Two Brands, Two Budgets: Origins GinZing Vs The Body Shop Vitamin E ‘Boosting’ Moisturisers

The majority of my youth was spent avoiding moisturisers as much as possible, not fully understanding the benefit they bring to even the oiliest of complexions. Hydrating your skin effectively is the most important thing you can do to ensure a radiant glow, so a daily dose of face cream is definitely an essential part of any routine. (Read why you need to use a face cream in my previous post here) I simply don’t feel right without a layer of cream underneath my makeup; my face feels tight and my base just doesn’t apply like it should. However, the battle is constant to find products that hydrate my skin without overloading or coating it with a heavy formula that’s just going to work against me. Both of these gel-like formulas from Origins and The Body Shop are perfectly suited to the warmer months when you want a much lighter product, applying easily and soaking in to leave skin feeling and looking a little rejuvenated. What’s great is that they both offer up a very similar promise for very different price tags…

If you rely on coffee to perk up your mind in the morning, then Origins’ GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser (£25.00) could help to perk up your skin using the same principle. The formula instantly hydrates and helps your natural radiance to shine through; it’s oil-free and fortified with skin-boosters, including Ginseng and Coffee Bean, to jumpstart hydration levels and ensure lacklustre-looking skin is rapidly revitalised. The texture is much lighter than other moisturisers I’ve come to love, helping you to apply a little more and massage in to get the most from the ingredients; this is a great product for the warmer months or holiday season when you want to go bare faced to the beach but still look your best. It’s no miracle worker, but it definitely feels like a refreshing dip in the pool for your face that kicks off my morning perfectly. 

A more affordable alternative is The Body Shop’s Glow Boosting Moisturiser
(£16.00), which helps to clarify skin, revealing your natural healthy-looking
glow; the fresh and lightweight formula energises while fighting
signs of fatigue and infusing skin with juicy
moisture – just what I need after a bad nights sleep. The texture of this is a little lighter than Origins, meaning it’s actually absorbed a lot quicker and lets you get on with applying your base; for that reason I actually prefer this over Origins for daily use – keeping the Origins aside for a more intense weekend treat. There’s no residue or greasy feeling, just plump and bouncy skin. Both of these are fabulous and there’s very little between them, proving there’s always a more affordable option to suit your needs if you just look hard enough…

Are you tempted to give either of these energy-boosting moisturisers a whirl?

The Origins’ GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser (£25.00)is available via department stores and online, while the The Body Shop’s Glow Boosting Moisturiser
(£16.00) is available online and in stores nationwide.

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  1. Becky Newham
    June 9, 2015 / 1:42 pm

    I bought The Body Shop one not so long ago and I instantly fell in love with it. I used to hate moisturisers, simply because I couldn't be bothered to wait for it to dry before applying my make-up, but like you say it instantly absorbs so it's great for lazy people like myself – And not to mention the smell! I can see it's going to be a summer staple of mine!

  2. Philippa
    June 9, 2015 / 2:05 pm

    I love the body shop one, I went through a whole pot so quickly!Philippa – ByPhilippa

  3. Anonymous
    June 9, 2015 / 2:06 pm

    I loved the Origins one but definitely going to give the body shop one a go! Does The Body Shop one have a similar scent like the Origins one? x

  4. Kat @ Cherries In The Snow Beauty Blog
    June 9, 2015 / 2:18 pm

    I was very nearly going to buy the Origins one, but I'll save my money!Kathryn /Cherries in the Snow

  5. Emmys Beauty Cave
    June 9, 2015 / 3:57 pm

    The Bodyshop one sounds lovely xEmma | Emmys Beauty Cave |

  6. Emma
    June 9, 2015 / 4:22 pm

    I'm definitely going to buy the Body Shop one now, I've been trying the Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask at nighttime and loving it so I'm definitely up for trying a daytime moisturiser from The Body Shop.

  7. Molly Hershaw
    June 9, 2015 / 4:35 pm

    So glad you compared these! I love GinZing but it's a bit out of my budget at the minute… Good to know The Body Shop offer a cheaper alternative that is just as good :)xx

  8. Ciara Rose
    June 9, 2015 / 5:24 pm

    Super helpful post.. definitely going to give the body shop one a go next! Ciara Rose |

  9. Catherine Sayer
    June 9, 2015 / 5:35 pm

    Great comparison post! I have the Origins one and love it x

  10. beautybyalicee
    June 9, 2015 / 5:41 pm

    Ooh this is very interesting, I've been thinking about trying the GinZing one for a while, but I love products by TBS so definitely going to try that one now!alice x | beautybyalicee | bloglovin'

  11. Amy Beachill
    June 9, 2015 / 6:18 pm

    I love Origins GinZing but the Body Shop one sounds like a great slightly more affordable alternative 🙂 I wish it was a bit cheaper though – most Body Shop moisturisers are closer to the £10ish mark!Amy | Lilac Lemon

  12. Saloca
    June 9, 2015 / 6:47 pm

    I loved GinZing and have been singing it's praises for a while now but I'm always happy to try a dupe! I'll have to check out the Body Shops version and see for myself.I used GinZing as a night moisturiser and my skin was all a glow and vibrant when I woke up, perfect way to maximise beauty sleep!Sarah :)Saloca in Wonderland

  13. Lydia Devine
    June 9, 2015 / 6:50 pm

    I love it when a dupe comes out tops! I think I've pretty much given up hope on using moisturiser to make my face look more alive.. but I'm always in the market for a quick-to-sink-in moisturiser so thank you for bringing this to my attention! Lyd xelectricSUEDE

  14. Emma Heapy
    June 9, 2015 / 8:19 pm

    Great review and comparison. I think I prefer the sound of the body shop one!xGlossy Boutique

  15. Jasmine Stewart
    June 9, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    They really do sound similar so I will definitely be checking out the Body Shop one! I'm always looking for something to liven up my dull skin without leaving excess on the skin xx Jasmine Talks Beauty

  16. Ash Bam
    June 10, 2015 / 3:04 am

    I keep hearing really great things about The Body Shop one! I really need to check it out soon! I just bought a few other things from that range, I regret not getting it!

  17. Julie L
    June 10, 2015 / 3:39 am

    I think I will go for the Body shop one. Its affordable and seems a good one too.

  18. A Certain Romance
    June 10, 2015 / 5:47 am

    I'm a huge fan of the Origins one, so I'm looking forward to trying the budget version too! thanks for this post!

  19. beauty visions
    June 10, 2015 / 6:40 am

    I have the Origins one but I'll happily give the Body Shop one a try once I run out. Love the texture and the refreshing scent for summer! xbeauty visions

  20. Lauren
    June 10, 2015 / 2:22 pm

    They both sound so good, I use the Ponds one with vitamin E

  21. Ellé Simpson
    June 10, 2015 / 5:49 pm

    Really helpful post. Was actually considering buying the Origins one but think I will save my money and try the Body Shop one first! Ellé |

  22. Emily Brookes
    June 11, 2015 / 7:13 am

    I've been wanting to try the body shop moisturiser for ages! I saw it in the shop and I loved the smell and texture- definitely next on my list!!Emily xx Emily May Designs

  23. Cris Conquers
    June 11, 2015 / 3:44 pm

    In the US The Body Shop version is actually $30 whereas the Origins cream is $29.50. Isn't that crazy?Cris |

  24. Kimmy (Beauty Isles)
    June 17, 2015 / 3:58 pm

    This was such a useful comparison. I quite enjoy Origins as a brand but have more limited experience with the Body Shop's skincare lines. I'm testing out the Tea Tree line at the moment and really enjoying it. 🙂 Beauty Isles | An Island Girl's Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  25. Lauzipop
    June 18, 2015 / 8:55 pm

    I got the Body Shop one the other day and I love it. It smells amazing and it's really making a difference to my skin. Laura x

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