Irritated Scalp? Aesop Sage & Cedar Scalp Treatment and Calming Shampoo to the Rescue!

Aesop Calming Shampoo, Sage & Cedar Scalp Treatment

About 3 months ago, in the dead of winter, my scalp started acting up. I hope it’s not too much information, but it was itchy for no apparent reason. After some looking around, I resorted to Aesop for help and grabbed Sage & Cedar Scalp Treatment (25 euros for 25 ml/0.9 oz) as well as Calming Shampoo (19 euros for 200ml/6.8 oz).

Aesop Sage & Cedar Scalp Treatment

You might know that I am big on dry oil as well as Aesop. Since Sage & Cedar Scalp Treatment is basically a dry oil for scalp,my hopes were high! Fortunately it didn’t disappoint!

Aesop scalp treatment packaging

Aesop Sage & Cedar Scalp Treatment comes in the same packaging as Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Treatment (only 5ml less). The base is sweet almond oil, and three essential oils including rosemary cedarwood, and sage are supposed to sooth and calm dry, sensitive scalp. The oil is rather thick, and you need only about 5 drops (I do a couple more) each time as a pre-shampoo treatment. I part my hair and drip the oil onto my scalp before massaging it around. The oil tingles slightly, but nothing drastic. You can shampoo 15 minutes later or leave it on overnight (which I do).

Besides the pleasant tingling sensation, I find Aesop Sage & Cedar Scalp Treatment cleanses my scalp effectively while keeping it nourished. It does calm my scalp down as well! I have combined it with different shampoos, but in any case I notice a significant decrease in the itchy scalp tendency. Since only 5 drops or so are required each time, after 3 months I still have a bit less than half a bottle left (I shampoo twice a week). It’s definitely worth the investment in my book!

Here is the ingredient list:

Aesop Sage & Cedar Scalp Treatment ingredients


Aesop Calming Shampoo

Aesop Calming Shampoo also contains some essential oils, including safe leaf, chamomile flower, and lemon balm. There is some peppermint oil in it as well, which results in a cooling sensation during application (it’s also the first thing I smell). You don’t need a lot of this for it to leather up nicely (while I have fully grasped the idea of non-foaming cleansers for my face, when it comes to my shampoos I still prefer some foam). The formula is rather gentle. It doesn’t strip my scalp or my hair, though it does clean effectively. My scalp is normally on the oilier side, but it doesn’t get greasy more easily with Aesop Calming Shampoo so it’s a win-win!

Here is the ingredient list:

Aesop Calming Shampoo ingredients

Bottom line: In my experience, Aesop is a brand that does not disappoint! Both Sage & Cedar Scalp Treatment and Calming Shampoo work well for my scalp. I would say it is more normal now that winter is over, but the duo has been keeping it happy so I don’t think I’ll look for a new shampoo soon!

Have you experienced a similar problem? What worked for you?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

  • Isabelle

    I know the feeling! I opted for light Kerium products by La Roche-Posay annd got a special cream made by my pharmacist to calm down my scalp.. It sucks that these things just pop up and there’s no apparent reason!

    • Sunny

      Aww I’m so sorry to hear you have the same problem! I don’t get it all year round (phew), but it does happen and an itchy scalp is so distracting I HAVE to do something about it!

  • Kiss & Make-up

    Nothing for me, but I bet the boyfriend (‘s scalp) would love this!

    • Sunny

      OOO do get some for him! Mine is slowly beginning to realize I do have some nice stuff in my arsenal. I recently introduced him to dry shampoos LOL

  • Liz

    So curious about Aesop!

    I have a dry scalp problem in winter that CLEAR shampoo helped a lot with, but it’s not itchy, thank goodness. But at the height of the dryness issue, I experimented with letting tea tree oil sit on the scalp for hours before shampooing, and I feel like it did sort of help. I just can’t stand the smell!

    • Sunny

      Hey Liz, I actually haven’t thought about trying a tea tree oil! I thought it’d be more for oily scalps, but I’m glad to hear it helped! Too bad you dislike the smell!

  • Taylor

    The oil sounds awesome. I use a scalp treatment from John Masters for oily scap and to promote hair growth, it works like an astringent. I need to try some Aesop soon!

    • Sunny

      Hey Taylor, try some Aesop! It’s one of the brands I just can’t get enough of!

  • Angela @ The Unprofessional Beauty Blog

    I’m very tempted to give Aesop products a try. I’ve been reading some very nice things about them and so far have yet to hear a negative comment about their products. Once I’m done with my current shampoo, I’m going to get my hands on this brand. Thanks for the review Sunny.

    • Sunny

      Hey Angela, you really should try something! Aesop actually started out with shampoos, though I think they have very successfully branched into skincare in general!

  • Meryl @ Memoiselle

    I’ve always wanting to step into Aesop store whenever I pass by but I always skip.. Thanks for reminding to to step and really smell and try the product myself :) The brand looks luxurious and natural..

    • Sunny

      Oh don’t skip, Meryl! It’s a brand I can’t get enough of and I haven’t tried one single thing I don’t love!

  • Beauty Box

    Really interesting products. I wonder if they would work on my sensitive oily scalp but I don’t think dryness is my problem though the Calming shampoo is a possibility for me. I used the Nioxin system which was effective but found it too pricey, then I discovered that Neutrogena has a T/Gel range that works the same way but is marketed as an anti-dandruff treatment (shampoo and then leave treatment on scalp for a few minutes and then rinse) while Nioxin is marketed as a hair loss treatment. Glad that you have found a great scalp solution for yourself. I rem you mentioned that over at my blog so thanks for the review!

    • Sunny

      Hey Yu Ming, I’m pretty sure the oil will work for you as well! It deep-cleanses on top of keeping the scalp balanced, so I’d like to think anyone can use it!

  • Jenni @ lifeandlensofbeauty

    thanks for your review! I’ve been curious about Aesop product line for a while and today I got my first cleansing mask from them 😀 😀 can’t wait to explore more on their line!!

    • Sunny

      OOO good for you, Jenni! I hope you’ll like the mask and if you do, continue to explore this fantastic brand!

  • blueraccoon

    I have seborrheic dermatitis so my scalp is always acting up; right now I use a prescription shampoo and scalp treatment to keep it under control, but I’m always looking for options that are less harsh. Sadly the Aesop shampoo has sulfates in it which I try to avoid, so I have to pass on that, but I may try and find the scalp treatment.

    • Sunny

      Aww I’m so sorry to hear that! If you do try the scalp treatment I hope it’ll work for you!

  • Rainy Days & Lattes

    I need something like this. I have so much hair and my scalp is very easily irritated -_- Looking to explore more…thanks Sunny!

    • Sunny

      Aww I hope it’ll work for you, Jen! I embrace dry oils so a dry oil for my scalp is good in my book!

  • Vanessa

    Oh thanks for the review – the funny thing was I was just contemplating buying these today! I was looking for reviews and yours was the only one I could find! I’m definitely buying it now next time I go past an Aesop store. Just a question about the shampoo – how often were you using it in between other shampoos?

    • Sunny

      Hey Vanessa, I’m glad you found this helpful! I have actually been sticking to just this shampoo ever since I got it. Since it doesn’t contain anything medical-grade, it’s probably safe to stick with it!

  • Ziba

    I think there is too much sulfate in this shampoo for me. But the rest of the ingredients looks really good, and since it works well for calming your scalp then it’s good! 😀

    • Sunny

      Hey Kareen, I haven’t really paid attention to sulfate in my shampoos yet and it does work well. You should definitely try that oil though!