Fashion & Beauty



It’s November and you know what that means… Christmas advent calendars will be dropping like Santa through the chimney in the next few weeks.

This year, as the cost of living crisis rages on, affordability is more important than ever and among the beauty brand giants there are a few that stand out, including Holland & Barrett’s festive offering.

While the £55 advent calendar might not exactly be cheap, the goodies inside are worth over 180 and it’s suitable for vegans too (and at ON IN London, we love conscious, inclusive shopping).

We’ve taken a look at H&B’s 2022 calendar – here’s our verdict.

First off, it’s huge. And unlike some other brands, this isn’t just for show.

The 25 doors inside hold both small and full-size items, such as the Q+A Hyaluronic Serum (75ml) and the Faith in Nature Dragon Fruit Body Wash (400ml), and the packaging is a deep purplish blue with tasteful festive details like mistletoe and pink ribbon.

It’s definitely not one for kids, but a great buy for hipster adults.

You can find a full list of the products below, but some of our personal favourites include the wellbeing treats such as the Westlab Mindful bathing salts, great for muscle soreness bath (we tried it), Ayumi Neem Face Mask and the Psychic Sisters Aventurine Gua Sha Facial Wand.

Though the latter, a smoooth, flat rose quartz crystal, had more of a placebo effect on us rather than a magical restorative power.

Other surprising treats included the Naturtint Hairfood Goji mask and Urban Veda Reviving Night Cream.

Hollland & Barrett claims the advent calendar, which is available in-store and online, will save shoppers £127.69 compared to the price of the individual products, and is cheaper than most similar offerings on the market.

With retailers like Liberty and John Lewis pricing theirs at £245 and £179 respectively, this one is certainly a cheaper option.

But you best hurry, the brand anticipates that its advent calendar will sell out by 1 December.

Holland & Barrett advent calendar contents

1. VitaSkin Vitamin C Cleansing Balm, 100 ml (full size)
2. FRUU Watermelon Lip Balm, 4.5g (full size)
3. Olivia OLive Oil Soap, 125g (full size)
4. Pip & Pod Dragon Fruit Face Scrub, 50ml (full size)
5. Magnitone Bamboo Swipes, two-pack
6. Miaroma Frankincense Oil, 10ml (full size)
7. Tisserand De-Stress Moodfix Mist, 9ml
8. Dr Organic Rose Otto Eye Serum, 10ml (full size)
9. Westlab Mindful Bathing Salts, 454g
10. Evolve Hyaluronic Serum 200, 10ml
11. So Eco Duo Brow Brush (full size)
12. Q+A Hyaluronic Acid Daily Moisturiser, 75ml (full size)
13. NBTY Beautiful Skin Gummies, pack of 60 (full size)
14. Urban Veda Reviving Night Cream, 20ml
15. Salt of the Earth Crystal Spring Spray Deodorant, 100ml (full size)
16. Ethique Pinkalicious Shampoo and Guardian Conditioner
17. Naturtint Hairfood Goji Mask, 30ml
18. Source UK Sleep Eye Mask (full size)
19. Fushi Jojoba Gold Oil, 10ml
20. Psychic Sisters Aventurine Gua Sha Facial Wand, £20 (full size)
21. Ayumi Neem Face Mask
22. Aroma Works Lemongrass & Bergamot Candle, 10ml
23. Vita Coco Coconut Oil, 50ml (full size)
24. Faith in Nature Dragon Fruit Body Wash, 400ml (full size)
25. Weleda Skin Food Body Lotion, 75ml (full size)

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Written by Almara Abgarian