Product Type: Original Source Bath / Shower
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Zinging in the Shower!
Original Source Orange & Cinnamon Shower Gel
Member Name: cyberem78
Original Source Orange & Cinnamon Shower Gel
Advantages: Smells amazing. Cleans skin. Creates a soft foam.
Disadvantages: Bit pricey compared to other brands.
I've used Original Source shower gels before and been very impressed with the products and the brand. In fact, if I could afford it I would buy these gels a bit more often. I was shopping in my local independent grocery store recently when I saw that these Original Source Orange and Cinnamon Shower Gels had been placed on the reduced stand and were priced at only 80p, a significant saving on their usual price. I couldn't believe no one had snapped them up but I was quick to buy one. I had never tried this variety before but having used other 'flavours' in the gel range I expected to be satisfied with my purchase.
This product comes in a recyclable transparent 250ml sized plastic bottle. The bottles have a unique shape that looks a bit like a door wedge. They are designed to sit on their caps so the liquid inside is always near the dispensing hole. The cap is actually a flip style cap which has a large lip which curls onto the side of the bottle. It's easy to open and once shut is secure. The dispensing hole is a good size to ensure easy squeezing!
I really love this brand's identity and the way they style their products. The design on the bottle highlights brash and bold text revealing that this particular variety was "picked by you". The huge font makes the brand look super confident. On the back of the bottle the references to their Facebook page makes this brand seem 'in touch' with current trends. Original Source's ethical stance is also impressive and on the back of the bottle there is a little table which is stamped with little pictures to show the consumer what they stand for. The most important stamp is probably the Vegan Society stamp which means that this product has not been tested on animals nor are there any animal derived ingredients. The brand also point out that the product contains natural ingredients and fragrances, that it is made in the United Kingdom and that their plastic is recyclable. Full ingredients are also listed on the label.
I've tried several different fragrances in this shower gel range but the Orange and Cinnamon sounds the most exotic of all the types I have used before. According to print on the bottle this variety of gel is a "seasonal edition" so it's possibly an autumn/winter release. I do think the overall appearance of this particular product would suggest that this Orange and Cinnamon variety is aimed at men but having used the gel I can confirm that it is suitable for both sexes.
The gel is a vivid orange colour. As soon as you snap open the flip cap you can smell the gel. It's an insanely strong blend of zesty orange fruit and warm, spicy cinnamon. The gel flows out of the bottle like honey and has a thick, creamy consistency. You can use the gel in a number of ways. If you want a small amount of bubble and a steamy aroma then you can add a dash to bath water. Otherwise, to use as a wash gel apply direct to the skin or to a sponge or shower applicator. I like to apply to my shower 'flower' as I find it helps lather the gel very well. I don't need to use very much at all to create enough foam to apply to my entire body. The bubbles have a slightly orange tinge to them which is quite thrilling to see! It feels like a luxury to be able to use this gel! It cleans my skin very well and makes me feel renewed.
The fragrance, of course, is utterly divine and is possibly the most unusual and unique shower gel fragrance I've ever encountered. The blend of zingy citrus and smoky cinnamon is brilliant and unexpected. It's a really strong, warm and refreshing fragrance that enlivens the senses and makes me feel happy as I'm bathing! The fragrance is strong enough to fill the room as you use the product. It also remains on the skin after drying and makes me smell wonderful and fresh.
Ultimately this product is very impressive and I feel it's one of the best varieties of shower gel that Original Source produce. I will definitely try and buy this in the future although it's regular price is £2.20 a bottle. I have seen it occasionally on offer for around £1 though and some stores often do '2 for the price of 1' offers. I would certainly recommend this to anyone, woman or man, who likes pampering themselves. This won't disappoint you!
Summary: Impressive, satisfying, unique shower gel.