For our 2014 annual natural beauty awards, we sniffed, slathered, and scrubbed our way through dozens of products to come up with these 15 natural, effective, and eco-friendly winners.
Winner: Dr Hauschka Cleansing Milk www.drhauschka.com.au
Why we love it: This light, fresh-scented emulsion respects the natural pH balance of the skin, and suits all skin types. Soothing jojoba, almond and apricot kernel oils effectively combine with anthyllis, oats, rye and wheat extracts to gently and thoroughly remove all traces of make-up.
“This cleanser was great for removing stubborn eye make-up and it didn’t sting.”
Ana Heraud, art director
Winner: La Mav Rosa Damascena Hydrating Mist, www.lamav.com
Why we love it: Soothe and calm tired skin with the beauty benefits of rosa damascena, jasmine and geranium essential oils. This gentle, alcohol-free toner rebalances your skin’s pH while removing surface impurities and toxins, and also actively helps to prevent visible signs of ageing.
3. Day cream
Winner: Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream, www.antipodesnature.com
Why we love it: This nutritious formula features native New Zealand manuka honey to keep skin clean and free of blemishes, along with vanilla and mandarin to uplift the senses. Vinanza grape, from Sauvignon blanc grapeseeds, is included to stimulate micro-circulation to the skin’s surface.
“This smells divine! I love how it penetrated my skin quickly but didn’t feel greasy.”
Alex Dedich, national sales manager
Winner: AEOS Realive Serum, www.begenkishop.com
Why we love it: Minimise signs of ageing with this intensively hydrating serum containing a blend of organic and biodynamic essential oils, plant extracts and the energies of gems and crystals. Hyaluronic acid, lavender, rose and rose geranium smooth wrinkles and plump up the skin.
5. Night cream
Winner: Grown Alchemist Violet Leaf & Neuro Peptide Regenerating Night Cream, www.grownalchemist.com
Why we love it: With a potent synergistic blend of peptides, antioxidants, vitamins, hyaluronic acid and essential omega fatty acids, this restores skin elasticity, reduces the appearance of fine lines, and softens skin. Passionfruit seed oil, papaya seed oil and mango butter leave skin naturally radiant.
Winner: Grahams SunClear SPF 30+ Natural Sunscreen, www.itchy.net.au
Why we love it: Specially formulated for sensitive skin, this natural, non-greasy SPF 30+ sunscreen uses zinc oxide as its active ingredient, but it goes on clear. With rosehip, grapeseed, and sesame seed oils, shea butter, vitamin E, vitamin A and coconut to hydrate skin.
“My whole family loved this!”
Lamya Sadi, production manager
7. Facial scrub
Winner: Alexami 3-in-1 Pumpkin Enzyme Facial Polish, www.alexami.com
Why we love it: This clever little product is actually a gentle scrub, peel and mask all in one. It blends non-irritating pumpkin enzymes, rice and cranberry to exfoliate skin, with willow bark, chamomile and berry extracts to polish, refine and smooth it to perfection.
8. Eye cream
Winner: Kosmea Apple Of My Eye Cream, www.kosmea.com.au
Why we love it: This is formulated with PhytoCellTec™ apple stem cells and powerful natural actives including white tea and carrot extracts to refresh and brighten skin and diminish wrinkles, while protecting your delicate eye area.
9. Body lotion
Winner: NEOM Lavender, Jasmine & Brazilian Rosewood Organic Body Lotion, www.neomorganics.com.au
Why we love it: A rich blend of nourishing shea butter and macadamia nut, with invigorating rosemary leaf and vitamins A and E to rehydrate skin, while the delectable scents of jasmine, French lavender and Brazilian rosewood feed your senses.
10. Shower gel
Winner: Sukin Botanical Body Wash, www.sukinorganics.com
Why we love it: Skin-softening chamomile and aloe vera are combined with jojoba, avocado and rosehip oils to hydrate and purify skin. The upbeat fragrance gets you firing in the morning, reviving the body and focusing the mind.
“Very practical and convenient to use. I also love the value price!”
Helen Davies, publisher
11. Hand cream
Winner: AUM Nourishing Hand Cream, www.aumbeauty.com
Why we love it: This decadent certified organic formula leaves hands soft and supple. Papaya, pineapple and acai extracts nourish skin and help to fade age spots and remove dead cells, while hyaluronate and pomegranate lock in moisture.
“I was really impressed with how soft my hands were using this hand cream.”
Jacque Rice, online graphic designer
12. Body scrub
Winner: Yuva Brightening Face and Body Scrub, www.yuva.com.au
Why we love it: This all-natural scrub contains loofah, walnut and lychee rounded particles to remove dead surface cells, kaolin clay to eliminate impurities, and glycolic and papaya fruit extracts for added glow.
Winner: Weleda Wild Rose Deodorant, www.weleda.com.au
Why we love it: This effective, non-aerosol spray formula, based on the mildly astringent properties of organic rose leaf extract, purifies and neutralises sources of unpleasant body odour, leaving a long-lasting soft floral scent.
“This kept me smelling fresh during my morning runs - it’s like wearing a fragrance, not a deodorant.”
Helene Larson, beauty editor
Winner: Green People Intensive Repair Shampoo, www.green-people.com.au
Why we love it: Strengthen and repair dry, damaged or weak hair with this creamy formula; rich in organic green tea, yucca, aloe vera, sandalwood, and orange, it is especially suited for coloured and chemically-treated hair.
15. Hair intensive treatment
Winner: Everescents Organic Hair Care Organic Pink Grapefruit & Ylang Ylang Leave-in Moisture, www.everescents.com.au
Why we love it: This provides instant super-penetrating moisture to seal, strengthen and protect the mid lengths and ends of your hair with all the benefits of certified organic Australian herbal extracts and essential oils. Apply to towel-dried or dry hair for best results.
“My hair felt super soft and the ends were less brittle after I used this for a week.”
Cat Zaharias, marketing manager
Products eligible for the Nature and Health Beauty Awards needed to be free from:
* Artificial fragrances and colours
* Animal testing of any kind
Read ingredients labels to ensure the products you put on your skin are safe. To learn more, visit www.cosmeticsdatabase.com.