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I am a big fan of scented shower gels and beauty products, especially when they are a little bit different, something I haven't really seen before. The shower gel market is packed to the brim with floral scents and fruity flavours so it is refreshing to see Original Source tackle the more awakening smells such as lemon and mint.
This range of products can be sourced (no pun intended) from most supermarkets and drug stores for about £2. However, do not pay this price for it as it is so often on £1 deals that you would be best to stock up then and experiment with all their amazing smells. Another good place to source this (sorry again) is places such as Savers and Poundland where it can always be found for, you guessed it, a pound.
The mint product is very useful and versatile as it can be used by both male and female - although the women of the house tend to prefer the floral ones, I still like it. There is also a very similar scent from the same makers called Black Mint which is designed specifically for men, which I find a shame as I feel mint is a unisex scent.
The mint is so refreshing and so is perfect for when you first wake up in the morning and starts your day with a bit of a zing. The product even leaves your skin with a slight tingly feeling, adding to the wake me up feeling.
The only issue with this product is that it doesn't lather very well at all. You therefore need a good dollop to properly cleanse your skin but, since it is marketed at such an affordable price in the first place, this isn't an issue.
Overall, I would recommend this product as something for the whole family as it is fun, different and certainly refreshing!
This shower gel is great for boys and girls it smells like it feels - tingly and minty. Be careful on sensitive areas though! It wakes you up and leaves you feeling refreshed as well as cheerful. Great price great product
This is my regular shower gel and I have been using it for a few years now. I bought three 6 packs from my local cash and carry a while back for around £12 per pack. Whilst it is a bit expensive if it isn’t on offer, when it is or I am at my local cash and carry I tend to stock up on it.
The bottle stands up on its cap and under this there is a sort of valve so none is wasted. In use the bright green colour is perhaps a little off putting when you first use it but the gel does lather up well and a little does go a long way. The gel is also quite thick and so it does not just run off your hand before you have chance to use it. The smell is the main reason I like this product whilst there is a mint undertone it is more a sort of menthol and eucalyptus sort of smell. Similar to, but not as powerful as a vapour rub. Tea tree is antibacterial but I’m not sure that the amount in the product would have any real noticeable effect in this area it is mainly added, I feel, to add to the scent of the final product. I find that this smell is good at waking me up in the morning especially when I have those ‘do I have to go to work’ days and if I am feeling a bit bunged up the smell along with the steam from the shower helps to clear this up for a while. However, the smell is not so good if I use it before bed as it isn’t exactly a relaxing smell. The gel does leave me feeling clean and refreshed and the scent of the gel does not linger too long on my skin which is good for me. There is a cooling effect from it especially on a certain part of the male anatomy which on first use is a bit strange but you do get used to it. It rinses off well and doesn’t leave any residue on my skin. The results are that I always feel clean after using this gel and even though my skin does not exactly feel moisturised it isn’t dried out either as other products can do.
Perhaps some of the other reasons I tend buy this is that it is not tested on animals nor does it contain any animal ingredients and carries a suitable for vegans mark . Also there are no parabens in the product which I know is a big plus to many.
It does contain essential oils and thus it may not be suitable for those with very sensitive skin.
I also have a slightly longer version of this review of this on ciao.
WHAT IS IT?
This is shower gel that is made by Original Source and it is their most recognised one I think that people either love or hate.
This shower gel comes in the same flat triangle bottle as all Original Source shower gels and I think it looks very pleasing in my bathroom because you can see the beautiful green gel inside the bottle. It has a flip top that is very easy to open.
WHAT I THINK
I have bought this shower gel for many years because it is a favourite of mine and my husband also. I like that it is so unisex and that I do not have to buy separate shower gels when I buy this one because we both are happy to use it.
It has got a very strong mint smell and I think it is beautiful, I use it in the morning because it is so refreshing and it makes me feel more awake even when I have not had very much sleep. You get a tingling feeling on your skin when you use it and my husband says that it is even better if you have your shower in cool water but I like mine as hot as I can get it!
The smell is very pleasing and it wakes me up but I think the bubbles are what makes my skin tingle because they have a very cold feeling that is very refreshing and a feeling that I like very much. I have tried other mint shower gels but none of them have had this effect and that is why I buy the Original Source one all of the time, there always is a bottle of this in my bathroom even when we are using other shower gels also.
It makes my skin feel a little bit dry and that is a pity because I have to apply body cream after my shower and that takes away some of the mint smell that is left on my skin.
A bottle of this shower gel costs £1.89 and I think that is value because it is a very pleasing shower gel and a bottle lasts for quite a long time even when both of us are using it. You can very often find it on special price promotion and pay less than one pound with all of the other Original Source shower gels.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
I love original source shower gels but my favourite is the mint and tea tree one, I love the smell it is so fresh but I also love the way it makes my skin tingle when used and smell so fresh after use.
The product ....
Original source shower gels come in clear bottles that are an unusual shape, it is like a rectangle that widens as it gets to the base. The bottles are clear and you can see the brightly coloured gels within the bottles. The lid is in the base of the product and is a black flip cap.
One thing I love about these gels is the smell and the way the essential oils tingle on my skin, the tea tree makes me also feel like my skin is getting nice and clean as it is a natural antiseptic so it helps kill any germs on my skin.
The gel is a bright green colour, it does not really foam up at all but does spread nicely onto the skin.
I love that Original Source use 100% natural essential oils so I am putting more natural products onto my skin.
I would not say these really dry out my skin but they do not massively hydrate it either and I still need to use a moisturiser after I shower.
The cost ....
Original Source shower gels cost around £2.50 for a 250ml bottle and are available in most larger chemists and supermarkets.
Lovely refreshing shower gels, it does sadly contain SLS but I have had no reactions from it. I really like the use of the Tea tree to help combat any nasty smells on the skin and it really does leave the skin fresh and tingly.
Why did I buy this?
The first time I had this shower gel it was because my mum had bought a box of 6 bottles from Costco. However I have bought it for myself since as I was very impressed with both the product and the value (even when buying single bottles). I really like minty bath and shower products, so this seemed like quite an obvious choice.
Mine came in a cap-down bottle. Currently it can be bought from Boots in two types of bottle - one is the cap-down one, the other has a pump. I found the cap down bottle to be great. It has a rubber seal with a cross shaped slit in it over the hole where the product comes out, so it doesn't all spill out when you open the cap, it does come out easily though. I did find it easy to get nearly all of the product out of the bottle without having to take the cap off or anything like that. Normally I would think the pump version would be better, but I actually found the other bottle really convenient.
The shower gel has a great scent - mint and teatree make it really fresh. It might not wake you up quite as much as it claims on the bottle, but then it is only a shower gel, after all, and it is a really refreshing scent. The consistency is great - it is slightly jelly-like, so when you squeeze it out onto your hand in the shower it does not immediately run off. The gel doesn't lather up much using just your hands, but it does if you use a sponge or shower puff.
The product washes well - I feel very clean when I get out of the shower. The scent hangs around for a little while after you have used it, but not ages, I would say not more than an hour or so.
A word of warning: DO NOT get this product in your eyes. As I'm sure you can imagine, getting teatree and mint in your eyes is incredibly uncomfortable, so watch what you're doing!
Price and availability
Currently available at Boots for £1.15 for a 250ml bottle, which I think is amazing value for a product that doesn't feel particularly cheap when you use it.
Would I recommend it?
Yes! It is a great value product that smells amazing and does its job well. I actually liked it so much when I first used it that I went on to try several other Original Source products.
This is long time favourite with my husband and both of the sons who live at home. We were fist introduced to it by our oldest son, who left a bottle in our bathroom after visiting, and they haven't bought any othe product since.
It is I believe, made using actual mint leaves. It has a very fresh, clean smelll. And actually leaves a slight tingling sensation on your skin, even after rinsing, that makes you feel super fresh and clean. I could imagine that it may upset delicate skin, but we have had no such problems in our household.
When we first started buying it it had a hook on the bottle so you could hang it from you shower head or tap, which was handy in small showers where it is difficult to bend down, but the manufacturers have since done away with this style of bottle and it now sits upisde down on its lid like many bathroom products these days.
Original Source Mint and Tea Tree Shower Gel
I have tried a few original source shower gels in the past such as the limited edition cinnamon type one and the honey/shea one - I loved them! Original source is a brand that I have bought from again and again.
About the product
The shower gel comes in a clear plastic container which is recyclable! The container holds 250ml of green shower gel. The shower gel is suitable for vegans to use, it contains natural fragrances and as far as I know the products are not tested on animals.
The scent of this product is supposed to be mint and tea tree and to me this shower gel just smells like vicks - the menthol skin balm. It just smells exactly like that product and while I have been using this, I have had a cold and using this product does make me feel a bit better, just because of the scent. The scent is really quite strong!
Using the product
I have used these shower gels before so I know that you only need a small amount each time because they lather up so well but it isn't that surprising because they contain sodium laureth sulphate which is a common lathering agent. The shower gels lather so well and as I use this product the strong mint/vicks scent gets even stronger - it is so strong, it does sting my eyes a little because the scent of mint/vicks etc is so strong! I probably wouldn't buy this scent again just because the scent is strong and quite overpowering but the shower gel overall is fantastic. I find this product very easy to later, it rinses off easily and it leaves my skin clean and not stripped/dry. I find the scent of this product lingers in the bathroom but not really on my skin which I personally like.
Price and availability
These shower gels can be bought from supermarkets such as tesco and asda and it can also be bought from boots and superdrug. Current prices: £2.30 at boots online but they are usually on offer for £1.
*Lather very well and rinses off easily
*Nice scent, especially if you have a cold
*Cheap, widely available, good brand - particularly in terms of ethics
*The scent can be really overpowering and too strong, for me anyway
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7,927 tingling real mint leaves are packed into a bottle of this original source mint and tea tree shower gel apparently and yes, I can well believe that!
This shower gel comes in a kind of triangular clear plastic bottle that sits on its head. The base is black plastic flip top that is easy to open even with wet hands in the shower.
The shower gel is green. Bright green!
Because the plastic bottle is clear plastic it is easy to see how much of this you have left at any point.
This is a shower gel to use in the morning because oh my goodness does it wake you up?! Talk about zinging fragrance - wow!
The shower gel costs £2.50 for a 220 ml bottle (which is about an average size for a bottle I think) but at the moment in tesco they are buoy one get one free which means it absolutely fantastic value.
The scent is very minty and you can definitely smell the tea tree too which may not be to everyone's taste as it is a very string scent. I would say that this is definitely a masculine fragrance although I happily use it too.
The gel is very cool and tingly on the skin and it lathers up nicely into nice bubbly wash. You really do feel very clean after using this and despite the strong essential oils used to make this, my skin is not at all irritated.
I would definitely buy this again
Especially at buy one get one free!
Original Tea tree and Mint shower gel
I have always loved herbs and plants with nice smells. Ever since living in Australia I have loved tea tree and mint is the sort of fresh pleasant natural refreshing smell that no one can dislike surely.
Original Source state that they only use 100% pure and natural essential oils this statement is clearly visible on the website and on the product packaging.They do not use any synthetic perfumes, the scent in their products comes only from these essential oils which have a very strong smell..These ingredients are extracted from plants as they provide natural scents and essential oils which are better for us and the environment too. Essential oils are known to have physiological and psychological effects and many people believe they can help improve health. However If you are pregnant you should always check with your midwife or GP before using any products that contain essential oils..
My bottle of Original Tea tree and Mint shower gel is in a clear plastic bottle with a black flip top lid, which is really easy to remove and replace. The bottle is a strange shape, square edged but tapered to thinner at the top which I suspect was designed to make it easy to stand up safely on bathroom shelves and on the sides of the bath without the chance of tipping accidently and this does do the trick. Clearly written on the front of the bottle are the words Original Source in black and the name of the product in white text. On the back label there is all the blurb about the ingredients stating that this contains essential tea tree oil and fresh mint leaves (7927 per bottle apparently!) . The bottle is recyclable plastic.
Inside the bottle, the bath soak is a pretty shade of mint green. I think this may be aimed more at men than women as it is quite a manly fresh awakening scent. The advantage of the clear bottle is that it needs no decoration, the product shows itself off.
As you remove the lid from the bottle the smell is really quite powerful and very tea tree fresh and minty, it smells good and really natural. Tea tree is not a smell that appeals to all but the sweet mint does mellow the smell and make it more accessible tor all.
What is it like to use?
Well I always have a sniff as I open the lid and then pour a little into my hand before rubbing the liquid on my body. I love the fresh tingly sensation from this one especially under mt arms and on my leg, it feels great and really uplifting. Be a little careful about intimate parts as it does really tingle and may not be something you enjoy! I never use this one as a bath foam as I am not sure what it would feel like in the bath!
The smell is wonderfully refreshing and really uplifting. I find this is a great morning one as it gives a real zing. I often use this in my foot bath as it is really cooling when my feet are hot and tired.
When I shower or bath using this, the scent carries around the room and lingers for some tie afterwards. My husband is particularly fond of this when the weather is hot a it leaves your skin lovely and cool afterwards.
I do suffer with dry skin and eczema and this has no adverse reaction and in fact should help as the essential oil properties are meant to help with skin conditions like eczema.
A bit about the company ethics :
Original Source products state that they do not test their products on animals or use any products that have been tested by any other third party .They are also registered with the vegan society and are also a member of the aromatherapy trade council all of this I found on their website.
A niggly bit:
Sodium Laureth Sulfate or Sodium Lauryl Sulfateis 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 or shower gel 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.
I love this shower gel as the smell is refreshing and cooling and really summery. My skin has never had an adverse reaction to this product and the smell stays gently on my skin as I dry myself off and lasts for a while after I'm dry. It is not so overpowering that you could not bath with the then use another perfume to wear out - it is strong in the bottle and the shower in use but does not remain strong on your skin. I probably wouldn't wash with this if I wanted to wear an expensive perfume afterwards but on a daily shower I don't really think the scent lingers that long on my skin. I always feel nice and cool and refreshed after my shower when using this. I would say that this is rather more aimed at the male market than the female but this is not written in stone just my personal opinion! My husband is very fond of this one.
I'm not sure of the price as I bought this sometime back but I only ever buy them when they are on special offer.
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I have never before tried Original Source shower gel and thought I'd try something different for a change on my latest foray around Boots.
I think it was the packaging that has never appealed to me. The bold, simplistic writing with the announcement that '7,927 tingling real mint leaves are packed into Original Source' seemed to lack sophistication and I have always wandered by the product to more subtly packaged items.
What have I been missing?!
As soon as you pour the bright green syrupy liquid into your hand you are enveloped in mintiness. It's a strong and invigorating fragrance. No 'fragrance' is the wrong word. This shower gel makes a statement in mint. It shouts MINT.
The gel makes a good lather and I feel I'm getting really clean. I feel wide awake and refreshed - surrounded by this minty, almost menthol aroma. And bits of me feel a bit tingly.
When I've finished in the shower the whole room smells minty fresh. Scratch that. The entire upper floor of my house smells minty fresh.
Strangely enough the smell does not seem to be lingering on my skin. That's O.K. though, I still remember the shower.
The back of the 250ml recyclable bottle announces that the product is packed with 100% essential oils, natural fragrances, natural 'stuff' (yes, it does use the word 'stuff') and a 'tingle factor.' Well, I can vouch for that one.
The actual ingredients are: Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Mentha Arvensis (Peppermint) Leaf Oil, Lauryl Glucoside, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Sodium Chloride, Lactic Acid, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Sodium Benzoate, Limonene, Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl p-Cresol, BHT, CI 19140, CI 42090.
This product is suitable for vegans and has not been tested on animals.
This is an impertinent shower gel; the bad-boy-at-school-you-knew-you-shouldn't-fancy-but-did-anyway of shower gels.
I like it. A lot.
Currently (01/08/13) this product is available at Boots (on offer) for £1.15 and at Tesco for £1.10.
Original Source is a range of bath and shower products which contain natural ingredients and aren't tested on animals. Years ago when the range first launched, they were a premium brand with a price to match, but nowadays you can often see their products in the pound shop, which is where I picked up several products from the range some months ago, including Tea Tree and Mint shower gel, which comes in a clear wedge shaped bottle that stands on it's end on a black cap, and contains the information that 7,927 real mint leaves are squeezed into every bottle. It doesn't have any kind of hook for hanging up in the shower, which would have been convenient.
The shower gel itself is a sort of forest green colour, and although quite thick is easy to squeeze from the bottle and work into a lather. You get lots of lovely bubbles, and although there is that slightly herbal smell of tea tree, the main smell for me is definitely the mint. This gel really wakes up the skin as you lather it in, there is a definite tingle to it, and I know from slightly uncomfortable personal experience that you want to be careful using this on sensitive or personal areas. I also find that the smell of this is very invigorating in the morning, and never fails to wake me up, and I even feel that on a couple of occasions when I've been starting to come down with a blocked nose, this has actually helped clear the airwaves.
The lather rinses off afterwards. The smell does not - which is fine if you don't mind smelling a bit minty for the rest of the day. Although I like the scent in the shower, it's not really something I'd want to smell like all day- it is perhaps a tad masculine for me. However, I won't knock a star off for that, since I love when my boyfriend smells of it, so it's swings and roundabouts really.
It really leaves everything not only looking clean, but really feeling clean with that fresh tingly sensation. At £1 it is definitely great value, and it really isn't that much more in the supermarket, at around £1.10 a bottle.
I have tried a few original source products when I was younger and decided to pick up the Mint and Tea Tree Shower Gel when I saw it on offer, not really remembering if I particularly liked the brand or not. I like this shower gel, I like the smell and find it lathers very well on a loofah. It's great for those mornings when you are struggling to wake up because of its strong refreshing smell. It is normally reasonably priced but I only purchase it on offer (which is often in superdrug).
The only thing I would say is that Original Source also do a similar product for men 'Black Mint Shower Gel' and this is a lot stronger and more minty. Both products are essentially the same from my point of view except the men's is strong and feels more tingly which is great for trying to wake up the morning but also is often cheaper.
Mint and Tea Tree Shower Gel comes in a nicely shaped package although I find that sometimes the shape means that it can fall over in the shower which is a little annoying although that does not happen too often. I would purchase this product if the Men's is unavailable however I would definitely recommend that instead.
PRICE AND WHERE TO BUY
This product is priced at around £0.89-£1.29 per 250ml bottle, and is stocked and most large supermarkets in the UK, though I am now seeing this more and more in local shops rather than just the major retailers these days.
The shower gel itself may not be the most masculine of products, however it does the job just as well as many of its more expensive counterparts that are aimed specifically at the male market (Lynx for one springs to mind) and is much better value for money. The information on the bottle states that 7,927 mint leave are "crammed" into each bottle, which has little influence on whether I like the product or not, but if true is pretty impressive none the less! The scent of the gel itself seems to be a little like marmite - you either love it or hate it - and I am in the love category as the scent of the infusion of mint and tea tree oil certainly gives a natural feel to the whole shower experience. The gel also leaves almost a tingling sensation on the body - due to the high levels of mint as mentioned above - which leaves the body feeling cleansed and re-invigorated. This is a very similar feeling to that experienced when using the Lync range so was an easy transition from one product to the other for me. The smell does tend to linger for a short while (around 20 minutes or so) which is one downside as I'm not one for wandering round smelling like a mint leaf once I am ready in the morning, but this dissipates pretty quickly.
The shape of the bottle, while not a decisive factor in the purchase, is also designed for use in the shower. The sides of the bottle have a rough edge to them, making for very easy grip and the lid is on the bottom of the bottle and is flat - allowing maximum use of those pesky last few bits in the bottle, as well as easy balancing whilst in the shower itself.
- Peppermint Oil
- Tea Tree Oil
I will definitely be purchasing the item again, as it does the same (if not better) job as the more familiar brands of shower gel such as Lynx, and at only a fraction of the price.
I'm reviewing ORIGINAL SOURCE , MINT and TEA TREE shower gel.
Available in most Chemists and of course POUND stores.
It is a decent 250ml in content.
=WHY I BOUGHT THIS=
I have around 10 bottles of shower creams and gels in the bathroom cupboard and almost every one my husband tries gets a thumbs down as "too girlie". So after reading positive reviews on this gel on DOOYOO I thought I'd give it a try . Mint cannot be considered "too girlie" surely ?
At £1 from POUNDWORLD it was worth a try.
OK , quite frankly it didn't pass my personal 'sniff in the shop' test too well. I thought it smelled of that mint you find in cheap mint chocolate bars. A bit sickly and not great, but I do know that these things often change aroma once hot water comes into the mix .
So I tried it for the first time last week and I was really pleasantly surprised.
The bottle is unusual in shape,being flat at the front and nicely rounded on the other three sides and while the front is shiny and slick the rest of the bottle has a stippled effect , which makes it easier to grip when wet.
It has a broad flip top lid.
The gel itself is green and a good consistency and one decent sized squeeze onto the wash cloth was plenty to form a nice lather.
And the smell ! Very nice . As I suspected, once combined with hot water it altered to a more pleasant mintiness than the gel by itself and was a pleasure to inhale.
After the shower my skin felt great too. I was worried that the mint would be too drying, but I hadn't factored in the tea tree oil, which balanced it out and clearly added the required moisture .The result was that my skin was fine afterwards and felt delightfully clean and smooth .
Tea tree oil has beneficial effects in general and is always a good addition in a hygiene product of any kind as a rule.
Personally I think it great for those "PLEASE WAKE ME UP !" mornings when you just can't get going. I really don't think you'll feel like crawling back under the duvet after inhaling this invigorating mixture for ten minutes. It zaps your senses nicely and makes you more alert. In that respect it isn't a bed time shower gel unless you are planning a pyjama party (I cleaned that comment up).
The smell doesn't linger too long on the skin, which is good really, because I don't want to smell of Mint Imperials for hours. I'd say roughly half an hour and it is more or less gone .
I do like the bottle construction too. Very well thought out, being stippled for easier gripping and having a rather wide flip top that balances very nicely on our shower shelf ,despite the shelf having little gaps that some shower gel bottles and tubes can't handle without toppling over.
Husband has used it a few times now too and simply says "It's OK." Which in husband-speak means he likes it.
Would I recommend it ? Yes, and I will be buying it again when this one runs out.
The only reason I'm deducting a star is that while this is great value for money and a terrific gel for occasional use , personally speaking there are other gels I'd opt for over this one if money was no object.
Thank you for reading.
Invigorating Shower gel