(PLEASE NOTE : This op is about the Original Source Tea Tree and Mint conditioner. Due to the problem with adding new products at Dooyoo for the time being, I have placed it here, but have emailed Katie to ask for it to be moved to a new (correct) category as soon as possible.) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ORIGINAL SOURCE TEA TREE & MINT CONDITIONER It’s October. Yes, time for those festive snow-laden cards to hit the shops and for everyone to panic – there are only another 2 ½ months ‘til Christmas! This time of year is always stressful, coping on a limited budget and trying to make it stretch so you can buy something for everyone. Then you have to find the perfect present and on a tight schedule. So I am here to solve one tiny part of this annual dilemma. For I have found the perfect gift at the perfect price. This is your Christmas present sorted – for the masochist in your life. Come on, let’s admit it, we’ve all got one. You’ve watched those old films, seen the Christmas specials of your favourite BritCom – they all come crawling out of the family woodwork in time for your festive nut roast to appear on the perfectly laid wooden table in your rustic kitchen. Yes, along with Auntie Aggie – the incontinent Great-Gran who gets your names mixed up, Great Uncle Cyril - who starts every sentence with “During the war…” or “When I were a lad…” and that strange cousin that turns up blind drunk and collapses in a corner until next year – well, along with those, the masochist turns up. Damn, you forgot his present again. Well, it’s hard to nip into Sainsbury’s and ask for something festive and painful. Those security guards appear out of nowhere, it’s quite disturbing. But fear not, here is your answer – the Tea Tree and Mint conditioner from Original So
urce – guaranteed to burn your head and hands, but without the mess and fuss of a bottle of paraffin and a flick of the gas hob. What’s more, it’s cheap and readily available. I was in Boots the other day trying to figure out how to spend my £1 voucher, when I saw two signs that made me literally run across the store waving my cash – ‘ORIGINAL SOURCE’ and ‘2 for 1 offer’ – YAY!! Unfortunately, it was my second least favourite variety – Tea Tree and Mint (Lavender is worse) but for the money, I couldn’t resist. So I bought the shampoo and conditioner in the same range, £2.99 for the two. I came home with seven bags of shopping that day, but apparently my Original Source purchases were the most exciting. Within an hour, both my eldest daughter (12 next Monday) & my son (10) had tried the shampoo and conditioner and were raving about them. My son kept going on about how his head tingled and it felt like someone was tickling his back. But he often rambles on. He’s made a Blake’s 7 computer (Orac) out of a shiny box, with a tape recorder inside for the voice. So we just smile and nod and humour him a lot. But this time he was right. I didn’t use the Tea Tree and Mint shampoo this morning, I used the Buddha Bar from Lush (Oops, just lost ten reads now for mentioning the ‘L’ word, damn!) but decided to try out the conditioner. Even though I hated the mint shower gel at first, I didn’t think a conditioner could be as strong. I mean, conditioners are usually quite soft and creamy and smell quite subtle. Usually. The type I used was the volumising conditioner for fine / thin hair. It comes in a white-green squeezy plastic bottle with the unmistakable Original Source larger-than-life lettering on the front. This normally retails at £2.99 for a 300ml bottle. The conditioner is white, creamy and that’s where t
he subtlety stops. It has a very powerful aroma. Think of an explosion in a Polo factory and work upwards. I suppose it’s not surprising, seeing as its ingredients include a hefty dollop of peppermint oil. The back of the bottle does warn you about it being ‘a conditioner with a difference!’ and to be prepared for a ‘cooling sensation over the scalp’ and a ‘head tingling effect’ and they are right! You apply it as normal, leave for a minute then rinse out. My head felt like it was covered with pins and needles for a while, then the sensation dulled to a burning feeling. It started at the front of my head then journeyed to the nape of my neck. Partway through, I discovered my hands were tingling too. How bizarre. It was a very strange feeling, but not unpleasant really. I now know what criple (Steph) was talking about with the shower gel and her ‘doodah’!! This is definitely an original experience. No wonder my son was going on about it for so long! After I towel dried my hair, I brushed it as usual and I was impressed – the hairbrush went through without any tangles or knots. So it seems to work well too. My hair also looks good – soft, shiny and clean. The mint smell lingers longer than the shower gel too. Allie could smell it from a few feet away this morning and asked if I’d been using Original Source! So make sure you like the smell before using it. Overall, I am impressed with it and would buy it again. It works well and is definitely a different way to condition your hair. At the full price of £2.99, it’s a lot more expensive than my usual conditioners, but I will get it when there’s another offer on or if I’m feeling rich that week. So, that’s my first tip for Christmas. I’m sure there will be others. Oh and if the masochist in your life really really likes pain, why not treat him or her to the
shampoo, conditioner and shower gel altogether. Brrrr. Gives me shivers just thinking about it… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Original Source Tea Tree and Mint volumising conditioner contains four natural oils (peppermint, tea tree, lavender and mineral oil). All Original Source products contain no synthetic fragrances and are not tested on animals. Other shampoos and conditioners in this range are Green Tea and Mint for protecting hair, Tea Tree and Mint thickening shampoo, Mint and Lavender for moisturising, Lemon and Mint to balance hair and Extra Strong Mint shampoo – presumably for burning your follicles! (Ouch.)
I am starting to get rather adventurous with my toiletries now. I decided to give the Original Source Mint & Tea Tree shampoo a try. I had been told good things about the product previously, and my Dad had been raving on about it. But I took one look and thought no way am I putting peppermint green goo all over my head. Well, I ended up getting some just to see what all the fuss was really about. WHAT IS IT? As the product name suggests it is principally made of peppermint and tea tree oil. What is so good about these oils I hear you ask? Well, I’ve been doing my homework and found some interesting information on both these oils. Original Source also make a variety of other products using different oils, and the company is a recognised member of the Aromatherapy Trade Council. TEA TREE OIL Tea tree oil comes from a species of paperback tree that is native to the sub-tropical coast of New South Wales and parts of Queensland, Australia. The oil remains one of aromatherapy’s most powerful tools in the fight against bacteria, fungi, yeast and viruses. It can help relieve sore throats, coughs, sinusitis and chest congestion. It is also useful on the skin for bites, cuts, wounds and cold sores, and can also help treat athletes foot. I’m not sure whether the shampoo can claim to do all of these things, but certainly can’t do any harm. PEPPERMINT OIL This oil is refreshing and energising. It is an excellent mental stimulant, and as a digestive. It can help relieve stomach pains also. Research in the USA and Japan has shown that peppermint oil can improve alertness and stimulates the brain without affecting heart rate. It improves alertness and helps relieve headaches, is a powerful decongestant, is good for colds and influenza. INGREDIENTS Aqua, sodium laureth sulphate, cocamide dea, mentha arvensis (peppermint oil), melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree oil), s
odium chloride, PEG-150 distearate, sodium lactate, lauryl betaine, disodium edta, cocamide mea, laureth-10, lavandula angustifolia (lavender oil), lactic acid, glycol distearate, ammonium nonoxymol-4 sulphate, sodium styrene/acrylates/divinylbenzene coplymer, magnesium nitrate, methylchlorooisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone. The shampoo is not tested on animals, and is made of only natural ingredients. MY EXPERIENCE The first time I used it I was surprised at the thick slimy consistency. It looked more like something you would see on the Ghostbusters set than shampoo. Another thing that hits you straight away is the smell. It smells very strongly of mint, not just a little, but a lot. If you don’t like the smell of mint you would be best advised to avoid this. The directions are much the same as any other shampoo, although it advises you to only use a small amount on you hair. As soon as you begin to rub the gel into your hair you can start to feel a cooling sensation all over you head as though someone was pointing a giant fan at your head. Then I made the mistake of rubbing the stuff all over my body like you would with shower gel and the cooling affect started to become a kind of burning sensation. It wasn’t unpleasant, more unexpected. Certainly something I had never felt before. I found that the shampoo left my hair squeaky clean. With all the powerful properties of the oils I’m sure that my head and hair were left fully cleansed. Even once I had dried myself off the cooling continued for a while. It was then that I noticed how awake and alert I felt. It was as if someone had given me a big slap in the face. I think you could compare it to jumping into an ice bath every morning. It definitely wakes you up, something I need help with more often than not. I’m not sure however how strongly I smell of mint after using it though, but its not a bad smell I suppose. Sim
ilarly to my experiences with a mint shaving gel, I have become quite accustomed to it now, and have tried normal shampoo again and it just leaves me feeling disappointed, and not very awake. I haven’t had a cold since I started using it, although there is no proof to say the shampoo is responsible for that. NEGATIVES Some people may not like the sensation that this shampoo gives you, and some people may find it rather uncomfortable. As I stated earlier you may not get on too well with the smell either. It may also leave your hair a little dry if that is a problem. CONCLUSION Overall, if your anything like me, and need a little assistance waking up in the morning, then this shampoo is a must. If you have an interview or important meeting, or an exam this shampoo will get your mind going which could be very beneficial. It costs around £2.99 for a 300ml bottle depending on where you shop. For me it is well worth the extra expense over other shampoos. If you still aren’t entirely sure about it, then you can try it for free by visiting the Original Source website – www.originalsource.co.uk and they will send you a total of 4 samples, each one of a different shampoo in their range. When it comes down to it, this is basically a shampoo, and does this job very well. The extra effects act as a bonus really over all the other ‘boring’ shampoos. If you don’t like it as shampoo, I suppose you could always rub it on a cut or take in the aromas it to get rid of a cold. You can’t lose!
According to the write up on the back of the bottle the Original Source range of products are inspired by the bush remedies of Ellen Wakeman. Ellen, a missionaries daughter, made her living shaving the beards and pulling the teeth of prospectors during the Australian goldrush learning a little something about the healing potential of the plants that grew in the surrounding bush along the way. The shampoo comes in 300ml bottles, is a vivid green colour and when you squirt and little into your hand you are immediately hit by the smell of mint. The scent is quite strong and sweet and it's a little like washing your hair in mint imperials. I have quite sensitive skin and usually use children's shampoos but I have not had any adverse reactions to the shampoo. For best effect apply the desired amount to the hair and massage into a lather, then leave it for a up to a minute and you will feel a tingly, cooling and very refreshing sensation all over your skull. When I first used the product I didn't know this was supposed to happen and thought my skin was reacting badly, but in a quite pleasant, non burning kind of way (it's very hard to describe) after reading the bottle my fears were allayed. As for getting it in your eyes it didn't sting at all, it just made my eye cold. I didn't need to use conditioner and I was left soft, clean, shiny hair and after using the shampoo for a couple of weeks now I'm still getting the same results. Original source also makes: conditioner; Bath foam; Shower and shaving gels and perfume, in mint, orange, lemon and also tea tree. I have yet to try them. The price online is £2.99 although I bought it cheaper in a discount shop. Free samples can be obtained from the website if you'd like to try before you buy, but you do need to register.
Original Source Mint and Tea Tree Shampoo As a fan of aromatherapy oils and their healing properties, I decided to try Original Source’s Mint Source range – also, there was a two for one offer in Morrisons which meant £2.99 for two 300m bottles. As soon as I put the mint and tea tree shampoo on my hair I immediately felt a tingling feeling on my scalp. Apparently, so Original Source claims, the product is formulated to give extra body to thin hair whilst producing stimulating vapours which give an exhilarating and refreshing sensation – I most definitely have to agree with that statement. It left my hair feeling really clean, with a more noticeably shine, also the mint fragrance was still apparent nearly 24 hours later. However, one the negative side, I would not suggest it is used if you have a sensitive scalp and please also note, I do not recommend using it for washing out a "warm oil" conditioner as the tingling feeling is multiplied x fifty percent which actually felt more like burning than tingling! Since then, I have tried several other products in the range i.e. body washes. If you are not sure about trying these products, a good tip is to visit the Original Source Website where you can enter your skin/hair type and they will recommend the combination which will suit your personally. In addition, original source often give free samples of their body washes.
Protecting shampoo for normal hair / Uses natural oils and is not tested on animals /