FreeFrom Skincare

Free From Skincare Awards 2020 — the judging, and the results!

So. First there was The Testing — and we told you all about that right here. Then came The Shortlist — likewise right here. But then … It was The Judging! Judging the Free From Skincare Awards 2020 was a…
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Free From Skincare Awards 2019 — the winners, the stories

Well, it’s all over for another year, folks … The Free From Skincare Awards results for 2019 were announced last week, during a very busy Tuesday, live via our Twitter account, for the very first time running as a standalone…
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Cosmetic preservatives and facial bacteria

An interesting study published in The Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology caught my eye recently, which examined the effect on healthy facial bacteria of cosmetic preservatives. You can see an abstract summary here. The five preservatives tested were methylisothiazolinone — or MI,…
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Free from labelling: new rules and guidance

There is new guidance — or law, it’s not entirely clear which, and nobody seems able to provide a confident answer — coming into effect for cosmetics in the EU from July 2019 concerning ‘free from’ claims. You can see…
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Free from grooming — what’s new?

In my dear dad’s day, men’s grooming toolkits consisted almost exclusively of Brylcream, an industrial soap, some shaving foam and razors. The Brut I’d buy him for Christmas as a boy was a late addition to his repertoire. Or was…
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Free From Skincare Awards 2018: the testing, the judging, the shortlist!

Phew! At last! The announcement of the Shortlist for the 7th Free From Skincare Awards has just been made! It comes over four months after we opened for entry. Four months is, granted, a fairly long time, and we often…
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Developments in free from hair care

We were intrigued recently to learn of the development of a ‘Ribena’ hair dye, made from the skins of blackcurrants who’ve given up their juice to make the popular British cordial and would otherwise be disposed of. Read the Telegraph’s…
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