My scalp has caused me no end of trouble. For my entire adult life I’ve suffered with an itchy, dry and irritated scalp. Sometimes it would get so bad it felt like my scalp was on fire. I never know exactly what causes it as it randomly seems to flare up when I’m extra stressed or when there’s a change in weather. And I know I’m not alone – whenever I bemoan my issues in the hairdressers chair others will confess the same trauma.

It got to the point where I couldn’t use any regular shampoos as they would send my scalp into itch-mode – it got so bad sometimes it would result in red sores. Even the most gentle, sulphate-free formulas gave me grief.

It must be hereditary as my mum suffers from it too (and now poor Lulu is showing signs). Over the years mum and I managed it with different things – from a cortisone lotion we bought in bulk from the US to a rotating roster of specialised shampoos. We’re talking coal tar, selenium sulphide, zinc pyrithione, and how they stink! (Not to mention all those ugly bottles in your shower.) The combo of harsh shampoos was positively wrenching the colour out of my hair, I could practically see it washing down the drain.

Then, one day, mum called me breathlessly and said, “Sig, I’ve got it. I’ve found a product that fixes my scalp! It’s called MooGoo. You have to get it.” I headed straight to the chemist and bought the bumper bottle home with high hopes. It contains a very mild blend of coconut and glucose-derived cleansers specifically designed for people with sensitive scalps. I jumped in the shower and pumped out the beautiful softly-fragranced (it smells a little like milk bottle lollies) and…

Halle-moo-ing-lujah, she was right! In the weeks that followed I also tried their Scalp Cream, which was specifically formulated for cradle cap in infants and seborrheic dermatitis in adults. The actives? Olive oil and coconut oil. I was hooked. Finally the fire was out. A few years later and I’m still using them. My scalp usually flares up if I use another shampoo but I return to MooGoo and it all calms down.

Shop: get 25% of all MooGoo Scalp range simply enter the code MOOGOOSCALPLOVE

I was intrigued. Some more research into the company unearthed dozens of testimonials online, with people claiming it had changed their lives – from scalp psoriasis to eczema all over their body. I couldn’t believe I’d never heard of thislittle Queensland brand that was getting rave reviews across the world. I called MooGoo HQ on the Gold Coast and had a lengthy chat to their marketing manager Megan, who told me the story behind the product, which is really sweet.

Back in 2005, the founder – Craig Jones – noticed that his mum, who suffered from psoriasis, had been using a greasy white cream that was originally formulated for use on cows udders to keep them in good condition for milking. But it was way too thick and greasy. Being on a break from his job as an RAAF pilot, Craig decided to create a nicer-to-use formulation. He did some research into natural ingredients and started freestyling on his mum’s kitchen stove. The result? The brands original Udder Cream, and still a keystone of the brand. His wife nicknamed it MooGoo and the name stuck.

Since then, the brand has grown in leaps and bounds, and ships their skin-rescuing bounty all over the world. I also really love that their company ethos is rock solid. They frequently choose to put safe ingredients and the environment over profit and have added over 40 products to their growing range including natural toothpastes, deodorants and sunscreens. (I’ll tell you about some of my other favourites in the coming months…)

I told the team that I loved their products so much, I wanted to share them with my readers. And so – in the generous spirit of the brand, they’re offering our readers 25% off all scalp products – just use the code MOOGOOSCALPLOVE when checking out. Even if you don’t have scalp issues these are beautiful product to use on the whole family that contain safe ingredients that aren’t harmful to the earth or humans and the best bit? They leave my hair feeling beautiful. Which is more than you can ask of any hair product, really.

SHOP THE LOOK:

MOO GOO NATURAL SHAMPOO

MOO GOO SCALP CREAM

MOO GOO NATURAL SKIN MILK UDDER CREAM

DRESS BY KIT X

WHITE DRESS BY ATMOS & HERE

HAIR TOWEL BY AQUIS FROM MECCA COSMETICA.

Story by Sigourney Cantelo. Photography by Alice Mahran. Hair and makeup by Yolanda Lukowski. Shot on Location at the beautiful La Piscine – a holiday home available for rent through Contemporary Hotels.

In Association with MooGoo.

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  1. April 11, 2018
    t.teago

    These are the few products I’ve stayed loyal too for ten years, absolutely nothing else I can use on my hair !

    1. April 12, 2018
      sigourney

      Such a good brand – love seeing such success from a local company too. x

  2. April 11, 2018
    julie.wkely

    I started having issues recently (possibly after going vegan) and bought this on your recommendation and sure enough 2 weeks in was fixed after months of horrific flakes & itchiness. I also use the protein shot in my ends after washing as a leave in and pop it in my daughters hair to detangle, she loves it, calls ‘banana cream pie’ as smells so yummy & it doesnt even weigh down her ultra fine hair. Question , do you use both the shampoo & conditioner religiously or just the shampoo & change up the conditioner. I’m thinking of doing this has my blonde processed hair still quite dry and think I need a richer conditioner.. but Im afraid to venture away!

    1. April 12, 2018
      sigourney

      Hi Julie, Yay! So glad you had such a success with it. I do switch up conditioners simply because I (am lucky enough to) get sent lots of different brands to try and since I can rarely try other brands’ shampoos I can at least trial their conditioners. I don’t think it will harm if you try another conditioner for every third wash or so and then you can go back to MooGoo conditioner if it flares up. x

  3. April 12, 2018
    summerantico

    I bought the scalp cream for my children’s cradle cap a while ago and at the same time I was suffering from an extremely dry and itchy scalp but didn’t think to use it myself. I didn’t want to use traditional dandruff shampoos for fear of losing my colour, plus I wasn’t sure if they were contributing to the problem. Literally last night I decided to smother my own scalp in the Moo Goo cream and left it on over night to sink in, knowing I was going to wash my hair this morning. Today my scalp already feels ‘cooler’. Now sitting at my desk, I see this email about scalp care and what a coincidence! I had been thinking to try the shampoo and now I definitely will 🙂

    1. April 12, 2018
      sigourney

      What a lovely coincidence! it was meant to be. Hope you love the shampoo as much as I did! x

  4. April 17, 2018
    naomaki1

    Hi Sigourney,

    Thank you for sharing this lovely article. I too can resonate with this as I too suffer from the same scalp issues. I have been using Moogoo and it helps so much especially with itchiness.
    I do however still have flare ups here and there of a dry and irritated scalp and have to use Nizoral in between. Do you find you too have to go back sometimes to medicated shampoos?
    Also how do you apply their scalp cream?
    Thanks so much for your brilliant content.
    Naomi.

    1. April 17, 2018
      sigourney

      Hi Naomi – thanks for your lovely comments! To be honest I haven’t had to go back to Nizoral or any of the medicated shampoos since I’ve been using Moo Goo. I just hate using them because they stink so much! WHen it flares up which is still does occasionally (esp when I get my hair coloured) I use the scalp cream and make sure I wash my hair every two days with the shampoo. To use the scalp cream, just part hair multiple times and apply it along the partlines. You’ll end up looking pretty greasy so do it before bed. But it really does help to calm it down. x

  5. April 19, 2018
    annieharden

    Hi Sigourney,
    I have used the Milk Wash for over 12 months to treat my seborrheic dermatitis – it took about 6 months to fully clear but now my scalp feels completely "normal" and itch/flake free. I have even put my 86 year old mum onto it after she was using Nizoral shampoo to treat her scalp issues which stripped her hair of any natural oils and made the condition worse.
    It is a great product and I will never use anything else – BTW I switched shampoos when I was away just to trial another gentle, sulphate free shampoo and my scalp flared again so back to the Milk Wash for me with no need to try any other product now.
    Annie

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