“ Brand: Original Source / Foam / Type: Bath Melt/Foam / Subcategory: Foam „
Original Source Ylang Ylang and Patchouli Deep soak Bath Foam
I believe you can buy these at various shops such as Boots and Tesco but I managed to get a real bargain at 85p from a local discount store in Derby that sells random end of lines or damaged or excess stock. It is somewhere I pop in to every now and then and stagger out with a stack of stuff for less than £20. However that is an aside back to my bath foam bargain.
It comes in the standard Original Source bottle with black twist and pop off lid and contains 350ml of beautiful blue liquid. On the front we have the brand and product name and in smaller writing it is "packed with essential oils". The product uses real essential oils not synthetic fragrances and has NOT been tested on animals.
The packaging is recyclable and the product is suitable for Vegans according to the symbols on the back.
The two main essential oils one would assume are patchouli and Ylang Ylang but the list of ingredients is all in Latin names and I cannot see either of these in any form I recognise. There is however orange oil, cedar wood bark oil and a number of other ingredients that can be investigated if you are interested on the website or on the back of the container but my fingers are not up to copying the complicated list and most people skip over that part anyway. That aside I am assuming that these two are included in some Latin words that I cannot recognise as both are essentials oils and it is the name of the product after all.
Ylang Ylang flowers grown on huge trees in rainforests such as the Daintree near Cairns in Queensland and they are not large flowers so this must be quite a challenge to collect enough to get the essential oils from. It is a strange fragrance and not one that I would rush to buy but it does mix nicely to complement other essential oils. It is quite a heavy fragrance and is used in aromatherapy for relaxation.
Patchouli I remember well from my youth and visiting the famous shop Biba to buy perfumes with this aroma. It was a real hippie ,60s, laid back, 'cool' sort of smell and I think that this is why I like this bath foam as it reminds me of my youth.
I use it at night in my bath when I need a relaxing time to think. It gives decent foam and the smell is subtle in the bath but when my husband comes up he often comments on the nice smell. It is quite noticeable coming into the room that has had a bath of this as I suppose once in the bath your nose gets used to the smell a bit. Sometimes I use it as a bath cream and wash myself with it as a liquid soap rather than as bath foam and this works well too and I can smell it on me a bit after my bath.
I do find this a pleasant product which smells nostalgic to me and does relax me ready for my bed. I probably would not use it just before going out for the evening as I wouldn't want to be that chilled out before going out socially.
I find it has a pleasant smell and consistency and is also a pretty colour blue liquid. You do need to be aware that some essential oils react in an allergic way on some people's skins so if you have a skin susceptible to allergies it might be an idea to check. Essential oils can be dangerous for pregnant women too so i would suggest a check prior to using anything with essential oils in if you are pregnant.
I've just opened the lid and had a good sniff and it definitely has the patchouli smell, joss sticks and the like but there is a higher note of sweet citrus which is quite refreshing. The Ylang Ylang is quite subtle and does not stand out for me. If there was a perfume fragrance with this smell I would probably buy it as I love the heavier musky smells.
I would recommend this bath foam to anyone who likes the headier, musky smells like patchouli. It probably will not appeal to those who like light fruity smells.
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