Not bathing twice a day is considered an anomaly in Indonesia. I, on the other hand, believe that bathing twice a day is a remnant of a peasant way of life, where one toils in the sun and sweat all day. In this day and age where most middle and upper class existence is climate controlled, there is no reason to do so, especially given impending water scarcity. Ha!
My once a day bath time, however, is sacred to me. It is a pleasant experience that I savor, usually at mid-day if I am working from home, or evening when I run about outside. At any one time I have 5-10 different shower gels in my bathroom.
My favorite shower gels ever are from Lush: ‘Flying Fox’, ‘Solid Death Monkey’ and ‘Slammer’. However the British pound has escalated wildly, and even I don’t fancy $40 shower gels. Which is why I perked up when I saw these brightly packaged shower implements at the local drugstore.
The brand is called ‘Original Source’ and as far as I can tell it is a UK brand manufactured in Thailand. There’s a few variants, and upon taking a whiff in the store, I found the scents very pleasant. The ‘Lemon and Tea Tree’ and the ‘Lime’ shower gels remind me especially of Lush’s Slammer, a mouth-watering zest of citrus. Lime is so mouth-watering that I can feel drool collecting in my mouth even as I am writing this. I also got ‘Vanilla and Raspberry’ shower gel, to round out my purchases. They each cost about Rp30,000; which in Lush-speak barely covers the cost of shipping a bottle from the UK.
A couple of distinguishing features of this brand is the recycled container and the quirky claims. “Ten real zesty lemons” go into the Lemon and Tea Tree concoction, and “forty zingy limes” into the Lime bottle. “Eighty two British sunrises” go into the Vanilla and Raspberry one!
Inspection of the list of ingredients reveals the Lemon and Tea Tree shower gel does contain real lemon (Citrus Medica Limonum) peel oil, orange (Citrus Sinensis) oil, bergamot (Citrus Aurantium Bergamia) oil and tea tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) oil, and they do not seem afterthoughts in the last line of the ingredients list. Whether it is really 10 lemons is hard to assess but at least oils were used as opposed to synthetic fragrances. The Lime version also lists lime and orange oils, while the Vanilla and Raspberry concoction includes raspberry and vanilla extracts.
The texture of these shower gels are not thick, and they lather very poorly if you do not use a sponge or washing cloth. The scent is very strong while in the shower, but unlike Lush shower gels, do not last on the skin. The Vanilla and Raspberry gel has something gritty in it, and gives a rather mild exfoliating action.
Overall, I am impressed and will be buying more. Their claim of natural scent is justified (with the Vanilla and Raspberry smelling the most ‘synthetic’ of the three), as also the content of real oils.They are not as good as my beloved Lush gels, but for the price, is good value for money.
Have you spotted and tried these?