Skins Matter: FreeFrom Skincare Awards

Ever slightly overwhelmed at the array of amazing natural skincare products that are popping up everywhere?! I was too. So it’s amazing when you can look to a trusted brand who are trying to achieve great things by taking the hard work out of everything for us through doing it themselves! The judges are fabulous people who know what they are looking for when it comes to great products that are results driven and feel amazing too. So I wanted to firstly catch up with Skins Matter to learn a little more about their Free From Skincare Awards and secondly, give you the list of all the fab winners in each category so you can choose a product, knowing that it really is, the bees knees.

Introducing Alex from Skins Matter to talk all things Free From…

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What is Skins Matter and why was it set up?

It’s an informational website focusing on natural and ‘free from’ skincare products, skin health, skin allergies, and problem skin conditions, such as acne and rosacea. We have a monthly newsletter, and the site is also ‘home’ to our FreeFrom Skincare Awards! We set it up as a spin-off from our Foods Matter site, which is all about food allergies and intolerances. So many of our readers there had dermatological issues – such as eczema – that we realised we needed a separate ‘home’ for articles, research and reviews focusing on the skin.

Why should people choose natural/organic skincare products?

Well, they can be just as good – quite often much better – than industrially produced and high street products. But we don’t see our primary role as one of trying to convince people to convert to natural or ‘free from’ skincare – it’s more that we’re here to support those who want or need to use it, for whatever reason. That could be people with food allergies who need to avoid nut oils, people who dislike or react to fragrances and look for unscented products, those with religious sensibilities who may want to avoid ingredients such as alcohol, those with ethical concerns who exclude petrochemicals or want vegan products without lanolin and beeswax, people concerned about their health and who don’t wish to use ingredients such as parabens or ethoxylated ingredients, and so on …. There are many reasons people choose ‘free from’ , and we hope to keep them all informed!

Why did you launch the FreeFrom Skincare Awards? 

We felt there needed to be a fair system of recognition for skincare manufacturers who created products that excluded many of these allergens, chemicals, fragrances and additives that different consumers looked to avoid. So many other industry awards appear to be based on online voting or are judged superficially, and we wanted to create one which was rigorous and open, and didn’t favour brands with bigger web presences or marketing budgets. We wanted to reward those good products which really worked well after a month’s testing, encourage brands to keep making them and improve upon them, and recommend winning products to readers who may be struggling to find suitable or effective products for their skin.

What are your plans for the future?

We’d like to become the go-to resource for skin health in our particular niche area, and also grow our monthly newsletter. My colleagues and I also run the FreeFrom Food Awards and the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards (for ‘free from’ foods and eateries, respectively), and we might launch others one day, or extend the concept of all our ‘free from’ awards into Europe or beyond! Perhaps someone out there wants to run them for us … ?!

Amazing! Thanks so much Alex! So now for the super exciting part, the winners! It’s quite a long list but the links will take you to each website so you can peruse and purchase till your hearts content! Enjoy!

2015 WINNERS

Best FreeFrom Skincare Product 2015

Bloom Remedies, Men’s Daily Moisture Care

Runners Up

Neal’s Yard Remedies, Bee Lovely Bath & Shower Gel
Neom Organics, Great Day Body Oil

Pai Skincare, Echium & Argan Gentle Eye Cream

Skin Revivals, Organic Facial Cleansing Oil

FreeFrom Achievement Award

All Natural Soap Co, Castile Olive Oil Soap

FreeFrom Brand

Gold Award

Neal’s Yard Remedies

Silver Award

Sukin

Bronze Award

Pai Skincare

CATEGORY WINNERS

  1. Family Skincare – Sponsored by NATorigin

Gold Award

Neal’s Yard Remedies, Bee Lovely Bath & Shower Gel

Silver Award

Apicare, Baby Bottom Balm

Green People, Organic Children Berry Smoothie Bath & Shower

Bronze Award

Bria Organics, Relief Repair Replenish Balm

JustBe Botanicals, JustBe Cleansed Cleansing Gel

My Trusty – Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, Face & Body Oil

Natracare, Organic Cotton Baby Wipes

TIANA, Pure Virgin Coconut Oil for Dry Skin

Tiddley Pom Baby Spa, Organic Soothing Lotion

  1. Men’s Grooming

Gold Award

Bloom Remedies, Men’s Daily Moisture Care

Silver Award

elements natural skincare for men, Face Scrub

Bronze Award

soothe-me, Beard Oil (Handsomely Scented)

  1. Hair Care

Gold

Not awarded

Silver Award

Saaf, Enriching Hair Oil

Bronze Award

Ayumi, Repair Hair Oil

  1. Body Care (‘Leave On’)

Gold Award

Lyonsleaf, Body Butter

SenSpa, Relaxing Body Butter

Silver Award

Neal’s Yard Remedies, Beauty Sleep Body Butter

Skin Blossom, Moisturising Body Lotion

Bronze Award

Bodyenrich, Coconut Body Butter Cream

Gerlinde Naturals, Body Lotion with Avocado and Arctic Blackcurrant CO2 Extract

Terre Verdi, Argan Shea Multitasking Cream

Body Care (‘Take Off’)

Gold Award

Seascape Island Apothecary, Uplift Salt Scrub

Silver Award

Beatitude, Beatitude Peace Bath Oil

Neom Organics, Great Day Body Scrub

Bronze Award

MOA, Fortifying Green Bath Potion

Organic Surge, Tropical Bergamot Skin Perfecting Body Scrub

  1. Oils and Oil-based Serums

Gold Award

Neom Organics, Great Day Body Oil

Silver Award

Ayumi, Tranquility Massage, Bath & Body Oil

Balm Balm, Frankincense Light Facial Oil

Pai Skincare, Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil

Terre Verdi, Yoga & Sports Oil

White Wash Soaps, Wild Rose Facial Oil

Bronze Award

001 Skincare, Intensive Elixir
AD Skin Synergy, Nourishing Night Treatment Facial Oil

ishga, Invigorating Body Oil

Oh! Organics, Rose Facial Serum Oil

Sukin, BioNatural Skin Oil

  1. Make Up 

Gold Award

Jane Iredale, Longest Lash Thickening & Lengthening Mascara

Silver Award

NATorigin, Powder Eye Shadow

Bronze Award

Green People, Age Defy+ Tinted DD Moisturiser SPF 15 Light

  1. Hand, Nail and Footcare

Gold Award

Saaf, Foot Softening Balm

Silver Award

Bathing Beauty, Pop Effervescent Foot Tablet

BLEND Collective, Enlivening Hand Wash

Bronze Award

B Organic Skincare, Organic Soothing Foot Balm

Elixirs of Life, Gardeners Life Hand Cream

Narynda Skincare, Heel Balm

SenSpa, Moisturising Hand Cream

  1. Hard Soaps

Gold Award

All Natural Soap Co, Gentle Goat’s Milk Soap

Silver Award

All Natural Soap Co, Castile Olive Oil Soap

Little Soap Company, Organic Unperfumed English Organic Oatmeal Bar Soap

Bronze Award

Cyril’s Soap Shed, Lemongrass and Chamomile Goats Milk Soap

Hope’s Relief, Goats Milk Soap

Little Soap Company, Organic English Lavender & Rosemary Bar Soap

  1. Face Care (‘Leave On’) – sponsored by Barefoot SOS

Gold Award

Pai Skincare, Echium & Argan Gentle Eye Cream

Silver Award

Fairfield Gardens, Orange Lip Balm

Kinvara Skincare, Rosehip Face Serum

Neal’s Yard Remedies, Frankincense Intense Cream

Orico London, Streetwise Coco Spritz

Skin Blossom, Age Resist Face Moisturiser

Sukin, Rose Hip Hydrating Day Cream

Bronze Award

Botanicals Organic Skincare, Nourishing Face Balm

Dr Organic, Organic Snail Gel Facial Serum

Earthzest Organics, Frankincense Anti-Aging Balm

LJ’s Natural Solutions, OMG Serum

Melvita, Apicosma Soothing Cream

PHB Ethical Beauty, Gentle Moisturiser with Shea Butter and Apricot

Saiya, Niterenu

Sukin, Sensitive Calming Night Cream

  1. Face Care (‘Take Off’)

Gold Award

Skin Revivals, Organic Facial Cleansing Oil

Silver Award

Neal’s Yard Remedies, Rejuvenating Frankincense Refining Cleanser

zk’in, Brightening and Hydrating Masque

Bronze Award

AEOS, Cleansing Oil De-Maq

Barefoot SOS, Repair + Renew Nourishing Cleansing Cream

Bee Good, Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser

Blumain Organic Skincare, Geranium & Orange Cleansing Oil

JustBe Botanicals, JustBe Eye Makeup Remover

  1. Problem Skin

Gold Award

Gem’s Natural Skin Care, Gem’s Dry Skin Balm

Syrinx Za, Deep Cleanser, Detoxifying Therapy Bar

Silver Award

Botanicals Organic Skincare, Soothing Salve

Hope’s Relief, Intensive Dry Skin Rescue Cream

Bronze Award

Akoma, Shea Million

Beeutiful, B-balm

Lyonsleaf, Calendula Cream

Pai Skincare, Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream

zk’in, Purifying Cleansing Gel

  1. ‘Fresh and Fragrant’

Gold Award

Bentley Organic, Gentle Feminine Wash

Silver Award

Organyc, Intimate Wash

Salt of the Earth, Pura Aura

Bronze Award

001 Skincare, Pure Lavender Hydrolat Toner

Native Unearthed, Crystal deodorant

Riad of Aromas, Neroli & Rose Maroc Hydrating Bio Mist Toner

PHEW! And there we have it my lovelies! What an amazing list of amazing products. If you want to check out Skins Matter then just click the link here > > > 

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