On Friday the 7th of June I took a trip to London to the Allergy Free From Show. The show was held at the National Hall, Hammersmith and is also held at another venue in Liverpool. This is a hugely popular event so if you love ‘Free From’ products then you must attend this event. A beautiful venue packed full of some very exciting brands. I will admit I completely underestimated the size and scale of the show, along with the amount of trade stands that were there.

Mango Body Butter

I spent most of the day walking around, talking to and sampling lots and lots of “free from” products. Everyone I spoke to was incredibly friendly and it was lovely to hear they all have as much passion for ingredients as I do.  Now that I have seen the show for myself and the fantastic buzz around the event I hope to attend next year with a trade stand.

I was also incredibly excited to attend the event because the Alison Claire range, more specifically our mango body butter had been shortlisted in the “free from” Skincare Awards with the awards being given out at the show! So, we had all our fingers and toes crossed to pick up our first award particularly at such a high profile show and gain the recognition I feel our wonderful mango body butter deservers.

The Free From Skin Care Awards category our mango body butter had been shortlisted in was the “Hand and Body Care ('Leave On')” and we were up against some stiff competition, so I was pretty nervous to say the least.

So, after a  tense few minutes the winners were announced one by one, and I’m delighted to announce that we won a silver award for our category. The team and I are so delighted and we were piped to the post by Barefoot Botanicals whose product “Barefoot SOS Face and Body Rescue Cream” took the gold award. We have worked so hard and even though we didn’t win our category we are thrilled to finish with a silver award and to be able to say that our mango body butter is an award winning product.

Alison Claire with her silver free from skin care award

We have achieved so much considering we have only been trading for a year, so to be included in an awards ceremony alongside the likes of Neal’s Yard is thrilling.

Some of the judge’s feedback on our product was amazing;

“A rich moisturising cream - very easy to use ... skin on arms looked brighter” “Smelled delicious - like ice cream. Texture great too”

“Loved the pump action dispenser, and the company’s ethos.”

“Easily quenched my thirsty dry shins and made them look silky ... simple understated packaging which communicated its message well.”

We were also delighted to have also meet Janey Lee Grace, who is also a huge fan of our products and we proudly display our “Janey Loves” accreditation on all our products. 

Alison Claire, with Janey Lee Grace

I would like to thank all the judges involved and Skins Matter for putting on a great show, I thoroughly enjoyed the show and I’m already looking forward to next year’s event.

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