Free From Skincare Awards are now open

The eighth annual Free From Skincare Awards are now open
The eighth annual Free From Skincare Awards are now open with plenty of changes!

As you may know I'm a long term supporter (and judge) for The Free From Skincare Awards so I'm always happy to shout about it to readers and brands in the hope it catches your interest. For those of us who manage skin conditions, allergies and ethical choices 'free from' skincare can make all the difference to our lives. Speaking from an eczema prospective, after years of suffering, a switch in body wash and shampoo changed my skin and made my daily routine manageable.

The Awards – which celebrate products 'free from' some of the allergens and other ingredients many consumers now avoid – feature fourteen categories, including new categories for Lip Care, incorporating both lipsticks and lip balms, and for Eye Care, incorporating eye make-up and eye creams.

For the first time, the Awards will be open to European brands not yet distributed in the UK and Ireland. “The free from skincare market is growing hugely in Europe and we felt it a shame to carry on excluding brands whose products may be suitable for lots of home consumers with particular sensitivities or requirements,” says Kirsty Mawhinney, Awards Administrator. “We’re very much looking forward to some exciting entries we may not have seen before.”

There is no voting: all entries are rigorously tested for one month by four independent testers, after which their detailed feedback is used to draw up a Shortlist, announced in May. Judging sessions with expert panels are then held in June to decide winners, which will be announced online in July.

Previous winners of the Best Overall FreeFrom Skincare Product were:

* Harborist’s Balm-Gel Cleanser (2018)

* Benecos’s Lip Balm (2017)

* Kinvara Skincare’s Absolute Cleansing Oil (2016)

* 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)

For news updates, follow the Awards’ Instagram page, Facebook page, and its Twitter stream too. For full details about the Awards and how to enter, see

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