2023 Best of Natural Awards winner announcement

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.”

Best of Natural 2023 judges (from left) Sara Corleison, Melissa Williams-King and Liz McNamara

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

Face Moisturisers

Winner: Aleph The One Reset and Restore Moisture Cream

Runner-up: Corbin Road SMART Face Cream

Face Oils

Winner: Trilogy Instant Glow Rosehip Oil

Joint runners-up: Jeuneora Supersuper Face Oil and Pantheon Apothecary Artemis Moon Drops

Face Scrubs

Winner: Skinsmiths Resurfacing AHA/BHA Peel

Runner-up: Dust & Glow Powder Based Daily Polisher

Face Masks

Winner: Jeuneora Sunday Slay Detoxifying Clay Mask

Runner-up: Indie & Mae Face Clay Mask

Spot Treatment

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


Body Scrub

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

Oral Care

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

Hair Treatment

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

Children’s Health

Winner: Norish NutriDense Smoothie Booster

Joint runners-up: MadeFrom All Natural Vitamin C Gummies for Kids ‘Acerola cherry’ and BePure Kids Daily Probiotic


Eco Home

Winner: Kind Face Weighted Eye Mask

Runner-up: Cali Low Waste Shaves by Caliwoods Safety Razor Shave Kit

Eco Cleaning

Winner: Cleanery Multipurpose Cleaner


Winner: Absolute Essential Busy Lifestyle Collection



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

Natural Snacking

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.

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