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I have bought quite a few of these Original Source shower creams and gels as you can usually pick them up quite cheaply from discount stores and supermarkets, and I have always found them to be very good value as they are all quite rich and creamy so you don’t have to use very much for each shower. I have bought this shea butter and honey shower cream several times and the last time I paid just 95p from my local discount store which is great value as they can sell for up to £2 at some shops for this 250ml bottle.
It is in a semi clear bottle so you can clearly see how much of the cream is left and it has a black lid which flips off and which the bottle sits on so the cream is always at the right end for you to squeeze out of the bottle. It has the Original Source logo on the front of the bottle and it also tells you that 49 bee miles helped to make one skin nourishing bottle of this. It also tells you that the fragrance is one hundred per cent natural and it contains fairtrade ingredients.
The shower cream itself is thick and creamy and you don’t have to worry about it dripping off your hands before you can apply it to your skin. It lathers up a treat and the bubbles seem to increase as I am washing myself. I usually use a body sponge in the shower and find that just one application is enough for my shower so it really is good value at 95p as a 250ml bottle will last me about six weeks or so.
The smell is rich and buttery without being too sweet and sickly and I really feel that I am very clean after using it. The smell lingers on my skin for quite some time afterwards and feels lovely and clean and my skin feels soft and moisturised. I do love this shower cream and it is also good to know that it is not tested on animals and the bottle is one hundred per cent recyclable. Original Source make a wide range of fragrances this shower cream including Vanilla and Raspberry, Peach and Apricot and Pure Lime so they are a bit different from a lot of other brands. I have tried a few of these but would like to go through and try them all as this is a lovely everyday shower cream suitable for all the family which has a lovely smell and goes a long way.
I love this shower gel - it has a nice creamy consistency and isn't as watery as some shower gels which slip through your fingers all too easily, this is a bit thicker, which I really like. As with most Original Source shower gels it's usually possible to buy this on offer (half price or BOGOF) in which case it works out to around £1 a bottle, which I think is great value.
The smell of this shower gel is nice and warming, not zingy like some of their other fruity fragrances (like lime or lemon & tea tree) but more calming and relaxing, it feels very moisturising on your skin. The bottle is easy to squeeze (not hard like some shower gels with thicker plastic containers) and gravity is on your side as the shower gel comes out of the bottom of the bottle! The only slight drawback is that the last bit of shower gel can be quite hard to get out of the bottle - I usually add a bit of water, shake it around et voila! But then I like to squeeze the last bit of toothpaste out of the tube too!
I bought this when it was on offer at £1 in Boots, which I thought was a bargain. Original Source is quite a popular modern brand, now expanding its range and becoming more available in different stores. Having used their products previously and finding them to be quite good, I was really looking forward to trying this as I seem to be a sucker for smellies with Honey in them at the moment!
Original Source products seem to stand out on the shelf from others because of the pack design and often the colours in the bottles, making them easily distinguishable. This comes in a 250ml plastic bottle with a transparent label on the front so we can see the colour of the liquid inside. It has more of a triangular shape to it and the black flip-open lid is on the bottom, so it stands upside down and makes getting the shower gel out far easier.
On the front of this we're told that '49 bee miles helped make one skin nourishing bottle of this', which is pretty impressive and makes it seem like a higher quality product, using more natural ingredients. To further support the notion of it being better quality and more ethical, there's a symbol at the bottom telling us this contains fairtrade ingredients. On the back is another label to tell us this is packed with 'natural stuff', and that the fragrance is 100% natural. It's made in the UK, not tested on animals, and the packaging is recyclable. So now you can wash and feel good about what you're using at the same time!
The shower gel has a lovely sweet scent to it that's discernible as honey, but it's tempered from being sickly sweet by the shea butter, making it seem a luxurious. I call this a shower 'gel' but it's more of a shower cream. The consistency is just right, so it's not too thick and not too thin; I find this works really well with a relatively small blob on a shower poof as it lathers well enough and thus also lasts a bit longer. Of course you can apply directly to skin and rub it over, in which case the consistency is also suitable as it smooths on and washes off without being too heavy. The scent is noticeable without being overbearing and it makes the shower experience all that more enjoyable because you feel like you're pampering yourself a little bit, even when the product only cost £1 on sale!
The feel of my skin afterwards is slightly softer and more nourished, but overall it just feels clean, refreshed and looked after.
Overall, this is definitely one I'd recommend, especially at £1. It does what it should in terms of washing, and it feel like a fairly nourishing, caring kind of shower gel that's a little more indulgent than what I'd normally opt for. It leaves my skin feeling clean and looked after, has a lovely sweet scent, and it's good to know you can feel positive about the product and company too.
Normal price around £2.30 (I purchased for £1) in Boots
I am a big fan of Original Source shower gels, they have some great "flavours" to try. When they release a new product I am always eager to try it, but I also have my firm favourites which I comeback to time and time again. I was delighted to see bottles of their Shea Butter and Honey shower gel in Poundland, I absolutely love this one and so couldn't resist picking up a few.
Original Source is owned by Cussons u.k. They make a variety of different shower gels, bubble baths, hand wash, hair care and scrubs. All of their products are made with natural ingredients, they never test on animals and claim to being avoid being wasteful. They claim to source as much of their produce from the u.k and the products themselves are all made in the u.k. So, all in all a company that seems to be doing their bit to try and be ethically and environmentally responsible.
The shea butter and honey shower gel comes in the standard plastic bottle which stands on its black flip lid. The bottle is clear so the creamy light beige gel can be seen inside. The brand and product name are clearly displayed on the front along with the claim that "49 bee miles helped make one skin nourishing bottle of this".
General information is given on the back which includes ingredients and general warnings. The shower gel is made with Fairtrade honey and has not been tested on animals. It should be used within twelve months of opening.
The sides of the bottle are slightly grooved and therefore anti - slip, this makes holding the bottle with wet hands much easier!
The gel itself is of a nice consistency although it is not quite as thick as most other Original Source gels. I tend to squirt a small amount onto my shower puff to wash my body, the gel lathers up really well and creates lots of fluffy white bubbles, a little goes a long way with this one. The bubbles are easily washed off and my skin is left feeling clean and well moisturised.
I absolutely love the smell, the shea butter and honey work together perfectly to create a wonderful sweet warming fragrance, thankfully it is not overly sweet to the point of sickly. I find that this one has a real natural smell to it which is good as I absolutely hate artificial smells. The fragrance really lingers on the skin as well and I get a little whiff of it every now and then long after my shower, which I absolutely love.
The gel has a RRP of £2.30, but it can often be found for around £1 on offer and in discount stores. I would highly recommend Original Source shea butter and honey shower gel, its one one of my favourites
I love shower gels and creams and in particular the Original Source ones with their quirky packaging and beautiful scents. They also do some unusual scent combinations which work really well and are unusual. I always try and stock up when they are on offer, and love to try the new ones that they bring out.
This shower cream comes in a clear bottle with a black flip top lid which makes it very easy to dispense just the amount of product required. You do need to make sure you clip the lid down though to avoid any product escaping after us. I tend to lay my bottle down rather than stand it on the lid to avoid spills.
It comes in the distinct original source packaging style with a fact on the front. This one says "49 bee miles helped to make one skin nourishing bottle of this". It has 100% natural fragrance.
This shower cream really does smell lovely. It has a mild Shea butter smell with a touch of honey, and really does smell gorgeous. The scent lingers on the skin after use for several hours, and I tend to catch the smell as I move.
After use my skin feels so soft, clean and moisturised. I find it lathers up very well and you only need a small amount. It really is lovely to use and a bottle lasts quite well (Especially if you don't have to share!).
This shower cream can be brought in chemists, supermarkets and online and costs around £2 for a 250ml bottle although it is often on offer in Tesco and is currently on offer for £1.10.
I absolutely love this shower cream and buy it time and again. It has a beautiful scent which lingers on the skin and it leaves my skin feeling moisturised and soft. Highly recommend.
This review also appears on CIAO under the same username.
I've been meaning to review this since I received it for my birthday back in may, I don't usually buy shower gel, the price of gels always seems too high when I think about how much my son uses when hes in the bath, so when I received this I was intent on keeping it on a high shelf for only me to use.
I have known original source for quite a few years, pre children we used to buy it quite a lot, and was always my choice of gel if I were the one buying. Nowadays we use soap bars....a lot easier to stop from been used as bubble bath.
This shower gel comes in the tall squarish bottle which is iconic of original source shower gels, the black lid and the clear frosted body is used on every bottle. The colour of the shower gel can be seen clearly through the bottle, in this case a creamy/light brown.
Original source shower gels RRP at £2.30 in boots, but is often found in poundland for £1 and on offer at £1 in many supermarkets.
Each bottle has a natural claim on the front, this one claims that 49 bee miles helped to make this one bottle of shower gel, I cant help but feel sorry for the poor bees.
One first use I wasn't very keen on the smell, I couldn't put my finger on why but it just wasn't pleasing. Upon using it a few times I realised there was a slight chocolatey smell to the gel, I think that must be the shea butter.
The gel, when first used, was quite thick and gloopy, I like this because it means it doesn't run out too quickly and wasted. I use a flannel and runnier shower gels tend to seep through the flannel and wash my hands more than my body. This was "gloopy" enough to stay on one side of the flannel for use. As I use a flannel it doesn't foam very much, but I don't expect it to. it does foam more than other brands though.
The has lasted quite well with only me using it, until one day I went into the bathroom to find quite a lot of bubbles in my sons bath....OOOPS. He says it was very nice at washing his bottom, but the gel ran off his hands so he had to use more.
I did find that as the bottle was used more and more it seemed to get runnier and runnier, or maybe my son was filling with water to hide how much he was using???
Anyway, in review....its a nice quality shower gel, with a nice scent once I got used to it. Its quite an average price at the RRP, and good value when bought on offer. I would recommend to anyone to buy from the original source range, but not necessarily this variant. I give it 3/5 stars, its not bad but just not my cup of tea in terms of scent. I would have given it 2 but it is very good at washing bottoms....apparently!!!
This is another shower gel I bought while it was on offer. I love Original Source but can't really afford it at its regular price. So when I see it on sale for half price, I will generally choose one of its products over any other brand.
Usually I plump for the fruitier scents when I buy shower gel, but writing reviews for dooyoo gets me buying items I wouldn't normally try - cue me choosing this Shea Butter and Honey Shower Cream.
As with all Original Source shower gels/creams, it comes in a sort of triangular shaped bottle that feels chunky and sturdy. The lettering on the front is bold and eye-catching, and I really like the way it is presented. About this particular scent, Original Source say it was made by 49 bee miles (no idea). I like this company because their products are not tested on animals, the packaging is produced domestically, and they encourage you to recycle the bottles.
SMELL AND APPEARANCE
This shower cream is a pale caramel colour, resembling cloudy honey. It's a little on the thin side for my tastes, as I prefer thicker shower gels - I find there's less wastage that way.
Normally I am not keen on sweet smells as I prefer zingier scents, but I really loved this. It smells sweet (but not sickeningly so), and reminded me of caramel or toffee. Despite there being shea butter in this, I didn't find it had the chocolately, vanilla smell of it, which personally I was glad about as I loathe the smell of vanilla.
No complaints about using this whatsoever. It lathers up incredibly well and feels soft and creamy against the skin. I found the scent of this as I was using it really comforting, and it was lovely to use when having a shower before putting on nice clean PJs and going to bed!
I don't think this left my skin any softer than other shower gels do, and disappointingly the lovely smell didn't linger on my skin after use.
This is normally around £2.20 for a 250ml bottle - great if you can afford this. I can't, but I find that Original Source products are frequently on offer in Sainsbury's so I usually pay half price when I am buying these.
WOULD I BUY THIS AGAIN?
One part of Mr Rarr moving in is that we have found ourselves still, two months later, in the ongoing chaos that is our two sets of worldly belongings merging in one, really rather small, house.
This has its negative points - wondering when you're going to get that computer desk that's been living next to the dining table since Christmas on eBay, tripping over the multitude of wires from our respective geek toys, so on and so forth. But on the plus side, we are also merging our respective life experiences about various products we have tried and enjoyed.
Now, normally I try to keep to the cheaper ranges of shower gels, but having recently invested a whole English pound in a thoroughly disappointing, cloyingly sweet Palmolive rose-based gel, I was on the prowl for something new. I had always considered Original Source products to be expensive in comparison to many of their peers so had never tried one until Mr Rarr, doubtless keen to stop me musing and get home to get the dinner on, suggested I try their Shea Butter and Honey Fair Trade Gel, knowing my weakness for all things Shea Butter. He himself already used Original Source and chose it almost every time he restocked, so obviously he had faith in the brand, although I had never seen him use this scent combination.
I forget the precise price but it was slightly reduced in Wilkinsons at the time, so I decided to give it a try, convinced that by spending a bit more I might be sparing myself the scent-induced diabetic condition that the Palmolive gel had nearly delivered.
So, is it any good?
First, a word from our sponsor, so to speak. Original Source offer a wide range of cosmetic bathroom products and have firmly been steered by their marketing team down the "fun and friendly" packaging route made so popular by the likes of Innocent etal. Their shower gels, which are their only products that I have used to this point, come in semi-opaque tall, tapered tubes which sit on their lids and snap open, with labels with irregularly sized text describing their product in colours that reflect the scent of the gel inside the packaging.
A member of the Aromatherapy Trade Council and associated closely with the Vegan Society, Original Source claim that their products are based on pure and natural essential oils or natural extracts, and that they try to reduce their carbon footprint by not relying on imported products where possible and using as many as they can which are sourced from the UK. So all in, they sound pretty nice people. They never do mean things to bunnies, and everyone likes a bunny (I can offer a particularly nice rabbit stew recipe if you really, really do).
You can find more about the company at www.originalsource.co.uk and, like everyone and their gran, they have a facebook and twitter presence.
***FAIR TRADE, HUH??***
By coincidence, at the time of writing, Superdrug have this on offer from a standard price of £2.29 to £1.13. Personally, particularly if you have a points card, I'd get amongst that, because this is a really lovely product.
The packaging makes a few claims about the product it houses; that it "takes 49 bee miles" to produce the honey that goes into making one bottle of this gel. Both Shea Butter and Honey are meant to have softening capabilities when used on skin.
The product's own little section of the Original Source website tells us that the Fair Trade Honey comes from API Co-Op in Chile. So whilst this product doesn't particularly stay in keeping with the company's attempts to source ingredients here, you do have the benefit of Fair Trade (and from what we keep hearing, the bees over here need all the honey they can get...).
Meanwhile, the Fair Trade Shea Butter comes from a producer group in Burkina Faso. So you have two producers who, whilst not UK-based, are being supported by a fair price from the producer of the gel.
***BUT WHAT'S IT LIKE?***
Honestly? I love this! It really is gorgeous.
Flipping back the lid you are greeted with a rich, soothing, almost slightly peppery scent of the honey with the gentle, rich base scent of the Shea Butter balancing it out really nicely. This isn't a punchy scent but it is distinctive and luxurious. Whilst it might not be ideal for summer when you get home still boiling alive and feeling hideous, I think it is lovely for winter and spring and particularly gorgeous to use in Autumn, when even its colour is perfectly suited - a buttery, light caramel shade.
The texture of this gel is much like others from the range that I have tried since making this purchase. It is not overly thick, and whilst if you hold this upside down you are not at risk of losing all of it, it will gradually drip out - but this suits the packaging as the rectangular, pyramid-shaped bottle is made from quite firm plastic so isn't the squeeziest, and just a gentle push on the sides will dispense a good amount on a shower puff.
I always use a puff to apply this and find that it bubbles up instantly but never, ever feels drying - sometimes gels can feel drying almost as soon as you put them on and with stress-induced dry skin patches forming on my upper arms lately, this has been a god send. Whilst it doesn't make up for moisturising properly, it can leave your skin feeling soft and smooth after showering and whilst the indulgent, luxurious rich scent doesn't last long beyond the shower, it is a great addition while you're under the water - relaxing, comforting and also almost warming, a good gentle start to the day in winter.
I have had no irritation from this product and have found that, as you do not need much of it to achieve a softening, soothing and rich lather, it lasts very well. So at over £2 per bottle it is not the cheapest gel product in the world but it is by far one of my favourites, and if you can grab it on sale at less than that price (I stocked up in Boots when they had a half price promotion on just after Christmas and tried some other scents). So, all in all I wholeheartedly recommend this. My only doubt would be that the rich, almost savoury combination of the scents might not be to the liking of people who prefer to start their day with a sensory boot up the backside from citrus fruits or berries, but for those of you who like the base notes of this product then as a gel it performs really well and is both a great start to the day and a soothing, relaxing way of ending it. Absolutely lovely and you can feel all smug about the Fair Trade aspect too. What's not to like?
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This is now the 3rd product in the Original Source range which I have tried. Thanks to the brilliant reviews on here, you have now got me addicted to this lovely range of products which I never tried before reading reviews on this site. Original Source makes a large range of skin care products including Shower Gel, Men's Products, Hand Wash, Bath Products and Hair Care Products. Original Source uses Natural Ingredients in their products and don't test their products on animals. They are always looking for new ingredients to use in their products and are always coming up with new products, ideas and packaging designs. Their range of products contain lots of different ingredients including Almond, Chilli, Ginger, Honey, Orange, Spearmint, Cocoa, Pineapple, Lavender, Lime, Shea Butter and more. Their products can be found in various different stores including Boots, Superdrug and some local supermarkets and shops. I have heard of Original Source products before and have seen a few of their television adverts advertising their shower products. I like to purchase different types of this product as I love the fragrant smell of the products. This time I am reviewing the Shea Butter and Honey Shower Gel product.
(Please note some of this information has been taken from my previous Original Source Shower Gel review)
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This Original Source shower gel contains honey and Shea butter which are well known products used in various different skin products. Shea butter is a fantastic ingredient for making sore skin lovely again. As well as improving skin softness it also helps to improve elasticity. It has been used in traditional African soaps and ointments for a very long time and is used in a wide range of products such as moisturisers and lip salves. As well as Shea Butter the product also contains Honey which is an ancient skin healing product. This product is fair-trade which means the fair-trade honey farmers and Shea butter producers will be getting a fair deal from each bottle purchased. I decided to go for this particular shower gel as I love products with Shea Butter in as they always leave my skin feeling smooth and soft. The Shower gel comes in a tall bottle which is a flat square like shape which gets thinner towards to the top of the bottle. The bottle stands on its lid which is black and simply flips open to reveal a round hole in which the product can be dispensed. On the front of the product you can clearly see that it's made by Original Source and what fragrance it has. You can see the colour of the product through the bottle which is an off white/light caramel colour. It has the fair-trade logo on the front of the bottle and it states that the product contains fair-trade ingredients. On the back of the bottle it tells you a bit of information about the product and that the product has a natural fragrance and is made in the UK. You will also find a list of ingredients, how to use the product and contact information for Original Source.
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I purchase this from my local Boots store for £1.50 which is for a 250ml bottle of the product. This is normally priced at £2.30 but is currently on offer, so I purchased 2 different ones. You can also purchase this online from the Boots website. I have also seen this product in Superdrug as well. Please note that prices may vary in different stores and during different times of the year. Other Shower Gel products in this range include the following:
* Almond & Black Cherry
* Raspberry & Vanilla Milk
* Lavender & Tea Tree
* Lemon & Tea Tree
* Mint & Tea Tree
Using the Product
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I always like to smell the products before actually using them in the shower so I know what type of smell the product has. I love the smell of the Original Source products and always find the smell of the products much better than any other brands. I flipped the lid open to smell the product before I even got in the shower. The smell of the Shea Butter and the Honey was very clear and I could smell both of these ingredients very easily. It smelt very sweet but not too sickly or overpowering. I was looking forwards to using this product in the shower. I stood under the shower for a few minutes to ensure my skin was wet and then dispensed some of the product onto a body puff/bath lily. The colour of the shower gel was a light caramel looking colour and was quite runny. I only had to squeeze the bottle slightly in order to dispense some of the product. I started to rub the bath lily over my skin and as I did this the shower gel started to foam up very quickly, creating a rich white lather which was extremely soft against my skin. I could also smell the scent of the product, and I could now definitely smell more of the honey smell than the Shea butter. I continued to rub the bath lily over my body ensuring the lather covered my body. I felt as though I was getting a really good clean as the product lathered up even more and my skin felt moisturised as I washed. The whole bathroom now smelt really sweet and had a nice, light smell of honey. I stood back under the shower and washed the lather off my body; as soon as I did this the smell practically disappeared although there was still a slight scent of the product in the air. I got out of the shower and patted my skin dry.
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My skin felt smoother and softer but it no longer smelt of the product, which was slightly disappointing, how-ever it was such a lovely product to wash with that this didn't really bother me that much as not many shower gel products leave a scent on your skin anyway. This particular shower gel created much more of lather than the other Original Source products that I have tried, and this was the first thing I noticed about this particular product. The scent of the product was quite strong, much stronger than the Strawberry shower gel; how-ever it wasn't too sweet and smelt rather pleasant in the bathroom. I think the product is good value for money, along with the other products in the Original Source range. I would buy this product again as it was lovely to wash with and I loved that it created such a rich, soft lather that left my skin feeling smooth and soft. I highly recommend this product to others and am going to give it a well-deserved 4 stars.
(review also on ciao)
I picked this up at my local poundland recently.
Shea butter is known for its moisturising and conditioning properties and is used in many high end moisturisers. Honey also has moisturising properties and can soothe and nourish skin. So when I saw these ingredients in a shower gel for a pound, I had to try!
The container is a standard Original Source bottle, triangular, with an inverted squeezy dispenser. The bottle is 250ml in quantity.
The cream is light beige in colour and is medium consistency, this means it doesn't run out of your hands when dispensed, so it's easy to apply.
Immediately the smell from the cream is apparent. It smells a little like ice cream, it does remind me of sweets I used to eat in childhood - but I can't quite put my finger on what they are!
The shower cream is silky to apply to the skin, it does glide effortlessly on the skin. Whilst in the shower my skin did feel nourished and clean.
After my shower, my skin felt clean and quite soft. The strong smell of the cream wasn't so distinct, however I could smell it on my skin if I put my nose to it! This smell did wear off after a couple of hours and I couldn't smell a trace of the cream later.
My skin felt soft, but I still felt as though I needed to apply moisturiser to my skin after drying as the cream wasn't THAT moisturising. Maybe this is just me that had high expectations due to the ingredients, but I did expect my skin to feel more nourised afterwards. Perhaps this is what to expect from a cheaper product.
Overall, the cream did clean my skin and smell delightful. If you do not like sweet, sugary smelling products, then I wouldn't recommend this for you. I would say it softens my skin more than standard shower gels, and for £1 I can't really complain!
After my other half had his new bathroom fitted, I felt it appropriate to mark my stamp in the shape of filling his bathroom with toiletries that I wanted to use.
I've always liked Original Source products, but being the tightwad that I am, I bought this mainly because it was on offer at Superdrug at the time, for 99p a bottle.
The plastic is clear so you can see the product inside. The tapered shape makes it easy to grab when you have wet hands in the shower! The cap does tend to leak a little bit, so if you are buying one of these for your toiletries stash, then I'd suggest sealing it with a piece of clear cellotape until you want to use the product.
The product itself is a creamy, light brown colour which has a wonderful rich honey type smell, with a warming edge. I tend to use a shower puff thing with a good squirt of the showergel on and smooth on all over. The only problem is that the smell is so lush that you are always tempted to use more of it.
Does the product work?:
I'd argue that it does. Once I've shaved my legs and washed myself with this shower gel, my legs feel moisturised and smooth. Some showergels tend to tighten and dry my skin, but I think the moisturising benefits are definately true with this product.
Another bonus is that the smell of this showergel lingers well until after youve dried yourself and got dressed. Its such a clean and pleasant smell that people will comment on it. In times when I've run out of shampoo and only have conditioner, I have been known to use a drop of this as a shampoo and its done the job well and left my hair smelling beautiful.
When you can find original source products on offer such as 99p or buy one get one free, I would buy buy buy. You won't regret it.
I am having the pleasure of trying lots of Original Source products that are new to me after winning a prize bundle of their shower gels and bath products. One of their shower gels I'd never tried before was this Shea Butter and Honey Shower Shower Gel.
The gel comes in a clear bottle through which you can see the colour and consistency of the gel - this is great as I always like to see what I'm getting before I squeeze it out of the bottle! The The packaging is a 250ml sized bottle with a flip lid style exit point. The bottle is fully recyclable but the black plastic lid may need to be removed before recycling.
The labels on the bottle are marked with bold, cartoon-style lettering which is interesting to read. On the front label I'm drawn to the statement that "49 bee miles helped make one skin nourishing bottle of this...". It makes you aware of the natural ingredients included and the effort involved in producing this product. The front label is also marked with the Fairtrade stamp which means you can be sure that the ingredients used were purchased at a fair price for the farmers involved. The label on the back reveals that the gel has a purely natural fragrance, is made in the United Kingdom, is not tested on animals and is comprised of natural ingredients.
The gel is the colour of natural honey - a sort of toasted amber shade. The lid has a large edge that can be prised down with strong fingernails and then you need to squeeze the bottle to get the gel to come out. The consistency of the gel is thick, sticky and runny. It tends to form gloopy attachments to whatever it touches and then leave long sticky trails. You can either apply to your skin and rub it in or to your shower puff or sponge. I like to apply to my shower lily as it can be slippery and slide off the skin. The gel lathers really well and creates a good, fluffy and cloud-like foam. This feels soft and gentle on the skin and it is thrilling to feel these satin silky bubbles on my skin.
Although the label on the back of the bottle claims the fragrance is natural I was a little confused by the scent. I expected it to have a typical sweet but sharp honey aroma but it instead smells a bit like an oaty orange flapjack. I can't smell any honey in there at all. I then read the full ingredients list on the back and saw that 'parfum' is listed as well as the fact that there is just 2% shea butter and honey included. The fragrance is okay but it's not very strong. It isn't a refreshing type of fragrance and it isn't quite sweet enough to satisfy.
The best quality of this gel is that it leaves my skin super smooth. You can feel it as soon as you apply it - that your skin is being transformed. It's a brilliant moisturising gel that has a positive effect on even the driest areas of my body like my feet or elbows. It really does feel like you are somehow polishing your skin with some kind of vitamin enriched body wax (I'm guessing this must be due to the shea butter ingredient). It is a great gel to use when you have been doing physical things or have been out in the frost and cold winds. It makes your skin special! It also effectively cleans and refreshes skin and I can use this alone without needing to use an extra soap or to scrub my skin.
I would probably buy this again if I saw it in the shops but I doubt it'd be my first choice of Original source gels as I've used others that have been more exciting with more thrilling fragrances. Still, I really like the results it gives in terms of moisturising my skin during bathing so I would recommend trying it especially if you suffer from dry skin.
Don't get me wrong, I like Original Source products and I often will try out the different fragrances they have when there is an offer on at my supermarket. But I was pretty disappointed with this one, mainly down to the aroma.
I've dabbled in making my own bath products, I have used Shea Butter to make bath melts and soaps. I know what Shea Butter smells like. It smells rather nice. So when I saw this on offer while I was doing as Asda shop online I thought mmm I shall give it a whirl!
It duly arrived nestled amongst my broccoli and courgettes (grateful it hadn't leaked all over them) and that evening I settled in my bath ready to smear my body with the silky smooth shower cream. Then all I could smell was something that resembled some sort of caramel coconut smell. I am not a big fan of coconut smelling things and my husband really doesn't like it.
While the shower cream was lovely and soft, oozing and made a decent lather and did do the deed of cleaning my skin, it smelled less than divine. We don't like throwing things away, so we grinned and bared it and didn't touch each other till the smell had dissapated. Needless to say we haven't bought it since.
My favourite still has to be the lavender one, but happy to keep trying to see if I can find others that satisfy the olefactory senses!
Because I'm quite a fan of the Original Source shower gels I thought I would give this on a try. I got it for £1 on offer in Morrisons, it usually costs around £2.20 For this 250ml bottle but depends where you buy it from.
It is in the usual pyramid oblong shape bottle that the other Original Source shower gels are in. The shower gel is dispensed from the bottom so it is always easy to get out and none is wasted. It has a flip lid so is safe to take away with you without fearing that it might leak everywhere! The bottle itself is slightly frosted but the beige colour of the shower gel can be seen through it. It has a label to match this which uses cream and honey colours along with black block capitals for the more important words. Overall it looks comforting and yummy, and the packaging suits the product well.
On the bottle it says the following:
"49 bee miles helped make one skin nourishing bottle of this Original Source shea butter and honey shower cream"
I thought this was really cute and it makes the packaging look fun at the same time as promoting the fact that they use natural ingredients.
The shower gel is definitely a gel rather than a cream, but at the same time it looks creamy and luxurious as soon as it comes out of the bottle. It is a honey colour and is very creamy looking and not at all clear. The smell was just what I expected, it is a sweet smell and I could definitely pick up the smell of honey and also the slightly nutty smell of the shea butter. Overall it smells mainly sweet but without being too sickly. The smell isn't too overpowering either, in fact it is quite subtle. The smell wasn't particularly refreshing, but more relaxing and comforting - so it's ideal for an evening shower before bed.
The gel is nice and thick, like all Original Source shower gels I have tried. This means you don't have to use too much of it to get a nice lather. Because this shower gel is quite creamy, I wasn't really expecting it to foam up that much but was surprised by how much of a lather it created! This was a real bonus and meant I felt super clean all over. The lather was rich so it felt like a real treat for my skin, and felt really moisturising.
The lather was easy to wash off and when I left the shower my skin felt smooth, moisturised and smelt great.
The bottle lasts well as I haven't had to use much each time so even at full price it is pretty good value for money.
I'm really pleased with this shower gel, which has made a nice relaxing treat for my showers before bed. It is good quality and creates a nice cleansing lather without using too much at once. The smell is lovely and relaxing, and it leaves skin feeling soft. I think it would suit most skin types as the scent isnt too strong.
Original Source Shea butter and Honey Shower gel/body wash
I have not tried a lot of original source products but they are always on offers so a couple of weeks ago when there was on offer on in boots I bought this product (and I also bought the winter scent) and I am very impressed!
- About the product and ingredients
The shower gel/body wash comes in a clear squeezy container (the main point that I like about the packaging is that the dispenser is at the bottom of the container so the product is ready to be used) and it contains 250ml of product. The shower gel is a creamy beige colour and the stated ingredients are shea butter and honey, both of which are fair trade products, which is great. The container can be recycled and it is made in the UK. And as well as this body wash there is also a shea butter and honey hand wash.
Most of the ingredients are not natural (to my knowledge) but quite a few are including the fair trade shea butter and honey. The shea butter is is sourced from a producer in Burkina Faso, Africa and the fair trade honey is from Chile.
- Consistency and scent
The body wash has a nice smooth texture and it also has a thick consistency. The scent of the product is really nice, it is a creamy, caramel, sweet scent - and I love sweet scent so this product is perfect for me. The scent is really nice and it is not too strong either, although to some people I think this may smell a bit sickly sweet.
- Using the product and results
This body wash is really nice to use, I use it with a body shop shower scrunchie/bath lily and the first time I used this product I dispensed far too much - you only need a small amount of the shower gel as it creates a lot of lather/bubbles which is great and I did not really expect it to as it was really cheap but it works amazingly well. The body wash lathers really well with a small amount of product and the product feels really smooth and gentle on my skin. While using this product the scent comes through easily which is nice and although the scent is not very strong it makes the bathroom smell really nice too. The shower gel washes off easily and it makes my skin feel really smooth, soft and it does not irritate my skin at all. When out of the shower the scent just dissipates and I can not detect the scent on my skin which is a bit disappointing as it does smell really nice. The shower gel does leave my skin smooth, soft and feeling really moisturised - I didn't have to apply any moisturiser after using this product as it did make my skin look/feel moisturised. Overall, this product lathers really well with a small amount of the product, it smells really nice, is leaves my skin smooth/moisturised but the scent does not transfer to my skin.
- Price and availability
I bough this product, along with the winter one, at a boots store for only £1! In my opinion this price is amazing as you get a fantastic product that will not run out very quickly as you only need a small amount. The original source products can be bought from boots and larger supermarkets.
*Nice scent but it does not transfer to my skin
*Ingredients - two are fair trade and some are natural
*Lather really well - with a small amount of product
*Price and it is quite widely available (and it is usually on offer)
*None for me!
For more information on fair trade, ingredients and the products: http://www.originalsource.co.uk
Thank you for reading my review x