“ Brand: Original Source / Type: Body Wash/Cleanser / What it does: Smoothes, Cleanses, Detoxes, Nourishes „
After just finishing off the second bottle of this or should i say packet as it comes in a soft plastic packet like you would expect a drink too i thought it was about time i reviewed it and let you know what i thought of it.
I have never seen any other company make shower gel in a packet like this so it is a nice gimmic to try, i say gimmic as i still prefer the traditionl bottle of shower gel to this style of packaging as although the packet looks funky and has some funny things written on it it is very difficult to use towards the end of the pack, you need two hands to squeeze out the shower gel so i had to resort to squeezing it onto a sponge rather than into my hands.
The packet i have just finished using tonight is mango and macadamia which claims to be nourishing to your skin and i cannot deny this at all, it doesnt lather aswell as others i have tryed and has a rather creamy consistency to it but it does leave my skin feeling very soft and as though it has been moisturised aswell, this saves time after a shower as i have no need to moisturise my skin aswell with this which is great.
The mango smell in this is very strong when you use it and does leave your bathroom smelling lovely, it lingers on your skin after too but isnt too strong so wont over power any perfumes you want to wear, i have no idea what macadamia smells like so cannot say that this is a strong smell here as i cannot smell anything other then the mango.
The packet is quite a comical pack with there being a square on the front saying SERVING SUGGESTIONS massage gently onto wet skin to create a luxurious lather, rinse, then pat dry with a large fluffy towel. Under neith this it says best before your skin feels neglected.
I have had a lot of comments from guests about this wholst it has been sitting on my bathroom shelf and very few had seen this before, i got mine from poundland for you guessed it £1 it contains 250ml of shower gel and tells me to use it within 36 months of opening but this only lasted 10 days in our house.
I wouldnt say i wouldnt buy it again at the price i payed for it but woulnt pay the £2 to £3 price tag it has else where.
This is the third of the Original Source pouches I have tried, this one being the watermint and lemongrass shower sorbet. A shower sorbet is just a fancy name for a shower gel really, and this particular one says it is refreshing and will 'rejuvenate your senses'.
The product comes packaged in a plastic pouch with a plastic nozzle on one corner. As I said in my last review of one of these products, these are not meant to be refills, although I know they are often mistaken for them. I find the packaging highly annoying if I'm honest. Because of the shape they are sometimes difficult to stand up and I find it almost impossible to dispense just the amount I need, as it's hard to control how much you're squeezing out each time.
This product contains a blend of watermint and lemongrass, and has a really nice, fresh smell. I've found most Original Source products to be quite strongly scented, but I thought this one was comparatively mild. The scent is very 'green' if you know what I mean - an almost leafy scent, and there's just that teeny hint of a mintyness to it. Like I say it's pleasant and I think it's pretty unisex too and would be fine for a man or woman.
The 'sorbet' is green, and when it actually comes out of the packet, you will notice it has quite a jelly like consistency. I found that it lathered up really well, and the lather was thick and felt very creamy on my skin. Because of the thickness of it, it makes it ideal for shaving your legs.
This rinses away to leave my skin feeling very clean and quite soft and moisturised too which I wasn't expecting. Often shower gels and body washes can make my already dry skin feel even drier and tight, so it was refreshing to find one that seems quite gentle.
A 250ml pouch of this usually costs £1.94 from Boots, but is currently on offer for just 97p. Whilst obviously this is quite a competitive price, I think it is worth noting, that because of the ridiculous packaging, it's very easy to use much more than you intended and so that 250mls doesn't stretch for too many uses.
Overall, I thought this was quite nice. The smell is OK - pleasant, gentle and inoffensive - and I love the thick, creamy lather I got from this, something I hadn't expected as the last one I used (Pomegranate and Fig) felt nowhere near as creamy and luxurious. All that said, there was nothing that really made this stand out for me as a product I would want to use again. If I needed shower gel, I would consider buying it again, but it doesn't have the wow factor for me.
After I gave birth to my son, my friends bought him lots of gorgeous presents and then all clubbed together to make a gift bag for me full of pampering treats. It was much appreciated and very thoughtful, and my favourite item was the Mango and Macadamis Original Source Shower Sorbet. I love everything about it and buy it regularly for myself now.
It costs £1.94 from Boots and Asda also sell it. I can't recall the price Asda sell it for but I know it is a little bit cheaper than Boots (well isn't that a surprise?), however I often buy this with my Boots points as a little treat.
The smell is just absolutely amazing and I could not hope to do it justice here. It smells rich and exotic, yet fruity and fresh. Smell it for yourself next time you are in Asda or Boots and I guarantee you will be as hooked as I am! It smells summery and always makes me feel warm and happy even in the middle of winter because it reminds me of better weather.
Even the packaging is fantastic - there is not one thing I dislike about this product! It comes in a pouch rather than a bottle - like the Fruitapura or Ella's Kitchen baby food pouches (mums will know what I mean here!) with a little spout in one corner. You pull up the end to open it, tip it upside down and squeeze the product out, then push the stopper back down to re-seal it.
This is a brilliant space saver to take on holiday. If you're anything like me a travel size shower gel is too small but a full size one takes up too much room so I end up leaving a half empty bottle in the hotel to save space on the return journey. Because this is a pouch, it deflates as you use the product so will take up less space if there is less shower gel left. It also means that you can squeeze every last drop out as you can run your fingers over the pouch pushing the dregs up to the stopper, then you can squeeze it all out (kind of like you would with a tube of toothpaste).
This is the flavour which is for nourishing skin (you can also get a detoxifying one and a refreshing one) and I would say that I have noticed my skin feeling lovely and smooth after I use it. It also leaves it beautifully fragranced of course.
This product lather up nicely so you can use it with a shower puff if you like, to get more washes out of it.
You can also get it in Watermint and Lemongrass (refreshing - which is green) and Pomegranate and Fig (detoxifying - which is rich red) and both smell unusual but don't come close to the amazing Mango and Macadamia scent...it smells so good I have been tempted to taste it on many occasions!
We had some samples of this sorbet shower gel to use, from a freshers fayre in manchester. As a bit lover of original source shower gel we were keen to see what this one was all about.
The packaging is plastic, which has pros and cons! The plastic is thick and durable, but still a bit flimsy and not as robust as the usual bottles. The material is however not as bad for the environment, so well done to original source for being the first to move forward in that respect!
Original Source always a unique gorgeous smell, and I was expecting the same from these sorbets, but they didn't really live up to my expectations. The smell doesnt overpower you, you can smell it a bit but its not as strong and nice as with the others.
You might as well just buy a normal flavoured shower gel and save the money with these ones, or go for the proper orginal source to get the same luxury as usual.
I love original source so when they brought out these shower sorbets i was pleased.
I currently have the Manga & Macadamia shower sorbet, which is lovely. It smells very nice and makes you feel nice and clean after your shower or bath.
It is meant to be used in the shower, but it works just the same when you have a bath. Infact i find it lathers up more!
I think this must be because when you sqeeze the contense into your hand in the shower alot of water gets into it.
But when your in the bath less water will get into it as you lather it up.
The Sorbet comes in a nice packet, and you can just sqeeze it out with no trouble. When you reach the end you may want to cut the top of the packet off so you can get the very bottom of the packet out.
I like the fact the packet says you cannot eat/ drink it. Well i suppose some people may drink it if it didn't say that. Because it does smell very nice.
When you do reach near the end, the packet doesn't really stand up on it's own so you do need to place it up against something or even lay it down.
It comes in 3 different scents, Waterming And Lemongrass, Pomegranate and Fig & Mango & Macadamia.
Each packets costs approx £1.98 Approx and you can purchase them in supermarkets, Boots, Superdrug and such shops.
I've been a fan of Original Source products for quite some time. I'm a sucker for a freebie and they used to have a great offer where you could order a mini shower gel or bath foam and once you'd used it and written a review, you could select another to try. This generally meant my bathroom cabinet was stocked full of delightful miniature smellies. Sadly, this offer is no more, so I've now reverted to buying my shower gels.
Whilst rushing around Wilkinson's to buy some litter for my kitty, I spotted Original Source Shower Smoothies on offer. They cost £1.99 and were BOGOF so I decided to treat myself. The Smoothies come in three 'flavours,' Refreshing Watermint and Lemongrass, Detoxifying Pomegranate and Fig Shower Juice and Nourishing Mango and Macadamia Shower Smoothie. I opted for the Watermint and Lemongrass as well as a bottle of the Mango and Macadamia Smoothie.
The containers are different to any I've seen before and look more like refills for another bottle. They are a floppy plastic sachet with a large enough base to stand up on the edge of the bath. On one of the top corners is a plastic nozzle which you tug at to open and pour out the shower gel.
Tonight, I decided to try the Watermint and Lemongrass variety which is a gorgeous clear turquoise-green colour. On opening it, the smell was pleasant if a little subtle. It has a refreshing citrus and mint aroma to it which is zesty and probably suitable for both sexes. Using the container was a little hard to handle in the shower as the container isn't structured and seems to want to wriggle out of your hand as you try to squeeze.
Once I had a small amount in my hand, I set about cleaning myself. The smell was gorgeous but things seemed to go downhill from there. As I rubbed and rubbed, I struggled to see any bubbles or lather. I can't say whether it was doing a good job of cleaning me or not, but for me to feel clean, I like to see and feel some bubbles to know my shower gel is doing the job it's made for.
But rather than give up on Original Source entirely, I decided to give the Mango and Macadamia Smoothie a go. This one comes in the same slippery when wet container but is a subtle peach colour with a creamy consistency. The smell is equally pleasant and is just how I expected, a fruity blend of mango and nuttiness. This one is perhaps a more feminine smell than the Watermint and Lemongrass and, as I pour it, it seems to have a slightly thicker consistency. Fortunately, the Mango and Macademia doesn't let me down and I soon manage to work up a lather. It's not the thickest or bubbliest or lathers but it's enough to satisfy my that this shower gel is doing a job and washing away my grime.
So now I'm dry and all cosied up in my pajamas and I can still smell the mango on my skin quite subtly. I can't say my skin feels particularly soft or nourished in any way but I certainly feel clean and fresh.
Whilst I will use the remainder of the Watermint and Lemongrass, the lack of bubbles means I won't be buying it again. The Mango and Macadamia Smoothie may have fared slightly better but I'm still not convinced I'll continue to use it at the full price of £1.99. I expected more from these shower gels than a nice smell and a novelty container and unfortunately, on this occasion, Original Source has failed to deliver.
I saw these products on offer at Tesco and decided to try them as I have other Original Source products at home. The packaging is a clear transparent plastic pouch and the writing is all different jazzy fonts on the front.
They come in Macadamia and Mango, Fig and Pomegranate, and Watermint and Lemongrass. The liquid inside matches the colour of the product ingredient. They are about £1.97 which I think is good value as you dont need that much.
You get an average lather with these so not as good as other products but they smell divine and this I feel makes up for the lack of suds. I like all of them but my fave is the Watermint and Lemongrass as it smells like its name and it is very refreshing when you use it. It also makes you feel really clean after using.
I think they really stand out from the crowd as they have distinct packaging and I think the only downside is the price which i think is a bit much.
I bought the Mango and Macademia Original Source shower sorbet in Superdrug. I am a fan of their stuff as it isn't tested on animals and yet the scent and quality is every bit as good as anything else.
I wasn't disappointed with this shower sorbet. When I was using it, it felt like luxury. The smell is beautiful, fruity but not too overpowering, and it felt luxurious. It also feels as if you are not using something that is too artificial.
I liked the look of the the squishy plastic bag it came in as it seemed original. However, I bought this shower sorbet to bring with me on holidays and it isn't practical. I left it behind as I was afraid something would pierce through the flimsy bag and I would have a gooey mess all over my toothbrush.
I would recommend trying this shower sorbet, as it does feel like luxury and you also know that no animals have been tested on to make it feel and smell so good!
Browsing the Original Source range in my pound shop recently I came across a shower gel that looked nothing like any other package I've seen before. Original Source Shower Sorbet comes in a squishy plastic 'bag' that is shaped for the dispensing nozzle to fit on one of the top corners, and the bottom of this bag is widened and strengthened so it can stand up like a normal bottle of shower gel.
It was the novelty factor of the bottle that made me buy it so I was not sure what to expect when I opened it to have a shower, Original Source products are usually fantastic though so for £1 I didn't think I was taking too much of a risk. There are 3 products available in the shower sorbet range and the one I tried was Water Mint and Lemongrass.
The shower gel itself is a lovely peppermint colour and I think it looks lovely in the unusual bottle. I popped the nozzle open and had a big sniff, because of the colour of the gel I was expecting a tangy peppermint smell but it's actually fragranced with a delicate lemongrass aroma with only the very very slightest scent of mint. It has a lovely smell which is both floral and slightly herby and even though it is a much more subtle smell than I usually like, I instantly fell in love with it.
I poured a small amount onto my sponge and set about washing myself. The fragrance of the shower sorbet intensified a little bit as soon as the warm water came into contact with it and as it got stronger I liked the smell more and more. I found it lathers quite well but gives only a very thin layer of bubbles even when I added more to my sponge, the lather it produces though is very cleansing it's just that I prefer a thicker carpet of bubbles to rinse off.
This shower sorbet claims that it is refreshing and will rejuvenate my senses as well as wake up my tired and aching limbs. Sounds like heaven but I honestly cannot say I felt any more refreshed after this shower than any other, my senses were not rejuvenated to an 18 year olds perspective and my limbs still ached! Personally I find all showers refreshing as I think it is the steady drum of the water on my body that wakes me up, but now and again I will come across a shower gel that does intensify the feeling of freshness such as Original Sources own Mint Source range which was amazingly uplifting.
I still enjoyed using this shower sorbet though because the lovely unusual smell combined with excellent cleaning properties made up for any incorrect claims about it being refreshing. I felt totally cleansed after using the shower gel and my skin felt lovely and soft afterwards, I still had to use my moisturiser as from previous experience I know that anything containing lemongrass makes my skin go very dry.
The only complaint I have is concerning the nozzle on the shower sorbet bag. Because the bag feels so flimsy I am very wary of pulling the nozzle open too hard which means I sometimes get it open halfway and then am scared that I am going to tear the whole corner of the bag off! I think the bag is stronger than it looks but I'd hate to break it by being too heavy handed with the nozzle.
I got my shower sorbet from the pound shop but I have since seen the Shower Sorbet range in Tesco and Sainsbury's, I would imagine Boots and the other supermarkets would have it too.
Now lets just get one thing clear before I start. I am not much of a man for showers.
Now, that doesn't mean I do not wash; it simply means that for hygiene, I simply prefer to have a bath. That doesn't mean though that I do not like shower gel. Gel, I find, is a much more pleasant alternative to soap. But no, I am a bath man- if only because it is one of the few times I can get half an hour peace and because I can lay back, soak and read a book- something that although I have tried in the shower, only results in soggy pages.
Now, normally when it comes to shower gels, LYNX is my preferred gel of choice; not those ghastly, over-powering ones like AFRICA or TEMPEST but the milder versions like SNAKEPEEL, one of their latest which is rough on the skin and contains an exfoliant or something similar, or a blue one whose name I forget which contains some kind of moisturising element. However, on a recent trip to TESCO, I discovered this new range of ORIGINAL SOURCE priced at 97p each rather than their normal £1.97!!!! So good a deal was this that I bought one of each variety and even got some more again this week on a return visit when they were reduced again!!!!
These newest versions of a highly successful and lucrative product, come in three varieties; Macadamia and Mango, fig and pomegranate and finally watermint and lemongrass. Each of them has their own unique branding- labelled as smoothie, juice and sorbet respectively- and come in a soft, squeezy tube much like the products they are named after. On each container is a warning- PLEASE DO NOT DRINK- and although this seems a little unnessecary (if you are stupid enough to drink any of these after opening the package and still not realising what these are then you probably deserve to get ill) there is no doubt that, in this modern sue-everybody era, that such warnings are most defenitely essential if a company wishes to avoid a law-suit!! Mind, who calls a shower gel a smoothie anyway?
Obviously ORIGINAL SOURCE do...and as a marketing strategy, I must say it's probably a winner which sets them aside from their competitors....
So, enough of the preamble already Sparky I hear you cry- what are the blasted products actually like?
Well, actually they're rather nice! The previous reviewer has already mentioned that there is a distinct lack of lather but, speaking solely for myself here and not wishing to contradict a fellow reviewer, I can't say I've really noticed, the way I use these gels. Presumably if you're using them actually in a shower, this is a factor that becomes more noticeable but as I use them as an alternative to soap in my bath, then the lack of lather really hasn't registered on my radar. My favourite is defenitely the WATERMINT AND LEMONGRASS SORBET but the FIG AND POMEGRANATE JUICE is almost as good. Personally I find these gels to be refreshing and uplifting and always leave me feeling clean and more awake in the mornings after using them. Even the MACADAMIA version which is my least favourite of the three is still a nice, relaxing product to use and I have no qualms about using any of these products again despite the fact that normally I am a right fussy bugger!!
My only slight greivance is the price as I shop on a budget, am tight and don't like paying too much for stuff but whilst TESCO continue to put these on offer, I will continue to keep buying them!!
If you want more information on any of their products then heres the website link; http://www.originalsource.co.uk/know_more/ where you can find all sorts of sciencey stuff to do with these and all their range.
Just remember- they're NOT for drinking...it says so right there on the packet!!!!
As one of my birthday presents I got some Original Source Watermint and Lemongrass Nourishing Shower Sorbet - that's an awfully long name for a bit of shower gel!
Anyway I have now tried it so I thought I had better tell you about rather than keeping it to myself.
The packaging of this one is pretty much the same as the Mango and Macadamia Shower Smoothie.
This stuff comes in a plastic container which looks like a big sachet with a piece of extra plastic inserted into the base and with the corner cut off. It holds 250ml of Shower Sorbet and the weight of it together with the design of the base means that it will stand up on its own with no problems.
If you can't make any sense of my description just look at the picture of the product at the top of the review!
Where the corner has been cut off there is a dispenser which is in the form of a little plastic tube. As I have already had the Shower Smoothie I knew how to get the gel out of the container! It took me a few tries the first time round - I think I must have been having a senior moment! I tried twisting the tube to no avail and then realised that I had to pull the tube as there is an inner and outer one something like the ones you get on bottles of water. Then you just give the container a squeeze and out comes the Shower Sorbet.
This makes for an attractive and unusual design especially as you can see the turquoise liquid inside the container but the down side is that it does make it a bit difficult to use in the shower.
The smell of this product is very nice. It is a light, fresh, citrus sort of smell with a hint of spearmint and it perfumes the air in the bathroom. I could also smell it on my skin for some time afterwards too.
As I have already mentioned the design of the packaging makes it a bit difficult to use in the shower. I usually have my shower gels in containers with hooks so that I can hook them on to the pipework of the taps and use the shower gel from there.
I did manage to balance the Shower Sorbet on top of this pipework and, because it isn't very big, it is easy enough to hold whilst squeezing it to get the stuff out.
I was disappointed to find that there were few bubbles and no real lather at all. If it doesn't lather up here in our really soft water - we live on the edge of Snowdonia - it isn't going to lather anywhere!
However I did feel clean after using it and my skin felt lovely and soft.
On the front of the packaging it states:
'Apply liberally to tired limbs in a warm shower, breathe deeply and prepare to take on the world. Best before it all gets too much. Please do not drink.'
I think it's a good idea to put the drink warning on the carton as it does look a bit like a carton of juice!
On the back it says:
'Rejuvenate your senses with watermint, one of nature's stimulants combined with the uplifting fragrance of lemongrass.'
I certainly found the fragrance refreshing and stimulating but then I do like watermint and lemongrass products.
It does have the usual warnings to keep away from the eyes and also as I have said above to keep away from children as they may think that it is juice.
None of the Original Source products are tested on animals.
There is an address on the back but even with my glasses on and using a strong magnifying glass I can't read it!
The other thing that I can't tell you is the cost. It was a present and I have looked at both the Tesco and Boots websites as I know they are stocked by these stores and I can't find the price for you but I would guess they would be about £2.50 - £3.
It also comes in Mango and Macadamia and Pomegranate and Fig. I have also tried the Mango and Macadamia and have already written a review about it. The two reviews are very similar in a lot of ways because the packaging is the same on each item and the use and warnings are the same too.
If you go to http://www.squishedfull.co.uk/ you can order a free trial of Shower Smoothie so I have ordered Pomegranate and Fig so I can try that one too!
Available in three scents: Nourishing Mango and Macadamia Shower Smoothie, Refreshing Watermint and Lemongrass Shower Sorbet, Detoxifying Pomegranate and Fig Shower Juice