Free From Skincare Award winners 2018

As some regular readers know, I founded and co-ordinate a skincare award in the UK — the Free From Skincare Awards, and the 2018 results have just been announced. All of the winners are safely MI / MCI-free, as we exclude these preservatives (along with parabens and triclosan) from the Awards entirely. 

We don’t consider it a ‘beauty’ award — rather a skin health award. It’s a skincare award which we set up to reward and encourage cosmetics brands who produce cosmetics which were ‘free from’ many of the ingredients which people need to avoid for the goodness of their skin — mainly ingredients such as common allergens and SLS — but also ingredients which many want to avoid, such as petrochemical derivatives or plastic beads, as well as MI / MCI. 

The overall winner was Harborist’s Balm-Gel Cleanser, which is vegan, fragrance free, essential oil-free, food allergen free and petrochemical free. 

One of the most commonly sought products which brings readers to this website is shampoo, as many contain MI or both MI and MCI, so the winners of the Hair Care category may be of particular interest — Beauty Kubes Shampoo for Normal to Dry Hair, which are 27 small cubes of solid shampoo, which are simply excellent for taking away on holiday. 

All the Gold-winning category winners are below. Most are only available in the UK, but a few also in the US and elsewhere, such as the products by Neal’s Yard Remedies, Green People, Alteya Organics and Jane Iredale.

For full winners, including Silver and Bronzes, see the FreeFrom Skincare Awards website.



1. Family Skincare – Sponsored by NATorigin
Alteya Organics, Diaper Rash Cream

2. Men’s Grooming 
Green People, Green People for Men Exfoliating Face Scrub

3. Hair Care – Sponsored by Formula Botanica
Beauty Kubes, Organic Shampoo for Normal to Dry Hair

4. Body Care (‘Leave On’)
SenSpa, Talc Free Natural Body Powder

5. Body Care (‘Wash Off’)
SenSpa, Relaxing Body Wash

6. Face and Body Oils and Oil Serums
Urban Veda, Purifying Facial Oil

7. Make Up – Sponsored by ORGANii
Jane Iredale, PlayOn Lip Crayon in Luscious

8. Hand, Nail and Footcare
APICARE, Pore Soles Nourishing Foot Crème

9. Hard Soaps – Sponsored by Bare & Beyond
Ruth Romano, Pure Soap

10. Lip Balms
Bloomtown, Avo Mint Organic Avocado & Peppermint Vegan Lip Balm

11. Face Care (‘Leave On’) 
Neal’s Yard Remedies, Wild Rose Beauty Balm

12. Face Care (‘Wash Off’)
Harborist, Balm-Gel Cleanser

13. Problem Skin
Lyonsleaf, Zinc and Calendula Cream

14. ‘Fresh and Fragrant’ – Sponsored by Lavera
Aurelia Probiotic Skincare, Botanical Cream Deodorant

FreeFrom Achievement Award – Sponsored by Organyc
Lyonsleaf, Zinc and Calendula Cream


  1. Celia Bouchard

    Love, love,love your site and your postings. However these posts leave me frustrated since I live in the U.S. and most products are not available here. It’s not your fault, just an observation. Do you have any suggestions for finding similar products here?

    Thank you.

    1. MI Free (Post author)

      Ah, thank you, Celia. Sorry that this post is not right for you. Around 40% of readers are from UK, 40% from US, and 20% elsewhere, so it’s tough to always post material suitable for all, and sometimes it’s more relevant to one segment of my readership and not others. I try to keep the directories of products varied with an international mix. Is there a particular product you’re struggling to find?

  2. Joanne

    Neals Yard Remedies Organic are in America they are certified organic and mostly vegan


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