Everyone needs a little joy at Christmas, and what better way to brighten up those dark December days than with a bright, beauty advent calendar filled with treats?
We know there are still many weeks before December, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start preparing for the festive season right now. Especially when the beauty advent calendars sell out so quickly.
For 2020 there are certainly plenty of excellent beauty advent calendars to choose from. From the bright and bold John Lewis advent calendar, to the classic The White Company advent calendar, there are beauty advent calendars for every skin concern, self-care practise, beauty emergency or product aficionado. Many even offer full-sized bottles of best-selling products, which means they are incredibly good value and a smart way to stock up on products from your favourite brands.
Best beauty advent calendars: quick links
- Jo Malone Advent Calendar: £320 – available 1st October
- The John Lewis & Partners Advent Calendar: £150 – available 1st October
- Space NK Advent Calendar: £195 – available 1st October (pre-order from now)
- Next Beauty Advent Calendar: £69 – available early October (date TBC)
- The White Company Advent Calendar: £160 – available now (selling fast!)
- Rituals Advent Calendar: between £59.90 – £89.90 – available now
- Boots No7 Advent Calendar: £45 – available 15th October
- Harrods Advent Calendar: £250 – available 1st October
- Molton Brown Advent Calendar: £175 – available now
- Cath Kidston Advent Calendar: £34.99 – available now
- Feelunique Beauty Advent Calendar: £89 – available 5th October (pre-order now)
- Soap & Glory Advent Calendar: £42 – available now
- The Body Shop Advent Calendar: £50 – £130 – available now
- Elemis Advent Calendar: £175 – available now
- The Glossybox Advent Calendar: £80 for subscribers, £99 for non-subscribers – available 30th September
- Lush Advent Calendar: £185 – available to pre-order now
- The Fortnum & Mason Advent Calendar: £195 – available 12th October
- The LOOKFANTASTIC Advent Calendar: £85 – available 12th October
- NET-A-PORTER 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar: £240 – available very soon
- Charlotte Tilbury Advent Calendar: £150 – available 1st October
- Aldi Advent Calendar: £14.99 – available 17th November
Which beauty advent calendars offer the best savings?
Often beauty advent calendars can mean huge savings. For example, this year, the Net-a-Porter beauty advent calendar will save buyers a whopping £880! It usually sells out quickly, but there are great savings to be made if you get in there quickly (hint, it launches this week!) In addition, Fortnum and Mason’s beauty advent calendar this year will save buyers over £600 on individual product purchases, while the Boots No7 one offers savings of one £127. You can also save £310 on the Glossybox advent calendar this year, too!
Which beauty advent calendars sell out fastest?
Now almost every beauty brand is doing beauty advent calendars. That means lots of choice, but some of the best buys require signing up for waiting lists and many sell out fast – some within hours of launch. Typically Jo Malone, Look Fantastic, No7, Liberty and The White Company are the fasting selling beauty advent calendars, so if you want those ones for themselves, you’ll need to act fast!
Beauty advent calendars 2020
If you thought picking a chocolate advent calendar was difficult, wait until you see what the beauty brands have pulled out of the bag for the festive season. Here are the most popular, and most exciting beauty advent calendars for sale in 2020…
1. Jo Malone Advent Calendar
Available: 1st October online – before launch in stores two weeks later | Price: £320 | Number of full size products: Unknown| Retail value of products: Unknown
Always a highly anticipated calendar, the Jo Malone Advent Calendar have now officially been unveiled! And we’ve been looking forward to this one. The brand’s classic townhouse design can be seen on the front of the calendar, to get you excited for what is inside. And once you open the calendar, you’ll find a range of goodies – it’s filled with 24 surprises, including the brand’s much-loved colognes, some travel-size bath and body products and of course – no Jo Malone calendar would be complete without some of their signature candles, in miniature size.
2. The John Lewis & Partners Advent Calendar
Available: 01/10/20 with John Lewis app Price: £150 | Number of full size products: 8 full size, 17 miniatures (25 in total) | Retail value of products: £375 – save £225
One of our favourite brands, John Lewis, has unveiled their beauty advent calendar for 2020, and it’s set to fly off the shelves. With £375 worth of goodies from the likes of Shiseido, ESPA, Clarins, NARS, Liz Earle, bareMinerals and many more, the John Lewis & Partners advent calendar will make those hectic days leading up to Christmas are a little more bearable.
Some of our favourite products include the Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme+ Global anti-ageing cell power crème, the much-loved Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil, and the Neom Organics London Perfect Night’s Sleep Pillow – perfect for unwinding at nighttime.
3. Holland & Barrett 25 Days of Natural Beauty Calendar
Available: Now | Price: £40 | Number of full size products: 14 | Retail value of products: £170 – save £130
With 14 full-size and 11 sample-sized products this is the perfect pick for skincare lovers who like to try new brands. It includes a range of serums, cleansers, oils and creams from sustainable brands such as UpCircle, Ethique, Weleda and Q&A. Bonus points for being suitable for vegans, eco friendly and packaged in recyclable material. A nice surprise â€“ discover vouchers behind some doors for money-off repurchases.
4. Space NK Advent Calendar
Available: On 01/10/20 (you can pre-order from 23rd September) | Price: £195 | Number of full size products: All 24 products are travel-size | Retail value of products: Over £480 – save £285
Created around a Charly Cox poetry theme this year, the Space NK advent calendar is divided into four volumes, and has a huge amount of beauty and skincare goodies for customers to enjoy. You can look forward to a Laura Mercier Volume Panoramic Mascara, a Jo Loves Layered Christmas Candle, a Kate Somerville Retinol Vitamin C Moisturiser, Byredo Rose of No Man’s Land Hand Cream, and the Tan Luxe Super Glow Body Hyaluronic Self Tan Serum, to help you maintain your glow all-year-round.
5. Next Beauty Advent Calendar
Available: Early October | Price: £69 | Number of full size products: Six – 25 in total | Retail value of products: £220 – save £130
Worth over £220, this beauty advent calendar contains a collection of full-size and mini makeup, hair, body and skincare products from the biggest brands stocked by Next, including Smashbox, Illamasqua, Marc Jacobs, Elemis, and Liz Earle.
There’s a ghd Final Fix Hairspray included, as well as a Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau De Toilette, the bestselling Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, and a Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel, as well as the gorgeous Elizabeth Arden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster. We can’t wait to try this one!
6. The White Company Advent Calendar
Available: Now! | Price: £160 | Number of full size products: All 25 products are travel-sized | Retail value of products: £264 – save £104
Back by popular demand, this White Company advent calendar is here to make your Christmas countdown especially joyous. It’s always a bestseller for the brand, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it! The calendar is very skincare and self-care based, so perfect for busy festive evenings. Worth over £260, treats include our body care, award-winning skincare, bestselling Seychelles products, on-the-go Sleep essentials, candles – and more – in a host of The White Company’s most popular scents.
Included in the calendar is a rose quartz gua sha, a hand wash, shampoo and conditioner, a sleep pulse point oil, and a winter signature votive.
7. Rituals Advent Calendar – 2D and 3D
Available: Now | Price: £59.90 for 2D and £89.90 for 3D | Number of full size products: 24 – no full size | Retail value of products: £460 – save £58.60
Rituals have two beauty advent calendars for 2020 – a 2D version and a deluxe 3D calendar too. They both include 24 travel-size products, but the 3D version is something you can set up and stand up, with lights attached – almost as another Christmas decoration – while the 2D version is more similar to a normal advent calendar.
Both come beautifully wrapped and with free delivery, which is enticing in itself. It includes a unique selection of little luxuries, including four special Advent candles (Advent starts four Sundays before Christmas and to mark the beginning of this festive period a candle is lit every Sunday on the run up to the big day). As well as candles you’ll find a nice selection of shower gels, body fragrance, hand washes, scrubs and creams.
8. Boots No7 Advent Calendar
Available: Wednesday 14th October for customers on the waiting list, a day ahead of general launch on 15 October | Price: £45 | Number of full size products: 24 |Retail value of products: £172.50 – save £127
This year’s Boots Advent Calendar has been done in collaboration with No7, so you can expect some of the most popular No7 products to be in there. We don’t yet know exactly which products will be in there, but with savings of £127, there will definitely be some good’uns to look forward to!
The No7 calendar is available on 14th October (just two weeks away!) for customers signed up to the early access waiting list, before it goes on general sale on 15th October.
Read more: Boots No7 Advent Calendar 2020 (first look)
9. 12 Days of Origins Advent Calendar
Available: 1st October | Price: £50 | Number of full size products: Unknown |Retail value of products: £105
Start your 12 days of Christmas countdown with this gorgeous box of treats from skincare pros Origins. A long time leader with products that transform the skin, this gift includes the Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask, Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask (excellent after a night of festive over indulgence), Ginzing Oil-Free Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturiser, Plantscription Anti-Ageing Power Serum, Mega Mushroom Micellar Water, Mega Mushroom Soothing Treatment Lotion and the brilliant Plantscription Anti-Ageing Eye Cream. Hangover? What hangover.
10. Harrods Advent Calendar
Available: 1/10/2020 | Price: £250 | Number of full size products: Unknown | Retail value of products: Unknown
Housed in a beautiful festive green box decorated with snow-covered doors, the box alone will serve as a keepsake for years after the beauty pots are empty! Harrod’s beauty advent calendar isn’t even on sale yet, but they’ve confirmed that is will be packed to the rafters with twenty five miniature and full size favourites including the Chantecaille Gold Recovery Mask, Murad Multi-acid peel, Slip Scunchies x 3 set, Hourglass Veil Setting powder, and the Guerlain Orchidee Cream. It’s a box of pure luxury beauty and skincare goodies, and well worth the price for some of the finest products around.
11. Molton Brown Advent Calendar
Available: Now | Price: £175 | Number of full size products: All 24 products are travel-size | Retail value of products: Not known
This beauty advent calendar includes some of Molton Brown’s signature fragrances in the form of scented candles, bath oils, body oils, body lotions, hand creams and shower gels – everything you need for a total pamper. It’s £175, but totally worth the splurge. Go on – treat yourself in the hectic run-up to the big day.
12. Feelunique Beauty Advent Calendar
Available: 5/10/2020 (pre-order now) | Price: £89 | Number of full size products: Three | Retail value of products: £277.58 – savings of £188.58
Inspired by the northern lights, Feel Unique’s catch the light of Christmas beauty advent calendar has 24 days of beauty surprises. Worth over £250, this year’s treasure trove stars an decadent mix of full and deluxe-sized treats from firm favourites like of Benefit and Emma Hardie, plus up-and-comers including Sol de Janeiro and Huda Beauty. When you’re finished, reuse the boxes!
13. Soap & Glory Advent Calendar
Available: Now | Price: £42 | Number of full size products: unknown | Retail value of products: unknown
This advent calendar is set to be as popular the brand’s beauty sets for Christmas. The hilariously named ’24 Days to Roam The Foam’ calendar features 24 of Soap & Glory’s most popular skin and make-up products, from their Scrub of your Life body buffer to their Heel Genius foot cream. It’s a brilliant option for an early Christmas present, and is one of the more affordable options of our edit.
Inside there is a huge array to play with – from the Creamy Moisture Shower Gel to Body Butters, a Daily Vitamin C Facial Wash and Exfoliating Face Brush, Radiance-Boosting Mask and PUFFY EYE ATTACK Under-Eye Brightening Hydrogel Patches, which let’s face it, most of us will need come December 26th.
14. The Body Shop Advent Calendar
Available: Sold out online – but more stock coming (you can also ask if any are available in your local store) | Price: £50 – £130 | Number of full size products: Dependent on which calendar you pick, there are three to choose from | Retail value of products: £81 – save £32, £69 – save £53, £99 – save £150!
After last year’s stellar advent calendar (one sold every 30 seconds!), this year Body Shop are once again offering three choices to suit your budget. The purse-friendly option retails at £50, with products worth a whopping £81. If you’re looking to spend a little more, you’ll find a £70 advent, including a full size body butter. And for the ultimate Christmas indulgence, Body Shop are selling their biggest advent calendar for £130, featuring a few full-sized items.
15. Elemis Advent Calendar
Available: Pre-order available now | Price: £175 | Number of full size products: 1, 24 miniatures | Retail value of products: £400 – save £225
Suffering from dry, dull winter skin? Get your skin glowing once again with Elemis’ 25 Days of Spectacular Skin Advent Calendar, filled with full sized and miniature versions of their bestselling products such as the Pro-Collagen Marine Cream and Superfood Day Cream. Filled with £339.55 worth of goodies and priced at £165.00, it’s every skincare junkie’s dream!
Read more: Elemis Advent Calendar 2020 (first look)
16. The Glossybox Advent Calendar
Available: Now for subscribers, and from 30th September for non-subscribers. | Price: £80 for subscribers and £99 for non-subscribers | Number of full size products: 14 full size, 11 miniatures | Retail value of products: £390 – save £310
Following a sell out in 2019, Glossybox’s 2020 offering takes the prize for the prettiest packaging with its marble swirl design in pink and metallic gold. Featuring 14 full size products and 11 deluxe minis, the line-up includes sought-after brands like Fenty Beauty, Iconic London, Pixi, Lime Crime, Huda Beauty and Glossy’s own line, GLOSSYBOX Skincare.
17. The Lush Advent Calendar
Available: Pre-order now – available for purchase in November | Price: £185 | Number of full size products: Unknown | Retail value of products: Unknown
This year Lush’s advent calendar is entirely vegan, and they sound incredible. Featuring 24 items, there’s everything from body lotion to bath bombs, all festive-themed for 24 days of fun in the lead-up to Christmas! This gorgeous festive calendar is the ideal purchase for anyone who loves quirky self-care products. You can pre-order the calendar now but it won’t dispatch until November, as Lush want their products to be as fresh as possible to enjoy at the beginning of December.
18. The Fortnum & Mason Advent Calendar
Available: 12/10/2020 | Price: £195 | Number of full size products: 13 full size, 12 miniatures | Retail value of products: £800 – save £605!
For serious seasonal pampering, look no further than Fortnum & Mason’s incredible advent calendar featuring brands such as Chantecaille, Aromatherapy Associates, Guerlain, and Sisley. It’s filled with £800 (yes, you read correctly!) worth of face creams, body lotion, serums, face wash, hand cream and so much more, all from the some of the most premium brands out there – making it the ultimate Christmas indulgence.
19. The LOOKFANTASTIC Advent Calendar
Available: 12/10/2020 – but you can pre-order now | Price: £85 (subscribe to their beauty box for £15 off) | Number of full size products: Unknown | Retail value of products: £460 – save £375
One of the most hotly anticipated beauty advent calendars is here – containing a whopping £460 worth of beauty and skincare products. For only £85, you’ll get your hands on must-haves from Molton Brown, Elemis and Morphe, among others. The calendar has sold out five years in a row, so don’t delay in ordering yours!
20. NET-A-PORTER 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar
Available: Launching this September – keep your eyes peeled! | Price: £240 | Number of full size products: 15 full size, 10 miniatures | Retail value of products: £1,120 – save £880!
NET-A-PORTER have released their super luxurious beauty calendar for a third year in a row with 24 of their most popular hair, face and skin products. Inside the gorgeous calendar includes full-sized and travel-sized products for hair, face and skin. Get your hands on the likes of Charlotte Tilbury, Joanna Vargas, and products from Dr Barbara Sturm. There’s also The Rich Cream by Augustinus Bader, and the Oribe Gold Lust Shampoo and Conditioner, which is a brand much-loved by celebrities including Meghan Markle.
And, if you can believe it, whilst the calendar itself is just £240 – the products within are worth a whopping £1,120 – yes, really! It’s a bargain you can’t miss…
21. Charlotte Tilbury Advent Calendar
Available: From 01/10/20 | Price: £150 | Number of full size products: 3 full size, and 9 travel size products | Retail value of products: Not known
Fans of Charlotte Tilbury will love this beauty advent calendar. This year it’s been named as a ‘Bejewelled Chest of Beauty Treasures’ – so we’re already excited! Filled with 12 luxurious beauty treats including mascara, lipstick and a mini version of Charlotte Tilbury’s Goddess Skin Clay Mask, there is no denying this advent calendar is a little on the pricey side, but you save almost £50 on some brilliant beauty and skincare products.
The products included – such as a full size Matte Revolution Lipstick In Pillow Talk, and the Hollywood Beauty Light Wand In Spotlight, are bestsellers, so it’s a bargain, really. The lipstick shade included is the best-selling, award-winning dreamy nude-pink matte shade, pillow talk. It’s heralded as the ultimate suits-all lip color for a fuller, wider-looking pout. Plus, the brand’s much-loved Magic Cream is also included in the calendar, which is a reason to purchase if nothing else!
22. Benefit Advent Calendar
Available: Waitlist now open | Price: £58.50 | Number of full size products: Unknown | Retail value of products: £125
Benefit always brings the fun and this year’s no different. The12-piece Shake Your Beauty Advent Calendar features an array of trial-size treasures, including the much loved like Dandelion Boxed Blusher and They’re Real Mascara. For those who take their brow game seriously the box also includes a 24 Hour Brow Setter, the fool proof Gimme Brow+ gel and the Precisely My Brow Pencil. Who needs Facetune?
23. Cath Kidston Advent Calendar
Available: Now | Price: £34.99 | Number of full size products: 24 full size | Retail value of products: unknown
Let’s face it, we don’t always have the funds to splash out on beauty advent calendars while budgeting for our loved ones. For those of you wanting a more purse-friendly beauty advent calendar, Cath Kidston are offering a countdown calendar filled with body lotions, liquid soaps, cuticle creams and more for only £34.99. The calendar itself is a sweet Christmas village scene, so it’s a great calendar for such a fantastic, affordable price.
24. Aldi Advent Calendar
Available: To order online from 17/11/20, and in store 21/11/20 | Price: £14.99 | Number of full size products: All six are travel size | Retail value of products: Unknown
Aldi’s Lacura Countdown to NYE Beauty Advent Calendar is the perfect post-Christmas pick me up, with six Lacura beauty treats that will ensure you’re looking your best come 2021. We particularly rate the Lacura Healthy Glow Retinol Toner, which beauty fans have compared to cult classic Pixi Glow Tonic. And at under £15, pampering yourself needn’t break the bank…
With so many fantastic beauty advent calendars to choose from, it is certainly a tough choice. If only we could justify getting them all…