Spot Remover Treatments: ELF vs Origins

Saturday, 17 November 2012
When I did my recent ELF haul I picked up their Zip Zapper as I noticed it had pretty much the exact same ingredients as my old faithful Origins Spot Remover (which was about to run out) but was about an 8th of the price.  Now that I've had a chance to use it for a few weeks I thought I'd do a comparison post to see if it really is a decent dupe of Origins.

ELF Zit Zapper £1.50 for ~6ml
Origins Spot Remover £13 for 10ml

You'll probably have noticed that I've got the old version of the Origins Spot Remover (it's now in a blue bottle) but I've had it for literally YEARS and it's only just running out now.

Ingredients wise these are very similar with both containing Salicylic Acid, Tea Tree Oil, and Witch Hazel.  The main difference is in the packaging of the product, with Origins in a little bottle with a squeezy top while the Zit Zapper has a rollerball application which I'm not sure is the most hygenic for a spot remover product...!

I tend to apply spot remover treatments to any blemishes just before bed after I've cleansed, toned and moisturised as normal.  This means it can get to work overnight and I'm (hopefully) almost spot-free by morning.

In terms of the product itself, as the Zit Zapper product is applied with the rollerball I can't really tell how thick it is but the Origins stuff has a gel-like consistency (I think Zit Zapper is probably a bit runnier).  They both feel very similar once applied though - drying in a few minutes with a slight tingly/nippy sensation which I quite like as you know it's working.  

The results are definitely more noticeable with Origins though - for example I've had quite a big spot near my hairline for a few days and for 2 nights I used the Zit Zapper and then on the 3rd night I used Origins, and while the spot had reduced a *little* the first two times, once I used Origins it pretty much disappeared overnight!  So the Zit Zapper does work but it takes a lot longer - I probably wouldn't use this if I had a big spot that I was desperately trying to get rid of before a party or something, but for smaller blemishes it works fine.  

So I'm not ready to give up on my old faithful yet but I'll probably keep it for the bigger spot emergencies and use the Zit Zapper for tackling the little ones!

1 comment:

  1. I found this post on the perfect day! I have acquired a mountain on my cheek, so I am currently sitting here with toothpaste on my face. No idea if it will work!
    Think I need to purchase that Origin product. It looks great!

    I really like your blog, so I've nominated you for a Liebster Award, for blogs with less than 200 followers.

    I've tagged you in my most recent post, so look forward to hearing your response to the questions! :)