“ Brand: Original Source / Type: Body Scrub / Suitable for: Body / What it does: Exfoliates, „
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!