Ta-Dah…SkinsMatter 2014 Award Winners Announced!

logoAs you know, I am a judge at the first stage of the Skinsmatter FreeFrom Skincare awards. It’s me and another couple of people who ultimately decide who is good enough to even get through the first stage assessment to enter the awards process. If it doesn’t fit the criteria, it don’t go through, simple as.

Working blind so we aren’t influenced by packaging (which is a good thing for me as I am a sucker for a lovely-looking pot), we then decide what we think of the ingredients, whether it is likely to do the job claimed, is it innovative in some way or is it a standard much-like-any-other mix? What’s the value like, would the pot be big enough for slathering on an eczema-prone body or only be enough for a patch or two? Is the labelling clear, could they have done a better job for freefromers (invariably yes, but it is getting better), do I need a magnifying glass to read the ingredients, are they using INCI and common names to meet both legal and customer requirements?

So you see: we don’t just stick a pin in and choose products – and I’ve only described the bit I’m involved in! After that, we meet in London with other consumer, allergy and professional experts to cogitate, trial and discuss, choosing the best of the bunch in each category, and finally they are sent out to our team of trusted testers for their comments. The whole lot is then analysed and the winners discovered.

Phew.

So, without further ado, here are this years’ winners for you; I hope you find something new and lovely. Drum roll, please….

 

Best ‘Free From’ Product

 

OVERALL WINNER

Tropic Skin Care, Smoothing Cleanser with Organic Bamboo Cloth

 

RUNNERS-UP

Blend Collective, Unwinding Soap Bar

Elixirs of Life, Gardeners Life Hand Cream

Green People, Cell Enrich Facial Oil

Herbfarmacy, Mallow Beauty Balm

Lavera, Lavera Men Sensitive Moisturising Face Cream

 

Best ‘Free From’ Brand

 

GOLD

Botanicals

 

SILVER

Green People

 

BRONZE

Aurelia

Tropic Skin Care

 

Category Winners and Medallists:

 

1. Family Skincare – sponsored by NATorigin

 

GOLD

Nom Nom Skincare, Organic Pregnancy Stretch Butter Camillia and Vanilla

 

SILVER

Kosmea, Skin Clinic Rescue Balm

Moa, The Green Balm

Nom Nom Skincare, Organic Baby Butter Calendula and Evening Primrose

 

BRONZE

Spiezia Organics, Calendula Ointment

 

2. Men’s Grooming

 

GOLD

Lavera, Lavera Men Sensitive Moisturising Face Cream

 

SILVER

Adam and Eve Skincare, Refreshing Face Wash

 

BRONZE

Green People, Itch Away Shampoo

 

3. Hair Care

 

GOLD

Faith in Nature, Coconut Shampoo

 

SILVER

PurelyPuti Products, StarShine Luxury Hair Serum

 

BRONZE

Weleda, Millet Nourishing Shampoo

 

4. Body Care (Leave On) – sponsored by Spiezia Organics

 

GOLD

Toulou Organics, Nourishing-Vanilla Pod, Aloe Vera & Baobab Body Creme

 

SILVER

Eve of St Agnes, Hydrating Body Cream

 

BRONZE

Pure Lakes Skincare, Gardener’s Skin Repair Bar

 

5. Body Care (Take Off)

 

GOLD

Odylique, Coconut Candy Scrub

 

SILVER

Botanicals, Revitalising Body Polish

 

BRONZE

Beatitude, Joy Bath Oil

 

6. Oils and Oil-based Serums

 

GOLD

Green People, Cell Enrich Facial Oil

 

SILVER

Barefoot SOS, Intensive Treatment Oil

The Rose Tree, Radiance Facial Essence with Rose & Marula

 

BRONZE

Dash Skincare, Rebalancing Facial Oil

Mel Millis, Rosehip & Pomegranate Repair Serum

Tropic Skin Care, Organic Elixir Oil

 

7. Make-Up

 

GOLD

Jane Iredale, Eye Pencil

 

SILVER

NATorigin, Compact Face Powder

 

BRONZE

Neal’s Yard Remedies, Lengthening Mascara

 

8. Hand, Nail and Foot Care

 

GOLD

Elixirs of Life, Gardeners Life Hand Cream

 

SILVER

Botanicals, Foot Softening Balm

MuLondon, Organic White Chocolate Elbow, Knee & Heel Cream

 

BRONZE

Bakewell Soap, Foot Soother

 

9. Hard Soaps

 

GOLD

Blend Collective, Unwinding Soap Bar

 

SILVER

All Natural Soap Co, Coco Castile Soap Bar

Bentley Organic, Calming & Moisturising Bar Soap

Ruth Romano, Handcrafted Natural Lavender Soap Bar

 

BRONZE

All Natural Soap Co, Oatmeal Soother Bar Soap

Madara, Birch and Algae Balancing Face Soap

Spiezia Organics, Lemongrass and Marigold Soap

 

10. Face Care (Leave On)

 

GOLD

Herbfarmacy, Mallow Beauty Balm

 

SILVER

Aurelia, Cell Revitalise Night Moisturiser

Lyonsleaf, Beauty Balm

Purely SKINful, Anti Ageing Night Cream with Celligent

 

BRONZE

Suti, Honour, Coconut & Roses Face Cream

 

11. Face Care (Take Off)

 

GOLD

Tropic Skin Care, Smoothing Cleanser with Organic Bamboo Cloth

 

SILVER

Aurelia, Miracle Cleanser

Botanicals, Gentle Cleansing Melt

Organic Surge, Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser

 

BRONZE

Jane Scrivner, Jane Scrivner Nourishing Cleanser

Kinvara Skincare, Absolute Cleansing Oil

UrbanVeda, Purifying Exfoliating Facial Polish

 

12. Problem Skin

 

GOLD

Lyonsleaf, Healing Calendula Balm

 

SILVER

Apicare, Manuka Therapy 30% Honey Cream

Bloom Remedies, Daily Detox Moisturiser with Palmarosa & Tea Tree

Green People, Daily Solution – Anti Blemish

PHB Ethical Beauty, Skin Repair Gel with Aloe and Lavender

 

BRONZE

Chuckling Goat, Pro-Biotic Skin Food for Troubled Skin

Kris d’Amour, Soothing Body Treatment Butter

MuLondon, Organic Marigold, Frankincense & Myrrh Moisturiser

Weleda, Aknedoron Purifying Lotion

My Latest Article On Gluten Related Disorders

I have just written this post on the TrulyGlutenFree blog, but my aim is to start getting more people to consider gluten as a factor in their seemingly gluten-unrelated health issues, so here it is for you too. Just in case.

As promised, after listening to, analysing, chin-stroking, whooping, nose-wrinkling and eventually pulling out the practical bits from the recent (ish, sorry!) gluten summit, here’s the first in my series of articles, published by Coeliacs Matter.

I will eventually put the whole series together as a free download for you on TGF, but for now, enjoy the mini-series as it comes out. Here’s number 1. Enjoy:

CoeliacsMatter | Gluten Disorders E-summmit – January 2014 – Introduction.

Mobiles in Pockets Affects Sperm

Keeping a mobile (cell) phone in the pocket can damage sperm, and affect a man’s fertility.

Sperm number and movement, or motility, is affected by electromagnetic radiation when a mobile phone is carried around in trouser pockets, say researchers.

Researchers from the University of Exeter analysed 10 studies, involving 1,492 men, and found that nine of them had discovered deterioration in sperm quality.

The overall decline was around 8 per cent, the researchers say, which is probably not significant in a healthy man, but it could be an important factor in any man who is already suffering from poor fertility.

(Source: Environment International, 2014; 70: 106-112) WDDTY enews.

You can read more in the BBC story below too.

Free From Food Daily Listings

where to buy spanish chicken  If you want to keep up with what new special diet, freefrom foods are coming out, how do you do it? I know I struggle.

So, I was pleased to see our friends at FoodsMatter.com have launched a new daily freefrom food listing service, which I think will be really useful. Here are the three most recent ones, for example:

16th June 2014
CO YO
 dairy free coconut milk yoghurt will be available in 416 Tesco stores across the UK from 16th June as well as Tesco online. Three of CO YO’s yoghurts will be listed in Tesco: Mango, Raw Chocolate and Natural all costing £1.99 for a 125g tub.


15th June 2014
Amisa have added a new gluten, wheat & nut free fresh ravioli with cheese and spinach to their range, and are also launching a dairy free, vegan cheese, Vegana, available from mid-June. The Vegana range will include grated cheese and cheese slices. Amisa products are available from various independent stockists nationwide and online.


13th June 2014
Kallo have introduced brand new wheat free super seeds rice cakes – the two new varieties are buckwheat super-seeds low fat multigrain cakes – available at Sainsbury’s and Waitrose, RRP £1.29 per pack, and quinoa & seeds multigrain cakes – available at Sainsbury’s, RRP £1.89 per pack.

How fab is that? You can check the site page whenever, but also subscribe to the fortnightly newsletter and you’ll get a reminder then to have a peek for something new and tempting.

GM Crops Given Tacit UK Go Ahead

This is not good news as far as I’m concerned:

Peter Melchett, Soil Association policy director, Dr Helen Wallace, co-founder of GeneWatch UK and Liz O’Neill, director of GM Freeze have reacted with fury after the government backed an EU vote allowing the planting of two types of GM maize in Europe. The vote was passed by agriculture ministers in Luxembourg and the concern is that this could lead to GM maize being grown in England next year.

Read more here:
The Daily Mail (12 June 2014)
EU ruling paves the way for GM farming in England The Daily Telegraph (12 June 2014)
EU go-ahead for GM crops The Ecologist (12 June 2014)
EU could allow member states to rule over GM Farmers Guardian (12 June 2014)
GM crops could be planted in the UK next year Farming UK (12 June 2014)
EU allows its member countries to define GM policy on their own Voice of Russia (13 June 2014)

The Soil Association campaigns against GM