14 per month/ Or $497.00/ £407.14 per year.

    Domain name: $14.99/£12.29 per year

    My rating: 9 out of 10

    When I first searched the web for how to make money online back in August 2021, I was surprised by how many companies there were.

    It was a little overwhelming to say the least. When covid hit, millions of us were looking for ways to earn money whilst being stuck at home and with so many online businesses, how do we tell which ones are genuine and which ones are potential scams?

    I glazed over several companies before I came to Wealthy Affiliate and something caught my eye and I was intrigued to read further into the online world of affiliate marketing.

    What is affiliate marketing?

    The basics around affiliate marketing

    Affiliate marketing is an online platform that has step-by-step guidance and tools to help you build an online business.

    A platform where commission to an external website is paid through traffic, affiliate links and referrals.

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    Who created Wealthy Affiliate?

    Wealthy Affiliate was founded by Kyle Loudoun and Carson Lim back in 2005. They remain very active members of the community and offer help when needed.

    Where it starts 

     

    Finding a niche

    Possibly the hardest part is finding a niche.

    We need a topic to write blogs about. We are all passionate about something but we have to be so passionate that we can write articles for our website on a regular basis.

    Niche ideas

    ■ Weight loss

    ■ Cooking

    ■ Sports

    ■ Art and crafts

    ■ Parenting

    ■ Clothing

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    The list is endless so there will be something for everyone.

    Find a topic that you enjoy and build your website around your ideas. Once you have set up a website and started to publish articles, Google will find them and index them.

    This means that they have been found online and over time, the more people that find your website and find articles that you have written that are helpful to them, the more traffic you will receive.

    Over time, the more traffic you receive the more money you can potentially earn.

    Adding affiliate links by companies that you have joined, which are relevant to your niche, recommending Wealthy Affiliate to others, and having adverts placed on your website can all earn you money.

     The pros

    Step by a step training at your fingertips

    The training is easy to follow with videos to watch alongside reading  information.

    Tick boxes at the bottom of each page allow you to keep track of which tasks you have completed if you need to go back to where you finished.

     

    Free to join

    People like to know that they have the option to trial a platform before committing to paying money and this is definitely one of the reasons why I joined.

    It gives everyone the opportunity to see how they get on, if working as an affiliate is actually suited to them and if they have the time to commit to it.

     

    No direct product selling

    We are all sales people yet most of us don’t realise it.

    If you’ve ever recommended a film at the cinema, a restaurant or a holiday to your friends and family, you don’t commission for it. If you were to sell a product through an affiliate link on your website, you would be paid commission for that recommendation.

    With Wealthy Affiliate, you advertise affiliate links to products that you choose relevant to your niche, so the pressure is off trying to get friends/family and strangers to purchase directly from you.

    Full support from the community

    We all need help and support when we start something new and this platform is exceptional for the help they give.

    Every question is answered by other members of the community and they will link resources to their answer to assist you further if needed.

    With so many members in every part of the world, (195 countries) there will always be somebody online to help with a question.

    24/7 Site support

    There is a designated site support if you have any issues with your website and they are very quick to respond to any queries, to keep your website continuously running efficiently.

    Website security 

    Websites are monitored 24 hours a day to offer you the security to ensure that your website is kept at bay from hackers and spammers.

     

    The cons

    A little overwhelming

    Like any new business, there is a lot to learn and do to get things rolling. If you’re a thing like myself, I want to learn everything all at once but it’s not possible.

    Little steps and consistency are the perfect combination.

    The hardest part is starting.

     

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    Basic computer skills are ideal

    Although it does say that you don’t need to have any computer skills as you will learn everything through the training, I feel everyone would benefit from basic skills.

    Having experienced it firsthand, I found it much easier to learn the different tasks with the knowledge that I already have of working with an ipad/ computer.

    Upgrade option can be expensive

    In any business, we need to pay out money before we can earn the money back.

    Paying for a yearly premium is more cost effective than paying monthly but you do need to have the money in order to move forward with the training.

    The free option allows you to complete 10 training lessons.

    Once you have reached your limit with the free trial, you will need to upgrade to premium to access the site further.

    This will benefit you and your business with all that the platform has to offer.

    Training updates required

    Some of the training is a little outdated but there is an option above all of the training lessons to request an update.

    If you do come across any training that’s asking you to manually do something on your website and your device doesn’t have the option, an update can be requested or you can ask the community to assist.

     

    Is it a scam?

     

     

    We are all too quick to assume the negative with anything we read or see and looking for ways to make money online is no exception.
    We try to find fault in something if it sounds too good to be true. I always believe that if something does sound too good to be true, it usually is.
    What about wealthy affiliate?
    With over 2,600,000 members in the community, they can’t all be thinking the same thing.
    We often label things as a scam when it’s something that we fail at or lose money from.
    “It must be a scam because it’s not working for me”.
    Wealthy Affiliate state an ‘endless opportunity and zero risk’.
    This is because there’s no obligation to continue your journey if you find that the free starter membership isn’t a fit for you.
    Behind the platform are real people helping others to succeed.
    I strongly believe that we all have to fail at something in order to move forward and be successful.
    With over 23,000, people helped daily and over 1,800 expert coaches, they’re surely doing something right.
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    Should I sign up for premium?

    Most definitely if you’re serious about trying to make money online.

    The free platform will help you to a certain extent, but in order to start seeing an income you will need to sign up to premium.

    You will then have access to boot camps, online classes, unlimited support to name just a few of the benefits.

    Within the premium amount you will get all the help that you need 24/ 7 and a keyword research tool called Jaxxy that helps you to find the best keywords to use when writing your articles.

    Something I feel is so important in any online business as there is a lot of competition out there.

     

    With Wealthy Affiliate, we can create an online business with a niche that we are passionate about.

    Having so many ideas that we can choose, I knew straight away that I wanted to incorporate my love of fragrances.

    I knew I could write lots about the topic and help readers with their queries when they search online.

    What is premium plus?

    Premium plus is the top Level of Wealthy Affiliate and gives you stacks more training at your fingertips.
    The advantage of hosting 10 premium websites, instead of 3 with premium and advanced options for those who perhaps work full time in the industry and can put in the hours required.

    My story

    Alongside being a freelance hairdresser, network marketer and a 1-1 support teaching assistant for a special needs boy, I felt the need to add another income.

    Something to fall back on through my later years when perhaps my full time business in hairdressing would become too much as I grew older.

    I had no idea what affiliate marketing was, so the nearest I had come to this kind of business was working in network marketing.

    I was introduced to a company called FM World in 2016.

    A perfume company that began in 2011, selling designer inspired perfumes and cosmetics.

    As a lover of fragrances, I was sold and have built a small dedicated team who have the same passion for helping others as I do.

    Being in the network marketing space for the past 8 years, lead me to connecting with lots of people online.

    Those connections became friends. Through those friends, I have received many messages from those in my Facebook community who already work in affiliate marketing.

    I shied away due to a lack of knowledge for the business. Besides, I wanted to find out for myself and in my own time without the pressure.

    I decided to search online as it seemed that so many of my connections were into this new way of earning money.

    I typed in ‘earning money online ‘ into the search bar to see what would come up.

    Wealthy Affiliate stood out from their competition. The page looked inviting and I had the chance to join for free to test drive the platform and receive my first 10 lessons for free.

    Unlike many affiliate companies, you don’t have to put any payment details in. Everything was broken down into small sections, so that I could take in all the information at first glance without feeling overwhelmed.

    I wanted to know how much it would cost after the free session, what affiliate marketing involved, and what time I would need to put aside to allow for this new adventure.

    I’m sure that most people sign up for projects, products, etc when we see the word FREE.

    We have nothing to lose when something doesn’t cost a penny. Having a new opportunity to trial this new online business gave me the chance to find out if it really was something that would suit me. It had to fit around my other full-time work and self-employed business.

     

    Get- rich- quick

    Wealthy Affiliate isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme.

    Some people may join an online company in the hope that they will earn a lot of money with minimal work.

    Like any business, it takes time ( and money) to build.

    Don’t join Wealthy Affiliate expecting to be paid hundreds of pounds in your first few weeks or even months of joining as you will be bitterly disappointed.

    There isn’t any business out there that and you can earn quick money with minimal effort.

    As much as we may want there to be, if you’re looking to earn instant cash, this kind of business isn’t for you.

    The training is very easy to follow, albeit a little overwhelming if you try to take on too much in the beginning. Little steps are recommended so you understand what you are doing.

    There is no rush. It’s taking things at your own speed and there is no pressure to catch up with everyone else. It’s your own journey. There are enough pressures in life nowadays so we don’t want to add to them.

    Conclusion

    If working online fits in around your family life, in between other commitments and you enjoy helping others by writing useful articles, then sign up for the free trial.

    Surrounding yourself with successful people will improve your success. Truth.

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    You have nothing to lose and so much knowledge to gain!

     

     

     

    Join today for free and become a part of a wonderful community that aims to help us all reach success in our own way.

  • Candles

    Reusing candle jars

    Many of us have candles scattered around the home to give the feel of warmth, elegance and emit a beautiful scent in the room. If you’re a candle addict like myself, every room will have a candle sitting somewhere and by reusing candle jars we can create another solution for these items.

    The majority of us are guilty of throwing the jars away to be recycled after the candle has burned through but what can we do instead to reuse the empty jars and save our environment ?

     

    Reusing candle jars

    Save your candle jars for uses around the home

    Candles are hugely popular and come in all varieties, shapes and sizes.

    Whilst some will be in simple containers, there are many on the market today that are just too beautiful to throw away.

    We are very much into up cycling nowadays and it is not just restricted to furniture or clothing.

    Many of us will be very mindful of throwing away items and doing damage to our environment so this is a great way to do our bit for the world.

    Recreating something else out of a candle jar will keep the home tidy and will make finding things much easier than in drawers.

    If you like purchasing luxury candles, then more often than not, these types will come in a more expensive container to reflect the price.

    It’s a shame and a waste to throw the jar away once the candle has burned and we’ve spent money so remember to save them.

    Cheaper candle containers can still be used for another item and with the popularity of candles today, it makes more sense to reuse the jars.

    Let’s take a look at some ideas for reusing candle jars around the home, workplace and school.

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    Pen/pencil pot

    We all have countless pens lying around the house, and you can guarantee that whenever you need to find one to make a note whilst on the phone for example, there is never one to be seen.

    As long as your candle jar is deep enough to take the average size pen, you’re good to go with this wonderful idea of keeping pens in a place that is accessible.

    Pen pots are widely used in schools too and if you have tinned containers, these are perfect for sitting in the classroom. They also reduce the need for purchasing so much plastic.

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    Plant pot

    I love this idea.

    It’s so important to have plants in the home. Certain plants can improve our indoor air quality and therefore helps us to breathe better and increase oxygen levels.

    Adding a little soil and some plant seeds will enable you to grow your own plant. Another idea would be to re-pot an existing plant into a more elegant container.

    Plants in the home bring the greenery of the outside nature, inside.

     

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    Centerpiece for a table

    Whether it’s a centrepiece for Christmas time, or just to add some elegance in the middle of your dining room table when entertaining, a decorative candle jar as a centrepiece will bring your home to life.

    It adds an inviting touch to the table at dinner time. You could also purchase some floating candles and pop them inside a decorative jar.

     

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    Fairy lights

    This is a wonderful idea and something I have used myself around my home.

    Small sets of LED battery operated lights can be purchased from most stores as well as online shops such as eBay.

    You can also use empty wine bottles for a similar effect. They make a wonderful centerpiece as well as giving the home a welcoming and warm environment.

    It’s amazing the effect they can create in the home on a cold and winters evening and it’s something that is so simple and cost-effective.

    Homes always feel warmer when there are candles burning or fairy lights switched on, so this is definitely one to try.

     

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    Kitchen utensils

    Have small utensils such as a mini whisk, meat thermometer, pasting brush or wooden spoons easy to access when cooking and prevent the cutlery drawer from becoming too full.

    Cosmetic brushes

    My cosmetics brushes are currently sitting inside a ceramic candle holder that I have kept and washed. Similar to the pen holder, make sure your jar is deep enough to take the length of different size brushes, and they will always be to hand when you are applying make up.

    It also helps to keep them clean for longer when they are not mixed up in a cosmetics bag.

    You can also add lip liner or eyeliner pencils so they are easily accessible.

     

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    Cotton buds/pads

    Have you ever bought cotton buds and found that the pot just isn’t suitable?

    They’re so packed in tight that when you do want to take one out, several buds fall out of the container at once and you end up poking the rest back into any space you can find for next time.

    Make them easy to get to by adding them to a candle container instead.

    For those that use a cosmetics remover product instead of a make up remover towel, make the cotton balls/pads accessible in their own container and ditch the plastic bag that they are sold in.

     

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    These jars will look so much more elegant in the bathroom to store cotton balls and cotton buds

     

    Sweet/biscuit jar

    When my children were much smaller, I used to keep small sweets in a jar and they were allowed one per day each.

    If you have purchased a candle with a lid such as the Yankee candle, then these are perfect for using and they will hold a fair few small sweets. Biscuits can also be stored for easy access.

    Loose change

    Most of us use a card or our phones to pay for items these days so we do see less of the small change.

    If we do have any spare then a candle jar is perfect for keeping loose coins in one place.

    Shallow candle holders are ideal where we don’t need the depth. If you collect copper coins, use a large bottle with a wide rim and save them up.

    When the bottle is full, bag the coins and bank them.

     

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    Have your loose change to hand when you need it

    Arts and crafts

    For those who have young children and perhaps have an arts and crafts cupboard, will know how good it is to have containers and pots for items such as crayons, beads, ice pop sticks, glitter and scissors.

    Candle jars with lids are ideal for the smaller items. Sewing cotton is great to store in clear jars as the vibrant colours pop through.

     

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    Buttons

    My late mum had a huge collection of spare buttons that she had collected over the years and they went inside a tin.

    An avid sewer, there was always a spare button available to sew onto a cardigan, skirt or a pair of trousers when myself and my siblings were small.

    I now find myself occasionally looking through those buttons to find a suitable one for any that are missing on my items of clothing or my children’s.

     

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    Buttons need storing in a large container so if you have a large candle jar then these are ideal

    Nail polish

    If, like myself, you have a drawer with every nails polish colour under the sun thrown into it then I would recommend a shallow candle jar instead.

    Nail polish is best to keep upright to prevent spillages and stored away from direct sunlight and heat.

    If you have a few favourite colours that you need to access regularly, a candle tin can be a great idea for keeping those bottles upright and tidy.

     

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    A shallow tin candle container is perfect to keeping your favourite nail polish bottles upright

     

    Beverages

    More and more of us reach for the herbal teas. A great way to store herbal tea bags is in a jar instead of having the box sitting on the kitchen work surface. If you have three matching candle jars, you can add coffee in one and sugar in another to jazz the kitchen up.

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    Tea light candle

    Reuse a candle jar with a candle. Simple but effective. Any size candle container can be used for this.

    Pop your choice of scented or unscented tea light candle inside and you have instantly created your very own tea light holder.

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    Pop a tea light into a jar for a wonderful warm effect to the home
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    Add sand or pebbles to your jar and pop a tea light on top

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Bath salts

    For those who still have a bath tub in their home and enjoy a long soak at the end of a busy day, will benefit from the wonderful colours that bath salts are made with.

    A collection of different colours in clear candle jars can brighten up any bathroom and make it feel very homely and relaxing.

     

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    Bath salts are still used for a relaxing soak so make them look more inviting to use by storing them in a candle jar

     

    Batteries

    Loose batteries rolling around in a drawer and not being able to find one can be a pain!

    Save your candle jar so that they can be easily accessed for when the kitchen clock battery decides to die.

    Charging leads

    With technology being all around us nowadays and everyone in the home having phones, laptops or an iPad, the leads are endless.

    They all look the same and are more often than not, tangled up.

    As a hairdresser, my kitchen not only has these types of leads but also the ones that I use for charging cordless clippers.

    Unless you have every lead positioned in a socket so that they are to hand, they can become a tangled mess if they’re sitting inside the kitchen drawer.

    Gather them up separately and wrap an elastic band around them, pop them inside a deep candle tin or jar and you have all of your leads neat and untangled.

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    Removing the old wax

    If you have any wax residue in the base or edges of your candle holder there is a simple way to remove the excess.

    Add boiling water to the jar and leave to stand for a few minutes.

    The boiled water will help to lift the wax out in one piece. Remove any left over wax around the sides.

    Labels can be removed with hot soapy water.

    Wash the jar or container thoroughly and dry.

    Once the left over wax and any labels are removed, you can be very creative by adding your own design to the jar and make it more decorative and personalised with items such as stickers, glitter or even dry flowers.

    There are some wonderful ideas on Pinterest.

    Recycle your jar for a friend or family members birthday or a Christmas present and pop a tea light candle inside for the perfect gift.

    A great way to give something unique without spending a fortune.

     

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    Conclusion

    Make use of any used candle containers around your home. Whether they are jars or tins.

    The list is endless with what they can be used for and are a great way of helping you save money in other ways.

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  • Perfumes

    New year perfume

    The new year often sees resolutions made, most commonly losing weight, drinking less or perhaps giving up nail-biting. It’s not always about making resolutions though, especially when most are given up within the first few weeks.

    According to research by yougov.co.uk, 47% of people felt the need to set wellness routines, with only 6% of those people actually sticking to their resolution.

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    Getting fit often falls short when it comes to new year resolutions

    67% of those surveyed said they were more focused on their looks, rather than how they feel.

     

    We all know how we feel with a new fragrance. Many will see a fresh calendar page and maybe the January sales to purchase a new year perfume instead of a resolution that may not last.

    We can often get stuck with purchasing the same bottle of perfume throughout the year, our comfort classic that reminds us of memories made.

    Some men and women perhaps change their scent to match the seasons.

    Unless you’ve been gifted a new perfume for Christmas that you have never tried before, the same scents come back again for the following year and we never get to try a different one.

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    Christmas time is the perfect excuse for a new fragrance and we see countless TV ads with designer fragrances and their celebrity endorses on our screens.

    That last push from the advertising companies to pop a perfume advert in between every commercial possible as we begin watching endless Christmas films and shows.

    One thing I personally notice each year is the popularity of summer scented perfumes being advertised during the run up to Christmas.

    Whilst there are a selection that are hugely popular and best-sellers throughout the year, I always associate floral, sweet and delicate notes for the spring and summer seasons.

    We need lighter scents on the skin for the hotter months.

    La Vie Est belle by Lancôme , Angel by Thierry Muglar and Daisy by Marc Jacobs appear on our screens most commonly during the Christmas period as men and women frantically search online and in the shops for the perfect gift.

    Each of these perfumes I feel more suitable for summer yet we see them highly advertised during the run up to Christmas.

    Related article: The Best Summer Fragrances For Women

    Advertisers know what sells and we are all guilty of buying a fragrance that is endorsed by our favourite celebrity.

    They have a big influence over our purchases and sales rocket every year regardless of an economic crisis.

    Christmas and winter for me should see the woody and oriental scents. Those strong fragrances that turn heads and work well during the colder season.

    Perfumes that contain heavy notes such as sandalwood, patchouli and vanilla can be worn much better during the winter.

    Such notes are too heavy for summer, where we should look for more floral and lighter scents.

     

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    New year perfume

    Perfumes such as YSL Black Opium or Paco Rabanne by Lady Million, are very popular scents for the cold, winter and festive season.

    When we purchase a fragrance, whatever the season, we should always concentrate on the base notes.

    These are the notes that will last the longest and that others around us will smell and be influenced by.

    We predominantly see female scents being advertised more than the male fragrances even though the fragrance world is just as popular for men.

    Whilst there is no hard and fast rule about wearing selective perfumes to suit the seasons and it is very much a personal choice, I do believe that winter scents should be on our screens for that time of year.

    If you’re not fazed by trying a new scent and steering away from your traditional scents, then a new fragrance could be just around the corner.

    The great thing about trying something new in the perfume world is the samples that are readily available to try beforehand.

    We could potentially spend a fair amount of money on a new scent so it is important to try a sample first and to leave the scent on the skin for a few minutes to determine if it is the right one for you.

    I’m sure there will be so many who have had a perfume bought and it never gets worn. Too strong, not scented enough or the wrong fragrance notes can all play a part.

    Perfume and scented skin care products sees sales sky rocket during the Christmas season more than any other time of the year.

    We will always see the timeless classics such as La vie Est Belle by Lancôme  and that’s possibly why it appears on our screens every year. Possibly one of the most versatile scents too.

    Other scents such as Jo Malone’s Wood Sage & sea salt cologne for men has become popular over the past 12 months even though it’s a scent more aimed for summer.

     

    Popular winter scents for women

     

    Black Opium- Yves St Laurent

     

    Deep and warm autumn notes are a popular choice with this 2014 perfume. Passion and energy in a bottle, this classic woman’s perfume has a seductive theme with its vanilla and coffee fragrance notes.

    On its first spray, Black Opium has lots of fruity notes to enjoy, and once we get to the base notes, we smell the deep, winter sense, as patchouli, coffee, and vanilla strike through.

    Top notes: Green mandarin, cinnamon, pear

    Middle notes: Orange blossom, Jasmine Sambac and solar notes

    Base notes: Vanilla absolute, patchouli, coffee and vanilla orchid, bourbon vanilla, Madagascar vanilla.

     

     

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    Decadence Eau So Decadent-Marc Jacobs

     

    Many women who already wear Daisy by Mark Jacobs will know that it contains very floral notes, so when Decadence Eau So Decadent was released in 2017, we had a more velvet and woody aroma that instantly pours out sophistication and sex appeal.

     

    Top notes: Plum, saffron, Iris

    Middle notes: Orris, Bulgarian Rose, Jasmine Sambac.

    Bass notes: Vetiver, papyrus, liquidambar

     

     

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    Good Girl- Carolina Herrera

    The perfume bottle alone has always been a fascination, although not the type that women can pop into their handbag easily mind. If you do have a perfume decanter and the money to spend on this fragrance, then it ticks all the boxes for a winter scent.

    A popular perfume, launched very recently in 2021 and often gets advertised on TV, This little gem smells just as good as it looks.

    Whilst the fragrance notes appear very floral, the base notes bring out the winter theme for this delightful perfume.

    Top notes: Litchi, red currant

    Middle note: Rose

    Base notes: Vanilla, vetiver

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    Popular winter scents for men

     

    Viktor & Rolf- Spice Bomb

    Viktor & Rolf have a male version of the ever so popular Flower bomb for women which hit the fragrance world back in 2005, called Spice bomb. The male scent was released at a later date in 2012.

    The bottle alone screams masculinity compared to its female version, which has an elegant feminine bottle.

    With a powerhouse of fragrance notes, it’s of little suprise that this scent is just as popular as the female version.

    Designed like a bomb from a James Bond film, this fragrance reaches out to its male customers with a wonderful combination of heavy base notes.

    Leather, vetiver and tobacco will be the continued scent that last for the duration whilst its top notes of grapefruit and bergamot give a gentle feel to the scent when it is first sprayed.

    Top notes: Bergamot, grapefruit, pink pepper, elemi ( an oleoresin obtained from a tropical tree and commonly used in aromatherapy oils, varnishes and perfume.

    Middle notes: Saffron, cinnamon, paprika

    Base notes: Tobacco, leather, vetiver

     

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    Savage-Dior

    Another popular winter scent is the classic Savage by Dior. Packed with plenty of spicy and winter notes, sitting in the aromatic fougere family, this 2015 release is a huge hit with the men and a great scent for women to appreciate.

    Top notes: Pepper, Calabrian bergamot

    Middle notes: Lavender, pink pepper, vetiver Sichuan pepper, patchouli, geranium and elemi

    Base notes: Cedar, ambroxan and labdanum.

     

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    Armani Code-Giorgio Armani

     

    This masculine bottle is another classic for its woody notes and sits perfectly on the skin during the winter months. Launched in 2017, this was Georgio Armani’s first oriental scent for men.

    Sensual, charming and with a combination of beautiful notes, this fragrance is designed for the modern man.

    Sitting in the oriental family, Armani Code is a spicy fragrance that was launched in 2004.

    Top notes : Bergamot, lemon

    Middle notes : Star anise, olive blossom, guaiac wood

    Base notes : Tobacco, tonka bean

     

     

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    Gucci Guilty Absolute-Gucci

     

    If you’re looking for a woody and masculine scent, Gucci Guilty Absolute is the perfect option. Launched in 2017, its fragrance has all the notes for the perfect winter scent.

    Top note: Leather

    Middle notes: Cypress, patchouli

    Base notes: Vetiver, woody notes

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    D&G -The One

    Another popular scent for men and a masculine classic that was launched in 2015 is Dolche & Gabanna’s The One.

    If you like spicy and oriental fragrances that are suitable for winter, then this fragrance fits the bill.

    Top notes: Grapefruit, basil, coriander

    Middle notes: Ginger, cardamom, orange blossom

    Base notes: Amber, tobacco, cedar

     

     

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    Unisex winter scents

    Tom Ford Black Orchid

    If you like to compliment your scent with your other half and struggle to find fragrances to do this then Tom Ford has the solution.

    Launched in 2006, Black Orchid is an oriental scent that is suitable for men and women.

    It has a wonderful combination of scents that balance well with the floral side whilst still keeping the fragrance suitable to the males to wear.

    Top notes: Plum, truffle

    Middle notes: Rum, Ylang-ylang, black orchid

    Base note:Patchouli

     

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    Baccarat Rouge 540- Maison Francis Kurkdjian

    A popular unisex scent with heavier notes is the Baccarat Rouge 540 and has been a popular choice since its release back in 2015. An elegant yet simplistic bottle, this fragrance is inspired by woody scents with gorgeous hints of floral notes popping through.

    Top notes: Saffron, jasmin

    Middle notes: Ambergris

    Base notes: Cedar, fir resin

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    Conclusion: A new year doesn’t have to be restricted to New Year’s resolutions.

    Bringing a new scent into the home for the winter months can be just what we need to cheer us up and keep us out of the January blues.

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  • Christmas gifts,  Cosmetics,  Skin care

    Make up remover towel

    The perfect gift for any women who wear cosmetics and a great stocking filler is the make up remover towel.

    Having a skin care routine has become more prevalent these days and there are so many products to choose from for cleansing, toning and moisturising.

    We do benefit in the later years from looking after our skin and now more than ever we are constantly looking for ways to save money, help the environment and avoid as much waste as possible.

     

    Make up remover towel

    Micellar lotions

    Having traditionally been a user of the make up remover lotions for many years, beginning with a bottle of baby lotion and a box of tissues in my younger days, this led me eventually to the micellar lotion and cotton pads’.

    Micellar lotion is a very gentle product that helps to remove all traces of make up and they are still very much in circulation and used by many women today. So what’s changed?

    Make up remover towel
    The popular Micellar lotion by FM World

     

    Micellar lotions can vary in price as can the cosmetic pads’ and whilst this form of make up removal is still effective and suitable for some, there are a few who have moved over to the latest product in the form of a make up remover towel.

    We learn from the early days of experimenting with cosmetics that in order to remove make up, especially stubborn mascara or deep coloured lipstick, we need a product that will be efficient and effective in the removal of such products.

    Saving you money

    With the cost of living now crippling us at every angle, many of us are looking for ways to save money.

    This isn’t limited to the heating being used less or switching the lights off in the home if we’re no longer in that particular room.

    By using a makeup remover towel that uses only water and is reusable, makes a lot of sense to help save the pennies.

    ■ Affordable

    ■ Delicate for sensitive skin

    ■ Adds gentle exfoliation

    ■ No need for any chemicals

    ■ Machine Washable

    ■ Effective

    ■ Better for the environment

    ■ Efficient

    Remove stubborn cosmetics

    If you’re a regular wearer of cosmetics and want to cut the cost of continuously buying cotton pads’ and make up remover lotions, or make up remover wipes, then the make up remover towel is a must.

    It really is surprising how effective it is. Stubborn mascara can be very hard to shift without a little rubbing but the skin around the eyes is very delicate so rubbing to hard should be avoided.

    Waterproof mascara has great benefits, especially if you’re caught out in the rain or happen to be wearing it when you go through an emotional day and the tears fall.

    Trying to remove it at the end of the day on the other hand, can be very frustrating. Not all traces are removed and we end up using harsh soaps to remove the excess.

    For those who have sensitive skin, you will be looking for a delicate product to avoid any unnecessary dryness or skin irritation.

    The soft microfibres within the towel really do feel very soft and won’t rub or damage the skin.

    How do they work?

    The gentle fibres within the towel will allow for light exfoliation so your skin is left with the perfect base for next time.

    It’s hard to believe that a face towel that only requires water and no extra lotions can remove all traces of make up efficiently and with little effort or time.

    After each use, the towel can be washed in the machine or by hand. Try to avoid hot water or fabric softener and wash in a linen bag to avoid the cloth ‘disappearing’.

    Socks have a habit of suffering from ‘washing machine abduction’ so bag your towel so it can’t escape.

    One side of the towel will have exfoliation fibres to help remove dead skin cells which will promote a healthier glow and the other side has shorter fibres to help gently remove make up.

    The environment will thank you for using a microfiber towel instead of throwing hundreds of make up pads’ into the bin each year.

    We all like products that do what they say and are efficient and the make up remover towel will speed up your make up removal far more than the traditional way.

    Great for those who detest removing all traces of make up after a late night home and instead flop into bed and deal with the aftermath of ‘panda eyes’ and dried on mascara in the morning.

    If I had known how effective the make up towel was, I would have started using them years ago. Alongside my towel, I also use FM World’s Aloe Vera Facial Foam to cleanse and tone my face.

    The towels make a great gift for any cosmetics wearers in the family or for friends. My sister thoroughly appreciated hers last year.

    You can purchase them in most shops, supermarkets and online retailers. I purchased mine at FM World.

    They come in pink and purple.

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    FM World’s make up remover towels

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    Make Up Remover Cloths reusable Ultra Soft Reusable Washable Face Towel 

    Make up remover towel

     

    Conclusion

    If you want to save money, help the environment and find the perfect gift for someone, I would highly recommend the make up remover towel.

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  • Christmas gifts,  Home scents,  Incense sticks

    Christmas incense sticks

    December is a wonderful time of year that brings families together, crackling fires and gorgeous aromas in the home.

    Christmas incense sticks
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    Christmas incense sticks are just as popular as scented candles and there are some beautiful scents to choose from as we head into a favourite time of year for many.

    Whilst incense sticks give off a lovely variety of scents, it’s important to know that they are not as good for those who suffer with respiratory issues so just be mindful when purchasing.

    The smoke that comes off of an incense stick can aggravate the chest so if, like myself, you are asthmatic, you are best to avoid these and have scented candles or reed diffusers in the home instead.

    Related article: scented candles 

    What are incense sticks made from?

    Incense sticks are made of a variety of materials that include bamboo, wood and herbs.
    Depending on the type of material used will determine how well and efficient it burns. Bamboo is a popular choice as it burns slowly and evenly.
    Those that contain a strong scent are made from resins and herbs. For a more subtle and delicate scent in the home, choose ones that are made from wood or bamboo.
    Incense sticks burn more quickly than a candle and therefore you will use more but they do tend to be cheaper to purchase than you average candle so you won’t mind burning a few throughout the day.
    If you buy good quality ones, the burn time will vary from 30 to 60 minutes. Some may even last for up to 2 hours.
    Incense sticks do have a stronger scent than the cones that are available on the market and will produce more smoke.
    They are super easy to use, being lit directly with a naked flame. Once lit, a gentle blow of the flame to extinguish it and the stick will begin to burn with a delicate glow.
    A suitable holder is just as important as the sticks themselves. They need to fit for purpose without the stick, falling over and able to catch the falling ash as it burns.
    Christmas incense sticks

    Safely first

    The same rule applies with lit candles. It is important to place the incense stick in a safe place where there are no droughts, out of the reach of young children and pets and somewhere safe that they won’t be accidentally knocked over.

     

    The benefits of burning incense sticks

    Just like candles, wax melts and reed diffusers, there are great benefits if using incense sticks and not just for making the home smell warm and welcoming.
    Christmas incense sticks
    Relaxing
    After a long day at work, a suitable scent can relieve the stresses of the day.
    Improve mental and physical well-being
    A great way to clear negative energy, the scented fragrances will fill the room as soon as it is lit.
    Bring back memories
    Similar to scented candles, burning an incense stick can bring back wonderful memories as we experience the scent.
    A restful nights sleep 
    If you suffer with insomnia then lavender is known for it’s relaxing properties and will aid in a restful nights sleep.
    Far safer than lighting a candle too, if you happen to fall asleep whilst it’s still burning.
    The essential oils that are used in sticks can assist in improving the air around you and therefore they are a popular choice for those in the therapeutic industry.
    If you have ever booked for a massage, you will notice the soft lighting, candles lit and perhaps an incense stick burning.
    They are also a popular choice for places that practice yoga, to help relax the body and mind and deepen concentration during meditation.
    Instructors are mindful of what scents to burn when they use sticks in their classes and will use natural materials and delicate scents that won’t distract from the activity.
    Many religious settings will burn incense sticks to create a calming and spiritual atmosphere and Christmas time will see a bigger influx in their use.

    A suitable Christmas gift

    Sometimes we may struggle to buy a suitable gift for someone, so by purchasing a candle or an incense stick, this gives the perfect opportunity to give an item that we know is most likely to be used instead of put away inside the cupboard.

    They are great value for money and will suit any room in the home.

    There are some beautiful incense sticks holders that also come with your purchase of incense sticks and some lovely ones for Christmas time.

    With the fragrances of Christmas to bring the festive season into your home and sparkling stick holders, eBay never let customers down with their variety.

    You can also buy the holders separately if you want a sturdier incense stick base and some are designed to hold additional sticks for storage.

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    Christmas incense sticks

    I love the idea of these sticks that have their own Christmas holder attached.
    With scents of cinnamon/orange and clove, we are instantly caught up in the magic of Christmas. They would make a great gift for someone as well as being the perfect accessory in our own homes.

     

    Wooden Incense Stick Holder Burning Joss Incense Box Incense Burner Ash Catcher

    If you are a regular user of incense sticks, then this wooden holder is perfect.

    You can burn two sticks at a time and store additional sticks underneath.

     

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    Christmas Incense Sticks – Apple, Orange & Cinnamon, Frankincense & Myrrh

    Whenever we smell the scent of apples, oranges or cinnamon in a candle or incense stick, we know it’s the season for fires, table decorations and gifts under the Christmas tree.

    We love the fact that they are Eco-friendly and a deodoriser.

    Sometimes the smell of pet fur and cooking can be a little overwhelming, so a gentle smell of orange and cinnamon or frankincense and myrrh helps to eliminate such smells.

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    Morning Star- High Quality Japanese Incense Sticks

     

    Christmas incense sticks

    A fantastic purchase of 50 incense sticks per package with this brand.

    Each cent comes with its own stick holder with a variety of scents to choose from. They have little smoke when lit, are Eco friendly and slow burning.

    Conclusion

     

    If you are looking to purchase a scented item that can be left to burn safely to help you sleep, to add a fragrance to any room, or simply to enjoy the benefits of their properties, incense sticks are affordable, popular and suitable for many.

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  • Christmas gifts,  How to give the perfect gift,  Skin care

    Skin care gifts for her

    A skin care routine is important for everyone and not just for when we get older. By looking after our skin from an earlier age, we can prevent the aging process from appearing to prematurely.

    Skin care gifts for her

    Skin care gifts for her are always a popular present and there is such a large variety to choose from to suit every kind of skin.

    You can purchase ones that are already made up in baskets or gift boxes or if you feel very creative, you can create you very own.

     

    This is a lovely touch when we do this as we can then add the perfect products for the person we are buying for.

    Sometimes a gift set may contain a product or two that the recipient may never use so by making your own, you get to choose which products to add.

    I am not one for fighting the aging process as I believe that we all age in our own way and it is a natural process that we all go through as the years pass.

    If you think like me, I’m always grateful to see another year through in good health so another year older means we are doing well and looking after ourselves.

    I do believe that we should take care of our skin and use products that help to moisturise and cleanse.

    With so many aging products available online and in stores, women have spent a fortune on the battle to look younger.

    In 2021, the global skincare products market was valued at 130.50 billion USD.

    With products ranging from sun lotions, anti-aging creams, facial toners, moisturizers, face serums etc, it’s of little surprise that the growth is expected to escalate 4.6% from this year (2022) to 2030.

    Each year we see a new skincare product being launched that promises to do wonderful things to our skin and some of the products available can be extortionate, especially if there is a celebrity endorsing the product.

    It’s not just perfumes that celebrities have a part in creating.

    Over the years we have seen thousands of products that help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, assist with skin firming and ones to help even out the skin tone.

    The importance of a skin care routine

    When we are young, the last thing we think of is looking after our skin. We are youthful and there are more important things to be doing such as going out to play with friends.
    As we reach the teenage years, we may suffer from spots that are usually brought on by hormones.
    Products such a Clearasil have been very popular and this one does help to reduce the inflammation and leave a softer and clearer complexion.
    By taking care of our skin from an early age, we can help to delay the signs of aging but it isn’t something we worry or think about when we look in the mirror and see a clear, smooth complexion.

     

    Prevention is better than cure

    For those who wore cosmetics as teenagers may see that their skin has had its ups and downs as the pores get clogged with make up.

    I can’t stress enough how important it is to remove all traces of make up after a night out.

    No matter how tired you are and how late you fell into bed, by removing your make up before bedtime will save your skin from premature aging, clogged pores and skin conditions.

    By removing every trace of make up from your skin, it will benefit over the years and your skin won’t age as quickly.

     

    Make up remover lotions such as micellar, gentle soaps and facial foam wash are all suitable for removing make up effectively and they don’t take long to do.

    So for a few minutes each night in taking care to wash and cleanse the face thoroughly, will keep the skin subtle, moisturised and youthful.

     

     

    Skin care products

    Retail shops and online stores are constantly packed with skin care products throughout the year and at Christmas time we see the gorgeous gift sets on sale too.

    Skin care gifts for her

    Every woman loves a gift set that contains an assortment of products from hand cream to a face wash to moisturises.

    It’s part of every women’s daily skin care routine so a lovely gift set is the perfect present to give.

    Cleanse, tone, moisturise

    We all have our own routine when we wake up each morning and go to bed so it’s important that our routine becomes a habit like brushing our teeth.
    We instantly wake up once water is splashed on our face but water alone can make the skin feel dry, especially for those who live in hard water areas.
    By washing the face in a delicate facial wash such as FM World’s Aloe Vera facial foam wash, it’s a delicate product that won’t take out any of the skins natural PH balance.
    Skin care gifts for her
    The Aloe Vera facial cleansing foam is a bestseller and leaves the skin feeling soft and clean
    For those who wear cosmetics regularly for going out to work or for an evening out, it’s important for the skin to be prepared before applying.
    When the skin is dehydrated and scaly or dry, it can make applying foundation or powder difficult as it doesn’t have a smooth or even surface to sit on.
    The end result can lead to heavy looking make up that sits in the creases of the skin.
    Many of us are constantly looking for a flawless finish so by preparing the skin beforehand gives us every chance of creating the perfect look that we see so often on celebrities.

    Depending on your budget, gift sets can be bought as cheap as £13.00 – £100 online such as eBay.

    Let’s take a look at some of the gorgeous gift sets that are available during the run up to Christmas.

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    Ladies Letterbox pamper gift set SPA GIFT BOX self care for women Relaxation kit

    Skin care gifts for her

    The treat gift box contains:

    ■ Juniper, Lime & Spearmint hand and body lotion

    ■ Grapefruit sugar scrub

    ■ Velvet Hair scrunchie- colour and pattern will vary depending on stock

    ■ Walkers biscuits

    ■ Facial fullers earth clay mask

    ■ Sensual Himalayan bath salt

    ■ Collagen eye mask

    ■ Coconut water foot pack

    ■ Jasmine tea light candle

     

     

     

     

    Ladies Luxury Dove Gift Set Box Beauty Kit Pamper Hamper For Her

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    1x New Dove shower mousse with cotton oil 24hr softness – 200ml

    1 x Dove Jasmine petals & Coconut milk body wash

    1 x Dove anti antiperspirant with added moisturisers

    1 x renewing care hand wash rose oil & peony

    1 x Dove Beauty bar

    1 x Wickford & Co Jar candle *Sweet berries or spring bouquet

    1x Luxury pink/white body puff

    1x Storage case Pretty storage suitcase with handle and clasp perfect for storage

    Skin Care Gift Set for Women – Peony Scent Gift Set, Birthday Gift Box

    Skin care gifts for her

    Self-Care Essentials: Everything you need for the ultimate self-care experience.

    Keep your skin healthy and beautiful with these beneficial products. Scented Candle Included: Light our Rose Water Scented Candle and breathe in the sweet and floral aromas while you sit back and relax during your pampering experience.

    Women Gift Set, Argan Oil, Spa Day, Hammam, Beauty,Moroccan Ghassoul

     

    Skin care gifts for her

     

    A wonderful set that contains:

    ■ Argan soap bar

    ■ Argan oil

    ■ Ghassoul clay

    ■ Moroccan Black Soap

    ■ Exfoliating body mitt.

    You can also take a look at our online shop for some lovely gift ideas.

    ■ Shower gel

    ■ Deodorant

    ■ Facial wash

    ■ Day and night cream

    ■ Hand cream

    ■ Foot peel

    ■ Body scrubs

    There are so many products to choose from and gift boxes to make up your own present.

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  • Perfumes,  Reviews

    FM perfume 489 review

    FM perfume no.489 review

    For those who are familiar and wear FM perfumes, you will know how good they are. They are perfumes that last for the duration of the day and are affordable for all of us, which is definitely something that both men and women look for in a purchase.

    One of the most popular female scents that the company sell is FM489, so let’s take a deeper look to find out why it’s one of their best-sellers.

    FM perfume no.489 review
    FM pure perfume 489

    Similarities to designer scents

    FM World perfumes were created to bring a uniqueness to the perfume world and a collection of beautiful scents for both men and women.

    With such a variety of choice of fragrances, there are similarities between FM perfumes and those of the designers.

    FM489 is inspired by the very popular and gorgeous scent called Alien by Thierry Mugler.

    Released in 1992, this scent is still hugely popular today and a bottle can set you back between £55 -£100 approximately, depending on which size you choose and where you purchase from.

     

    FM perfume no.489 review

     

    When we look at the fragrance notes in a bottle of Alien, we know that the designer has created a feminine and rich perfume with its bouquet of floral scents.

    They are an instant hit to the senses and bring summer vibes to the skin.

     

    Perfume notes in Alien by Thierry Muggler

    Top notes: mandarin orange

    Middle notes: Moroccan jasmine, white flowers

    Base notes: white amber, cashmere.

    If you’re a lover of very floral fragrances then this little gem will certainly whisk you off into a field of flowers and gorgeous fruit notes to make heads turn.

     

    Why choose an alternate perfume ?

     

    One of the benefits of wearing an FM perfume is that they are long-lasting and concentrated with 20% pure perfume oil.

    There is no need to spray excessively or even to re apply during the day.

    This also leads to your favourite bottle lasting much longer.

    Perfume notes in a bottle of FM489

    There are similar fragrance notes in FM’s bottle and that’s where the similarity ends.

    Top notes: blackcurrant, green leaves, anise

    Middle notes: orange blossom water notes’, lily-of-the-valley, green leaves, cashmere wood

    Base notes: cedarwood, patchouli, tonka bean, ambergris

     

     

    What to expect with this scent

    Labelled as a futuristic and eccentric scent, this inspired perfume is an acquired taste for those who love sweetness and fruity notes that instantly whisk us off to holiday destinations.

    It’s definitely one of those scents that can be a little overpowering if too much is sprayed as it is very sweet. Less is more as they say.

    On a recent visit to a supermarket, I walked past a lady and within an instance I noticed her perfume scent. I was instantly hit with an overpowering concoction of heavy musk and flowers.

    Working in the perfume business for the past seven years has allowed my nose to often guess what perfume notes someone is wearing and sometimes I can even name the perfume if it’s a popular scent.

    Musk can be a heavy fragrance if it’s sprayed too much and this was most certainly the case.

    We sometimes forget that even when we can no longer smell the fragrance on our skin, others around us can still smell it.

    Our nose gets used to the scent as it settles and whilst we may be led to believe that the scent has worn off, it is still very much noticeable to others.

    By spraying more or too much in the first place will not only impact your own nose and could give you a headache, it will have a negative impact on those around you.

    Every women loves to be noticed and admired by her choice in clothes, hair, make up and fragrance but no one wants her chosen scent to linger long after she has walked past.

    Fruit and freshness

    There is an instant smell of freshness when this scent is sprayed and the top notes pop through, especially the blackcurrant.

    After a few minutes of spraying, there is a gorgeous smell of sweetness with the orange blossom drifting through and a woody edge from the cashmere wood.

    Whilst some woody perfumes can be a little heavy, the blackcurrant and orange blossom balance this fragrance perfectly.

    Towards the end of the day, the patchouli and ambergris are noticeable as the scent has settled nicely into its fragrance.

    Whenever we choose a scent, its good practice to look at the base notes. These are the notes that will be on the skin for the longest time and will be the scent that those around you will notice.

    When we compare the bottles of both fragrances, the simplicity of FM bottles shows that they don’t need to have expensive bottles and packaging to sell their perfumes.

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    Fm perfume 489

    Price: £21.50 purchase direct from FM World

    The cheapest place to buy: eBay

    Size of bottle: 50ml

    My rating: 8.5 out of 10

     


    Conclusion

    FM489 perfume is slightly too sweet for my skin but nonetheless it is a very pleasant summer fragrance that lasts very well.

    If used sparingly, it is a delightful perfume that will turn heads and have others asking what fragrance you’re wearing.

     

    Products available in the same scent

    Intense perfume- contains 30% pure oil for an even longer lasting fragrance. Suitable for a night out when you don’t want to carry the bottle in your handbag.

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    FM489 Intense perfume

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Pheromone perfume – A fragrance that is designed to attract the opposite sex and is made of synthetic animal musk and chemicals to stimulate the nose.

     

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    FM 489 pheromone perfume

     

    Air freshener -these are suitable to hand inside the car or wardrobe or to hang inside your kitchen bin to keep it smelling fresh.

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    FM 489 air freshener

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Perfumed Body mist- perfect to take on holiday when a light spritz of scent is all that is needed on the skin during the hot weather.

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    FM 489 perfumed body mist

     

    Home fragrance sticks– these are an elegant way to fragrance the home with your favourite perfume fragrance and look great on the cabinet or bedside table.

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    FM 489 home fragrance sticks

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Vacuum freshener– no one likes their vacuum cleaner smelling of dust, dirt or pet hair.

    These creations are perfect and will fit into any hoover that has a dust bag. They come in a twin pack and last for around 2 months per pad.

     

    FM perfume no.489 review
    FM 489 hoover fragrance

    All of these products and a sample of this scent can be found in the online shop.

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  • Candles,  Christmas gifts

    The five most expensive candles

    This year, especially, has seen a rise in purchases of candles due to the rise in our gas and electricity bills.

    Shoppers are looking for ways to heat their homes without switching on the heating and also making their home feel cosy and scented.

    Whilst the majority of us will look for affordable candles, such as tea lights, let’s take a look at the five most expensive candles that are available on the market today for a bit more glamour.

    The five most expensive candles

     

    We already know that will be pay more for ‘designer’ products so it’s good to shop around and visit places such as eBay for a reduction in price.

    Whenever we purchase products from the named websites, we know it will cost considerably more.

    Why are designer candles expensive?

    Designers use high quality waxes for their candles to start with so that they are better for the environment and our health. They don’t emit excess carbon like paraffin candles do.

    If we shop for plant based waxes such as beeswax or soya then this will definitely reflect in the amount we pay.

    By using expensive materials, we as the customer are then paying for the experience of having a candle that burns evenly, is healthier for our environment and our health and we have a candle that gives off a continuous scent.

    Designers will use top quality fragrances in their candles so this will also reflect the price.

    They will also use high end packaging, top quality candle wax and an elegant jar for it to burn safely inside.

    Every part of creating some of the worlds most expensive candles will go through a very vigorous process that costs a lot of money with each element of its manufacture.

    Designers will also use pure essential oils for their fragrance instead of artificial oils so we can see why we are paying so much more than the cheaper, every day candles.

    The jar is another costly part of the product. They are bulky and heavy and will therefore cost more to ship because of this.

    The benefit of purchasing expensive candles is that they don’t need to be lit for hours in order for the scent to fill the room in your home.

     

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    Tom Ford Fucking Fabulous

    It’s of little surprise that a candle created by Tom Ford is on the list. Fucking Fabulous not only sees a popular fragrance that was released in 2017, but also a reasonably expensive candle.

    Tom Ford is a fashion designer and filmmaker, who founded the American luxury fashion house by the same name.

    Among his creations are beautiful scented perfumes and top quality cosmetics.

    FM 823 is inspired by Tom Ford’s Fucking Fabulous perfume for men

    It has a beautiful collection of fragrance notes, including clary sage, leather, vanilla, lavender, tonka bean, orris root and blond woods.

    This candle, just like its perfume, is one of his best-sellers and if you have ever had the opportunity to smell this scent, it’s easy to see why it is so popular.

     

     

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    We often find ourselves shopping in the hope of finding something different to what everyone else may have bought.

    With a very distinctive scent, the Tom Ford candle is sure to bring your home to life.

    The fragrance notes have just the right balance that gives the opportunity for the scent to be suited in any home.

    Along with its classy candle jar that glows with sophistication and a label to catch anyone’s eye, this 21oz candle will have a burn time of approximately 40 hours.

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    It has a wonderful winter feel when lit as the note of spicy leather fills the air.

    With its name alone, we expect to be in for a treat as soon as the candle is lit. Clary sage and fresh lavender are a beautiful combination that instantly empowers the room as the rest of the notes infuse together.

    FM WORLD sell a selection of perfumes inspired by Tom Ford. This particular scent can be purchased here.

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    Jo Malone LondonPomegranate Noir Luxury Candle

     

    Jo Malone products are no stranger to our high streets and online shopping experience and if you were to shop direct, you would be looking at around £350.00 for the 2.1kg candle!

    That’s definitely not loose change between the sofa cushions!

    Needless to say, there are other places to purchase such a beautiful scent.

    In its elegant glass jar, the burn time of this candle is approximately 220 hours.

    There are indeed smaller versions available online and smaller candles that will suit most budgets. Take a look on ebay.

     

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    Such candles make a wonderful gift for a wedding anniversary or birthday.

    This one fills the home with its magical scent of pomegranate, smoky Guaiac wood, raspberry and pink pepper, long after the flame has been extinguished.

    There is the bonus of a lid to keep the candle looking elegant when not in use.

    Everyone loves a classy looking candle that looks good in the home and Jo Malone London Pomegranate Noir is light and fresh with a spicy kick.

    It’s easy to see why this one is a bestseller.

     

    Versace- Medusa Grande Fuchsia Scented Candle

    If you have around £390 to spare and an old style home, then this unique candle and holder will fit right in to unusual home decor.

    Unlike many candles on the market, this little gem looks too elegant to actually light!

    Crafted from porcelain and with one of Gianni Versace’s most recognised motifs, the sculptural Medusa head, this candle hits perfection to bring a touch of Versace to the home.

    Who doesn’t dream of having such designer products in their home?

    Made with eco-soya wax and containing a floral, fresh fragrance, this candle has a burn time of approximately 40 hours and the elegant pot can be re purposed after the candle has been used.

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    Gucci

    Another name that screams ‘power’ and ‘expense’ is Gucci.

    Everyone has heard of this Italian luxury fashion house. The company was founded in 1921 by Guccio Gucci and has expanded over the years, creating everything from top quality handbags to luxury perfume and extravagant clothes.

    It’s of no surprise then to learn that the Fumus Star Eye candle will set you back around £295.00 on Gucci’s official site.

    That’s definitely a candle with a designer name tag.

    This candle has a very unusual look.

    The porcelain lid has a fist tightly gripped around a loop for ease with taking the lid off the candle and is part of a theme that runs across this candle collection.

    There is a very eye-catching design of a ‘Star Eye’ on the side of the candle container and a wonderful choice of colours in the graphics to make this candle catch the eye and ‘pop’.

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    The scent is a gorgeous mixture of birch, orange leaves and beeswax and has an approximate burn time of 68 hours.

    It has a cotton wick and is made in Italy.

    The porcelain jar can be reused as a container for something else around the home or perhaps for a tea light candle.

    This one for sale on eBay is priced as ‘used’ for 30 minutes with a few marks but if you want to avoid a £300 price tag and opt for one that’s more than half price on Versace’s official website price tag, take a look here.


    Tom Dixon – Fire

    If you are looking for elegance in a candle, then Tom Dixon’s Fire is just that.

    A candle set in a two-tone candle holder, with an elegant shape that would sit perfectly in any home. Even the box looks elegant.

    With Cypriol oil, amber and musk, this candle has the scent of black suede accord, vertical oil and guaiac and will set you back around £170 on the official website.

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    Conclusion

    If you have the money to spend on an expensive candle, then absolutely go for it!

    Better quality, safer for your health, and the environment and a scent that will last much longer than your average candles.

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  • Candles,  Christmas gifts,  Home scents,  How to give the perfect gift

    Christmas candle holders

    Any home is made beautiful with the addition of candles to bring the cosy nights in and with Christmas fast approaching, we take a look at Christmas candle holders.

    Christmas candle holders

    For many of us, candles are lit all year round, whether it’s in the garden during BBQ season or for adding extra comfort and warmth during the winter months.

    Cosy lit fires, candles burning and the tree lit up in all its glory, brings the magic of Christmas to life for families all over the world.

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    During the festive season, we see lots of candles on sale, from tea lights to large pillar candles. They come in a variety of shapes, colours and sizes to suit all.

    The one thing that I have noticed when I’ve been shopping for candles is that some of them don’t always come with their own holder.

    We know that candles such as Yankee are already contained in their own glass jar and some of the smaller candles may come in a suitable jar that can be reused after.

    Christmas candle holders

    What about those that need to sit in a holder before they’re lit?

    Christmas candle holders

    As previously discussed in my article flameless candles, we also see candle pots, pillar, floating and jar candles that do come with their own container.

    Choosing ones that don’t already come molded inside their own container means that we need to shop for suitable jars and trays to safely be able to light the candle.

    At Christmas, we usually see the table decorations set out with table runners and centre piece candles to bring the festivities into the home and there are some lovely ideas online to choose from.

    Companies have become very creative and there are some unusual styles available to purchase.


    If you’re looking for ideas and inspiration on how to decorate your home for the festive season with candles, take a look at Christmas candle ideas.

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    Tea lights are hugely popular and are possibly the most affordable.

    They come as either batter operated (flameless) or lit candles and you can either have single holders or a larger centre piece where the holder with sit several tea lights at one time.

    They also come in a couple of different colours and scents to suit your own personal choice.

    Their particular styles really do bring a warmth and magical feeling into the home during the festive period.

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    Taper candle holder

    This style brings a more retro and Gothic like feel if you are looking for a unique candle holder.

    Depending on your home decor, they can give a lot of character to the room.

    They use the candle stick design and these also come in a variety of choices and colours.

    Some will be decorated in a Christmas theme and there are some that have the days of December engraved on them so that you burn a section each day as Christmas nears.

    These are called advent candles and are non drip, tapered candles that have a burn time of 12 hours.

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    Stainless steel lantern candle holder

    These are one of my favourites for the elegance they bring into the home and are most suited for the pillar candles.

    They come in a variety of sizes depending on where you want them in the home and give off a good amount of light due to their size.

    The very large ones are suitable for sitting in floor space perhaps by a fire for that extra feel of coziness.

    This style is also suitable to use outside on the patio during the summer months, or in the winter for the extra light on a cold evening.

    They come with a carry handle so that you could hang them from a hook off the garden fence and also makes it easier to transport them from one area to another.

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    Pine needle candlestick table decor

    Beautifully decorated candle holders for the Christmas decorated table are very popular and these metal pine needle candlestick holders are no exception.

    Christmas berries, leaves, wood and pine cones as a centrepiece, brings everyone to the table for their family meal on Christmas Day.

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    Antler pillar glass candle holder

    I love to see unusual items for sale that perhaps no one else has at home.

    This antler tea light pillar glass candle holder is unique and unusual, and is suitable for either a pillar candle or tea light candle.

    It does bring rustic charm into your home, especially if you have a woodland theme.

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    Retro candle holder stand

    This type of tea light candle holder is very popular with a variety of Christmas themed patterns from a Christmas tree to a deer or snowflakes.

    When these candles are lit, the light shines through the engraved pattern and gives a gorgeous decorative shadow on the wall and surrounding surfaces.

    They are very affordable too so there is the option to have several around the home.

     

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    Christmas spinning candle holder

    Another unusual candle holder is this spinning candle holder.

    A delicate holder with its rotating snowflakes that would make the perfect table decoration as it angelically spins.

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    Rustic log candle holder

    Bring the enchantment of the woods and outdoors into the home with this unique rustic lit tea light holder.

    It contains three small tea light glass dishes for your tea light candles and is suitable as a table decoration or sitting on the mantelpiece.

     

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    Nordic Christmas candle holder

    Pine trees, berries, holly and stars surround this beautiful centre piece table decoration, shaped as a Christmas wreath.

    With four votive candle holders to pop a tea light inside, it sits perfectly on the dining room table and sets the mood for the festivities and can be used year after year.

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    Conclusion

    A wonderful selection of Christmas candle holders that suit any budget and any home, available to purchase from the comfort of your own home.

    Bring your home to life this Christmas or purchase a candle holder as a gift for someone.

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  • Advent calendar,  Candles,  Christmas gifts,  How to give the perfect gift

    Candle advent calendar

    Christmas approaches yet again as 2022 draws to the end and we start to look for gifts for loved ones and a popular choice for Christmas of late is the candle advent calendar.

    As previously discussed in my article Perfume Advent Calendar, we already know just how popular these calendars are.

     

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    It has become a tradition for many years to purchase one to count the days down before Christmas, especially for children.

    There was always something magical about opening a window each morning to see which chocolate was inside.

    With the excitement of getting nearer to the number 24 window which was always bigger than the rest and had a larger chocolate inside to enjoy.

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    The days seem to have passed for the chocolate variety, although they are still widely available for everyone and especially catered more for young children with their different cartoon designs to encourage a purchase.

    Nowadays, the market has made room for a unique and elegant choice with gifts hidden behind each window instead of the traditional chocolate.

    Candle advent calendar

    As much as we all love a treat of chocolate from the 1st to 24th December, as we get older, we are keen for different things and there are so many ideas that companies put behind their Advent windows.

    Very inspirational in fact.

    There are gifts behind each window that will be suited to anyone no matter what age or gender and we are spoilt for choice with the selection.

    Beauty

    Ideal for the females in the family who love a selection of make up items to add to their collection. Women and teenagers can never have too much make up.

    Perfume

    These have been very popular over the past few years and most will have a small sample behind each window and a full bottle of perfume behind window number 24.

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    FM World have customised gift boxes that can be created especially with your loved one in mind.

    The Gift Box contains: – Pure Royal 50 ml of your choice – Pure Royal Antiperspirant Stick of your choice – Pure Royal Solid Perfume Stick of your choice – Small Gift Box.

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    Skin care

    Most of us get a skin care product of some kind within our Christmas gifts so to have a mini selection in your calendar is a great idea and ideal to take away for travelling too.

    Baby items

    Perfect for any now mums that have a newborn around Christmas time. These calendars contain essential items for baby and will be essential for mum and baby and put to good use.

    Lego

    If you have a child or children who love Lego as much as my children did when they were younger, this one is a great option. Children learn so much through Lego play, including motor skills and being creative with their building.

     


    Fidget toys

    Many children today of all ages are known to have fidget toys as part of their every day lives, especially suited and created for those on the spectrum so a calendar with a big selection behind each window is sure to light up their faces. These gadgets are colourful, calming and keep the user focused.

    Grooming

    Another perfect gift for the men as we know how difficult they can be to buy for. No more walking endlessly around the stores or searching online for a gift that could be a hit or miss to whether the men will like what’s been bought for them.

    Wine

    Not many will refuse an advent calendar with small bottles of wine behind. Although not a drinker myself, I know a few family members who would love this style as a gift.

    Biscuits

    Biscuits are always popular at Christmas and many families will buy the traditional tin so if you have any biscuits lovers that would appreciate this as a gift, then definitely look into buying one.

    Jam

    I love jam. Children love jam along with many adults. A little pot of different flavoured jam sounds like a great treat behind each window.

    Cheese

    Another food that’s been known as a popular tradition at Christmas is the assortment of cheeses that we purchase in the supermarkets before the big day. The great thing about many cheeses is that they have a reasonable shelf life.

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    These style of advent calendars are more expensive than the chocolate variety as you would expect but when we see what we get when each advent window is opened, it’s definitely worth the money spent.

    Candle advent calendar

    There are many companies who have created a Christmas calendar for this year, one of them being the Yankee company.

    We know that Yankee candles are already popular in their own right, by the quality, burn time and scent they produce.

    Related article: Yankee Scented Candles review

    The Yankee advent calendar contains 24 tea light candles and holder and has eight festive scents.

    We all love a festive fragrance that’s makes the home feel warm and cosy. Cinnamon, spices, nutmeg and orange all have a winters feel and set the atmosphere for Christmas time.

    Candle advent calendar

    One of this year’s designs is an octagon shape with a Christmas reef design on the front.

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    Candle advent calendar

    Another design by Yankee is a calendar book.

     

    Within each window of this design you will receive 24 festive candles, 12 votives, 12 tea lights and a votive holder with 18 beautiful winter scents.

    A delightful gift box that would make a wonderful gift for someone or even as a treat for yourself.

    The box opens just like a book and won’t look out of place on the mantle piece or coffee table.

    Liberty Candle Advent Calendar – 24 Piece Candle Calendar – Christmas Gift Set

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    One thing is for sure is that these have to be purchased in good time as they sell out fast and it’s of little surprise with how popular they are.

    If you would like one information on the customised gift sets that FM World create, please get in touch.

     

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