Product Type: Original Source Bath / Shower
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A Good Old Fashioned British Strawberry Shower Gel
Original Source Shower Gel
Member Name: Daffydill
Original Source Shower Gel
Advantages: Good gel quality, good ethical principles for the price.
Disadvantages: The scent does change once lathered.
With all the Olympics hype, I had to support Team GB with a good old fashioned British shower gel. This shower gel was released by Original Source and is one of their seasonal edition which will only be around for about six months.
A top down squeezy plastic bottle, I really like this style of shower gel bottle design as it's easy to store in the shower. The outer area of the gel has a textured finish for easier grip when wet. See through packaging mean you can see how much you have left. I also think the Union Jack is a nice touch and means it would stand out easily on the supermarket shelves. Supporting of their ethical principles this bottle is also recyclable.
Original Source is one of those does what it says on the tin. It uses natural fragrances which is a plus in my book. The natural fragrance highlighted in this fragrance is obviously the strawberry. Just smelling from the cap in the shop this very much reminded me of the Giant Strawbs from Haribo - fruity, tangy but subtly sweet. I love the sweets so I loved this scent, and happily bounded off to the till with my purchase.
However, all changed once it lathered in the shower, the tangy strawberry turned into more of a strawberry cake with desiccated coconut. Slightly strange I thought, I personally prefer the original scent from the bottle and didn't like this sickly scent. I appreciate strawberry is a difficult scent to get right, but even with a natural scent this shower gel has a slightly artificial feel to the scent. The scent doesn't really last on my skin, don't really mind this as I still feel nice and clean after I have left the shower. It's almost like being on Henman Hill with your strawberries in the rain!
As I have to come to expect from Original Source it's excellent!! The gel is not so runny that it runs through your hands before you can lather it up; neither is it so thick it is hard to squeeze out of the tube. I get a good lather from this shower gel, so I can do my whole body with a ten pence sized amount of gel.
My skin type is slightly sensitive and Original Source products have never aggravated that, and neither did the strawberry shower gel. It is not a cream formula so is slightly drying, but no more so than any other shower gel in this price band.
All Original Source gels are vegan and made in the UK. Everyone's happy then!
Price and Availability
The RRP of this product is around the £2 mark, but who has ever paid full price for one of these shower gels. Poundland and various supermarket offers mean I only ever pay a £1 for one of these gels. I think for 250 ml of a good quality shower gel this does offer value for money.
Original Source products are normally easy to get hold of from places like Boots, Poundland and various supermarkets. However, as this is a limited edition summer scent, it may be more difficult to come by.
I like this shower gel, but I don't love it. The patriotic packaging was a nice touch for the Olympics, but I wish the scent could have been true to how it smells from the bottle, for this reason I'm knocking off a star. A four star worthy product.
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Summary: A sweet strawberry, definitely British experience!