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.
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.
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.
There are some pretty drawstring pouches available in a range of colours.
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.
Be creative with your samplesThere 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.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 samplesAt 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 fragranceThousands 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 perfumesBuyers 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.
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.
Utique rangeWith 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.
Type: elegant, sophisticated, mysterious
Head Notes: woody notes, saffron, styrax
Heart Notes: vetiver, amber, vanilla
Base Notes: leather, sandalwood, amberwood
Type: luxurious, exquisite
Head Notes: red pepper, cedarwood, nutmeg
Heart Notes: iris, saffron, vetiver
Base Notes: Cypriot, patchouli, black musk, amber
Type: mystery, spiritual
Head Notes: cashmere wood, jasmine,
Heart Notes: vanilla, amberwood, balsamic notes
Base Notes: white oud, black musk, dry wood
MUFFINType: intriguing, noble, unforgettableFragrance notes:Head notes: lemon, rose, saffronHeart notes: woody notes, peony, amyris, leather notesBase notes: amber, oud, vanilla
FLAMINGOType: charming, seductive like a forbidden fruitFragrance notes:Head notes: Rosa Mosqueta, blackberry sorbet, green notesHeart notes: Damask Rose, jasmine, apricot
Base notes: woody notes, crystal rose chord, musk
BUBBLEType: enchanting, delightfulFragrance Notes:Head: bergamot, cardamom, lime,Heart: lily of the valley, jasmine, mint
Base: guaiac wood, musk, cedarwood
AMBRE ROYALType: sensual, charming, with a hint of mysteryFragrance notes:Head Notes: bergamot, orange, apple, cinnamonHeart Notes: clove, tobacco,
Base Notes: patchouli, tonka bean, myrrh, musk
Type: sophisticated, stunning
Fragrance Notes: Head notes: rose, suede, safflower Heart notes: frozen raspberry, wild rose, Cypriot
Base notes: agarwood, white musk, American sweetgum
SEXY CASHMEREType: uninhibited, ambiguous, triggering desiresFragrance notes:Head: plumHeart: iris, violet, ylang-ylang, cedarwood, patchouli
Base: sandalwood, benzoin resin, vanilla, musk
AMBERGRISType: deep, mysterious, absoluteFragrance notes:Head: bergamot, red peppercorn, cumin seeds, cardamomHeart: wild jasmine, lily of the valley, ylang-ylang
Base: ambergris, tonka bean, labdanum, leather, oak moss, patchouli, musk
MALACHITEType: enigmatic, thrilling, like the four elementsFragrance notes:Head notes: mandarin, bergamot, wallflower, plum, aldehyde notes, blackcurrant, saffron, ivy, peach skinHeart notes: jasmine, violet, tuberose, iris, rose, lily of the valley, ylang ylang, orange blossom
Base notes: sandalwood, vanilla, moss, Haitian vetiver, patchouli, musk
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As we get older, our skin needs that little extra help. A great way to put the moisture back into our skin is by using the Utique Luxury Face Oil by FM WORLD.
Over the years, many people have possibly avoided putting oils on their face, especially if they are prone to oily skin. The thought of adding more oil would surely cause more issues?
Contrary to belief, using a face oil that has so many benefits in its ingredients has become hugely popular over the years.
Celebrities and make up artists are also known to be using such products in their daily skin care routine.
Finding the right face oil
It’s important to shop for the right type of face oil. Using one that has top quality ingredients that won’t block the pores and leaves the skin feeling loved is essential.
If you’ve ever tried any of the FM range, you will already know of their affordability and quality when it comes to the selection of products.
The Utique Luxury Face Oil is no exception.
It is designed to rejuvenate, moisturise and nourish every skin type. If you are looking for a glowing, soft and youthful complexion, the luxury oil is definitely worth a try.
Whilst some may see that it’s not the cheapest bottle of face oil on the market, having tried several others, I have found this one to be the best and most suited to my skin that’s neither dry nor greasy on a good day.
It works as a fantastic base for make up as well as applying just before bedtime to re-build the cells of the skin as we sleep.
Our skin can become very dry from daily washing, especially if using harsh soaps. I would recommend our facial wash in the Aloe Vera range for a gentle cleanser.
This product is great for removing make up and is gentle on the skin.
One of the great things that I have found with the face oil is how easy it is to apply with the pipette style glass bottle.
This ensures that you only apply a small amount that’s needed without any waste.
If you’re a first time user of any face oil, you will notice the difference instantly. Even those who have skin that isn’t particularly dry can benefit from using an oil.
Suitable for men and women
It’s not just a face oil for women either. Men can benefit from using it too as it’s a great product to use on the face after shaving.
Men are taking just as much care in their skin care routine as women and with an oil that soaks in quickly and doesn’t feel greasy, I would recommend this face oil to anyone.
A face oil that contains no preservatives, no artificial colouring and no parabens, the Utique Luxury Face Oil is created with the highest quality certified oils.
A mixture of the right ingredients
With a combination of 13 different natural oils and essential oils it is clear why this oil benefits in so many ways.
Ingredients of Neroli, Argan, Jojoba, Sunflower, Soybean, Castor, Evening Primrose, Jasmine and Geranium to name a few, its easy to see why our skin benefits by using this product.
The Utique Luxury Face Oil prevents the formation of fine lines and capillaries with its Neroli oil ingredient.
Fine lines are inevitable as we age so by using the face oil regularly, this can help slow down the process.
Argan oil is good as an anti- wrinkle and contains rejuvenating properties.
Jojoba oil is good for closing the pores and moisturising the skin whilst improving its firmness. This ingredient also helps to minimize wrinkles and fine lines.
We all thrive for elasticity in our skin and with the help of sunflower oil, the skin does feel like it has more movement and no longer feels tight or dry.
Skin that is lacking in hydration will benefit immensely with using products that contain the ingredient Soybean oil.
When our skin is exposed to the sun and outside elements, it is important we have a protective barrier and antibacterial properties.
Castor oil will help to protect the delicate layers of the skin.
Everyone loves Evening Primrose oil as it adds moisture and can help to soothe any irritations with dry or sensitive skin.
Our skin naturally regenerates new skin so with the added ingredient of Jasmine oil, this will help support the skin cell renewal.
If you are looking for cleansed and nourished skin whilst soothing any irritation, then the benefit of Geranium oil will work wonders.
My story with Utique Luxury face Oil
The first time I tried FM World’s face oil was during the summer of 2020.
I’d recently had my first Covid vaccination and within a few days my skin around my eyes became extremely dry and very red.
A severe reaction left the skin around my eye looking and feeling burnt.
To this day, I am still not sure if it was a reaction to the injection or something that I had eaten. Further vaccinations went without any issues.
My skin looked and felt like leather. The skin around our eyes is so delicate and I was shocked by how one of my eyes in particular looked like it had been burnt by a product.
I was desperate to replace the lost moisture as quickly as possible. My skin felt extremely tight, sore and sensitive so I purchased a bottle of Utique Luxury Face Oil as it felt it was a last resort.
I had already tried so many other face creams such as E45 and Nivea but to no avail. If anything, these face creams left my skin stinging so I had to wash them off straight away.
Within around 3-4 days of using the face oil and avoiding any eye make up for a few weeks, I was pleasantly surprised and relieved by how much the skin around my eye had improved.
I no longer had the scaly, dry and tight skin as my lower lid returned to a bit more normality.
The much improved skin around my eye after a few days of using the oil
From this day, I have continued to use the product, applying it first thing in the morning before I put make-up on and once again in the evening after using the Aloe Vera facial wash.
I always feel that I need some moisture on my skin before I sleep and it is essential that women remove all traces of make up before bed.
Utique Luxury Face Oil
Price: £51 available from FM World
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My rating:10 out of 10
If you are looking for a face oil that keeps the skin glowing, moisturised and healthy and does exactly what it is meant to do just by using a small amount each day, then I would highly recommend trying the Utique Luxury Face Oil.
For healthier skin, give it some love.
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We often forget about treating our feet as part of a daily skincare routine but it’s just as important to look after our feet.
What better way to take care of our skin than with a foot peeling mask.
Our feet spend so much time in socks and closed in shoes throughout the winter and cooler months, that we often forget to treat our feet.
It’s not until we are home from work, jump in the shower and notice the dry skin forming on the heels and around the big toe.
Both are common parts of the foot to suffer the most dryness.
If you leave the skin on the heels for too long when they are so very dry, this can lead to cracked skin and trust me, this is very painful if it gets that far. Prevention is definitely better than cure.
Our feet are important
No one sees our feet during the winter and maybe that’s one of the reasons why we don’t bother to look after them as much as we do, say our hands.
Many of us will be on our feet for a good while during the day when working.
They do take the brunt of most things from being squashed into shoes or boots that are perhaps a little too tight to being the main part of our body that allows us to stand up for long periods of time.
Showers and baths will of course clean the skin on our feet but as soon as summer arrives, we suddenly realise that our feet have been neglected as we see the dry and hard skin starting to form.
Footwear and varnish
Countless sandals, sliders and other footwear for the hot weather come out of the wardrobe.
We’re excited to wear open toe shoes as the weather gets warmer, only to find that our feet are not looking as elegant and moisturised as we expected.
There will be many women like myself who paint their toenails all year round.
Some who only paint their nails during the summer, when they are wearing the appropriate footwear to show a summer colour off.
We do tend to look after the parts of our body that are on show most of the time such as our face and hands.
A skincare routine is essential in keeping the skin looking healthy, moisturised and hydrated.
When our hands are on show we are very much aware of how they look, whatever job we may be in.
Don’t forget your feet
We can wash and moisturise them and use a pumice stone to remove excess dead skin cells which do work to a degree.
Often the extra bit of care gets forgotten about as it all takes time and it’s often not classed as essential as our hands and face that people will see all the time.
The skin does need to be prepped before using a pumice stone to get the best results, so usually after a bath or shower when the skin is soft enough to remove gently.
A pumice stone will wear down each time it is used and the best way to use them is when they are wet.
This will help the stone to glide across the calloused skin. Soaking your feet in warm water also prepped the skin and softens it to make it easier.
Pumice stones are very affordable and commonly used.
There is nothing wrong with using this method to soften the hard skin on your feet but you will notice that it will need to be carried out regularly to keep the skin soft and subtle.
Using an exfoliating foot peel
What are the benefits of using an exfoliating foot peel?
There are so many brands on the market today, similar to face sheets, that it can be difficult to know which one to purchase.
I have previously read reviews regarding the foot peel by FM World so I was keen to give it a try.
When this little package is opened, it reveals two liquid sachets and two sock bags.
The liquid is poured into the separate sock bags, one for each foot.
Any nail polish needs to be removed prior to using the exfoliating foot peel and with clean, dry feet, insert them into the bags.
There is a sticky label to tape the bag snugly around the ankle for a secure fit.
It advises to wear the bags for 60 to 90 minutes.
A great excuse to sit, relax and watch TV or read a book.
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After the time has passed, remove your feet from the bags and rinse off the remaining liquid with water and pat dry.
It takes between 4 to 7 days for the exfoliation to commence and will last for the subsequent 3 to 5 days.
Having used this for the first time a few months ago, my skin felt wonderfully soft even before the exfoliating began.
It gave me the chance to sit quietly as I wasn’t able to walk around with liquid bags on my feet and it felt very therapeutic being pampered at home.
This product contains AHA/BHA acids which perfectly regenerate damaged epidermis.
With a rich of complex natural ingredients, urea and allantion, it additionally moisturises. Just what our feet need.
■ The foot peel effectively removes calluses
■ Contain extracts of honey, opuntia, pear, passion fruit, lemon, grape and pineapple
■ The peel leaves the feet feeling perfectly smooth.
■ Recommended to use once a month.
It’s a wonderful vision to watch the dead skin peeling away from your feet and gives a sense that a product is doing what it says it will do.
When the peeling process had finished, my feet felt very smooth and hydrated.
It gave me back the confidence to wear sandals again.
With the added dash of colour to my toe nails, it felt wonderful to show off my feet, knowing that I no longer felt embarrassed about the dry skin on my heels and toes.
In between using the exfoliating foot peel, I would recommend applying a body moisturiser to the feet at night.
I recommend our Complete Care Ultra Moisturising Foot Cream
This product will aid in keeping the skin soft and supple in between treatments and costs £10.50
Exfoliating foot peel
Price : £13 available to buy from FM World
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My rating : 10 out of 10!
Definitely the best foot peel that I have ever tried and one that I will definitely use again.
So much more effective than a pumice stone and a great way to bring the salon pamper experience to your home at an affordable price.
If you would like to find out more or have any questions, please feel free to get in touch.
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Our face has spent so much time under a surgical mask over the past two years and contributes to one of the reasons why many of us have suffered with dry skin.
What better way to look after our skin than to use a hydrotherapy sheet mask.
It’s not just women who reach out for products to help with their skin.
Today sees many men taking just as much care to use skin products and they’re not shy about using any either.
We don’t use hydrotherapy masks as often as we should, I’m sure.
A lack of time plays a huge part and then when we do decide to buy one, we’re undecided about which one to buy.
There are so many available and they all do a similar thing. Hydrate, add moisture back into the skin and soothes any irritations.
Through different times of the year we can all suffer from dry, flaky skin, even when we are on top of our game, when it comes to our own skin care routine.
Sometimes, no matter how much we cleanse, tone and moisturise, it’s just not enough to keep our skin looking and feeling fresh, soft and glowing.
Women in particular are very conscious of how they look and are always battling against the aging process.
Personally, I feel we don’t need to. We all age differently and it’s a natural process.Our skin is unique.
Some of it comes down to our genes, whilst other factors will be due to what we eat, drink and how much exercise we participate in.
Whilst we can correct many of the factors by doing more, eating healthier and drinking plenty of water, sometimes our skin needs a little extra help.
Hydrotherapy sheet masks are a quick and easy way to provide the skin with moisture and a boost of vitamins.
Hydrotherapy sheet mask by FM World
This product came onto the market during the first lock down in 2020.
Great timing as thousands of us were forced to work from home or trying to find other things to do and having lots of nights in.
A face mask, accompanied with a glass of wine whilst we were left to socialize in front of a screen, on zoom with friends, seemed to go down a treat.
We finally had the time to pamper ourselves. Hair masks were used, our nails painted and we kept up with our skin care routine.
During that year, we had a beautiful summer. We enjoyed several months of hot weather and had the time to sit outside and enjoy the garden with family.
We soaked up the sun’s rays, had golden skin and felt relaxed and healthy.
One of the consequences though of sitting in the sun for too long is dry and dehydrated skin.
Celebrities wear sun screen protection as part of their daily skin care routine and it’s a good habit to get into.
I decided to purchase one of the hydrotherapy sheet masks.
My skin felt tight, lacking in shine and no amount of moisturiser seemed to replenish the lost moisture that my skin was feeling.
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How to use the Hydrotherapy sheet maskIt’s important to do your daily skincare routine as normal and cleanse the skin first before applying the mask.We want to make sure the skin is at its cleanest before we apply our sheet, by removing any grease or dirt from the skin.
Another useful tip is to apply a toner before applying the sheet mask.
FM World have a wonderful toner within their Aloe Vera range.
This will balance out the skins pH level and will help to open the pores.When we have open pores, this gives the moisture from the sheet mask the chance to soak deeper into the skin.The 150ml Facial Toner is a part of the Aloe Vera Collection. It restores the proper pH value of the skin and ensures the right level of moisture.It is in the form of a delicate mist that is convenient in use. It contains no alcohol and is hypoallergenic.It has quadruple soothing power: aloe, panthenol, bisabolol and jasmine extract.The aloe included in the toner soothes irritations, has moisturising and softening properties.It reduces redness, helps to restore tissues, fights against free radicals and leaves the skin with more elasticity.It’s important to remember that by using the hydrotherapy sheet mask, it won’t exfoliate the skin. You can use a separate product called Aloe Vera Peel Off Facial Mask.
What’s wonderful about the hydrotherapy sheet is that it is dripping in moisture.
At first, the sheet looks far too big to fit anyone’s face.
Once it’s on and gently smoothed onto the skin, there is enough sheet to fit the face and the neck.
Sit back, relax with some music and leave the mask to do its magic for 15 minutes.
Once you take the sheet off, use the excess for your neck. There’s plenty of moisture in one sheet so add some to this area too.
Rinse your face with cool water, gently pat dry and feel the instant benefit of smooth, hydrated and glowing skin.
It is recommended to use face masks around once a month but we all know how busy we get and this isn’t always possible.
Just like our daily skincare routine, we need to get into a habit of using other products because we will certainly see the benefit later on.
HYDROTHERAPY HYALURONIC SHEET MASK 20 ml
From the FM World website :
Occlusive properties of the sheet significantly increase the penetration of nutrients into the skin. Thanks to this, they perfectly tighten it, smoothing out fine lines, intensively nourish and effectively regenerate. • rich in active moisturising ingredients • provides a beautiful and healthy look • ensures visible skin rejuvenation effect.
Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Saccharide, Isomerate, PEG-12 Dimenthicone Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid, Methyl Gluceth-20, Allantoin, Sodium PCA, Urea, Glucine, Lactic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylate, Crosspolymer-6, Glucose, Polysorbate 20, Chlorphenesin, SODIUM Benzote, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Citrate, Parfum
After using the hydrotherapy sheet on three or four occasions, I noticed that the fine wrinkles around my eyes had improved and appeared smoother.
These won’t be visibly noticeable with the first time you use the sheet so it’s good to keep using regularly for maximum benefit.
As we get older we are constantly fighting the signs of ageing.
The first sign that many of us see, for both men and women, are fine lines around the lips and the eye area.
Skin needs more of an intense moisturiser than many of the products that we see and purchase in shops and online can give.
They often sit on the surface of the skin and don’t penetrate to the deeper layers.
By using a facial sheet regularly, this will enable the skin to keep its elasticity and prevent it from drying out from elements such as the hot weather and central heating through the winter.
When the skin is moisturised, women will find that their make up will sit better, be much easier to apply and will last much longer.
For the men, this will give their skin the opportunity to stay moisturised, especially if they work outdoors in all weathers.
It will also prevent the skin from tightening and feeling uncomfortable.
Price : £11.00 A very reasonable price even if you use once a month.
Where to purchase : FM World
My rating : 10 out of 10
Try one for yourself and feel the difference with softer, replenished and glowing skin.
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Everyone loves candles and they’re not just for the winter months. Summer scented candles are just as popular.
We already know that candles have been around for many years and have many uses.
Summer scented candles
Summer sees the BBQ lit, garden parties, windows and doors open and pretty garden lights around the edges of flower beds. There’s a real chilled vibe sitting in the garden, listening to the birds and feeling the breeze on our skin.
Outdoor candles have their uses to keep pesky insects at bay. You’ve just spent time preparing food, eventually sit down and before you’ve even taken the first fork full, a fly appears!
Citronella is popular for keeping the insects off your food.
Candles also make our homes smell gorgeous and during the hot weather, we want our home to smell fresh and cool.
Whenever we think of summer, we think of fresh smelling flowers, citrus and fruity scents.
Days at the beach or on holiday, sitting by the pool with an ice-cold drink or just relaxing in the garden, listening to the birds and wildlife is the perfect way to relax.
When the temperature starts to rise and we feel like we have reached our summer season, we start to look for lighter fragrance candles to match our environment.
Seasonal candle scents
We don’t want the heavy scents such as cinnamon or spices such as nutmeg or ginger. These are much more suited to winter and Christmas time with their strong and crisp fragrance.
So what type of scents should we be shopping for when the weather is sunny and hot ?
There’s lots of fresh, summer scents to choose from for the perfect blend of candle.
Fragrances notes such as lavender, lemon, floral, citrus and fruit make a lovely combination.
Sometimes we are at risk of purchasing scents that are too overpowering, even when we buy summer candles.
If you have one burning in a small room at home, a candle that gives off strong fruits or is very floral, could potentially be a little too much.
We don’t want an overload of sweetness. This becomes sickly and unpleasant.
Larger rooms suit stronger fragrances so that they have space to disperse their scent more evenly.
Just like perfumes and aftershave, their scents bring back memories, happy times and make us feel good when wearing them.
The same principle fits for scented candles. They can uplift us and make us feel good with their scent floating in the air.
Burning a summer candle will definitely export you to a tropical place even when you’re sitting at home.
Why do we use candles in the summer ?
Apart from keeping pesky insects away when we’re eating outside, scented candles are great for masking unwanted scented in and outside the home.
Everyone loves entertaining friends and family during the summer months.
Having a BBQ is always popular when the weather gets warmer but the smells from cooked BBQ food or food waste bin can linger afterwards.
Masking these will make inside an outside more pleasant to sit and entertain as you head into the evening sunset and glass of wine.
We don’t need to spend a fortune to get a great fragrance candle and just a couple of hours burn time will give enough of a scent to last for a few hours.
Colonialcandle.com have a beautiful collection of summer candles, ranging from lavender, blood orange, bergamot, raspberry, spearmint, pink peony and lily.
A wonderful selection of fragrances that bring a true feel of summer to our homes.
Along with stunning scents, their candles are also made with vibrant colours to give colour to any room or brighten up the garden.
They have a premium candle collection and a summer scents collection.
Whenever we smell the scent of lavender, it automatically transforms us to open fields, a gorgeous purple and hot summer days.
Lavender grows wild wherever it’s planted and seeing it’s true bloom in open fields, or in the middle of woods, is not only a pretty picture but also gives off a wonderful, delicate scent.
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Pop of colour collection
This unique collection really does live by its name. The pop of colour in this large selection of candles.
Blood Orange gives a vibrant colour along with its citrus scent.
Combined with wild basil and pomelo leaf, this candle gives a zest of colour and energetic aroma.
There are 25 different vibrant candle scents to chose from. Take a look here.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Designer perfumes have been so popular for many years that we now have designer scented candles as an extension of our luxury scents.
Many of us already reach for our favourite perfume scent every morning. It’s part of our wardrobe and routine around getting dressed.
Whether you work in an office, at a restaurant or in a beauty salon, there is always a place for wearing a scent.
Some like their favourite fragrance so much that they extend it into their homes by buying a candle with the same notes.
With so many great candles on the market and online today, we have such a variety to choose from and they make great gifts too for any occasion.
Unscented T lights work well if you just want to make the home feel cosy during the winter months.
There are also scented candles that smell of lemongrass, apples and vanilla for that touch of fruit and sweetness in the home.
We know that celebrities have branched out in many directions when it comes to the beauty world.
Anything from skin care, make up and perfumes and now we have designer scented candles.
Many shops are jumping at the chance to sell top designer candles such as Jo Malone at cheaper prices. Candles that smell identical to the designer perfumes.
Aldi has already seen shoppers hustling in on their own range of Jo Malone for just £9.99.
A 200g candle from their home collection, Oud & Bergamot.
This would normally set you back £62 if bought from the Jo Malone website.
One may question why you would buy a £62 candle when you can purchase the same scent for £9.99.
With a burn time of 45 hours compared to 60 hours for the Aldi brand, another difference is the size of the candle.
Compare Jo Malone 200g candle Aldi’s 700g, 3-wick version and it’s not just the price that catches the eye.
We all know that if we purchase any product from a designer website, we will be paying the higher price.
This leaves us looking at more affordable options so let’s see where we can shop for some of the best designer scented candles.
Fm world designer inspired candles
FM World have a small selection of 150g candles. Four scents for women and one for men.
From their website :
Our high-quality Home Ritual Fragrance Candles use hydro-refined paraffin and a wick that meet strict requirements of the German RAL standard in terms of:
• scent intensity, • optimal burn-up behaviour, • wick quality – a strong cotton wick of suitable thickness, resistant to breaking and drowning, • minimal smoldering, which does not pollute the airways, • reduced soot, which ensures the candle looks beautiful when used.
Candle burn time: between 35 and 40 hours! INDULGE IN AN AROMATIC EXPERIENCE – with the Home Ritual Fragrance Candle that will fill your rooms with amazing scent!
This 150g luxury fragrance candle scent is inspired by Coco Mademoiselle and their PURE PARFUM 18 is one of the best-sellers.
It is an enchanting combination of energetic citrus tones with sensual wood notes. A balanced fragrance composition introduces to your interior classy and elegant ambiance.Purchase your FM18 candle here
Inspired by the best-selling PURE PARFUM 20, this candle has similar notes to the poplar perfume Flower Bomb- Victor & Rolf.
If you are a lover of fruity, citrus, woody and water notes, these tempting scents will ensure your home smells wonderful with its mysterious and stimulating scent.Purchase your FM20 candle here
What’s not to love about this fragrance ?
Inspired by another top perfume La Vie Est Belle- Lancôme and the best-selling PURE PARFUM 413, it is a charming and complex fragrance composition combining flowery and sweet notes. Its perfume alone is a real head turner so bring your favourite scent into the home for a rich, sweet and summery vibe.
Its oriental tones make your interior feel warm and cosy.Purchase your FM413 candle here
Another best-seller from FM is our 809 candle, inspired by the fragrance notes of Black Orchid- Tom Ford.
With its tempting notes of flowery fragrances embraced by oriental scents.
They fill your interior with a mysterious and stimulating scent. A strong scent that will instantly hit the nose as you walk in the room.
Packed with woody, spicy, vanilla and ambergris notes, this candle will surely make an impact.Purchase your FM809 candle here
This male fragrance candle is inspired by the ever so popular Aventus-Creed. An enchanting scent combining woody, oriental, floral and fruity notes to give that masculine scent throughout the home.
Also, available online and in shops are designer candles by our top names in the perfume industry with a more affordable price tag.Purchase your FM472 candle here
The designer brands
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This designer brand has become very popular over the past couple of years with many women purchasing the perfume.
Basil and Neroli scented candle has a top note of basil, heart note of neroli and a base note of white musk.
A fresh fragrance with its green floral note in the Neroli and orange, while the base adds a softness that lingers gently through the home.
Neroli Portofino has a mixture of exotic notes. Top notes of Mandarin, Italian Bergamo and lavender.
Heart notes of Jasmine and African orange blossom and base notes of Amber & Brett seed and Angelica.
We are instantly transported to a fresh, citrus scent with a floral fragrance popping through to give this candle a true feel of the Italian Riviera.
Victor & Rolf
Flower Bomb is a hugely popular fragrance for the ladies and the candle is no exception. If you love this sweet, harmonious scent on your skin, it’s worth giving the candle a try. A collection of floral notes including patchouli, citrus, musk, rose and white floral give this scent its gorgeous ‘bouquet’ of fresh and sweetness when lit.
The perfume alone is a huge hit with many women and now we have a candle to bring this delightful scent into our homes too! Like a fruit bowl mixed with strawberry, black grapefruit and violet leaf as its top notes added with jasmine, musk and vanilla, it’s easy to see why this fragrance is such a best-seller.
A pleasant surprise to see that the Burberry candle has an affordable price tag. This lovely set comes with three different scents.
Burberry 3x Candle Set Cedar Wood Purple Hyacinth English Rose.
The iconic Chanel is a delight to have as a candle around the home. Not the cheapest I may add but with its elegant box to accompany three glass candle jars, this would make a wonderful gift for any Chanel fan.
The fragrance notes behind Chanel are very distinctive.
Top notes of Bulgarian Rose, peach, Jasmine and mandarin orange. Middle notes of Rose, orange blossom and clover. Base notes of amber, vanilla, tonka bean and sandalwood.
It’s no surprise that the Chanel fragrance is so iconic.
It’s easy to bring our homes to life with a designer scented candle. Whatever your budget, there are so many alternatives to try.
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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.
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 summerOrange blossomMandarinGrapefruitJasminePeonyTuberoseCoconutApple
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Everyone loves a scent in their home and the benefits of incense sticks are as popular as ever as we take a look into why we use them during our every day lives.
People have been using incense sticks as far back as 2345 BC and were first used by the Egyptians.
They were originally used for religious purposes and have continued to be in use today for healing, bringing memories to life, help relax and keep us calm as well as for concentration with meditation and yoga.
There are so many uses for them today and they have stayed as a popular home product ever since their first introduction.
The benefits of incense sticks
Those who use them for meditation, use them as a focal point similar to those who use their breathing to focus on.
Meditation is a spiritual activity which began in India.
Burning an incense stick gives the person something to focus on. The opportunity to switch off in the same way to those who practice yoga.
It takes us to another place for that moment in time, where everything else that runs through the mind is pushed aside whilst our mind focuses on breathing techniques and the scent surrounding us.
In order to practice good yoga and meditation, the mind needs to switch off so by burning an incense stick, this allows the mind to do just that and give a different focal point.
They were originally made with natural plants and materials which were classed as medicinal.
Some will help to clear a headache, improve the immune system with their antibacterial properties and some can help to heal scars, pimples and acne.
Burning your favourite scent can also help to relieve stress and anxiety.
We are surrounded by every day stresses and worries so with the help of incense sticks giving off a calm and aromatic scent, this can help reduce the anxiety we may be feeling.
Happy and creative vibes
Another reason why people may use them is to help with creativity. Those such as Artists may use them to help bring out their creative side.
The sticks also help to bring out happiness and peace and to help stimulate the mind to be more creative.
Just like wearing your favourite perfume, having a favourable scent around you will ensure that happy vibes are at the forefront of your mind.
No one ever feels in a bad mood when they are surrounded by their favourite scent.
Deodorizing the home
One of the most common reasons why people burn them is to deodorize their homes.
The smell of pet fur, stale food or rubbish bins can linger and give an unpleasant smell throughout the home.
Read our hoover fragrances post for another way to eliminate bad odours in the home.
By burning an incense stick, this gives off a more pleasant smell to mask any unwanted scents around us.
They can also work well outdoors to keep insects away.
Pesky insects don’t like strong smells, especially popular ones such as lavender and citronella, that are suggested for keeping them at bay.
These particular scents work well when burning them as candles too. Stores sell candles that can be used outside to keep insects away from your food during the summer months.
If you have trouble sleeping, apart from using a pillow mist spray, which helps to switch you off from every day thoughts and relax you, incense sticks can also be used. Make sure you put out the stick safely before you sleep.
The aromatherapy scents work the best to calm the mind and aid a restful nights sleep.
Have you ever been to a massage retreat spa? There will often be an incense stick burning in the room whilst you have a massage.
This helps you to focus on the fragrance of the scent and switch off the mind. By having your mind in a relaxed state, this helps the body to relax and therefore your body will benefit much more from the massage.
Using incense sticks safely
Be extra careful when purchasing incense sticks as some are full of chemicals. Choose brands that are non-toxic and try to find ones that are scented naturally rather than ones that use chemical fragrances.
If you choose ones that have no core, these will have a more natural aroma and won’t smell of burning wood, away from any draft caused by open doors or windows. Keep away from curtains too.
They are very easy to use. Light the end with a match or a lighter and hold for around 10 seconds. Just long enough for the stick to ignite.
The flame more often than not will extinguish on its own. An average burning time will be around 20-30 minutes, depending on their size and thickness.
If you wish to put the stick out before it has fully burnt away, then you can dip the ignited end into water.
Incense sticks do produce a lot of smoke when they burn so make sure you them in a ventilated room.
Be mindful that the smoke burning from an incense stick is a lung irritant, so try not to burn them too often or around those who have breathing conditions such as asthma.
The importance of Chakra
Many of you I’m sure will have heard of chakra. An ancient word that means ‘wheel’ and refers to the spinning vortexes of the body’s natural energy system.
Recently I have learned that my chakra has weak energy and I was in fact absorbing energy from others as my chakra was closed.
When the body is exposed to stress or depression for example, the chakras will react and create an imbalance.
Ideally we need all of our chakras to be open which then promotes balance and frees up energy.
There are chakra incense sticks available on the eBay that have different scents and are great to use whilst practicing meditation or yoga.
One thing to bear in mind when using incense sticks, just like using candles, make sure you burn them in a safe environment.
Especially if you have pets or young children.
You can purchase the holders that fit an incense stick inside, to catch the falling ashes. Some are more suitable than others so shop around for the most suitable one.
Some of the most popular scents are sandalwood and this scent is used for its relaxing benefits.
Lavender and patchouli scents are great for aiding a restful sleep as they put you into a deeper relaxed state to help you unwind and fall asleep faster.
Depression is such a huge topic and those who do suffer will certainly benefit from a scent such a frankincense. This fragrance activates the ion channels that will then help alleviate anxiety and depression.
There are some incense sticks that help kill germs in the environment and those that have antibacterial properties will boost your health.
Scents such as cedar and sage are good for reducing negative energies and spirits from our surroundings.
Rose scent has been found to help and work as a mild painkiller. It can also help to lower the blood pressure and improve the mood.
There are so many benefits that we can use incense sticks for and they are an affordable accessory to buy from many online and in store retailers.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.