If you’ve been following the MI Free Blog for some years, you may know that I, Alex, the editor of the site, also founded and co-ordinate a skincare award in the UK called the Free From Skincare Awards, for cosmetic products which are ‘free from’ some of the ingredients consumers want to avoid or need to avoid — for whatever reason that may be.
We exclude some ingredients from the Awards — including triclosan, PPD / PTD, formaldehyde-releasing preservatives … and of course methylisothiazolinone and methylchloroisothiazolinone.
We do accept products with natural fragrance and essential oils, which we know many consumers (including those with skin allergies) react to, but we encourage fragrance free entries as much as possible, and always like to see them. Around half of the Gold winners this year were fragrance-free.
For your interest, given that all products in the awards are MI-free, pasted below are the Gold winners in each of the various product categories, including the Overall Champion, Weleda’s Skin Food Body Butter. Please bear in mind that all are UK, Irish and European brands, and so may not be easily available internationally.
If you’d also like to see Silver and Bronze winners, click through to the Free From Skincare Awards site, where you’ll find out much more about the Awards, and recommended products from years past too.
Free From Skincare Awards 2019 — Gold Winners
Family Skincare — Bloom and Blossom, Anti Stretch Mark Cream
Men’s Grooming — Beauty Kubes, Shampoo & Body Wash For Men
Hair Care — The Handmade Soap Company, Lemongrass & Cedarwood Shampoo
Body Care (Leave On) — Weleda, Skin Food Body Butter (Overall Champion)
Body Care (Take Off) — Odylique, Coconut Candy Scrub
Oils and Oil-based Serums — Fiini Naturally, Oat seabuckthorne oil serum
Eye Care — Kinvara Skincare, Eye WOW! Eye Serum
Hands Nails and Feet Care — NATHEO Natural Skincare, Overnight Treat for Hands & Feet
Hard Soaps — Lucy Bee, Fragrance Free Natural Soap
Lip Care — #LipGlam, The Multipurpose Beauty Balm
Face Care (Take Off) — Casa Mencarelli, Crema di Pomodoro – Nourishing Tomato Night Cream & Cleanser
Fresh & Fragrant — Casa Mencarelli, Acqua di Miele – Honey & Orange Toner
Problem Skin — Fiini Naturally, Oat shea butter