5 beauty advent calendars that bring joy, and save money

Mini skincare treats are not just for Christmas, they are also a great way to get more bang for your buck, and there are plenty of sustainable options too

L’Occitane’s Luxury Advent Calendar with full and mini sizes of their hero products

L’Occitane’s Luxury Advent Calendar, €125 (worth €198.50)

Adorned with retro 1970s-inspired illustrations, this luxury calendar rotates to reveal different numbered days. Containing a selection of the Provençale beauty specialists most well-known products across skincare, bodycare and fragrance (including their infamous shea butter hand cream) this works for confirmed fans or newbies alike. The calendar is also created with a second life in mind and once the festivities have passed, you can upcycle it to store jewellery or for small toys and crayons storage.

Aime Advent Calendar €175 (product value €330)

The first advent calendar from the French beauty brand known for its synergistic blend between nutrition, supplementation and cosmetic skincare, this limited-edition release contains new essentials from their ‘inside, out’ routine behind each door, including nine full size products, five travel size products, seven sample sizes and four exclusive products.

The Advent Of Change Calendar €80 (worth €166) by The Body Shop

The Advent of Change collection houses 24 little treats, including shower gels, body butters, face masks and more. What’s more, each one has a sustainable element, whether that’s more recyclable packaging or Community Fair Trade ingredients so you get to smell good, and feel good too.

Deluxe Advent Calendar by Rituals €109,90 (product value €203,50)

Just part of what’s on offer at Rituals new pop-up gifting boutique in Kildare Village which runs from now until 6 January. Containing their Boutique Line Mehr soap bar, Wonder Mask, The Ritual of Sakura Body Cream, The Ritual of Namaste Anti-Ageing Day Cream, The Ritual of Ayurveda Scrub Glove for Gift Set 2021, Elixir Collection Miracle Keratin Recovery Hair Mask, scrubs, handwashes and shower oil to name a few, this festive feast is packed with hard-working skincare and aromatic balms.

Advent Calendar by Lancôme (€180, worth €536)

Possibly the best value of all with over €500 of beauty booty for under €200, Lancôme’s advent calendar comes stuffed with comfort and joy with 24 drawers and boxes enclosing four full-size beauty tinctures and 20 travel sizes. Sweetly, the final window always contains a surprise, but you are guaranteed to get La Vie Est Belle Eau De Parfum, Hydra Zen Gel Cream, Rénergie H.P.N. 300-Peptide Cream, Advanced Génifique Eye Cream, Hypnôse Mascara 01 Black (full size) and L’Absolu Rouge Drama Matte Lipstick 196 Mini and loads more.