“ Brand: Original Source / & Body Wash / Type: Body Wash / Subcategory: Shower Gel / Texture: Cream / Suitable for: Body „
I must say that when I saw this product I made a supersonic beeline for it. Original Source's Mint and Tea Tree shower gel is my all-time favourite shower gel, so a brand new concoction containing lime and eucalyptus seemed too good to be true. Alas, it seems that it was just that.
This product's general claim is that it gives you a 'great hair and body high'. Now I have used several Original Source creations and they usually pull no punches concerning active ingredients. For instance we hear that so many thousands of mint leaves, and so many freshly squeezed limes go into some of their other shower gels. With this one however it seems that the koala bear got to all the eucalyptus leaves first. As I do a lot of running I sometimes experience very mild exercise-induced asthma. Therefore I am always eager to investigate any eucalyptus-based products if not just to make breathing easier on a normal day.
But with this gel I could not detect the faintest whiff, nor did it have any discernable effect on clearing my tubes.
The fragrance is pleasant enough but a bit of a mish-mash, as I wouldn't really be able to detect the lime, either, in a blind smelling.
Another problem, which may account for some loss of potency, is that the lid would not close fully on my bottle. I realise I should have returned the item but, even so, dodgy packaging means another star deducted.
Bearing this in mind I may give it another chance, but not in a hurry and only at a significant price reduction.
The colour does not look very appealing. If I were grappling for positives I would say it was sea green, but I shall refrain from a more negative, or realistic, description for fear of distressing the asterisk button on my keyboard!
Dodgy lid aside, albeit hopefully a one off, the packaging is functional and quite distinctive, if not spectacular. It comes in a tapered free-standing, transparent plastic bottle with the hinged lid at its base. The gel dispenses freely with a squeeze of the thinner uppermost end. The front label is emblazoned with the brand and product name in bold, varicolored font which is vertically and horizontally juxtaposed. Beneath this is the tag line 'brace yourself for a natural high'.
The back label tells you no more than you really need to know. It cautions you to avoid contact with your eyes as it may sting. It also contains a list of ingredients that looks like an explosion in a Catalan Scrabble factory. There are logos denoting the brand's sponsorship of UK: athletics and also the product's suitability for vegans.
Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Lauramidopropyl, Betaine, Parfum, Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl p-Cresol, Polysorbate 20, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Isobutylparaben, Porpylparaben, Eucalyptus Globulus (Leaf) Extract, Propylene Glycol, Ocimum Bsilicum (Basil) Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Sodium Hydroxide, CI 42090, CI 15985.
The bottle carries the Green Dot symbol, which demonstrates the brand's wider commitment to recyclable packaging. However, I can not detect a PET symbol to back this up. This means that this particular item may not necessarily be recyclable.
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Cost and availability
I bought my 250ml bottle from Morrison's for £1.99 but it is widely available at other supermarkets and larger chemists such as Boots.