Originally from Bulgaria, this family company have grown roses and distilled rose oil for many years. An entrepreneurial son decided to extend the range of products and Alteya Organics was born. Hristo told me this vast experience of rose growing built up over many years means that quality and consistency can be assured.
The Family Skincare Category celebrates the best products for babies, kids, teens, mums and mums-to-be which are ‘free from’ some of the ingredients which many families need or prefer to avoid – such as fragrances, artificial additives, preservatives, food allergens and animal ingredients.
“Incredibly effective at dealing with nappy rash,” said one of the Awards’ dedicated testers. “It has soothed any redness and irritated areas. I’ve only found one other cream that eases nappy rash relatively fast and this product by far exceeds that.”
“We had a great selection in the family skincare category – including teen acne products, some family balms, a bath bomb, a nipple balm, and a baby massage oil,” said Alex Gazzola, Awards’ Co-ordinator. “But the Alteya Diaper Cream clearly won out with its excellent blend of natural ingredients and the impressive results it gave our testers.”
Silver Awards went to Green People’s Organic Babies Soothing Nipple Balm and Kokoso Baby’s Hair & Body Wash – Fragrance-Free.
Bronze Awards went to HydraNure’s Dry Skin Cream, Lyonsleaf’s Zinc and Calendula Cream, and SkinGenius’s Facial Wash.
Overall winner of the Best Free From Skincare Product for 2018 was Harborist for its Balm-Gel Cleanser.
A full list of all Gold, Silver and Bronze winners is at www.freefromskincareawards.co.uk
I also met up with Sonia from LoveLula, Abi from Odylique, Aycin from B Organic Skincare and Ruth from What Allergy and of course Alex, Kirsty and Michelle from Skins Matter who organise these annual awards.
The Free From Skincare Awards were started in 2012 to encourage and reward manufacturers of skincare products that are ‘free from’ many of the allergens, ingredients, additives and artificial fragrances associated with skin sensitivities, health concerns, as well as ethical, personal and environmental issues.
They are run by Michelle Berriedale-Johnson, director of all Free From Awards (including the Free From Food Awards and Free From Eating Out Awards), Alex Gazzola, a writer specialising in allergies and ‘free from’, and Kirsty Mawhinney, of brand consultancy Skin Insight.
It is NATorigin’s 7th year as sponsor of the Free From Skincare Awards and once again the event itself at Kensington Olympia was friendly, welcoming and the awards process as stringent as always. We were treated to a refreshing glass of fizz and vegan bowl snacks which helped everyone to mingle, loosen up a bit and catch up with each other.