Despite being male and definitely heterosexual, I have a passion for funky shower gels. I don't know why, I just do.
Recently I found a bottle of this at the back of my cupboard that I had bought on a whim and decided to give it a whirl. The results were... inconclusive to say the least.
First of all, the smell. It certainly has a strong chocolate mint aroma - almost making you feel like you are scrubbing your body in melted After Eights! If I was going to drink this, I would be well impressed, but you know what they say? Don't try this at home folks!
The consistency is about on par with other Original Source products, not too thick, not too thin, and works well to leave me feeling fresh and clean, I'm just not too sure about going to work smelling a bit like a walking, talking chocolate Aero.
Normally I like Original Source products, but this one I think is not for me.
It's just - well weird is the word that springs to mind.
I imagine it would be good for couples who like using food in their copulation or for people on a diet who are trying to resist the craving of chocolate, but still want to experience the smell, but I fail to see really who this is marketed at. The Bridget Jones type professional female?
My wife was likewise not impressed. After bathing in the wake of a long, busy, sweaty day at work, I emerged from the bathroom to her asking ' have you been eating chocolate in there?'
I think this was released originally at the height of the chocolate Lynx debacle - a likewise bizarre experience sold to us men through a very clever marketing campaign.
Though I like my smelly shower gels, I wouldn't buy this one again and I think I must be entirely the wrong target market for this as I really fail to see the appeal.
Not for me, I'm afraid!
I love chocolate. I don't care what brand it is, I just love it.
There are some things that I don't like about chocolate though.
I don't like the idea of chocolate lollipops. Whenever I have had one I have bit into it and ate it properly, but when people suck them I just find it disgusting.
Chocolate mousse is another thing I hate. I don't recall having ever tried it, but it's just the idea of the texture of it, which I would be fine with if it were fruit flavoured, but there is something about chocolate mousse that I can't face.
I also don't like children with chocolate moustaches and beards whereas children with vanilla ice cream moustaches and beards don't bother me.
My sister bought me this Original Source chocolate and mint shower gel and put it in with my Christmas hamper.
I would never have chosen this for myself. I guess all of the things I don't like about chocolate are related to the messiness that I associate with chocolate.
I got a lot of shower products for Christmas so I've only just got round to using this chocolate and mint shower gel.
~ Bottle ~
The bottle is made from frosted plastic and it sits on its black flip cap lid.
You can see the brown shower gel inside.
The front of the bottle has the words, '2000 years of chocolate history inspired one bottle of this Original Source chocolate and mint packed with natural stuff shower'.
There is also a Vegan sign on the front so the product is suitable for vegans to use.
The bottle contains 250ml of product.
~ In use ~
When I first started using this shower gel I was stressed out and I poured it onto my hand and then without thinking I put it onto my hair.
I realised what I'd done as soon as my hand hit my head and it rinsed out fine.
Second time lucky, I poured another handful out of the bottle.
It is quite runny and in your hand it appears a dark caramel colour, lighter than it looks in the bottle.
The scent is like After Eight mints and it isn't too strong, which I was pleased about.
It feels quite moisturising on my skin. It lathers up well and leaves my skin feeling clean and refreshed.
The scent does linger on my skin for a while after I have used this shower gel, but it is more the mint that I can smell.
I have only used this in the shower and I have found that it makes my shower water look mucky while I am using it.
I don't mind the idea of chocolate and mint shower gel as much as I did when I first received this, but I don't think I would buy this or any other chocolate shower product again.
While I don't dislike it, I would much prefer to use a fruity scented product.
~ Price and availability ~
This Original Source shower gel is available to buy from Boots for £2.30 for 250ml, but it is currently half price at just £1.15.
I think the price is very reasonable.
~ Conclusion ~
This is a good shower gel that makes me feel clean and refreshed and although I don't dislike the scent, I am not a big fan of this scent for a shower gel.
I am glad I have tried this shower gel out, but I don't think I would buy this product again.
Original Source Chocolate and Mint 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."
I love trying new bath products and buy them from arange of companies. Original Source do have good quality but reasonable priced products and as they are sold in my local supermarket I often get tempted to try them.
I have recently been a bit disappointed with a chocolate shower gel from Body Shop so thought I would try this to see if it was better or just as disappointing.
This comes in 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 shower gel is a cloudy dark brown colour, the colour of milk chocolate not surprisingly that you can see clearly through the bottle. On the front of the bottle is the name - "CHOCOLATE AND MINT" and a statement saying '2000 years of Chocolate Making History inspired this '. On the back there are symbols for "suitable for vegan" "recyclable and the list of ingredients.
The lidas with most Original Source products in this shaped bottle, 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.
I love the choccy mint combination of this one and think it works a lot better than the Body Shop pe chocolate one. It smells more natural and really true to chocolate mint I think.
Original Source state that they use natural ingredients and do not test on animals . I see looking at the list on the bottle 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.
Using in my case the bath:
I far prefer baths to showers so I use my shower gels as a sort of liquid soap in the bath and sometimes as a bubble bath and I found this works well in both ways.
The smell of minty chocolate is subtle but still very much there. It is a comforting sort of aroma and great if you are on a diet as it gives you the chocolate scent with no calories. The gel isn't great for moisturising but also does not leave my skin feeling tight or itchy after using it . I do moisturise after bathing with this. I love the scent of this in my bath and it carries into the entire room but I find 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.
For those with concerns about skin irritants:
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. I leave it up to you to decide what you feel for yourselves.
This is really lovely chocolate minty combination which is not too strong yet gives a nice true scent at it is a reasonable price. It was well under £2 I know. If you don't like your bath products smelling of foody scents then you may want to give this a miss . I like this a lot more than the more expensive Body Shop version, maybe it is the minty addition .
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The other day talking to a few friends of mine about food I mentioned that I wasn't overly keen on chocolate. The look on each one of their little faces was priceless and it seems that most people don't feel the way that I do about the stuff but me, give me a bag of crisps over chocolate any day of the week!
After leaving them and nipping into town I found myself in Boots doing a bit of Christmas shopping and after buying a few gifts for my friends and family had a few points on Boots Advantage card. I always treat myself to something if I have points on my reward card but I didn't have a lot of points to spend! Staying at my Mums at the moment I shower everyday opposed to usually bathing in my home though. My Mum has a fabulous power shower but I have been really getting through shower products so I took a shufty at what Boots had at a reasonable price and they had lots of different Original Source products on offer for only a pound a go. I didn't sniff this prior to buying it but the conversation with my friends about chocolate was still in my head so I bought it!
The shower gel comes in a rather transparent but slightly frosted see through bottle (so you can see the product through it) and on the front of it we are told that it is '2000 Years Of Chocolate History Inspired One Bottle Of This' Original Source Chocolate And Mint 'Packed With Natural Stuff' Shower and that it is suitable for Vegans and then on the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, the ingredients are stated as is the size (250ml), we are told that from once opened to use it up within 12 months and contact details for the manufacturer are clearly stated. Nice enough bottle this is and it has a flip-top opening to the bottom of it concealing a small hole.
The shower gel is just that, a thin and rather runny golden brown coloured transparent like gel. It has a scent of chocolate to it though and I can only really smell the mint scent within it if I really sniff at it hard whilst it's still in the bottle and for me the scent of the mint isn't enough and it adds a weird sort of sweetness to the gel.
A little of this goes a very long way and on my damp/wet skin and it lathers up nicely giving a nice foam as it goes, it cleans me well enough and although it doesn't moisturise my skin or really give on any noticeable benefits it doesn't harm my skin or dry it out either.
For me though although it cleanses/cleans me whilst in use and after I have used it I don't appreciate the scent all that much. It certainly doesn't have a rich chocolate scent to it and it does (to me) have a chemical scent to it and its too sweet. Just to be clear though that this range is marketed as being packed with natural ingredients so my nose must be fibbing to me, either way I'm just not keen on the fragrance of it!
I thought this would be a more luxurious product than it is as it smells of choccy but sadly it isn't and for me if you like it it's an everyday sort of shower gel and men and women alike can use it because the product, once used doesn't have a lingering scent anyway.
I won't be buying this one again, I just felt a bit disappointed with it really! Widely available in all good supermarkets, chemists etc and Google online if interested in this.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
My sweet tooth seems to kick in when it comes to anything chocolate related. Must be the smell, because you certainly cannot taste this product. Infact do not attempt it!
Original Source Shower Gel - Chocolate & Mint. Manufactured by PZ Cussons who also make the likes of Imperial Leather soap.
Comes in a 250ml bottle which is a squeeze bottle. States on the back that it is packed with natural "stuff" and is suitable for vegans.
I have used pretty much all of these shower gels over the year and I find that when using it in the shower, I get a nice smell of chocolate fill the shower. A rich chocolate smell but not a massive amount of mint. You would need to use the mint shower gel if you wish to get a sniff of that.
After drying, its very difficult to smell the chocolate on the skin. Its not that strong, and to be honest it would be nice to come away smelling of the stuff. I am sure your partner would love to smell chocolate on you :)
The other problem it had with me, it dried out my skin on my arms. They had completely flaked up and it was not till I got to work that I saw my arm covered in dead skin and had to borrow a colleagues moisturiser. This has happened however with other source gels aswell, so its not just this scent. It now means I need to moisturiser afterwards which I do not normally need to do with other brands.
Overall: I will probably be leaving this in the future and going with mint. That scent seems to remain with you with that one. The chocolate smells nice but has no last ability.
I paid £1 for this at Asda. You can find many places that sell it for £1 including poundland. Don't be a fool and buy it from the likes of Morrisons where you spend over £2.
For around a decade now, Original Source have been making waves with their environmentally and socially aware products, of which by far the most popular are their shower gels. On a regular basis, Cussons (the parent company) put the opportunity to vote on new flavours to their customer base. This allows smell-centric people like me to get excited about the new, and increasingly girly/metrosexual fragrances they come up with. Always reasonably priced, Original Source products have been making their way into bathrooms up and down the line in increasing numbers.
THE PRODUCT: This is a 250ml bottle of Chocolate and Mint Shower Gel by the aforenamed Original Source. The smell, as you might expect, is reminiscent of mint chocolate (like After Eights or mint Matchmakers for example). Being brown, it doesn't look like your typical shower gel, but the company's reputation is by now high enough to ensure that people will give their products a chance. This is particularly true of people like me who will buy just about any Original Source shower gel. I got money off on this one too, so it was inevitable that I would buy it.
THE BOTTLE: Original Source bottles are immediately recognisable, looking sort of like an elongated blunted pyramid, with the opening at the bottom (meaning that you don't spend the last half of the bottle shaking it in increasing frustration as gravity keeps the contents in the bottle). All bottles from this company give you a little information about what has gone into the product - along the lines of "ten limes have gone into making one bottle of this Lime shower gel" or "x number of bee miles have gone into this Honey and Shea Butter shower cream". Here, we find out that "2000 years of chocolate history inspired one bottle of this Original Source Chocolate and Mint Shower". The Mint gets no love at all, apparently.
There are one or two other little bits of overly cutesy advice such as "AVOID EYES. It's not for them it's for your body" which as well as being imperfectly punctuated is also a bit patronising and childish. Luckily, the products are usually so good that I can tolerate it, like the slightly shrill laugh of an otherwise charming and beautiful lady.
THE SHOWER: This is where the important details are. Simply put, does it so what you need it to? Well, it takes more of the product to work up a real lather, which could lead you to believe it isn't working. It is, but it's mildly disconcerting nonetheless. When in the bottle, the chocolate smell comes across very heavily, but when you're showering the mint is very much in the ascendancy.
This shower gel does leave you feeling very fresh and clean, which is the job it's meant to do. One thing I do find, in comparison to the many other gels I have bought from this company and the Body Shop, is that the smell does not linger much on the skin. If I want to smell lovely after showering I will need to use a body spray - which I don't mind, admittedly, but in comparison to the gorgeous raspberry and vanilla shower that they do among others, it is mildly disappointing.
However, overall this is a good product. It's not the first one I would buy in the range, but I would not be disappointed to see it on the shelves. It does what it needs to do, and it makes the shower a sweeter experience. I would use it again.
I tried this whilst staying at my mums, as I am a more cheap and cheerful girl when it comes to shower gel. I had seen the source range and knew all the different fragrance but this one had me excited, as I love chocolate. The bottle is very stylish with a clear main body that slightly tapers in to the top and products is designed to be stored on the lid which is handy as I hate standing in the shower shaking bottle waiting for the product to get to the lid to actually use it. This comes in 250ml bottle, which at the money t is £1.10 in Tesco as apposed to £2.20. I like the idea of the pouches to be more environmentally sound but these never seem to be on offer and often cost more which is a shame as I would buy those to cut down on waste.
I always use a scrunch in the bath and this product does sit on the top of this, as it is quite thick. Once I started rubbing it into my body it lathers up really quickly and the fragrance is instantly released. I love the combination of the chocolate and mint it almost reminds me of after eight mints, if you don't mind smelling like a sweet. The gel itself glides easily over the skin and I found I could wash my whole body with a small amount of the product. My skin felt fresh and clean and very soft after use and I could smell it all day at work. i am prone to dry skin and this often concerns me when using a new product however this didn't dry out my skin as such but I could feel a slight tightening in my sensitive areas such as the back of my legs and the inside of my elbow. This didn't concern me too much as I didn't consider it too bad to put moisturiser on. I use this daily now and it's never caused any irritation on my skin, which some showers gels go with my skin.
This product is excellent it only takes a small amount to wash with so really it is really good value for money as the bottle I bought myself has lasted me ages. I wouldn't go back now to my cheaper range as really I realised I was spending the same because I had to use more product to get the same results. I have since bought others in the range and they all smell amazing. I can usually be found stocking up when they are on half price. I love this product for the amount of time the fragrances last alone they are great and I would highly recommend this to anyone.
I have always been a sucker for buying whatever shower gel is on offer at the time when I do my grocery shopping at Asda. Most of the time this would be just cheap brands and I would not pay much attention to what the scent was.
*** The Product***
That was until I saw Original Source 'Chocolate & Mint' shower gel was on offer at £1. I had never heard of this brand before but it looked like a expensive brand just due to the packaging and the sheer flavour/scent of the shower gel as I had never seen one like it before!! The packaging is in a shaped bottle rather then a bog standard bottle shape. It stood out due to the shower gel being the colour of brown like chocolate and the writing on the bottle was a bright green like the Mint. The way the writing was on the bottle made the shower gel look expensive due to it being a nice font and placed vertically as well. All these little things attracted me to it and made me think this was a bargain for £1.
I managed to wait until I got home to flip open the lid and take a smell. I was half expecting it to smell like a tacky chocolate smell almost?? Like cheap chocolate. This smelt nothing like that! The smell of chocolate and mint together smells absolutely gorgeous and so fresh and I just couldn't wait to get in the shower! When I actually used it it was a bit thick and gloopy when I squeezed the bottle so a lot came out rather then it being poured out.
After I had got dry from the shower I was keen to see whether or not the strong smell had held on my skin or had totally gone and to my delight it was a very mild smelling of fresh chocolate & mint. I was hoping to leave some of it on my skin so I smelt fresh all day and this was the case although I know a lot of people might not like this.
It is definitely a luxury shower item for me I use it, it feels like you've been spoilt almost! For £1 I think this is well worth it and there are many scents by original source such as teatree and lemon which smell equally as nice!
If you've ever wondered what its like to be an After Eight.. you have come to the right place! The scent wafts right through your house, i had compliments from colleagues at work saying how good i smelled and asking what perfume i was wearing!
Definitely makes you feel like you have had a deep clean. Easy to hold, slightly more square than normal packages so does not slip out of you hand in the shower. Funky packaging, makes you want to look closer, and that is exactly what i did. Slightly overpriced at £4 in asdas, but if you have the same viewpoint as me then you will pay for good quality!
A nice little change, although may be a bit sweet for some. Would make a great token gift. Lathers up great too which you do not always get from a shower / bath product. I know a lot of people that would love this, a funky alternative to 'manufactured / chemical smelling bath and shower products. Its a yes from me!
I love original Source shower gels and have a wide range of them (mostly nearly empty) on my bathroom shelf. When I spotted this one I thought that the combination fo chocolate and mint sounded good so decided to give it a try. Original scource is very environmentally concious and this product is vegan, vegetarian, not tested on animals, recycleable and lots of other good things!
The package is similar to all original source shower gels. It is a sturdy plastic tube which is slightly squeezy to alow the shower gell to be squeezed out. The bottle is designed to be placed with the lid on the bottom which allows the shower gel to collect at the bottle outlet when empty. This saves a lot of bashing the bottom of the bottle like other products.
The lettering on the bottle clearly identifies the brand and use of the green and brown colouring associates well with the mint adnd chocolate variety.
The packaging is fully recycleable like most original source products.
This is the best bit of the chocolate and mint shower gel. It smells amazing and brings back memories of the frozen chocolate and mint mousses I used to love as a child. It's not an overly strong smell, but as with many other original source products it is quite bold when compared with other brands.
Unfortunatley the brown colour does put me off using a bit and I find of the varieties on my shelf this bottle has lasted the longest. I also don't find the scent and feel particulary refreshing or invigorating like the more citrusy varieties. I find the chocolatey feel more homely and relaxing which isn;t what I really like in a shower gel. I want something that wakes me up a bit.
Compared to other original source shower gels I do find this to be less viscous (more liquidy) which means it makes a bit of a mess when pouring it onto your hands.
The gel cleans well, although brown bathwater isn't the most appealing. I can't comment on how clean it will get your hair as I don't really have much hair left to clean, but it polishes my head quite nicely.
I bought this half price for £1.10 from Asda, however even at the usual price it is fairly reasonable.
Due to the fact that I prefer the other varieties I don't think I would buy it again. I do like the smell but the colour is offputting and I would prefer a more invigorating lively scent.
As with 99% of the shower gels I buy, I bought this Original Source Chocolate & Mint shower gel because it was on offer in Sainsbury's. I like Original Source's products, and while I am not generally a fan of sweet scents when it comes to shower gel, I was too intrigued not to buy this.
This comes in the usual sturdy plastic Original Source packaging, with bold, brash lettering on the front and a chunky black lid.
APPEARANCE AND CONSISTENCY
I find most Original Source shower gels to be rather thick and gloopy; however this was quite runny so when I squeezed it out onto a shower puff, some did tend to end up down the plughole before I had a chance to lather it up!
The appearance, thanks to the colour, is not especially appealing in my view - due to it being chocolate-scented, it is a dark brown colour which I personally don't think is pleasing to the eye, but hey ho.
USAGE AND SMELL
As I said previously, this was a tad on the runny side when I squeezed it out, and I found that I had to use a decent amount in order to work up a really good lather. Therefore I went through the bottle of this rather too quickly for my liking.
When first squeezed out of the bottle, the main scent of this was chocolate - very pleasant and thankfully not too sweet at all. It smelt like mint choc chip ice cream... now you can't be bad to that! Once lathered up and applied to the skin, I found that the main scent was the mintiness and the chocolate could not really be smelt at all.
After usage, while my skin felt very soft and clean, disappointingly the scent of the shower gel did not linger on my skin and there was no trace of the smell whatsoever.
At full price, this costs £2.20 for a 250ml bottle. I paid £1.10.
WOULD I BUY THIS AGAIN?
Only if it was on offer again. If it was, I would definitely buy this, as I am quite surprised how much I liked the smell.
I personally liked this shower gel, but due to the fact that the smell is hit and miss, and the fact it didn't linger on my skin after usage, I can only give this 3 stars.