Beauty Advent Calendars for the Seriously Enthusiastic

clarins beauty advent calendar 2016

It’s only the beginning of October – the leaves are barely dropping from the trees – and already the beauty advent calendars have begun to creep onto the internet. I sort of feel that you need to be a serious beauty enthusiast to snap up anything Christmas-related this early, but on the other hand, these calendars sell out so quickly that if you’ve got your heart set on opening cardboard doors to reveal mini luxuries rather than a Cadbury’s chocolate shape every day this December then you need to get moving.

l'occitane advent calendar 2016

The l’Occitane Advent Calendar (£42 here) is a whopper – jam-packed with travel-sized shower gels and body lotions and miniature perfume and dainty tubes of hand cream.

l'occitane advent calendar 2016

The total equivalent product value is over £80, so you can feel happy that you’re not paying for the novelty factor – last year there were a few doors with duds behind them (paper decorations and so on), but this time it’s all very, very good.

l'occitane advent calendar 2016

A highlight for me is the inclusion of the Amande range, my favourite from l’Occitane – there’s even a little tube of the Milk Concentrate, one of the best body creams ever invented. Usually it’s in a big heavy glass jar, so quite nice to finally have a travel version!

l'occitane advent calendar 2016

The Cherry Blossom range is just delicious and you get a shower gel, shimmering body lotion and miniature glass bottled eau de toilette.

l'occitane advent calendar 2016

I want to leave a few surprises (though you can always zoom into the bigger overview picture) so I’ll finish with the selection of Verbena products, including a “refreshing cloth”. Possibly the only low point of the whole box, if you forced me to even pick a low point. Overall, it’s just a brilliant, lovely Christmas buy, whether you’re a die-hard l’Occitane fan or just want to spend 2017 sampling all of their wares in miniature form!

Find the l’Occitane calendar online here…

clarins beauty advent calendar 2016

The Clarins Advent Calendar is another beauty-fest; everything from primers and blushers to whopping great tubes of Beauty Flash Balm and the famous Hand and Nail Treatment Cream.

clarins advent calendar 2016

It’s £95 (free shipping, tote and four samples worth up to £43 here) so you’ll want to be a proper Clarins devotee, but everything inside has been well-chosen and I love the inclusion of sell-out products such as the lip oil.

clarins advent calendar 2016

There’s a load of skincare to try out – or, if you’re already familiar, stock up your travel bag with. There are a few charm/decoration typed things, which personally I wouldn’t be overjoyed to find behind my door…

clarins advent calendar 2016

…but the rest of the product selection is so good that all is forgiven. I’m afraid I don’t know the equivalent product value on this one (will try to find out) but I can’t imagine it’s far behind the retail price what with the inclusion of quite hefty skincare samples…

You can find the Clarins Advent Calendar here.

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  1. Karli
    October 6, 2016 / 11:23 am

    Great overview Ruth. I just tried the Amande range last week and LOVE that concentrate! Thanks for sharing.

  2. October 6, 2016 / 1:09 pm

    Oh, I´d love that Clarins one, but only as a gift. Too expensive for me to justify purchasing it for myself.

    • October 7, 2016 / 10:35 am

      Hey, I will happily accept a gift :-P

  3. October 6, 2016 / 3:33 pm

    Loving the idea of these advent calendars. The Clarins calendar sounds like a great gift idea for my mom next month.


  4. October 6, 2016 / 6:53 pm

    I have to admit even for me, a Christmas lover, it’s a bit soon BUT I’d recommend the FeelUnique Advent Calendar! I discovered brands i’d never even heard of, that now I love! X

  5. Vicky
    October 6, 2016 / 8:57 pm

    Love all your witty, realistic vlogs/blogs. Subscribed to lots of UK bloggers but yours is always the one that makes me laugh out loud (don’t usually comment!). Have two young children & thoroughly enjoy makeup/fashion advice, vlogs, uphill videos, everything!!

  6. October 6, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    I really want a beauty advent calendar! I just have never purchased one!

  7. October 7, 2016 / 10:34 am

    That Clarins one looks really good. The price is cringe-worthy though!

  8. October 7, 2016 / 12:45 pm

    I’m not crazy about the Clarins one, it doesn’t look like great value. L’Occitane on the other hand…
    And of course not forgetting the Marks & Spencer one which looks amazing.


  9. Cat
    October 7, 2016 / 1:21 pm

    The Clarins website says that it is worth over £146, I think I am quite tempted!

  10. Emily
    October 7, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    Ruth, I love love love your website and videos. I’m also a mom of a one year old with another on the way so I do relate! You opened my eyes to oils and so many other amazing products. How can I find the advent calendar in the US the Clarins site only ships to the UK.

  11. October 7, 2016 / 10:46 pm

    Oh, I would love to get my hands on the L’Occitane one. I hope its available here in Kuwait and not too overpriced. (We unfortunately usually end up paying almost 50-75% more over here. yikes!)

    Mimi | According to Mimi

  12. October 15, 2016 / 10:35 am

    I love these advent calendars, the Clarins one looks fantastic, I might have to request some early presents! ;)

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