Product Type: Original Source Bath / Shower
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Like a cosy comfortable caramel bedtime hug
Original Source Shea Butter & Honey Shower Cream
Member Name: catsholiday
Original Source Shea Butter & Honey Shower Cream
Date: 30/08/10, updated on 27/10/11 (98 review reads)
Advantages: Nice smell. not too expensive
Disadvantages: None unless you want to avoid the Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Original Source clearly state on their website:
"We are a member of the Aromatherapy Trade Council and also work closely with the Vegan Society. Our products contain either pure and natural essential oils or natural extracts. We're not big fans of flying our products in from here, there and everywhere, so we source and produce as much as we can in the UK. After all, it's nice here."
Although I do love many bath and shower products from Soap and glory, through to Lush I do find the more available products such as Original Source to be very good and so often pick these up, after doing the sniff test, when I am doing the grocery shopping.
Once again this is a clear plastic recyclable bottle with a bigger base than top so that it stands securely on the bath side or shower stand. The product is a creamy yellowing honey coloured liquid that shows through the bottle. On the front of the bottle is the name - brand Original Source in black but the Shea Butter and Honey is in a paler cream colour. Also on the front is the rather strange claim that" 49 Bee miles helped to make one nourishing bottle of this Shea Butter and Honey Shower Cream" I'm neither a bee keeper nor an expert on honey but I cannot imagine what this means. Does it mean one little bee flew 49miles to make this or, do they measure honey in bee miles. Who knows?
The lid is a black flip off lid which you can then squeeze the thick creamy liquid out of a hole. You can stand the bottle on its lid; it is designed to stand that way so the product is always easy to squeeze out as it is up at the lid end. It is specially designed so that you can use it one handed in the shower. As you flip back the lid you can smell the delicious creamy caramel honey smell. It smells just like a cooking crème caramel with a vanilla caramel odour. This is a lovely creamy bath/shower cream. I now that shea butter has little smell beyond the rather nutty smell but th honey really becomes more like caramel and vanilla, a really tasty creamy vanilla custard in a warm creamy comfortable sort of way.
The benefits of this shower cream should be coming from the honey and shea butter but as I cannot find honey on the list of ingredients it does make you wonder if you are getting any of the benefits from using honey and where did that bee go in his"49 bee miles" anyway, obviously not bringing the honey here! Lots of Googling has turned up that "Mel" one of the ingredients is in fact a honey extract so that is the ingredient that honey is disguised as on the back! So apologies to the company it turns out that both honey and shea butter are included amongst the list of ingredients after all.
Benefits of shea butter:
Shea Butter comes from "sí yiri" or shea tree, in the Bamana language. The correct pronounciation is actually "shee" - to rhyme with "sea" not "shay" as I have been saying all this time.
It is originally from Africa and is used for all kinds of things including healing skin problems. It is known for its ability to soften skin and improve elasticity. Fat extracted from the shea tree kernel has been used in traditional African soaps and ointments for many years and is now a very respected ingredient in Western toiletries and moisturizers etc. Shea Butter nourishes the skin with Vitamins A, E and F. Vitamins A and E help maintain the skin and keep it clear and healthy and are particularly helpful for sun damaged skin. They help prevent premature wrinkles and facial lines. Vitamin F acts as a skin protector and rejuvenator. It soothes rough, dry or chapped skin and helps soften dry or damaged hair. So with all these benefits shea butter is a wonderful moisturizing ingredient in this shower cream.
Benefits of honey:
Honey has been well known for its healing powers since Ancient times. It also offers antiseptic, antioxidant and cleansing properties for our bodies. Honey is a great natural anti aging product used by Cleopatra as part of the beauty regime to help keep her looking youthful. Honey contains an enzyme called glucose oxidase, that when combined with water, produces hydrogen peroxide which is a mild antiseptic. In addition to the glucose oxidase enzyme, honey also contains antioxidants and flavonoids that may function as antibacterial agents. Honey is also a great natural moisturizer for dry and parched skin. Honey is rebuild the moisture level in the skin without making it oily. It is also calming to the skin, and helps replenish necessary skin moisture, especially during the winter months.
So into the shower or in my case the bath:
I very rarely have showers as I do love a good soak in the bath. I tend to use all my bath/shower products in the same way as most people use shower gels. I pour a little of the liquid into my hands and apply all over with my hand ,flannel or nylon scrubby thing until I am well scrubbed then I lie back and enjoy the aroma and feeling of luxury in my lovely warm bath.
The smell of this is that of a creme caramel cooking, a very creamy moiturising feel to the liquid as you apply it and then the smell comes through of the creamy caramel vanilla odours which are warm and comfortable smells. Like a mug of hot cocoa all creamy and luxurious.
Although the smell is wonderful and creamy when using it in the bath the smell does not linger strongly on your skin so you don't need to worry about smelling like a crème caramel, you just feel clean and warm and cosy.
A niggly bit:
Sodium Laureth Sulfate or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is listed in the ingredients on this bottle and indeed you will find this in almost all products that produce foam. This is a controversial substance, which has been linked with carcinogens and is avoided by those who prefer natural products. This does not go with the natural claims of this product but I do know it is actually pretty difficult to find any bubble bath that doesn't contain it. However if you are one of those who really strongly believes in totally natural products then this may put you off.
If you have any queries or comments you'd like to make regarding this product then you can contact them as follows:
Tel: 0800 581 001 ( UK number)
Or visit originalsource.co.uk
While this claims to be an all natural product I don't know enough about the names of the things on the list of ingredients to question this. I do know that Sodium Laureth Sulfate or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is questionable. But at least shea butter and "mel" which is a honey product are both on the list of ingredients. I have nearly finished my bottle and have no unpleasant side effects from using this and I do like the smell which is a lovely cosy warm vanilla caramel sort of smell. It feels lovely and soft and creamy when you use it and after I have used it my skin does not feel dry and itchy which happens with some products. All in all I would buy this again as it is not madly expensive. It is often on special at Tesco buy two for about £3. It is one of those products that I only buy when on offer as there is always something on special offer I rarely buy any of these bath products at full price.
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Summary: Nice smelling reasonably priced bath/shower cream