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15 Apr

The FreeFrom Skincare Awards 2014 Shortlist is Announced!

Over 100 products from more than 70 skincare brands have made the shortlist of the third annual FreeFrom Skincare Awards, announced today.

Green People lead the way with four shortlisted products, followed by four brands with three shortlisted products each – Botanicals, Odylique, Shea Mooti and Tropic Skincare.

Entries across the 12 categories were up 20% on last year, and over 50% of the brands were first-time entrants – evidence of the growth in ‘free from’ skincare over the last year.

“The shortlist is much longer than we anticipated, but it deserves to be because the standard of entries was noticeably higher this year,” said Alex Gazzola, Awards Co-ordinator. “The always popular Problem Skin category in particular has many exciting, innovative products – it’ll be fascinating to see how well they perform at the next stage of rigorous testing.”

Both the Family Skincare and Body Care (‘Leave on’) categories – sponsored by NATorigin and Spiezia respectively – drew a healthy entry of products, but the new Hard Soaps category trumped both with a strong selection of often hand-made bars, which judges found to be of exceptional natural quality.

“Drawing up the shortlist has been a challenge,” added Michelle Berriedale-Johnson , chair of the judging sessions. “Our panels had to assess ‘free from’ qualities, skin-healthy ingredients, effectiveness, innovation, value for money, clarity of labelling, preservative content, and much more. When combined with the personal tastes and unique perspectives of judges, it all makes for a lot of vigorous debate!”

Judges – who included beauty journalists, product formulators, cosmetic experts, skincare bloggers, allergy specialists and consumers with sensitive skin – also awarded Commended honours to well-made products that could sit comfortably in the ‘free from’ skincare market, but which, in a strong field, were not quite thought to be potential award-winners.

Shortlisted products now go forward for month-long assessment by testers from Award partners, The Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible , and their detailed feedback will be used to draw up lists of winners and runners-up in all twelve categories – plus an additional award for Best FreeFrom Skincare Brand, and of course Best Overall FreeFrom Skincare Product – to be announced at the Love Natural, Love Organic show at Olympia on 4th July 2014, and presented by Janey Lee Grace.

The FreeFrom Skincare Awards 2014 Shortlist (also reproduced below)

The FreeFrom Skincare Awards 2014 Commended list


Category 1, Family Skincare – sponsored by NATorigin

Keep it Kind, Fresh Kidz Roll-on Deodorant

Kosmea, Skin Clinic Rescue Balm

Moa, The Green Balm

Nom Nom Skincare , Organic Baby Butter Calendula and Evening Primrose

Nom Nom Skincare , Organic Pregnancy Stretch Butter Camillia and Vanilla

Shea Mooti, Baby's Soothing Bath Soak

Shea Mooti, Calming Nipple Balm

Shea Mooti, Mama's Everything Body Balm

Spiezia Organics , Calendula Ointment

Category 2, Men’s Grooming

Adam and Eve Skincare , Refreshing Face Wash

BeeInspired, Ultimate face cream, bergamot, sandalwood + pine

Bloom Remedies , Beard Treatment Oil

Green People , Itch Away Shampoo

Lavera, Lavera Men Sensitive Moisturising Face Cream

Miessence, Organic Shaving Gel

Category 3, Hair Care

BiOrganics, Remoist Now

Faith in Nature, Coconut Shampoo

Hairy Jayne , Pre-shampoo Treatment Oil

Odylique, Gentle Herbal Shampoo

PurelyPuti Products, StarShine Luxury Hair Serum

Senzimi, Sensitive Shampoo

Weleda, Millet Nourishing Shampoo

Category 4, Body Care (Leave On) – sponso red by Spiezia

Bathing Beauty, Blanket Body Balm

Eve of St Agnes , Hydrating Body Cream

Lavera, Basis Sensitive All Round Moisturising Cream

Pure Lakes Skincare , Gardener's Skin Repair Bar

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

Category 5, Body Care (Take Off)

Beatitude, Joy Bath Oil

Botanicals, Revitalising Body Polish

Inner-Soul Organics , Scandinavian Decadence Bath and Body Scrub

Odylique, Coconut Candy Scrub

Ruby Red Cosmetics, Body Cleanser - Reviving and Gentle

Category 6, Oils and Oil-based Serums

Balm Balm , Little Miracle Rosehip Serum

Barefoot SOS, Intensive Treatment Oil

Dash Skincare , Rebalancing Facial Oil

Fushi Wellbeing , Really Good Stretch Mark Oil

Green People , Cell Enrich Facial Oil

Mel Millis , Rosehip & Pomegranate Repair Serum

The Rose Tree , Radiance Facial Essence with Rose & Marula

Tropic Skin Care, Organic Elixir Oil

Category 7, Make Up

Green People, Volumising Mascara

Jane Iredale , Eye Pencil

NATorigin, Compact Face Powder

NATorigin, Lipstick

Neal's Yard Remedies , Lengthening Mascara

Category 8, Hand, Nail and Foot Care

Bakewell Soap , Foot Soother

Bathing Beauty, Sock Foot Salve

Botanicals, Foot Softening Balm

Elixirs of Life , Gardeners Life Hand Cream

MuLondon, Organic White Chocolate Elbow, Knee & Heel Cream

Organii, Neutral Liquid Soap

Category 9, Hard Soaps

All Natural Soap Co , Coco Castile Soap Bar

All Natural Soap Co , Oatmeal Soother Bar Soap

Bentley Organic , Calming & Moisturising Bar Soap

Blend Collective, Unwinding Soap Bar

Cyril's Soap Shed , Goats Milk Soap

Cyril's Soap Shed , Honey, Goats and Oats

Honeybell Soap Company , Grapefruit and Lime Natural Handmade Soap

Lomond Soap , Goats Milk, Manuka & Calendula Soap

Madara, Birch and Algae Balancing Face Soap

Ruth Romano , Handcrafted Natural Lavender Soap Bar

Spiezia Organics , Lemongrass and Marigold Soap

The Little Goat Soap Company , Lavender & Bergamot Goats Milk Soap

Category 10, Face Care (Leave On)

Aurelia, Cell Revitalise Night Moisturiser

Chery Lin Skin Therapy , Luxury Rose Night Care

Herbfarmacy, Mallow Beauty Balm

Kinvara Skincare , Rosehip Face Serum

Lyonsleaf, Beauty Balm

Neal's Yard Remedies , Wild Rose Beauty Balm

PHB Ethical Beauty , Brightening Serum with Organic White Birch & Frankincense

Purely SKINful , Anti Ageing Night Cream with Celligent

Suti, Honour, Coconut & Roses Face Cream

Therapi, Propolis + Ultra Radiance Serum

Tropic Skin Care, Skin Revive Nourishing Cream Concentrate

Category 11, Face Care (Take Off)

Angela Langford , Clean Sweep

Aurelia, Miracle Cleanser

Botanicals, Gentle Cleansing Melt

Inlight, Organic Super-food Face Mask

Jane Iredale , Botanical Make-up Remover

Jane Scrivener , Jane Scrivener Nourishing Cleanser

Kinvara Skincare , Absolute Cleansing Oil

Organic Surge , Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser

Therapi, Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser

Tropic Skin Care , Smoothing Cleanser with Organic Bamboo Cloth

UrbanVeda, Purifying Exfoliating Facial Polish

Waitrose Pure Skincare , Face Polish

Category 12, Problem Skin

Apicare, Manuka Therapy 30% Honey Cream

Beeutiful, Healing Balm

Bloom Remedies , Daily Detox Moisturiser with Palmarosa & Tea Tree

Chuckling Goat , Pro-Biotic Skin Food for Troubled Skin

Conscious Skincare , Gentle Night Cream

Green People, Daily Solution - Anti Blemish

Inlight, Organic Extra-Easy balm

Kris d'Amour , Soothing Body Treatment Butter

LJ's Natural Solutions , Organic Scratchy Balm

Lyonsleaf, Healing Calendula Balm

MuLondon, Organic Marigold, Frankincense & Myrrh Moisturiser

Odylique, Repair Lotion

Penny Badger Botanicals , Simplicity Calming Facial Serum

PHB Ethical Beauty , Skin Repair Gel with Aloe and Lavender

Secuvie, Reczema

Thea Skincare , Clarity Crème Moisturiser

Weleda, Aknedoron Purifying Lotion

Notes for 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, health concerns, as well as ethical, personal and environmental issues.

They are run by Michelle Berriedale-Johnson, editor of the FreeFrom Matters allergy and intolerance resource sites, and organiser of the hugely successful Free From Food Awards, now in their seventh year, and Alex Gazzola, deputy editor of and a health writer specialising in allergies, coeliac disease and intolerances.

For information on about our judges and judging, click here .

For our criteria, rules and categories, click here .

For further information contact Michelle on, Alex on or call us on 020 7722 2866.

Twitter: @FFSkincareAward / @SkinsMatter

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