CertClean 5th Annual Clean Beauty Awards Finalists & Judging Experience

CertClean Clean Beauty Awards

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CertClean Clean Beauty Awards

 

If you follow me on InstaGram, you will know that I was asked to be on the judging panel for the CertClean’s 5th Annual Clean Beauty Awards, and was on the judging panel for  face washes. I received a total of eight facial cleansers and tested them out from late August, until the end of November when I submitted my scoring grid.

CertClean Clean Beauty Awards

 

Here’s my round one face wash products:

CertClean Clean Beauty Awards

  • Birch Babe Naturals Facial Bar
  • AEOS Energized Organics Cleansing Oil Dé-Maq
  • Be Genki Radiant Cleansing Oil
  • Pure Saavy Come Hell or High Water 3-in-1 Micellar Water
  • Penny Lane Organics Cleansing Milk & Makeup Remover
  • Kaelen Harwell Refining Roman Chamomile Ylang Ylang Cleanser
  • Aromatica Natural Coconut Cleansing Oil
  • EcoTan Super Citrus Cleanser

I had pages (and pages) of notes during the testing period – with information on the companies, type of cleanser, ingredients, usability, and personal experience with the products. The quality of all of the facial cleansers was very high, which made scoring so difficult, and in the end, it was often 1 point difference that separated my top scoring face washes.

CertClean Clean Beauty Awards

The finalists of Round One judging was announced on February 3rd. Here’s the finalists for the Face Wash Category:

  • SanRe Organic Skinfood Rose Cleanse
  • Helena Lane Skincare Red Western Cedar & Lemon Cleanser
  • Alighten Natural Skin Care Gentle Renewing Facial Cleanser
  • Jane Apothecary Soothing Cleansing Balm
  • Lo & Behold Naturals Echinacea and Chamomile Cleansing Balm
  • Biossance Squalane + Tea Tree Cleansing Gel
  • Eco Tan Super Citrus Cleanser
  • Province Apothecary Moisturizing Oil Cleanser + Makeup Remover
  • Aiona Alive Skin Care E-citrus Exfoliating Cleanser
  • Derma E Acne Deep Pore Cleansing Wash

Out of the ten finalists, only one of the products that I tested / judged in Round One will be moving onto Round Two of judging – the Eco Tan Super Citrus Cleanser which was in my top three! Round Two judging will be starting soon for the finalists in the Face Wash category! Very exciting!

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Disclosure: I received eight cleansers to test and score for Round One of the CertClean Clean Beauty Awards Face Wash judging panel. My opinion is based on my experience with these products.

Lowen’s Natural Skincare Reviews Part 1 -You Sure Clean Up Nice and Get Toned

Lowen's Natural Skincare You Sure Clean Up Nice & Get Toned Vegan Facial Toner

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if you follow me on InstaGram, you will have seen my unboxing of the awesome box of goodies from Canadian brand Lowen’s Natural Skincare. When the owner reached out to me, of course I was interested in testing out some things – thank you! [info in italics taken from Lowen’s Natural Skincare website]

Lowen's Natural Skincare

A little background on the company:

Lowen’s Natural Skincare is a family-owned and operated skin care company based in Calgary, Alberta. Conceived by a veteran Pharmacist committed to using organic, fair-trade, and/or locally-sourced ingredients, Lowen’s creates unique skin care products that are safe, effective, long-lasting, and affordable.

Their products are made based on four main principals:

  1. Safe for us = safe for you: We ensure that our ingredients are thoroughly evaluated for safety, effectiveness, environmental impact, and animal welfare by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
  2. Keeping it simple:  What this means is that any single ingredient can provide multiple benefits within a particular product.  This keeps our ingredients list to a minimum number of “simple” components.
  3. Do no harm: We do not test our products on animals nor do we purchase ingredients that have been tested on animals.
  4. Sensible sourcing: We source local, certified organic and/or fair trade ingredients whenever possible and continually review and refine our practices to adhere to the above. If we are unable to find an ingredient close to home, we expand our search to find unrefined, organic, fair-trade ingredients

So yeah, knowing how I feel about skincare and cosmetics, you can see why I was so excited about testing things out! Because there were so many things in the box, I’ve decided to break it up into several parts – today I’m reviewing the You Sure Clean Up Nice (Face & Body Cleanser) and the Get Toned Vegan Facial Toner).

Starting with You Sure Clean Up Nice (Face & Body Cleanser) – to be honest I cringed a little at the thought of using the same cleanser for both face and body. But after doing my usual patch test for sensitivity, I tested it out on both my face and body but I’m going to talk more about using it as a facial cleanser.

Lowen's Natural Skincare You Sure Clean Up Nice Face & Body Cleanser

You Sure Clean up Nice!  Facial Cleanser is simply luxurious and like no other cleanser you’ve tried. We have formulated You Sure Clean up Nice! for all skin types but extra care was taken to ensure that it will be gentle on the most sensitive of skin types. (like all of our products).

Lowen's Natural Skincare You Sure Clean Up Nice Face & Body Cleanser

This cleanser is a sensitive skin dream! It is super gentle, but cleans really well – removes makeup without leaving my skin feeling tight or dry and doesn’t leave a residue. Because it is formulated for sensitive skin, it has no added fragrance, so it smells like its ingredients (basically, it barely smells like anything)! This would be great to take for travelling since it can be used on face and body.

Now onto the toner – Get Toned:

Lowen's Natural Skincare Get Toned Vegan Facial Toner

Get Toned! is a very clean, safe and simple facial toner. Having only 8 ingredients, they have been carefully selected to get the job done! Formulated with the refreshing and calming effects of lavender floral water, combined with the moisturizing and conditioning powers of  glycerin and Hydresia®.  Get Toned follows our mission perfectly as it is truly safe, effective…better!

Lowen's Natural Skincare Get Toned Vegan Facial Toner

I love facial toner / facial mists. This one has minimal ingredients and it is so refreshing to use after I wash my face. It smells beautiful due to the lavender. Very gentle, and hydrating.

So there you have it, part one of my Lowen’s Natural Skincare reviews. More to follow this week! Have you tried anything from Lowen’s?

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abrashattitude.com have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, these products were part of a PR package from Lowen’s Natural Skincare, but my love of natural skincare and opinions are entirely my own!