Our eighth annual awards were our biggest yet, with over 300 entrants. It was tough choosing the winners, so this year we’ve added highly commended products which we also loved. Meet our favourites for 2015!
Winner: QSilica Cleansing Gel, www.qsilica.com
Why we love it: This lightly foaming formula contains colloidal silica – long regarded by naturopaths as supporting skin health – plus natural sugar and jojoba and coconut oils to gently remove make-up and grime.
Highly commended: Synthesis Purify Enzyme Cleanser uses bioactive enzymes from pumpkin and papaya as well as anti-inflammatory salicylic acid to dissolve oil and counter blocked pores, www.synthesisorganics.com
Winner: Dr Alkaitis Organic Herbal Toner, www.nourishedlife.com.au
Why we love it: This wonderful multi-purpose product is not just a toner; you can also spritz it on after-sun to soothe inflammation, and use it to hydrate and rebalance oily or acne-prone skin.
Highly commended: Neal’s Yard Rejuvenating Frankincense Toner – also known as ‘the pearl of the desert’, this oil firms skin tissue, www.nealsyardremedies.com.au
3. Day cream
Winner: Sanctum Moisture Replenish, www.sanctumaustralia.com
Why we love it: This lightweight, certified organic moisturiser is perfect under make-up, and contains squalene, an active ingredient from olives that accelerates skin renewal and improve softness.
Highly commended: Organic Spa Beauty Balm, with gardenia flower and native Flame Tree extracts, www.organicspa.com.au
Winner: Cosima Pure Potent C, www.cosimaskin.com
Why we love it: Not just a serum – although it certainly improves skin firmness, tone and elasticity – this contains a stable form of vitamin C which stimulates collagen renewal and has a noticeable brightening, lightening effect.
Highly commended: JOI-Pure AAA Night Serum contains some of Mother Nature’s most potent anti-agers, including vitamin A, argan oil and sea buckthorn extract, www.joipure.com.au
5. Night cream
Winner: La Mav Omega-3 Advanced Nightly Repair Creme, www.lamav.com
Why we love it: This exceptionally hydrating formula contains hyaluronic acid to plump up skin, plus marula, jojoba, raspberry seed and avocado oils to repair and boost suppleness.
Highly commended: Rosehip Plus Nourishing Night Cream, with cocoa seed butter, avocado and jojoba oils, and soothing, anti-inflammatory chamomile, www.rosehipplus.com.au
Winner: Natural Instinct Natural Sunscreen, www.naturalinstinct.com.au
Why we love it: Enriched with nourishing shea butter, this is free from chemical UV filters, relying on naturally-sourced zinc oxide that complies with both Australian and European non-nano standards.
7. Facial scrub
Winner: Grown Alchemist Pink Grapefruit & Glucomannan Extract, www.grown.com
Why we love it: The glucomannan from konjac absorbs oil and impurities, while the flavonoid-rich grapefruit extract gently dissolves dry, dead skin cells, leaving skin looking – and feeling – beautifully healthy.
Highly commended: ACURE Brightening Facial Scrub, with argan stem cell, kelp, and chlorella growth factor, provides a deep cleansing, stimulating treat for your skin, www.acureorganics.com
8. Eye cream
Winner: Ayurda Sparkle Eye Cream, www.ayurda.com
Why we love it: Gentle and mild, this offers traditional Ayurvedic healers like turmeric, rosewater, and sesame oil to nurture the delicate eye area, plus red sandalwood to brighten.
Highly commended: 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream is a potent de-puffer and dark circle buster, www.nourishedlife.com.au
9. Body lotion
Winner: The Jojoba Company Silken Melon Body Lotion, www.thejojobacompany.com.au
Why we love it: Containing 100% natural Australian jojoba, along with green tea and witch hazel extracts to calm and tone skin, and horsetail to stimulate collagen production, this results in noticeably smoother skin.
Highly commended: Metta Body Butter, a lush blend of organic, Fairtrade shea and cocoa butter, with grapeseed oil to add a silky feel, www.mettaskincare.com
10. Shower gel
Winner: Weleda Sea Buckthorn Creamy Body Wash, www.weleda.com.au
Why we love it: Formulated with the gentlest natural cleansing agents, including fermented coconut, sugar and biodynamic sea buckthorn oil, the fabulous scent of zesty oranges and grapefruit gave the morning new zing.
11. Hand cream
Winner: Absolutely Gorgeous Healing Hand & Nail Cream, www.absolutelygorgeous.com.au
Why we love it: This certified organic formula absorbs quickly and protects, smooths and soften dry skin, leaving a light scent of lavender and mandarin.
Highly commended: Kosmea Rose Hand Cream, with Damascus roseflower water and rosewood oil is feminine and effective, www.kosmea.com.au
12. Body scrub
Winner: People for Plants Papaya, Quillija & Apricot Body Scrub, www.peopleforplants.com.au
Why we love it: This all-natural scrub gently polishes away dead skin cells, leaving skin feeling soft and smooth, and looking energised, glowing, and healthy.
Highly commended: Natio Spa One Minute Miracle Body Polish delivers on its name’s promise, with a smoothing and conditioning salt scrub, www.natio.com.au
Winner: Vanessa Megan Vanilla Pod Roll-on Deodorant, www.vanessamegan.com
Why we love it: We are already huge fans of this luxe organic brand’s better-known cleansers and moisturisers, so we were delighted to find that their new deodorant kept us feeling fresh and clean all day.
Winner: Yes to Carrots Scalp Relief Shampoo, www.yestocarrots.com
Why we love it: Free from parabens, petroleum and SLS, this pH-balanced shampoo contains silk amino acids and niacinamide to protect against irritation, plus tea tree and cypress oils to stimulate healthy hair growth and reduce flaking.
Highly commended: Y1000 Radical H2O Activated Shampoo is 100% free from sulphates and other synthetics, and leaves hair super-clean and shiny, www.ynatural.com.au
Winner: Manuka Biotic Conditioner, www.manukabiotic.co.nz
Why we love it: A natural formula enriched with the healing, anti-microbial, and antifungal properties of certified organic manuka and kanuka oils, this left our testers’ hair soft, manageable, and full of body.
Highly commended: Billie Goat Soap Goat’s Milk Conditioner is ideal for sensitive scalps or anyone with eczema or psoriasis, www.billiegoatsoap.com.au
16. Lip balm
Winner: The Beauty Chef Beauty Fix Balm, www.thebeautychef.com
Why we love it: A multi-tasking marvel, this is not only excellent for soothing and protecting lips, it’s also our new go-to fix for rough heels, elbows, or cracked nails.
Highly commended: The hint of lemon myrtle makes Natural Bridge Health Organic Lip Balm a real treat, www.naturalbridgehealth.com.au