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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
Thank you for reading my review
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.
If, like me, you sometimes struggle to wake up in the morning and you travel bleary eyed to the bathroom trying to pull yourself together, this is the product for you.
I was first drawn to original source because of this variety, the striking green colour just stood out from the shelves and I have always loved the smell of mint. Once I looked at the bottle I could see that it was a great natural product, made from essential oils and huge handfuls of actual mint. I always buy cosmetic products which haven't been tested on animals, and this fitted that bill. Also, not that it is a factor for me, but it is suitable for vegans which is a nice added extra for lots of people.
From the first morning I used this I was hooked. The smell of mint is just so strong, but not overpowering. I would recommend you use this product with a shower puff to make it foam up nicely as it's a great way to get the most out of your shower gels. As soon as the foam hits your skin it tingles, but in a really nice way. It wakes me up straight away but be warned, you make want to avoid the gel or foam getting too close to sensitive areas! The mint really is strong. And if it gets in the eye you will need a lot of cold water to wash it out. For this reason I would recommend you don't use it with young children, or there may be tears before bedtime! Whilst the gel is tingilingly fresh it is also warming. It moisturises really well, my skin feels soft, clean, and fresh every time I use it. It washes off well too, there is no annoying linger trace of essential oils on your skin. As it is such a natural product the smell makes me feel my skin is fresh, rather than over perfumed.
The Original Source shower gels normally retail for about £2.99, but to be honest it is often on offer in main supermarkets and places like Boots and Super Drug so you can often get it for less than that. I do try to buy it when it is on offer to be honest as although I am a big fan of it I tend to use too much of it and get trough it quickly so don't like to spend £3 on it. But if you ever see it on offer you should definitely snap it up!
Whilst browsing Poundland I came across Original Source Mint and Tea Tree shower gel. At a quid a bottle I thought it was quite a bargain considering in some places I have seen it for almost £3. I decided to get some for my partner and kids to use.
I tend to use my Lush soaps over shower gel, however when I just want a quick shower I do sometimes use gel, so I gave this a go for myself.
Each bottle contains 250ml and is clear with a kind of frosted design on the main body of the bottle and a black flip top cap. It says Original Source across the front of the bottle and also a fact about the making of the gel - '7,927 tingling real mint leaves are packed into original source '. It also advertises the fact that it contains essential oils and is a vegan product.
The back of the pack again states the mint leaves used, the fact it is vegan, contains 100% essential oils, it is tested on humans, the fragrance is natural, it is licenced by the aromatherapy trade company and a warning to avoid the eyes, along with the usual stuff such as company address ( made by Cussons ) and the ingridients list.
The gel squeezes out of the bottle easily, it is a very gloopy and thick green gel. The scent really hits you - it is super minty! I added a blob onto my shower scrunchy and it bubbled up well. The claims on the bottle that it is the ultimate wake up and that it has the tingle factor are no lie! This is definitely not one to use before bed time. The gel gives a blast of minty freshness, brilliant for first thing in the morning when the last thing you want to do is get showered dressed and out the door.
One thing I would say is that it perhaps is not great for people who have sensitive skin, the skin on my face and neck is quite sensitive and whilst I didnt use this on my face I did use it up to my neck and it was a bit red and blotchy after use.
I would not say this is particularly moisturising, but it does not dry skin out either. It is a nice shower gel which I would certainly buy again, and they do lots of other 'flavours' I got a few to try so hope they all smell as nice as this one.
Original Source mint and tea tree shower gel and bath is one of my all time best bath essentials.
It comes in a plastic bottle which stands on its top .The flip lid is easy to open ,even for me,and I have arthritis in the hands. A great looking classic shaped bottle,very easy to hold and handle ,doesn't slip out of your hands ,whilst bathing.
The perfume from this product is so refreshing .........it makes you relax as soon as it permiates your senses .This product from Original source is one of my greatest pleasures,I even try hiding it from my other half so he does not waste it ,by using it when he showers .My grand daughter wanted some ,when she stayed with me,now her Mum has to buy it for her as she loved it so much .
I can really recommend this product ,it is great value and a little goes a long way
Original Source is an incredibly reputable brand with many followers. Therefore when a new formula of shower gel is brought out it is usually just snapped up by previous users of the brand and tested without hesitation. I however, am not one of those people. I know what I like, what works for me and I stick to those things as a form of personal control. As a result when I saw the green bottle of Original Source Mint and Tea Tree Shower Gel in my bathroom a couple of weeks ago and after questioning its sudden appearance in my household a family member exclaimed probably louder than was necessary that it was his and I was not to use it for fear of "wasting the tingle factor", I wasn't worried. As a creature of habit and only using what I was used to I was more than happy to leave the little bottle be and watch as it diminished surprisingly quickly over the recent weeks whilst also realising that more and more trips were frequented to the bathroom by that particular family member with the slightly over-protectiveness over his shower gel.
Annoyingly to me, the phrase "tingle factor" stuck with me and came to a head when my curiosity got the better of me when I stumbled across the green bottle on the shelves at my local Boots. I decided to see what all the fuss was about and read the packaging. It's impressive. Claiming to cram 7927 real mint leaves into every bottle I believed the company were either very clever, or very good liars who probably graduated with a marketing degree. Regardless, I was intrigued. Stood there in Boots, I did what a lot more of us do but don't admit, I had a cheeky sniff. The second I opened the lid the intense minty aroma hit me. I knew from that second I had to buy it and seeing that it was only £1... well I can tell you, I was more than pleased.
Trying out the new shower gel was an odd experience. As I've mentioned before I know what I like and stick to it so I really wasn't expecting anything amazing from this new brand, however I was more than pleasantly surprised! You can really feel the 7927 real mint leaves tingling on your skin and scoring away any dirt and bad odours. And that "tingle factor"... it exists. The tingle you feel applying the gel is nothing compared to the minty tingle you feel even hours after your shower. Also, just saying... the tingle around your private parts... wow.
I first discovered the original source range a few years ago and the thing that stood out for me was the range of different scents. I tried the mint and tea tree shower gel and it became and instant hit in my house, so much so, that I am constantly buying it. I do like the other scents in the range, mint and tea tree is the one that I consider my favourite.
==What is it?==
'Mint and Tea Tree Original Source' is a shower gel developed by Cussons. The bottle, which is fully recyclable has a black lid and the liquid is green and gloopy, almost looks like the little pots of slime you used to get as a child. The wording on the bottle boasts to having 7927 tingling real mint leaves packed into each bottle (You would think they would have rounded the figure off, I do so hate odd numbers). It also says it's suitable for vegans, why? I do not know, perhaps people eat this stuff. Original Source is not tested on animals, they boast to always testing it on themselves and using only natural ingredients.
Simply put some on a sponge, hand, exfoliating glove when you are having a shower/bath, lather up, scrub then rinse. The feeling is amazing, especially on the nether regions, it's kind of like an orgasmic shower experience, that leaves you feeling all tingly, cool and fully refreshed.
You can purchase this product in most high street chemists and supermarkets, as with most things, it is best to shop around. I managed to purchase mine on special offer for £1 for 250ml bottle in Boots, a saving of £1.30, so it does pay to shop around.
I absolutely love this stuff, it cleans and leaves my body tingling and feeling fresh, what more could I ask for? The full price of it does put me off, but somewhere I can usually find it on special offer and when I do I usually stock up. The 250ml bottle lasts quite a while, even showering twice a day, every day, so the value for money is really good. I like the fact that it isn't tested on animals, I find that very reassuring.
Invigorating Shower gel