Natural and Organic Award winners announced

08 April 2013

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, recognises and celebrates the organic industry’s most innovative businesses and products in three categories: textile, retail and beauty. The awards have become the benchmark for excellence and set a standard for innovation, quality and commitment in the natural and organic sector.

Speaking about the awards, Rob Sexton, CEO, Soil Association Certification, said; "I was delighted to attend and present some of this year’s awards. We know there is a strong future in the UK organic market and the Soil Association is proud to celebrate the leadership and commitment of innovators within this vibrant growing area of the organic sector.

"Our recent Organic Market Report showed a number of areas where organic sales have increased significantly. It is an exciting time for organic textiles, cosmetics and independent retail with these sectors all experiencing growth. 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Best New Organic Food Product award

Winner - Friland Økologi Organic Sea Salted Dry Cured Rasher

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