Remember the chocolate advent calendars you had as a kid? Now imagine counting down to Christmas with something even better.
I'm talking about beauty advent calendars, the surprise boxes packed with all kinds of goodies – from lipsticks and mascaras to shower gels, bath bombs and more.
Whether you wait all year for the new LUSH Advent Calendar or just want to try something new, there's a beauty advent calendar for everybody. And to help you find one that's right for you, we put together this list of the best beauty advent calendars in Canada.
You'll see some old favourites on this list, as well as a few newcomers. More advent calendars will be released closer to Christmas, so make sure you check this post often as we keep adding new ones!
The Body Shop Advent Calendars
The Body Shop Canada is usually one of the first stores to announce their advent calendars – so it's no surprise that happened this year. While you can't buy the 2018 Body Shop Advent Calendars yet, they do have sneak peeks of all FOUR calendars up on their website.
Every year, they release three traditional advent calendars at varying price points, as well as a Countdown to New Year Calendar (for you to open after Christmas). If you just can't wait to see what's inside, scroll down on the calendar product pages. They have a full list of contents already up!
24 Days of The Enchanted Advent Calendar: $64.99 ($156 value)
This is the standard Body Shop advent calendar. It's a perfect way to introduce people to their cruelty-free products (or try a few new things for yourself) and includes 24 different beauty favourites, like the British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask and Strawberry Shower Gel.
25 Days of The Enchanted Deluxe Advent Calendar: $99 ($201 value)
This calendar has a little bit of added magic, since it includes an extra surprise for you to open on Christmas Day itself! It's called the Deluxe Calendar because it has a few full-size products inside (like a 200g tub of their world-famous Coconut Body Butter).
25 Days of The Enchanted Ultimate Advent Calendar: $169 ($377 value)
You're in for a treat with this one. The 2018 Body Shop Ultimate Advent Calendar is packed with almost $400 worth of products, including 14 full-size items from their most luxurious skincare ranges – so you can finally try the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask.
You can keep the surprises coming, even after Advent is over – and count down to the New Year! This 100% vegan calendar comes with eight beauty treats to get you keep you pampered as you do all your Boxing Week shopping and recovering from the holidays (like a Green Tea Bath Bomb).
Atelier Cologne Advent Calendars
These were the first beauty advent calendars to appear on the Sephora Canada website this year, and they look pretty amazing. For 2018, Atelier Cologne has released two advent calendars (a fragrance discovery set and a luxury calendar), and they're both available now!
You can consider this set an introduction to Atelier Cologne. Their Discovery Advent Calendar lets you unlock a treasure trove of perfumes, bath essentials and body treatments throughout the holiday season. It includes 24 days' worth of surprises, so you can start this one on Dec. 1!
This set is a must-have for any Atelier Cologne fans. Instead of the mini sizes you receive with their Discovery kits, the Luxury Advent Calendar is packed with 24 days of full-size treats. And since everything is naturally made using raw materials, you can feel really good about everything, too.
Sephora Collection Advent Calendar
Can you really beat an advent calendar packed with Sephora goodies. It's a pretty tough task, especially with a price tag like this! The first (and perhaps only) Sephora Collection advent calendar for 2018 is available now, and you should probably scoop one up before they're gone.
Add a little more magic to your holidays! This enchanted fairytale advent calendar is one of the most affordable options on our list, and it's full of 24 different surprises. Each day before Christmas, you can uncover a new Sephora Collection must-have, including some of their most popular (and mini-size) makeup, bath products, skincare and beauty accessories.
L'Occitane en Provence Advent Calendars
There's nothing like a little luxury, especially around the holidays. That's exactly what you get with the new L'Occitane en Provence advent calendars. This year, they released two (at different price points), and both are packed with some of their bestselling face care and body products.
Signature Advent Calendar: $59 ($116 value)
This is the best bang for your buck when it comes with L'Occitane advent calendars. The Signature Advent Calendar (also known as their Classic calendar) includes 24 surprises – and it's all for a good cause. For each purchase of this calendar, L'Occitane will help UNICEF provide children in need with Vitamin A supplements as part of their efforts to combat blindness.
Luxury Advent Calendar: $134 ($153.50 value)
Looking to step things up a little? Their Luxury Advent Calendar (also known as the Magic Advent Calendar) is now available for 2018. It comes with 24 exclusive gifts to open throughout December, including their Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Lotion and Cherry Blossom Shimmering Lotion.
ASOS Face + Body Advent Calendar
ASOS is one place I usually forget to check for advent calendars, but they really delivered this year. They have a few in stock already, but only one will ship to Canada – and you likely need to act fast if you want to claim one for yourself. This is one of the pricer calendars out there, but it's worth it.
The Face + Body Advent Calendar: $115.72
This calendar is full of all kinds of beauty goodies from ASOS – which means they can sometimes be pretty tough to find elsewhere in Canada. There are 24 doors to open, and each one holds a product for your hair, skin or face. Inside, you'll find goodies from Luxie Rose, Dr. Jart+ and more.