“ Brand: Original Source / Cleanser / Texture: Cream / Type: Moisturiser / Subcategory: Body Wash/Cleanser / Suitable for: Body / What it does: Cleanses, Moisturizes, destresses, „
Since registering on www.originalsource.co.uk for free samples, I can honestly say, hand on heart that I am one of their biggest fans. Having sampled just a small selection of their vast array of products ranging from shampoo, shower gel, soap and more, I have never been disappointed at what they have in their product range. This week, during my normal grocery shopping trip I picked up a bottle of Original Source Almond and Orange Bodywash. This strange combination of ingredients made me think that this was something completely different and I was quite looking forward to sampling it later that evening. The packaging isn't overly extravagant, a clear bottle allowing you to see the contents with a pale orange label on the front with the Original Source title printed in bold black lettering with the product name below. There is a flip-top lid to enable you to squeeze the perfect amount onto your hand without wastage. On opening the lid, my nostrils were immediately tantalised with the strong, sweet smell of fresh oranges. There was no apparant aroma of almonds which I found slightly disappointing, but as these nuts are well-known for their moisturising properties this is probably the main reason for their presence. Although their scent was absent, the scent of the oranges more than made up for it and the smell was gorgeous and my initial disappointment had diminished. The body wash, although similar to the shower gel is slightly more luxurious. The lather produced is more creamy and soap-like. After use your skin is left feeling ultra-smooth and silky to the touch. The bodywash can be rubbed onto your skin with your hand, a sponge or one of those shower puff things. Original Source pride themselves on not testing any of their products on animals. Also they use only plant based products including essential oils, and non-synthetic fragrances. The main ingredients of this particular bodywash are orange oil and b
itter almond oil. The bodywash completely lives up to its promise of leaving you feeling revitalised, moisturised and refreshed. I was so tempted to stay in the shower for much longer, but real life was rudely beckoning me to hurry up and dry off. With summer almost gone, with it comes dry, dull skin and the need for extra moisturisation. I have found this bodywash gives my skin that very much needed tlc and it is left feeling silky smooth and in tip top condition. No dryness to be seen. The delicate aroma of oranges stayed on my skin most of the day, and every so often I would catch a slight whiff and this was enough to stir my senses once again. The bodywash comes in a variety of sizes; 300ml costing £2.99, 400ml for £3.75 and also 25ml sachets. These sachets are ideal for taking on holiday as they take up little space in your luggage, and they are great if you want to sample a certain product before buying a large amount. Despite the hefty cost of the larger bottles, you really do get value for money as a little literally does go a long way. The 300ml bottle provides enough bodywash for 60 washes and the 400ml bottle has enough for up to 80 washes. Original Source is widely available in most supermarkets and chemists. It can also be purchased from Original Source via the website as detailed above.
Aparently if you have a puff handy you get more uses with this product but i'll come on to that later! We've had three doodah saga's so far and for fear of becomeing another 'Rocky' and outlivingthe legend I thought it best to start a new episode (for now!) This is the story of the puff, not puff the magic dragon but just your ordinary everyday puff. OK, if you haven't got a puff then go and get one now, you will not get the full benefits of this body wash without one. My puff is pink with a little string on it so I can hang it up. It's a bit wirybut suprsingly it doesn't hurt and it gives you a really good scrub. Remember, you're going to be using this puff at least 60 times so make sure it's got the staying power it needs. It's going to be scrubbing really hard and working up a lather so examine your puff carefully and choose with care. ~~~~~ THE BODY WASH ~~~~~ Enough on puffs, what about the body wash? I have chosen a body wash this time instead of a shower gel to see if it would be any more moisturising. The previous gels I have tried left my skin rather dry, they had good cleansing properties but that was about it. The Almond & Orange body wash comes in a rather curvy clear plastic bottle. It has a flip up lid for ease of application. Unscrewing lids in the shower can be a slippery business. You can't hang it up though as there is no hook, you'll just have to leave it on display to show off your expensive taste. Original Source are the largest words on the bottle so you cannot fail to miss it, Almond & Orange is then written underneath and this stands out due to the way they have highlighted the background as you would with a highlighter pen. Directly underneath are the words MOISTURISING BODY WASH, they are in capitals and it was for this reason that persuaded me to make my purchase. I liked the idea of a being able to have a shower and still
receive moisturising benefits as opposed to having a bath and soaking in essential oils. The colour of the body wash itself was quite creamy. It was like these paints that you can buy,'with a hint of' it reminded me of a kind of white with a hint of Orange, almost bordering Magnolia. It is nowhere near the strong colour of the Original Source Orange shower gels, it is much more subtle and creamy than that. It claims to be able to give you all day moisturisation for the softest, silkiest skin you have ever had. Most of my body doesn't suffer with dry skin apart from the odd outbreak of eczema. My legs, particularly the bottom half do seem to be rather flaky. I think this is made worse by the fact that I wear trousers nearly all the time. So far no shower gels have eradicated this problem so this was going to be the challenge for the Almond & orange body wash. I also love the smell of almonds and I couldn't resist having a sniff in the supermarket. The Orange hits you immediately and the Almond seems to be like an after thought. You can just about detect it and it seems a rather strange mixture. I can only assume they chose the Orange for cleansing benefits and the Almond for moisturising benefits. ~~~~~ THE PUFF TEST ~~~~~ I don't know if you've ever done the puff test but if you apply a small amount of body wash to a sponge and a small amount of body wash to a puff and do one leg with each, you'll get better results with the puff. The sponge will lather up and you will get some bubbles but the puff just seems to make the experience more pleasurable. You get more lather and it's also good for exfoliating the skin. Assuming you have a puff handy (if not a sponge will do) squirt about the amount of a five pence piece directly on to the puff. It is better to have wet your body first under the shower prior to doing this. Start to scrub with the puff and you will see lots of lather building
up all over your skin and all over the puff itself. Gradually work over the whole body area except the face. The reason I say this is that it tell you to avoid the eyes, this would be rather difficult with a puff almost the size of your face! It also warns you to test on a small area of skin prior to use to see if you are sensitive to the product. I never bother with this but I very rarely use anything like this near my face, it's better to cleanse the face separately. This small amount created tons of lather and I didn't need to reapply any to the puff, if anything just wet your body under the shower again and you'll be fine. The aroma was pleasant and again I think the Orange was slightly more prominent than the Almond. You got the occasional waft of Almond as you were scrubbing but it was only subtle, I would have like more of this. I wouldn't say the smell was as revitalising as some of their other products but I was pleased so far with the amount of lather and cleansing. ~~~~~ SENSITIVITY TEST ~~~~~ I covered the whole body area (avoiding the face) and was pleased with the cleansing of the skin, it did not sting or irritate in any way and this was a positive sign. It actually produced so much lather I decided to shave my legs without applying any special shave gel and use the existing lather. The reason I chose to do this was because some gels irritate the skin as the shaving is aggravating the skin and no doubt you are more susceptible to substances irritating after shaving than simply washing with them. This has happened to me in the past and I prefer to use specific foam to stop this from happening. The shave itself went quite well and it was creamy enough to prevent any nicks or cuts from happening. I didn't have to reapply any body wash, as there was plenty on the puff if I needed to lather up a little more. I completely washed off all the foam and my legs looked nice and smooth and they didn't appear to
be red or blotchy. I decided it was time to get out of the shower to dry off and inspect the results. As I started to rub down with the towel I noticed skin rubbing off my legs. As soon as I was dry the flaky skin was still apparent and I could feel my legs starting to itch. I was therefore not very impressed with the moisturising properties at all. With using a puff the outer layer of dead skin should have been removed and I would have expected a couple of hours without seeing the dry skin return. This was not the case. My legs continued to itch the rest of the evening although not to the point where I continually had to scratch them. I later applied some moisturising lotion to cool the skin and soften them a little, which helped. It would depend how sensitive your skin is as to if you would have the same reaction as me. Some people may be fine by using the wash to shave as well as shower; you know your own skin so I would go with what you think is best. It certainly didn't cause any adverse reactions and no other part of the body was irritated by using it (even the doodah) ~~~~~ OVERALL IMMPRESSIONS ~~~~~ I bought the 300ml bottle from Tesco a few weeks ago and it hardly seems to have gone down. It says on the bottle '60 uses with a puff' and I therefore anticipate that I will get many uses from this, maybe even more than 60. The cost was £2.99 but they were on offer with buy one and get one free. They will average this price although some retailers may charge up to £3.50 for it. Even though it didn't moisturise as well as I would have liked I think that it lathered up well and it will prove to be excellent value for money. Used as intended it should not cause any irritation at all. ~~~~~ MARKS OUT OF 10 ~~~~~ Aroma 6/10 Sensitivity 8/10 Moisturising 6/10 Lather 10/10 Cleansing 10/10 Value For Money 9/10 If you would like any further informati
on on this product or an y other in the Original Source range you can visit www.originalsource.co.uk you can receive some free samples but I'm not sure if this is one of them. Remember, it's not as good without a puff. p.s. no offence to homosexuals intended, I'm not homophobic in the least.
I had never used Original Source Products until I got some free through the post, and thought summat for nowt why not!! Original source claim that they use pure essential oils in all of their products, and I've found everyone that I used lived up to my expectations, especially the one in going to review. Original Source Almond and Orange Moisturising body wash comes in a 300ml clear bottle, simple but nice packaging. It says that It can be applied by hand, sponge, flannel or puff. I found the puff to be the most effective way as you need little and it goes a long way - the product claims if used with a puff it can last up to 60 washes (I think that is a slight overestimation but I suppose that depends how generous or stingy you are). The smell is not too overpowering, it has a nice orangey smell which is not too citrusy, I think thats coz the almond tones it down making it more subtle. I applied it with a puff whilst in the shower and Im amazed to say I didnt need more than one apllication to cover my entire body. The smell is very subtle on the skin afterwards (not too overpowering like many body washes can be), and left my skin as smooth as a baby's bottom (obviously minus the nappy rash). Original Source also do not test any of their products on animals or use ingredients which have been tested on animals, another nice bonus. Overall this product is one I would recomend to anyone. It was priced at the relatively cheap £1.49 for a 300 ml bottle in my local asda. Apart from coming in a 300ml size it also comes in 25 ml sizes (handy if youre going for a short break). original source have their own website (dunno whether I can post the addy on here so better not but just do a google search) and if you register they send you free samples for 8 weeks of different products - freebies cant beat em.
On a recent shopping trip to Tesco's I spotted an Original Source product that I had never seen before. I didn't think there were any I hadn't tried! This one is Original Source Almond and Orange Moisturising Body Wash and Dave treated me to some. From memory I think it cost somewhere between £3 and £4. The other fragrance available was Honey and Lemon but I didn't like the smell of that one anywhere near as much as the Almond and Orange. As you must all know by now I am a big fan of most of the Original Source range of toiletries and this one is no exception. It smells particularly good with the orange being the stronger of the two fragrances with just a light hint of the almond. This impressed me as I thought being almond I might end up smelling like a freshly marzipanned cake! It comes in a plastic semi transparent bottle which looks classy in my bathroom and does actually match the décor but that was just luck! You are advised to store it upside down when you have used more than half the contents so that the remaining body wash will be easier to get at. I must just say here that the picture at the top of this opinion is not what the container of bodywash looks like! The picture shown is of one of the bubble baths and the bodywash comes in a kind of flattish oval container. The writing on the bottle says that it is 'naturally moisturising and revitalising' and I have to agree with that. The body wash itself is very thick and creamy and the citrus fragrance is definitely enough to wake you up! The next bit of writing announces '80 uses with a puff'. Well there?s no answer to that is there! Seriously I have now used mine, with my bath puff, about half a dozen times and the level hasn't gone down much at all. I don't think I will get 80 uses out of it but then I tend to be a bit heavy handed with this sort of thing. I could use a lot less and still get the same ef
fect. It offers 'all day moisturising and the softest, silkiest skin you?ve ever had'. That may be exaggerating a bit but I have to say that my skin does feel very soft and smooth and not as dry as it usually is. As always with the Original Source products the writing on the back of the bottle is extremely small and I needed a magnifying glass to read it! It was worth a look though as it gives some interesting details of the history of Original Source. The inspiration for the manufacture of the products was apparently taken from the bush remedies of someone called Ellen Wakeman who was the daughter of missionaries living in New South Wales. She had run away from home to join the goldrush of 1857 and somehow ended up as a barber's assistant. She began to learn of the healing powers of the plants native to the outback and subsequently became famous for her herbal cures. The Original Source range of today still uses some of the ingredients discovered by Ellen Wakeman. The products all contain natural oils rather than synthetic fragrances and are not tested on animals. In fact one of their advertising slogans is 'it's the essential oils that make the difference'. I won't go into all the ingredients here as they are definitely too numerous to mention. If you're that interested you'll have to go and read the back of the bottle. By the way if you visit the Original Source website at www.originalsource.co.uk there are some free samples of some of their products for you to request.
Original Source have begun to extend their range. First we had the invigorating brightly packaged shower products, which seemed to be aimed at men, then they developed a more girlie range packaged in pastel colours and now they are extending that range, presumably after finding the existing products successful. The almond and orange moisturising body wash is from this new range. Coming in a soft caramel coloured bottle it is easy on the eye and almost temptingly edible looking. Does its contents live up to the expectation? THE BODY WASH The smell of the lotion is clean and fresh, which is always a good sign with a cleansing product! There is a distinct whiff of diluted citrus fruit and cream. There is no discernible almond pong but its presence can be detected by the fact that the orange has had the sharpness taken out of its aroma. I was rather disappointed at the lack of nutty scent and the over all impression that the nose detects is mandarin. Or, to be more precise, mandarin flavoured yoghurt. This is exactly what it smells like and adds weight to my theory that the range as a whole would be enjoyed more if consumed rather than rubbed all over the body. The almond is more noticeable in the appearance of the liquid, which is a rich creamy colour and quite frankly does look good enough to eat. It is thick but pours easy in a thick smooth stream. So far, as long as you put almonds and oranges out of your mind and instead think creamy mandarin the wash is coming up trumps. As you rub the wash into your body it spreads out smoothly and feels very silky. Unfortunately it does not lather well, although more of a foam can be worked up using either a whisk or, the more recommended method, with a body puff. Once washed off the skin is left feeling utterly silky smooth. It feels luscious and soft and good enough to eat as a side dish to the cream itself. Full marks for moisturising qualities. ORI
GINAL SOURCE I expect by now that you are all aware that Original Source?s products are based on the recipes of Ellen Wakeman, a woman in Australia who was apprenticed to a barber and developed potions using locally found herbs. (After all, I know that most of you have signed up to the same freebies as me and your bathrooms are all filled with little sachets of shower gel and body wash!) Now, correct me if I am wrong, but I wasn?t aware that either oranges or almonds were native to Australia. Is the outback filled with groves of orange trees? Do the kangaroos feed almonds to their joeys? Do the koalas turn their noses up at eucalyptus in favour of a nice juicy orange? I don?t think so. In which case, either the company is telling big fat porky pies or the body wash is very, very, very, very loosely based on Ellen?s recipe. It is hard to imagine quite what the original ingredients would have been, which have since been translated into almond and orange. Vegemite and Fosters lager perhaps? Hmmm, perhaps I will allow Original Source their artistic licence in adapting the original recipes! Although, some of you may prefer the yeast spread and lager mix. If so, why not experiment at home? Homemade and cheaper than the official body wash. Let me know how it turns out.
(NOTE : As usual, Dooyoo don't have this exact product listed, so I am placing it here temporarily, until the site is fully functioning and can add the product described.) I’ve had a bit of a lazy weekend and have done very little. So this morning, I decided it was time I got my arse moving again. Feeling dirtier than John Leslie, the first thing I did was have a good shower and hair wash. It’s only been a couple of days since my last shower, but I always feel unclean unless I have three or four a week. I received another free sachet from Original Source the other day. This time, it was the Almond and Orange Moisturising Body Wash. I had been a bit unsure about this one because although orange is one of my favourite smells, almond is one I hate. In fact, almond fragrances have given me asthma attacks before and I had to ask my hairdresser to use a different shampoo. So it was with some trepidation that I opened the sachet. Like Michael Barrymore examining his swimming pool, I wasn’t quite sure what I would find. But I was pleasantly surprised, it smelled beautiful and only of oranges, I couldn’t discern any almond at all. The sachet is a light orange colour with the Original Source logo on the front. It is straight up and down and – like Tara Palmer-Tompkinson – has no curves anywhere. But when you buy a full size bottle, you will find it is oval shaped and in see-through plastic containers with flip-top lids. So under the shower I went, wearing fewer clothes than Holly Valance and clutching my free sachet in anticipation. I got my new purple body puff and put a small blob of the body wash on it. It is a pale orange colour, quite thick and creamy. It lathers well, but is slightly different to the Original Source shower gels – more soapy, as you might expect. You only need to use a small amount. I would say one of these 25ml sachets would be enough for probably thre
e showers - maybe two baths though, as I think you are always inclined to use more in the bath where you stay longer. A full 300ml bottle costs £2.99, so although the initial outlay is quite high, I think you would find it would last a long time – longer than S Club Juniors’ career. The body wash claims to be revitalising, moisturising and refreshing and I agree with all these claims. It was a nice start to the day, it cleaned well, was soft and gentle on my skin and smelled divine too. Unfortunately, the fragrance didn’t last long enough for me, but – like Gareth under Jordan - that’s only a small moan. All Original Source products contain 100% natural essential oils and this one’s ingredients include orange oil and bitter almond oil. Original Source doesn’t test their products on animals. The other varieties of moisturising body washes are Tea Tree and Mint, Tea Tree and Lavender, Honey and Lemon. They are sold at Asda, Boots, Superdrug, Tesco, Safeway, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose, as well as from the Original Source website. You can also buy the sachets (25ml) for 49p in two varieties – this one and Tea Tree and Lavender. After using this product, my skin felt clean, soft and smooth. I didn’t need to use an additional moisturiser afterwards, apart from my usual face cream for my dry cheeks. I am looking forward to using the rest of the sachet up over the next week or so and will probably buy a 300ml bottle of this, when I coincide seeing it in the shops with having a spare three quid in my pocket. Overall, this is more orange than Kat Slater, smoother than Leslie Phillips, cheaper than Ulrika Jonsson and lasts longer than Darren Day’s girlfriends. *** NOTE : No celebrities were harmed in the writing of this opinion. ***
This extended bathcare ranges combines the relaxing, therapeutic qualities and refreshing experience of the differnent essential oils to suit each skin type /