Product Type: Original Source Bath / Shower
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Tea Tree & Mint? You STINK!
Original Source Mint & Tea Tree Shower Gel
Member Name: HotBabes
Original Source Mint & Tea Tree Shower Gel
Advantages: Definitely wakes you up
Disadvantages: Overpowering smell
When there's a freebie on offer I'll be in that line to get one!
WHY I got this.....
I found a link to www.originalsource.co.uk via another freebie site and discovered that you could order 4 free samples of Original Source products. ( I think this has gone up to 6 since then) Well one couldn't say no, so i filled in the details clicked a few times and hey presto!
One of the products on offer was Tea Tree & Mint Shower Gel.
I was pleasantly suprised when this arrived. It doesn't come in one of those 'bubble' thingys where you have to snap the plastic top off and then theres only a miniscule amount inside. Oh no, with this freebie you get a decent 50ml sample.
So WHAT does it look like?
The plastic bottle is approx 7cm x 4cms (minus the cap which even has the hook albeit in miniature form, quite sweet really!)
The labelling is the standard Orginal lettering, bold and black with no fancy patterns or logos. The front of the bottle quotes " For the most motivating and reviving shower experience you have ever had". It also tells you "with natural plant extracts".
A small bordered area on the back tells you that the oils are natural and not synthetic fragrances and that the product is not tested on animals ( I should hope not in this day and age).
The technical bit of ingredients I am not going to list (as I never do) but if you require any of these please let me know. Whilst looking at this list I noticed it contained Lavender Oil but I can't smell this in the gel so I'm at a bit of a loss as to why its there!
What's it LIKE then?
Lets twist of the cap and have a smell then. Now at this point I must say that this bottle was sitting on my desk next to the PC whilst I was writing my review and I did not even have to move the bottle to get a whiff of it! Strong would be an understatement!
First 'wafts' indicate no trace of tea tree but an excess of mint. Now, not mint as in Polos or standard chewing gum - mint as in menthol minty! Believe me if you had a cold this would sort you out! It hits the back of your throat and nose and could quite possibly make your eyes water.
Even after I put the cap back on about 10 seconds after I took it off, the menthol minty aroma remains.
However, one cannot judge a product on smell alone so I assume that as this green gloop is concentrated in the bottle, hence the strong smell.
What about USING it then?
Firstly I must make a warning here...whilst in the shower please ensure you close the shower door, failure to do this along with an unexpected whiff of this gel could cause you to find yourself on the floor doing a Del Boy at the bar!
So I have squeezed a small amount into my hand and a quick loofah here and a quick loofah there it lathers up quite nicely, no more or no less than other gels around mind you.
I have to say that I did lather and wash quicker than normal as the mintyness (is that a word?!) was quite overpowering despite putting the cap back on.
It did leave my skin feeling revived like it stated and motivated me to get out of the bathroom to escape the smell!
Only one. My son (age 13) decided to use this. Now whether its because his skin is still 'young' or because the amount of oil concentrate contained within the gel he came out declaring " My nuts are burning, they've gone all numb and feel strange!!! "
Now I CAN assure you that he doesn't make this declaration with our normal products so can only assume it is connected. (and if he knew I'd told the people here, mum would be dead!) So therefore it would be rather helpful if they put the amount of concentrate oils (i.e 5%) in the ingredients list but Original Source do not making it very difficult for anyone that has sensitive skin.
Not for me as you've probably guessed! It was just TOO strong. The bathroom was filled with mint for hours and even with the bathroom door shut this wafted trough to 2 rooms away.
Should you be the sort of person that likes a cold shower or a slap round the face to wake up, then this would be a kinder alternative for you.
Also I smelt like a warehouse full of Halls mentholyptus sweets for an age! Needless to say the freebie was binned!
The freebies are still on offer, there are 6 smells to choose from, mint, orange,spearmint, lemon, lavender,lime and rose.
Available in most chemists/supermarkets for approx £3 - 3.50 although they may not stock the whole range.
One thing I did notice on the back of this bottle. It states it is suitable for Vegans. Yes you did read it right! My initial thought - why would Vegans wanna eat this?! After a 'proper' thought I realised that a Vegan would not wear a leather jacket or wear suede shoes so would they wish to put anything containing animal products on their skin. Makes sense really.
2 stars from me, one for 'reviving and motivating' and one because its suitable for Vegans.
Thank you for reading and just to say no children were permanently damaged in the testing of this product!
Summary: Are you brave enough to use it?!