Head & Shoulders Eucalyptus Itchy Scalp Care To The Rescue! (Review & Giveaway)

No one likes to admit they have dandruff. Avoiding dark colored shirts so no one sees the flakes settling on your shoulders, instinctively leaning away when that special someone wants to run their hands through your hair, trying to look as if you’re just lost in thought as you sneak in a quick scratch of your scalp…some of us will try anything to hide the secret in our hair.

I’ve suffered from occasional dandruff and an itchy scalp, a problem I’ve had since I was a kid. I have very sensitive skin, and nearly any hair product I try results in a reaction, leading to more dandruff and itching. I was mortified with this as a teen, and I did anything in my power to keep others from finding out. I was the queen of white t-shirts and sweaters.

Over time, I found I could minimize the problem by regularly switching up my shampoos and conditioners. If I use one product for more than a few shampoos, the dandruff flares up quickly, so I started a routine of rotating 3-4 shampoos each week, with at least one of those being designed to remove build-up or work directly on dandruff. But even the dandruff shampoos didn’t help much, and I didn’t like the strong smell from them or how they made my hair feel afterward.

I was recently asked to try the new Head & Shoulders Eucalyptus Itchy Scalp Care products to see if they would make a difference on my sensitive head. I’ve heard good things about eucalyptus being used in beauty products to calm sensitive skin, so I thought it was worth a try.

How does it work? According to Head & Shoulders, dandruff is caused by a combination of factors, namely the presence of scalp oils, the fungus Malassezia globosa (lovely, right?), and what scientists call a susceptibility to skin irritation (or a reaction to the presence of the fungus). The Eucalyptus Itchy Scalp Care products have combined the effectiveness of their HydraZinc formula with fresh, naturally inspired fragrances, including almond oil, eucalyptus and aloe vera to alleviate dryness, itchiness and sensitivity, leaving your hair beautifully flake free.

For my test, I made the choice to use only the new products for an entire week. No switching between shampoos – I wanted to get the best idea of how well it works on my long, fine hair and itchy scalp. Would it weigh down my hair and leave it limp? Would it stop the itch?

When I first poured the shampoo into my hand, I recognized the thick white consistency of a Head & Shoulders product. I wondered how well it would lather, but surprisingly it produced plenty of lather with little effort. The smell was pleasant and the eucalyptus produced a slightly cool, tingling feeling across my scalp. (Not bad at all-actually kinda nice!) It rinsed out easily. The conditioner was slightly thicker, although the smell wasn’t as nice as the shampoo. I followed the directions on the bottle and then rinsed my hair.

The result? After the first wash, I styled my hair as normal. I was wowed at how soft and silky my hair felt! The weather is just starting to get cold here in Ohio, which usually means static-filled hair for me, but my hair was incredibly soft with no hint of static. At the same time, it felt light and had plenty of volume – no heavy coating at all.

As for relieving the itch? Yep, it did the job. No itch at all that day, or the next. Along with no itch, I also didn’t notice any flakes on my shoulders-probably helped by the fact that I wasn’t scratching my head all day long!

The next shampooing had the same result, as did the one after that. I’m still impressed at how soft my hair is, and my scalp feels revived and fresh. I still have the occasional itch, but it’s much, much better than I’d normally be after a week of the same shampoo. And the dandruff is about 90% less as well. It hasn’t cured everything, but it’s certainly made my hair and scalp a lot easier to deal with!

I’m hoping Head & Shoulders Eucalyptus Itchy Scalp Care will be The One for me, and I can ditch my carousel of revolving shampoos and conditioners for a single set of products. So far I’m thrilled with the results and feel confident about the upcoming holiday season – maybe I’ll even wear my cute black dress without fear of flakes falling on it?


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  1. I use alot of lotion and mositurizer.

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

  2. I shave my legs a LOT less often. :)

  3. I use lotion in the winter. The cold ages my skin 20 years.

  4. In answer to your questions, I use a heavy duty moisturizer- none of those pretty scented bath and body works lotions in the winter!

    I’m glad you wrote this review. My son has psoriasis, mostly on his head and it results in a very flaky scalp. We have used the t-gel shampoo for years but it doesn’t work all that well. I think we my give this a try..although it’s not specifically for psoriasis, I want to see if it helps with the flakes.

  5. I’m sensitive to citric acid, which is used as a flavour in foods as well as a preservative in both foods and beauty products. For me, using products with citric acid in them causes immediate wild dandruff and redness (and greasy hair). Perhaps you might want to read the ingredient lists of the shampoo/conditioner you buy next and find something without citric acid, it may help your issues as well. Check the label on every product, even among brands it’s included in one product and not another, and the shampoo might be free but the matching conditioner may contain it.

    (Also, I live in Canada, so I’m not entering!)

  6. I use more lotion and lip balm in the colder months

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

  7. I switch to cream, more oily skin products to help.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  8. I add lots of lotion and also switch from regular soap to body gels for bathing.

  9. i use more body lotion in the winter
    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

  10. I use lip balm a lot in winter


  11. I condition my hair more often.

    Sleepyheadedmom at gmail dot com

  12. I switch to a creamer moisturizer in winter so my skin won’t feel dry up.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  13. Tweeted about this giveaway: https://twitter.com/#!/uTry_it/status/141635242422304768

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  14. I use moisturizers in the winter time.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

  15. I really don’t do anythign different.

  16. I make sure to blow dry my hair each day before leaving the house. During the warmer months, I’ll sometimes go out with damp hair.

  17. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/peg42/status/141861870498877440

  18. The only difference for me is using a bit more lotion since my skin gets so dry. I also find myself using less hair gel since my hair seems to hold better when it isn’t hot and muggy.
    luvsherfam @ gmail dot com

  19. I only wash my hair a couple days a week in the winter, other wise gets to dry.

  20. I don’t do anything different.

  21. I moisturize a lot more and wash my hair and shave less often.

  22. The only difference is that I use more moisturizer in the fall and winter months

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  23. Brenda Gaines says:

    i don’t do anything different except wear more beanies and hats


  24. Brenda Gaines says:
  25. I use darker makeup shades in the winter


  26. I use more lotion

  27. I definitely have to use more lotion in the winter!

    sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

  28. I use plenty of mositurizer.

  29. I moisturize my skin twice a day.

  30. I change my beauty routine in the winter by using darker nail polishes – I’m partial to deep burgundy right now!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  31. I tweeted about the giveaway, I’m @AmberGoo;
    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  32. i have to use more facial moisturizer in the winter.
    stigay at comcast.net

  33. Anonymous says:

    use skin lotion more often and make sure the humdifier is going.rob,rf60527@att.net

  34. I use more hand and body lotion in the winter, since my skin gets so dry.

  35. more hand lotion

  36. A). instead of sunscreen I use body moisturizing cream

  37. I moisturize a lot more.
    Thanks for the chance.

  38. I like using lotion after a warm shower

  39. I don’t wash my hair quite as often.

  40. After I shower and before I’m completely dry, I use one squirt of Olivella for my face and neck.

  41. I switch to a serum on my face and I use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner


  42. Because my skin gets extremely dry in the winter; I have to use a thicker/heavier lotion during the winter months and I use lotion more than once a day.

  43. I tend to dry out so I moisturize my body more during the colder, wintery months. Thanks.
    sweepster49 at comcast dot net

  44. I use more lotion and ip baum in the colder months.

  45. crystletellerday says:
  46. I use a lot more lotion during the colder months!

  47. I use cooler water so I don’t dry out my skin even more!

  48. I use a thick body butter instead of regular lotion, stop using self tanner and use blush instead of bronzer
    jjak2003 at gmail dot com

  49. Living in Vegas, I just add a sweater for “winter”.

  50. Douglas Houston says:

    I blow dry my hair in the winter, don’t want to go outside with wet hair.

    digdougx at comcast.net

  51. Anonymous says:

    i use thicker lotions in winter! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

  52. Anonymous says:
  53. In the winter, I can straighten my hair b/c the humidity is lower. I let it be curly in the humid summertime.
    jeanlynd at att dot net

  54. Use thicker moisturizers – often adding a few drops of organic jojoba oil to them
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  55. enter me thanks

    edq143 at yahoo dot com

  56. I use moisturizer a lot more often during the winter!


  57. I use shea butter on my hands every day and extra moisturizer on my face too in the winter

  58. I use body wash with lotion so my skin doesn’t get too dry

  59. My hair feels drier in winter, and flat from wearing hats..Wash my hair and use a deep conditioner in the winter more than I do in the summer. Hardly ever wear eyeshadow during the summer, when winter hits I start wearing again. I change my nail polish a bit and wear more glittery golds, green, or reds for the Holidays.
    karenmed409 at comcast dot net

  60. I use a lot more lotion and lip balms.
    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

  61. Sunscreen is something most folks forget to apply in winter, but i use it, because my skin still needs protection.

  62. Up the fluid intake and use a lip balm

  63. lots more moitsturizer in the winter!!
    thanks for a great contest! Janna Johnson http://www.feedyourpigblog.com
    jannajanna@hotmail.com Janna Johnson on GFC

  64. I use a lot more moisturizer and lip balm during the winter!

  65. I make sure that I moisturize (sometimes I put that off in the summer) and make sure that I stay hydrated. It works wonders! Thanks for the chance! :)
    whitechocolatecherries at gmail.com

  66. I tweeted: http://twitter.com/whitechocolatec/statuses/144288053148659714
    whitechocolatecherries at gmail.com

  67. I use a lot more Face Moisturizer, Hand and body lotion, & Lip Balm/Chap stick

  68. I have to use a lot more lotion in the wintertime – we have harsh snowy cold conditions that dries out the skin. Email: yona(at)pricelesswriters.com

  69. during the winter i use a lot more lotion than in the summer. also i try to use heat on my hair less in the winter
    caseyeve_003 at yahoo dot com

  70. http://twitter.com/#!/caseyle2010/status/145759289217257472
    tweeted @caseyle2010
    caseyeve_003 at yahoo dot com

  71. I have more trouble with dry skin in the winter, so the main difference is using a lot more lotion.

    cgclynsg0 at gmail dot com

  72. i use conditioner more often

  73. I use a more heavy duty moisturizer and drink more water to keep my skin hydrated.
    kgkiml at yahoo dot com

  74. i use a body oil after showers instead of a lotion because my skin gets soooo dry
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com

  75. I use a heavier moisturizer.

    rsbryswrrl at gmail dot com

  76. lotion, lotion, lotion, more moisturizer on face since I have dry heat blowing in my face all day at work.

  77. i don’t do too much different. I probably use lotion a bit more, and I def. use chapstick more.

    lauren51990 at aol dot com

  78. I definitely use lip balm more in the winter than the summer!

  79. I have dry skin in the winter.

  80. Way more lip, hand, and feet moisturizing >.<

  81. I use more moisturizer and I use a self tanner
    smchester at gmail dott com

  82. I use more conditioner on my hair plus I use more lotion.

  83. I use more unscented lotion in the winter.


  84. In the winter I just use more moisterizer since my skin is so dry.


  85. I use more lotion and lip balm for my dry skin and chapped lips. I also occassionally wear a little blush since my skin is more fair in the winter and I don’t want to look too washed out. Thanks!
    pjgirl74 at aol dot com

  86. I switch to an extra moisturizing conditioner

  87. I have to use a lot more lotion in the colder months to keep my skin from drying out.

    katfam95 at aim dot com

  88. I use a humidifier in the house and a lot of lotion.

  89. I skip a day between hair washes so it doesn’t get too dry.

  90. I use for lotion in the winter
    purple_lover_04 at msn dot com

  91. I use hand and body lotion more in the winter.


  92. I use alot of lotion and mositurizer! and dont use hot water just warm

    freebiel0ve @yahoo.com

  93. I change my routine by using a more intensive moisturizer and exfoliator


  94. I use more lotions because of drying skin
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  95. In the winter I make sure to moisturize especially when my skin is still damp from the shower.


  96. I exfoliate and use moisturizer more often during the winter because my skin gets so dry.

  97. Oh yes, winter brings dry, itchy skin for me. I have to keep a moisurizer handy in the bathroom and use it throughout the day.

  98. I stop the mud masque because it dries out my face in the winter.

    ky2here at msn dot com

  99. Charisse S says:

    I live in florida where there isnt much of a season change so I don’t do anythiong different.


  100. Charisse S says:
  101. I take showers that aren’t as hot since the hot water dries out your skin even more

    caryn9802 at yahoo dot com

  102. I use a heavier cream for face skin in winter and extra lip balm, 24/7. For hair, I use a leave-in conditioner.


  103. @chrisdeglen tweeted:



  104. I add lotion and only shave my lower legs!!

    theresa _ heppner at yahoo dot com

  105. I live in Cali so it’s “warm” weather all year round, but in the “winter” months I use more lotion.

  106. I use more moisturizer and lots more lip balm. The central heating really dries out my skin and lips.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

  107. I moisturize a lot more in the winter.

    jehaine at yahoo dot com

  108. I use a lot more lotion in the winter than I do during the summer!!

    tcsalvia at gmail dot com

  109. I put on chapstick like crazy and use a lot more lotion.

    wolverina401 at gmail dot com

  110. Winter is the only time a year I regularly use moisturizer. I also don’t shave my legs as much :)

  111. i use a lotion with SPF 15 in it.. i go everyother day washing the old noggin.. i take a shower everyday but i don’t wash the hair.. it gets to dry and brittle

  112. I use more moisturizer and chap stick in the winter, thanks


  113. I switch to use a richer moisturizer in the colder winter season so my skin won’t be dry.


  114. I tweeted about this giveaway:https://twitter.com/#!/ctong2/status/149428788005044224


  115. I don’t do anything different. Maybe perhaps use more lotion.

  116. Tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/chipdip2010/status/149466569666330624

  117. I switch to a moisturizing conditioner as the cold weather seems to try out my hair.

    kaleidoscopequeen at gmail dot com

  118. I use a lot more lotion and heavier conditioner.

  119. The only change I really make is using a humidifier. If I don’t use a humidifier in the winter, my forehead gets crazy flaky/peely and no amount of lotion or cream or oil
    will rehydrate it. But as long as I sleep with my humidifier going, all is right in the forehead world! LOL
    14earth at gmail dot com

  120. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/#!/FotoMacro/status/149538310673543170
    14earth at gmail dot com

  121. I use lots of body lotion in the winter for dry skin

  122. In the colder months I add more lotion and moisturizers. In the warmer months more SPF

  123. I have to use alot more lotion and chapstick in the winter:)

  124. I switch to a more moisturizing face cream and don’t forget the sunscreen!

  125. I have to use a lot more hair conditoner in the winter.

    dlsloveblogs at gmail dot com

  126. I use a lot more lotion and moisturizer in the winter.
    I also condition my hair daily.


  127. During the winter, i am constantly adding moisturizer to my skin.
    Diane Baum

  128. I deep moisturize, my scalp does tend to get drier. I will use a dandruff shampoo, and espicailly a condtioner and lave on the condtioner wrap a plastic bag round my hear and apply a hot towel, keep on for 15 minutes, rinse! For skin, hands and feet same thing, wrap em up for 20 minutes with a heavy lotion and wrap it up!

  129. I use lotion morning and evening, and use a lot more of it.

    klconn7 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  130. Kathleen Conner says:



    klconn7 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  131. I use hair conditioner in the winter, but usually don’t bother in warmer months.

    cbstrat (at) gmail (dot) com

  132. tweeted


    cbstrat (at) gmail (dot) com

  133. I use more lotion in the winter to help with dry skin.

  134. I use more moisturizer and also use a dry scalp shampoo once a week to keep flakes away.
    jenswps at yahoo . com

  135. I use a lot more lotion. trinitygsd at yahoo do tocm

  136. melissa miller says:

    use alot more lotion

  137. I use more conditioner. If I dont, I have static really bad in my hair.

    itsjustme62613 at gmail.com

  138. moisturizer more, shave less :(
    kendraco22 at yahoo dot com

  139. In the winter my skin is more dry and flaky so I have to use a rich moisturizer for my skin.

  140. I use extra moisturizer!

  141. I’m horrible at changing my beauty routine during seasons and suffer for it. I do try to use more moisturizer and chapstick in the winter.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  142. I Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/lisalmg/status/149673770632757250
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  143. I use more moisturizer

  144. In the winter I try to make sure I put lotion on my legs or my skin will get so dry and itchy it will bug me all day.
    april dot vrugtman at gmail dot com

  145. I moisturize more to help with my dry skin and use more conditioner to help with the static in my hair.

  146. I use alot more moisturizer and lotions.

  147. I condition my hair more often

  148. tweeted as wins4tina

  149. Way more lotion! Plus I don’t use as much hot of water as I usually would in a shower.
    Awesome blog by the way and thanks for the giveaway!
    Would love, love, LOVE to win this!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  150. I don’t shave my legs in the winter.

  151. I tend to keep my skin alot more moisterized by using more lotion.


  152. I use a heavier moisturizer. honeypie411 at yahoo dot com

  153. I use more moisturizer

    braaisjo at gmail dot com

  154. I use a LOT more lotion because my skin gets drier.

  155. Heidi Back says:

    I moisturize my skin a lot more often. I love Eucalyptus in my bath in the winter too!


  156. I don’t really change it. I wear sunblock year round.

  157. I use more lotion

  158. For the winter, I add lots of body lotion to my beauty routine. My skin dries out so much during the winter.


  159. I Tweeted! @Vegan79



  160. I go swimming three times a week all year round so my routine doesn’t change much.
    Thanks for the contest.

  161. My skin gets so dry in the Winter time so I moisturize several times a day.


  162. I have to use lotion on my entire body daily, especially my back!

  163. I use extra lotion and use a different moisturizer in the winter!


  164. Jennifer R says:

    I use much more oils and lotions on my dry skin.

  165. In addition to using baby oil in the shower, I also use body lotion at night.

  166. wear warmer clothing, shades pulled earlier and no driving at night


  167. In the winter I use lotion on my feet and hands since they crack.

  168. I use anti-dandruff shampoo much more often in the winter.

    hlee99 (at) gmail (dot) com

  169. During the winter I use a lot of lip balm!

  170. I use more body lotion in the winter due to I get “Winter” skin. (Dry and cracked)

  171. I use palm or coconut oil on my face under my makeup and on my hands and lips all the time.
    spcale at yahoo dot com.

  172. The heater in the house makes my skin dry out and sometimes itchy, so I use lotion in the winter. Also, the heater makes me have frizzy hair, so I switch to an Infusion shampoo.


  173. I use lotion more often on my hands since they tend to dry out quickly

  174. I use lotion in the winter, but I usually don’t need to in the summer.


  175. I use more body lotion and lip balm during the winter.

  176. Now that it’s colder I’ve been using olive oil for a hot oil treatment to help with my dry scalp. I’ve also been using vaseline on my heels.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!


  177. I use a heavier moisturizer in the winter and lighter foundation.

    Desiree Dunbar

  178. I have to use more lotion in the winter. thank you!
    crystalfaulkner2000 at yahoo dot com

  179. I use a heavier moisturizer in the winter.

  180. jasmine ale says:

    I use a lot more lotion in the winter than the summer :)


  181. jasmine ale says:
  182. I just use more chapstick., and lotion. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

  183. Angel Jacklyn says:

    My entire beauty-skin routine is changed to different types of lotions & whatnot because my skin goes from oily to dry during winter.


  184. Angel Jacklyn says:
  185. My lips chap easier, so I keep the lip balm handy, and my hands always feel dry, so I use lotion daily.

  186. Chapstick and Dermacil! lol I have dry skin year round and Winter isn’t my friend. I keep lotion and chapstick in coat pockets, in my purse, in my night table and in every bathroom I frequent!
    welindsey at gmail dot com

  187. Here’s my tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/CakesAlive/status/149900196795531264

    welindsey at gmail dot com

  188. I am happy to participate in this sweepstakes thanks.

  189. ~*~lilshuga2001~*~ says:

    Use moisturizer! :)

  190. I use lots of cocoa butter
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  191. Use a thicker moisturizer and tons of lotion. A humidifier helps too.


  192. nicole thoresen says:

    I don’t really change anything except I don’t have to use so much anti friz products.

    aussiegirl03 at gmail dot com

  193. lots of lip balm!

  194. I use more lip balm because my lips tend to crack in the cold. I also use skin products that are richer and have more moisture!
    ziggyga athotmaildot com

  195. I don’t do anything different.

  196. I use coconut cream oil on my skin 15 minutes before I shower….

  197. Well I have to add blistex to it because my lips get so dry and I usually have to use leave in conditioner and frizz stuff for my hair.


  198. I use lots more facial moisturizer .


  199. i slather on dove cream oil after i take my shower and it keeps my skin moist and supple throughout the day

  200. I use cocoa butter and other moisturizers all summer and winter long. Living in the desert, my skin is dry all year long


  201. Thanks for the giveaway…we tend to use conditioner in our hair in thr wintertime.

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

  202. Tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/brianpiero/status/150055011559276544

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

  203. Swtlilchick says:

    In the winter months I take showers in cooler water and use heavier moisturizer.I also protect my face with scarves and wear gloves to protect my hands


  204. I use alot of chapstick and more conditioner wilcarvic

  205. Swtlilchick says:

    Tweeted this:https://twitter.com/#!/Swtlilchick/status/149994809979965441


  206. I use lotion more often in the winter.

  207. I use a lot more moisturizer in the winter.

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  208. kathy pease says:

    in the winter i have to use a heavy moisutizer or cocoa butter because my skin gets sooooooooooooo dry

  209. kathy pease says:
  210. Bakersdozen says:

    I tend to moisturize more and I use facial oil under my foundation to make my skin glow. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

  211. I use heavier moisturizer and add lip balm to my regimen.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

  212. I don’t change anything.
    lafittelady at gmail dot com

  213. I use way more hand lotions, creams, and moisturizers.

  214. More moisturizing & a little less showering.
    yummyfaerie at hotmail dot com

  215. Nicole Larsen says:

    My skin dries out a lot more in the winter so I find myself using a lot more lotions and facial moisturizers in the winter.


  216. Nicole Larsen says:

    I take Baths with Sea Salt & Bathoils at least 2 times a week during the winter & shower the other 5 times apply an oil & then rinse off.

  219. I add a weekly homemade avocado and olive oil deep conditioner for my hair in the winter

    scarter305 at aol dot com

  220. I change my beauty routine in the colder winter season by adding more lotion than in the warmer seasons

  221. I just use lotion.

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