We unbox The Body Shop Advent Calendar 2022 – here's our beauty team's full review

We review the 2022 Body Shop Advent Calendar, with everything you need to know about its contents, design and value for money

The Body Shop advent calendar 2022 - Box of Wishes & Wonders Ultimate Calendar
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Woman & Home Verdict

The 2022 Body Shop Advent Calendar is stuffed with full-sized beauty must-haves and housed in a recyclable box adorned with a heartwarming design. With an impressive product offering plus charitable initiatives, it really is the gift that keeps on giving.

Reasons to buy
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    Inspiring and recyclable display

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    All products full-sized

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    Gives back to charity

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    Impressive savings

Reasons to avoid
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    If you can splash out, there are no reasons not to love this!

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The 2022 Body Shop Advent Calendar is undoubtedly the most lavish offering in the brand's extensive Christmas collection.

And while the festive season may be a little while away yet, there's no better time to grab one of this year's must-have beauty advent calendars than now. Far from jumping the gun, brands are releasing their 2022 offerings as we type, with many predicted to sell out quickly –The Body Shop Advent Calendar very much included.

It's a fact that you can always rely on The Body Shop to deliver the best beauty gift ideas on every occasion. But Christmas really is the brand's time to shine, thanks to wow-factor gift offerings. Aside from Christmas makeup gift sets, bath and body products are the perfect purchase to treat yourself to some well-deserved self-love or to show someone you care. We explored this year's hero Body Shop Advent Calendar, called The Box of Wishes & Wonders Ultimate Advent Calendar, and here's what we think. 

Key Specifications

Sale date: Available now online and in stores
RRP: $260/£145
Products: 25
Full-size products: 25
Best for: Conscious beauty lovers

Our beauty team's Body Shop advent calendar review

What's inside The Body Shop advent calendar?

The Body Shop Advent Calendar 2022 - Box of Wishes & Wonders

The contents of The Body Shop Advent Calendar

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If you thought the lead-up to Christmas couldn't get more exciting, try adding 25 deliciously scented surprises to each day. Starting from 1st December, you can count down to the big day with the brand's iconic full-sized bestsellers, exciting new products, and useful beauty tools.

If you can't wait for the surprise, here is the complete list of products:

  1. Avocado Shower Cream 250ml
  2. Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter 20ml
  3. Edelweiss Liquid Peel 100ml
  4. Mango Hand Balm 30ml
  5. Boost Exfoliating Hand Wash 250ml
  6. Moringa Shine & Protection Shampoo 250ml
  7. Strawberry Lip Balm 10ml
  8. Bath Lily Large Ramie Gift
  9. Moringa Shine & Protection Conditioner 250ml
  10. Vitamin E Hydrating Toner 250ml
  11. Vitamin E Quench Sheet Mask 18ml
  12. Mango Bath Blend 250ml
  13. British Rose Body Yogurt 200ml
  14. Almond Milk Lip Care Stick 4.2g
  15. Pink Clay Facial Konjac Sponge
  16. Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask 15ml
  17. Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel 250ml
  18. Mango Body Scrub 50ml
  19. Avocado Body Lotion 200ml
  20. British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask 15ml
  21. Almond Milk Hand Balm 30ml
  22. Edelweiss Sheet Mask 21ml
  23. Himalayan Charcoal Skin Clarifying Night Peel 30ml
  24. Shea Body Butter 200ml
  25. Sleep Calming Pillow Mist 100ml

This calendar takes you on a self-care journey that nourishes both body and mind, to offer a total transformation in time for Christmas Day. The product offering includes favorites from many of the brand's iconic ranges. Sweet mango treats will mean you'll look no further for your best hand creams this winter, and ultra-nourishing oil, Moringa, is included in what's sure to become your best shampoo and conditioner for dehydrating chilly months.

The calendar will also provide you with a new winter skincare routine by the time you reach Christmas, thanks to its inclusion of hydrating toner and face masks. We were especially excited to find full-sized treats from The Body Shops' latest Edelweiss collection that works to protect your skin against pollution.

What's the design like?

The Body Shop Advent Calendar 2022 - Box of Wishes & Wonders

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Collage of the boxes in the Body Shop advent calendar 2022

Behind each numbered box lies a Christmas wish, product fact, or inspiring quote.

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The Body Shop's Box of Wishes & Wonders design is the most thoughtful of all the best beauty advent calendars we have seen this year. Much like opting for refillable makeup (opens in new tab), this advent calendar is one way to make more conscious choices this Christmas. The products are made with Community Fair Trade recycled plastic, which is an excellent step towards sustainable beauty. The sturdy, jewelry box-like calendar can also be used as your best makeup organizer, or you can upcycle parts as gift tags or decorations.

The calendar's illustrations celebrate the brand's Community Fair Trade partners who helped make it happen. As you open the stunning green box, a pop-up scene depicts the calendar's journey to the recipient, and behind each numbered box is a fact, quote or wish that will inspire you each December morning. It really is the gift that keeps on giving!

How much does it cost and is it good value?

The Body Shop Box of Wishes and Wonders Advent Calendar is the grandest of the three advent calendar offerings from the brand and costs $260/£145, which is a significant sum. 

The products inside have a combined worth of $409/£219. So its price tag offers a total saving of $149/£74. The entirely full-sized product offering is especially impressive and means the products will see you through the festive season and beyond. Compared with many calendars of the same price that contain minis only, it does feel like a good value option, 

Your purchase will also spread Christmas cheer to the recipient and beyond, as, during the festive season, The Body Shop is committed to donating a minimum of £500,000 to their latest charitable campaign, Be Seen, Be Heard (opens in new tab)

The w&h verdict

The Body Shop Advent Calendar 2022 captures everything to love about Christmas, showing that the acts of indulging and giving come hand in hand at this time of year. From heartwarming stories behind the products to the brand's charitable actions, The Body Shop sets an example of how the industry can give back at this time of year. 

These acts of kindness and wishes make this one of the best Christmas gifts for teenagers. The products can even be shared amongst families and friends, covering body care, haircare and skincare all in one festive place.

Not only will your purchase make a difference, but the varied product offering, hardworking formulas, and delicious scents included make it a truly reliable gift that anyone would love to receive. So take this as your big thumbs up from us. 

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The Body Shop Box of Wishes & Wonders Advent Calendar |$260/£145

A conscious beauty advent calendar featuring 25 full-sized products and inspiring Christmas wishes. 

Darcy Brown
Beauty Assistant

Darcy Brown is a print and digital beauty journalist with her finger on the pulse of the latest trends. She entered the industry as an intern for publications such as Fabulous Magazine and the Sun. Since graduating from university with a first-class BA Hons degree in Philosophy, she has thrown herself into all things beauty. 

When she's not writing for Woman & Home and Weekly titles including Woman and Woman's Own, you can find Darcy working on editorial shoots and social media campaigns with some of the industry's leading experts, including George Hammer, Angelo Seminara, and Lan Nguyen Grealis.