“ Brand: Original Source / Texture: Cream / Type: Shower Gel / Suitable for: Body „
The shower gel I found in the shop of Tesco Extra. I managed to find the price of £1 per bottle, which I think is excellent. I have seen the more well-known mint and lemon flavoured shower gels from Original source, but on my visit to Tesco Extra supermarket I found a blue bottle, almost luminous and very bright. I found the packaging eye catching and mainly because of the new sensation of seeing a well-known shower gel, but with a different colour, it is this that drew me to putting this product in my basket and paying just £1. With Original Source products the colour on the bottle you see, is exactly what you get in terms of using the product. I did take a chance with the shower gel being spearmint, although when I was a boy I used to like eating sweets and chewing gum. I instantly thought to myself a refreshing and interesting menthol type of flavour. Having a shower with spearmint leaves however was a new type of experience for me. Another important aspect was that this shower gel stated for use on hair and body, so on this basis I did not have the need to buy a separate shampoo which I also found very handy.
250ml is the contents of this spearmint product which is quite standard. This would last me about a few weeks of daily use.
The product worked well for me, I found myself opening the bottle with ease, as soon as I took the lid off, and the gel flowed with some ease. It was not too thick, and I was able to use a 10pence amount on my skin. I found that the shower gel lathered up well and quickly. I was able to spread the gel around my body well, and I was also able to smell the refreshing spearmint flavour. After approximately 15 minutes the sensation of the shower gel faded, but by that time, I felt invigorated and wide awake. Other shower gels that I have tried are on one flat level, but this Original Source stands up far better.
As mentioned earlier, the product is used for the hair and body, which is fairly self-explanatory, but from my own experience my hair also felt clean and refreshed. The product label at the back, states the product hydrates and I would definitely have to agree. One other tangent to note was that it was kind to my hair, which for me was better than I had expected. For some people would certainly welcome using this product for either purpose and would prove worthwhile for hair washing. I do not think there are many benefits other than getting hair feeling clean.
This shower gel made my skin feel clean, refreshed. After an hour the effects started wearing off, but for me it was still a good routine experience.
This product at £1 is a bargain. I am not so sure, when this product is priced up at £2.20, the same case might not apply.
Spearmint might not suit some people who do not like a menthol, minty type of shower gel fragrance.
I am not so sure if I would pay the full price of £2.20 which is an issue that supermarkets will have to consider. I would definitely pay £1 or at a cheap price but not £2.20. The availability as far as I have seen it has been at Tesco stores or on the tesco.com website. Asda and Sainsbury's from my search do not have this product. So apart from Tesco this product is not massively available.
My conclusion is that I have tried many Original source products over the past few years and I would say that this Spearmint fragrance shower gel version is definitely worth considering. The quality is what you would largely expect from having a mint Original source product but with the spearmint being slightly different.
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I love the Original Source products and I love the smell of lavender and the smell of spearmint so Dave knew he'd be on to a winner when he bought this one as a stocking filler at Christmas. The only Original Source fragrances that I don't like are the Pure Lime and Pure Lemon and Mint fragrances. These fragrances are just too strong for my liking and tend to be too zingy in certain areas - if you don't know what I mean just try them and you'll soon find out!
The container is transparent plastic and this one stands on its black lid so that all the contents run to the correct end of the container. I don't know if they still make the ones with hooks on to hang in the shower as it doesn't matter to me any longer as the shower in our new cottage has a nice shelf as well as grab rails where things can hang so I am happy either way.
The container has a flip top lid and is wider at the lid end tapers away from that towards the top so that the whole thing is stable when it is standing on the shelf. How many times have you knocked over a badly designed shower gel only to have it split open on the shower floor? Actually maybe that is just me - I have always been clumsy!
You just need to flip open the lid and squeeze a little of the gel, you don't need to use very much, onto your sponge or your hands and rub it all over your body whilst under the shower. You can also use it to wash your hair, but I'm not too keen on this idea. I would rather use proper shampoo and conditioner.
The lavender oil is good for relaxation and combating stress and this shower gel is an ideal way to start the day in a calm frame of mind or to calm down at night ready for sleep.
The shower gel is lovely to use with lots of thick lather and after using it my skin feels moisturised and smooth.
The fragrance is a mixture of lavender and spearmint - pretty obviously - and the two blend well together and it lingers both in the air and on the skin for a while so it's great if you do like the smell of lavender and spearmint as you keep getting a whiff of it!
According to the information on the front of the bottle it takes 27 handfuls of lavender to help make one relaxing bottle of this particular shower gel.
Apparently the original inspiration for these products was taken from the bush remedies of a lady called Ellen Wakeman who was the daughter of missionaries living in New South Wales. She had run away from home to join the goldrush of 1857 and somehow ended up as a barber's assistant.
She soon began to discover the healing powers of the plants native to the outback and subsequently became famous for her herbal cures.
The Original Source range of today allegedly still uses some of the ingredients that were discovered by Ellen Wakeman, although how much of that is true and how much is sales hype I wouldn't like to hazard a guess!
The products do all contain natural oils rather than synthetic fragrances and are not tested on animals.
As with all products containing essential oils it is worth making sure that they are appropriate for you before you use them. For example it is not advisable to use certain oils of you're pregnant.
The shower gels are about £1.95 for a 250ml container at Boots and it is always as well to keep your eye open for special offers, as Boots often offer two for the price of one, and stock up while the going's good!
For refreshing, soft feeling skin