The fourth annual FreeFrom Skincare Awards open next month, on the 2nd February 2015. With entries closing on the 15th March, this allows time for thorough testing of all products entered before the final judging sessions take place in May.
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."Alex Gazzola - 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. Presentations to the winners will take place at the Love Natural Love Organic Show at Olympia on 3rd July.
The Awards are run by Michelle Berriedale-Johnson, editor of the FreeFromMatters.com websites and founder of the hugely successful Free From Food Awards (now in their eighth year) and Alex Gazzola, deputy editor of SkinsMatter.com and a writer specialising in allergies and sensitivities.
Details of categories, rules, entry criteria, sponsorship, publicity and previous years' winners are at www.freefromskincareawards.co.uk