Body Shop Advent Calendar 2021 review: Our take on the Love & Joy Ultimate Advent Calendar

The Body Shop Advent Calendar 2021 is the perfect choice for eco-conscious beauty addicts

The Body Shop Advent Calendar 2021
(Image credit: The Body Shop)
Woman & Home Verdict

The Body Shop Advent Calendar 2021 is an exciting calendar full of festive goodies that also gives back to charity. The Love & Joy Ultimate calendar features full-size, best selling products and looks impressive too - there’s little not to love and it gets a big thumbs up from us.

Reasons to buy
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    Gorgeous and recyclable display

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    Includes best-selling products

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    Gives back to charity

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    Huge savings

Reasons to avoid
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    Pricey

The Love & Joy Ultimate Body Shop Advent Calendar 2021 is just one of the festive calendars in the brand's Christmas collection this year, but it’s being crowned our favourite for a few reasons. 

In the run up to Christmas there is nothing more exciting than counting down the days with an advent calendar - especially one filled with beauty goodies from the likes of The Body Shop. 

The best beauty advent calendars sell out quickly every year, so you need to act fast if you’re going to be in with a chance of opening a new product every day in December. 

This year, The Body Shop has four impressive advent calendars to choose from, but if you're going to buy just one, the Love & Joy Ultimate Body Shop Advent Calendar for 2021 is our pick of the bunch.  

The Body Shop Love & Joy Ultimate Advent Calendar 2021

(Image credit: The Body Shop)
  • Available now
  • Waiting list: No (limited to one per customer online)
  • RRP: £140
  • Products: 25
  • Full size products: 18
  • Saving made: £64
  • Best for: Sustainable beauty addicts in need of a pamper 

The Body Shop Advent Calendar 2021 review

The Body Shop Advent Calendar design

Impressive. The word that instantly comes to mind when looking at this calendar. It's huge and definitely an exciting prospect to be opening throughout December. 

The festive green colour is our favourite out of all four calendars by The Body Shop this year and it's all made to be easily recycled. This means cardboard everything - but it is in no way flimsy. This sturdy calendar makes for a great early present if you're looking for sustainable Christmas gifts this year as it looks and feels much more luxurious than its price tag. 

Featuring sliding drawers and cute boxes with individual products inside, we think these make great Christmas gifts for teenagers, but kids and adults will also love it. 

What products are inside The Body Shop Advent Calendar?

The Body Shop Love & Joy Ultimate Advent Calendar contains:

  • British Rose Shower Gel 250ml
  • Camomile Cleansing Butter 20ml
  • Vitamin E Hydrating Toner 250ml
  • Konjac Sponge
  • Vitamin E Face Wash 125ml
  • Shea Shower Cream 60ml
  • Coconut Lip Butter 10ml
  • Oval Bath Sponge
  • Berry Bath Blend 250ml
  • Chinese Ginseng & Rice Face Mask 15ml
  • Vitamin C Sheet Mask 18ml
  • Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser 50ml
  • Mango Body Mist 100ml
  • Shea Shampoo 250ml
  • Pink Grapefruit Lip Butter 10ml
  • Shea Conditioner 250ml
  • British Rose Body Scrub 50ml
  • Mango Hand Cream 30ml
  • Mango Body Yoghurt 200ml
  • British Rose Hand Cream 30ml
  • Himalayan Charcoal Face Mask 15ml
  • Shea Body Lotion 200ml
  •  Drops of Youth™ Sheet Mask 21ml
  • Drops of Youth™ Concentrate 30ml
  • Avocado Body Butter 200ml

If you haven't noticed, this calendar is housing a lot of fantastic Body Shop products to pamper face and body. 

Some standout products include the cult favourite Camomile Cleansing Butter, Drops of Youth Concentrate and the glow-giving Vitamin C Sheet Mask. The full-sized British Rose Shower Gel and Shea Shampoo and Conditioner are sure to keep you smelling sweet and feeling glam all winter. 

Not only is this a beauty-lovers dream, with everything from skincare to haircare and body products, it's also a calendar with a conscience. 

As a celebration of the acts of kindness shown by carers up and down the country, The Body Shop have pledged that every purchase made during the Christmas period will help support Honeypot Children’s Charity, which helps to give young carers in the UK the support they need to build brighter futures and happy childhood memories.

How much is The Body Shop Advent Calendar worth and is it good value?

The products inside The Body Shop Advent Calendar for 2021 are worth up to £204 - but you can buy it for £140 - so that's a saving of £64.

If you (or your loved one) are eco-warriors but still like to indulge in a pamper session, this is the calendar to splurge on. Yes, it's on the pricey side but the savings on products, thoughtfulness and ethos behind it are second to none. 

It'll be hard to find a more worthy calendar for your Christmas countdown - unless you can be tempted by any of the brilliant gin advent calendars being launched for 2021...

Our verdict

Buying a beauty advent calendar can sometimes feel self-indulgent and as Christmas is a time of love and thoughtfulness, you might find it hard to spend so much on a calendar. However, the fact that The Body Shop have pledged donations to The Honeypot Children's Charity proves that self-care and selflessness can go hand in hand. 

Christmas can be a busy time and ensuring you - or those you love - feel at your best is paramount for spending quality time with others. Relaxing with a face mask or taking the time to apply a generous dollop of body cream allows you to take 5 minutes for yourself. 

When you feel your best, you'll be at your best. Which is why we rate this calendar so highly. It gives back to others but encourages important self-care too. 

So, if you're thinking ahead to Christmas and want to treat yourself, or know someone in need of some me time (an early Christmas gift for mom comes to mind) then look no further. 

The variety of products is brilliant and you won't be disappointed come December 1st. 

Emma North
Emma North

Emma North is the Beauty Writer at Future Publishing working across print and digital titles including woman&home, Woman, Woman’s Weekly, Woman’s Own, Chat and GoodtoKnow. 


Before pursuing a career in beauty journalism, Emma worked as international cabin crew for over 4 years. Travelling around the globe and working night flights across several time zones at once, she is the perfect person to judge whether makeup and skincare claims actually hold up. If you want to know which foundations last 18+ hours or how to keep your lipstick looking flawless in 40º weather, she’s your go-to girl. 


Emma’s flying career came to an end when she realised that beauty journalism was her true passion and she undertook internships across publications including Vogue, Elle, The Telegraph and Glamour. She was then taken under the wing of Funmi Fetto, Contributing Beauty Editor at Vogue where Emma assisted with Funmi’s debut beauty book, Palette. 


Her big passion is finding truly beneficial skincare but, when she’s not testing out the latest products, you’ll find her trying to muscle her way into London’s best restaurants or relaxing at home in Devon with her dogs.