“ Brand: Asda / Type: Shower Gel / Suitable for: Body / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Refreshes, „
Whilst I do normally suffer with any problems with the skin on my body, over the last five weeks or so during the bout of intense heat, tiny spots began to form at the tops of my arms and on my shoulders. Browsing through all of the shower gels on display in Asda, I decided upon one containing tea tree especially as the ingredient is well known for its antibacterial properties. Whilst I enjoy using the Original Source brand, their tea tree and mint was more than double the price of the Asda version, so I decided to purchase the cheaper of the two.
Asda's Mint and Tea Tree Shower Gel has been rebranded with its predecessor being named Essential Care Refreshing Mint and Tea Tree with the packaging considerably differing from the image shown above. The appearance of the 250 ml sturdy plastic container is very appealing to the eye due to its vivid emerald green contents. To offer the perfect contrast to the bright green, the flip top lid, which is located on the underside of the container is black and as a result, I found the product easy to spot on the shelf in Asda.
The shower gel is suitable for vegans and is easily dispensed from the bottle and whilst I would describe its consistency as reasonable, it isn't quite as thick as the branded names. However, this didn't cause me any issues and I was easily able to dispense a 50p sized amount onto my net body polisher without the gel sliding straight off and down the plug hole. I didn't for one minute expect that Asda would be able to match the scent of Original Source, but I was proved to be incorrect, as the aroma that greeted me was extremely authentic due to the natural extracts.
Tea Tree is a love or hate it aroma and I absolutely love it, as I consider it to be clean and fresh. Whilst the shower gel also contains mint, I struggle to detect its scent, particularly as the tea tree is considerably prominent, but this isn't an issue as far as I am concerned. The gel transforms into a sufficient lather as I wash my body using my net body polisher, which enables my products to last longer and gently exfoliate my skin as I wash. True to its word, the tea tree offers a slight tingling effect, which I love especially when using for my morning shower, as it feels wonderfully exhilarating and a perfect way to fully wake up following a good night's sleep.
The shower gel is effective at cleansing my skin and after a few days of using, I noticed that the tiny spots were beginning to disappear, so I felt assured that the antibacterial properties were reaching the root of the problem. After four days of use, all of the tiny spots had totally vanished and I felt brave enough to once again wear sleeveless tops. The lather effortlessly rinses away from the skin and only a very delicate aroma lingers on the skin following use, which is more than satisfactory, as I do not wish to be smelling of tea tree despite its gorgeous aroma. Whilst tea tree can often be a little drying to the skin, I cannot speak of any adverse effects when using.
I am more than happy with Asda's Mint and Tea Tree Shower Gel and as far as I am concerned it is identical to Original Source other than for the consistency being slightly less thick. Whilst the Original Source brand generally retails at approximately £2.40 for a 250 ml bottle, the Asda brand will cost just 95p, which represents excellent value for money.
I like to shower twice a day and so buy a lot of shower gels on the market, most of which are ones that I like and the one I am reviewing today is one my wife chose recently because it was cheap and one she thought would improve her skin with it having a Tea Tree ingredient along with the Mint.
It comes in a clear plastic bottle with a flip top, it is a rich gel with a soft texture, it smells nice and has a nice minty fragrance, it smells very minty once the top is opened and smells quite nice and refreshing. I do like mint smelling products as I find they are a natural ingredient and kind to skin. I find it is an awakening gel for the mornings when I take a shower. It helps to wake me if I am feeling a little more tired than usual and kick starts my day.
It is a light green colour and it only cost £1 from Asda, it is their own brand but not the cheapest in their range of cheaper products, it is the middle range. The amount in the bottle is 275ml and so a lot of gel for the price. It lathers very well indeed and it is very soapy on the skin, it is easy to rinse off the skin and does not leave my skin feeling rough at all with this gel.
It does have a little tingly feeling on the skin while showering but it feels nice, it is one that all the family can use and my grandchildren have used this one and it is fine for their more sensitive skins. This one is an invigorating shower gel. They have had no irritations on their skins because it is a good quality gel and very good value for the price.
It is one my we all like with this one, I think it is easy to squeeze from the bottle and easy to hold, it does not drip from the bottle and is not a runny gel, the consistency is very good and it does sit well on the side of the bath where I place it after placing some on a sponge to shower my body. It is a gentle gel for skin and is not at all damaging.
I really like this one from this range and I highly recommend it for others to buy because it is a good price and worth the money. It is one will buy again as it suits my skin and that of all my family. This one really does help wake me in the mornings.
Well worth a £1.
I rate it 5 stars.
We all love to save money where we can and since I had tried the other fragrances in this range of shower gels from Asda, I thought I would buy this one too to see if I loved it as much as the others, it is an affordable brand and for the cheap price I thought this one would be worth a try too.
It comes in a thick plastic transparent bottle with a flip lid, the amount of gel in the bottle is 275ml for just £1, the gel is a thick consistency and a light green colour, it smells just like Mint and Tea Tree, the mint is more apparent in my opinion than the Tea Tree and it does smell gorgeous, this one is more relaxing than the other fragrances I have tried in this range, it is a more relaxing smell on the skin for me, I find it relaxes me for my evening shower, although I have used it in the mornings too but much prefer this one in the evening.
It lathers well on the sponge and it is very easy to pour from the bottle, the bottle is slim line and easy to grip with comfort for me, I find only a little gel is needed to create bubbles and foam on my skin and it rinses well from the body, it does not dry my skin, it tends to be a soothing gel in my opinion with this one because of the Tea Tree, it feels soft on the skin and the quality of the gel is amazingly good. The value for money is good too for just £1.
It looks attractive in the bathroom and the consistency of the gel is rich and a very smooth, soft texture, it does not irritate my skin and I have sensitive skin, it feels nice and refreshing on the body and so relaxing. The smell is very pleasant, it has a nice mild smell of Mint and it is not too strong it is just how I love my gels to smell with a Minty fragrance, the Tea Tree does make me feel calming for some reason and I feel with this one it is repairing my skin and helping it along a little and helping to moisturise it. It has not dried my skin and it has left it feeling lovely and soft and smooth.
I really love this one in this range and I highly recommend this one for anyone to try as I think it is for all the family, it is not just a feminine one as I first imagined when I bought it, my hubby has used this too and he thought it was a good one for him. It is worth the money and I will buy this one again in the future.
It rinses well from my body and leaves me feeling nice, clean and refreshed and very calming. For the price I think it is fabulous and it suits my body and I am very happy with the results.
I give this one 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review.
A product I have tried out recently is the Asda essential care refreshing mint and tea tree shower gel and this is my review.
I don't normally shop in Asda as Tesco is nearer to where I live but I was passing by my local Asda store recently and decided to buy a few bits and pieces. The shower gel is something that I needed and so when I saw this variety I decided to give it a try out.
The shower gel is in a nice looking attractive bottle which is made of plastic and can be recycled which is good for me as I like to do my bit for the environment. The plastic is clear coloured so I can see the shower gel through the bottle and it is a nice looking green colour. I thought that the shower gel was very good value for money and I paid around £1 for the bottle which is 275ml which I think is a good size and it is definitely a bigger sized bottle than the usual kind of shower gel that I use.
The smell of the Asda shower gel is quite refreshing because of both the mint and the tea tree in the shower gel. I like to use this shower gel in the morning and find that the smell is quite good at helping me to waken up! I wouldn't say that the smell is very feminine and so I think the shower gel could be used by both men and women.
When using the shower gel in the shower I thought that it made me feel nice and clean when I was finished showering but it didn't seem to lather up into nice soapy bubbles the way my other shower gels do. This didn't bother me to much but I think that some shower gels are good for using in the bath as well as the shower but this Asda one probably wouldn't be as it didn't seem to be very soapy. I didn't need to use to much of the shower gel though and a blob about the size of a 50 pence piece was enough for me to get washed.
The smell is quite strong and I noticed that my skin smelled of the mint and tea tree scent after I had finished showering although I am not sure how long it lasted as I then applied perfume and body spray etc so the smell got lost in these other products I was using.
I didn't think it was the best shower gel I have ever used but for what I paid I thought it was quite good and if I was watching the pennies I would buy it again. I quite liked it on the whole and I am going to try some more Asda shower gels and see what they are like to.
As I said I am not a regular shopper in Asda stores but I believe they do quite a good deal on their shower gels like this one and you can get 4 items for only £3 which is a very good price as they are £1 each and if you have room in your house to keep a stock of things like this then it might be worth your while using these offers to save money.
I would suggest giving the Asda refreshing mint and tea tree shower gel a try out as it is good value for money and has a nice refreshing smell to it. As I only paid £1 for the item I thought it was ok and I would probably buy it again.
Many people are hoping to save a few pennies on their household essentials at the moment and I am no different. There are some products that I won't compromise on, others I will in favour of supermarket branded alternatives. I didn't think I was too fussy when it came to shower gels: as long as the scent had a hint of mint in there, like my beloved Original Source product, I thought I'd be happy. Alas, I've found out just recently that buying Asda's own 'Refreshing' Mint and Tea Tree shower gel was a money saving gamble not worth taking...
When I was first browsing the supermarket shelves for the Original Source Mint and Tea Tree shower gel, I have to say that another caught my eye first: the Asda gel of the same name was a much brighter, more vibrant green colour and it's impossible not to notice it on the shelves. As eye catching as the Asda shower gel was, it wasn't until I discovered that neither the Original Source or Alberto Balsam mint shower gels were on offer that I decided to purchase the Asda variant. I hate supermarkets, in fact it's the only form of shopping that I can't stand, and so I plonked the lone bottle of shower gel into the trolley, paid and left very quickly.
Not smelling the shower gel before I bought was perhaps one of the worst decisions I could have made and it was only before I was about to use it that I sampled the 'delight' of its smell for the first time. Upon opening the bottle, there was a faint whiff of mint which resembles that of the original Polos. Alas, the sweet scent of peppermint is soon clouded by what can only be described as a musky, sweaty smell. Even if that scent was meant to be the tea tree essence, it was more overpowering than any product containing tea tree I'd ever smelt before. Thankfully, the sweatiness of the tea tree diminished with use but the mint was nowhere near as potent or as pleasant as the Original Source shower gel I normally use which was the first of many disappointments.
USING THE SHOWER GEL
My second disappointment with the shower gel came when I was actually started using it. Now, I'm not going to insult your intelligence by telling you how to use shower gel but I normally like to use one of those puffy things in the shower: they exfoliate your skin and you usually don't need to use quite as much shower gel because the gel lathers on the material brilliantly. At least, I normally don't have to use quite as much shower gel: the Asda mint and tea tree gel was quite frankly pathetic when it came to lathering. As its consistency was as thin as water, it didn't stay on the body puff for very long and instead seeped through the holes in the fabric onto the bottom of the bath below! Not a good start.
Instead, I just used my hands to apply the shower gel the next day and I have to say that the results were far worse: there was no lather what so ever, not that I expected there to be much anyway, and a lot of the gel slid straight off my hands and into the bath once again. Now, you'd think the more shower gel I used, the more lather would be produced, right? Wrong! You see, that factor didn't seem to matter and it was more or less impossible to control the amount of gel that would come out of the bottle at a time anyway. You see, the bottle itself is made from thin, recyclable plastic which you don't have to squeeze to get any of the gel out. The hole at the top of the bottle is actually quite wide, not like the Original Source gels which have a rubber like tip so you can control the amount of liquid that comes out at a time. With the Asda gel, the lid is made entirely out of black plastic with a reasonably big, gaping hole in the middle which is large enough to let a substantial amount of the gel out in one go.
However, the bottle becomes a problem in itself when it's nearly empty. Unlike the Original Source bottles that are straight up and down, the Asda gel has two subsections at the top and a dent where the lid sits in the middle. This design flaw really becomes apparent when the bottle is about empty as it's simply impossible to get the remaining gel out of the sections either side of the lid. 'Well, why don't you take the lid off?' I hear you cry. I did eventually manage to remove the lid in the end but this was in no way an easy thing to do, certainly not when you have wet hands from showering anyway! If I hadn't managed to remove the lid, I think I would have lost out on using enough gel for one shower which really isn't very good considering my motivation for buying the product in the first place...
You're probably asking yourself whether there are any positives to the Asda Refreshing Mint and Tea Tree shower gel. Well, there is one actually and that's the fact that I do feel clean after using the gel (if I manage to get enough lather, that is) and my skin feels relatively soft after use. In fact, I wouldn't say that my skin feels any softer after using the Original Source shower gel but considering the Asda version was meant to have added moisturisers included, I naively thought my skin would be much softer after use in comparison. The smell didn't linger for too long (fortunately) and could easily be masked by deodorant and other perfumes anyway.
INGREDIENTS AND OTHER INFO
I'm not going to list all of the ingredients used in this product: the chances are that if you trust me when I say this is a pretty crappy shower gel than you probably won't consider buying a bottle to try anyway. However, some of the ingredients listed on the back of the bottle include: aqua; limonene; menta poperita extract; melaleuca alternufolia oil and magnesium nitrate. For a full list of ingredients, please search for the shower gel on Asda's grocery delivery website or take a look at the bottle in store. Although the bottle does not state that allergy sufferers should avoid this product, it's a good idea to check it out before you buy just in case.
Original Source's products pride themselves on the fact that they're suitable for Vegans to use. This Asda shower gel says it's against animal testing and suitable for Vegetarians so if you are a Vegan and decide you'd like to try this shower gel instead, I'd fully recommend checking the ingredients list beforehand to make sure the product's ingredients are in line with your beliefs.
According to the packaging, it's also a good idea not to get this stuff in your eyes. If you do, make sure you rinse well with clean, warm water. Seemingly, you should do the same if you manage to get the gel onto your skin.
One of the primary reasons for me purchasing this Asda shower gel was undoubtedly the price: I was nearly out of my Original Source stuff and - in all fairness - I normally only purchase the Original Source products when they're on offer as they're £1.95 for a 250ml bottle. The cost is probably the only redeeming feature about the Asda shower gel as it's £1 for a 275ml bottle and you can often find it on offer in Asda stores - along with their other 'Essential Care' products - at four items for the price of three. Of course, if I did like the Asda brand shower gel it would work out to be much cheaper than some of the other mint shower gels on the market, especially if I took advantage of their beauty care products offer from time to time. However, considering how quickly I managed to get down the bottle, I think it's true that quantity doesn't always equal quality...
To say I was disappointed with this shower gel is an understatement: I never expected it to replace the Original Source gel in my affections but I did expect it to be at least half decent. Alas, Asda's have really let themselves down with this product and it's just not something I'd consider purchasing again in the future; a bottle of this shower gel lasted me about six and a half weeks whereas the slightly smaller Original Source shower gel has be known to last me about three months in the past. The longevity of the gel is undeniably down to the consistency and I have to say I'd sooner pay double for a better quality product that lasts me twice as long any day. The Asda gel's smell isn't as pleasant, which was one of my biggest bugbears from the start because I really love the refreshing smell of mint, and I don't think my skin 'tingled' in the same way it does when I use the Original Source product which was, again, a big disappointment for me personally. Overall, it might be a shower gel suitable for anybody that doesn't like a strong, minty aroma but it's definitely not something I'll consider buying again in a hurry.
The two stars are awarded for the gel being adequate and at least usable as a shower gel.
Asda Essential Care Shower Gel was something I decided to pick up following using a branded shower gel whilst on holiday that was mint and tea tree and being impressed with how refreshing the experience was. The Asda Mint and Tea Tree shower gel is exceptional value at about £1.00 for 275ml bottle (you can also get this on deals like 4 for £3 quite often) and comes in a bottle which is well designed and takes up a small amount of space in comparison to some of the shower gels out there (we have all seen them where the bottle seems to have been what had the most time spent on it). The shower gel itself is of a good quality and does not need you to use huge amounts to shower with as is the case sometimes with cheaper shower gels and the smells are fantastic and refreshing. I currently live in a flat where I have no shower but for me this is a great product as you can put this into a nice warm bath and you will find a great relaxing smell that will leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated.
If you are someone who is using branded products and considering using a non branded product for the first time then use this as it is great quality, excellent value, well packaged and has a great scent + refreshing quality to it.