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There’s not a year that goes by without an onslaught of chocolate-filled advent calendars flooding supermarkets and department stores.
Traditionally used to count down the days of Advent (a period of observation for Christians in preparation of celebrating the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas and his return at the Second Coming), the Advent calendar has been stuffed with all kinds of goodies since its commercialization.
And of course, there’s something for beauty lovers too.
This year, all the best advent calendars are bountiful with skincare and there’s no shortage of options to choose from.
Whether you’re looking to treat yourself to something special pre-holidays or plan on surprising a friend or family member with an early Christmas present, luxurious offerings from The Body Shop, L’Occitane En Provence and La Mer are sure to delight the skin and the senses.
Advent calendar season also presents a great opportunity to try a smorgasbord of products from a brand for much less.
So, are you ready to plan your gift giving?
Scroll to shop eight of 2020’s best beauty advent calendars, discover their release dates, and stay on top of what’s back in stock.
The countdown to Christmas just got sweeter.
This year, Lush's Advent Calendar is all vegan and includes 12 products that allow you to bask in some serious self-care in the days leading up to Christmas. This year’s box comes loaded with shower gels, body lotions and bath bombs including beloved scents like Yog Nog Shower Gel.
Available online from Oct. 9.
The Body Shop Make It Real Together Ultimate Advent Calendar
Featuring 25 full-sized products including the bestselling Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask and creamy Banana Truly Nourishing Hair Mask, The Body Shop’s Ultimate Advent Calendar is stocked with everything you need to pamper yourself for months to come. Plus, a portion of the proceeds from this year’s holiday collection will go towards the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s Tireless Together Fund to help raise awareness about gender-based violence and support women throughout the holidays.
Sign up to be notified when the Ultimate Advent Calendar is back in stock, here.
Britain’s number one anti-aging beauty brand, Elemis, is back with another advent calendar this year for the lavish skincare lover. Including a bonus product for Christmas Day, 25 little drawers of Elemis’s Advent calendar will be filled with product heroes, award winners and the most coveted launches to date.
Sign up for early access here.
Origins 12 Days of Origins Advent Calendar
If you’d rather celebrate the 12 days of Christmas, Origins’s nutcracker-themed Advent calendar let’s you indulge in the brand’s legendary Plantscription formulas, including the Anti-Ageing Power Serum, the Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask (perfect for dry skin the wintertime), and the tantalizing Ginger Souffle Whipped Body Cream. This is one Advent calendar you don’t want to miss out.
Available Oct. 1
In addition to the array of L’Occitane classics the Signature Advent Calendar contains, it also comes with a story that traces the origins of almond trees in Provence, France, from 1956 to today. Inside, L’Occitane’s bestselling Shea Butter Hand Cream and Almond Shower Oil are among the 24 surprise items that uncover sustainability tips on how to help the planet. Outside, the company’s Christmas Tale is decorated with playful illustrations by Hsinping Pan.
SHOP IT: L’Occitane En Provence, $115
This limited-edition Advent calendar from Kiehl’s comprises a collection of the company’s top skincare products for the holidays. Featuring designs by renowned artist Janine Rewell, the calendar includes customer favourites like the Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask and Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Wash, among 22 other surprise formulas.
Sold out at Nordstrom and Revolve, Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Advent calendar might be one of the hardest to get your hands on this year. An incredible $1,450 value, the Advent calendar contains 21 full-sized products and sachets including the cult-loved Glow Drops and Hyaluronic Serum.
An upscale 12-piece option is La Mer’s 12 Days of Luminous Hydration Advent Calendar, packed with the French beauty giant’s beloved Renewal Oil and iconic Crème de la Mer. At nearly $800, it’s a pricey set, but La Mer’s Advent calendar is a sneaky way to stock up on mini versions of their most expensive products. Just be prepared to order yours from La Mer or Harrods.
NIVEA Beauty Advent Calendar
Without breaking the bank, Nivea’s Beauty Advent Calendar will replenish your stash of hydrating and conditioning products for the winter with 24 full and travel-sized treats including the infamous Irresistibly Smooth Body Lotion. Out of lip balm? The Advent calendar’s got you covered with four new tubes.
Available Sept. 7.