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      31.07.2013 13:23
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      Original Source Almond and Coconut Deep Moisture Shampoo

      I love the Original Source range and always end up buying the new 'flavours' as and when I come across them. I discovered a bottle of this Original Source Almond and Coconut Deep Moisture Shampoo lurking at the back of my wardrobe, and it must have been there a while as I have no recollection of purchasing it! I believe there are also other matching products in this range, including hair conditioner and bath milk.

      Product description: "We've crushed real almond kernels into this luscious shampoo to help restore your hair. Using only 100% pure & natural essential oils from real almonds, it works hard to nourish and protect against heat styling damage, giving your hair softness and shine. Packed with natural stuff and perfect for lustrous locks!"

      The shampoo comes in a standard plastic bottle with a flip-top lid which allows you to dispense the shampoo through a small hole. It's a little awkward when nearing the end as the bottle needs to be tilted upside down for some time before the remaining product flows towards the end so you can get it out, and because the top of the bottle is curved I was unable to leave it standing up on the other end. The plastic is clear which allows you to see exactly how much of this creamy coloured shampoo is left inside the bottle. It contains 250mls.

      Recommended directions for use: Wet hair, apply shampoo and massage into hair and scalp. Take a minute to enjoy the nutty aroma of the essential oil and then rinse thoroughly. Repeat application if you want to. For best results, follow with Original Source conditioner.

      The shampoo itself is quite thick and has a creamy texture to it. It lathers up wonderfully, producing lots of foamy bubbles which makes it very easy to spread through my hair, and a little goes a long way. It rinses out quite well and I always make sure to run my hands through my hair to ensure all the bubbles are clean, and afterwards my hair is squeaky clean and completely refreshed. I follow up with various conditioning products, although I did not have the matching Almond and Coconut Conditioner, so can't comment on how well the two work together.

      I tend to demand a lot from my hair products as I'm quite fussy and my hair has many different needs and requirements. I have thin hair that is prone to very dry at the ends, and I am starting to see signs of damage and breakage, as well as flyaway frizz when my hair is dry (although this last is possibly due to the hot and humid weather). This shampoo is recommended as being suited to dry hair types, as well as colour-treated hair, to nourish and boost shine. Even though it does seem to be moisturising and keeps the roots of my hair feeling soft and smooth, it is not quite rich enough to provide the intensive treatment that I need to replenish and restore the dried out tips of my hair.

      My favourite thing about using this shampoo is the gorgeous scent that it gives off. The almond and coconut fragrance is really lovely, and comes across as being very sweet and nutty and is a good representation of the ingredients used. The scent has excellent staying power, and I can still smell it in my hair hours after my hair has been washed. It seems to overpower other products as well, and even though I always use conditioner after shampooing, the scent of the shampoo is still prominent. This adds a little extra touch of luxury and enhances my experience to make an ordinary, everyday chore into more of a pampering treat.

      Overall I think this is a fairly decent shampoo. The Original Source range is good value for money, and a little of this shampoo goes a long way, making it easy and economical to use. I absolutely love the scent and the long-lasting fragrance is really enjoyable. This is perfect for getting my hair clean and fresh, although I really do need to buy specialised hair care products at the moment to ensure my damaged hair gets the extra boost that it needs, and this shampoo is not quite hydrating enough for me. Other than that, no complaints at all.

      This is a vegan product and Original Source are against animal testing - please keep your beauty cruelty free!

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        29.07.2011 21:15
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        Use with conditioner for it to work

        *Where to buy and Price*

        I usually use Herbal Essences, but I have heard some positive things about Original Source, so I thought I'd give it a go using the shampoo. The range can be found in many places that sell toiletries, including pound shops and the like. I brought mine from the 99p shop (!), for, you guessed it, 99p!
        I know they are also sold in Wilko's at a little over a pound but are sometimes on offer.

        *Appearance and Smell*

        It is a tapered bottle, almost like a triangle with a flip cap top, with which you squeeze the contents out. The shampoo is a light beige/brown in colour, and has a pleasing consistancy, it is neither too think nor too thin, which should make it perfect for shampooing. The name is written on the front of the bottle, in chunky writing. It states it is for dry, or coloured hair, so I expected it to be moisturising and nourishing. It says it has a nutty smell, (which made sense) so I was expecting some lovely shampooing. I tend to go for fruity smells, and never really bother with Nuts(almonds) or coconut related products, but something drew me to it, I think I expected a richness and creaminess to it, which as I get older, I am looking for a little more in a product.

        *Using the Product*

        I opened the bottle and it had a mild smell at first, it wasn't at all offensive, and was quite apleasant, nutty, coconut smell.
        I put in onto wet hair and tried to make a lather, I used about a 50p size, as I usually do, but I had a few issues. It didn't lather at all at first, and instantly began to dry my hair out (it felt like it made it like straw and rough). I added more water and shampoo in an effort to make it lather, but still, it was poor in my opinion.

        I swilled it out and tried to start again, but it couldn't run my hands through my hair without it feeling like it was being torn out, I was actually surprised how painful it was to wash out. Quite gutted as well, so I gave it another go, trying to lather it up again, this time it worked, but I had used more shampoo by this time than I would have expected, and it was really hard to spread through my hair (if that makes sense). I was shocked that it dried my hair out this much, considering it was meant to be for dry hair.

        After shampooing and before I used my conditioner, my hair was really dry, and straw like. But after using my conditioner like normal, my hair was super soft and shiney (weird) more than usual, so maybe the effects of the shampoo are only felt if used with a conditioner? This is one thing I would bare in mind, when purchasing.

        My hair felt clean, and had a lovely smell to it for quite a while. The smell was only subtle, but this was fine, as I wouldn't want it to be too over powering. It had a sort of a nutty smell, but it felt more like coconut and creamy than anything. Nice smelling really.

        *Overall*

        I was a little bit dissapointed with this product, especially after using the shower gels and liked them, but I think possibly, this shampoo is made to be used with a conditioner afterwards, because although it dried my hair out on washing, after using a conditioner, my hair felt extra healthy and shiny, so I wouldn't dismiss this product completely. Basically, use this with a conditioner, or suffer straw hair!

        The price is reasonable, for a product that has quite a good reputation, so if you're in need of a shampoo fix, this is worth a shot.
        I wouldn't recommend this wholly to you, if you want a quick har fix, use a 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner or a shampoo that doesn't need a conditioner, do not try this, unless you has very resiliant hair.

        Take my review with others though, as I have quite unusual hair, and what may not work for me may do wonders for your hair, in any case, one pound to give it a try, even if it doesnt work for you, it isn't like you have spent lots of money on it.

        I give this 3 Stars, because it has a good price, and cleans your hair with a nice smell. But dries it out.

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          26.06.2011 11:48
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          A great quality shampoo for £1

          My nearest Poundland is about 30 minutes away and went I go to that area to do some shopping I like to stock up on some essentials, which are usually much much cheaper than the supermarkets. On my last trip to Poundland, I was looking for a new shampoo. I rotate my shampoos so after finishing one, I wanted another to add to the rotation! Previously I had never seen any of the Original Source shampoos in Poundland, but on the occasion I visited, they were selling this Original Source Almond and Coconut Deep Moisture Shampoo for £1, which I though was excellent value for a recognised and well known make. I have since seen it retail for double the price I paid.

          I have previously bought my husband Original Source shower gels before, but to be honest, I actually never realised that they had their own range of shampoos as well. The packaging of the Original Source bottles of both shower gel and shampoo all follow a similar design with the black lid that the the base that widens out.

          This particular shampoo claims to be designed for 'dry and damaged' hair. Now my hair doesn't tend to be dry naturally, so I didn't actually buy it for the purposes of helping dryness, however, instead I purchased it firstly to give something new a try, and secondly because I liked to fact that it included almond and coconut. I have tried other coconut shampoos and I love the lingering smell that it usually leaves on my hair. On the front of this shampoo it also claims to offer deep moisture as well as nourishing and boosting shine to your hair.

          On the reverse of the bottle, the company claims to have 'crushed real almond kernels into this luscious shampoo' in order to 'restore' hair. They also state that they use only '100 % pure and nautral essential oils from the almonds' which will provide the nourishment and protection against the damage caused by heat styling. It also claims to promote softness and shine. There is a warning on the back of the product however that due to the essential oils used it may not be suitable for all skin types.

          Now, as I said I don't tend to have dry hair as my hair would be more oily in texture, which is why I have to wash it so often, however blow drying and straightening everyday does obviously take its toll, and I'm sure damages it immensely. I have been using this shampoo for a couple of weeks now. The first time I used it, I was a bit concerned, firstly becuase I didn't think it lathered up that well when I was washing, but also when I started to dry it, I thought my hair felt very soft but very dry looking. However, when it was fully dried and straightened the results were very obvious, and I have to say that I do feel that it does nourish my hair, create added softness and shine, and generally leave it feeling in very good condition. In fact, I would go so far as to say, that it leaves my hair as soft as my hairdresser always manages to leave it, which I find that not too many shampoos can do. Although this shampoo doesn't claim in any way to promtoe volume, which is something my fine hair always requires, I think this shampoo also adds that volume boost as well, as it always looking fuller when using this shampoo, compared with others, even those who claim to be for volume.

          The only thing that surprised me about this shampoo was that I really didn't smell the coconut in the shampoo very strongly. There is a very tiny hint of a coconut scent but it is the almond smell that seems to be the focus, or at least, it overpowers the coconut, but at the same time, when lathering this shampoo, niether scents are particularly strong, although there is a slight scent of almond that remains on my hair throughout the day after using this shampoo.

          All in all, for £1 I think this is a superb quality shampoo well worth every penny. It really does leave my hair feeling soft and shiny, as soft as when you come out of the hairdressers, and as an added extra, I think it gives my hair a volume boost, which it doesn't even claim to do. A great product from Original Source.

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          06.04.2011 15:43
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          Great shampoo from Original Source

          As I have just used up my last bit of shampoo and conditioner I wanted to review them as for the price I'm rather pleased of the results. I had never really bothered with any Original Source products before but I had read some really good reviews on their items. So when I spotted their Almond and Coconut shampoo and conditioner on special offer for only 99p each I had to give them a try.

          Original Source Almond and Coconut deep moisture shampoo 250ml:

          "Our creamiest coconut shampoo contains extracts of coconut for hair moisturising and almond oil made from real crushed almond kernels for protection against heat and general enrichment. Full of magnesium and vitamin E, almond oil provides deep nourishment, as well as leaving you with stronger, shinier hair. Even the Egyptians used to use it on their hair, so apply a bit of ancient wisdom where it counts."

          www.originalsource.co.uk

          My Findings:

          My first impressions of this shampoo where not all that good to start with, I washed my hair applied my straightening balm and my hair was left feeling heavy and greasy. Not a look I like or wanted for my hair really, so when I used it again as I think you should give products a fair test I didn't use my straightening balm - and what a difference that made!

          I have now come to the end of this Almond and Coconut shampoo bottle and I have really grown to love it. As I said before my first impressions wasn't all that great but I think the shampoo and the straightening balm just do not mix. When using this product on it own following with its matching condition it really does work wonders.

          The shampoo itself is rather thick in consistency which is why I think you only need a small amount. I have long thick hair and a large 50p size blob really coats my hair well. I find it to lather well and once washed from my hair I do get that squeaky clean feel. Nice and simple to use just like other shampoo's wet hair apply shampoo, rub well and rinse out.

          This shampoo has a really lovely fragrance more on the almond side rather than the coconut (a little like Battenberg cake!) but it really is wonderful. Being picky the only down point of this product is that the scent more or less disappears once your hair is dry.

          Another reason why I picked this one out from the other Original Source shampoo's is that this one is for dry and coloured hair, which mine is. So far I can really tell a difference in my hair, it feels healthier, stronger and has a lovely shine.

          Packaging for most of the Original Source range is rather plain and basic in my personally opinion but I'm a fan of big bold bright colours! It comes in a plastic bottle container which can be recycled with an easy to open flip lid. Plus what is great to know is that this product is made in the UK and they use essential oils and natural ingredients.

          Price and Availability:

          This shampoo cost me 99p from the Wilkinson store in Halesowen which I think is amazing value for such a great shampoo. Other stockists are - Morrison's, Boot's, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Superdrug and Asda.

          Price range - 99p to £2.49

          Overall:

          Overall I'm really happy I decided to give this shampoo a go, it doesn't like to be used with a straightening balm but in all honesty I didn't really need it as long as I didn't go to bed with wet hair! My hair feels soft, nourished and comes up each time with a lovely shine.

          For the offer price I'm more than happy with my results, and would certainly recommend this shampoo for people who have dry hair and for people that colour their hair. This shampoo really has worked wonders on my hair and shall certainly be purchasing myself another bottle or two!

          I wash my hair every other day and this bottle has lasted me just under two weeks so again for 99p - bargain!

          Five out of five stars from me.

          Thanks for reading :o)

          Additional Information:

          www.originalsource.co.uk/skin-care-products/hair/almond-coconut-shampoo

          Most of the Original Source products are suitable for vegans and they shall be working hard to make all there products vegan friendly - www.originalsource.co.uk/about/vegan-skin-care

          Original Source has a range of shower gels, hand washes, bubble baths, hair care and a men's range. I can not wait to start trying their bath range!

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            25.02.2011 11:42
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            A rare unliked product from Original Source for me.

            I am a massive fan of Original Source products usually and was therefore pretty pleased to be able to pick up a bottle of this Almond and Coconut Shampoo and the matching conditioner for £1 per bottle in my local Home Bargains. Usually Original Source products are more epensive than this with the hair range costing around double this ordinarily.

            This is a standard 250ml plastic bottle which opens with a flip top lid. I am not a massive fan of the lids which are a bit clunky and awkward but normally the product is so nice I can overlook this. Not so this time, unfortunately.

            My gripes began with the scent which is weird and overpoweringly almondy. I cannot detect a single note of coconut in this shampoo which seems a massive let down because a) I love coconut scented things and b) it is so distinctive a scent that it is odd to advertise it in the product title when it cannot be detected in the scent.

            It is a thick, yellowish colour and lathers up well, but again whilst using it (and putting up with the not very pleasant smell) I noticed that on rinsing the shampoo out my hair felt like it had been stripped dry. Despite being wet I could tell it very suddenly needed intense moisturisation after using this product and again this is unusual for Original Source. Even more peculiar given that this particular version is labelled as 'Deep Moisture' Shampoo on the front.

            The shampoo did definitely clean my hair but did not leave it feeling particularly nice and personally I do not like the smell of this product and feel a little conned that it has no coconut scent in it whatsoever. I will not be buying this again, for me it is an exception to the general rule that Original Source products are very nice.

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              05.05.2010 14:31
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              A Decent Bargain Shampoo.

              Until a bottle of this appeared in my bathroom last week I honestly didnt have a clue that Original Source did shampoos and conditioners, I thought that shower gels were the only product that they sold but apparantly that was totally wrong. I did get a few Bodyshop shampoos for my birthday but as they are so expensive I have been trying to alternate using them with cheaper shampoos and this is the shampoo I have been testing out. I have also been trying out the matching conditioner which I will be reviewing at a later date. Now the only problem I have with these cheaper shampoos is that they tend to dry out my already damaged hair and they tend to strip the colour out much quicker - this is why I dont use them so often but this one I think is an exception to the rule. I would be prepared to try more cheap shampoos after using this one.

              Im not going to write a big section on how to use this shampoo because I reckon everyone must know by now and this isnt any different from what you would usually do. I would say a little goes a long way with this shampoo because it lathers up really great so I say use about a ten pence piece worth each time - one bottle will last you for ages! This shampoo is quite a bit thicker than most so you really feel like it is softening your hair and really nourishing it this feels just as great as a more expensive, bug brand name conditioner so far. At this stage I wouldnt have been able to tell this was a bargain brand - and I dont think I would have been able to the whole way through.

              Now in my opinion this doesnt really smell like coconut at all. You get a tiny whiff of it if you smell it in the bottle but not so much when you apply it. This to me smells exactly like a cherry bakewell and it is really yummy but I found that the scent doesnt really last on your hair when you have washed out the shampoo and styled your hair - even when you use the matching conditioner but I dont think that can be described as a major disadvantage. Now this does leave your hair feeling and looking very good which is the best thing about this. Your hair looks squeeky clean and I found it was really managable and easy to style after I had used this which is the main thing I reckon. Usually when I use cheaper brands my hair feels dried out and knotty but I didnt have that problem with this one - although I do recommend using the matching conditioner with this.

              Overall this is a very good shampoo and I would definately recommend that everyone tries it out because for 99p you really cant complain. Ill be stocking up on this in the future and Im going to give it 4 starts overall because I didnt feel that it locked the colour in my hair even though it didnt promise to. A decent 99p shampoo.

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                06.11.2009 15:26
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                Highly Recommended!

                I am a big fan of Original Source. Their fragrances are really really strong and fresh and they last well on your skin. There is now a very wide range of different scents to choose from. I would recommend smelling the various bottles and then pick one that suits you and your personality.

                I love anything coconut at the moment - it's my thing! So I gave this almond and coconut shampoo a go.

                In my opnion, the coconut smell overpowers the almond smell. But I guess the slmond gives it a sweeter smell and it is not as tropical smelling as a straight coconut smell. However, it is definitely overall coconut.

                It is a great shampoo. I have long hair that gets greasy easily. I found that this shampoo really got it clean and it was not greasy at all. However, it must have been quite moisturising, as the ends did not feel dry in any way.

                It also was not a heavy product and my hair was bouncy after using it and drying.

                It felt very luxurious and a little went a long way. The smell lastest for ages and ages. It was a lovely product to use and I woudl use it again in a shot!

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                  05.11.2009 18:09
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                  A yummy smelling shampoo from Original Source.

                  I've tried a couple of Original Source products in the past, namely their tea tree range, and have to be honest when I say I wasn't really that keen at all. I think it was the rather overpowering smell that put me off the most, although it certainly smelt very clean it was a little off putting to walk around stinking of tea tree all day! However when I was doing my weekly shop I stopped to browse on the hair care aisle, much to the distress of my boyfriend who had been hoping for a quick dash around Asda, and noticed the Original Source shampoos and conditioners were on a buy one get one free promotion. As I was running low on shampoo and conditioner, and by low I mean I was down to my last five or six bottles, I decided to buy two of them just in case a worldwide shortage of shampoo and conditioner broke out in the near future.

                  The shampoo comes in a tall bottle which is almost like a triangle with two very long sides and quite a narrow base. The base is actually upturned meaning the lid is on top, now normally I prefer shampoo bottles to sit on their lid as it means when you near the end of the bottle all the remaining shampoo is already at the bottom and so comes out easily. The bottle is made of clear plastic which appears a deep almond colour due to the shampoo inside, and a chunky black plastic lid which you just need to flip open and closed. The front of the bottle has a label showing the brand name, the product name and the fact that it's a deep moisture shampoo designed for dry and coloured hair. The corresponding label on the back provides a list of ingredients and some rather basic and obvious instructions on how to use the shampoo.

                  Overall the packaging is simple and nothing special. I do like that it's made of clear plastic so you can see exactly how much you've got left to use when you're nearing the end. However on the downside I do prefer shampoo bottles to actually sit on their lids so all the liquid is always at the bottom next to the dispenser. I do always think the Original Source bottles look quite natural and organic in a sense, I'm not sure if it's the brand name that conjures up this image or if it's the fact they're relatively fancy free and quite plain. The conditioner bottle is virtually identical in terms of colour and style although the one gripe I do have here is that the bottle actually sits on the lid with the conditioner, so the bottle is almost naturally upturned. Now personally I think for the sake of uniformity the shampoo should have been the same!

                  The shampoo itself is a lovely almond, rich beige colour that makes me think it's quite natural and pure in a sense. To dispense the product simply pop open the black lid, turn the bottle upside down and squeeze. Now I did notice you had to squeeze quite forcefully to actually get a decent amount of the product out, it also comes out relatively slowly and as my hands were slippery due to being wet it wasn't the easiest thing to do. The shampoo itself has quite a thick consistency, more like a gel then a liquid which meant it was easier to control. Now for my favourite bit, the smell... it was absolutely delicious! It smells exactly like almonds and coconuts, it's really pure and slightly fruity and I can honestly say it smells good enough to eat as well! It reminded my boyfriend of Bakewell Tarts when he came in the bathroom after me.

                  So after I'd wet my hair and squeezed out my shampoo I began to rub it into my hair as instructed on the back of the bottle. I've got shoulder length, really thick hair and found I needed a blob about the size of three cherries to thoroughly cover my hair. The shampoo lathered up really well and the smell was absolutely delicious, my whole shower smelt of almonds which certainly is the most powerful of the two ingredients. I always wash my hair with shampoo twice so I repeated this same process and then applied the accompanying conditioner which smelt equally delicious. I then thoroughly rinsed my hair as suggested by the instructions and then proceeded to towel dry and style it as usual. The lovely scent was obvious the whole time I was combing my hair and practically made me want to eat my hair!!

                  Before I'd even started to dry my hair I could tell it was squeaky clean and it felt really soft even when wet. I also managed to comb my hair without encountering many knots at all which is quite an achievement for me, although this may be down to the conditioner more than the shampoo. I then went onto dry my hair and it was left looking really healthy and incredibly soft. I was actually surprised by how soft it felt as my hair is normally a little dry and frizzy due to it being quite curly and thick. There are very few shampoos and conditioners that I've come across that instantly give a noticeable difference in softness yet these did after only one use which I thought was amazing. I've since used the shampoo a further couple of times and the softness is still very evident and my hair looks really clean and shiny too when using it.

                  I normally find my hair last for three days between washes, sometimes I can get away with four days if I'm wearing it up and this shampoo provided no different results. I'm always wary when I use a new product that it'll make my hair go greasy much quicker but I can safely say this one didn't at all. There is absolutely nothing bad I can think of to say about this shampoo at all, it left my hair feeling really clean and really soft too. The smell was absolutely gorgeous, the almonds scent was really creamy and sweet while the coconut was much lighter but equally delicious. It really did make me want to drink the shampoo as it smelt that good! The scent remained in my bathroom after I'd had my shower and was still evident in my hair the next morning when I'd washed it the night before. Sadly it did fade after that first morning though!

                  The Original Source Almond and Coconut Shampoo is priced at £1.99 in Boots which was the same price as it was in Asda although it was on a buy one get one free offer so it actually cost under £1 for 250ml which seems quite a standard size of bottle in the world of shampoo. I certainly would fully recommend this shampoo, either at its bargain price or its original price as I certainly think it's worth every penny. It's left my hair feeling really clean, well conditioned and extra soft which is pretty much unheard of with my hair. This is mainly due to the fact that it contains almond and coconut essential oils which help to moisturise and nourish your hair. I'll certainly try out the other scents in this range although I think this one will remain my favourite... I certainly won't be trying the tea tree one again! Just try not to drink this shampoo!!

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                    27.05.2009 07:54

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                    At least the bottle gives you something to think about.

                    Hooray! Another vegan product that you can buy in a regular shop! I like to buy these especially when they are on offer (£1 each or 2 4 1)


                    Unfortunately, this is not often - and even more unfortunately, my Tesco has stopped selling this product! Why oh why?

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                    This shampoo is especially formulated for coloured hair - so it has some of the moisturising elements that are needed by abused hair.
                    It smells great, it works well and it is a compassionate product - and that is of huge importance to me.
                    The consistency is perfect - not too thin and with just the right amount of gloop as you tip it into the hand. It lathers well - I find that a second shampoo to make sure your hair is clean is just not necessary. The finished product (my dried hair) is usually very good. The shampoohas not robbed my hair of volume.

                    There is also an almond and coconut conditioner too - so you can have a matching set!


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                    I really like this shampoo because it works really well AND it is vegan. I think it is a bit expensive - but many of the nicest products are. I do think it is worth buying and trying.



                    Just a little gripe - I don't like the claims on the bottle that it is probably better for you than what you had for lunch. You only need to read the list of ingredients to disagree, although some people might have had a nutritionally empty, highly calorific burger for their lunch and it might possibly be true. In my case, I've usually had something rather nice and I find it a teeny bit annoying.

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                    19.05.2009 17:50
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                    Overall great product

                    I've always been a fan of Original Source products, but do feel that they can be a little overpriced, therefore I don't tend to buy them as often nowadays.

                    I actually only picked up the Almond and Coconut shampoo as it was on special offer at Tesco for £1 (which is around half the usual RRP, depending on where you shop).

                    Apart from the fact it was on special offer, I always tend to smell shampoos and conditioners before I buy them, and this smelled gorgeous (slightly more of almond than coconut), and it also helped that it was for 'Dry/Coloured' hair, which is perfect for me.

                    The label mentions real almond kernels and oil, and that it will help nourish and protect against heat damage. Great for those who straighten and blow dry then!

                    It also guarantees that they don't test on animals, and that it is suitable for vegans, so its suitable for those that may be concerned with animal rights in relation to cosmetic products.

                    When actually using the product, I found that it lathered up brilliantly (I didn't need the usual 1/3 of a bottle!), but it also washed out easily.
                    My only issue was that when using the shampoo, I actually found the smell to be a little too sweet! I know it sounds a silly complaint, but the combination of the almond and coconut when lathered up, reminded me of a korma curry slightly!

                    Apart from that, it left my hair clean (always helps!) and really soft.

                    I wouldn't buy this particular smell again, I'd probably go for something more citrus based, just on personal preference. Other than that, great product, and well worth £1 if you can get it for that!

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                      24.02.2009 12:15
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                      Fantastic value, smells gorgeous

                      I've used Original Source's Almond and Coconut shower gel for a while and having run out of shampoo and conditioner I decided that I would give their range of hair care products a try.

                      I've got really dry hair from frequent colouring so decided that the Almond and Coconut would be the best choice, as it claimed to be packed with almond essential oils and real coconut which is apparently good at hydrating my hair. I was pleasantly surprised that it cost just 99p for 250ml bottle so love for my hair and my purse.

                      The bottle is a similar shape to the shower gel, and it is clear so you can see how much product is left. The flip cap is on the top of the bottle which may prove problematic when it is close to running out.

                      I found the shampoo was very thick and creamy, but I had to squeeze the bottle quite hard for the product to come out. On the plus side this means that it doesn't pour quickly into your hand and down the plug hole before you can get it on your hair, also I found that I only had to use a small amount, so it doesn't seem too much of a problem having to squeeze a little harder.

                      As the shampoo is so thick I only needed an amount the size of a ten pence piece to get a really good lather all over my hair, my hair is thick and naturally curly so I can often find I need use a lot of shampoo with other brands, I was really impressed with this one. It means my 99p bottle of shampoo is going to last ages, making it great value. I did find though that it took slightly longer to rinse out but my hair felt really clean afterwards.

                      I absolutely adore the smell of this product, it reminds me of lazy summer holiday and cherry bakewells all at once. I didn't find it over powering though, and although my hair smelt clean the smell of almond and coconut didn't follow me round all day afterwards.

                      I used the both the shampoo and conditioner and the result my hair is much more manageable, it looks shiner and my curls are more defined, which I think is as a result of it being more hydrated.

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                        It is brilliant for the cheapness but not for the high maintenants

                        My hair is so long and thick that I really should take good care of it, but mostly I can't be bothered to waste time and money on expensive treatments or products. So it was a godsend to find this cheap product (99p in boots) which I can get easily, and smells delicious. It also has done wonders for my hair as I have never had so many compliments - mostly your hair smells so good. It hasn't unfortunatly tamed it and I still need to buy one bottle every week, but it is well worth it for the price. It is also quite ethical but it is not for eco-obsessed or those who like to understand all the ingredients. I would recommend this product to everyone ( as would I recommend the white pear and avocado conditioner of original source to follow.) It is well worth 99p - for the credit crunchers not high maintenance

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                          09.10.2008 10:30
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                          an aquired smelling shampoo

                          I always buy whatever shampoo and condition is on offer because they are all so expensive now and we go through lots in our house with a teenage daughter around.
                          I liked the sound of almond and coconut for my hair, as despite not liking almond too much; I do like coconut products and was hopeful that this shampoo would smell more of coconut than almond.

                          This particular shampoo is suitable for dry and coloured hair. My hair has very dry ends, but isn't coloured so I decided this shampoo would be worth a try.
                          The shampoo bottle is designed in a slightly different way to standard shampoo bottles. It has the lid at the top which is very similar to other shampoo brands; however you could be forgiven if you thought this was a shower gel without reading the label.
                          It's packaged too similar to the older designed bottles of Original Source shower gel.

                          The bottle has a flip lid, but it's quite difficult to flip open with wet hands, as it's not just the top bit that flips, but the whole lid. I had to look around the bottle to make sure it was a flip lid, but after I saw the hinge on the back I saw it was and just proceeded to find the lip needed to be able to open the lid.
                          There is a suction stop that many shower gels have on them to stop them leaking whilst being hung up in the shower. I confess to again checking the label to make sure I wasn't about to wash my hair with shower gel, but it was indeed a bottle of shampoo.

                          I found the shampoo difficult to squeeze out of the bottle. It was almost like the bottle was empty and I was struggling to get the dregs out of the bottom.

                          The shampoo is a very neutral almond colour and comes out of the bottle in a nice thick consistency. I like seeing thick shampoo as thin stuff makes me feel like I have bought a cheap bottle that won't last long.
                          Sticking my nose into it I nearly recoiled in horror, as the smell of almonds was very strong. I couldn't smell any coconut in this shampoo at all and I was really disappointed by this.

                          As I lathered it into my hair, I was satisfied that it foamed up nicely as I massaged it into my scalp. I have shoulder length hair and I find I don't need much more than a 50p sized blob for my hair.
                          This shampoo went a good distance for the size I applied and I felt the whole of my hair was covered enough.
                          I usually leave my shampoo on for a couple of minutes just to let it work its magic. Rinsing out I found it came out easily. Some shampoos I use I find stick to my hair as I try to wash it out.
                          My hair squeaked when I ran my fingers over it to make sure I have rinsed all the suds out. I like it when my hair feels clean.

                          Before I applied the conditioner to match this shampoo, I put a bunch of my hair into my nose and inhaled deeply. I was pleased to be able to smell the coconut this time.

                          Original Source can be bought for £1.97 for a 100ml bottle. It contains almond essential oil and real coconut which is probably why the almond takes over the coconut to begin with.

                          If you have coloured or dry hair then I would recommend you trying this shampoo, but only if you like almonds.
                          I won't be buying this again even if it does make my hair feel nice.

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                            24.09.2008 17:39
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                            Original Source Almond and Coconut Shampoo

                            A month or so ago, Boots were selling all Original Source products half price, so I picked up pretty much one of everything from the range, which is how I came to buy this shampoo!

                            I had never used an Original Source Shampoo before, although recently tried their Mango and Macademia Shower Smoothie as well as their orange scrub and liked both, so I was more than willing to give this a try.

                            The shampoo comes in a triangular shaped bottle with a black flip top lid and black and brown writing, and is clear so you can see how much you have left. I personally think the whole of the Original Source range of packaging looks quite masculine and I don't think it's very attractive, but it does it's job.

                            This particular shampoo is for dry or coloured hair. I have both, so I thought it would be perfect for me! It promises to deeply moisturise the hair, nourish and boost shine. The shampoo is made with 100% pure and natural essential oils.

                            On squeezing the shampoo out of the bottle, I found that it was quite thick. Only a small amount was needed to create a good lather, and it rinsed out easily too.

                            The smell of the shampoo was not what I was expecting if I'm honest. I had used a Boots own brand almond and coconut shampoo, which had a predominantly coconut fragrance and was expecting this to smell similar. This one however, smelled more like almond, which is a scent I am not particularly keen on. It was OK, but I couldn't really smell the coconut at all, which was a little disappointing, as I love the smell of coconut.

                            I use a lot of products on my hair and it's quite thick, so I sometimes need to wash it twice for it to feel really clean, but this shampoo got my hair feeling lovely and clean with just one wash.

                            After using it, I have felt a difference in my hair. It definitely does feel more moisturised and not as dry as it was before I started using this. I wasn't really expecting that from such a cheap product, but I'm pleased as it doesn't have that dry straw look anymore! I can't say I've noticed that it has boosted the shine at all, but I can't say I was expecting it to, to be honest.

                            The shampoo costs £1.99 for a 250ml bottle from Boots, but shop around as the original source range is often on special offer.

                            So, despite not being keen on the smell, I was pleased that this seemed to cure my dry hair and put some moisture into it. It's a great price, and the bottle seems to have lasted me ages, so it's good value for money too. Recommended.

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                              13.04.2008 00:17
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                              a great shampoo which provides your hair with added nourishment from almond oil

                              Almost a fortnight ago I asked my husband if he would nip into Tesco's on the way home from work and get shampoo and conditioner for me and a bottle of 2in1 for the kids as we had almost ran out. I always buy Herbal Essences shampoos and conditioners so I didn't bother to tell my husband which brand to buy because I thought he would have known that I always buy Herbal Essences. When he returned later in the evening and I unpacked the bag from Tesco's there wasn't any Herbal Essences Shampoo or Conditioner in it; instead he had bought Original Source Almond and Coconut Shampoo and matching Conditioner. I asked him why he bought Original Source and he told me that Herbal Essences was too dear and the Original Source only cost £0.99 a bottle compared to £3 for Herbal Essences. I've used a few of the Original Source Shower Gels in the past and I hated them; so I thought the shampoo and conditioner was going to be terrible too, but I was pleasantly surprised by the results.

                              As you can see from the picture at the top of this review the bottle of shampoo is a tall almost triangular shaped bottle which is made from squeezable plastic which is also recyclable. On the top of the bottle there is a rather chunky black plastic flip top lid which you just flip upwards to dispense the shampoo and flip downwards to close the bottle so as the shampoo doesn't leak everywhere. The label on the front of the bottle doesn't really pretty or attractive to look at just like most of the other products in the original source range. The label is basically made up of black lettering which tells us what the product is, who it is made by, that it is suitable for those who have dry/coloured hair and on the back it gives us the list of ingredients and directions on how to use.

                              The only thing I like about the actual packaging for the shampoo is the fact that the bottle is made from a clear plastic. I prefer shampoos and shower gels etc if they are in see through bottles because it is easy to see how much of the product you are using and how much is remaining inside the bottle. The shampoo inside the bottle is a lovely light beige colour. Most of the time when I am trying out a new shampoo, body lotion or shower gel I am really disappointed by the actual consistency of the product because some of them are too thin or runny. I was quite surprised by the actual consistency of the Almond and Coconut shampoo because it is a really thick gel like substance; I really like the thick consistency because it means that it doesn't slip through my fingers and into the bath water.

                              When I was using the shampoo I found that a blob the size of a 50 pence piece was a sufficient amount for me to wash my hair with. I have really long hair so people who have shorter hair types will need to use a lesser amount than I do. Just like any other shampoo all you have to do is wet your hair and apply the shampoo and work into a lather then rinse off; if you feel the need to repeat the process then you can do so. As soon as I applied the shampoo onto my wet hair it created a really thick bubbly lather almost instantly, the more I worked the shampoo into my hair and scalp the more lather and bubbles it produced.

                              When I was rinsing the shampoo off my hair I found that it took me a little longer to get all traces of the shampoo out of my hair and scalp, this is mainly because of the thick consistency of the shampoo and the amount of lather it produces. After all of the shampoo is rinsed out of my hair it feels squeaky clean and fresh although its not tangle free. I have to use a conditioner straight after washing my hair in order to be able to comb my hair; if I don't use a conditioner I am unable to brush my hair because its full of tangles. I used the matching Original Source Almond and Coconut Conditioner to compliment the shampoo and untangle my locks (which I will review next). People who have long hair like me will most probably have to use a conditioner to untangle their hair and make it soft.

                              I love the smell of the Almond and Coconut shampoo because it reminds me of my favourite cake which is Bakewell Tart. The smell from the shampoo isn't strong or over powering; it has a really delicate and creamy scent which I really liked. I was expecting the shampoo to be quite strong smelling just like the Original Source Shower gels, but again I was pleasantly surprised. The most prominent smell from the shampoo is that of the Almonds; which have a slight creamy undertone. I could only detect a very subtle hint of Coconut which gave the shampoo a slightly sweet aroma; apart from that the Almond smell is the most identifiable and prominent. I also noticed that the smell from the shampoo lightly fragranced the bathroom for a short time after I washed my hair. The aroma from the shampoo fragranced my hair too and the aroma from it was quite long-lasting which left my hair smelling lovely and fresh for quite sometime. I would say that the scent from the shampoo lingered in my hair for almost 14 hours or so after I had initially washed it with the shampoo.

                              I have been using the Original Source Shampoo daily for over a week now and I haven't suffered from a dry itchy flaky scalp nor has my hair felt greasy or oily. In-fact the shampoo has left my hair looking and feeling better since I started using it. I think that my hair feels stronger and smoother than it was before I started using the shampoo and my hair also looks a lot shiner and healthier. One of the main reasons my hair looks and feels better is because the shampoo contains Almond and Coconut Essential Oils which help to nourish and revive your hair.

                              I am really pleased with the results from using the Original Source shampoo and matching conditioner that I cant pick out any faults. I have now bought a few other products in the Original Source range so as I can try them out; (although I wont be buying the Mint or Tea Tree and Lavender shower gel again because these are the products which made me dislike Original Source in the first place). There are a few other different fragranced shampoos and conditioners in the Original Source range which also contain essential oils for your hair. Some of the other fragranced shampoos and conditioners in the range are ~

                              Lime and Gurana
                              Tea Tree and Mint
                              Rose and Aloe
                              Tangerine and Bergamot
                              Tea Tree and Lavender

                              A 250ml bottle of Almond and Coconut Shampoo or Conditioner costs £0.99 from Tesco's at the moment although when the offer ends the price will increase to £2.49. You can also purchase the Original Source products from Asda, Sainsbury's, Morrison's, etc although the price may differ depending on where you purchase it from.

                              For more information on Original Source and their other products then you can find this on their website which is www.originalsource.co.uk

                              All of the products in the Original Source range are NOT tested on animals and they are suitable for people who have sensitive skin types .

                              Thanks for reading
                              :O) Lisa xx

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