It’s that time of year again with the FreeFrom awards kick off again. If you have eczema, psoriasis, rosacia or sensitive skin or are just looking for some lovely natural skincare products check out their website and follow the awards progress on Twitter. I have discovered some lovely products through being a judge in the ‘problem skin’ category.

FreeFrom Skincare Awards 2015

This is what the awards are all about…

The fourth annual FreeFrom Skincare Awards open this year on February 2nd. Run by skincare health site Skins Matter, the Awards celebrate the best skincare products that are ‘free from’ allergens and other ingredients which many consumers now look to avoid.

This year there are thirteen categories, including a new ‘Fresh and Fragrant’ category for fragrances, personal hygiene and oral care. Returning categories include Family Skincare (sponsored by longstanding supporters NATorigin), Men’s Grooming, Hair Care, Oils and Serums, and the ever-popular Problem Skin.

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.

“We’re particularly excited about the new ‘Fresh and Fragrant’ category, because it means many companies specialising only in perfumes and scents, toothpastes and mouthwashes, and feminine hygiene will be able to enter the Awards for the first time,” says Alex Gazzola, the Awards co-ordinator.

The Awards will again be run in association with founding partners, The Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible and the Love Natural Love Organic Show.

Details of categories, rules, entry criteria, sponsorship, publicity and previous years’ winners are at .

To be added to the mailing list for entry forms, or to discuss sponsorship opportunities, Alex on [email protected]


The 2014 Awards open for entries on 2nd February 2015, and close on 15th March. Beauty Bible testing of all entered products takes place until April. Final judging sessions are in May, with the presentations to the winners taking place at the Love Natural Love Organic Show at Olympia on 3rd July.

The Awards are run by Michelle Berriedale-Johnson, editor of the websites and founder of the hugely successful Free From Food Awards, now in their eighth year, and Alex Gazzola, deputy editor of and a writer specialising in allergies and sensitivities.

Previous winners of the Best Overall FreeFrom Skincare Product are:

  • Qsilica’s Remove Make-up and Grime Cleansing Gel (2012)
  • Barefoot Botanicals’ Face and Body Rescue Cream (2013)
  • Tropic Skincare’s Smoothing Cleanser (2014)

All winners were presented by longstanding supporter of the Awards, Janey Lee Grace ().

For more information, see or Alex ([email protected]) or Michelle ([email protected]) on 020 7722 2866.

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An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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