Dream Big Advent Calendar

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know that I love the Body Shop products and this year I bought the Dream Big Advent Calendar, well its full name is Dream Big This Christmas Ultimate Advent Calendar, but that seems like a very long title. I wanted to buy it and then I changed my mind and, in the end I bought it. It’s £99 and the contents worth £248.50, so a great value for money. I haven’t opened it yet, as I’m keeping it for the advent, as well as doing my home made calendar, as we do every year, see here how and why I’m making it.

Dream Big Advent Calendar - open

I bought the Dream Big Advent Calendar last month, way to early for anything Christmas related, but, after receiving an email that they have this new advent calendar, they sold out the first batch in less than two weeks. So, when it got back in stock, I’ve ordered it immediately. It’s not the only thing Christmas themed set I got from them, as I bought a Rich Plum set that I love.

Dream Big Advent Calendar

So, what’s inside? I copied the list from their website, but I put all the products in categories, so it’s easier to see. To my husband’s surprise, I don’t have all of them in my cupboards already. As a fact, I haven’t tried most of them! Even if, in my post published last month, How Many Cosmetics Do I Need, more than half were from The Body Shop. I just love their products, and even more, I love the brand.

When they were owned by L’Oreal I haven’t bought anything from them. After they were bought by Natura, I got some PR samples and tried their products and now I’m mostly buying their cosmetics because I’m so pleased with them. Recently they got a new certification and now they are a B Corp. That means “a business that meets the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability”. I couldn’t be happier to support a company like this one with my hard-earned money.

Dream Big Advent Calendar – What’s inside

Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Cream 50ml
Drops of Youth Youth Concentrate 30ml
Carrot Moisture Cream 50ml
Aloe Calm Sheet Mask 18ml
Drops of Youth Youth Concentrate Sheet Mask 21ml
Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask 75ml

Camomile Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover 250ml
2 x Shine Lip Liquid Lipstick: Apply Taffy & Cherry Gum
Rose Dewy Face Mist 60ml
Eyeshadow Brush

White Musk Flora Eau de Toilette 30ml

Special edition Juicy Pear Body Butter 50ml
Shea Body Butter 200ml
Spa of the World Japanese Camellia Body Cream 50ml
British Rose Body Yogurt 250ml

Hand cream
Coconut Hand Cream 30ml
Moringa Hand Cream 100ml
British Rose Hand Cream 100ml

Shower & Bath
Special edition Warm Vanilla Shower Gel 60ml
Coconut Exfoliating Cream Body Scrub 50ml
British Rose Shower Gel 250ml

Banana Truly Nourishing Hair Mask 240ml
Strawberry Clearly Glossing Conditioner 250ml
Reindeer Headband

Dream Big Advent Calendar detail of Santa

Dream Big Advent Calendar – Is is worth it?

For me the answer is very simple: YES! I’m going to use all of the products in the calendar. There are two cheaper option for calendars, but I was keen on the products that are in this one. I love that there are so many different kind of products. I’m not very keen on body products and there are four in the calendar, but I will use them all next year. When it comes to hair products, I’m using the strawberry shampoo, so trying the strawberry conditioner sounds really nice.

I haven’t tried a sheet mask, is not something I would normally buy, so I’m very excited to try one from the advent calendar. It’s the kind of thing that makes the whole experience exciting, trying something new.

Dream Big Advent Calendar - Christmas village

Another thing I’ve considered is if it is too wasteful. I think is not. I will use the empty boxes to make a Christmas village, before recycling the paper packaging, after Christmas. The rest of the packaging can be recycled, with a couple of exceptions. If you check on their website, they have social projects in India for plastic collectors, women in need of help. That plastic is used for making new packaging (partly, as fresh plastic is also needed so it can be recycled afterwards). The Body Shop has their own recycling scheme and you can get vouchers for bringing back empty bottles or you can put them in the recycling bin.

Do you buy advent calendars? Have you ever had the Body Shop one or are you planning to get it this year?

4 Comment

  1. I love the idea of these and it looks very pretty. You seem to me to be a person that doesn’t waste things at all and doesn’t just buy on impulse so I am sure you will use it all well and enjoy them (and I loved your little village in your Christmas post!) I did buy a 12 days of Christmas box from Holland and Barratt last year in February in their reduced stock- it was only £10 and great value and nice natural things- am still using them!
    That said, even though the packaging can be recycled, I won’t be getting one again- I have just got used to taking my bottles to the Zerowaste shop and filling them and we love our Lush shampoo bar- I don’t have an extensiv beauty regime and I am happy to use mild, natural products like the ones we use and I love my Lush Imperialis face-cream- that uses a plastic tub but like Bodyshop, they take them back.

  2. Wow, this seems to be great value for money! I’ve never bought myself a beauty advent calendar, just because they’re still quite an investment and I purely enjoy the traditional chocolate advent calendars, but this is a great way to test out a large variety of products – and maybe you’ll find some new favourites you’ll want to get in full size. It’s great you thought about the waste factor, too – awesome Anca! 🙂

    Julia x

  3. What a fun Advent calendar!! Even with a list of what’s inside, it’ll still be a surprise as to which product each day as you open the door. I think this is great. 😀

    We did the same one every year (ornaments that velcroed onto a felt tree) when my kids were growing up. I don’t remember if we ever had the kind with doors that hid prizes and treats.

  4. When I was in England last October, I was amazed at the opulent advent calendars. I really don’t see them like that over here — maybe a few but not so many. It seems a really big deal. You’re going to have loads of fun with this one!

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