FreeFrom Skin Care Awards 2017

Key dates, cost of entry, categories

Key dates

  • 1st February 2017 - Entry opens
  • 24th February 2017 - 'Early' entry closes
  • 17th March 2017 - Entry closes
  • 27th March 2017 - Final deadline for submission of six product samples
  • February-April 2017 - Skincare testing period
  • Late May 2017 - Week-long expert panel judging
  • Late May / Early June 2017 - Shortlist published
  • 7th July 2017 - Winners announced / Presentation at Love Natural, Love You

Cost of entry

  • £140 + VAT per product
  • £95 + VAT per product for companies with fewer than three people working in the business, including owner(s).
    Discount for early entry - 10%

For entry forms, please email Alex

For categories see below. For, criteria and rules, click here.


  1. Family Skincare
    Sponsored for 2017 by NATorigin
    Products for babies, toddlers, children, teenagers and expectant or new mums, including but not limited to baby washes, nappy balms, cradle cap oils, stretchmark creams, nipple balms, teenage acne products, and other skincare products aimed at this market.

  2. Men’s Grooming
    Sponsored for 2017 by Beauty Kitchen
    Products for any part of the body, either unisex or targeted at men / within a male grooming range, including but not limited to face / body washes, face / body creams, shaving creams / gels, deodorants, haircare products and functional after-shave lotions.

  3. Hair Care
    Shampoos, conditioners, hair gels, hair treatment serums, hair colours and other hair care products.

  4. Body Care (‘Leave On’)
    Creams, gels or balms for use on the body, including creams, moisturisers, lotions and intimate skincare products.

  5. Body Care (‘Wash Off’)
    Skincare products for the body, such as body scrubs, shower gels, liquid soaps, bath oils, intimate skincare products and others which are applied and then removed or washed off.

  6. Face and Body Oils and Oil Serums
    Oils or 100% oil serums (water-free) for use on face and/or body.

  7. Make Up
    Concealers, blushers, bronzers, eye liners, eye shadows, mascaras, lipsticks/lipglosses, nail polish, and tanning products.

  8. Hand, Foot and Nail Care
    All products for hands, feet or nails, including hand washes, liquid hand soaps, hand creams, foot creams, foot scrubs, nail polish removers and cuticle care products.

  9. Hard Soaps
    Natural or handmade hard soap bars, for face and/or body.

  10. Lip Balms
    Sponsored for 2017 by Green People
    NEW category! Any lip balms / moisturising or protecting products for the lips, including products for chapped lips.

  11. Face Care (‘Leave On’)
    Sponsored for 2017 by Bare&Beyond
    Creams and balms for use on the face, including anti-ageing creams, night or day creams, all-purpose moisturisers, water-containing serums, and eye creams or gels.

  12. Face Care (‘Take Off’)
    Skincare products such as masks, cleansers, cleansing oils, washes, scrubs, and make-up removal wipes which are applied and then removed or washed off from the face.

  13. Problem Skin
    Any skincare product suitable for use by those with dry skin, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, acne, rosacea or other allergic, problem or sensitive skin condition.

  14. 'Fresh and Fragrant'
    Any cosmetic product used to 'freshen up' or 'fragrance' the body or skin, including, but not necessarily limited to, oral care products (toothpastes, mouthwashes, tooth whitening), eye drops, fragrances, perfumes and scents, deodorants and anti-perspirants, intimate skincare products (wipes, washes), facial spritzers and refreshing wipes.

* FreeFrom Achievement Award
A special award for a skincare product with particularly exceptional free from qualities - which is perhaps very low in or free from preservatives, food allergens and fragrances - or meets a particular need in skincare for consumers with skin allergies. A winner and perhaps up to two runners-up will be chosen from one of the Shortlisted products in categories 1-14.

* Best FreeFrom Skincare Brand
Any skincare manufacturer entering a total of three or more of its products across categories 1-14 of the Awards will be automatically considered for this category. (NB. Judges may request additional samples of non-entered products at a later date in order to make their overall assessments.)

* Best Overall FreeFrom Skincare Product
The overall winner will be drawn from the winners of the product categories (1-14) above.


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