Ta-Dah…SkinsMatter 2014 Award Winners Announced!

logoAs you know, I am a judge at the first stage of the Skinsmatter FreeFrom Skincare awards. It’s me and another couple of people who ultimately decide who is good enough to even get through the first stage assessment to enter the awards process. If it doesn’t fit the criteria, it don’t go through, simple as.

Working blind so we aren’t influenced by packaging (which is a good thing for me as I am a sucker for a lovely-looking pot), we then decide what we think of the ingredients, whether it is likely to do the job claimed, is it innovative in some way or is it a standard much-like-any-other mix? What’s the value like, would the pot be big enough for slathering on an eczema-prone body or only be enough for a patch or two? Is the labelling clear, could they have done a better job for freefromers (invariably yes, but it is getting better), do I need a magnifying glass to read the ingredients, are they using INCI and common names to meet both legal and customer requirements?

So you see: we don’t just stick a pin in and choose products – and I’ve only described the bit I’m involved in! After that, we meet in London with other consumer, allergy and professional experts to cogitate, trial and discuss, choosing the best of the bunch in each category, and finally they are sent out to our team of trusted testers for their comments. The whole lot is then analysed and the winners discovered.

Phew.

So, without further ado, here are this years’ winners for you; I hope you find something new and lovely. Drum roll, please….

 

Best ‘Free From’ Product

 

OVERALL WINNER

Tropic Skin Care, Smoothing Cleanser with Organic Bamboo Cloth

 

RUNNERS-UP

Blend Collective, Unwinding Soap Bar

Elixirs of Life, Gardeners Life Hand Cream

Green People, Cell Enrich Facial Oil

Herbfarmacy, Mallow Beauty Balm

Lavera, Lavera Men Sensitive Moisturising Face Cream

 

Best ‘Free From’ Brand

 

GOLD

Botanicals

 

SILVER

Green People

 

BRONZE

Aurelia

Tropic Skin Care

 

Category Winners and Medallists:

 

1. Family Skincare – sponsored by NATorigin

 

GOLD

Nom Nom Skincare, Organic Pregnancy Stretch Butter Camillia and Vanilla

 

SILVER

Kosmea, Skin Clinic Rescue Balm

Moa, The Green Balm

Nom Nom Skincare, Organic Baby Butter Calendula and Evening Primrose

 

BRONZE

Spiezia Organics, Calendula Ointment

 

2. Men’s Grooming

 

GOLD

Lavera, Lavera Men Sensitive Moisturising Face Cream

 

SILVER

Adam and Eve Skincare, Refreshing Face Wash

 

BRONZE

Green People, Itch Away Shampoo

 

3. Hair Care

 

GOLD

Faith in Nature, Coconut Shampoo

 

SILVER

PurelyPuti Products, StarShine Luxury Hair Serum

 

BRONZE

Weleda, Millet Nourishing Shampoo

 

4. Body Care (Leave On) – sponsored by Spiezia Organics

 

GOLD

Toulou Organics, Nourishing-Vanilla Pod, Aloe Vera & Baobab Body Creme

 

SILVER

Eve of St Agnes, Hydrating Body Cream

 

BRONZE

Pure Lakes Skincare, Gardener’s Skin Repair Bar

 

5. Body Care (Take Off)

 

GOLD

Odylique, Coconut Candy Scrub

 

SILVER

Botanicals, Revitalising Body Polish

 

BRONZE

Beatitude, Joy Bath Oil

 

6. Oils and Oil-based Serums

 

GOLD

Green People, Cell Enrich Facial Oil

 

SILVER

Barefoot SOS, Intensive Treatment Oil

The Rose Tree, Radiance Facial Essence with Rose & Marula

 

BRONZE

Dash Skincare, Rebalancing Facial Oil

Mel Millis, Rosehip & Pomegranate Repair Serum

Tropic Skin Care, Organic Elixir Oil

 

7. Make-Up

 

GOLD

Jane Iredale, Eye Pencil

 

SILVER

NATorigin, Compact Face Powder

 

BRONZE

Neal’s Yard Remedies, Lengthening Mascara

 

8. Hand, Nail and Foot Care

 

GOLD

Elixirs of Life, Gardeners Life Hand Cream

 

SILVER

Botanicals, Foot Softening Balm

MuLondon, Organic White Chocolate Elbow, Knee & Heel Cream

 

BRONZE

Bakewell Soap, Foot Soother

 

9. Hard Soaps

 

GOLD

Blend Collective, Unwinding Soap Bar

 

SILVER

All Natural Soap Co, Coco Castile Soap Bar

Bentley Organic, Calming & Moisturising Bar Soap

Ruth Romano, Handcrafted Natural Lavender Soap Bar

 

BRONZE

All Natural Soap Co, Oatmeal Soother Bar Soap

Madara, Birch and Algae Balancing Face Soap

Spiezia Organics, Lemongrass and Marigold Soap

 

10. Face Care (Leave On)

 

GOLD

Herbfarmacy, Mallow Beauty Balm

 

SILVER

Aurelia, Cell Revitalise Night Moisturiser

Lyonsleaf, Beauty Balm

Purely SKINful, Anti Ageing Night Cream with Celligent

 

BRONZE

Suti, Honour, Coconut & Roses Face Cream

 

11. Face Care (Take Off)

 

GOLD

Tropic Skin Care, Smoothing Cleanser with Organic Bamboo Cloth

 

SILVER

Aurelia, Miracle Cleanser

Botanicals, Gentle Cleansing Melt

Organic Surge, Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser

 

BRONZE

Jane Scrivner, Jane Scrivner Nourishing Cleanser

Kinvara Skincare, Absolute Cleansing Oil

UrbanVeda, Purifying Exfoliating Facial Polish

 

12. Problem Skin

 

GOLD

Lyonsleaf, Healing Calendula Balm

 

SILVER

Apicare, Manuka Therapy 30% Honey Cream

Bloom Remedies, Daily Detox Moisturiser with Palmarosa & Tea Tree

Green People, Daily Solution – Anti Blemish

PHB Ethical Beauty, Skin Repair Gel with Aloe and Lavender

 

BRONZE

Chuckling Goat, Pro-Biotic Skin Food for Troubled Skin

Kris d’Amour, Soothing Body Treatment Butter

MuLondon, Organic Marigold, Frankincense & Myrrh Moisturiser

Weleda, Aknedoron Purifying Lotion

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