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This shampoo is packed full of natural stuff. I paid just £1 for my bottle of it. This shampoo is actually my boyfriend's favourite shampoo. If I run out of my usual shampoo I use the odd blob of this to keep me going. The shampoo smells great. I would describe the scent as really refreshing and uplifting. You can smell the natural Tea Tree in there but it's not too strong as you have the Lavender in there too which balances the scent out. The shampoo delivers a great rich lather that is both thick and creamy in consistency. It's very easy to wash with and a little goes a long way. I have long hair past my shoulders and I find that one small blob of this is more than enough to do my whole head. The shampoo rinses out of the hair well and it leaves your hair smelling (and feeling) really clean and refreshed. It doesn't cause dandruff and it doesn't irritate the scalp. The shampoo is actually quite mild and gentle. I have coloured hair and luckily this shampoo doesn't rinse the colour from my hair. It's excellent value and the added natural Tea Tree acts as an antiseptic so it's actually GOOD for sensitive scalps. A great shampoo for all hair types. It smells great too!
When the Original Source range first hit the shelves I tried a lot of different varieties of shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant and others. I still really love the range but find that I can't get the fragrances that I really loved such as the orange and grapefruit or the lavender and tea tree. The main ones stocked in Boots these days are the mint ones which I find far too harsh and 'zingy' for me. I am such a delicate little flower you see! The Lavender and Tea Tree Shampoo is still available on the Internet if you are prepared to search for it but it has sadly been discontinued by Original Source - heaven knows why! The shampoo comes in a flattish, clear plastic bottle with a black screw top - there is a picture of it at the top of this review. The liquid inside is a pretty pale lavender in colour. As you remove the top of the bottle in order to use the shampoo the wonderful aroma of lavender tinged with the slight effect of tea tree wafts out into the room. There is nothing unusual in the way that you would use this product. You just wet your hair, apply a small amount of shampoo, lather well, leave for a minute and then rinse out thoroughly. If you feel the need you can repeat the process but I only ever use one application of shampoo. Whilst using the shampoo the fragrance of lavender fills the air and remains there for a while afterwards too. I use the Tea Tree and Lavender Shampoo in conjunction with the Original Source Tea Tree and Lavender Conditioner - again when I can get hold of it as this too has been discontinued. I find that this makes my hair smell gorgeous, feel lovely and soft and it always has a real shine to it. I also find that my hair is easy to blow dry and style when I have used original Source products and I don't need mousse, gel or hairspray. On the back of the bottle there is some interesting information as to how Original Source was first developed. You'll probably need a magnifying glass unless you have brilliant eyesight, as the writing is extremely small! Apparently the products took their inspiration from the bush remedies of a girl called Ellen Wakeman who was the daughter of missionaries living in New South Wales. She ran away from home to join the gold rush of 1857 and somehow ended up as a barber's assistant. It was there that she realised that there were plants native to the outback which had healing properties and she subsequently became famous for her herbal cures. The Original Source range of today still uses some of the ingredients that were originally discovered by Ellen Wakeman. The products all still contain natural oils rather than synthetic fragrances and are not tested on animals. So there you are - it is a brilliant product, it works well and smells divine - so why oh why have original Source chosen to stop making it?