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Free From Skincare Awards 2020 - Winners Announced

Free From Skincare Awards 2020 Winners Announced
I'm so pleased that the Free From Skincare Awards were able to go ahead even under difficult circumstances. This year I attended a socially distanced judging session and got my hands on the shortlisted products for Hair Care and Eye Care. I have supported these awards over others because it is not a popularity contest and allows entrants to win on performance rather than voting. Products are put to use and tested for a month and the tester feedback then helps determine a shortlist. Next step is to put the products in front of judges who look at every aspect of the product (including testers comments) and reach a verdict to help decide the medalists. Smaller indie brands can prove they are just as worthy as well known larger ones. Over the years I've seen brands gain a huge confidence boost from winning and they go on to grow and excel in their business. A perfect example of this would be this years sponsors, Lyonsleaf.

The Awards were launched in 2012 to encourage and reward manufacturers of skincare products that are ‘free from’ some of the allergens, ingredients, additives and artificial fragrances which consumers with skin sensitivities, health concerns, as well as ethical, personal and environmental values, would like to or need to avoid. 

Lithuanian brand Uoga Uoga (‘Berry Berry’) has triumphed in the ninth annual Free From Skincare Awards, winning Best Free From Skincare Product for their Intensive Care Day Cream. It was a hit with testers who gave the following feedback “Lithuania holds the secret to creating a superb, first-class face cream, This is a truly great little pot of moisturising goodness.” 

Free from synthetic fragrances, colours, animal-sourced ingredients, palm-oil derivatives and glycols, Uoga Uoga’s Intensive Care Day Cream beat stiff competition from other category winners, including products by first-time participants Annwyn Botanicals and Botanica Nordica, and regulars Green People, Holos Skincare and Dr Lipp.

The Best Free From Brand Award was shared between 2017 winners Bloomtown and New Zealand brand Antipodes. They also picked up several medals in other categories.

As you may know I have a particular interest in skincare that is free from essential oil allergens so here's a list of medalist that meet this requirement - 

Balmonds, Skin Salvation 
Conscious Skincare, Gentle Organic Face Wash 
Fiini Naturally, Kaura-hunajabalmi 
KIND2, The Sensitive One - solid shampoo bar 
ANNWYN Botanicals, Sensitive Skin Moisturising Cream Fragrance Free 
Deborah Neill - Handmade Skincare, The Essential Oil - Pure 
YES, YES CLEANSE 
Antipodes, Kiwi Seed Gold Luminous Eye Cream 
Eco By Sonya Driver, Eye Compost 
Odylique, Mineral Eye Shadow - Gold 
Uoga Uoga, Intensive Care Serum for Skin around the Eyes 
Maison Meunier Skincare, Gentle cold process soap - oat & soya milk 
Honey Bee Soap, 'Baby Bee' Hand Cut Honey Soap with Goat's Milk 
The Sussex Handmade Soap Company, Dead Sea Clay Soap 
Dr.Lipp, Original Nipple Balm for Dry Skin, Luscious Lips & Glossy Bits 
Roze Mountain, Sublime My Lips - Lip Tint 
BeeInspired, Lip & Cuticle Balm 
Botanica Nordica, Glow Face Oil 
Beauty Cleanse Skincare, Carrot Algae Marine Drops 
Casa Mencarelli, SOLE E MARE - Sea Buckthorn Serum 
Solo Skin London, Night Face Oil Fragrance Free 
Lucy Bee, Reviving Cleansing Cream 
Amaranthine, Facial oil 
Boo Cottage Botanicals, Botanical Balm 
Boo Cottage Botanicals, Goat's Milk, Oats & Honey Natural Soap 
Casa Mencarelli, BELLISSIMA BALM - Sea Buckthorn Balm 
Hope's Relief, Intensive Dry Skin Rescue 
Kosmea, Nourishing treatment cream 
SOS Serum, SOS Serum
VERACOVA, Gentle Scrubbing Gel Pure Radiance 

To view ALL the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in every category please visit www.freefromskincareawards.co.uk from here you can find links to brands and tester feedback.

Sarah x