Original Source Lavender & Tea Tree Shower Gel Review

by mehak on August 21, 2012

in C, Reviews, Skincare


The Original Source Lavender oil and Tea  Tree shower gel  Review

Guest Post by Kritika (Combination Oily Skin, Medium Skin tone)

The Original Source Lavender Oil & Tea Tree Shower Gel is packed with the goodness of 157 relaxing Lavender flowers. Original Source says, ‘We’ve collected 157 Lavender flowers for this calming shower gel and mixed them with Tea Tree before pouring into our fully recyclable bottle. Relax in this and unwind.’

Directions, Original Source + Water = 1 Tranquil Moment.

Haha. Love that. +1 for Original Source !!

That little missing text in the front you see, that is supposed to be, ‘Lavender and Tea Tree packed with natural fragrance’. I ordered it online and the flip tab of the bottle was taped to the bottle and when I took the tape off, the silly tape decided to take a few letters off too. Sigh. But otherwise, the packaging is nice and sturdy.

A little about Lavender and Tea Tree oil from their website,

—     Lavender – It looks lovely, it smells lovely. But there’s a lot more to Lavender than freshening up the occasional linen closet. Because of their antiseptic properties, Lavender products have been used to heal skin for centuries, while lavender essential oil is a staple in aromatherapy and can aid sleep and relaxation, and cure headaches. Sometimes it can even be used to help skin burns and inflammatory conditions, and repel insects and cure bites. So if you think Lavender oil is just for Grandma, think again and put some ancient wisdom to work on your aching muscles.

—     Tea Tree – Tea tree oil certainly sounds magical, and the effects of it aren’t far off. When applied topically, tea tree oil products can provide anti-septic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral results, as well as having useful cosmetic properties too.Tea tree benefits are powerful and amazingly varied. From purifier, to sedative, to insect repellent, it can do good things for your skin, muscles, bones, heart, immune system, brain and over all alertness and mood.


Some of you might be expecting me to say, “This shower gel will relax your muscles and sooth them and make you float into a land of floating lavender flowers while you roll onto lush green grass and see unicorns throwing up rainbows and muffins will be falling outta the sky” ..eh..okay lets rewind a bit, none of that will happen and I’m not gonna be saying any of that.. I feel betrayed by Original Source, like stabbed in the heart a few thousand times. I should stop being a drama queen and tell you why.

I’ve heard so much about the amazing fragrance of the Lavender flowers in this one and how it fills your bathroom with the aroma of Lavender and how you will end up smelling of lavenders for the next century and a half (there I go exaggerating again.must.stop) So, I was totally psyched to try it out and ran into the shower the moment I received this. But it smelled nothing of Lavenders. So I approached dear Google uncle and found out that, Orginal Source has been modifying their products. Instead of real essential oils for the fragrance they now use, ’parfum’. You can see it in the ingredients list. It also fails to contain any real Lavenders, the older versions had a mention of ‘Lavandula Angustifolia’ and now no sight of Lavenders on the ingredients list. It went from 27 handfuls of lavender flowers to now 157 Lavender flowers. Simple Math tells me that is an addition of 130 more Lavender flowers, so shouldn’t this be smelling more..umm.. Lavenderishh (if that’s even a word). But no ! This doesn’t. I think it’s just a gimmick, they are probably trying to cut cost and all. Tomorrow they’ll come out and say it contains 157,000 Lavender flowers and this will still not smell of Lavenders.

It does clean you well, but that don’t impress me much ! Original Source, Y U NO PUT REAL LAVENDERS! Or even if you are gonna use ‘parfum’ make sure it smells of Lavenders and not some weird medicine because right now the shower gel smells like one of those medicated ones ! I’m gonna finish up my bottle believing that the Tea Tree will do me some good. Sigh.


Overall Verdict: C

Price:Rs.195 for 250ml of Qty

Will I repurchase: Not this for sure! But those of you who want to try, you MUST try this Original Source Vanilla Milk one. 

Recommendation: I wouldn’t be recommending this one at all. Though I feel a little betrayed by Original Source, I wouldn’t be completely giving up on the brand because I love their Vanilla Milk and Strawberry Shower Gel and not afraid to try a few others also.

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Kejal August 21, 2012 at 10:40 am

:-/ But I hav the raspberry vanilla and the basil lemon ones and they smell Amazinggg!


Kritika August 21, 2012 at 3:52 pm

I have it too and love how that smells!! But Original Source has changed the formula in some of their products. Don’t know if its with a certain batch or what. You get similar reaction from people on their page.
Refer to: http://www.originalsource.co.uk/skin-care-products/shower-gel/lavender


mehak August 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm

I have that and love ittooo!!!
but i guess its a product to product thing..


Bhumika M August 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm

The Lime one is AWESOME! Fragrance is super fresh! Lathers well and is adequately moisturizing! Have the mint, vanilla milk and strawberry, lavender and tea tree and lemon and tea tree too but yet to try’em out! Cant wait too!


Kritika August 21, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Yeah? I always thought that might be very Cinthol-ish. Lol. Getting the Lime one soon! :D


Bhumika M August 21, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Well, to be fair, I have never used Cinthol! ;) Thought my mum thought it smelled like lemoneez! :p I find it extremely fresh though!


Kritika August 21, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Lol. Even I haven’t. But you know there re certain brands that you associate with certain fragrances. Like for me, Victoria Secrets always reminds me of a very fruity strawberry smell, even though they make a thousand other variants :P
Funny !


mehak August 21, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Yum!!! I like warm frgarances though as compared to fresh ones..thrs a palmolive one im using. Im tewlling u for 60 bucks that thing is beyond amazing!


Kritika August 22, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Yeah? Which one is it? The purple one? I wanna try it out too !!


philamazan August 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm

even i have the vanilla rasberry one.
it smells amazing!!!
its like bathing in cream :p


mehak August 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm

I know…heaven!


Richa Saxena August 21, 2012 at 8:43 pm

I have never tried this brand…But I am surely going to try it in Raspberry Vanilla now…


Kritika August 22, 2012 at 8:25 pm

You should! It makes your bathroom smell like a candy heaven ! Heehee


Tanaya August 21, 2012 at 9:44 pm

I hear you woman! Original Source dissapoints.
I love ALL things vanilla, and when I tried their Raspberry and Vanilla handwash, I almost wanted to throw it away because a) It smells exactly like chericoff (not such a good idea when both your parents and doctors, and you’re one in training, and constantly surrounded by medicines! :| ) and b) It was unbelievably drying.
I bought my first hand cream ( Crabtree & Evelyn. Gorgeous! :D ) after using that stupid stupid handwash. :|


Kritika August 22, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Haha. Aww. I’m glad it doesn’t reminds me of medicines ! But I agree, sometimes you can do without the overpowering sweet smell!! :|
On that note, what reminded me of the medicine Paracetamol Syrup was this Cosmopolitan I was having last night! Yuck. It was like being 5 again and being given the syrup :|


IsmiDiva August 22, 2012 at 8:51 am

ahh i love lavender.. its so soothing and relaxing! :)


shivangi August 22, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Thanks for the review! Will stay away from it


Kritika August 22, 2012 at 8:30 pm

You re welcome Shivangi :)


StyleDestino August 23, 2012 at 10:55 am

Gr8 review, I love original source products, have been using them since college days in England. The lavender one u have here is gr8, but their vanilla and cocoa is my fav. I haven’t seen it yet in India though.


parmita September 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm

OMG!! and I thought there was something wrong with my sense of smell…as I used it the smell was disgusting like some rotten fish kind of.
earlier I used the raspberry vanilla —got all from urbantouch but that too was fake smelling.But the only one I loved is the LIME that was great for the summers..

Quite a disappointing product overall :(


Kiara December 16, 2012 at 12:39 am

I wish i had read this review before buying it :/ i was hoping for a nice floral lavender smell , and spreading a treat to the olfactory senses of everyone in the vicinity, and this product turned out to be BLAH! was so disappointed. hmpf


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