Product Type: Original Source Bath / Shower
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Original Source Cranberry & Honey Daily Scrub
Member Name: alyson29
Original Source Cranberry & Honey Daily Scrub
Date: 19/01/13, updated on 19/01/13 (70 review reads)
Advantages: Smells absolutely stunning, effective and leaves the surface of the skin feeling velvety soft
Disadvantages: The consistency being a little thinner than other brands I've used and the scrub catching in the lid
Maintaining a regular beauty routine is important to me, particularly as I'm in my mid forties, and want to keep my skin in tip top condition. My fascination for beauty products begun when I was just twelve, some 33 years ago and over the years I've spent a small fortune on various lotions and potions that promise miraculous results. A brand that I've grown to love over the years is Original Source who use the claim that their products are "packed with natural stuff". In addition their toiletries always smell very authentic with this review discussing their Daily Cranberry and Honey Scrub.
I must admit that the product fragrance didn't initially appeal to me, as I'm not a fan of the aroma of honey due to it generally being very sweet. However, I had an excessive amount of points, which I had accumulated on my Boots Advantage Card and in order to qualify for free delivery whilst shopping online I needed to add a few extra items to my basket. Consequently, this was one of the products I chose, as whilst I wasn't optimistic in relation to the honey aroma, it was the thought of the cranberries that was the deciding factor for my purchase.
The scrub is presented in a transparent plastic container identical to that of the shower gels where we receive a weight of 250 ml with the contents offering an enticing deep pink tone. Whilst the product was listed within the showering and bathing section on the Boots website, the front of the packaging fails to inform us that the scrub is intended for the body. However, contained on the reverse of the bottle are a few lines of bold and easy to read text, which discusses showering and it goes on to say that using the scrub will leave the skin smelling sweet and feeling smooth.
I favour the fact that the bottle firmly stands on its flip top lid, which is contained on the underside, so the scrub can be neatly stored on the edge of the bath, so it's accessible each time I take a dip. However, the downside with this style of design of packaging is that when the lid is flipped open, the scrub dispenses itself, so I have to quickly place the palm of my hand underneath, as otherwise the product plops into the bath water. Another issue is that the contents tend to gather at the hinged area of the lid, particularly when I first began using the bottle. Whilst the lid is rather large, I would advise that it is both easily opened and closed, so those consumers who suffer mobility issues with their hands and fingers shouldn't encounter any problems.
As soon as I flipped the lid open I was met with the most wonderfully uplifting and very authentic aroma of cranberries, which was perfect, particularly as I started using the product during the festive season. Whilst the honey aroma clearly reduces the sharp tones of the cranberries, I am unable to detect its fragrance, which I find very favourable. According to the blurb contained on the front of the bottle, the contents contain 425 cranberry seeds and whilst I cannot evidence this claim, the aroma is very true in addition to the fact that I am able to witness tiny dark particles, which I presume to be the remnants of the seeds. The consistency of the scrub is a little runnier when making a comparison with other brands, but its texture is acceptable, as it enables me to easily spread and apply it to my skin. I find that only a small blob is needed, which is sufficient to cover my entire body, so the 250 ml bottle will offer me a fair few applications.
I am prone to dryness on my elbows and knees, which I am able to combat with regular use of both scrubs and body creams, so I pay particular attention to these areas. Despite the consistency being a little runnier than my normal scrubs, I have not experienced any issues with wastage due to it dripping from my body. Whilst there are a sufficient amount of exfoliating particles contained within the scrub, they are comfortable to use without feeling scratchy and assist in gently lifting away any areas of rough and dead skin. The softness of the honey is evident during each use, as I am able to feel the smoothness as I work the scrub over the surface of my skin. A point I favour is that whilst some scrubs can offer a slight oily residue, particularly after rinsing, I cannot speak of any issues when using this product, as it washes away with great ease.
I generally find the majority of scrubs leave the surface of my skin feeling soft and smooth, but this product, by far, beats them all. I would never have believed that my skin could feel any softer, but after using, it is velvety to the touch as well as being wonderfully smooth. Whilst I would love the velvety texture to remain, it lasts only a couple of hours, which is good enough for me. In addition, the gorgeous cranberry aroma lingers for a good while after use and I do not feel the need to apply any body cream, which is a first for me. As you have guessed, I am well impressed with Original Source's Daily Cranberry and Honey Scrub, which as its name would suggest, can be used on a daily basis. I tend to use an alternate days, as I don't feel it necessary to use more frequently and it's definitely a brand that I will be repurchasing once my bottle is empty.
Original Source is clearly a caring brand with none of its products being tested on animals, they are made in the UK so there are no air miles and in addition to containing a host of natural ingredients, the empty bottle is recyclable. I have used a fair few body scrubs in my time, but this one beats them all on both results and price and at the time of writing you can make a purchase from Boots for half price at just £1.32. I just hope that Original Source look at creating a scrub in many more fragrances because as far as I am aware it is only available in two with the other being Mint and Walnut. Due to the reasons discussed above, this product receives a high recommendation from me together with five stars.
Summary: A gorgeous body scrub from Original Source