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 2021. (For those of you who are vegan, 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. 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.
I Heart Revolution 12 Days Of Chocolate Advent Calendar 2021 £30 (worth £44)
The I Heart Revolution 12 days of chocolate advent calendar features 12 days of new and exclusive sweeter-than-chocolate I Heart Revolution makeup and accessories. From highlighters, makeup brushes and chocolate-inspired shadow palettes, it’s the must have gift for the chocolate lover! Doesn’t make my non-toxic picks due to parabens etc. You can buy direct from Revolution here (affiliate link).
BeautyPro 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar 2021 – £39 (Worth £59.40)
The BeautyPro 12 Days of Christmask Advent Calendar features a collection of award-winning sheet masks for face, eyes, hands and feet. You can buy it here at Look Fantastic (affiliate link) with free delivery. The calendar is both cruelty free registered with Peta and contains some products from their vegan plant based range.
Barry M Cosmetics Beauty Advent Calendar £40 (worth £60)
Vegan and cruelty free the Barry M calendar (affiliate link) contains 12 full-size treats – including six exclusive shades.
Makeup Obsession Final Count Down Advent Calendar 2021 £40 (worth £87)
Featuring 25 days of new and exclusive Makeup Obsession products and accessories, including shadow palettes, lipsticks, lip glosses, highlighters, makeup brushes and more. Doesn’t make my non-toxic list due to parabens etc. Buy direct from Revolution here (affiliate link).
Makeup Revolution X Friends 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar 2021 £40 (worth £71)
Featuring 12 days of new and exclusive Revolution x Friends products and accessories, including never-seen-before eyeshadow palettes, hair scrunchies, makeup brushes, and more. It’s the must-have gift for the ultimate Friends fan in your life. Buy direct from Revolution here (affiliate link). Doesn’t make my non-toxic list due to parabens etc.
Revolution – You Are The Revolution Advent Calendar 2021 £40 (worth £87)
Revolution’s You are the Revolution advent calendar 2021 is all cruelty-free AND vegan. Great value (worth £87) with 24 full sized make up products. 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).
Holland and Barrett 25 Days Of Beauty Advent Calendar 2021 £45 (worth £170)
With over £170 worth of ‘clean’ beauty items, suitable for vegans with 100% cardboard packaging – the Holland and Barrett calendar sells out fast every year. This year’s 25 days of beauty advent calendar features sustainable favourites from the likes of REN, Q+A, Evolve and Sukin, with many more premium brands inside. One of the best value for money cruelty free beauty advent calendars for 2021. This one might be the one I get this year!
Boots No7 advent calendar 2021 – £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 you can join the waiting list for 1-day pre-sale exclusive access to shop this year’s No7 Beauty Calendar and their new online only No7 Ultimate Beauty Calendar. This year, No7 have hidden 10 golden tickets hidden inside their Beauty Calendars for a chance to win £1000 worth of No7 goodies. It goes on full sale on Saturday 16th October and last year it sold out within 3 days. You can sign up to their waiting list here (affiliate link) to access from 15th October.
This year they have £47 advent calendar (affilaite 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. Some of the items contain parabens.
Makeup Revolution Ultimate Glamour Collection – 12 Days Of Christmas Advent Calendar 2021 £50 (worth £80)
Encased in a gorgeous branded rose-gold keepsake box, this 12-day advent calendar is worth over £80 and features new and exclusive shades of your favourite Revolution Beauty products. Including two new Satin Kiss lipsticks, two new Reloaded palettes, a new illuminating fixing spray, an exclusive new mascara, and more. You can buy this vegan and cruelty free calendar direct from Revolution here (affiliate link).
Body Shop Advent calendars 2021 – £55-£140
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:
- Joy for £55 (affiliate link) – 24 items, mostly minis
- Big Love for £80 (affiliate link) – 25 minis and full size
- Love and Joy for £140 (affiliate link) – 25 full size favourites and bestsellers.
The calendars have a pop-up and sustainable re-usable design. Last year the calendars were priced £50, £70 and £130. The packaging seems to be the same design as last year, though I can’t find any details as to whether the items have been updated.
You can buy them directly from the Body Shop here (affiliate link). They are limiting sales to one calendar per order.
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’. You can buy it here (affiliate link), as well as the cheaper 12 product vegan calendar (affiliate link) for £40 too. 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.
Superdrug Studio London Advent Calendar 2021 – £60
Superdrug products are both cruelty free and vegan, way to go Superdrug. They are offering 2 advent calendars this year to suit different budgets for £60 and £100. These seem to be the same products as last year but with a heftier price tag (it seems like their £30 option from last year is now the £60 option and their £80 option is now the £100 option). It’s a shame as these were great value for money. Watch out as last year these went on offer later in the year.
Lumene advent calendar 2021 – £89.90
Yet another year of Lumene creating a stunning beauty advent calendar and one of the few brands that have kept their price exactly the same again for the 3rd year running. Respect!
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. 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’m still using and loving some of 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. As usual the design on their packaging is absolutely dreamy. You can buy it here at Look Fantastic (affiliate link) who are also offering 15% off with the code NEW15 and a complimentary gift of a free Lumene NORDIC-C [VALO] Fresh Glow Brightening Gel Mask 15ml worth £4.50. You’ll be hard pushed to get a better deal than that this year let me tell you.
12 Days of Liz Earle Beauty 2021 £125
This year Liz Earle have launched a 12 day advent calendar full of their best selling non-toxic beauty favourites. It does look nice however I’m not sure it’s the best value for money out of the bunch as it’s only 12 items and only a few of them are full size. For £125 I would expect more to be honest. 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.
Big price increase for Pip Box this year, who were selling their advent calendar for £89 (worth £370) in 2020. 26 vegan and cruelty-free beauty items worth over £426!
Available for pre-sale from September 1st The Pip Box Beauty Advent Calendar is one to watch this year. The all-vegan calendar contains 26 products from 22 of the biggest names in cruelty-free beauty right now.
In this year’s calendar, you can expect to receive a combination of skincare, makeup and hair care products including brands such as Nails Inc, Beauty Bakerie, Lime Crime, MONU Skin, Aromatherapy Associates, This Works and more. You can pre-order the Pip Box here for shipping in November.
Cowshed Advent Calendar 2021 £140
Absolutely stunning packaging from Cowshed this year with festive greenery, holy and peacocks with a black bow. This year’s offering contains 24 non-toxic mini/travel items and you can buy it from Look Fantastic here (affilaite link).
Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Dreams and Secrets 2021 – £150
Good on Charlotte Tilbury for keeping her advent calendar at the same price this year. However, it does only contain 3 full-sized, and 9 travel-sized products so it’s not the best value advent calendar by any stretch (though it does promise that it will enable you to create a full look). You can buy it direct from Charlotte Tilbury here – often with a free gift thrown in.
Freedm Street Beauty Advent Calendar 2021 – £185
Freedm Street’s advent calendar looks special again this year. £185 but worth £350, you get a few options when choosing this year’s calendar. You can choose whether to include make up or not and whether or not to include some days where the treat is a charity donation prize. This year some of the items include a soy candle, chocolate truffles, refillable mascara, pick and mix, bath bombs and more. Their Advent Calendar is cruelty free, vegan and plastic free. Freedm Street are a living wage employer and plant trees to improve their sustainability. You can order it here.
Lush Vegan Advent Calendar 2021 – £185
This one is very pricey (but it has stuck with the same price as 2020, despite adding an extra product) and is always a sell out! This all vegan calendar contains 25 products this year that you can enjoy every day in the run-up to Christmas. 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’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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