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FreeFrom Skincare Awards 2013 - Judge Sugarpuffish

FreeFrom Skincare Awards 2013 - Judge Sugarpuffish

You may have seen me blog about The Allergy & Free From Show as I find it a very useful and exciting event. Last year saw the introduction of The Free From Skincare Awards which I think is a brilliant idea. The aim of the awards is to encourage and reward manufacturers with free from awareness. I am sure you can imagine my happy smiley face when I was invited to take part in the judging process for the awards. This had been in the pipeline for a couple of months so I'm going to give myself a high five for not spilling the beans sooner J 

Last week, I made my way to London and spent the entire day surrounded by skincare. That to me is pretty much my idea of heaven. These awards are taken very seriously and there are four stages before winners are announced. I took part in the second stage where the aim was to shortlist and commend products. The shortlisted products then go through testing for a month by a panel of experienced Beauty Bible testers. 

To enter the awards products must exclude three or more major food allergens (wheat, gluten, dairy, sesame, tree nuts, soya and egg). They must also not include any Aluminium, Artificial fragrance, Diethanolamine (DEA), Formaldehyde, Imazolidinyl Urea, Monoethanolamne (MEA), Parabens (butyl-, ethyl- or methylparaben), Petroleum (petrolatum) or mineral oil (paraffinum liquidum), Petroleum derived products (e.g. propylene glycol*), Silicones and derivatives (e.g. dimethicone*), Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), Talc unless pressed, Triethanolamine (TEA), Non-organic lanolin, Peanut based products e.g. peanut oil (arachis hypogaea oil) * May be plant-derived, and therefore admissible.

There are 10 award categories and judging took place over two days. The day I attended involved looking at the entrants for Oils/Serums, Make-up & Nail care, Face On and Problem Skin. I was judging products alongside Alex Gazzola (SkinsMatter), Michelle Berriedale-Johnson (Skinsmatter), Abi Weeds (Essential Care) and Ruth Holroyd (whatallergy). We scrutinised ingredients, labelling and smothered ourselves in lotions. It was nice to see so many companies with an interest in producing free from skincare and the volume of entrants shows how much the market is expanding. The shortlisted and commended products have now been announced. Head over to skinsmatter.com to find out more, click here for shortlisted & commended products. 

On a personal note a huge thank you to Alex for asking me to take part in judging. 



11 comments:

  1. How exciting! What an interesting thing to do. x

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    1. Yes, really interesting & nice to put my skills to the test with other experts :)

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  2. That's amazing, congrats on being a judge! Going to check out what made the lists now :) x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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    1. You will probably recognise a few of them :)

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  3. wow, that sounds so exciting. You were definitely the right person for the job but then I am biased being your biggest fan. ;) lol. I will take a list of the shortlist and hopefully I will find some new products to try. xx

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    1. Thank you very much No 1 Fan your cheque is in the post ;)

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  4. Listing the allergens and ingredients that the products have to be free from makes these companies even more amazing. Thank you for letting me know about it :)

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    1. I thought it would be interesting to share, they have strict requirements. These are the ingredients that I try and avoid and write about here on my blog :)

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  5. Hi Sarah, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Thank you very much for your lovely comment :)

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  6. You lucky duck! What an amazing and fun experience!

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