5 New Fragrances to Try This Summer

If you’re looking for a new signature scent, ‘tis the season to shop for one with an abundance of fresh fragrances hitting Life Pharmacy – just in time for the festive season. We’ve hand-picked our favourite newbies that are sure to delight.

If it’s a floral, feminine fragrance you’re after the gorgeous sweet notes of classical white flowers and a hint of delectable fruits in Dahlia Divin Nude (50ml EDP, $151) will win your heart. Apricot, orange blossom, jasmine and rose sit atop a musky base to create a scent you won’t soon forget.

Iconic Miss Dior, which first launched in 1947, gets a contemporary makeover. Fresh green notes and zesty blood orange give Miss Dior Eau de Parfum (50ml EDP, $195) an invigorating edge.

Chanel enthusiasts will fall head of heels with this fragrant modern ode to the iconic maison’s founding lady, Gabrielle Coco Chanel. Chanel Gabrielle (100ml EDP, $298) enchants with powerful notes of always charming jasmine, ylang-ylang and orange blossoms.

This radiant take on the original YSL Mon Paris eau de parfum is sure to delight and bewitch the senses. With intoxicating bergamot, raspberry and blackberry top notes and a sensual floral heart of jasmine absolute, tuberose and white peony, you’ll fall for the EDT (50ml EDT, $140) on your first spritz.

Looking for a new take on a juicy summer scent? A surprising combo of frangipani accord, black cherry and patchouli in Emporio Armani Because It’s You (50ml EDP, $137) are sure to transport the senses somewhere exotic.

Visit your local Life Pharmacy or shop online here for all these fragrances and more. 

The Best Gym Bag Beauty Essentials for Healthy Skin

Make caring for your skin before and after a workout easy with these gym bag beauty essentials and expert-approved tips. 

Forget about perfecting your make-up for the increasingly popular gym selfie, according to the experts, working out in a full face of make-up definitely isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be.

“It’s advisable to keep the skin clear of any heavy facial make up such as 24-hour, long-lasting products or those with heavy coverage and it’s essential during exercise to avoid makeup that contains comedogenic ingredients, this will help prevent possible congestion and breakouts post-exercise,” explains Emma Hobson, education manager for Dermalogica.

Take a look at her top tips for a beauty-friendly workout.

1.    Cleansing wipes are always handy for the gym for a quick skin clean but nothing beats a good foaming gel cleanser to get all the dirt and sweat off the skin.

2.    Since sweat evaporates on the skin’s surface this can actually can cause dehydration, therefore before you work out, spritz your skin with a non-alcohol based toner, the humectants (Hyaluronic Acid) within the toner bind, boost as ‘lock’ the moisture in the skin.

3.    If you can, wait a few minutes until you put your moisturiser until the skin has cooled down. Then apply a lightweight skin hydrator. Nothing too active whilst the skin is hot and the blood flow is very active.

4.     Since we tend to resemble a red tomato once we finished our workout,  to combat the redness apply a ‘ booster’ or concentrate that contains calming ingredients and bio flavonoids.  Red raspberry (in an 80% concentration) will not only reduce the redness it will also help to strengthen the capillary walls as well as sooth the skin. Another great and instant redness reducer is to use a spritz toner that contains Canadian Willowherb:  It has been compared to hydrocortisone due to its non-steroidal drug qualities for affecting the inflammatory response.

5.    It’s also a good idea to keep your hair off your face during exercise, particularly if you use styling products in your hair, often these products contain comedogenic ingredients which can irritate the skin and lead to breakouts. Equally, if your hair, as well as your skin, is oily it is advisable to tie your hair back to prevent the skin from becoming excessively oily and increasing the incidence of skin breakouts. It is so important we keep the bodies hydration levels up otherwise you can feel dizzy and nauseated. Organs can’t function properly without water so ensure pre, during and post exercise you drink plenty of water.

Discover our favourite gym bag beauty essentials in the gallery below.