Back in November, I was lucky enough to win one of Alison's many fantastic giveaways. I won the Body Shop 24 Happy Days Advent Calendar, and I was delighted because The Body Shop are a brand that I don't get to try very often.
Apologies for the poor lighting.
So............was it worth €99?
The packaging was gorgeous, a really sturdy outer box that closed with ribbon. Inside were 24 different sized boxes, all containing a treat and a little inspirational quote with a hint to what was inside.
The contents blew me away some days. There was a fantastic variety - from little soaps, to perfume, body butter, eye cream, soap, lip balm, nail polish - if you saw me open this daily on Snapchat then you'll know that the sizes were decent, the products were decent (except the nail file) and every day was a real treat. Not pictured is the mini shower puff (one of the lads ran off with it).
Frosted Cranberry Shimmer Lotion, Frosted Plum Shimmer Lotion - these lotions smell delicious but have a little too much shimmer for my taste. I'd imagine they'd be gorgeous on legs though.
Vitamin E Hydrating Toner - I don't use toner apart from Serozinc so I was happy to get this.
Fuji Green Tea Body Lotion & Shower Gel - Love these, was delighted to get both so I could layer.
Wild Argan Oil Shower Gel - Really lovely, have used this several times.
Shea Shower Cream - one of The Body Shop's iconic scents, a gorgeous shower cream.
All of the above were 60ml samples, really generous and more than enough to get a feel for a product to know if I'd want the full size.
Almond Hand & Nail Cream - if you like the smell of marzipan, this is the hand cream for you. It was NOT the hand cream for me. Death to marzipan.
Strawberry Hand Cream - more like it - really fresh, non-synthetic strawberry scent and a lovely hand cream.
Shea Body Butter - a lovely decent size and a gorgeous body butter.
Soaps - white, red and purple - I'm listing the colours because I couldn't tell what the scents are. The white one is creamy and comforting, the other two are fruity.
Vitamin E Moisture Cream - nice sample size, haven't used this yet but always happy with moisturiser.
Vitamin E Night Cream - ditto, I'm still trying to use up that Trilogy one.
Elderflower Unperfumed Eye Gel - was delighted to see this, my Green Angel one is on its last legs so I've popped this into the fridge.
Red Nail Polish - haven't used this but it looks like a pretty colour.
Italian Summer Fig Perfume - this is GORGEOUS. I assumed from reviews that it would be similar to Roger & Gallet's Fleur de Figuier but it's much more rounded and grown up. It's stunning and I would definitely buy a full size if I didn't have an embarrassing amount of perfumes to get through.
Mini Nail File - crap, compared to everything else. I mean they're handy & all... but no.
Honeymania Lip Balm - I love The Body Shop lip balms, so this was welcomed.
Strawberry Lip Balm - Gorgeous, really nostalgic and fruity.
Eyeshadow Brush - I never knew they did makeup brushes! I haven't used this yet but it looks great.
Eyelash Curler - I already own a great one from Kevyn Aucoin so I passed this on but the recipient was delighted.
Eye Definer in Black - Would you believe I actually didn't own a full size black eyeliner? Not that I wear it very often, but I was happy to see this.
Mini Shower Puff (not pictured) big enough to wash all the credentials, I was glad to see it in the box.
Overall, would I buy it? I'm loathe to say yes because that price increase is just unfair, but I would. I don't think I'd fork out €99 in one lump, I think this could be a lovely thing to start up a savings jar for. A tenner a month from now to October would be doable, and I might just do it for next year! It was lovely to have something to look forward to every day and the products will last me ages.
Thank you Alison xx