Product Type: Original Source Bath / Shower
Newest Review: ... used this very happily. It is definitely a winter warming smell and reminds me a bit of Lush'e Glogg shower gel but with a sweeter scent.. ... more
Winter warming like mulled wine in the shower
Original Source Black Pepper & Cardamom Shower Gel
Member Name: catsholiday
Original Source Black Pepper & Cardamom Shower Gel
Advantages: Lovely scent
Disadvantages: Some nasty ingredients
Original Source Winter Shower Gel
Original Source clearly state on their website:
"We are a member of the Aromatherapy Trade Council and also work closely with the Vegan Society. Our products contain either pure and natural essential oils or natural extracts. We're not big fans of flying our products in from here, there and everywhere, so we source and produce as much as we can in the UK. After all, it's nice here."
Although I do love many bath and shower products from Soap and glory, through to Lush I do find the more available products such as Original Source to be very good and so often pick these up, after doing the sniff test, when I am doing the grocery shopping.
Once again this is a clear plastic recyclable bottle in the upside down shower gel style with the lid at the bottom and a sort of square shape tapering to smaller at the top ( the end without the lid). This is so that the bottle stands well balanced on the shelf
The product is a clear dark honey brown coloured liquid that shows through the bottle. On the front of the bottle is the name - "WINTER" and in smaller letters "Black Pepper and cardamom" and finally at the bottom 'seasonal On the back there are symbols for "suitable for vegan" "recyclable and the list of ingredients.
We are advised:
"When the cold bites, you've simply got to bite back. This potent shower gel recipe will warm your cockles and other extremities right up......A fiery antidote to winter that will leaveyou suitable toasty."
The lid flips so that you can open this easily in the shower and shut it again and because the bottle has the lid at the bottom the contents are always at the end you need them. The gel is reasonable thick and gel like so a slight squeeze gives you enough to have a good wash in the shower.
AS I pour out the gel from the bottle the smell that hits me is similar to a pomander - orange and spice in a slightly masculine way rather than sweet and feminine but having said that I also used this very happily. It is definitely a winter warming smell and reminds me a bit of Lush'e Glogg shower gel but with a sweeter scent..
Original Source state that they use natural ingredients and do not test on animals looking at the list on the bottle I can see both black pepper and cardamon but also quite a few of the less desirable ingredients like sodium laurel sulphate too. These are the same 'safe' ingredients I keep on mentioning in Lush stuff too which give the bubbles but are not totally harmless according to many sources on the internet.
So into the shower or in my case the bath:
I very rarely have showers as I do love a good soak in the bath. I tend to use all my bath/shower products in the same way as most people use shower gels. I pour a little of the liquid into my hands and apply all over with my hand ,flannel or nylon scrubby thing until I am well scrubbed then I lie back and enjoy the aroma and feeling of luxury in my lovely warm bath.
The smell of wintery mulled wine or spicy pomander is lovely and warming and I find very uplifting too. It isn't great for moisturizing and so I do moisturize after bathing with this. I luxuriate in my bath but the smell does not linger on my skin. After I have bathed and dried myself I feel that my skin is normal, neither moisturized nor tight and dry. I have been using this on and off for a while now and have had no unpleasant reaction despite suffering from eczema and dry skin sometimes. I do still moisturize with a lotion but I don't have that tight dry feeling that you get after using soap sometimes.
A niggly bit:
Sodium Laureth Sulfate or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is listed in the ingredients on this bottle and indeed you will find this in almost all products that produce foam. This is a controversial substance, which has been linked with carcinogens and is avoided by those who prefer natural products. This does not go with the natural claims of this product but I do know it is actually pretty difficult to find any bubble bath that doesn't contain it. However if you are one of those who really strongly believes in totally natural products then this may put you off.
If you have any queries or comments you'd like to make regarding this product then you can contact them as follows:
Tel: 0800 581 001 ( UK number)
Or visit originalsource.co.uk
This is lovely smelling shower gel which has a very winter warming scent but could really be used all year. It is a reasonable price. It was well under £2 I know. If you don't like the smell of oranges and spicy sort of mulled wine then I would avoid this as the smell is quite strong.. It is an uplifting and warming bath and shower product that I really like but I do have to be in the right mood as it has got such a strong smell.
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Summary: A decent shower gel from Original Source