FreeFrom skincare products are something I’m really interested in. It’s confusing how many products are sold as natural and skin friendly, when in fact they are anything but. The people at SkinsMatter have done the same for freefrom skincare products as they did for freefrom foods and having been a judge for the Freefrom Food Awards I can only hazard a guess at how complex judging skincare products must have been.
Now I can’t claim this copy as my own, but here, in the interests of sharing the news and being a bit lazy, is their latest press release of the shortlisted products. Definitely some to try out I think. I have heard of Raw Skin Food and tried out the product below shortlisted which was very kind to my skin and I’ve got some BareFoot samples to try. Can’t wait to hear how the testers got on.
Shortlist for first ever FreeFrom Skincare Awards is out!
Natural skin therapy range Salcura heads up the shortlist for the first ever FreeFrom Skincare Awards with no less than four shortlisted products, closely followed by organic skincare company, Inlight, and Australian botanical skincare range, Sukin, with three shortlisted products each.
With over 160 products entered, the judging panel – including natural beauty experts, a nutritionist specialising in skincare, and sensitive skin sufferers – were excited by the diversity of innovative and quality products and struggled to narrow the field down at the initial assessment and testing stages.
“We were impressed with so many products that we decided to introduce a special ‘commended’ category for products that couldn’t quite make it onto the shortlist,” explains Michelle Berriedale-Johnson, editor of the SkinsMatter.com site.
“This is for products which judges thought were very good and well-made, and that sat well in the natural or ‘free from’ skincare market, but which, in an exceptionally high standard field, were simply beaten by some truly outstanding products.”
The task was made particularly difficult as judges were taking so many different factors into account.
“We were assessing on many different levels,” adds Alex Gazzola, deputy editor of SkinsMatter.com. “These included organic, natural and ‘free from’ qualities, level of beneficial ingredients, effectiveness, functionality, innovation, ease-of-use, value for money and packaging. Naturally, we also looked for clarity of ingredient information, especially in conveying the presence or absence of allergens or undesirable additives.”
The shortlisted products will now go forward for in-depth month-long assessment with testers from Award partners The Beauty Bible.
The winners of the 2012 Free From Skincare Awards, which are sponsored by extreme tolerance make-up brand, NATorigin, will be announced at an invitation-only presentation taking place at the Allergy and FreeFrom Show at Olympia on 18th May 2012.
Body Care and Hair Care Products
Abees – Nourishing Honey Dead Sea Salt Body Scrub
Abees – Rose de Mai Ultra-rich Hydrating Cream
Antipodes – Saviour Skin Balm
Apodea – Deodorante al Propoli con Olio Essenziale di Geranio
Barefoot SOS – Face and Body Rescue Cream
Bentley Organic – Calming Body Lotion
Dr Bronner’s – 18-in-1 Hemp Peppermint Pure Castile Soap
Inlight – Hand Easy
Inlight – Organic Restorative Body Butter
Kadria – Belly Balm with Rosehip and Neroli
Miessence – Organic Foaming Hand Soap
Salcura – DermaSpray – Natural Skin Nourishment
Salcura – Zeoderm Skin Repair Moisturiser
Salcura – Topida Intimiate Hygiene Spray
Spiezia – Calendula Ointment
Sukin – Deodorant
Face care products
Alva – Rhassoul Mineral Cleansing Cream
Antipodes – Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream
Australian Bush Flower Essences – Replenishing Night Cream
Australian Bush Flower Essences – Soothing Firming Eye Neck Face Gel
B Organic – Hydrating Organic Face Cream
Barefoot SOS – Soothing Face and Body Wash
Borealis Organic Skincare – Calendula Daily Defence Cream
Faith in Nature – Intensive Moisturising Cream
Gentle Green – Ecz-tend Soothing Cream
Green People – Sensitive Anti-aging 24 Hour Cream
Inlight – Ecz Easy Calendula and Plantago Soothing Balm
Miessence – Soothing Couperose Gel
Montagne Jeunesse – Skin Clearing Blemish Mud
NATorigin – Regenerating Lifting serum
Organic Pharmacy – Double Rose Rejuvenating Face Cream
Pure Lochside – Orange and Echinacea Toner
Q Silica – Remove Make up and Grime Cleansing Gel
Raw Skin Food – Mab Fabulous Superbly Gentle Face and Body Balm
Salcura – Antiac Acne Clearing Spray
Sophyto – Tocotrienol Super Skin Concentrate
Sukin – Purely Ageless Intensive Firming Serum
Sukin – Moisture Restoring Night Cream
Thea – Natural Harmony Perfect Me Face Cleaner
Bellapierre – Lipsticks
Bellapierre – Mineral Eye Shadow
Eden Fresh Therapies – Natural Nail Polish Remover
Essential Care – Eye/Lip Liner
NATorigin – Lipstick
Pure Halal Beauty – Mineral Miracles Eye Shadow
Notes to Editors:
The Free From Skincare Awards were founded to encourage and reward manufacturers of skincare products that are ‘free from’ many of the allergens, chemicals, additives and artificial fragrances associated with skin sensitivities and health concerns.
They are being run by Michelle Berriedale-Johnson editor of the FoodsMatter.com websites and organiser of the hugely successful Free From Food Awards, now in their fifth year, and Alex Gazzola, deputy editor of SkinsMatter.com and a health journalist specialising in allergies and sensitivities.
For any other information contact Michelle on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7722 2866 or Alex on email@example.com or 07903 417766.
Twitter: @FFSkincareAward / @SkinsMatter