FreeFrom Skin Care Awards
Assessment and judging process
The judging process for the FreeFrom Skincare Awards occurs in four stages.
A full-size sample of each accepted product is then sent for a month's in-depth testing of its qualities and efficacy to four experienced Beauty Bible testers / Skins Matter readers, drawn from a panel of over 100, all of whom either have sensitive/problem skins, specific allergies/intolerances, or are passionate about organic and/or natural skincare. Once the testing period is over, they fill in detailed questionnaires on each of the products, and return them to us. From this feedback, a Shortlist is drawn up, announced in mid-May.
Shortlisted products go forward to our roundtable expert panels for week-long judging sessions. The panel consists of beauty writers, skincare professionals, allergy experts, formulators and cosmetics users with problem skin conditions or an interest in 'free from' skincare.The judges are interested in 'freefrom' awareness in terms of food allergens and other ingredients, and in manufacturers' commitment to natural and/or organic. Using testers' feedback, they will additionally assess qualities such as originality, ease-of-use, innovation, aesthetic appeal, value for money and packaging. Very importantly, they will judge the product's ingredient labelling for clarity and transparency - vital for any consumer with any kind of sensitivity, or seeking to avoid particular ingredients due to ethical, environmental or health concerns.
Subsequently, bronze, silver and gold 'medals' will be decided in each category.
Once category winners are decided, a smaller judging panel will decide on the final two key awards - that of Best Free From Brand and Best Overall FreeFrom Skincare Product - as well as the special 'FreeFrom Achievement Award'.
Full results are announced at a special presentation at Love Natural, Love You at Olympia, London, at 3pm, 7th July 2017.
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