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This past week I have made two beauty buying mistakes and my latest was this one. I bought this thinking that was shower gel/cream to replace the one I had been using that was running low of and I bought in my local Nisa store. It was displayed alongside afew other shower products rather than the hair products and this cost me £1.25. I couldn't be bothered to take it back and to exchange it and so have ended up using it and to be fair its come in handy anyway because I always get through more conditioner than I do shampoo usually so I did have some shampoos I could use it with (please note you get this fragrance in a shampoo too should you want to!).
This comes in a see through plastic bottle which is oblong in shape and narrowing slightly to the top of it and it has a flip top lid to the bottom of it concealing a small hoLe and then on the front of it in black and dark green writing we are told that it is Original Source Mint And Tea Tree, Daily Refresh Conditioner 'Clean, long lasting fragrance' and that it is suitable to use on all hair types and then on the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told a bit about the product and how to use it, the ingredients are listed (this is suitable for Vegans to use by the way), we are told that from once opened to use it up within 12 months, the size is stated in this case that size is a 250ml bottle and contact details for PZ Cussons (the manufacturer of the product are clearly given). This is nice and sturdy packaging and the bottle lists all the information you could possibly need though I did have a small issue with this bottle as I did find the packaging so tough and robust that I do find it quite hard to get the product out of it but I manage so its only a minor niggle!
In the bottle this is a mint green and rather creamy looking conditioner and it even appears to have lots of small bubbles in it. Like I have just mentioned I do struggle to get the conditioner out of the bottle but when I do there are no bubbles in it and it is a thick and not runny, creamy looking conditioner.
The scent of this is really strong and because its not fruity or floral or anything like that in my opinion this is suitable for men and women to use and I do like the idea of a conditioner being suitable for all hair types as well so families can use it.
The scent of this in my opinion is mainly minty with a hint of the tea tree fragrance to it. I'm not overly keen on the scent but it is a fresh and clean scent which is very refreshing though I'm just not keen on my hair smelling like a polo mint really and the scent of this does linger on the hair for a good few hours after using this.
A little of this conditioner goes a very long way indeed at first and of course you should use it after shampooing your hair and rinsing first. It feels smooth when it is being applied though but my hair kind of drinks it up so I do personally end up applying alot per application. The advice is to leave this one for at least a minute however I do try to leave it on for a few before rinsing but this is really, really uncomfortable to use!
This makes my scalp go really tingly and cold as it does make my neck feel that way too. The mint and tea tree within this is also so strong that it agitates and make my eyes water too! It doesn't hurt, I wouldn't go that far to say that but it really is an unpleasant feeling and then as I rinse it all off with warm water I warm back up but then as soon as I go to dry my hair my scalp and neck go cold again and it takes me ages to lose that cold, tingling feeling and I really don't like it!
Its simple enough to rinse this off though and I noticed that prior to drying my hair I can feel no residue on it at all and that my hair feels smoother and sort of stronger too.
However although this leaves my hair looking healthy, feeling soft and with a decent shine and less tangles than other conditioners I have used in the past this makes my hair go wild.....and I mean really wild! I suffer with frizzy hair at the best of times and after allowing my hair to dry naturally or with a quick blow dry my hair just goes massive and mad!
I think that you can guess what I'm going to finish this review off by saying! I'm not keen on this one and I won't be buying it again. I don't like the fragrance particularly and I don't like the way it upsets my sensitive eyes and seems to freeze my skin and I certainly don't like my already frizzy hair to be even more frizzy! I can't recommend this one at all and I certainly wouldn't put it on any child's hair! Not for me though I have used this now down to half a bottle I won't be finishing off the rest!
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This product is really thick, glides on smoothly and leaves my hair feeling lovely and silky, helping to keep frizz to a minimum! It smells absolutely amazing, I love getting the first whiff of it when washing my hair. I like the information provided re the number of mint leaves in one bottle! In addition to this, the bottle looks funky, stands up well in the shower without tipping over annoyingly and has the dispensing end at the bottom, so it's easy to get the last bits out. Looks great lined up next to the shower gel, too!
So far so good, BUT...that amazing, tingly freshness that is so good to breath in stings like mad if you get it into your eyes. Even a tiny bit. Even if you've thoroughly rinsed your hands then wipe your eye a minute later. Even...and I realise this might sound ridiculous and it's possibly getting psychological now...if it's just the what-I-now-call "fumes".
I finished the bottle but won't be buying this again, even if I see it on a really good offer.
After trying and loving the Original Source Mint and Tea Tree Daily Refresh Shampoo, I decided to try the matching conditioner. I loved how the shampoo made my scalp tingle and go all cold and hoped the conditioner would intensify this.
As with the shampoo the conditioner is sold in a tapered bottle, with a nozzle at the bottom where the shampoo will squeeze out from. The bottles transparent showing the colour of the conditioner inside. The bottle is simple on design and have black writing on them along with the name of the product in a pale mint green colour. On the back of the bottles is directions of use and a full list of ingredients.
As with the shampoo, as soon as you open the lid a waft of tea tree and mint hit you! After shampooing and rinsing you are instructed to apply the conditioner to your hair and massage in. Now, if used on your scalp the conditioner does slightly tingle your scalp, but as someone with hair that has a tendency to go greasy I usually only apply conditioner to the lengths of my hair meaning I miss out on that tingly experience which is a shame. However the conditioner still gives that fresh blast of tea tree and mint that wakes you up on a cold morning, and is a nice conditioner to use. It lathers creamily on your hair and you don't need much to cover long hair so lasts ages. It washes out easily and when dried you hair smells even more strongly of mint and tea tree and feels soft to the touch.
The main two ingredients in the conditioner are mint which is renowned for being able to clear the airways and your senses while also being used in the treatment of aching muscles. Tea Tree is then known to increase attention, be anti-bacterial, anti-septic and anti-viral. These ingredients seem to be a little less intense in the conditioner compared to the shampoo.
The conditioner is overall, a good product. It conditions well, and leaves hair feeling luxurious and cared for. IT leaves your hair feeling minty fresh all day long and really intensifies the mint and tea tree scent if combined with the shampoo
I like original source items, I find they are good ones and the kind that I find really nice to use. They are not expensive and are good value. There are lots in this range to choose from, I usually look at them all before making buying and making my choice but I spotted it for only a £1 for a 250ml bottle from my local shop some time ago, so thought it was worth a try because I had not tried this one before and so just stocked it in my cupboards.
It comes in a transparent plastic bottle which has a flip lid. The conditioner is a pale minty green colour, it looks really nice inside the bottle. The lid is easy enough to flip open. Once flipped the smell is apparent immediately, it has a strong smell of mint and one that really does smell nice and pleasant. I really like the smell of mint products and this one did not disappoint me. Mint is a smell you either love or hate but if you do love it this one is very nice in my opinion.
It does not drip from the bottle while pouring it onto the hands and so it doesn't make a mess. It has a rich consistency and has a really soft, smooth texture to it. Only a small amount is needed to work into the hair nicely. I just use a blob onto the palms of my hands and work it into my hair. I have been growing my hair recently and it is now shoulder length, so I don't need much to give for a good condition for my hair.
Once on the hair I found it tingles a quite a lot, I wouldn't say it is too unpleasant but I can definitely feel the strong tingle. I was quite surprised how tingly it actually was on the head. I found it a little bit strange at first because not many conditioners give this strong tingly feeling but this one certainly does. It kind of gives the kind of feeling that you get when you use a shower gel that has that tingly feeling but a little stronger. I found it felt tingly the minute I started using it on my head and left it for a minute or 2 to work into the hair just to get used to the feeling. I like to make sure all my hair has conditioner worked into it so that I know I have all the ends of my hair conditioned well, especially now my hair is a little longer I don't want to miss any at the ends etc. I did find I could only leave this one on the hair for just a minute every time I used it and found that going above 2 minutes I found it did feel a little unpleasant and so I just stuck to the minute and it felt much better on the head. It is easy to rinse from the hair with no problems. I could feel my hair felt soft while rinsing it and so I knew it was doing the job it was supposed to do with this one.
It contains mint leaves, 100% essential oils and peppermint oil. All these ingredients are nice in this conditioner to give a little extra attention. It means they are good for keeping the hair soft and smooth. Depending on the weather, my hair can be quite dry at times and this one has help to keep it much less dry. It is also suitable for all hair types which is good for all the family to use if different members of the family have different hair types and so can save a little money not having to buy different brands for each family member. Nothing worse if you haven't a lot of money having to buy different products. This one is suitable for both male and female members of the family.
Once rinsed, I found it very easy to brush my hair and it was tangle free. Once dried it left my hair really soft with a good shine and manageable to style in my usual way. It is not a heavy conditioner and does not weigh the hair down or make it unmanageable. I found it just left my hair nice and soft and in a very good condition.
This one is worth the price and is excellent value for money in my opinion. It is good quality too. I don't think I would buy this one on a regular basis though because I couldn't leave it on my hair for more than a minute because of the tingly feeling being a little unpleasant. But if you don't mind a tingly feeling and only leave a conditioner on the hair for a minute, this one would be suitable. I don't like the tingle and so for this reason I am going to drop a star. I wouldn't recommend using it on a young child because I just think the tingle would be far too much for their more sensitive scalp because their scalp is much more sensitive, but for adults I think it would be fine if they don't have a sensitive scalp. My scalp isn't usually sensitive but it appeared to be while using this one.
I give this one 4 stars.
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Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
Being a fan of Original Source and using their Mint and Tea Tree selection of products then it was always an obvious choice for me to try this product (not least because I have the shampoo to go with it) and with this being my first experience of a conditioner that is not in the shampoo itself I was wondering what I would get but thankfully I can confirm that this is a must....here's why.
The conditioner offers your hair great softness and ensures that your hair is at its optimal condition thanks to adding moisture into the hair and focussing on looking after the hair rather than cleaining it which for me is noticeable. The best thing I can say about this product out of everything is that if you use this on its own your hair won't feel clean but will feel soft (not the reason for this product) and if you use the shampoo on its own (Original Source Mint and Tea Tree) then your hair will feel clean but not soft but when you use them bost you have that perfect mix of both worlds (try this and it really does bring it home how much the conditioner helps).
The smell is great as with all of the Original Source Mint and Tea Tree collection so you can feel confidence when using this even if going out that it will leave a beautiful and fresh fragrance.
As with the other Mint and Tea Tree products in the Original Source locker this one leaves that great tingle feel and sensation and as this is something you are leaving in for a small period then it really becomes noticeable how much it is working. The feeling allows your scalp to feel cooler and so cuts down on any itchy scalp you may suffer from (especially if you have skin problems like myself).
The packaging sticks to the same as the shower gels meaning that you can distinguish between this and the shampoo easily (the shampoo bottle is different) so needn't worry about doing things the wrong way around in your cleaning and grooming regime.
The product does not take much each use and so lasts well making it well worth the money you spend on it (although it is actually not expensive anyway).
If you are someone who like me cares about your grooming regime then this is a must as it offers up great quality of product with value for money at its core. Simply try it and you will see how much softer your hair feels....and it smells great too!
I bought this in my local Poundland as it looked really interesting, and i've just looked online to see if any other shops sell it and was shocked to see that Boots actually sell this for £2.03! Looks like i got myself a bit of a bargain so i'll be off back down to Poundland to stock up asap!
This conditioner is packaged really uniquely, the 250ml bottle is made of sturdy plastic, in a slender 'triangle' shape, with the chunky black lid at the bottom rather than the top like most conditioner bottles. The bottle is transparent which allows the creamy green conditioner to be seen through the bottle, and this gives a really nice, clear idea to the consumer of what the conditioner looks like, and it's also somewhat of a novelty as most conditioners are a boring pearly white colour. The shade of green is a mint green - basically a light green, but obviously the colour reflects what the conditioner contains.
On the front of the bottle it reads 'Clean, long lasting freshness' in green writing, with 'Original source mint and tea tree daily refresh conditioner for all hair types' further down in much bolder writing. The back of the bottle is really interesting, and tells me lots about the product. One part reads: "We've stuffed 7927 mint leaves into this scalp tingling conditioner." This is really intriguing to me to know the excact amount of the mint leaves used and it's just overall interesting! It also tells me that the conditioner contains 100% pure and natural essential oils which aids in keeping hair clean and fresh.
It is also obvious from reading the back of the bottle that this product is fine for vegans and vegeterians, and they state "We don't test on animals. In fact, we test our products on our selves and, only if we absoloutely love them, will they make it to a shelf near you." This puts my mind at rest that no animals suffered in the production of this product, and also that it contains no animal by products such as lanolin etc.
As soon as i opened the bottle, which is accomplished by simply pulling down the little plastic flap on the lid to expose the hole (which has rubbery plastic bits around it to ensure that the condioner can not pour out in large quantities so it helps in not wasting a single drop), i was greeted with one of the most amazing smelling conditioners i think i've ever used. The smell is pretty much like pure tea tree oil with a hint of fresh mint. It's amazing!
Using it is simple, after using my shampoo and rinsing my hair, i just sqeeze a blob of this out on to the palm my hand and apply to my wet hair. I make sure my hair is fairly covered in it and then sit back and relax, i leave it on my hair for 2-3 minutes to ensure my hair absorbs all of the natural oil that it contains and then rinse thoroughly. It doesn't really lather or bubble much and isntead remains in its original form - it's quite thin in consitency. The only downside is that at first, it felt quite uncomfortable as it gives a really 'cool' and 'tingly' feeling which i'm not used to, but i actually got used to it really quickly and now i love it!
Once i'm dried off from my bath, dressed and have blow dried and straightened my hair, i can honestly say that the smell is stilll there and lasts for several days even after washing the hair with a differerent conditioner, the 'cool' feeling also lasts for around 6 hours after use which leaves the hair (and scalp, weirdly enough) feeling clean and fresh. I've had compliments that my hair smells 'fresh' aswell from my boyfriend which is nice. It also leaves the bathroom smelling gorgeous too! It smells minty but it definetly doesn't resemble the smell of toothpaste or anything like that, it's a very luxurious, relaxing smell.
Overall i love this, and i would reccomend it! It is certianly worth Boot's price of £2.03, but the fact i got this product from the pound shop is even more great, and i will be stocking up on more! The bottle lasts really well - i've had mine for around 3 months and there is just under half left. The fact that this is a cruelty free condioner is also a big plus side and if you haven't tried it yet, you really, really need to!
Having dry, thick curly hair I often forgo shampoo and 'co-wash' (washing my hair with conditioner only) and this is one of my favourite products for doing so. I also use a small drop as a leave in conditioner sometimes.
It is refreshing and tingly and really wakes you up! Some people may find the tingliness off putting but I rather like it: it leaves my scalp feeling refreshed and the tea tree is good at fitghing off bacteria and other dandruff causing nasties.
The product is well packaged, the bottle is easy to use in the shower and it is easy to dispense just the right amount of product. It is a good consistency, it is not super thick so is not ideal for very dry hair. It spreads through the hair well and you don't need to use too much. It's good for detangling too, slather it on your hair and a comb will glide through in no time. It is also silicone free, which is a must for those of us who co-wash or dislike the buildup silicones can sometimes leave.
Hair is not weighed down, which I assume is good for fine hair (though as mine is the opposite I cannot personally attest to this).
It is well price, though whenever I see this at a discount I snap it up.
A warning, do not get this in your eyes! Minty freshness is rather nice for a tingly scalp but it is not so pleasant on your eyeballs.
As I have said in my review for the shampoo, I noramally buy this for my other half, and after running out of my own shampoo last week had to use this as a quick fix. This cost me a £1 in Wilkinsons. The conditioner comes in a see through bottle which contains 250ml of conditioner. It has a creamy pale green colour.
Original source describe this as a conditioner that gives long lasting freshness as well as smoothing and conditioning the hair. You use this in the same way as other conditioners, I used the shampoo first and after rinsing applied a small amount of this from root to tip. The first thing you notice when using this is the distinct minty smell, it is really nice and refreshing. It smells so natural and not at all synthetic. Orginal Source do use 100% natural essential oils in all of their products.
This conditioner rinsed out of my hair really easily and didn't leave any build up, sometimes I find that conditioners leave a slimy layer on my hair which weighs it down after drying.
After blow drying and styling my hair it felt really nice. It was managable, soft and smooth. The smell of mint lasted most of the day.
I would give this 4 out of 5 stars, I didn't feel the conditioner was rich enough for everyday use on my dry and damaged hair but it did the job. I would recommend this to anyone with a sensitive scalp. It rinses out cleanly leaving no residue and has antibacterial properties.
I tried this conditioner along with the shampoo as I like Original Source products not least because of their anti animal testing policy.
However, like another reviewer, I should have been warned off by the shampoo (see my review of that) which was way too 'minty' for my liking.
The consistency of the conditioner is quite nice and the smell is pleasant. I massaged it into my hair and my first reaction was that it wasn't as good as some products for reducing tangles (I have very long hair). Generally with conditioner I leave it in my hair for a couple of minutes before rinsing off. Whilst this product didn't give me that awful numbing sensation like the shampoo, I very quickly felt extremely cold on my head! When I put my hands to my hair it felt really cold and was making me feel cold all over despite standing under a hot shower. I couldn't wait to rinse it off and I rinsed and rinsed but still couldn't get rid of this cold feeling on my head. Not a nice sensation at all, particularly as it's cold out at the moment and I needed warming up not cooling down!
It has been consigned to the cupboard to maybe try again when the weather is very hot and I feel in need of a cooling shower, but I certainly wouldn't recommend this product for the winter months.
Why did I buy this product?
I love tea tree and mint products. They smell so nice and I find them very refreshing. Also I have used Original Source shower gels before and really liked them so I was pretty sure this product would be good and had high expectations. And finally, this product was on offer and if you've read my previous reviews you know that I can't resist anything on sale so I had to buy this. I had no choice, really.
Original Source produces bath and shower products, hand wash, hair care products and men's products using natural ingredients. They don't test their products on animals and do not believe in being wasteful, so they use minimum packaging. They are a member of the Aromatherapy Trade Council and also work closely with the Vegan Society. Their products contain either pure and natural essential oils or natural extracts.
The conditioner comes in a plastic bottle which is wider at the bottom and narrow at the top, a little like a cone, except the tip is flat, if that makes sense. The bottle is clear so you can see the conditioner inside which is convenient because you can see how much conditioner is left in the bottle. The bottle rests on the bottom and the conditioner is dispensed from there too so even when there is very little conditioner left, it is easy to get it out. To get the conditioner out, you just flip up the lid at the bottom and squeeze the bottle so that it dispenses the conditioner from a small hole.
As you squeeze the bottle, the thick light green conditioner flows out. The consistency of this conditioner is thicker than that of other conditioners I have used. This means that a little goes a long way and I don't need too much for my hair. The conditioner smells very fresh and minty, and the scent is quite strong. After you are done rubbing this into your hair, you will start to feel a slight tingle in your scalp and in your back if your hair is touching it. The tingle has a cooling sensation which would probably work well in the summer but in the winter cold, it is not appreciated. Your hair feels quite smooth and soft though. I find that after a couple of minutes the cooling tingle becomes too much for me and I have to wash the conditioner off. Since it is thick it does take a little while to rinse out, but leaves my hair feeling very soft, moisturised and knot-free! Once my hair is dry, it continues to feel this way, and static-free too. So in summary, this conditioner leaves my hair feeling soft, smooth, frizz-free, knot-free and static-free. Plus my hair smells nice!
Price and Availability
This conditioner can be purchased in most supermarkets and pharmacies. I bought mine from Boots and it was on offer for £1 then. I found this a bargain for a 250 ml bottle. It normally retails for £2.03 but can be found on offer every now and then.
Do I recommend this?
I do recommend this as a summer time conditioner as the cooling sensation would probably feel pleasant in the warm summer months. I do currently use this every once in a while though, when I want a change from my usual conditioner. It's not expensive and it works really well.
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I was first attracted to the Original Source range of products after seeing their bright vivid colours on the supermarket shelves, their look really helped to make them stand out from their counterparts. They come in a number of very distinctive and different fragrances which also attracted me to them. I immediately had to take a closer look at these bright and colourful toiletries, and found that the label claimed that they are made from 100% natural ingredients which helped to make my mind up in making my first of many purchases from this range.
I have tried a few flavours in the Original Source range and the mint and tea tree has become my favourite so far, after trying the shower gel and shampoo in this fragrance I decided to try the conditioner so as to complete the minty experience!
The Mint and Tea Tree conditioner is suitable for all hair types, and can be used daily. However it is packed with 100% essential oils so it may not be suitable for all skin types. Original Source states that this conditioner will give you clean, long-lasting freshness whilst working to improve the condition of hair without causing build up.
I was amazed to see that an incredible 7,927 mint leaves are crammed into each bottle, along with this peppermint oil is one of the prominent ingredients used which gives this conditioner a stimulating, reviving and cooling effect; the other main ingredient being tea tree has natural anti bacterial and antiseptic properties. You will also be happy to know that no synthetic fragrances or perfumes are used and their products are not tested on animals.
The Original Source range of products all come packaged in transparent bottles with a clear label with black text, the vibrant gel, foam, or conditioners speak volumes so no fancy packaging is needed. Unlike the shampoo, the conditioner bottle sits on its flip top lid, and all of the important information is on the reverse of the bottle. It looks nice in the bathroom alongside the matching shampoo and shower gel; I like the fact that I can see how much product I have left.
I love the Tea tree and mint shower gel and shampoo in this range, and the tingling experience they give. The shampoo is milder than the gel but still tingles and awakens my senses when I wash my hair, I was eager to use the conditioner and I wasn't sure what to expect. Looking at the product in the bottle it is a very pale creamy peppermint green colour which gave me the impression that it would be mild and gentle on my hair and scalp. As it is a conditioner I wasn't expecting much of a zingy feeling as it is for conditioning the hair and not cleaning it. With it being an Original Source product I thought it would still tingle and leave an impression as all their products do.
~~My minty experience~~
After washing my hair I flipped open the lid of the conditioner the smell was less noticeable, even though my bathroom was already filled with steamy minty goodness so it would be hard to detect the smell from the bottle, it needs a good squeeze to dispense the required amount as the plastic bottle is fairly firm and the opening is very small. Once I had the desired amount in the palm of my hand I had to hold it close to my face to be able to detect the delicate mint smell, although I could feel a cooling sensation in my hand immediately. The conditioner is much thinner in consistency than the other branded conditioners that I have used, it is almost paste like.
I always smooth the conditioner over my hair massaging it into the tips of my hair making sure I have good coverage; I leave it on while I wash my body so it has time to work into my hair, as I like to leave it on my hair for the maximum amount of time to get the full benefit from the conditioner. I applied the conditioner to my hair and as soon as I started to spread it over my hair I was quite shocked, as the feeling was a bit intense, more so than the feeling I get from using the shampoo. My hair and scalp were tingling a lot more; I continued smoothing it over the rest of my hair by this point my scalp felt like it was burning and that I had just been catapulted headfirst down a ski slope that has been infused with peppermint popping crackles (if such things exist) as the feeling worked its way down my back from the water that had ran down my back. Oh my goodness. I didn't like the feeling one bit it was far too intense and I rushed to wash myself so I could rinse it off - not soon enough! I frantically rinsed it off but the cooling and tingling sensation didn't lessen, I tried to run my hands through my hair but it was still slightly tangled as I hadn't massaged it in properly. It rinsed out easily and after getting out of the shower my scalp was still tingling for some time after and my back felt icy cold, I could smell the mint as I ran my hand though my hair and it left the smell on my hand. My hair didn't feel soft and tangle free I thought that this was probably due to the fact that I was such a baby and didn't work the product into my hair and leave it on for long enough for it to have achieved good results.
I wasn't going to give up just yet though...
I was a little hesitant to use it the next day but I wanted to like it and it was the only conditioner I had and I didn't want it to go to waste, I thought to myself it couldn't have been that bad could it? After washing my hair I reached for the conditioner and squeezed a little more out than the previous time as it didn't quite cover my hair and I wanted to make sure I made the effort this time. I smoothed it over my hair with caution hoping that it wasn't as bad as I had thought, but oh boy, it was! It felt tingly and in a not so pleasant way my head felt like it was burning and the nape of my neck was too. I was brave and I left it on for the required minute as instructed on the bottle, my eyes felt like they were going to pop out of my head and I couldn't wait to rinse it off. I foolishly opened my eyes thinking I had rinsed it off only to find the same cooling sensation around my eyeballs - thankfully not to the same degree but rather odd all the same. My hair felt smoother and I worked my fingers through the few tangles, the conditioner didn't leave any residue behind just the tingling sensation. My hair felt smooth once I had towel dried it and it felt conditioned and smelt minty fresh but it wasn't over powering, the scent remains on the hair for some time after.
Day three...I must be crazy to want to use this again!
I was a little reluctant to use the conditioner again as I knew it was going to burn, I did want soft manageable hair though so I used a bit more this time. As the first couple of times it didn't feel as though I had enough to cover my hair evenly, my hair is different lengths all over but the longest side just touches my shoulder and it is of a medium thickness. I decided to work the conditioner into the tips of my hair first and then use the remainder to massage it into my scalp - it didn't feel quite as bad but it still tingled. My hair felt much better when it came to rinsing it, it felt much softer and tangle free. I was pleased with the results.
By the end of the week my hair had got used to the conditioner and the bizarre feeling it gave. I was pleased that I persisted and felt quite happy with myself he-he. I have been using this conditioner for a couple of weeks now and my hair is feeling soft and conditioned and minty clean! After using the product I am able to run my fingers through my hair with ease and it is feeling soft. I am happy with the results as the conditioner doesn't have any fancy claims other than it will leave your hair feeling refreshed and clean and it will remove build up. I am happy to say that it certainly lives up to its claims and considering it is a lot cheaper than the conditioners that I usually buy it seems to do what I want it to.
Original Source products are on offer quite a lot so it is worth giving it a try. Personally I think I might try a different scent from their range and leave this one for the warmer months or for when I need a refreshing wakeup call when I'm feeling drowsy and it will be good to use when feeling stuffy with a cold as this stuff will clear the senses. It makes my head feel like it's burning in a bucket of ice and extra strong spearmint, my head and my back feel cold and tingly - so not great for the cold winter months, maybe it will be better to use during the very few warm days we get. It will certainly give your morning a kick start and wake you up.
Tip: If your partner has annoyed you then leave this in the bathroom in place of any other conditioner you may have and it will startle them. he-he. What a shame my boyfriend doesn't have any hair to condition ha-ha.
It is widely available and it usually retails at £1.99 for 250ml but it can be found on offer a lot, so why not grab yourself a bottle if you're brave enough!
For all you eco warriors out there the bottle is also recyclable.
~Ingredients for those who are interested~
Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetrimonium Chloride, Mentha Arvensis (Mint) Leaf Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Behentrimonium Chloride, Isopropyl Alcohol, Polyquaternium-39, Citric Acid, Methyl Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Limonene, Panthenol, Linalool, Benzophenone-1, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methyldibromo Glutaronitrile, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, CI 19140, CI 42090
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Go on give it a try, I dare you!
The description that it makes your head tingle is not wrong - and it's quite a weird experience. Mine tingled so much that I wondered if I had open sores on my head! I have not had that experience with a haircare product before and it made me wonder whether I would want it on a regular basis.
On the positive side, I know tea tree will be off-putting for head lice and, as I am a teacher, this could be useful!
That said, the actual conditioning of the hair was excellent. I usually leave my conditioner on for about 5 mins to give it a really good go and this gives me hair that is soft and manageable. However, if I leave it just for 30 seconds it still makes a difference.
I am forever on the look out for vegan products that a) do a brilliant job and b) that I can find in ordinary shops. This ticks both those boxes. However, I really do think that this is a great product for everyone!
Original Source make products which contains 100% natural essential oils, no synthetic fragrances and they do not test their products on animals. This is part of the reason why I enjoy using their guilt free products, that and the gorgeous scents that they carry because of the sheer amount of natural oils and ingredients that are used in making Original Source products.
This conditioner is stated as being for all hair types and I find this to be fairly accurate because I have greasy hair while my Mother suffers from slightly dry, flyaway hair and we have both used this on a couple of occasions with great results.
This conditioner is supplied in a long bottle which thins towards the end and it is designed to stand on it's lid (which is a black flip top) and it is very easy to grip and open whilst in the shower. When the conditioner is left standing up all of the conditioner travels down the bottle and it's clear to see that this is a very thick product. Once the lid is opened the bottle has a plastic part inside the hole which means that you have to squeeze the bottle fairly hard before any conditioner will come out. This is great as it means that if I forget to close the cap completely that the conditioner will not leak out and make a mess in the bathroom.
The conditioner itself is a pale green colour and as soon as I opened the lid I could smell the glorious minty scent and while it was very strong it was not overpowering. I put this on my hair after using a cheaper tea tree shampoo and I found it lovely and thick and very easy to rub through my hair. It did make my eyes feel a little watery but I was careful not to get any near them just to be on the safe side. I found the smell to be very refreshing and awakening and this was the perfect conditioner to use while in my morning shower. My hair was left very shiny, clean and manageable after using this and I will most definitely be using it again.
This 250ml bottle was purchased from Asda for £1.00 and the usual price is around £1.70. I would definitely recommend this, even at the higher price as a little definitely goes a long way. I will be using this again & would certainly purchase it if my Mum (good old Mum!). I am rating this product 5/5 as I think it smells delicious and my hair looked lovely.
I had washed my hair in Original Source Tea Tree and Mint Shampoo and suffered for it; yet with tears still rolling down my cheeks, and a slight wheeze as I breathed, I reached for the matching conditioner like a right royal fool.
As far as the appearance goes it is much different to the shampoo. The bottle is basically the same other than the fact that it stands on its lid, whereas the shampoo bottle stands upright with the lid at the top. The conditioner is much creamier looking as you can see from the photograph above.
This morning I wrote a review on the shampoo so you might want to have a look at that, the upshot is that the very strong smell from the minty shampoo almost brought on an asthma attack and made my eyes water to the point that I had to open a window to allow the mint infused steam to escape!
Don't ask me why I thought using the conditioner was a good idea, but I did and I can now confirm that the smell of this is also much too strong and while it didn't irritate my chest any more it made my already streaming eyes sting and water even worse than before.
Luckily I only used a very small amount of the conditioner as I know from experience that Original Source conditioners contain generous amounts essential oils so can leave your hair looking greasy.
As soon as I started combing the conditioner through my hair the smell hit me and I felt my eyeballs go red, when I closed my eyes in pain I could see the thin red veins behind my eyelids. It was my own fault, I know that. I was very silly to even attempt to use it after the disaster I had caused not five minutes earlier with the shampoo but as I have been so foolish I can at least review it!
I worked the conditioner through my hair (owwwww!) before rinsing it off in warm water (eeeeeeek!) and found my hair felt marginally softer than usual, the comb was perhaps a little easier to pull through my hair but to be honest the difference it made wasn't worth the pain I went through!
I passed this bottle of conditioner to my niece who loves the mintiness of the Original Source range, she has never had a problem despite being asthmatic herself so perhaps this was a personal reaction to one of the ingredients. Personally though I just think they have made the smell much too strong and surely they could have produced a lovely minty aroma without it burning my eyes like acid!
I am using this conditioner at the moment - yet another great product from original source!!
The conditioner retails for around £2 - £3 usually, but places like asda have offers on regulary to get it cheaper, and I purchase mine from home bargains where it only costs £1.
The conditioner is great, the bottle is good, and its really easy to squeeze. It closes easily, and because it stands up on the lid I avoid leaving the conditioner open, getting lots of water in it like I usually do with other products. The triangle shape also makes it look pretty stylish!
The conditioner itself has a powerful tea tree and mint smell, that wakes you up and smells so nice it makes you want to wash your hair twice!! It leaves your hair looking nice and shiney, and gets rid of tangles really well.
Its a decent conditioner, but the best thing is definately the overpowering gorgeous smell, once you've tried it once you'll never look back.
By carefully combining essential oils, the new hair care range is designed for four different hair types and is so refreshing, it makes your head tingle whilst stimulating aromas exhilarate you /