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Original Source Bitter Orange & Crushed Sweet Almond Body Scrub

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Brand: Original Source / Type: Body Scrub / Suitable for: Body / What it does: Exfoliates,

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      21.12.2009 01:47
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      a gentle body scrub

      Body scrubs are great to use in between waxing sessions to prevent ingrowing hairs and also slough off dead skin cells. Some scrubs on the market are extremely harsh containing huge grainy lumps of rock salt which scratch my delicate skin, Original Source have produced a far gentler body scrub with their bitter orange and crushed sweet almond body scrub which not only gently exfoliates but smells absolutely delicious too.

      To use the body scrub you simply use it in place of your normal shower gel, original source make brilliant shower gels and here they have managed to combine the lovely smell of a shower gel with the texture of a scrub extremely well. I was fairly worried that the smell was described as bitter orange but when the thick pale orange gel is squeezed out of the tube it is in fact an extremely sweet orange smell, the smell is really strong and vibrant and is excellent at waking you up in the morning.

      Inside the gel there are small grains probably about the size of a grain of table salt, I like the fact that when I massage them over my body then I can feel them working their magic in a gentle way, they gently slough away at the dead skin instead of leaving it feeling like a layer has been stripped away.

      The body scrub can be fairly difficult to wash away, the gel part washes away easily but the grains can get stuck in various nooks and crannies (which I will leave to your imagination) and need a good rub as well as a rinse from the showerhead to remove them. After using the scrub I feel wide awake, the lovely smell makes me feel happy and my skin feels lovely and soft and it reduces any ingrown hairs.

      If you are looking for a gentle body scrub then this one from original source could be the one for you, normal cost is £1.99 for a 200ml tube but look out for them when they are on offer either half price or BOGOF to get a bargain.

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        23.11.2009 00:26
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        Yummy scrubby

        I found the scrub on offer at just £1 in Tesco and as I like most Original Source products I thought I'd give it a go.

        This is a 200ml plastic recyclable tube with a peachy coloured content with flecks in, evidently the scrub aspect of the product.

        On opening it the smell is delicious, the hit of orange is both sweet and tangy, just like the real deal. Now, not only my nose but my education as well tells me that orange is good for revitalising and giving you a bit of zing in the shower and it does. In aromatherapy orange is used to help the skin renew and repair so it feels like just the right thing to use on your skin.
        Then there's the crushed sweet almond. My nose doesn't so readily identify that smell but my skin certainly recognises the minute granules being circulated as I scrub away.

        It's a great scrub for smoothing bumpy upper arms or thighs and the circular motions of application are recognised as being good for releasing the blockages in the lymphatic drainage system, therefore helping rid you of cellulite.

        It washes off well but leaves little scent residue, which is a bit of shame. I'd be happy to smell like that all day long.

        It's smell good enough to eat but you'd be wise to steer clear of comsumption, it contains all the normal cleansing agent ingredients, like Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Sodium Laurel Sulphate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, the usual parabens to preserve etc etc. Far from a balanced diet.

        It's available in most supermarkets and chemists and the most expensive price I've seen associated is £1.99 but with offers you may well do better.

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        04.04.2009 19:22
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        I am someone who loves to try and test beauty products and see what is out there. I am always looking for the best possible products, and I do love scented things. On my previous review on the Garnier Summerbody, I did mention that before using the cream I had to have a full scrub to get rid of all dead skin so that the tan would apply evenly with no streakiness or patchy marks. I am quite fussy with products and will pay that bit more for something that is a brand that is well known or for a nicer smell etc. While in my local Tesco I came across Original Source, who I love and have used before. Their scrubs had two scents but I chose Bitter Orange and Crushed Sweet Almond as it seemed like a smell which I liked best and looked like a product which would be good.

        When on the shelf it did stand out to me, it comes in a squeezy tube but it is a clear tube so you can see the level of scrub left and the pale orange band around it fits with the overall colour scheme, making it all match and seem visually pleasing. The bold, dark Original Source text stands strong for the brand to be shown and the type is the main part of the packaging as there is no imagery so it probably makes the overall look more powerful as the rest of the scrubs had soft imagery on them but weren't as strong in colour either.

        The tube is a 200ml but for a scrub that isn't too bad. The smell is more dominantly of the bitter orange, it is quite strong but smells fresh and clean and fruity which is what I like as it is refreshing in the shower.

        To use the scrub you can either apply it to a puff for an extra scrubbing sensation or you can just squeeze it into the palm of your hand. The almond pieces are what make the scrub particles which is why the scent is overly orange. The way I use the scrub is I usually squeeze a circle into my palm and then begin to rub it in, in circular motions as directed. I do it quite quickly so that it really rubs in and gets rid of all dead skin cells. It doesn't seem to scratch as much as some scrubs I have used which are really sore. This is still taking effect but is quite mild and so my skin is not painfully red.

        The smell comes out a lot in the shower and the almond falls to the shower floor after but my skin did go slightly red on areas where I scrubbed most. It didn't seem like it was doing a lot to really scrub my skin, maybe I'd use a puff next time. The real tell tale sign is the after result. I did notice afterwards once I got out of the shower and got dry that my skin did feel smooth. It smelt very nice anyway if nothing else but I felt it had really scrubbed and the skin did feel softer.

        All ingredients are listed on the back of the tube because some people might have an allergic reaction to whatever is in the scrub. For what it is I feel it served its purpose, it did get my skin smooth and get rid of dead skin and the tan didn't come on streaky once I applied so it must have worked fine. However, in a way I did say this didn't feel rough but I feel the rougher scrubs are the ones which have a deeper effect and are probably that bit better. I think I was attracted to this more for the colourful packaging and the scent but I shouldn't have picked it for these reasons but more for its graininess.

        This product is good if you have sensitive skin though and don't want the beads to be too rough on your skin making it raw. As mentioned before, I did purchase my scrub in Tesco however I am sure you can buy Original Source at all good supermarkets as well as the likes of Boots and Superdrug.

        So for my 200ml scrub I paid something like £2 I am not exactly sure on the price and tried looking online but could not find a price there either. However, if you do want more information on Original Source and more of their products then go to their official website at http://www.originalsource.co.uk

        The website has all products and in depth information as well as being a relaxing, interactive website.

        Other scrubs: Papaya Fruit, Aloe Vera and Bamboo, Seaweed Luffa Sponge and Milk Thistle. When clicking on the exact scent on the website it gives the moisturising, awakening, relaxing and refreshing verdicts out of 5 stars.

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          16.03.2009 12:00
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          Great value body scrub.

          Original Source, is a great smelling range of products marketing themselves on using natural ingredients and lots of essential oils. If you read the ingredients they are aren't all natural and have their fair share or parabens. These products (most of them) are approved by the Vegan Society so they can't be all bad. I have tried many products in their range and love the mint and lemon shower gels. The fragrance is so

          Recently they have added to their range - body scrubs, which I personally love to use. They are priced at £1.99, but you will always find them at 99p in Boots or Superdrug, which is a reasonable price to pay.

          The tube was great, it stands up fine in the bathroom and with an easy to use flip lid, and good squeezy bottle makes it easy to use in the shower.

          The smell is really orangy and vibrant, great for a body scrub to smell delicious. The scrubbers were bits of crushed almond shell, which were fairly soft on my skin, it was nice they weren't too harsh as some scrubs can be.

          The fragrance wasn't left on my skin, which I like in a showergel/scrub, but overall as this product is fairly cheap. I will be using it again.

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            29.11.2008 12:01
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            Buy if like fragrance

            I bought this for 99 p when superdrug was having a sale. Most original source product goes on sale at 99 p or buy 1 get 1 free (1.99 per bottle before sale). I needed as body scrub and could not pass up a bargain so I took this home.

            The body scrub smelt very nice. The orange smell was just enough to make you feel relaxed and happy when taking a bath. It did not strip too much moisture so I came out of the bath with my skin feeling just right, not too tight unlike some soaps which overdries. I do feel cleaner (cleaner in the sense that dead skin cells has been removed).

            It comes out rather thick from the tube so be careful when squeezing. It doesn't take that much to get you clean and if you squeezed out too much, the grains are overwhelmed and you would have to spread it over ur body before you can scrub.

            I would recommend this for people who like fragrance in their shower. It is possible to get this cheap although I have yet to find a store that carrries the full range of original source products.

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            17.09.2008 16:38
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            Don't bother

            I have blotchy red patches on my upper left arm which is rather unsightly. I was told this was caused by the pores getting blocked, and so to remedy this to use a body scrub to unblock them. Weirdly it is only on my upper left arm. I had found a wonderful body scrub but Tesco seem to have discontinued stocking it and I can't find it anywhere else (have since found it). With my friends wedding looming, where I was to be a bridesmaid, I went on a hunt for a new body scrub to sort out my skin. The choice of body scrubs in Tesco was rather bleak, but in the end I plumped for this body scrub by Original Source. I went for the orange version because I thought it would smell nice and also it was cheaper that the other two body scrubs in the range. It cost £1.81 for 200 ml.

            What is it?

            Body scrubs are used to exfoliate and remove dead skin, leaving the skin softer and smoother. They also help improve circulation. This one from Original Source contains tangy bitter orange to envelope the senses and revitalise, and crushed sweet almond to exfoliate naturally and nourish and care for your skin. Well that's what the packaging says, sounds good doesn't it.

            The body scrub comes in a see through upside down tube. The scrub itself is a light orange colour and you can see dark grain type bits in the gel. Because the opening to the tube is at the bottom the product it is easier to get out. I found the flip top cap hard to open, it was very stiff, not helped by the fact my hands were wet. On the back of the tube is a Vegan logo so I assume this means the product is suitable for use by vegans. The product is also made in the UK.

            Scrubs up well?

            As you would expect I used this in the shower. The back of the tube says to use it instead of shower gel. Having finally got the cap off, I squirted a bit into my hand. The scrub itself is a thick gel with dark bits in it, and resembles a normal shower gel. The tangy orangy smell hits you as soon as you open the tube and is very nice but not overpowering. It definitely smells of orange but I couldn't smell the almond. It is meant to be bitter orange but I thought it smelled quite sweet.

            I applied the scrub to my problem arm first, hoping for a gritty sensation that would smooth my skin. I was hugely disappointed, this is a very, very gentle body scrub. This stuff is more like a standard shower gel, it lathers up really well but I could barely feel the exfoliating particles. No matter how hard I scrubed my arm I did not feel that this stuff could sort out my skin. I rinsed it off hoping that by some miracle my arm would be smooth and soft. Unsurprisingly it wasn't, I decided to use it on the rest of my body and see how I felt after my shower, but didn't hold much hope. On the plus side it washed off really easily.

            After my shower my skin did feel soft and moisturised but not smooth, it hadn't removed my rough dead skin from my elbows or sorted out my blotched arms. I normally use a shower gel with a body puff and that exfoliates more than this supposed body scrub did. I gave this scrub to my husband to use and started looking for a new scrub.

            I don't normally use products from Original Source, so can't compare it to their normal shower gel. I find that normal shower gels cause my skin to react but this body scrub didn't have any adverse effects.

            Summary

            This fails as a body scrub. It smells great, lathers well and leaves skin moisturised. But this is meant to be a body scrub not a shower gel and on that front it doesn't deliver. Don't waste your money.

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              24.07.2008 20:09
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              Original Source - run out to buy it!

              Having finally gotten to the end of my Soap and Glory Flake Away scrub, I needed a replacement. Browsing in Boots I overheard one of the assistants helping a lady choose products for her daughter. She was really enthusiastic about the Original Source range and was listing loads of good points about it. I have used a few Original Source products in the past, but it has never been a range I have been a particularly huge fan of. Even though she wasn't speaking to me, just ear-wigging on the conversation, the assistant had convinced me to buy some products for myself!

              The scrub comes in a clear tube with a flip top cap, through which you can see the scrub which is a peach/orange colour, peppered with small brown grains. I sometimes think that some of the Original Source packaging can be quite masculine, but this one is a bit more neutral, if dull.

              I chose the bitter orange and crushed sweet almond body scrub, as I particularly like citrus and fruity fragrances. The back of the tube tells me that the orange will revitalise, and the crushed almond pieces will exfoliate my skin. It also contains almond extract which is known to nourish and care for the skin.

              The product should be used in place of shower gel as it also cleans, which is a bonus. On squeezing some of the scrub out, my first observation was that it was a lot thicker than I had expected it to be. The consistency is not as thick as some of the scrubs I have used, but nor is it watery.

              As soon as the product is dispensed you can detect the amazing orange smell. The scent is sweet and tangy - perfect for the summer - and although it's strong, it's not overpowering. I was surprised that I could not smell the almond in this product at all, but perhaps that is just me.

              To look at the scrub, the small pieces of crushed almond look few and far between, so I was doubtful as to what its abilities as an exfoliator would be. I found that when the product was massaged into the skin (in circular motions, as the packaging advised), I could definitely feel the grains on my skin, but it felt a lot more gentle than the sea salt scrubs I tend to favour.

              When it came time to rinse, I found the grains washed away easily. There is nothing worse than using a body scrub which is a pain to wash off, and finding grains still stuck to you days later is not an attractive quality in a product!

              I was surprised that the results I got from this product were a lot more positive than I had expected. My skin felt incredibly smooth and soft, even on my elbows and knees which tend to be very dry. The scrub was just as good as any sea salt one I have used, if not better. The sweet orange scent lingered on my skin for some time afterwards too.

              I bought this from Boots, and unfortunately the receipt is long gone and this is not listed on their website so I cannot be certain how much I paid. You can, however, pick it up in Tesco for £1.98 or Sainsbury's for £1.81, mysupermarket.com reliably informs me!

              So all in all I have been very impressed with this product. Even when I was using it I wasn't too convinced as there didn't seem to be many grains in it, but the results speak for themselves - beautifully soft skin, with a refreshing and uplifting orange scent. 5 stars!

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