There are loads of great brands that are cruelty free these days. We really have no excuse to be still buying from brands who aren’t cruelty free, as tempting as it can be sometimes. I love getting a cruelty free beauty advent calendar for each December. It makes the month really exciting and festive getting a little treat each day. The products generally last me throughout the full year and I rarely buy products outside of it. I’ve been trying to choose which I want this year so I thought I’d share my favourite cruelty free beauty advent calendars for Christmas 2020. (For those of you who are veagn, I also have a post that covers my recommendations for vegan beauty advent calendars.)
I will say in compiling this I have noticed this year the prices of the cruelty free beauty advent calendars seem to have collectively increased considerably more than their ‘cruel’ counterparts, making them seem quite expensive in contrast. Guess you can’t put a price on your ethics though eh?! I have tried to include some more affordable options and have placed them in order of cheapest to most expensive for your convenience.
Superdrug Studio London Advent Calendar – £20
Superdrug products are both cruelty free and vegan, way to go Superdrug. They are offering 3 advent calendars this year to suit different budgets from £30, £60 and £100. However, they are currently on offer making them £20, £30 and £50!
Revolution Makeup Obsession Count On Me Advent Calendar 2020 – £30
Makeup Obsession is a sub brand of Revolution. New to the market this year is their all cruelty free and vegan advent calendar with 25 products for £30. It looks like it would be a great gift for younger women/girls. You can buy it here (affiliate link).
Boots No7 advent calendar 2020 – £45
For the first ever year Boots No7 has finally made it on to my cruelty free list as they have now been confirmed as having cruelty free status. It goes on sale 15th October and is expected to sell out fast but if you sign up to their waiting list here (affiliate link) you get access to buy on 14th October. Cost £45, worth £172.50. Last year it sold out in a day so be quick.
Nyx Diamonds and Ice Please 24 Day Advent Calendar 2020 – £50
I had the Nyx advent calendar a couple of years back and I’m still using some of the products now. It’s a great introduction to a solid makeup brand and offers good value for money. You get 24 of NYX Professional Makeup’s bestselling favourites to wear. It includes 12 lip shades plus your very own #thisiseverything lip scrub to treat your lips before you pucker up and apply your chosen lip shade. You can buy it here (affiliate link), as well as the cheaper 12 product calendar for £30 too.
Body Shop Advent calendars 2020 – £50-130
No longer owned by L’oreal (and therefore the devil himself, Nestle) I feel I can finally now shop at Body Shop again that they have been taken over by Brazilian company Natura International. As usual, the Body Shop have 3 different advent calendars at different price points this year (£50, £70 and £130).
The cheapest package is full of minis (worth £79.50), the mid level price is a mix of minis and full size (worth £143) and the most expensive option is all full size items (worth £226).
You can buy them directly from the Body Shop here (affiliate link).
Revolution The Advent Calendar 2020 – £70
This is one has had a big price rise this year. It was £33.33 last year making it one of the best value advent calendars last year, now it’s more than doubled in price to £70. It’s all cruelty-free, mostly vegan. This wouldn’t make my non-toxic list though as some of the 25 products contain parabens. You can buy it here (affiliate link).
As a side note, I’m also loving their cool new Friends x Revolution collection (affiliate link).
Bare Minerals 24 Days of Clean Beauty Advent Calendar 2020 – £89
Bare Minerals offering this year costs £89 and is worth £194 (but bear in mind that last year this cost £67.15 and was worth £218). This advent calendar has 24 mini non-toxic and cruelty free staples. Join the waiting list here.
Pip Box advent calendar 2020 – £89
Pip Box’s advent calendar this year contains 24 vegan and cruelty-free beauty items worth over £370. There are less than 100 left as I write this so if you are interested best to act quickly. You can buy it here.
Lumene advent calendar 2020 – £89.90
All Lumene’s skincare products contain a blend of natural Finnish ingredients, including pure arctic spring water, arctic cloudberry, Nordic Pine Bark and Nordic Chaga. I’ve asked Lumene directly this year and they confirmed to me that this year the calendar is also 100% vegan. The packaging is stunning too. Papa Ginge got me the Lumene calendar for my birthday (it’s in November conveniently) last year and I’m still using and loving the products from it now. I think I might ask for the Lumene advent calendar again this year as I really fell in love with them. Unlike many of the other calendars that have really ramped up their prices this year, Lumene has maintained the same price as last year. As usually the design on their packaging is dreamy. You can buy it here (affiliate link).
Freedm Street 2020 Advent Calendar – £149
Freedm Street’s 2020 Eco Wonderland Advent Calendar is not only cruelty free and vegan, but it’s also plastic free. It’s not just beauty, it also contains lifestyle products, snacks and 3 doors aren’t products, they reveal ‘the good deed you’ve done for a charity’ this Christmas! It’s also customisable, choose whether you want makeup or not, and if you do, what colours. There is even a clothing product inside (you have to provide your top size when you book). Filled with some of the best, sustainable and plastic free products, including skincare, bath, body, hair and makeup (if you opt for the makeup option), clothing, home fragrance & sweet treats!
Made from a reusable box made from Kraft paper board that will keep those bits and bobs safe and sound for years to come.
It contains 17 Full Size Products by 17 Brands
- x17 Beauty Products
- x2 Lifestyle Products
- x2 Snack Products
- x3 Good Deed Doors
Costs £149, worth £325 (not including Charity).
Freedm Street are also planting trees too to offset the production of the boxes, products and shipping! Colour me intrigued!
Charlotte Tilbury Bejewelled Chest of Beauty Treasures 2020 – £150
One of the more expensive advent calendars I’ve included in this list, this one does look extra special. However, it does only contain 12 products and some of them are travel sized or minis so it’s not the best value advent calendar by any stretch. You can join the waitlist here.
Lush Vegan Advent Calendar – £185
This one is very pricey but always a sell out! This all vegan calendar contains 24 products that you can enjoy every day in the run-up to Christmas. It can be pre-ordered now and will be delivered in November. It sold out early last year so be warned.
As you can see, you don’t have to miss out on exciting beauty products if you buy cruelty free so I hope you’ll consider making the effort if you are in the market for a beauty advent calendar this year.
Every year I ask Papa Ginge to choose any of these for my birthday gift so I’m eager to see which he gets. I’m hoping for either the Boots No7, Nyx or Lumene calendars this year. I’ll be opening a door a day on my Instagram stories in December so do make sure you are following me over there, if you aren’t already.
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