INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATE
The fifth annual FreeFrom Skincare Awards open on February 1st. Run by the team behind skincare site Skins Matter, the Awards celebrate the best skincare products that are ‘free from’ allergens and other ingredients which many consumers now avoid.
This year there are thirteen categories, including Family Skincare (sponsored by longstanding supporters NATorigin), Make Up (sponsored by Benecos), and a special ‘Free From Achievement’ award (sponsored by Organii). Other categories include Men’s Grooming, Problem Skin, Hard Soaps and Hair Care.
The Awards seek out products with strong natural qualities, formulated for skin health, or which are suitable for people with skin or other sensitivities and allergies. They reward beneficial ingredients, the absence of undesirable ingredients, and clear, accurate labelling – as well as strong performance.
The Awards will be run in association with partners, The Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible and The Love Natural Love Organic Show. Joining them this year is Formula Botanica, a renowned organic cosmetic science school.
Joining the Awards team as Co-ordinator this year is Nicola Nolan, who has over 8 years’ experience in health and beauty, and is a well-known figure in the organic industry, working with the Soil Association, and many organic brands.
Details of categories, rules, entry criteria, sponsorship, publicity and previous years’ winners are at www.freefromskincareawards.co.uk.
To be added to the mailing list for entry forms, or to discuss sponsorship opportunities, contact the team on firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2016 Awards open for entries on 1st February, and close on 20th March. Month-long testing of all entered products takes place until April. Final panel judging sessions are in May, with the presentations to the winners taking place at the Love Natural Love Organic Show at Olympia on 8th July.
The Awards were founded by Michelle Berriedale-Johnson, director of the Free From Food Awards, now in their ninth year, and Alex Gazzola, deputy editor of SkinsMatter.com and a writer specialising in allergies and sensitivities.
Previous winners of the Best Overall FreeFrom Skincare Product are:
* Bloom Remedies’ Men’s Daily Moisture Care (2015)
* Tropic Skincare’s Smoothing Cleanser (2014)
* Barefoot Botanicals’ Face and Body Rescue Cream (2013)
* Qsilica’s Remove Make-up and Grime Cleansing Gel (2012)
Winners were presented by our longstanding supporter, Janey Lee Grace.
Nicola Nolan, Awards Co-Ordinator on email@example.com
Alex Gazzola, Awards Administrator on firstname.lastname@example.org