The Nature & Health ninth annual Natural Beauty Awards were the biggest yet, with more than 600 entrants. Meet the favourites for 2016. Have you tried one or more of these natural beauties? Let us know why you love them in the comments!
Winner: Goodness Everyday Cream Cleanser,www.goodnessproducts.com.
Why we love it: With all the goodness of certified organic chia seed, avocado and coconut oils, and apple extract, you’ll be prepped for what comes next, day or night.
Highly commended: Morgan Annie Organic Gel Cleanser (www.morganannie.com.au) has quandong and papaya extracts to gently dissolve dead cells and soften skin; Emergin-C Scientific Organic Kombucha Cleanser (www.inskincosmedics.com.au) uses grape stem cells, spirulina, and green and white tea extracts to tone and smooth.
Winner: Live Clean Refreshing Facial Toner, for stockists call 1800 137 480
Why we love it: A silky toner that refines pores and gently exfoliates, this helps restore natural pH balance, leaving skin bright and radiant.
Highly commended: Environ AVST Moisturising Toner (www.environskincareaustralia.com.au) leaves skin feeling clean, smooth and moist; Dr Hauschka Clarifying Toner (www.drhauschka.com.au) contains anti-inflammatory daisy and anthyllis.
3. Day cream
Winner: La Mav Hyaluronan Moisture Creme, www.lamav.com
Why we love it: With clever ingredients like hyaluronic acid (to plump skin) and essential fatty acids from Moroccan and argan oils, this is hydrating, protective, and anti-ageing.
Highly commended: Karinda Nourishing Moisturiser (www.karinda.com) is luxurious yet lightweight, with antioxidant-rich Kakadu Plum; Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Face Cream (www.trilogyproducts.com) contains a unique, nutritive rosehip oil-based complex, Rosapene.
Winner: Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum, www.eminenceorganics.com.au
Why we love it: A cocktail of superfoods – citrus, leafy greens, avocado – become super skincare ingredients in this fast-absorbing serum to prevent free radical damage.
Highly commended: Me by Skin Naturale (www.skinnaturale.com) uses alpine plant extracts and liquorice for a noticeable brightening effect; Musq Revitalise Serum (www.musq.com.au) is a delectable blend of sea buckthorn berry and pomegranate to promote healing and repair.
5. Night cream
Winner: Qsilica Beauty Sleep Night Cream, www.qsilica.com
Why we love it: Essential oils of lavender and geranium help you to relax, while the skin is nourished with shea butter, avocado, calendula and jojoba oils during sleep.
Highly commended: RosehipPLUS Nourishing Night Cream (www.rosehipplus.com.au) is rich in anti-ageing vitamins A and C and essential fatty acids; Lavera Anti-Age Night Cream (www.bioliving.com.au) contains certified organic almond oil, shea butter, and rose flower water.
6. Facial scrub
Winner: Zk’in Clarifying Exfoliator, www.zkinorganics.com.au
Why we love it: Free from microbeads that pollute waterways, this product-with-a-conscience uses waste from the coffee industry to polish skin, while organic aloe and oats ensure a silky after-feel.
Highly commended: Ivadore Revive Exfoliating Pearl Polish (www.ivadore.com.au) uses pearl powder to soften, firm, and rejuvenate skin; The Jojoba Company Jojoba Bead & Bamboo Exfoliant (www.thejojobacompany.com.au) has a 2-in-1 action, first removing dead skin cells, then polishing.
7. Eye cream
Winner: Cosima Flawless Eye Cream, www.cosimaskin.com.au
Why we love it: With clinically proven botanical actives like aloe, vitamin B3, hibiscus and rosehip extracts, this has a noticeable firming and brightening effect.
Highly commended: OrganicSpa Eye Balm (www.organicspa.com.au) contains ribose, an innovative ingredient derived from corn sugar that improves skin elasticity; Abeeco Revitalising Eye Serum (www.abeeco.com) uses evening primrose oil and vitamin E to nourish the eye area.
8. Body lotion
Winner: Kosmea Rose Body Lotion, www.kosmea.com
Why we love it: The combination of skin-loving shea butter, gotu kola, and rosehip oil plus the sensory bliss of rose essential oil is hard to improve upon – beautiful!
Highly commended: Earth & Body Vanilla Chai Nourishing Cream (www.skinnaturale.com) is infused with anti-inflammatory cinnamon and antibacterial manuka honey; Dr Bronner’s Organic Lavender Lotion (www.drbronner.com.au) is an oldie but a goodie, leaving skin soft, supple, fragrant, and never greasy.
9. Shower gel
Winner: Grown Alchemist Body Cleanser, www.grown.com
Why we love it: A sensuous and aromatic blend of neroli, rosemary and tangerine oils, this leaves skin thoroughly clean, refreshed and toned, without dryness.
Highly commended: Embalm Body Wash (www.EmbalmSkincare.com.au) contains shea butter, honey and vitamin E to cleanse and soften; Green People Shower Gel (www.green-people.com.au), with organic avocado, almond, mandarin and bergamot, is a little touch of luxury every day.
10. Hand cream
Winner: Vanessa Megan Peruvian Flower Hand Cream, www.vanessamegan.com
Why we love it: A lush blend of certified organic aloe vera and camellia, coconut and jojoba oils, this is scented with uplifting mandarin and sweet vanilla – gorgeous!
Highly commended: Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Cream (www.burtsbees.com.au) is super-rich and sweet-scented; Be Natural Hand Cream (www.aroma.com.au) is quickly absorbed and smells divine.
11. Body scrub
Winner: Natura Siberica Honey Body Scrub, www.naturasiberica.com.au
Why we love it: Sea buckthorn oil nourishes the skin, buckwheat honey boosts elasticity and firmness, and sage extract tones and eliminates toxins.
Highly commended: Weleda Birch Body Scrub (www.weleda.com.au) is rich in flavonoids to smooth skin and reduce cellulite; Pevonia Saltmousse (www.pevonia.com.au) is an amazing aroma-sensory experience – as the salt dissolves, the tropical extracts and negative ions are absorbed by the skin.
Winner: Perfect Potion Active Deodorant, www.perfectpotion.com.au
Why we love it: All-natural and super-reliable, this blend of naturally antibacterial essential
oils will keep you feeling fresh all day.
Highly commended: Be Confident (www.aroma.com.au) contains naturally deodorising lavender and lemongrass oils; Healthy Armpits (www.simplechemistry.com.au) is toxin-free and handmade in Australia.
Winner: Miessence Desert Flower Shampoo, www.ozorganic.com
Why we love it: With yucca extract to boost shine and improve hair strength and resilience and a lovely aroma of fresh lime, this certified organic formula is suitable for all hair types.
Highly commended: Hanz de Fuko Natural Shampoo (www.theiconic.com.au) stimulates the scalp with white and red tea extracts and seaweed, helping to promote hair growth; Vanessa Megan Tangerine Shampoo (www.vanessamegan.com) contains nettle and horsetail to strengthen hair and is scented with ylang ylang and mandarin.
Winner: Pure Hair Food Boost Your Hair Volume Conditioner, www.purehairfood.com.au
Why we love it: Long-lasting and naturally volumising, this boosts body and shine and repairs damage, thanks to African shea butter and wheat protein.
Highly commended: Trilogy Smooth & Nourish Conditioner (www.trilogyproducts.com) uses coconut and camellia oils to nourish and smooth hair; Green People Irritated Scalp Conditioner (www.green-people.com.au) is an intensive formula that gives soft, manageable hair.
15. Lip balm
Winner: Inika Organic Ultimate Lip Balm, www.inika.com.au
Why we love it: The combination of silky vegan waxes and certified organic oils of peppermint, coconut and sunflower deliver long-lasting conditioning and protection.
Highly commended: The Beauty Chef’s Beauty Fix Balm (www.thebeautychef.com) uses camellia and rosehip oils to hydrate lips; for every Cocokind Organic Lip Balm (www.bioliving.com.au) sold, a percentage of profits is used to give clean water, food and books to needy children.