Natural And Organic Award Winners Announced
Winners of the prestigious Natural and Organic Awards 2013, hosted in association with the Soil Association, were announced at the Natural and Organic Products show yesterday [Sunday 7 April] at the Novotel London West. The awards were presented by Michaela Strachan of BBC's Autumn Watch, Elephant Diaries and Countryfile.
The annual ceremony, now in its eighteenth year, is one of the only awards that celebrates the organic industry's most innovative businesses and products in three categories: textile, retail and beauty.
Speaking about the awards, Rob Sexton, CEO, Soil Association Certification, said; "It's an exciting time for organic textiles and cosmetics with these sectors all experiencing market growth. A younger generation of organic consumers are coming through with a demand for gorgeous beauty and textile products but caring about where they come from and how they are made. These awards highlight just some of the fantastic organic products available and the innovation taking place. Congratulations to all involved!"
The textile and retail winners were selected by a panel of industry experts and professionals from a shortlist of diverse finalists. The beauty winners - divided into Best Organic Beauty Product, Best Organic Mother and Baby Product and Best Innovation in Organic Cosmetics - were chosen after a month's testing of shortlisted products by the public.
The winners of the Natural and Organic Awards 2013 are:
Best Organic Retailer
Winner - Riverford
The Riverford box scheme began when Guy Watson started delivering vegetables locally to 30 friends in Devon. They now deliver around 40,000 boxes a week to homes around the UK from their regional farms.
Finalist - Waitrose Finalist - Field Fayre - The Organic Store
Best Organic Beauty Product
Winner - Herbfarmacy Nail & Cuticle Oil
This new product to the Herbfarmacy range is perfect for maintaining nail condition between manicures as well as enhancing overall well-being and presentation. Packaged in a 12ml dropper bottle, the oil will moisturise and condition nails to help prevent cracking, splitting and peeling. It will also soften and smooth the cuticle area.
Finalist - Botanicals Chamomile and Mandarin Anti-ageing facial serum Finalist - Lucy Annabella Organics Antioxidant Aromatic Body Moisturiser with Geranium & Frankinscense
Best Organic Mother & Baby Product
Winner - Natura Siberica Baby Bath Foam for Newborns
Created in 1997, Russian brand Natura Siberica produces certified organic cosmetics using wild-harvested herbs and plants of Siberia and the Far East. In this way, the company supports the indigenous sparsely-populated peoples of this region.
Finalist - AMK Skin Organics Aromatic Boob and Bump Oil Finalist - Neal's Yard Mothers Balm
Best Innovation in Organic Cosmetics
Winner - Pukka Herbs Nourishing Brightener
A replenishing, gentle exfoliator especially formulated for oily to normal skin. Freshly ground bilberries and almond to gently exfoliate. Amla and gotu kola to replenish and brighten the skin.
Finalist - Lucy Annabella Organics Time Out Organic Bath Milk
Best Organic Textile Product
Winner - People Tree Josie Square Print Dress
Pretty riviera woven sun dress in red with geometric square print and flattering cowel neck, nipped in waist and circle skirt made in 100% organic Fairtrade certified cotton.
Finalist - Cut4Cloth Ltd/Frugi Birdy Bunting Sundress Finalist - Devon Duvets Folding Pillow
Best Organic Food Product
Winner - Friland Økologi FMBA - Organic Sea Salted Dry Cured Rasher