The Free From Skincare Awards, now in their seventh year, aim to celebrate the best in ‘free from’ skincare products — cosmetics ‘free from’ some of the many ingredients which consumers need or want to avoid, be it due to health concerns, skin allergies, ethical concerns, religious sensibilities or other reasons.

The awards are part of a family of free from awards, which includes the Free From Food Awards and the Free From Eating Out Awards.

The awards — which open annually on the 1st February — are entirely independent and all entries are subject to a rigorous testing and judging process, culminating in the announcement of a Shortlist in May, and the Winners in July, at a special event held in London.

The awards are widely promoted through their Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

To find out more about getting involved, start at How to Enter.

Parties interested in sponsoring the Awards, please see our Sponsorship page.


Our People

Alex Gazzola (Awards Co-ordinator)

Alex is Co-ordinator of the Free From Skincare Awards.

He is a writer specialising in allergies, food intolerances and gut disorders, and has written several books, as well as articles for hundreds of publications in dozens of countries worldwide. He runs two allergy websites — Allergy Insight, covering all allergies and intolerances, and MI Free, dedicated to allergy to the isothiazolinone preservatives. His personal website is here.

You can contact Alex by email here.


Kirsty Mawhinney (Awards Administrator)

Kirsty is the Administrator of our FreeFrom Skincare Awards.

Kirsty is not only a skincare expert, but a brand consultant, helping start-up and established brands to define their business strategies and supporting their launches. She has over twenty years’ experience working with some of the biggest names in skincare, mainly in educational roles, and is the Director of her company, Skin Insight.

You can contact Kirsty by email here.