I love advent calendars.

When we were little, my Mum made us a fabulous advent calendar out of felt. Every day you take out a little figure to eventually make up a whole nativity scene. It still goes up in our house every year, and every year there’s always a lot of sneaky shuffling about, cos everyone thinks they can place the scene in a better position than anyone else (chickens shouldn’t be on the roof, Mother!).

I’ve seen so many awesome ideas for advent calendars, everything from tree ornaments to gin, so I was super excited to be asked to contribute to The Body Shop Christmas Blogger Advent Calendar this year!

They very kindly sent me over a whole bundle of skincare products from their new Body Shop Aloe Vera range and I’ve been having a jolly old time testing them all out.

I also get to play Santa Claus to you guys as they’ve given me TWO more sets of products to give away!

The Body Shop Aloe Vera skincare

Funnily enough, I’d never tried any of the Body Shop’s skincare products before now. We had a branch in Spain but I’d just never tried anything, except for when I stole my sister’s lip balm once. (Sorry Ches!)

And I’m now regretting this. A LOT.

My skin is very close to being the best it’s ever been in my whole entire life and it pretty much comes down to finally, fiiiinally assessing my skin type properly (sensitive and combined) and then finding products that work for my skin, rather than expecting what works for everyone else, to also work for me.

Does that make sense?

The Body Shop Aloe Vera skincare

I wrote a skincare routine post way way back (many centuries ago) about Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser, which I am still using and loving, but I recently started looking for a couple of lighter options for morning cleansing.

The heavy richness of Pond’s is perfect for night-time repairs, and it’s excellent at removing my makeup, but it’s just a bit too much for mornings when A) I’m in a rush, and B) I have to put my makeup on shortly after.

I’ve tried a couple of other products (some bought, some samples) but everything just seems to either irritate, or dry my skin out completely.

Well, The Body Shop products I’ve been testing out are from their Aloe Vera range, which is specifically geared for sensitive skin, and they’ve all been working pretty great for me so far!

The Body Shop Aloe Vera Gentle Face Wash* is a super light foaming wash, easy to apply and does exactly what I need it to: it doesn’t sting, it doesn’t dry my face out and it leaves my skin feeling all fresh and ready to go.

It’s a bit too light for removing heavy makeup, and they do recommend not getting it anywhere near your eyes, so mascara removal is a definite no. But for a quick and easy morning cleanse? This is perfect.

The Body Shop Aloe Vera skincare

Next, The Body Shop Aloe Vera Calming Toner*. I haven’t actually used a toner for quite a few months. I used to use Simple’s toner but felt like it wasn’t actually doing much, therefore it was kind of a waste of money.

The Body Shop Aloe Vera toner is pretty good. I’ve been using it after I’ve taking my makeup off at night, just to clear away the last traces of dirt, and it seems to be working well! It feels light and refreshing which is nice and, again, it didn’t sting or aggravate/dry my skin out at all.

The standout product from my pack is, for me, the The Body Shop Aloe Vera Protective Serum*.

I have a lovely facial oil I use at night under my moisturiser (review of my night-time products coming next week!) but, again, it’s just too heavy for early mornings. The serum is of a liquid-y consistency, it glides on easily and sinks in fast which is GREAT as cutting down skincare time is always a must for me. Ain’t nobody got time for extra complications at 6:30 in the morning!

The Body Shop Aloe Vera Soothing Day Cream* goes on next, a very light cream that sinks in straight away. My skin feels lovely and hydrated after, but it doesn’t have SPF in it which is a bit of a huge downside for me.

The Body Shop Aloe Vera skincareThe Body Shop Aloe Vera skincare

The Body Shop Aloe Vera Eye Defence gel-cream* is the one addition to my collection that I’ve been using in the evenings. It’s a bit of a strange consistency but feels cool and light, and doesn’t irritate my eyes, therefore it’ll be staying in my stash for now!

My last product is The Body Shop Aloe Vera Soothing Gel*. The best use I’ve found for this, is on days when I’m having a hormonal acne breakout. I pop it on as a sort-of face mask overnight (over my serum/moisturiser) and let it work it’s soothing magic on those horrible under-skin bumps that hurt like hell…

I pretty much always wake up with it feeling a lot better, with reduced redness and inflammation. So three cheers for that!

The Body Shop Aloe Vera skincare

So. To the bit you’ve all been waiting for (or skipped straight down to if you’re being a cheeky one!)


I’m using trusty old Rafflecopter for this, so just get adding and start collecting entries! (If you follow me on Twitter, you already have a free entry. Congratulations ;)


There are TWO bundles of three products to be won. Each of the two bundles will include a Gentle Face Wash, Soothing Gel and Soothing Day Cream from The Body Shop’s Aloe Vera collection.


UK entries only I’m afraid! All entries will be verified.

Closing day for entries is MONDAY 15TH OF DECEMBER and I’ll announce the two winners on Tuesday the 16th!

Ready? Set? GO!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*All the reviewed products in this post were gifted to me.
As always, if I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t write about it! :)

  • I haven’t tried many The Body Shop products and I’m really not sure why, I’m always reading such positive reviews and they have something to suit every skin type. The aloe range sounds lovely

    My favourite Christmas tradition (as an adult) is watching Christmas films on Christmas Eve – I think I need to make some new Christmas traditions! xx

    Ioanna |

  • I swear by Body Shop Products! Have you seen their new Christmas scents? TO DIE FOR!! <3 xxx

  • Stephanie Hartley

    I can’t believe you haven’t tried out The Body Shop’s stuff before! They’re amazing! I’ve got combination skin too and their Vitamin E cream is really great for stopping places getting too dry without making your t zone too greasy :)

    Steph –

  • I love the aloe range! I’ve been using it for years- the soothing day cream is great for someone (like me) who is prone to red skin!
    My favourite Christmas tradition is going to Midnight Mass and sining in Christmas day with my family :)

  • My favourite Christmas tradition is cracking crackers and playing games with my family :-)

  • Shanna

    amazing goodies! I’m actually on the hunt for new skincare products. Fingers Crossed. I love Christmas, but I especially love the buildup to it. Putting the tree up, decorating the rooms and having family time whilst getting ready for the festive holidays.

    Shanna | My Curves and Lashes

  • So glade the Body Shop has a aloe vera collection. Always thought aloe would be great stuff.

  • I have such sensitive skin The Body Shop aloe vera collection is lovely and soothing especially in winter.

  • I I love the sound of the eye cream and how cool and light it is – I think it is so important to start using an eye cream at a young age – I started when I was 18 aha!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

  • Aloe is one of my favorites when it comes to skincare! Thanks for introducing this range in your post. Can’t wait to check them out:) xo, Hayley

  • I love that story about your mom making advent calendars. Christmas is always so nostalgic for me. Great giveaway!

    Chowing Down by the Bay

  • buchanl

    We love to go to a pantomine on christmas eve

  • Ah I love the body shop! Too bad there is none where I live in the Netherlands. Used to have one when I lived in Norway though! Miss it :(

    Annie R Lindberg

  • Csilla Kontig

    I like decorating the tree while listening Christmas songs

  • Laura Jane McCarthy

    Always wanted to try this brand but never got round to it, think I will now.

  • The Aloe range! I’ve been curious about this for a long time and I might give one of their products a try soon! :) Definitely going to check out that Soothing Gel!

    Catpacking | Beauty & Travel

  • This my favourite collection already! I hadn’t tried a lot of their stuff but this is definitely a really good one :) My favourite tradition is just waking up really early on christmas morning!

  • Oooo, too many Christmas traditions to choose from! Going to the forest to pick out the Christmas tree, setting up the Nativity (we’ve got a wooden one my Granddad made donkeys years ago, complete with moss stuck all over the roof because thats obviously what stables look like in Bethlehem….) , mince pie baking – I love it all!

  • This range sounds so good, it surprises me that I’ve never used any product from it before!
    My favourite Christmas tradition has to be continuously gobbling food and not giving a damn, haha! :P


  • Heather

    My favourite Christmas tradition is making the snowball with my mum after Christingle on Christmas Eve! My New Year’s resolution is to make more effort with my skin so I shall be visiting the Body Shop :)

    Heather x

  • Amy Paternoster

    My favourite Christmas tradition has to be seeing that Santa has still arrived even at my grand old age of 20! My mum would never not do me a stocking, I’d be 60 and it’ll still be there! Loves it! Amy X

  • I hadn’t seen this collection yet but it sounds pretty good! I’ll have to give it a try – I’ve had terrible skin lately!

    Sophie x |

  • sunshine

    Decorating the tree!!

  • You were so lucky to be invited to take part! I love the sound of this collection. x

    Soup || UK Beauty Blog

  • ninegrandstudent

    I do like this collection – there’s a mask they do which I use as a night cream every other day. Favourite Christmas memory = the food! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

  • Really lovely, I love Aloe anything, I always find it so nourishing!

    Drea xo
    Drea’s Junkyard

  • Rachel Marie

    My favourite tradition is how me and my family all go to the cinema on christmas eve to watch a christmas film. Last year we saw frozen! X

    I’ve got a mac lipstick giveaway on my blog if you want to take a look :)

  • Amy Skinner

    I always decorate my mum and dads tree

  • Tracey Peach

    Pizza & Christmas films on Christmas Eve xxx

  • kim neville

    Having a takeaway then some praline chocs chilling in front of tv

  • Natalie Crossan

    According to your giveaway – there are 3 years left on the giveaway!!!

  • I want to try that eye gel! It sounds loooovely.

    Tara x