The results are in for the Good magazine Best of Natural Awards for 2023 – New Zealand’s largest awards in natural health, beauty and eco-living celebrating the highest quality ingredient, ethical and environmental standards.
The judges – registered naturopath, herbalist and cosmetic chemist Liz McNamara, beauty expert and natural products entrepreneur Sara Corleison and beauty expert Melissa Williams-King – spent countless hours testing and trialling the products before deciding on the 37 category winners.
The People’s Choice Award, the next stage in the competition, launches today which means you can vote for your favourite brand from the category winners.
Third-time judge, registered naturopath, herbalist and cosmetic chemist Liz McNamara said it was great to see so many brands that are making such a big impact with their business and using their business for better.
“We assess the brands for the impact that they’re having on people, the planet, how they’re sourcing their materials, the packaging they use, and how long they’ve been around for,” said McNamara.
Judge and beauty expert Melissa Williams-King commented on the innovation in the Skincare & Make-up categories.
“What was really exciting is that we saw lots of cool things happening in the more affordable price point that you’d call masstige, but also some absolutely outstanding luxury brands right at the top of the market,” said Williams-King.
“And the same again in hair care. We had powders, sprays and really excellent solid shampoo bars. There’s lots of innovation happening.”
Second-time judge and natural products entrepreneur Sara Corleison enjoyed reviewing the child and baby category this year. “And so did my daughter, who’s three. It’s really good to see so many incredible brands with beautiful ingredients, knowing that they’ve got her best interests at heart.”
Corleison was also excited to see a broad array of functional mushroom products entered into this year’s Awards, which she describes as a “very exciting ingredient family”. “We saw it both for energy, uplifting, calming, but as well as in the skincare category for internal supplementation.”
McNamara noted a real blur between food and supplement in the Supplements and Natural Health category this year.
“There was lots of playfulness with the different kinds of formats, from powders to gummies and chewables,” said McNamara. “There was also a really beautiful variety of more traditional supplements to address the needs of a broad audience from young to old. It was great to see.”
The winners are:
Winner: Weleda Skin Food Face Care Nourishing Cleansing Balm.
Runner-up: Evolu Triple Action Regulating Gel Cleanser
Winner: Happy Skin Essano Supercharge Glow Serum
Runner-up: Trilogy Nutrient Plus Firming Serum
Winner: Aleph The One Reset and Restore Moisture Cream
Runner-up: Corbin Road SMART Face Cream
Winner: Trilogy Instant Glow Rosehip Oil
Joint runners-up: Jeuneora Supersuper Face Oil and Pantheon Apothecary Artemis Moon Drops
Winner: Skinsmiths Resurfacing AHA/BHA Peel
Runner-up: Dust & Glow Powder Based Daily Polisher
Winner: Jeuneora Sunday Slay Detoxifying Clay Mask
Runner-up: Indie & Mae Face Clay Mask
Winner: Evolu Triple Action Spot Crisis Control Gel
Runner-up: Evre Face Up To It Clarifying Blemish Dry Oil
Eyes & Brows
Winner: Aleph Lift & Lengthen Mascara
Winner: Aleph Concealer / Foundation
Winner: Everkind Lip Balm
Runner-up: Aotearoad Raspberry + Rosehip Natural Tinted Lip Balm
HAIR & BODY
Winner: Koko Body Salted Caramel + Cacao Smoothing Body Scrub
Hand Wash & Soaps
Winner: ecostore Creamy Coconut Foaming Hand Wash
Runner-up: Byebyebad Prebiotic Handwash with Mandarin + Yuzu
Body Lotions & Oils
Winner: Tronque Fully Ripe Vitamin C Body Oil
Runner-up: Embodyme Daily Rituals Discovery Set
Winner: Aotearoad Pineapple + Coconut Vegan Natural Deodorant
Winner: Goodbye Ouch Sunscreen SPF50
Runner-up: Living Nature Daily Protect Facial Lotion SPF 20
Winner: Solid Toothpaste Tablets Fresh Mint with Fluoride
Runner-up: Grin Pro Enzyme Whitening+ Natural Toothpaste with Fluoride ‘Natural Peppermint’
Shampoo & Conditioner
Winner: Holistic Hair Scalp & Hair Quinoa Pro NPNF Colour Protect Shampoo and Conditioner
Runner-up: Mater T.L.C. Nourishing Shampoo Bar & Good Hair Days Supercharged Conditioner Bar
Winner: Chloe Zara Glossifying Hair Mist
Runner up: Beauty Dust Root Cover Up
Balms & Butters
Winner: NUN Renew Beauty Balm
Joint runners-up: Frankie Apothecary Kawakawa Repair and Koa Organics Magnesium Body Butter ‘Lavender’
Stress / Mood
Winner: BraveFace Jr. Good Mood Chews
Runner-up: Wild Dispensary Mood Boost
Winner: Jeuneora Beauty Sleep
Runner-up: BraveFace Headrest Herbal Night Drops
Hair, Skin, Nails
Winner: Two Islands Skin Hydration Elixir
Energy & Brain Health
Winner: Soulshine Spores Rise & Shine AM Blend Cordyceps, Turkey Tail, Lion’s Mane Mushroom Extract Powder
Runner-up: Two Islands Brain Wave
Winner: Norish NutriDense Smoothie Booster
Joint runners-up: MadeFrom All Natural Vitamin C Gummies for Kids ‘Acerola cherry’ and BePure Kids Daily Probiotic
Winner: Kind Face Weighted Eye Mask
Runner-up: Cali Low Waste Shaves by Caliwoods Safety Razor Shave Kit
Winner: Cleanery Multipurpose Cleaner
Winner: Absolute Essential Busy Lifestyle Collection
FOOD & DRINK
Winner: BePure Good Gut Protein
Runner-up: Mitchells Nutrition Bone Broth Powder ‘Real Strawberry’
Teas & Tonics
Winner: Daily Good Organic Fiji Ginger Immunity Shots
Runner-up: Ōku Circulate/Hōrapa Kawakawa & Horopito Heart Tea
Winner: Good Sh*t Tropical Pre+Probiotic Soda
Runner-up: Rude Organic Nootropics Coffee
Winner: Neudorf Black Black Honey
Winner: Chantal Organics Churro Style Organic Corn Puffs
Runner-up: Bennetto Raspberries in Dark Chocolate
Most Mindful of Transparency – Daily Good
Most Mindful of Materials – Tui Balms
Most Mindful of People – Kind Face
Most Mindful of Nature – Weleda
Best New Brand – Embodyme
Best Use of Indigenous Ingredients – Ōku
You can read the judges’ comments and what they loved most about each winner in the latest print issue of Good magazine.
Make your vote count and be in to win!
The judges have selected the 2023 Best of Natural Award winners and now it’s your turn to have your say. Vote for your favourite brand and be in to win!
We have 6 x Best of Natural Awards gift boxes of natural skincare, beauty and supplements, healthy food and drinks valued at more than $500 each to give away.
Voting closes at midnight on October 20.
The People’s Choice Award winner will be announced on 22 November 2023.