Compare : Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S thirst quenching serum VS The Body Shop Moisture Vitamin E Serum.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013


Like a lot of other bloggers, I first sampled the SOS thirst quenching serum thanks to Glossybox. I received a sample in one of the boxes, didn't use it straight away.. then I finally used it and fell in love. However, just like a few others, the price tag for the full sized bottle did make me wince a little. £29 was a lot of money (personally) to spend on a single moisturising serum. Fortunately I was lucky to win a bottle in a twitter competition, but as I neared the end of the bottle, I was worried how I would cope without this staple product in my regime! I hoped that there would be a similar product on the market which was a bit more purse friendly dupe of the Caudalie SOS Thirst Quenching Serum, so I went on a bit of a hunt. This is where the The Body Shop Vitamin E moisture Serum came in. I saw it for £11 and wondered how it would compare to the Caudalie one, at a fraction of the price I decided to pick it up and give it a go. I figured, what the hell its worth a try!

So firstly lets look at the two products side by side.  They both hold the same amount of product ; 30ml. Admittedly the Caudalie one looks more flash with its glass packaging compared to the plastic packaging of the TBS Serum. However I much prefer the way the product is dispersed from TBS packaging, If anyone owns Bourjois healthy mix you will know what I mean when I say, I can see how much product I have left because of the particular pump that is used. The Body shop serum has this pump. The indicator pump means I can see exactly how much product I have left, and I know I am getting every last drop of the serum. It's pressurised inside so every last drop is being forced up and out of the pump. Whereas the Cadualie Serum has a regular pump with a little tube going down into the bottle. So there's going to be that last few drops of the product you aren't going to reach. When you're paying £29 for a product you want to be able to get all of it out! In this instance, Vitamin E Serum wins.

When it comes to the actual product, Consistency wise the Caudalie one is a lot more watery. When i used it I would pump it into my palm and then use my palms to distribute it on my face. I did like how lightweight it felt and sank in very quickly. It didn't feel like Id really added anything to my skin because it was absorbed so fast, however I did feel quite refreshed and awake after it had been applied. The Vitamin E serum is slightly thicker in consistency  it has a sort of gel like texture. It does mean I can just pump a small amount onto my finger tip and blob (Technical term right there) small dots of it all over my face before massaging it into my skin. As it is slightly thicker, I feel it more on my skin and get that 'tacky' feeling while it sinks in. Unlike the Cadualie one, I didn't feel 'Fresh', it was more along the lines of 'I feel moisturised!'  I'm not particularly bothered about the rate it sinks into my skin or consistency  so there's not really a winner for me in this 'category' I think its just down to personal preference!

How did it work on my dry patches? If you've read previous posts where I have raved about the SOS Serum, you will know that it helped sort out the dry patches around my nose. In the short time where I didn't have any serums to use on my face those patches re appeared - oh joy. Although this was, in a way handy for me because I could see if the more purse friendly serum would help me out as well as the more pricer version had previously... Well the answer to that is. YES. It did the exact same job as the Cadualie SOS Thirst quenching serum. Within a couple of days my dry patches around my nose were gone and my skin was looking beautiful! All thanks to the new more purse friendly Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Serum.

In conclusion.... You can go and spend £29 on a facial serum that is quite watery, has a pump that means you may not get the very last drop out of the bottle, sinks in quickly, leaves you feeling 'Fresh' and does clear up dry patches quickly.
You can go purchase a more purse friendly £11 facial serum that is a bit easier to apply to your face due to it's consistency, leaves you feeling moisturised, uses a pump that means you get every single bit of product out and clears up any dry patches quickly. 

I think its down to personal preference and what sort of budget you are on, but personally for me, I will be popping to The Body Shop to repurchase the Vitamin E Moisture serum rather than ordering the Caudalie one when my current tube runs out. It ticks all the boxes for me, and I'll be honest it does the exact same thing with some slight differences, who wouldnt go for the cheaper alternative! - Plus the body shop always have amazing cashback percentages on Top Cashback! Cha Ching! (Earning money when spending money!)

Much Love, 


  1. I loved the sample that I got of this too, but £29 was a bit much for me to buy the full size so thanks for doing this review! X

  2. I love the caudalie serum but it is so expensive, TBS version might be worth picking up next time!
    Great review xx


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