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 2022. (For those of you who are vegan, I also have a post that covers my recommendations for vegan beauty advent calendars.)
I have noticed that people are already searching this for 2022 but not all the brands have their releases out yet. I'm going to update this post as and when products are announced and I'll note in the heading whether the item is for 2021 or 2022 until they are all announced for you eager beavers! Many of the calendars are already updated and live for ordering now. I will say, it's worth checking the 2021 calendars whilst they are still live. Some of them are greatly reduced in price and should be just as fun for your Christmassy countdown.
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.
Beware that some of the images have content spoilers so if you like a true surprise maybe don’t look at the images too closely.
Joules Christmas Village 24 Day Advent Calendar 2022 £40
New for 2022 Joules has launched a beauty advent calendar that is vegan and cruelty free.
These advent houses have been made to bring you festive joy for many christmases to come. Refill them next year with your choice of treats.
It’s mostly bath and body products with some lip scrubs/balms, scrunchy and eye mask. You can buy from Boots now (affiliate link) to make the most of those Advantage Card points.
Makeup Revolution X Game of Thrones 12 Days Advent Calendar 2022 £40
Featuring 12 days of new and exclusive Makeup Revolution x Game of Thrones products and accessories, including false lashes and fierce lipsticks and palettes.
It’s the must-have gift for the ultimate GOT beauty fan in your life. Buy direct from Revolution here (affiliate link).
All cruelty free and vegan. Does not contain any animal derived ingredients. Approved by PETA as Animal Test Free. Doesn’t make my non-toxic list due to parabens etc.
Makeup Revolution – You Are The Revolution Advent Calendar 2022 £45 (worth £94)
Revolution’s You are the Revolution advent calendar 2022 (affiliate link) is all cruelty-free AND vegan. Great value (worth £94) with 25 full sized make up products.
It does not contain any animal derived ingredients and is approved by PETA as Animal Test Free.
This wouldn’t make my non-toxic list though as some of the 25 products contain parabens. You can buy from Look Fantastic here (affiliate link).
Last year Revolution’s version of this was £40 (worth £87) so it’s up £5 on last year. However, it is up from 24 products to 25 and includes lip glosses, highlighters, eyeliners, accessories and all new exclusive products for ethical beauty lovers this Christmas.
Boots No7 advent calendar 2022 – £47 (to £120)
Boots No7 is finally on my cruelty free list as they have now been confirmed as having cruelty free status.
This year Boots has 2 advent calendars again. The Beauty Calendar is their best-known countdown with 25 days of No7 favourites worth £211 for £49.50 (up from £47 last year).
I got this one last 2 years in a row and have found it good value for money. However it has had similar products in so I’ll be choosing another one for a change this year. Some of the items also contain parabens.
They also have the Ultimate Calendar, which is their premium beauty drawer, filled with 23 full-sized products, worth £433 costing £140 (up from £120 last year).
Expect to see new packaging, new designs, full-sized products & for the first time ever, limited edition cosmetics!
You can sign up to their 1 day early access waiting list which also puts you in a prize drawer to win over £1,000 worth of prizes.
Last year it went on sale on 16th October and sold out fast. You can sign up to their waiting list here (affiliate link).
This year they have £47 advent calendar (affiliate link) and then an ultimate version at £120 (affiliate link). The £47 version is the calendar I got last year and I loved it. It looks to contain a lot of the same items again this year. I’m still using the products now.
Makeup Revolution Ultimate Glamour 12 Day Advent Calendar 2022 £50 (worth £82)
12 days of new and exclusive more luxury Revolution products. Includes eyeshadow palettes, accessories, makeup brushes and so much more. Cruelty free and vegan.
Apparently there is a limited supply of these ones. Buy direct from Revolution here.
Last year the version of this cruelty free and vegan advent calendar was £50, worth £80.
Personally, I think the other Revolution calendar is better value for money, it’s £5 cheaper but is worth £12 more than this one. I also much prefer a 24 or 25 day calendar to a 12.
Holland and Barrett 25 Days Of Beauty Advent Calendar 2022 £55 (worth £180)
I got this advent calendar last year and thought it was excellent value for money.
This is the perfect gift for any clean beauty fan, featuring the likes of Q+A, Evolve and Ethique, with many more premium brands inside. Suitable for Vegans.
Features 14 full-sized products and 25 products total.
Last year’s version of this cost £45 (worth £170). Available at Holland and Barrett here.
Body Shop Advent calendars 2022 – £55-£145
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 (affiliate link) at different price points this year:
- Box of Wishes for £55 (affiliate link) – 24 items, mostly minis. This is worth £89.50, saving £34.50. This Body Shop advent calendar also supports their global partners in India with fair and regular income opportunities. £5 reward vouchers for club members on this advent calendar.
- Box of Wonders Big Advent Calendar for £95 (affiliate link) – 25 minis and full size. Worth £159, saving £64. This Advent calendar supports the Body Shop’s global partners in Ghana with fair and regular income opportunities, and access to healthcare and education projects. So far over 600 women across 11 villages have seen improvements in their lives. £5 reward vouchers for club members on this calendar.
- Box of Wishes and Wonders Ultimate Advent Calendar (affiliate link) – 25 full size favourites and bestsellers. Worth £219, saving £74. This Body Shop advent calendar also supports their global partners in India with a fair price for their work and improved working conditions. £10 reward vouchers for club members on this calendar.
The calendars have a pop-up and sustainable re-usable design. Last year the calendars were priced £55, £80 and £140 so the cheapest is the same price, mid range up £15 and top box up £5.
You can buy them directly from the Body Shop here (affiliate link).
NYX Professional Makeup Gimme Super Stars! 24 Day Advent Countdown Calendar 2021 – £59 (worth £106.25)
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 cruelty free makeup brand and offers good value for money.
You get 24 face, eye and lip makeup products in a selection of shades perfect for serving ‘holiday looks’.
Their version of this calendar last year was £50 so they’ve had a £9 price increase this year. The calendar is worth £106.25.
12 Days of Liz Earle Beauty 2022 – £65
This year Liz Earle have again released a 12 day advent calendar full of their best selling non-toxic beauty favourites. Yes it does contain a cleanse and polish!
Last year I criticised this as not being great value for money at £125, however, this year it’s £65 which comparatively feels much more reasonable.
You can pre-order now and it is launched September 15th 2022.
You can buy from Look Fantastic here (affiliate link) and make the most of the money off discounts they often run to make it better value for money.
Arran Sense of Scotland Advent Calendar 2022 – £70
25 products, mostly minis worth over £140. A selection of Arran’s most popular collections – including After the Rain, Glenashdale, Seaweed & Sage and Lochranza.
All products made in Scotland, packaging 80% of recycled paper and Arran are committed to 100% post-consumer recycled material in all bottles by the end of 2022.
I love the design of this box.
Buy direct from Arran here (affiliate link).
Barry M Cosmetics Beauty Advent Calendar £80 (worth £120)
Barry M has changed their calendar significantly this year and the price has gone up £40 alongside it. Last year it had 12 nail products for £40 (worth £60) – currently on sale for £25. This year it has 25 beauty products, including 6 nail varnishes.
Barry M is all cruelty free, vegan and PETA certified. You can buy from Look Fantastic here (affiliate link).
Lumene 24 Nordic Beauty Treasures advent calendar 2022 – price tbc
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.
Lumene uses local origin and sustainable source ingredients and some of their formulas contain as much as 100% naturally derived ingredients.
This year’s cruelty free beauty advent calendar offering from Lumene contains 17 skin care and 7 make up favourites. The calendar is also 100% vegan and is made out of FSC® certified recyclable cardboard.
Papa Ginge got me the Lumene calendar for my birthday (it’s in November conveniently) in 2019 and I really rated it.
This year I particularly like the sound of the ‘Instant Glow Uv Primer Spf 30’.
It will launch at Look Fantastic, All Beauty and Feel Unique later this month. I will update once it’s live.
Aurelia London 12 Day Advent Calendar £120
Enjoy 12 days of beautiful skincare with this luxurious, festive collection of Aurelia London favourites.
Each day you’ll be treated to the very best in natural, scientifically-proven skincare, with an extra special gift on the final day.
SLS free, oil free, PEG free, paraben free, cruelty free, hypoallergenic, BHT free and mineral based.
You can pre-order at Look Fantastic now (affiliate link).
Florence By Mills – Peace, Love, Florence Advent Calendar 2022 – £129
New on the market for 2022 is this 12 day advent calendar (affiliate link) by Millie Bobbi Brown’s beauty range Florence by Mills which is cruelty free, vegan and PETA certified.
With only 12 products this isn’t great value for money and the packaging isn’t very Christmassy but maybe a good one for teens if you have the cash to spare.
Available now from Look Fantastic (affiliate link).
Cowshed Advent Calendar 2022 £140
As always, Cowshed never disappoints with it’s beautiful packaging. They have kept the price the same as it was in 2021 this year at £140.
This year’s offering contains 24 non-toxic mini/travel items. It’s housed in a keepsake box with drawers that you can re-use each year.
No testing on animals, 100% vegetarian, no parabens, no mineral oils and no silicones.
Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Diamond Chest of Beauty Stars 2022 – £150 (worth £244)
Good on Charlotte Tilbury for keeping her advent calendar at the same price again this year, for the third year running. However it’s no surprise when there has been hardly any changes in the design for the past 3 years.
Contains 5 full-sized, and 7 mini-sized products. Coming soon.
Lush Vegan Advent Calendar 2022 – £185
This one is very pricey (but it has stuck with the same price since 2020 and is always a sell out!
Each Lush Advent Calendar contains 25 vegan products to discover and use every day including 2 retro products from Lush Christmas past and 2 products that are exclusively available in the Lush Advent Calendar.
The reusable gift box is made from recycled paper board and the ribbon is made from recycled plastic bottles.
The Lush Advent Calendar’s beautiful artwork design was created by ARTHOUSE Unlimited, a charity presenting artistic talents of adults living with complex neuro-diverse and physical support needs.
Those looking for an alternative to the Lush Advent Calendar can also shop the 12 Days of Christmas gift (£75) for a fun and festive Christmas countdown. This gift features 12 products in a bright and fun reusable gift box inspired by the song ‘12 Days of Christmas’.
Please note, if you are looking for the Freedm Street calendars I features in my guide the last 2 years, sadly the company has gone into liquidation so that won’t be an option this year.
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’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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