Happy Thursday, friends.
Back in January, I was sent a package full of goodies from a lovely company based not too far from Brisbane: MooGoo, established and situated on the Gold Coast. I had herd (pardon the pun) about it before via word of mouth and from lots of friends who had babies and/ or sensitive skin. Here's the low down: basically MooGoo is an environmentally-friendly and natural skincare company that specializes in making products for people who have acne, eczema, sensitive skin or for those who simply want to be conscious about what products they're using and what they have in them. What I love most about MooGoo is the fact that I know the company is honest; the ingredients list on the back of each product is simple and any weird names are explained so if you're a bit of a dimwit when it comes to Latin terms (ahem, me), they've got you covered. In all of their products, you can be sure that none of these ingredients will be found:
- Paraffin Oil (Mineral Oil)
- Synthetic Preservatives such as Parabens, Phenoxyethanol, Formaldehyde Donors
- PEG’s and Synthetic Penetration enhancers
- Sodium Laureth Sulphate or harsh cleansers
I'm 100% all for supporting Australian brands and businesses so I highly recommend MooGoo if you're after trying something new! With all the kerfuffle lately over the prices of milk dropping and it having such a huge, devastating impact on Australian dairy farmers, it provides us with even more reasons to back the farmers that dedicate their heart and soul into providing us with quality products from happy cows.
In the package I was sent, they spoilt me a little! There was a Shampoo and Conditioner set, a deodorant, the famous 'Udder Cream' and a lip balm.
I've since used up all of the products and have narrowed the five products I was sent to three favourites (that I've since religiously repurchased).
WINNER: My favourite product
I've always been worried about chemicals in products that I've used in the past... for example silicone in certain primers causes my skin to get really congested and cleansers with soap in them dry my cheeks out to a pulp (causing flaking and the awful tight-feeling post-shower). Lately, the topic of aluminum in deodorant has sparked my interest and though you shouldn't believe everything you read online, it was concerning to discover that "aluminum based compounds used in most anti-perspiration deodorants form a temporary plug within the sweat duct that stops the flow of sweat to the skin's surface" (source). Um, goodbye forever Rexona, you will be missed (not)! I don't want my sweat ducts to be plugged, thank you very much! Perspiration is a natural bodily function and sweat in itself doesn't actually smell, it's the bacteria surrounding it that causes that awful stench. Anyway, I was eager to try this deodorant out and I wasn't disappointed. Not only did it have a pleasant and fresh scent but it kept me feeling confident all day. Since January I've repurchased three bottles of this stuff and I will continue to do so until I die. Would highly recommend, 10/10! And, no aluminum or nasty ingredients so you can rest easy knowing your ducts aren't being blocked up with chemicals!
TWO RUNNER'S UP
#1 Cream Conditioner, RRP $17.50
As you're all quite aware (well, if you've been reading Avenue Maria since day 1), my hair is actually insane. It really does have a mind of its very own. Therefore, finding a hair care routine that actually doesn't land me with a mop on my head the next morning is still something I'm trying to obtain. I've found part of it though - this conditioner. I loved the shampoo that goes with it, but it didn't blow me away like the conditioner did. The texture is so lovely and light and CREAMY. So creamy. I almost wanted to eat it, but I didn't, because that's weird and I'm not four years old. After I used this for a week (that's about four nights of washing), my hair felt quite light and lovely. It wasn't as frizzy as it is usually! I loved this conditioner; as a curly-haired girl. It infused my strands with enough moisture to hydrate them so I didn't look like I put my hand onto an electrical socket.
Con/s: You need quite a lot of product to really give your hair a good soak! I used about 3-4 pumps, but then again, I go a little crazy with conditioner anyway.
#2 Skin Milk Udder Cream, RRP $11.90
Don't let the 'Udder Cream' scare you from putting it into your trolley. It's 100% human friendly and wonderful, so much so that REAL cow udder cream would be jealous. This stuff was LOVELY. I used it particularly on my legs straight after shaving when they're at their most vulnerable - dry and scaly, albeit smooth. It's the ultimate moisturizer for the drier months as it soaks into the skin and leaves you feeling very hydrated... like you've been wandering in a desert for month and you're come across a lovely fresh water hole (no, it's not a mirage!). Focus areas for me were definitely my upper arms (which tend to be quite a neglected area), my decolletage and my legs. A fabulous all-rounder and I can imagine babies would love it too!
Con/s: Wouldn't recommend using this stuff if it's humid outside, you'll be slippery if you do.
Well... that's a wrap up of my TOP 3 FAVES from MooGoo. I'm very grateful to have been sent all of those products and it was a pleasure entwining them into my daily beauty, hair and skincare routines. Thanks again to Sammy from MooGoo, who so generously sent me the goodies in the first place.
And as for you, dear reader, please consider spending your hard earned money on Aussie businesses and natural, environmentally-friendly products where you can. It's beneficial for your body, the environment and the livelihoods of the people who bring you the products in the first place!