Seeing Double: Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster vs. The Body Shop Vitamin C 10 Day Glow Boosting Concentrate

As I mentioned in my previous article, the Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster is not a new innovation on the market.

The Body Shop first release their version almost 10 years ago in the form of the Vitamin C 10 Day Glow Boosting Concentrate (formerly Vitamin C Facial Radiance Powder).

The two product concepts are entirely the same and Water, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) and Glycerine are the 3 of the largest ingredient concentrations in each. Each is designed to be mixed into your hand with your moisturiser and applied to the skin over a period of 7-10 days.

These products then deliver a concentration of Vitamin C to break down dark marks, slough away dead skin cells and provide a shot of antioxidant protection.

Why haven’t I heard about The Body Shop’s product?

Overall, The Body Shop deliver great customer service, but their consultants are not usually skincare experts.

The brand sells everything from hair products, to body care to fragrance – unlike Clinique, who although do have some of these products, are purely about skin and skin science.

Whilst The Body Shop has been making great strides in skincare recently, 10 years ago (when I was still with the brand) they were only starting to dip their toe into proper skincare and skin health training.

I actually used to deliver a lot of the skincare training around the Manchester and Liverpool regions before I left to be MANFACE full time.

The Body Shop Vitamin C 10 Day Glow Boosting Concentrate

The box comes with the vial of base liquid and the powder inside the black cap. The applicator is attached after the mixing process.

Push down HARD on the black button to release the powder. They’re sometimes really tough, so put it down on something solid and rest your weight on it through your fingers.

Give it a good 15 second shake to make sure all the liquid is mixed together.

Remove the black cap and throw it away.

Attach the applicator cap and you’re ready to go.

Take your favourite moisturiser. For this I’m using The Body Shop Glow Boosting Moisturiser.

In your hand put a blob of your moisturiser and then add 4/5 drops of the Glow Boosting Concentrate.

Mix them together in your palm and then apply straight onto your face avoiding your eye area. If you’re doing this during the day, make sure to apply an SPF afterwards as it will make your skin more sensitive to sunlight.

So what’s the difference between this and the Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster?

Erm, well, if you’re just after a Vitamin C booster, then not a lot to be honest.

Clinique’s has received much more clinical and dermatological testing and I say is safer for anyone with more sensitive skin – The Body Shop skincare can sometimes be a bit ferocious for those who are more delicate.

Difference in Ingredients?

The Body Shop does use some good ingredients there though: instead of the caffeine, sucrose, betain and caffeine in Clinique’s, there’s Aloe Vera extract. There’s also camu camu extract (but this isn’t the source of Vitamin C which I think they’d rather you believe) which is good skin smoother.

If you’re wanting something with more strings in its bow, then I’d go for the Clinique Fresh Pressed.

Difference in Price?

Price-wise, not much difference. The Body Shop’s gives you 10 days for £18 and Clinique gives you 28 days for £58, so that’s £1.80 per day for The Body Shop and £2.07 per day for Clinique.

I think if you’re looking to make an investment in skincare, you’re probably not that fussed about a 27p difference. However The Body Shop does tend to do some killer offers like 40% off or 3 for 2 so that’s always worth bearing in mind.

The Body Shop Vitamin C 10 Day Glow Boosting Concentrate Full Ingredient List

Aqua (Solvent/Diluent), Propylene Glycol (Humectant), Glycerin (Humectant), PEG-8 (Humectant), Ascorbic Acid (Antioxidant), PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate (Emulsifier), Olive Oil PEG-8 Esters (Skin Conditioning Agent – Emollient), PEG-32 (Emollient), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emulsifier), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Panthenol (Skin/Hair Conditioning Agent), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Parfum (Fragrance), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Skin Conditioning Agent), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Benzoate (Solvent), Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient).

Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster Full Ingredients List

Water\aqua\eau, ascorbic acid, glycerin, dimethicone, squalane, butylene glycol, dipropylene glycol, acetyl glucosamine, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, hordeum vulgare (barley) extract\extrait d’orge, morus nigra (mulberry) root extract, molasses extract\saccharum officinarum\extrait de mélasse, laminaria digitata extract, scutellaria baicalensis root extract, acetyl hexapeptide-8, vitis vinifera (grape) fruit extract, algae extract, palmitoyl hexapeptide-12, palmitoyl tripeptide-1, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, alcaligenes polysaccharides, caffeine, sucrose, whey protein\lactis protein\protéine du petit-lait, betaine, salicylic acid, glycine soja (soybean) protein, sodium hyaluronate, caprylyl glycol, sigesbeckia orientalis (st. paul’s wort) extract, bis-peg-18 methyl ether dimethyl silane, propylene glycol dicaprate, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seedcake, allyl methacrylates crosspolymer, carbomer, glyceryl polymethacrylate, tromethamine, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate, peg-8, polysorbate 20, sodium citrate, disodium edta, phenoxyethanol

Harvey Specter
Posted at 15:37 March 20, 2017
Lee R

Very imformative thom , a great artical. I would love to know what does the skin look & feel like after using them for the time alloted. Does it actually make any visable difference to the look and feel of the skin? Also a yr or more ago you promised me some more articals on latest face serums & moisterisers like you used to do. Any idea if they are going to apear ?

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 10:40 March 31, 2017
    Thomas Watson

    I found the skin feels more ‘refined’. Particularly over winter I get that crusty feeling sometimes as the epidermis thickens due to weather-related dehydration; these both seemed to break that crust.

    Comparing the 2, I found the Clinique penetrated the skin better whereas the base of The Body Shop’s seemed to sit on the surface of the skin. Both did seem to leave me a little shiny though so I’ve kept to using these at night instead.

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