Product Type: Original Source Bath / Shower
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Original Source Orange & Cinnamon Shower Gel
Member Name: ryanando
Original Source Orange & Cinnamon Shower Gel
Advantages: Nice smell, lathers well
Disadvantages: doesn't always get rid of body odours, smell gets a bit annoying after long term use
===Sugar and Spice===
I was a very sweaty child. There was a time when I would have three showers a day just to feel clean. As I grew up I realised that the shower was possibly my favourite place in the known universe. I could relax in a private, warm surrounding and even get the added joy of smelling some gorgeous shower gels and shampoos rather than my armpits. Getting a job knocked my three showers a day on the head as I do quite like to be able to get time to sleep occasionally. I still shower as often as I realistically can for as long as I can. This means that I still look out for epic smelling shampoos and gels.
===You're an Original Baby===
Since I love a good smelly shower gel, I fell in love with Original Source as mostly all the stuff I've had from them has a very strong smell. Similar to lush, its always nice smells like lemon and lime or strawberry cheesecake so I always want to eat the gel. Probably not a good idea though. Original source have a couple of promises that they make like never testing on animals. In fact they promise to always make sure they test their products on themselves. They also try their best to source their ingredients from within the UK so as to be kinder to nature.
Original source are a member of the Aromatherapy Trade Council and they also make sure that their products are Vegan friendly which means basically that it's always going to smell amazing and no animal by-products will be used to make their products. Overall the company sounds like a total hippie, but one of the nice ones that washes and doesn't make you wear flowers if you don't want to.
They have a fantastic little web-site (www.originalsource.co.uk) which will give you a run down of their products and ingredients and a little about the company. It doesn't really tell you much about where the company came from but the rest more than makes up for it. I especially like that each ingredient comes with an interesting fact which actually ARE interesting! Kudos to you original source! Unfortunately because this is a seasonal shower gel, they don't seem to have a page for it. Boo to you original source!
As well as being sweaty, I am cheap. Poor Allan got such a great deal when he picked me up! Due to the fact I am cheap, I tend not to be willing to get Original Source shower gels as the big bottles tend to be around £2.50 to £3 each depending on where you shop. They are, however, on offers occasionally and when they are I stock up. Recently Asda had nearly the whole range for £1 for a big bottle (250ml). I got six bottles. If they are on offer they are worth it. Sadly when they aren't on offer, they aren't worth it. Each bottle lasts just under 2 weeks with me and Allan using it, both having at least one shower a day. It might last longer if Allan used a shower puff (brilliant little scrubby things that lather the soap better than just rubbing it on) with it but he doesn't.
As most of the different types are made from fruits, I can't get my head around calling them smells. They are definitely flavours. The bottle we are currently on is Cinnamon and Orange which is a new seasonal one that they have just brought out. The interesting fact about oranges is that an orange tree will more than likely outlive you and grow fruit the whole time, with the oldest fruit bearing orange tree being more than 400 years old
The gel is a bright orange colour. Like all of the other original source products I've tried it is quite a thick gel but it spreads well and is lovely and smooth when it comes out. The cinnamon isn't overpoweringly strong but is definitely present and brings a gorgeous warmth to the scent of oranges. The whole bathroom smells lovely both when we are using this and for a few minutes after showering though it doesn't really leave a powerful scent behind on your skin. I would say that I don't feel as fresh and clean when I'm using this one as the scent is quite a warm, round one rather than a sharp, clean one. It's still a lovely smell though. I wouldn't say it's a girly scent either. It's quite gender neutral actually! That should help if your partner has strange smell related gender insecurities and you want to have this in your shower.
True to it's seasonal nature (I started seeing it in october) the scent is very autumnal, reminding me of spending Halloween and thanksgiving with my friend in America with the warmer smells of cinnamon and orange everywhere rather than the sweeter spicier cinnamon smells that Christmas brings with it.
One thing I would say is that by the time we got to the end of this bottle I was getting a little bit bored of the smell. Unlike other products from original source, this is one that starts to just not smell that nice after using it every day and I don't quite know why.
===Getting in a lather===
Something I always look for is a good bottle. If you don't have a well designed bottle, you'll waste shower gel, find it tricky to get the dregs out or have the bottle falling everywhere in the shower when you are trying to use it. The bottle for original source products is a great design. It's made so that it stands with the cap at the bottom meaning that your shower gel will naturally run towards the cap. No having to precariously balance a bottle upside down for a day to get the dregs out. It's a very well balanced bottle too. The cap is flat, the bottle is almost triangular but with a bit more of a square shape to it (you really need to see it to get what I mean) but it wall means that it doesn't easily fall off of shelves or slide around. Its angular/ flat edges make it easier to grip onto it even if you have soapy hands. The bottle also has a bit of a rougher texture on it along the sides. All of this helps in getting the most out of the gel, but does it lather well?
Given that I use a shower puff, mostly anything I use will lather. The Cinnamon and Orange original source is no different; using a similar amount to other products (about a tablespoon) on the puff it will lather enough to cover your whole body. I have noticed when Allan uses it (applying it straight to the skin) it doesn't really lather much at all.
As an aside I have to note that I have accidentally gotten this stuff in my mouth when washing and it really does NOT taste very nice at all. I won't be using this as a sauce on anything then. Oh well!
===Does it tackle my pits? ===
Let's not be shy. Shower gel is primarily to get your body clean. It's not really any use if it doesn't. Most Original Source products leave me feeling fresh and smelling clean (which is why I love them). The Cinnamon and Orange gel, however, isn't quite up to scratch. Keep in mind that I have to boil wash most of my t shirts to get them smelling clean though. I know I have a very strong odour especially if I've been eating anything remotely smelly. Did I mention I love garlic? This shower gel feels more like it masks over my natural odour from my pits rather than getting rid of it. I think this is due to my smells not mixing well with spicy and warm fragrances though. It gets Allan smelling fresh as a daisy. I'd have to knock a star off for this. Strangely it's just my pits that are left with a bit of an odour after using this one. All my other smelly body parts are fragrant in a nice way after using this. It's just unfortunate that the parts that aren't smelling great are closer to my nose.
===What's in it? ===
Original source state that their products are packed with natural scent. Does that mean that the rest of what they put in their products is natural too? If you are anything like me you won't have a clue what some of the ingredients are. So I've just sat and Googled it all! Here's a list of what's in it and what I found out about it. Feel free to skip if you don't care!
Aqua (Water), sodium laureth sulphate (a detergent), sodium chloride (salt), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (a derivative of coconut oil), Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract (An extract from the bark of the Cinnamon tree), Citrus aurantium amara peel extract (Seville orange peel extract), Polyquaternium-7 (seems fairly scientific, but there doesn't seem to be anything un-nerving about it), Parfum (Perfume!), Lactic acid (Milk acid which is used to make things water soluable), Sodium benzoate (A food preservative, presumably to keep the ingredients fresh), Tetrasodium glutamate diacetate (used to boost the preservatives and also helps stop discolouration of the products), Styrene / acrylates copolymer (stops things being absorbed into the skin, a film former which seems a bit odd in a shower gel but ok!), Benzotriazolyl dodecyl p-cresol (another colour preserving chemical), Limonene (the first vaugly worrying one, which is basically has a very strong smell of oranges but has also been used as a botanical pesticide and found to have caused renal cancer in rats. No evidence of anything bad in humans unless you are dealing constantly with the pure chemical. Hmm), Citral (an antimicbrobial and a strong citrus scent used in perfumes and foods), Linalool (a plant extract, this time with a spicy note, which a few people have found to aggravate eczema, but only a small amount) Eugenol (an antiseptic and anaesthetic used in perfumes and foods which can cause quite a few worrying side effects if you overdose. Hopefully that wont happen with this), CI 15510 (also known as acid orange-7 is a colouring agent which doesn't mix well with your eyes).
There are a couple of tongue twisting chemicals in there. It's not ENTIRELY natural. Some of them are even a touch worrying. However from what I've read I believe that any of the worrying ones aren't in a concentration that would harm the majority of people past a rare and slight skin irritation.
If you really want to tell them how much you love or hate the product then you might want their contact details. Here they are:
Phone number: 0800581001
They also love letters so feel free to give them a contact in the post!
Team Original Source
Pz cussons house
3500 aviator way
Manchester business park
This shower Gel does smell nice. Obviously that's a personal preference though and others might not enjoy it. Personally I do prefer the stronger, cleaner scents of some of Original Sources other products. The scent doesn't linger for very long after my shower which I feel is a good thing as I wouldn't want it intruding on my other products like my aftershave etc and the product is quite gender neutral so can effectively be used by all the family if you want. The smell does start to grate on me if I use it regularly for some reason so I tend to keep a different scent in the shower next to it. My partner, however, loves it all the time. As for cleaning power it doesn't quite tackle my worst areas as well as I would like. For this I have to take a star off. Price wise when it's on offer it is brilliant value for money for such a good quality product. Give it a bash and see what you think!
Summary: A lovely scented shower gel from Original Source