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Brand: Original Source / Scrub / Type: Body Scrub / What it does: Exfoliates,

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      14.09.2010 00:06
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      MY SKIN DIDN'T LIKE IT

      Original Source is part of the Cussons brand.

      They mainly focus on shower products but also branch out by producing hand washes, mens products and hair care. They pack natural ingredients into their products combined with Aromatherapy Oils.

      Don't just expect bog standard scent offerings from this company..they specialise in unusual experiences including Lime and Chilli to Cassis and Cranberry and every other concoction inbetween.

      ~~~Product~~~

      This is a body scrub designed to be used in place of your regular shower gel. Its name is quite important as each ingredient mentioned plays a key role in its overall performance.

      *Papaya is included due to its moisturising properties.

      *Aloe vera is present for its ability and repair and protect the skin.

      *Bamboo is thrown in to exfoliate the skin.

      The scrub is Vegan friendly!

      ~~~Packaging~~~

      The scrub comes complete in a tall, plastic tube which sits on top of a flip open lid. The main part of the tube is clear allowing you to determine quantity left within. The brand and product name jump out in black and brown letters at the front. The back offers us the product blurb, directions for use, ingredients and contact details for the company.

      The design of the bottle is very simple and neutral and wouldn't look suspicious in a male or female bathroom..it also blends in with most decors.

      The tube can be recycled and should be used within 12months of first opening.

      ~~~Using~~~

      Apply to wet skin in the shower and use circular motions to exfoliate the skin. Rinse to ensure all the scrub has removed itself.

      ~~~Ingredients~~~

      The list is huge but I will note a few key ingredients - walnut and white tea are there with the papaya, bamboo powder etc.

      ~~~Availability and Price~~~

      This doesn't appear to be available in supermarkets at the moment. My tube was picked up in Poundland and is 200ml in size.

      ~~~My Thoughts~~~

      I am not much of a scrubber..well maybe a little bit! I have sensitive skin and often find scrubs too harsh and they usually cause my skin to go red and quite sore so I usually avoid. The reason behind me purchasing this scrub was the cheap price and the name appealed to me! Papaya is a scent I really love and that really sealed the deal. As it is designed as a shower gel, I decided that the scrubbing aspect shouldn't be so harsh.

      The tube isn't striking..it certainly isn't a patch on the bright colours of many Original Source shower gels. It is however practical as I prefer those that have the lid at the base..less wastage as I can get every bit out! The scrub can be seen through the clear tube and once you flip open the lid, squeezing a blob out is simple. It is a dark, creamy coloured gel or cream really with plenty of tiny scrub particles spread throughout.

      The consistency of the scrub is quite thick and I use my hands to massage this in as I feel my puff is better suited to thinner consistency gels. The initial scent is gorgeous..quite strong and fruity with a woody edge. As I apply this to my wet skin, the scrub clings to my body. A light lather forms and the scrub particles can quickly be detected on the skin. I found them to feel quite gritty and almost like rough sand. They didn't scratch at my skin but I could feel them become grittier as I massaged further.

      The texture of the lather was soft and fluffy and the fruity scent was very apparent filling my bathroom with an exotic aroma. I wasn't too keen on the scrub particles..despite being noticeable, they didn't really do much. When it came to rinsing the scrub off, the lather slid of perfectly easily but the scrub particles decided to embed themselves in my skin and felt extremely icky! I had to get my sponge out and scrub quite hard to get every trace off.

      The sensation left on my skin wasn't all that nice. The scrub promised to moisturise and protect but I feel it failed. My skin had a tight and dry feeling which led to me slapping on lots of moisturiser. The only decent aspect of the scrub was the scent which left a gorgeous, light exotic trace on my skin. Not really enough to warrant putting my skin through the scrubs so called promises though so after 3 showers, this bad boy has been relegated to the free for all cupboard until a relative feels like taking it off my hands!

      I found this to be a very dissappointing Original Source product and I understand why it has been stocked at Poundland!

      Thanks for reading :)

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        13.06.2010 18:39
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        Won't buy again

        I have never used any Original Source products before, but I saw this when I was doing some grocery shopping and the 'For A Perfect Polish' text line on the product drew my attention, I dropped it into my shopping basket after a quick read of the back label and the ingredients list.

        The back label claims it could be used as a standalone (replacing shower gels) but I didn't want to disrupt my normal shower routine with this alien product so I'd use the scrub first, then my normal shower cream. It does have a rather strong but pleasant papaya scent (not artificial but from the fruit extract) and a milder lime undertone; aloe vera and bamboo extracts are also listed as ingredients but I couldn't really notice their smell.

        The product has a texture of a light shower gel and it's exfoliating and polishing power comes from the bamboo (and walnut I suppose?), but I find the density of the bamboo to be way too low and therefore insufficient for a good 'scrub'; it does wash off well and leave quite a fresh scent of citrus behind. The tube lasted roughly 2-3 months but I only used it a few times a week, I didn't really feel I have more 'polished' skin and the bottom of the tube does collect a small pool of water if you leave it in the shower, which looked a little unhygienic to me.

        Overall, I like the product for its natural ingredients but it doesn't really work as a body scrub for me. Retail price range from 99p to 3.50 pounds for a 200ml tube so it is quite reasonably priced, but you could easily give your body a better scrub with a dampened face-towel.

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        22.03.2010 12:08
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        A light, gentle exfoliant.

        I found this body scrub in my local 99p store. I had used and been impressed with Original Source products before, so I decided to give it a go. At 99p it is a bargain, because it usually retails at around £2.75 in the likes of Boots or the large supermarkets.

        This body scrub is made with papaya fruit extract, which is said to be moisturising. It also contains aloe vera to soothe and repair skin, whilst very small pieces of bamboo are included to exfoliate. Original Source advise you to use the scrub in place of shower gel for a "perfect polish".

        The body scrub comes in a 200ml clear plastic tube. It has a very solid and secure plastic cap, which gives me some reassurance that it's not going to leak all over the place. The scrub itself is a cream gel containing very small pieces of bamboo, which look like brown grains of sand.

        The body scrub has a nice, mild, fruity fragrance. I personally like the fact that it's not too over powering. However, if you like a strong, fruity blast from your shower gel, you will be disappointed. The gel lathers well, particularly if you use it with a puff.

        As an exfoliant, I don't find this strong enough. The bamboo grains are very fine and there are not that many of them. I prefer something coarser with more bits. However, I use it with a shower puff and the two products combined do provide a great polish for my skin.

        This is a nice, gentle body scrub. It's an absolute bargain for 99p, but I would be looking for something with more exfoliating power if I were paying full price for this one.

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          11.02.2010 22:14
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          Not too bad

          Original Source Papaya Fruit Aloe Vera and Bamboo Moisturising body scrub is a really great product. I usually purchase mine from Boots, but is available in loads of main stream shops like Tesco and Superdrug. It usually costs around £2.75, but I usually get it when it is on offer.

          Original Source state that you can indulge your senses with Papaya fruit extract known for its moisturising properties. Bamboo to naturally exfoliate and extract of Aloe Vera known to help soothe and repair your skin.

          This can be used instead of shower gel, and is easy to apply, just massage into the body in a circular motion, making sure to rinse thoroughly after use to ensure you get rid of all that exfoliating bamboo.

          The exfoliation of this product is great and the fact that they use natural ingredients is also a plus (but it is not 100% natural). The scrub is full of the bamboo, which looks and feels a lot like sand, with the liquid being thick and creamy. The smell of the product is also nice, not being too sweet and strong.

          The product comes in a tube with a cap on the bottom which just clips open for you to squeeze it out. The tube is clear, so you can see the scrub with all the little bits of bamboo in. It is an off white colour with like brown bamboo bits in it. As with all the Original Source products the packaging is simple yet eye catching. The tube contains 200ml of the scrub which will last you a good couple of months.

          This polish really does revitalise the skin and gets rid of any dry skin as it exfoliates. It does make you feel like it is moisturising the skin. But I have to say that it is not the best body polish that I have used.

          So to conclude, this is a nice body polish and does moisturise and exfoliate to a certain extent, but for me there are much better products out there (such as Sanctuary Salt Scrub), but saying that it does smell nice and I on offer I may buy it again.

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            18.12.2009 00:38
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            A good everyday scrb

            I love the Original Source products, my favourites are the Lime Shower Gel (smells like Lime Jelly Babies!) and the Lemon Shower Gel (smells like Lemon Meringue!) so when I was on a mission to find a body scrub and saw that Original Source made one I grabbed it and rushed to the till as fast as my little legs could carry me...

            The scrub contains papaya fruit, aloe vera and bamboo. The papaya fruit is supposed to have moisturising qualities, the bamboo is a natural exfoliator, and the aloe vera plant has soothing and skin repairing properties, so this promises to be a good product.

            To tell the truth, I'm not quite sure what a papaya smells like but I'd expect it to smell fruity, but this scrub doesn't smell as overwhelmingly fruity as the other Original Source products, however it does have a pleasant smell.

            I bought this scrub as I have problems with the back of my arms, like red dots under the surface, I here it's a common problem so I'm not overly concerned. I used to think it was because I was overweight but having recently lost 5stone I still have it. I've been told it's a circulation thing, and a good scrub will help. The first thing I noticed when I squeezed some of the body scrub on to my hand was that there was not much...well, scrub! You can see little particles in it, but when you apply it to your skin and rub, it seems like your rubbing just a slightly grainy shower gel onto your body.

            Despite this, I made the decision to do just one arm and see if I could notice the difference after my bath. Well, I did notice an improvement, the skin on the arm I used the scrub on was much softer and felt moisturised and smoother in comparison to the other arm.

            In summary, I'd recommend this as a general light duty body scrub, it moisturises and smooths the skin and has a nice subtle fragrance that stays on your skin afterwards.

            If you're looking for a more substantial scrub with more scrub in it (if that makes sense) then I'd suggest finding another product, but this is nice and it's full of natural products - which is always plus.

            Happy Scrubbing x

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              16.11.2009 20:42
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              Nice smelll and creamy product but not a scrub in my opinion

              Original Source Papaya Fruit Aloe Vera and bamboo moisturising body scrub

              WHERE CAN I BUY THIS?

              I bought this product from Tesco but it can be bought at Boots and I suspect other chemists and beauty product shops as well. The cost ranges between £2.75 and can be as low as £1 if you are very lucky.

              HOW DO I RECOGNISE THIS ON THE SHELF?

              The product is a very pale creamy colour and comes in an upside down plastic tube and on the front the words ORIGINAL SOURCE are highlighted in black letters on a yellow background. The name of the product is in brown with the words 'Moisturising Body Scrub also in black on yellow background. It is NOT a very striking package I my view and I am not sure what it was that attracted me to this. I do rather like coconut things so maybe it was the creamy colour.

              On the reverse of the tube is a label with more product information, the ingredients, and the recycling symbol for plastic and the symbol which shows it is suitable for vegans.

              WHAT DO I DO WITH THIS THEN?

              Well I am not a shower person so I use it in the bath. I squeezed some of the thick, creamy liquid into my hand the rubbed or massaged my body in a circular motion, taking particular care of my elbows, backs of my arms and legs. This would be the same in a shower except you would rinse off under the shower as opposed to in the bath water.

              WHAT DOES IT DO?

              The product claims that it is 'a perfect polish' as the bamboo will exfoliate, the aloe vera will soothe and repair while the papaya will moisturise the skin. It also states that the product is packed full of natural stuff. On the list of ingredients the one listed first is water, lots of chemical and Latin names follow before the forth ingredient which is walnut, aloe is about 7th on the list then bamboo powder, whit tea extract and then comes the papaya fruit extract. So the ingredients in the name are in the product but they are NOT the only ingredients in there according to the list.

              SO DOES IT DO WHAT IT CLAIMS?

              The smell is lovely and fruity; it is not papaya in my view as that does not smell particularly pleasant. It smells fruity and sweet more like tropical fruit juice, maybe mango with a hint of coconut cream,. It feels thick and creamy with a very slight gritty feel, from the bamboo I presume, but it certainly isn't really noticeable.

              I used it on many occasions and I can't honestly say that I felt it did much in the way of a scrub or exfoliating my skin. It felt very slightly gritty, a little like semolina and in my opinion I would like something a little rougher like sugar or salt to exfoliate my skin.

              From the moisturising point of view that was a little better. It did feel creamy and smelt delicious and my skin felt quite nice after using it but not as moisturised as it has felt using other products such as Lush bars or even Avon bath oils and baby oil in the bath.

              SUMMARY

              I would say that if you are after a scrub then don't bother with this as there are better more efficient ones on the market. If you want a moisturising bath product then again I think there are better ones around. It does smell lovely fruity and fresh with a hint of creaminess and I quite liked it in my bath but I would not say it did what it claimed. I am not sure I would bother buying this product again.

              I would give this 3 stars for the creaminess and nice smell alone.

              This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name.

              ©Catsholiday

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                12.08.2009 00:39
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                A great product!

                This body scrub is around £2-£3 for 200ml, but is often found on offer in shops for about £1, as it was when I bought mine from Morrisons.

                It comes in a translucent/almost clear tube so you can see the white product inside. On the outside of the tube, the Original Source logo contrasts with the white of the product, making it eye-catching. The product stands on the lid of the tube, which closes firmly meaning it doesn't leak when travelling with it. The one problem with the packaging is the shape and the smoothness of it means it is very easy to slip out of your hands in the shower.

                The product itself is white, with orange coloured bits in to exfoliate. It is used in a similar way to shower gel: massage into your body in circular motions, then rinsing well. However, as it exfoliates you should keep it away from sensitive areas - as that could be painful!

                The product really does smell good - mainly of the papaya and aloe vera. It doesn't smell too strong either, unlike some shower gels/body scrubs. On the skin it feels very nice as it exfoliates it, and after rinsing it leaves it feeling very soft and moisturised, and as it's a body scrub it removes any dry skin. It doesn't leave any sticky residue and it leaves your skin smelling great for quite some time after your shower.

                As it is an Original Source product, it is "packed with natural stuff" so it is better for your skin.

                To conclude, this is a great product which I can hardly fault at all and would recommend to anyone who wants to exfoliate while they shower.

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                06.06.2009 17:36
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                Lovely product

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                I like Original Source products and this is no exception.

                I like to use an exfoliating product from time to time and especially as it is getting near summer, those bits that have been covered all winter are about to be put on display so the elbows, legs and heels need some attention.

                The tube says packed with natural stuff. Indulge your senses with Payaya fruit extract known for its moisturising properties. Bamboo to naturally exfoliate and extract of Aloe Vera know to help soothe and repair your skin. It suggests using instead of shower gel, massaging in circular motions and rinsing with warm water.

                The packaging is a plastic see through tube in which can be seen the creamy coloured product with little brown flecks of I assume bamboo to exfoliate. On opening the top, which is a flip open top - so no problem with there to put the lid while you use - the smell of papaya fruit is almost good enough to eat, but you must refrain from eating and rub on your skin - the bits of bamboo certainly do their job at exfoliating and after rising all the little bits off my skin did feel indulged, moisturised and soothed!

                Lovely!

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                  10.04.2009 19:15
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                  OK as a general day to day scrub

                  I have used two scrubs from Original Source so far - the bitter orange one which I loved and the seaweed one which I hated, so I truly had no idea what to expect from the third of their scrubs I have purchased, the 'Papaya fruit, Aloe Vera and Bamboo Moisturising Body Scrub'.

                  The scrub comes in a clear tube through which you can see the off-white coloured scrub which is peppered with small brown grains. It has a flip top lid, which makes it easy and convenient to use (no trying to screw a lid back on with wet hands!) and it says that this scrub will achieve 'a perfect polish'. It also tells me that the scrub is moisturising, which is great for me as I have fairly dry skin.

                  The smell of the scrub is really nice - very fruity (I guess that's the papaya), but it also has a bit of a fresh, 'green' sort of leafy edge to it (the Aloe Vera, perhaps?) which calms the scent a bit and takes away the sharpness of the fruity papaya. Overall, it's quite a pleasant combination, but there's not much to make it stand out as special, and it's not one of those fragrances that would stick in your head for ages after using it.

                  The back of the tube states to use this instead of your shower gel, so I guess it must cleanse as well. The gel is a nice consistency - neither runny nor thick. Although appearance wise there looks to be a lot of grains in the scrub, I found when rubbing it into my skin it didn't really feel as though it was doing much. I like my scrubs to at least feel like they're getting rid of the dead skin cells, but this one felt very mild. On a more positive note, at least with this one the grains are small, so massaging it in isn't painful.

                  After using this, my skin did feel nice and soft, and yes, it did seem to get rid of any dry patches that I had, so although it didn't particularly feel like it was doing much at the time, it did actually work. As for being moisturising, my skin wasn't dried out, but it didn't seem to me as though it had added any moisture, or made my skin feel more moisturised in any way.

                  One thing that really surprised me was how much of the product I used up each time I used this. After having only used the scrub twice the tube was only half full, so although I hadn't realised I must have been using a heck of a lot of this stuff each time - possibly because I didn't feel it was very grainy I may have been using extra.

                  The scrub is suitable for vegans, and it does state on the tube that it is 'packed with natural stuff.' I have said this on previous reviews of Original Source products as well, but I'm not convinced about how natural this stuff really is as some of the ingredients sound a little suspicious - such as 'Methylchloroisothiazolinone'. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think you can grow that in your back garden!

                  A 200ml bottle costs around £1.99 and I got mine from Boots.

                  Overall, quite a good scrub. There's nothing particularly special about it, but it does seem to work quite well, even if it didn't feel particularly 'scrubby' when I was using it!

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                    24.11.2008 15:12
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                    A great product for a reasonable price!

                    I have quite a lot of Original Source items in my bathroom, I like the fact that they promote natural ingredients and They always tend to smell sssoooo lovely! Almost edible in fact!
                    I brought this scrub as number 1. Its was on offer and number 2. I think it's important to regularly exfoliate! This normal costs around £2.50 in chemists like Superdrug, however in Boot's it's generally a tad more expensive. Also larger Supermarkets tend to have quite a large range of Original Source items which are reguarly on £1 per item offers or BOGOFs. This product comes in a clear, soft plastic tube (which in turn makes it very slippery with wet hands!) with product label and info printed on it in black and brown writing. It contains papaya extract and aloe vera which have well known moisturising properties. The product itself has a normal shower cream consistency and is of a beige colour and full of little black grains. It's a great scrub and certainly leaves you with very soft skin. However, I quite like rough exfoliators and this only has quite a soft consistency so keep that in mind if you want a more satisfying scrub!!
                    The smell is amazing, and it stay's on you as well. It is not highly perfumed but it is just enough to leave with a lovely clean feeling and almost smells a bit cocoa buttery, even though this is not an ingredient.
                    All in all a brilliant product that I would definitely recommend! As i would the whole Original Source brand.

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                      15.10.2008 15:49
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                      A great product, a must for all bathrooms!

                      I tend to use body scrubs quite sparsely but having noticed some blotchy sections on my upper arms I decided it was time to buy one again. I came across Original Source in Tesco at the weekend. They currently have an offer of BOGOF (Buy One Get One Free) or just over £2.00 per item. I decided I would give Original Source a go as I had heard a lot of good things from this site about the natural ingredients and the actual products doing what they set out to. I bought one of these and one of the Detoxifying scrubs.

                      The bottle is a clear plastic tube that has the opening at the bottom which is always good as it means you can squeeze every last bit out when it runs out and that it is easy squeeze when you use it (you don't have to sit there shaking it madly to get it to come out!). The tube itself is good but the opening cap can be a bit hard to open, especially with wet hands. I used my teeth and very nearly got a mouthful of the scrub, which is not recommended!

                      Body scrubs are used to exfoliate and remove dead skin, leaving the skin softer and smoother. They also help improve circulation. This particular body scrub from Original Source claims to be "packed full of natural stuff". I can see this is true relating to the ingredients contained within it. This Original Source body scrub has Papya Fruit extract which is know for its moisturising qualities. It also contains Aloe Vera which is know to soothe skin and Bamboo which is a natural exfoliator. All in all a good recipe for a moisturising body scrub.

                      The body scrub is a sort of milky colour with darker colour grainy particles in it. The colour immediately makes me think of a moisturiser. The grainy particles are not very large, which in turn gives a softer scrub as appose to a harsh one.

                      I wasn't really sure what I was expecting for a smell as I am not sure what Papya fruit smells like. However I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the tube to find it almost a perfumey smell without being too overpowering. It is quite a luxurious smell that makes me think of a top of the range moisturiser.

                      It is marketed as a moisturising body scrub and it is exactly that. It did scrub away the areas that I needed doing, but it left my skin so soft and smelling so lovely. As I have said the smell wasn't overpowering, but it did linger on my skin which was fantastic. It also kept my skin feeling so smooth, to the point where I didn't feel the need to use moisturiser after I had used it.

                      This is definitely my favourite body scrub out of the two Original Source products I purchased, and I may go as far as to say its my favourite body scrub I have found yet!

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