Perfumes

  • Perfumes,  Samples

    Where to buy perfume samples

    The perfume industry is huge and continues to grow. One of the great things about buying a new fragrance is the samples that are available to try before you buy.

    We’ve all done it, purchased a perfume because it smells nice on someone else or the celebrity endorser behind the bottle is one of our favourite actors.

     

     

    Where to buy perfume samples

     

    We are still very much influenced on our purchases when it comes to fragrances.

    There are lots of places where they either offer free samples or samples at a small cost so that you can try a fragrance before you commit to buying the bottle.

    A wonderful idea that saves you money on buying a perfume that you potentially may never wear.

    Everyone’s skin is different so each individual fragrance will smell unique on your own skin.

    Many a time we have friends, family or perhaps even strangers that will comment on our chosen fragrance.

    They like the scent of it and may go as far as buying the bottle themselves, only to find it doesn’t smell the same on their skin.

    Another expensive bottle of celebrity perfume sits in the wardrobe or on the dressing table.

    When I was younger, I loved going into the perfume stores with my late mum to get a collection of perfume samples.

    It was a cheap way of having a fragrance every day.

    Perfume samples nowadays can be used for so many ideas.

     

    Wedding favours

     

    Where to buy perfume samples

    Are you getting married?

    Have you ever considered purchasing a selection of perfume samples to give to your guests?

    They’ll love this idea.

    Using perfume samples as wedding favours has become very popular over the last few years and doesn’t have to cost a fortune either.

    A great way to say thank you to your wedding guests for attending your special day by giving them a selection of perfume/aftershave samples at the table.

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    Decorative bags and pouches can be bought online from places such as eBay to make the samples look more elegant as a gift.

     

    Where to buy perfume samples

     

    Where to buy perfume samples

    There are some pretty drawstring pouches available in a range of colours.

    Where to buy perfume samples

    An extra gift

    Another idea for using perfume samples is to add a small gift to a birthday or Christmas present.

    Particularly if you find out what fragrance the person likes such as floral, woody, citrus, oriental etc.

    You could then choose those fragrance notes as an extra gift to pop inside their present.

    Where to buy perfume samples

     

    Be creative with your samples

     

    There are several things you can do with your perfume samples if you don’t want to wear them or give them away.
    Here’s a few ideas.
    The potpourri that’s been sitting on your kitchen windowsill and has now lost it’s scent can be easily revived with sprinkling drops of your perfume sample on top.
    Where to buy perfume samples
    Sprinkle some perfume onto your potpourri for a delicate scent in the home
    Take a sample abroad for your holidays. When the airport limits the amount of liquid we can take, a sample bottle is the perfect solution and you can take a few different scents with you too.
    Add a sample bottle to a water spray with a little water and spray your car seats gently to give them a new scent when you next get back in for a drive.
    A great idea for smelly kitchen bins is to add some drops to a couple of cotton balls and pop in the bottom of your bin before your liner goes in.
    Drawer liners keep our clothes smelling fresh so why not add a little potpourri into a small pouch bag.
    Add a few drops of your sample perfume to add a gorgeous fragrance the next time you reach for your smalls.

     

     

    If you are a user of the tumble dryer during the winter months and usually use scented sheets, why not create your own.

    Add several drops of perfume onto a damp handkerchief and pop it in the dryer. Your wet clothes will come out smelling fresh, clean, scented and dry.

     

    Where to buy perfume samples

    At FM WORLD, perfume samples can be purchased between 40p ( PURE and PURE ROYAL) and £1.50 (UTIQUE) per sample.
    All of our fragrances bar the Utique range, are inspired by celebrity perfumes.
    If, for example, your favourite perfume is La Vie Est Belle by Lancôme, a gorgeous floral and sweet scent, you can purchase a sample of FM 413 which has very similar notes to this celebrity perfume and won’t cost you more than £18.
    You can read our review on this fragrance here.

    A popular choice of fragrance

    Thousands of men and women currently wear FM fragrances as they are so popular, long-lasting and affordable. The perfect combination.
    We all have a different way of thinking when purchasing products. There are many that prefer to buy the designer range because of the celebrity endorser behind that product.
    Needless to say, you do pay a percentage towards the packaging, the designer bottle, the celebrity endorser and the TV advert that goes alongside it.
    FM fragrances were created to give quality perfume that lasts longer than the celebrity perfumes and are affordable for any budget.
    They also created perfume where you don’t pay for the above external factors.
    They all contain 20% or 30% pure perfume oil. This means that your fragrance will last around eight hours if you are using 20% perfume and even longer if you are buying a 30% perfume oil fragrance.

    Quality samples, quality perfumes

    Buyers want to pay for quality and at FM they do just that.
    With so many fragrances to choose from, over 200 in fact, we really are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing one of our favourites.
    We don’t need to spend £80-£100 on designer fragrance when we can buy a more affordable bottle that has very similar notes.
    So similar in fact that they smell almost identical.

    Pure and Pure Royal range

    Having such a large selection to choose from, the PURE and PURE ROYAL range samples measure as 1.4ml sample bottles.

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    The applicator is attached to the lid which is a plastic wand to apply the sample to your skin.

     

    The paper sample holders can be bought separately for 80 pence each if you require that extra little touch.

     

    Where to buy perfume samples
    Sample holder for male perfume
    Where to buy perfume samples
    Sample holder for female perfume

    Utique range

    With FM WORLD’s Utique range, there are twelve scents that have been created with a selection of delightful fragrance notes.
    Eight of those fragrances ( Black, Gold, Ruby, Bubble, Ambre Royal, Ambergris, Malachite) sit in the oriental family so you will have scents such as floral, woody, spicy, vanilla and ambergris notes.
    Three of the scents ( Muffin, Flamingo, Violet Oud) sit in the flower family so you will have fruity, oriental, citrus, woody and water notes.
    The last scent ( Sexy Cashmere) sits in the wood family group with notes of floral, fruit and oriental.
    All the perfumes in the Utique range are unisex and contain 20% perfume.
    Related post: unisex perfumes.
    They measure as 2ml samples and come with their own paper sample holder. Another elegant way to give as a gift and this collection has a spray top for easy application.

    BLACK

    Type: elegant, sophisticated, mysterious

    Fragrance notes:

    Head Notes: woody notes, saffron, styrax

    Heart Notes: vetiver, amber, vanilla

    Base Notes: leather, sandalwood, amberwood

     

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    GOLD

    Type: luxurious, exquisite

    Head Notes: red pepper, cedarwood, nutmeg

    Heart Notes: iris, saffron, vetiver

    Base Notes: Cypriot, patchouli, black musk, amber

    Where to buy perfume samples

    RUBY

    Type: mystery, spiritual

    Fragrance notes:

    Head Notes: cashmere wood, jasmine,

    Heart Notes: vanilla, amberwood, balsamic notes

    Base Notes: white oud, black musk, dry wood

    Where to buy perfume samples

    MUFFIN

    Type: intriguing, noble, unforgettable
    Fragrance notes:
    Head notes: lemon, rose, saffron
    Heart notes: woody notes, peony, amyris, leather notes
    Base notes: amber, oud, vanilla

    Where to buy perfume samples

    FLAMINGO

    Type: charming, seductive like a forbidden fruit
    Fragrance notes:
    Head notes: Rosa Mosqueta, blackberry sorbet, green notes
    Heart notes: Damask Rose, jasmine, apricot

    Base notes: woody notes, crystal rose chord, musk

    Where to buy perfume samples

    BUBBLE

    Type: enchanting, delightful
    Fragrance Notes:
    Head: bergamot, cardamom, lime,
    Heart: lily of the valley, jasmine, mint

    Base: guaiac wood, musk, cedarwood

    Where to buy perfume samples

    AMBRE ROYAL

    Type: sensual, charming, with a hint of mystery
    Fragrance notes:
    Head Notes: bergamot, orange, apple, cinnamon
    Heart Notes: clove, tobacco,

    Base Notes: patchouli, tonka bean, myrrh, musk

    Where to buy perfume samples

    VIOLET OUD

    Type: sophisticated, stunning

     

    Fragrance Notes: Head notes: rose, suede, safflower Heart notes: frozen raspberry, wild rose, Cypriot

    Base notes: agarwood, white musk, American sweetgum

     

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    SEXY CASHMERE

    Type: uninhibited, ambiguous, triggering desires
    Fragrance notes:
    Head: plum
    Heart: iris, violet, ylang-ylang, cedarwood, patchouli

    Base: sandalwood, benzoin resin, vanilla, musk

    Where to buy perfume samples

    AMBERGRIS

    Type: deep, mysterious, absolute
    Fragrance notes:
    Head: bergamot, red peppercorn, cumin seeds, cardamom
    Heart: wild jasmine, lily of the valley, ylang-ylang

    Base: ambergris, tonka bean, labdanum, leather, oak moss, patchouli, musk

    Where to buy perfume samples

    MALACHITE

    Type: enigmatic, thrilling, like the four elements
    Fragrance notes:
    Head notes: mandarin, bergamot, wallflower, plum, aldehyde notes, blackcurrant, saffron, ivy, peach skin
    Heart notes: jasmine, violet, tuberose, iris, rose, lily of the valley, ylang ylang, orange blossom

    Base notes: sandalwood, vanilla, moss, Haitian vetiver, patchouli, musk

    Where to buy perfume samples

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    If you have any questions regarding any of our samples or would like to see the complete list of the scents that we do, please get in touch or comment below.

  • Cologne,  Holidays,  Perfumes,  Shopping

    The best summer fragrances for men

    Men love a fragrance just as much as the women, so what are the best summer fragrances for men?

    It’s not surprising why many women prefer to wear a male fragrance.

    There is such a great range in gorgeous male scents available and popular summer scents are full of fresh, aquatic and citrus vibes.

    The males take just as much care in their appearance as women and some of the fragrance notes in male products are real head turners.

     

    The best summer fragrances for men

    Travelling light

    Men prefer to travel light when going on their holidays. Much more than the women. We feel the need to take most of the wardrobe and every pair of shoes we own, to match our evening outfits.

    A couple of pairs of shorts, a few tops and one pair of shoes seems to suit the men perfectly. Having a partner who travels light certainly has it’s advantages. More space in the suitcase for us ladies to fill those gaps with even more outfits and shoes!

    We do leave a small space for their favourite fragrance though and it’s usually one that the woman has chosen!

    Well, if we are spending a 2-week holiday together it’s important to make sure that our fellas have the best smelling fragrance to wear.

    Men are more likely to buy a fragrance last minute at the Duty Free. This inevitably leads to them purchasing a female one for their partner too. There’s no escape lads!

    The best summer fragrances for men

    When we think of fragrance notes for men for summer wear, similar to females scents, we think of delicate aquatic notes.

    A touch of citrus such as oranges, lemons or lime.

    The same rule applies so nothing too heavy for the hot weather. Anything that reminds us of sandy beaches, cocktails and crashing waves are perfect.

    Let’s take a look at some of the best summer fragrances for men.

     

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    1. Giorgio Armani- Aqua Di Gio

    This gorgeous fragrance sits in the citrus family. With a wonderful combination of pineapple, lemon, peach, musk, sandalwood, cedar and ylang ylang, it’s easy to see why this fragrance is hugely popular for men.

     

     

     

     

     

    The best summer fragrances for men
    Georgio Armani- Acqua Di Gio on ebay

     

     

     

    2. Creed-Aventus

    This male scent is perfect for all year round with pineapple, blackcurrant, bergamot and apple as it’s top notes, it’s easy to see why it’s ideal for summer. A wonderful bottle of freshness to try.

    Having base notes of vanilla, ambergris and oak moss makes it a suitable scent that can we worn for any occasion and season. It’s a very masculine scent and a popular choice for many males.

     

     

     

    The best summer fragrances for men
    Creed-Aventus on ebay

    3. Dior- Savage

    Dior Savage has become very popular over the last few years and is another fragrance that suits most seasons.

    With notes of pepper, lavender, patchouli and bergamot, Savage is ideal for the evening meal whilst away. It’s also a good scent to wear whilst chilling on the beach or sitting at a taverna drinking cocktails.

    It carries its freshness well and is often worn as a signature fragrance because it is suitable for all year round.

     

    The best summer fragrances for men
    Savage-Dior on ebay

    4. Kenzo- Pour Homme

    Kenzo Pour Homme works well as a summer fragrance with top notes of seaweed, mahogany and bergamot.

    There’s a real feel of freshness and the seaweed gives it that edge of saltiness.

    Once the top notes have worn off and you are left with the middle and base notes of sage, Jasmine, patchouli, ambergris, cedar and oak moss, this fragrance pops a floral scent.

    One of the very versatile fragrances that would suit perfectly for daytime wear whilst you are enjoying your holiday.

     

     

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    The best summer fragrances for men
    Kenzo-Pour Homme on ebay

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    5. Dolce & Gabbana- Light Blue

    If you love strong fruit flavours then D&C Light Blue is a great choice this summer. There’s a wonderful scent on holidays with the fragrance notes as we smell grapefruit, Sicilian mandarin, rosemary, rosewood and musk.

    Any fragrance that contains musk has my vote. It’s such a light and delicate scent that really works well for summer as it’s not too powerful or heavy.

     

    It has a sharpness to it that works so well during the hot months. If you’re buying this fragrance for your holidays, it’s worth noting that it can wear off fairly quickly so may not be suitable for a lasting scent during the evening.

    Perfect for a spritz by the pool or dipping in and out of the sea.

     

     

    The best summer fragrances for men
    Dolce & Gabbana- Light Blue on ebay

     

    6. Giorgio Armani-Aqua Di Gio

    The name alone screams out class and coolness.

    If you’re looking for a scent that has a bit more longevity, then Giorgio Armani-Aqua Di Gio is the perfect match.

    Full of summer notes such as lime, neroli, jasmine, peach and rose, this fragrance will certainty fit the bill. With base notes of ambergris, cedar and oak moss, this gives the scent a longer lasting aroma and both middle and base notes keep the scent long-lasting.

     

    The best summer fragrances for men
    Giorgio Armani- Acqua Di Gio on ebay

     

    7. Davidoff-Cool Water

    The female version of this fragrance is refreshing and Davidoff’s Cool Water is no exception. Beautiful top notes of lavender, peppermint, rosemary and orange blossom make this scent one of the favourites for men.

    We do think of summer and holidays with the title alone and with a reasonable price, it’s a popular fragrance to wear all year round.

     

    The best summer fragrances for men
    Davidoff-Cool Water on ebay

    8. Ralph Lauren-Polo Blue

    Another fragrance that hits the favourite summer notes is Ralph Lauren-Polo Blue.

    Consisting of very delicate notes such as melon, cucumber and clementine, they’re the kind of notes you could pop into your drink and sit with your feet dipped into the pool.

    The base notes of patchouli, white amber and oak moss ensure this fragrance lasts long into the evening for a refreshing scent that lingers.

    The perfect blend of notes for the hot weather and an all round scent that’s perfect for the beach or a night out at a taverna.

     

     

    The best summer fragrances for men

    Ralph Lauren-Polo Blue on ebay

     

     

     

     

    9. Calvin Klein-CK One Summer

     

    This fragrance is unisex so it makes the perfect scent to take away for a holiday, when both you and your partner can use it.

    A refreshing and typical summer scent with its mixture of cedarwood, guava and mojito, ( a cocktail of flavours consisting of lime or lemon juice, mint and white rum).

    Calvin Klein’s CK One Summer is another scent, like Dolce & Gabanna-Light Blue, has a short longevity and works very well during hot days, by the beach or dipping in and out of the pool.

    The best summer fragrances for men
    Calvin Klein-CK One on ebay 

     

    10. Jean Paul Gaultier-Le Beau

    This fragrance brings summer in a bottle with its combination of sweet notes such as bergamot, coconut and tonka bean.

    Added to the great style of such a bottle and we are truly ready for summer.

    Citrus scents are hugely popular during the summer and as soon as you open this fragrance, there is an instant whiff of citrus, followed by the coconut.

    Most of us recognize a coconut scent with sun lotion but this fragrance is more over- powered by the tonka bean.

    It’s a very versatile fragrance and definitely one to consider for your holiday.

     

    The best summer fragrances for men
    Jean Paul Gaultier- Le Beau on ebay 

     

    So there we have 10 suitable male fragrances that all work well during the summer months, whether you use them daily or keep them for when you travel abroad.

    If you like designer fragrances but the price is a little on the dear side, FM World have around 100 fragrances for men and you can try a sample before you purchase.

     

    Not sure which one to try and need advice?

    Get in touch. I’m happy to help.

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    The best summer fragrances for women

    Summer is finally here so if you’re looking for a fragrance, what are the best summer fragrances for women?

    The hot season, whether its’s here in the UK or abroad, requires a more subtle fragrance on the skin.

     

    The best summer fragrances for women

     

    Any scent that is too strong or heavy in fragrance notes won’t sit nicely on the skin and will most certainly be off-putting for you as well as those around you.

    Popular fragrance notes for summer

    Orange blossom
    Mandarin
    Grapefruit
    Jasmine
    Peony
    Tuberose
    Coconut
    Apple
    The best summer fragrances for women

     

    All the above fragrance notes speak ‘summer’ and ‘delicate scents’.

    During the heat, we wear lighter clothing so it makes sense to wear a lighter fragrance.

    There are lots of options to wearing a lighter scent when it comes to perfumes and fragrances.

     

    Body sprays for a lighter option

    Body sprays as we have previously discussed work very well when it’s hot. They instantly cool the skin down as well with their delicate mist.

    I have reached for my FM no.20 body mist over the past few weeks when we have seen temperatures read as high as 32 degrees.

    It felt far too hot to be wearing a perfume, especially as our own brand contain 20% pure perfume oil for a longer lasting fragrance.

    EDT is a great option too as these will give off just as good a fragrance but without so much longevity.

    Some women don’t feel fully dressed without a spritz of their favourite scent so having other options is of great benefit.

    If you’re a lover of fragrances, then you will already know just how many there are to choose from.

    It can be very overwhelming, especially if you usually purchase your favourite bottle from the perfume department stores.

    An overlay of scent whilst you try on several brands can give headaches and put you off from buying any.

    We like to have the option to try before we buy, especially if we’re looking for something new and different to our usual smell.

     

    Samples are available to try

    You can try samples before you make a purchase at FM World. Check out our shop here.

    The perfect scents to choose are those that have base notes of the summer scents.

    You don’t want to choose one that smells like summer with its first spray and then has heavy notes as the day goes on.

    By choosing perfumes and scents that have delicate base notes allows for that scent to stay subtle and soft throughout the day without feeling overpowering for you or anyone who walks past.

     

    Let’s take a look at some of the popular fragrance scents that are suitable for the hotter weather.

    The best summer fragrances for women

     

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    1. Crystal Noir- Versace

    Versace launched this fragrance in 2004 with many saying that it was the perfect scent for strolls along the beach.

    Sitting nicely in the flower family of scents, Versace has created the perfect perfume to compliment summer with some of its delicate notes including coconut, orange blossom and musk.

    We automatically feel a summer vibe whenever we smell coconut.

    The best summer fragrances for women
    Versace -Crystal Noir

     

    2. Coco Mademoiselle-Chanel

    It goes without saying that Chanel certainly creates some of the best fragrances that we see online and in the stores today.

    From the iconic Chanel no.5 to this little gem.

    With a mixture of exotic summer scents in this gorgeous fragrance, we find ourselves instantly transported to the beautiful sea coasts, a quaint taverna and evening strolls with a beautiful blend of summer scents.

    Already sitting in the fruit and floral fragrance family, you will get an instant whiff of fruits, vanilla, white floral and citrus notes. Have you tried FM World’s body spray no 20 that has similar fragrance notes ? Take a look here.

    The best summer fragrances for women
    Coco Mademoiselle-Chanel

     

     

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    3. Daisy-Marc Jacobs

     

    Another popular scent that I feel it suitable for all year round and has the most delightful design of bottle is Daisy.

    This perfume was launched in 2007 and has been popular ever since.

    You really do get a feel of fruit and summer with its combination of strawberry, jasmine, vanilla, musk and ruby red grapefruit notes.

    Pop those notes into a bowl and they would make the perfect fruit salad I’m sure!

    It is a perfume that instantly gives a feminine and romantic vibe that can be worn with confidence all year round.

    The wonderful bottle design fits in perfectly with a summer holiday and is a real head turner.

     

    The best summer fragrances for women
    Daisy- Marc Jacobs

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    4. La Vie Est Belle-Lancôme

     

     

    There won’t be many women that haven’t hard of this beautiful scent. With the ever so beautiful Julia Roberts fore fronting such a fragrance since its release in 2012.

    The TV advert reaches our screens every Christmas and certainly makes this scent and bottle memorable.

    A wonderful combination of fragrance notes that no one can resist.

    Black current, pear, orange blossom, vanilla, patchouli and tonka bean notes give this delightful perfume its huge popularity.

    Based on the concept of natural beauty and charm, with another bottle showing off a classy and elegant design bottle.

     

    The best summer fragrances for women
    La Vie Est belle- Lancôme

     

     

    5. Flower bomb -Victor & Rolf

     

    Another beautiful scent that is suitable for summer is the wonderful Flower Bomb. Launched in 2005, this distinguished bottle and scent will be found on many women’s dressing tables.

    Popular fragrance notes of jasmine, rose, musk, vanilla and patchouli, gives this scent a real feel for summer and the warmer weather.

    As soon as the top notes hit your nose, there is an instant whiff of sweetness and the vanilla scent pops through alongside the musk and rose.

    Pretty summer dresses and a glass of bubbly set the perfect mood with a touch of this spray on the skin.

     

    The best summer fragrances for women
    Flowerbomb-Victor & Rolf

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    6. Good Girl Gone Bad- Killian

    With an instant smell of rose and amber, this popular fragrance is the perfect fit for a summer holiday. It boosts fruits and a touch of spice to give a real sense of the summer holiday season.

    Another scent to be launched in 2012, Killian has created a fruity and floral gem and as the top notes leave you, there is a wonderful scent of freshness and beach wave memories.

    A popular scent for many women with its feminine and elegant notes. Definitely one to try.

    The best summer fragrances for women
    Good Girl Gone Bad- Killian

     

    7. Cool Water Woman-Davidoff

    If you love the smell of fresh air, a summer breeze and the saltiness of the waves crashing over your toes then Davidoff has created the perfect scent to transport you to your next destination abroad.

    This bottle oozes a freshness of lemons, citrus vibes and fruit to give a wonderful scent of nature and beauty.

    Created in 2018, it’s perhaps one of those perfumes that has gone unnoticed in the past and there may be many women who have yet to try it.

    Once the initial top notes have settled down, you are left with a familiar scent of the male version Cool Water. I was very much a fan of the male scent as it wasn’t heavy and had a masculine approach, whilst keeping its scent delicate and clean.

    The best summer fragrances for women
    Cool Water Women-Davidoff

     

    8. Orange Blossom-Jo Malone

     

     

    This 2003 scent is suitable for both men and women even though it sits in the floral family.

    Being a light fragrance, it is suitable for any occasion with its great balance of fragrance to suit as a gender neutral scent.

    Fragrances notes of mandarin, jasmine, rose, lily and neroli see this perfume gives an instant burst of freshly squeezed clementine oranges.

    A real sense of summer pops through and after the orange has subsided, there is a hint of lemon mixed with flowers to keep the summer feel going.

    It smells of romance and dusky nights sitting by the water watching the sun set.

     

    The best summer fragrances for women
    Orange Blossom-Jo Malone

     

    9. J’adore -Dior

    If you’re looking for a perfume that instantly smells like the fresh fruit you have bought from the supermarket, Dior’s fragrance is packed with summer fruits.

    Launched in 1999, J’adore boosts fragrance notes of melon, pear, peach, mandarin, orange, bergamot, vanilla, blackberry, plum and violet.

    Perhaps too sweet for some with such a combination of fruits in one bottle but definitely worth a try.

    French for “I love”, this perfume sees Charlize Theron advertising its beauty since its launch.

     

    The best summer fragrances for women
    J’adore-Dior

     

    10. So Scandal!-Jean Paul Gaultier

     

    This perfume has a wonderfully designed bottle with a slender pair of women’s legs showing on the perfume cap as if she has fallen in to this beautiful scent. Sexual, feminine and a touch of mystery.

    Sitting in the floral/fruity fragrance family, Jean Paul Gaultier has created a scent that is packed with white floral, tuberose, orange blossom and jasmine.

    Captivating the female world with its addictive scent and the kind of bottle that you would want on show off to your partner on your bedside cabinet.

    Launched in 2020, this sees the latest fragrance launched from our collection of summer scents to take with you on your perfect holiday.

     

     

    The best summer fragrances for women
    So Scandal-Jean Paul Gaultier

     

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    Skin care routine for men

    A skin care routine for men is just as important as one for women.

    It may well have been almost frowned upon or laughed at when men started taking an interest in their own skin and appearance as it was always catered more for women.

    Nowadays, men are wearing more fragrances. We have seen an increase in more male perfume ads on our TV screens.

    Men like to smell great too and with so many reaching for the skin care products over the years, they too want to have great looking and feeling skin, just like the ladies.

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    Men feel more comfortable too when shopping for skin care products without feeling embarrassed that they’re reaching for the exfoliating face mask or moisturiser.

    Sun care is just as important for men

     

    If anything, men should be taking care of their skin. Many will have the types of jobs that will have them working outside in all weathers such as builders, roofers and postmen.

    Office staff still need to take care too. Many males that work in an office will perhaps be out and about travelling to see clients as part of their job.

    They’re often suited and booted with a smart hair cut so it makes sense to have good skin too.

     

    The shelves are stacked with just as many male skin care products in the stores as well as online. Businesses have seen an opening in the market for such products and men are more confident to reach for certain products.

     

    Skin care products for men

     

    We all know how much our skin can dry out in certain weather conditions, central heating on at home and day to day atmosphere all play a part in how our skin reacts.

    Hot weather sees our skin dry, tight and flaky if we don’t take care of it.

    Taking care of the inside for a better outside

    It’s important to remember also that what we put inside our bodies plays a big part too in how good or bad our skin feels and looks.

    Healthy eating, regular exercise and drinking plenty of water all assists in the long term benefits of looking and feeling good.

    There are many products available that are gender neutral as well as those specifically for men and women.

    By this year (2022) the male industry for personal care is predicted to reach $166 billion, according to Allied Market Research.

    Over the years, men have felt that it’s too feminine to take care of their skin. It was always something that only women ever did.

    Men used to use whatever bar of soap was available at home, courtesy of their wives/partners purchasing it with the weekly shop.

    There wasn’t any thought about if that bar of soap was going to do any good. It was simply used because it was the only product available to them.

    Women very cleverly hid their own skin care products from the men, especially if they cost more than your average range.

    They were often left with the day-today bar of soap that was used by everyone in the home.

    The negative impact on our skin

    So many aspects of gender are much more acceptable these days and now men and getting into the swing of asking about their skin issues and taking care by using some of the best products.

    We know just how much dirt and grime can built up on the skin during the day so it’s important to have a skin care routine to remove the excess oils and dirt.

    Whilst men don’t have to worry about the build up of make up on their skin and potentially blocking pores if it’s not removed thoroughly, those who work outside have just as much to think about.

    Working on building sites, in all weathers, underground, around food etc can all impact on a man’s skin.

    We don’t realise either the amount of time we touch our skin, especially our face, on a daily basis.

    Anything from removing an eyelash, blowing our nose to itching hay fever eyes will all transfer dirt from our hands to our face.

    Our hands are exposed to dirt every single day, even when we feel our hands are clean after washing.

    Skin care products for men

     

    Touching the steering wheel when driving to work, opening doors and shaking hands with a colleague will all transfer germs and dirt that we inevitably transfer to our face.

    Some men will shave every day so there is already that element of washing the face and cleansing before applying a cologne.

    Others won’t apply anything to their skin after a shower and the face doesn’t get washed again until the evening.

    By using daily products to protect the skin and help put the moisture back in sees many men doing just that as their skin care routine becomes more popular and acceptable.

    Long term gain

    It’s not just for the short term that we benefit from looking after our skin. Those who regularly take care and use products to cleanse and moisturise will see a better result later on in life.

    As discussed in my article about celebrities using skin car products, it’s important to know your skin type in order to buy the most suitable products.

    Men who shave may find that their skin is much dryer than women’s as the moisture can be stripped out with continuous shaving.

    Using a shaving foam will help to lock in moisture and makes the skin much easier to shave.

    Skin care products for men
    FM World shaving foam no.134. Inspired by Aqua De Gio- Giorgio Armani available to purchase here

     

    This gives the razor the chance to glide across the skin.

    A man’s skin care routine is pretty much the same as women’s.

    Cleaner is the first and important start to say soon care routine. Washing off any excess oil, dirt and pollutants that can end up on the face throughout the day.

    It’s important to use a cleanser that doesn’t dry out the skin whilst it removes dirt. Skin that feels tight as soon as it’s washed is not going to feel comfortable.

    One product that perhaps gets overlooked for men is an eye cream.

     

    Skin care products for men
    FM World Fontaine lift up eye cream

     

    Enriched with carefully selected ingredients – caffeine prevents the formation of dark circles and puffiness; shea butter nourishes and regenerates; Ginkgo extract soothes irritations; avocado and coconut oils moisturise and soften. ▪ reduces symptoms of fatigue and aging ▪ gives your eyes back their lost glow ▪ developed for the delicate skin around the eye contours ▪ restores skin’s elasticity

     

    Men are no exception to wrinkles around this delicate area and products that are used early on in life will significantly benefit the skin around the eyes and help to reduce the signs of ageing.

    Moisturiser is an essential product for everyone to have as this will keep the skin hydrated, looking brighter and will help keep the complexion clear and protected.

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    Try to find one that is suitable for your skin type, especially if you suffer with oily skin.

    Some may not be suitable and may make the skin more oily so shop accordingly. Using the right one will benefit and improve the skin, with better skin texture, fewer breakouts and will make the skin less oily, contrary to belief.

    Skin care products for men

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    Applying a moisturiser after shaving is definitely a product to reach for and by applying morning and evening will keep it looking refreshed and youthful. We all strive for youth as we get older!

     

    Products available for men

    With so many products available for men to use for their skin care, there isn’t any right or wrong products to choose from.

    Take a look at the different ranges of what is available from these different companies.

     

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  • Celebrities,  Cologne,  Perfumes,  The cost of perfume

    Affordable perfumes that smell expensive

    If you’re looking for affordable perfumes that smell expensive, we have an insight into the best fragrances.

    Everyone loves a bargain and getting value for money.

    Affordable perfumes that smell expensive

    The perfume world continues to sour every year with such a variety of fragrances.

    Celebrity endorsed, copies of designer scents, own shop brands and perfumes that contain similar notes to that of the designers.

    At FM World, there is a huge selection of perfumes and aftershaves that suit any budget.

    There’s nothing good about wearing a perfume or aftershave that smells cheap.

    Heavy scents can linger for hours as well as very weak scents not lasting as long as we’d like.

    Many of us will reach for the designer bottles because they are known and trusted to us.

    When the fragrance has a celebrity endorser too, this makes the product more appealing even though it can be a little expensive.

    The market has and will always have designer brands being sold for cheap. These are usually fake and should be avoided.

    Read our article on why buying cheap perfume will cost you more.

    Scent matters

    We like to have the best of both worlds. A fragrance that has a pleasant and suitable scent, long-lasting and kind to the purse strings or wallet.

    Some will wait for a special occasion before purchasing the designer scents or purchase at the Duty Free for a small discount.

    What about when you want to purchase your favourite scent without having to wait for these occasions ?

    There will be many places online that sell designer scents that are fitting to people’s budgets but there are other options.

    At FM World, they have created their own unique scents for men and women.

    A large range of fragrances to suit everyone’s budget without compromising on the quality or longevity of their scents.

    How can they do this ?

    We already know that perfumes and aftershaves are made up from perfume oil, alcohol and fragrance notes but what makes a perfume so expensive ?

    In my previous article I cover why some designer perfumes have a big price tag.

    The unique way that FM World have created their own scents and kept them affordable isn’t complicated.

     

    Celebrities are constantly endorsing the latest fragrances and we see the advert, usually around Christmas, where that particular bottle is being advertised by a top actress, model or film star.

     

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    It’s a very clever way of getting a product in front of the customer and a large audience at that.

    FM World saw an opportunity to create beautiful fragrances that both men and women can enjoy and be able to afford.

    Not just on special occasions, but regular purchasing once their favourite scent had been used and needed replacing.

    Customers are able to do this as well as having a selection of their favourite scents to choose from and having the option to wear a different one every day if they desired.

    Having no middle man, TV advertising or sales people advertising their brand means that they can keep costs to a minimum whilst still creating beautiful scents that customers are familiar with.

    The perfume world has seen such names as Tom Ford and Jo Malone scents become very popular of late along with the likes of the iconic Chanel, Paco Rabanne and Lancôme still dominating the perfume industry.

    Affordable perfumes that smell expensive
    Jo Malone is a popular scent for both men and women

     

    Affordable perfumes than smell expensive
    The iconic Chanel no.5

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We could potentially pay anything from £70- £120 for such high profile scents.

    Whilst there will indeed be many that will happily pay such a price for their perfume or aftershave, a lot of what we are purchasing is around the packaging, the celebrity endorser and the TV advert.

     

    Can we really buy our favourite scent cheaper?

    No one likes cheap perfume and aftershave.

    It often has a different smell, doesn’t last for the duration that we hope for and in some cases where a product has been ‘copied’, you’re dealing with fake packaging and fake liquids in a fake bottle.

     

    An affordable range at FM World

     

    FM fragrances for men and women don’t compromise on quality even though they do has a more affordable price tag.
    As previously covered, Fm use perfume oil from a company called DROM.
    DROM also provide perfume oil for the designer perfumes and aftershaves that we see on our shelves and online today.
    When customers ask about our fragrances, we advise that FM scents have very similar fragrance notes to that of the designer perfumes.

    We use a fragrance wheel to determine what type of fragrance notes the customer particularly likes.

    Floral, oriental, woody, citrus etc.

    Affordable perfumes that smell expensive

     

    Once we learn the type of fragrance notes that a customer likes, this will enable us to narrow down a selection of perfumes or aftershave that contain those fragrance notes that the customer likes.

    For example, if a customer likes fruity scents then we has a selection of perfume fragrances that contain fruity notes.

    When the customer try’s a sample which are available to purchase from our online store here, this will give them the chance to try the scent on the skin to see if it is a fit for them.

     

     

    Affordable perfumes that smell expensive
    FM have over 200 perfume and aftershave samples to choose from

     

    We always recommend that a fragrance should be tried on the skin and left for a couple of minutes as this will determine if that fragrance is suitable for that particular person.

    We all wear fragrances differently and what suits one person wouldn’t necessarily suit another.

    It is great that we have the option these days to try fragrances before we purchase, especially if we do steer towards the expensive perfumes.

    Many perfume stores and departments will spray the perfume on a test paper strip for you to try.

    Whilst this is okay to get an initial test of the fragrance, this won’t determine what the fragrance smells like on your skin.

    It is much better and more effective to try directly on the skin to get a proper feel and smell of your new scent before you make a purchase.

     

    Affordable perfumes that smell expensive
    Samples are a great way to try a new fragrance before you purchase

    Similar fragrance notes

    All fragrances that FM sell has very similar notes to the designer fragrances.

    If a customer has a favourite perfume scent such as Coco mademoiselle by Chanel then we can look on our perfume list to see what perfume is very similar to that designer perfume.

    We can’t sell a bottle of Coco mademoiselle to a customer because we don’t sell it. Our fragrance bottles are numbered and are in their own bottles and packaging.

    Fm haven’t copied any of the designers. Simply by using similar fragrance notes to that of the designer fragrances, gives FM perfumes a very similar and familiar scent to what we already know.

    Our range of quality fragrances

    In our range we have PURE and PURE ROYAL selection. We also has a UTIQUE range.
    All of our fragrances contain either 20% or 30% perfume oil. 30% is our INTENSE range.
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    Many designer fragrances are Eau De Toilette scents and therefore they won’t last as long as an Eau de parfum because their perfume oil has been diluted down.
    At FM, we can afford to use 20% pure perfume.
    The reason behind this is that we have no celebrity endorser, we don’t have anyone advertising our product on TV and we don’t have any sales assistance in the shops selling it either.

    Giving the customer what they want

    By cutting out the middleman in our manufacturing, we can provide the customer with a quality perfume or aftershave that will last around eight hours if the 20% perfume range is bought.

    By purchasing the 30% pure perfume range, will mean that your fragrance will last even longer. A great choice for a longer- lasting scent.

    Read here on the tips of how to get the best out of your fragrance.

    Celebrity fragrances- Paco Rabanne-1 Million

    I mentioned about popular celebrity fragrances that are around at the moment.

    Let’s take a look at Paco Rabanne1 million.

    Affordable perfumes that smell expensive
    The Paco Rabanne scent is pure class. Distinguished, unique and popular with both men and women

     

    A very popular scent for men that could set you back around £70 if you were to purchase from stores such as Superdrug.

    Although you are likely to get a 100mil bottle for this price, it is an Eau de Toilette spray so will last around 4-6 hours.

    The fragrance notes in this perfume consist of fresh grapefruit, mandarin and peppermint alongside rose absolute, cinnamon bark and mask. The base has an ultra masculine leather scent.

    FM has a very similar scent to that of Paco Rabanne1 million which falls in the oriental notes family.

     

    Compare the notes to FM199 PURE ROYAL ( our inspired fragrance) and you will see that they are very similar but not the same.

     

    Type: rich, multi-threaded Fragrance notes:

    Head: Italian mandarin, peppermint

    Heart: cinnamon, Turkish rose, cardamom

    Base: leather note

    Saving you money on the things you love

    For a 50m bottle, you will get 20% pure fragrance oil and an affordable price tag of just £27.50.

    Another great fact with some of our fragrances is that other products in the same scent can be purchased too.

    With FM 199 fragrance, we has a refreshing aftershave lotion and an aftershave balm to compliment their perfume.

     

    When there is a scent that has similar notes to the designer scents at an affordable price, it’s no wonder that FM World is in its 13th year celebrating such mastery in the fragrance world.

    You get to smell gorgeous, with a long-lasting scent that has similar notes to your favourite expensive brand and the best thing is that your friends won’t tell the difference.

    What’s even more wonderful is that the company allow anyone over the age of sixteen to create a FREE account. A great opportunity to save on perfumes and aftershaves by buying at cost price. Sign up here for the UK.

    Get in touch if you live in a different part of the world.

    With so many top designer brands to choose from, we have an alternative.

    Saving you money to spend on other things and the chance to make a switch to a different brand that allows the customer to buy their favourite perfume or aftershave.

    No compromise on quality. No fancy packaging or celebrity endorsers.

    Perfumes created with you in mind.

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  • Gender-neutral,  Health and wellness,  Perfumes

    Wearing perfume for health and wellness

    It’s a well-known fact that wearing our favourite fragrance can lift our mood but can wearing perfume for health and wellness be such a thing ?

    We know how good we feel when we’ve woken up, getting ready for the day and we reach for our favourite scent to match our outfit or plans for the day.

    Lifting the mood with perfume

    Wearing perfume for health and wellness

     

    That first spritz of your favourite brand, the one fragrance you always reach for that lifts the mood, gets you ready for the challenges of the day and reminds you of happy times.

    Travelling abroad, sitting on the plane, going out for a meal to your favourite restaurant with friends can have a huge impact on our wellness and health, more than we realise.

    We certainly don’t apply a scent to have the opposite effect to dampen the mood.

    Fragrances today have a wonderful ability to lift our spirits, get us in the right frame of mind for what the day ahead has in store and genuinely make us feel happy, loved and content.

    We all have a choice of which perfume or aftershave to wear. We are all unique and wear what suits us best.

     

    So what about when a company create perfumes specifically infused with healing energy to bring out the best in all of us?

    The perfume world has always been popular and very competitive.

    Designer perfumes

    Designer fragrances have taken the world by storm and over the years with the global perfume market size being valued at USD 31.4 billion in 2018 and expected to expand at a CAGR ( compound annual growth rate) of 3.9% by 2025. Incredible !

    It’s a very lucrative business and we have seen many celebrities at the forefront of creating their own perfume line and signature fragrances.

    With such a competitive market, it can be very difficult to stand out from the rest. New ideas are constantly being created, in order to keep the perfume industry at the top.

    Over the years we have seen ‘copies ‘ of designer fragrances and cheaper versions.

    We have also seen unique perfumes and aftershaves that carry similar scents to that of the designers, with their own style by FM World.

    Whatever fragrance that we have purchased over the years, whether it be a signature scent or a different one every day, the pure whiff of delicate fragrance notes in our chosen bottle always lifts the mood.

    When health and wellness are mentioned, we automatically think of eating healthy, carrying out regular exercise and taking supplements to give us the uplift and help we need.

    Many of us don’t compare feeling happy, loved and content with using a bottle of our favourite spritz. Why would we? We simply spray and get on with the day ahead.

     

    Perhaps when someone comments on how lovely we smell it gives us that confidence boost but generally we forget about what we’re wearing and the day passes.

    Companies find it extremely difficult to come up with something unique in such a busy space in the fragrance world.

    Many of the designers have previously come from the fashion world such as Chanel who created the most iconic perfume, Chanel no.5.

    Vyrao- The world’s first energy-infused perfume brand

    Fast forward to 2022 and we now have a new fragrance line which is unique to all the other brands that we currently have on the market.

    Fragrances created by a lady called Yasmin Sewell who has gone one step further in the art of creating unique fragrances

    She has created a brand that not only smell gorgeous but each perfume has healing and wellness properties.

    On top of this, the fragrances have been created as unisex.

     

    In a world where both men and women take pride in their appearance and the products they use, it’s refreshing that gender-neutral scents have become so popular.

    Who would have thought that such a creation would be so successful ?

    Yasmin has been in the fashion industry over the past few decades as an influential role and has come up with the idea that perfumes can be created not just for their scent but also for fusing healing and wellness benefits in a bottle too.

    Her brand name Vyrao was created.

     

    A selection of five natural fragrances that use organic plant and flower essences to bring out positive emotions and well-being.

    Each bottle contains its own Herkimer diamond crystal, known to raise, clear and amplify energy.

    Clever ingredients such as lemon, mandarin, vanilla, musk and waterlily give an uplifting mood, a sense of clarity and help in reducing anxiety.

     

    The passion behind creating an energy-infused brand is a simple one

     

    Yasmin created Vyrao because she wanted to deliver a product that channels energy.

    Wearing perfume for health and wellness

    Scents are a powerful thing.

    When we wear our favourite perfume that we know others are going to comment on, it lifts our mood, creates wonderful memories and gives us the feel-good factor that we all desire.

    Perfume scents are so powerful and creating bottles that shift our mood positively can only be a good thing.

    Approaching such a creation from a different angle to what we are used to, gave Yasmin Sewell a new perspective on the perfume industry and opened up a new opportunity.

    Yasmin has previously been involved in different forms of energetic healing including reiki.

    Moving her skills to a different sector whilst still using her healing skills gave her the chance to create perfume with wellness at its forefront.

     

    The scents we are already used to in our perfumes and aftershaves are led by mixing a blended combination of scents that work well and compliment one another.

    Creating a brand that has well-being as its main target means that the creator is following a different strategy.

    The ingredients are different for a product that requires a perfume that gives us a healing benefit as apposed to a floral, oriental or fruity base purely for a beautiful smell.

     

    The packaging alone already gives off calm but also energetic vibes.

    Bold, solid and vibrant colours are used to give a degree of calmness and solidarity. The simplistic shaped bottles are eye -catching to say the least.

    Every glass bottle connects the buyer in some way

    Not only do the bottles have bold colours that catch the eye but the names of the perfumes such as Witchy Woo, have a uniqueness about them as well.

     

    We already know that a popular scent gets people’s heads turning so having one that has the benefits of wellness and feeling good, is bound to be just as popular.

    Alongside creating unique fragrances, Yasmin Sewell has also combined candles and incense sticks.

    Take yourself onto a new journey with a fragrance created to enhance your wellness and feel the difference with this enchanting creation that is Vyrao.

     

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  • Gender-neutral,  Perfumes,  unisex

    Gender- neutral fragrances

    For years, we’ve bought perfumes specifically for our gender but there’s a new trend with gender- neutral fragrances.

    Walking into a department store, surfing the internet or browsing around the Duty-Free section at the airport before we head away on our holiday, has always seen both men and women steer towards their own gender of fragrances.

     

    After all, they are always displayed in their own gender so that we can find the female and the male fragrances easily.

     

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    Gender-neutral fragrances

    Gender-neutral fragrances became popular in the 1990s, although it may not seem as long to some.

     

    Over the years, we’ve seen men taking more care in their appearance by using face creams and pampering themselves more than they ever used to.

    Something that was always geared to the women and TV adverts always showed the women taking care of their skin, spraying their favourite perfume and it was all very feminine.

    Today, we see more men using skin care products, taking care of their hair and no one bats an eyelid when they see a man walking along the high street, suited and booted and wearing a pink shirt under their suit jacket.

    A colour that was less accepted years ago on the males.

    So the times have changed and the perfume industry has embraced this.

    We now see gender neutral/ unisex fragrances on the shelves, online and within perfume companies including FM World.

     

    Gender neutral fragrances
    A new line of unisex fragrances for 2022

     

    There are many women who have been wearing a ‘male’ fragrance for years as they prefer the scent and not much is said in the way of why they have chosen that particular kind.

    Having a man on the other hand, wearing a floral scent will certainly turn heads for those who recognize a ‘feminine ‘ fragrance lingering, as they walk past.

    A whole new world opens up when we have access to unisex fragrances that can be enjoyed by both men and women.

    We’ve grown up with most things around us being male or female orientated so it’s very refreshing to have products and perfumes that both men and women can enjoy.

    Comments like ” That’s a bit feminine for you” no longer seem to be spoken as we accept that times have moved on.

    Same sex couples are part of our society and nothing is ‘male’ or ‘female’ anymore. Just how it should be.

    Gender- neutral fragrances have become appealing in every sense

     

    Gone are the days when we have grown up and were taught that fragrance scents such as mask, fruit, floral and vanilla are very much feminine notes.

    Whilst the woody, chipre, oriental and water notes are only for the males.

    Very stereotypical.

    Why have fragrances been categorized into gender specific?

    It comes down to the beauty industry being segregated as male and female and the power of marketing.

    Men’s fragrance bottles are based on masculinity with some of the popular designs crated in the have of a man’s torso, the strong hand or the simplistic use of very square, clean shaped bottles.

    Women’s packaging on the other hand is more feminine.

    Flowers, elegant lids and an extension of their ‘girly’ colours and classy, sophisticated bottles.

     

     

     

    Perfumes, make up, nail polish and hair products are based around the women and the men have their own section of aftershaves, deodorant, shavers and shaving products.

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    It’s true that we all suit different scents on our skin and we buy and are attracted to the fragrance notes that we enjoy the most.

    Perfumes and aftershaves bring out the joyfulness, fun and happiness in all of us, especially when we have compliments on our chosen scent of the day.

    The great thing too about having so many fragrances to choose from, for both sexes, is that we can wear a different one every day unless you have a signature scent and wear this one most of the time.

    Mixing things up a bit is definitely the way forward as we can then choose a fragrance for the seasons.

    If you care about the fragrance notes in your bottle of scent, you may well already know that both male and females perfumes and aftershaves contain a mixture of what we class as male and female scents.

    The balance of both determines if the scent is more masculine or feminine.

    There are also fragrance notes that are suitable for both such as citrus, oriental and wood. Both sexes can carry off these scents well if they are balanced right with other notes.

     

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    In the early 90s we had many men and women smelling the same with one of the most popular scent of that era, such as CK1 fragrance here on ebay

    Women have often leaned towards the more masculine scents as some of the female fragrances can be very sweet and are sometimes too sickly to wear on their skin.

    Wearing the wrong type or an overpowering fragrance can give the wearer a headache along with those around them.

    Women can carry off wearing a more masculine scent too than men can with a feminine fragrance.

    A bit like women being able to wear trousers as well as dresses and skirts yet men are not seen in ‘female’ items of clothing unless they’re wearing a kilt, dressed up as a drag queen or walking the fashion line at Avant Garde !

    Is it a power thing ?

    Men need to look and feel masculine and strong so they wear such clothing and scents.

    Some of the female scents are drawn more towards feeling pretty, girly, innocent, seductive and emotional.

    For me personally, I do love both men and women’s fragrances although I lean more towards the female notes.

    Ones that fit in with my small build, long hair and painted nails.

    Gender neutral fragrances
    There are many unisex fragrances to choose from with FM World. Take a look…

    Our influencers

    To some extent we are still very much influenced by the media when it comes to buying perfumes.

    The celebrity influences we have behind the advertising and the fancy bottles contribute to our purchase.

    Nowadays though, we do tend to take our own steps towards choosing what’s right for us in terms of fragrance suitability and indeed cost.

    There are more affordable options available and FM World have their own collection of gender-neutral fragrances with many of their scents inspired by the big names we see today.

    If you would like the opportunity to try one of our fragrances, samples are available here.

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    FM perfume no.413 review

    FM perfume no.413 review

    Have you tried Fm World’s fragrances yet?

    They believe in simplicity when it comes to packaging and style of bottles and FM 413 is no exception.

     

     

     

     

    As we head into the spring and are perhaps looking for a fragrance that sits more in the oriental/fruity family, FM are not short of choice.

    No. 413 has been a very popular scent over the past few years as its fragrance notes are very similar to those of La Vie Est Belle by Lancôme.

     

     

    Fragrance notes:

    Head: blackcurrant, pear

    Heart: iris, jasmine, orange blossom

    Base: chocolate pralines, patchouli, vanilla

     

    This fragrance gives a sense of sweetness and flirtatious vibes and a very popular scent to own.

    What’s great about this fragrance is that it also comes in a PHEROMONE perfume, INTENSE perfume ( which contains 30% perfume oil) , a fragrance candle, reed diffuser, a wardrobe fragrance and wax melts to name a few.

     

     

    It’s wonderful to find a scent that can be extended into the home to carry the beautiful spring/summer notes through every room.

    So what makes this fragrance one of FM’s most popular ?

    Many women love the smell of fruits and deep scents such as vanilla and patchouli.

    The Lancôme perfume, which was launched in 2012 and advertised by the beautiful Julia Roberts, has very similar fragrance notes.

    When we see celebrity’s endorsing perfumes, it encourages us to try that scent to give a sense of feeling and looking just as gorgeous as our idols.

    The only missing ingredient from FM413 is Tonka Bean. If you were to try a sample of FM 413, the smell will be almost identical.

    Whilst FM create their very own fragrances, they do use the same perfume oil as the designer fragrances which are created by DROM in Germany.

     

    You can read the story of DROM here.

     

    We already know that no one sees the packaging or fancy bottle when we purchase designer scents and they can leave a huge dent in the purse/wallet, yet many are still hung up on the idea of owning expensive brands.

     

    FM is a cruelty -free fragrance company and one that stands out from the rest not only for being affordable but for also creating long-lasting fragrances.

     

    As they have no celebrity endorsers or TV adverts, they can keep the cost down and therefore fans of the fragrances can indeed buy several bottles of their favourite perfumes.

    Having tried several and having a large selection of my own perfumes over the years, I have to say that no.413 is one of my favourites.

    It’s also a favourite for one of my customers!

     

    FM no.413 perfume review

     

    It’s suitable for all seasons as it has an oriental feel for wearing during the winter but also a selection of fruity notes that pop through to give a spring/summer vibe.

    Many women who currently wear La Vie Est Belle have said that they can’t tell the difference between their own designer bottled scent and that of FM 413.

    It’s an ideal scent to wear during the daytime in the office or out for a lunch date with friends. If you fancy a stronger version for an evening there is the option of the intense version too. How many designer fragrances give us that option ?

     

     

    FM 413 is a long-lasting fragrance without a doubt and will certainly get you receiving compliments as I do, when wearing it.

    Some will compare the Federico Mahora fragrance to that of La Vie Est Belle without understanding that this fragrance isn’t supposed to be a replica for the designer scent.

    In fact, none of the Fm perfumes should be compared to the designer scents because they are their own individual brand and company.

    Read my article about why buying cheap perfume will cost more

    If you love sweet and long-lasting scents then FM no.413 is definitely worth trying. Order your sample here.

    Some wearers have even noticed this particular scent lingers on clothing the following day after being sprayed.

     

    Another great reason to purchase if you want your clothes smelling gorgeous without having to wash them after the first wear.

    Due to its very fruity and oriental notes, this perfume only requires a few sprays as it is instantly noticeable.

    It will last around 6-8 hours and is one of the fragrances that does linger more than others so less is definitely more with this bottle.

    I love the idea that this bottle is designed with such simplicity that it fits perfectly inside a handbag if you did want to re apply throughout the day.

     

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    Price
    : £13.99

    Cheapest place to buy: eBay.co.uk

    Sold by FM World at £17.40

    Size of bottle : 50ml

    Sample size (1.4ml) available for 40 pence from FM World

    My rating : 10 out of 10!!

     

    If you are looking for a more intense scent, try the Pure Intense bottle. The size is the same and costs around £17.50 from eBay.co.uk.

     

  • Perfumes,  Vintage

    Vintage perfumes for women

    There are so many perfumes on the market today and we have been using them for many years. Let’s take a look at ten of the vintage perfumes for women.

    Perfume dates back as far as 1371, when we saw the first modern alcohol-based fragrance for Queen Elizabeth of Hungary.

    There are many collectors of vintage perfumes and this is another one along with the worlds most expensive perfume to add to the collection.

    Those that collect such fragrances find it intriguing how scents have changed over the years.

     

     

    Vintage perfume for women
    Vintage perfumes are still popular today

     

     

    They will also know that some ingredients such as oakmoss, which has been used in a variety of fragrances and is a species of lichen, has been restricted in recent years.

    Some have been banned as they are not longer considered safe to use in perfumes so other fragrance notes have been sourced instead.

    If you have a collection of vintage perfumes sitting inside your wardrobe, keep hold of them.

    Perfumes dating back to 1950s such as the iconic bottle of Chanel No.5 are well worth keeping.

    Perfumes dating before 2000 and are familiar brands are still worth keeping as they too can be sold and money can be made from them.

     

    We all have memories created by perfume we used to wear. Some may still be wearing the same scent today especially if it’s their signature fragrance.

    Such perfumes bring special events to life, including happy and sad memories and there are lots that are still on the market today to keep those memories alive.

    Some may see vintage perfumes as something our Nan used to wear. That strong and overpowering scent that lingers for hours and in every room.

    There are many that are a delicate but unforgettable fragrance.

    Vintage perfumes for women

    1. Shalimar By Guerlain

     

    The oldest perfume and an oriental fragrance was created in 1925 by the perfume house Guerlain, called Shalimar.

    Named after the Garden of Shalimar and it’s history of being created by Emporor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal as a romantic gesture.

    It’s scent is still sold today and has fragrance notes of rose, tonka bean, jasmine and bergamot to name a few.

    With base notes of musk, vanilla and sandalwood, there is a beautiful mixture and combination of strong and elegant fragrance notes in this bottle.

     

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    Available to buy on eBay

     

    Vintage perfumes for women
    “Paris, France – December 20, 2012: Guerlain Shalimar Perfume on black. A brand of luxury perfume, Eau de Shalimar, created by Jean-Paul Guerlain and Mathilde Laurent in 2008 and produced by Guerlain

     

    2. Anais Anais L’original By Cacharel

    Launched back in 1978 and named after Anaitis, the ‘Goddess Of Love‘, this fragrance is still very popular today and was the first fragrance produced by Cacharel.

    It was very much a fragrance created to attract the teenagers with its floral and youthful scent.

    Fragrance notes of sandalwood, honeysuckle, orange blossom, lavender, lemon and bergamot certainly caught the attention of the younger generation.

    With its floral, pretty bottle, most teenagers owned a bottle of this distinctive scent.

    Available to buy on eBay

     

    Vintage perfumes for women
    Anais Anais by Cacharel

    3. Opium By Yves Saint Laurent

     

    There won’t be many that won’t of heard of Opium.

    Launched back in 1977 and created by Jean Amic and Jean-Louis Sieuzac, this perfume has strong oriental notes and a very distinctive fragrance to it.

    With top notes of plum, cloves, pepper, jasmine, coriander, bergamot, citrus and West Indian bay, this spicy perfume should definitely be worn with minimal application.

     

    Added to the fact that this bottle is very distinctive too, it’s possibly one of those perfumes that will go down in history.

    Nowadays we also see Black Opium on the market too.

    With notes of pear, pink pepper, orange blossom, vanilla, patchouli, cedar and cashmere wood, it’s very much just as powerful as the original.

    If you like powerful scents that make a statement and can carry off such an iconic scent, take a look at eBay

    Vintage perfumes for women
    Antibes, France – June 30, 2016: Product shot of women’s fragrance Opium by Yves Saint Laurent, eau de toilette

     

     

    4. L’air Du Temps By Nina Ricci

    It’s not very often that we hear of Nina Ricci perfumes but it is one of the most popular of the 20th century, alongside Chanel no.5.

    Launched back in 1948, this floral/ spicy perfume with its unique glass dove cap contains stunning notes of jasmine, rose, sandalwood and amber to truly capture the sense of being ‘free‘.

    It was created in the wake of World War II by the French perfumer Francis Fabron, in collaboration with Nina Ricci and roughly translated from French to mean ‘the trend we have now/something in the air’.

    With it’s brightly coloured box and elegant bottle, we really do get a feel for summer, blue skies and open spaces.

    Available to purchase on eBay for a reasonable price too.

    Vintage perfumes for women
    Paris, France – May 03, 2010: L’Air du Temps by Nina Ricci. A brand of luxury woman perfume. In association with Francis Fabron, Robert Ricci (Nina Ricci’s son) created the fragrance in 1948. The flask topped by two entwined doves, was created in 1951 by Marc Lalique.

    5. Youth Dew By Estée Lauder

    This fragrance was created in 1953 and actually started off as a bath oil. Women felt confident to use it every day and so it soon became a popular product to use as a fragrance.

    Back in the days during the 1905s when perfume was only ever bought as a gift from a husband or partner and not by women themselves.

    Estée Lauder created this elegant bottled fragrance and women fell in love with its spicy, amber, rich floral and woody notes.

     

    As men loved it’s scent too, it became one of the sexiest fragrances ever created and it still captures the hearts of many women today.

    Women will have heard and used the cosmetics that we see in store and online today, created by Estée Lauder and Youth Dew is the first fragrance created by her.

    A true classic and if you’re a lover of rose, lavender, jasmine, spices and patchouli notes, take a look at eBay

    Vintage perfumes for women

     

     

     

    6. Mitsouko By Guerlain

    Another vintage perfume by Guerlain and on first impression, this bottle looks a little masculine.

     

    Launched in 1919, Mitsouko captures the chypre and fruity fragrance family inside this bottle.

    A combination of beautiful notes too.

    With jasmine, rose, cinnamon, amber, peach, lilac, oak moss and bergamot, this fragrance was inspired by the story of impossible love between Mitsouko and a British officer.

     

    With such a combination of scents, its not your average daytime perfume with its heavy base notes of amber, oak moss and cinnamon.

     

    Not the cheapest fragrance on the market either but well worth trying if you get the chance, purely for such beautiful fragrance notes.

    Available to purchase on eBay

     

     

    Vintage perfumes for women
    FRANCE – DECEMBER 13: Mitsouko perfume bottle, 1946, blown crystal, molded and cut by Guerlain (1798 to 1864). France, 20th century. Paris, Musée Baccarat (Glass Museum) (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)

     

     

    7. L’Heure Bleue By Guerlain

    Another fragrance created by Guerlain.

    This one was launched in 1912 and contains beautiful notes of coriander, bergamot, violet, cloves ylang-ylang, jasmine, orchid vanilla, Sandalwood, musk and tonka bean.

    Classed as one of Guerlains’s best classic fragrances in its distinctive bottle, it is a symbol of royalty as one of the Queen’s favourite scent according to Vogue, alongside Floris, white rose EDT.

    Check out eBay to purchase your bottle of vintage history.

     

     

    Vintage perfumes for women

     

     

     

    8. Apres L’Ondee By Guerlain

    With its combination of violet, orange blossom and spicy anais notes, this perfume was created by Jacques Guerlain in 1906.

    Apres L’onee (April shower) is very much a spring time fragrance after a rain shower.

    The smell of freshness that reaches our nose as the rain hits the countryside and then the sun comes out to warm the scent of the wet leaves again, is captured with this scent.

    Guerlain really does showcase many a perfume fragrance and a history of being one of the world’s greatest perfume houses.

    Available to buy on eBay

     

     

    Vintage perfumes for women
    Apres L’Ondee perfume

     

     

     

    9.Tabu By Dana

    Tabu was created by the French perfumer called Jean Carles and was launched in 1932 by a company also associated with the likes of Nina Ricci and Christian Dior.

    Not the most elegant of bottles for a female perfume, a simple design with an almost ‘old’ and ‘heavy’ appearance and dark bottle but its fragrance notes make up for it.

    A mixture of patchouli ( and a high dose at 10% ) combined with clove, bergamot, orange, Coriander, rose, ylang-ylang, Sandalwood, musk and amber, gives us a heavy oriental scent and one of the worlds first strongest.

     

     Check out eBay for their bottle.
    Vintage perfumes for women

    10. Arpege By Lanvin

    With its name derived from the musical term ‘arpeggio’, this fragrance was released in 1927 and a classic scent among some of the world’s most popular perfumes.

     

    Similar to Chanel N0.5, Arpege is very much a flower perfume.

    It contains peach, orange blossom, honeysuckle, iris, rose, vanilla, musk, geranium, sandalwood, patchouli and vertiver.

    It has quite a simplistic bottle with its black base and gold cap and was created by Paul Vacher and Andre Fraysse. Affordable on eBay.

     

    Vintage perfumes for women

     

     

    Do you own a vintage perfume ?  I’d love to hear which one you have !

    Drop your comment below or contact us for any inquires regarding finding the right scent.

    If you prefer more recent fragrances, take a look at our perfume and beauty  resources page.

  • Branding,  Celebrities,  Perfumes

    Celebrity endorsed perfumes

    We see celebrity endorsed perfumes everywhere. Online and on the high street. So when did it all start?

    Back in 1987, Elizabeth Taylor first started the trend when she herself launched her perfume called Passion.

    The first celebrity to begin the endorsement trend

     

    Celebrity endorsed perfumes
    Elizabeth Taylor’s signature fragrance White Diamonds

     

    This wasn’t her first fragrance either. She created her signature fragrance called White Diamonds in 1991 but the success came with the release of Passion 3 years earlier and became one of the best -selling fragrances of all time.

     

    Surprisingly, Passion isn’t expensive to purchase as you may think.

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    Take a look on ebay for Passion by Elizabeth Taylor 

     

    With such an iconic celebrity at the forefront of this trend, it wasn’t long before the likes of Paris Hilton, Jennifer Aniston and Beyoncé became just some celebrities who saw a market and a platform for following in her footsteps.

     

     

    It’s a well-known fact that having a celebrity behind their own perfume is going to help massively with perfume sales.

     

     

    Do men and women simply purchase a designer fragrance because of the name behind it?

     

     

    Perhaps they did a few years ago but these days it’s not just the name behind the brand that matters. After all, there’s little point in purchasing a Beyoncé fragrance just because such a music icon is behind its creation.

     

    We purchase perfumes for their fragrances notes and longevity too.

    Women and men need to like the scent in order to wear it. It’s a waste of money if the bottle is going to sit in the wardrobe and never be worn.

    It’s not just perfume either that celebrities have endorsements on.

    Anything from clothing, jewellery and hand bags all have a touch of celebrity attached.

    Items that are endorsed by famous people will sell much quicker too. It’s a very clever marketing strategy and one that has been around for many years.

    Celebrity endorsed products

    When a celebrity endorses a product, this gives scope for the product to reach a larger audience and therefore making more sales.
    When we see a perfume that has been endorsed by Beyoncé for example, it immediately gives the buyer confidence in their purchase as the person behind the brand is well-known.
    Having such an iconic celebrity also makes the product more appealing.
    Have you noticed how attractive the celebrities are who endorse products ? It makes it more enchanting.

    Buying a well-known perfume

    Purchasing a perfume from a celebrity has a positive impact on the buyer and when they wear the fragrance created by their favourite singer/celebrity, it instantly gives confidence.
    The consumer also feels more important because they are wearing such a fragrance.
    Whenever we see a perfume being advertised on the TV, it will always have a famous face in the commercial.