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Best of Natural Awards

We’re thrilled to present the best of the best in clean beauty, natural health, super nutrition and eco-living in our inaugural Best of Natural Awards.

From over 400 entries, our judges applied our high standards and expertise to select our winners.

These gems not only meet our industry leading ingredient, ethical and environmental standards, but also stood out for raising the bar with their clean ingredients, sustainability, quality, eco packaging, sourcing, point of difference and transparency. Brands that are better for you and the planet all backed by our Better Choices Promise.

So, without further ado, let us introduce to you our Best of Natural Award winners. Everything you need to make a better choice.

The Best of Natural Face Winners

From cleansers, toners and moisturisers to masks, serums and scrubs, our judges tested over 50 face product entries to find the best of the best. Taking top place for their overall performance, quality and eco-features, of Best of Natural Face winners truly are a better choice.  

What the judges loved

“This cleanser was perfect for removing
eye make-up as it’s light on the skin and non-irritating, with a nourishing finish and subtle scent. A little bit goes a long way.”

What the judges loved

“Protecting your skin from environmental pollutants, we think this timely and innovative mist is perfect for everyday use, air travel, and at your office desk. It features the unexpected ingredients comfrey and gotu kola for cell regeneration, and black spruce, which creates an invisible barrier to protect your skin.” 

What the judges loved

“This soothing serum is so luxurious! The blend of essential oils produces a divine smell. We highly recommend its use for creating a new beauty ritual at an affordable price point.”

What the judges loved

“A jelly-like moisturising gel made from native New Zealand botanicals, this product firmed, plumped, exfoliated, and hydrated the skin. It does what it says. Amazing product, very innovative.”

What the judges loved

“After use as a mask, this polish made the skin feel soft. Used as a scrub, it was an invigorating experience. It’s great to see the use of New Zealand bentonite clay. Another innovative product by Tailor Skincare.” 

What the judges loved

“We mixed this clay with a toner for a purifying and exfoliating experience. Applied to the face with the provided brush, it was a lovely ritual. We appreciate the simple and clean ingredients and the ability to reuse the packaging.”

What the judges loved

“Karen Murrell knows her lips! This moisture stick is beautifully presented, and the moisturising effects were long-lasting.”

The Best of Natural Body Winners

These Best of Natural Body winners took top place for overall performance but also stand out features such as eco packaging, clean ingredients and quality. A top pick of the judges was the Good Cube 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner, this product cuts plastic clutter out of the shower while saving you time, money and water. It’s suitable for the whole family and you can get up to 100 washes out of a single bar. Check out our winners for the best natural body products you can trust.  

What the judges loved

“Producing a beautiful scent, this body wash was refreshing and was a pleasure to use. A great price point, and so good to see Essano using recycled plastic for its packaging.”

What the judges loved

“The smell of this scrub was refreshing, and the wax pearls were gentle yet consistent on the skin. A nourishing experience. We love Weleda’s biodynamic approach to skincare."

What the judges loved

“A multifaceted oil for your hands, body, face and hair. One product really does it all! It’s a dry oil, so it didn’t feel greasy. It also has a truly unique, signature scent.”

What the judges loved

“A soothing deodorant encased in reusable and attractive eco packaging. We loved its gender-neutral scent featuring bergamot and cedar. It’s also highly effective and the smooth, soft consistency makes it easy to apply.”

What the judges loved

“This 2-in-1 product cut the plastic clutter out of the shower and shouldn’t be underestimated! Saving time, money and water use, it’s the best bar we’ve tried for hydrating dry hair. It’s suitable for the whole family.”

What the judges loved

“The certified-organic ingredients made this product stand out from the rest. When applied, there was no fake tan smell, and no streaks, even when applied in a hurry. Even better, you also don’t need to fully exfoliate before applying.”

What the judges loved

“This SPF50+ sunscreen uses natural New Zealand ingredients, absorbs well, and was non-greasy and calming when applied to the face. The fragrance is pleasant and we love the unique packaging.”

The Best of Natural Makeup Winner

Living Natures Precious Lipstick is the winner of our Best of Natural Makeup category. This natural beauty is the best product for lips, not only is it made in New Zealand, this all-natural mineral based lipstick is cruelty free and a very versatile colour.  

What the judges loved

“Not only is this all-natural mineral-based lipstick a versatile colour, it moistened the lips. Made in New Zealand and cruelty-free, it’s another fabulous product by Living Nature.”

The Best of Natural Health & Supplements Winners

Whether you’re looking for stress, sleep, joint, or digestive support, or something to give you a little energy, our judges applied our high standards and expertise to select our Best of Natural Health and Supplement winners. All backed by our Better Choices Promise, so you can trust you’re making a better choice for you and your family’s health. 

What the judges loved

“This product instantly soothes and nourishes in times of need. Kiwiherb are doing a wonderful job with recyclable packaging and sourcing their ingredients in a mindful way. Nice to be able to feel the impact of a supplement. This is a keeper.”

What the judges loved

“We absolutely love that Ārepa are using NZ ingredients and producing something to such a high standard backed by clinical trials. The drink was welcome on a workday, when we wanted to be functioning at our best. Tastes delicious, and great recyclable packaging.”

What the judges loved

“We love this New Zealand brand keeping herbal medicine standing strong with well thought through formulations that are sure to support a healthy immune system through the season of ills and chills.”

What the judges loved

“This powder was easily mixed with water and, being flavourless, versatile to use with water and other liquids. It includes companion ingredients camu camu, guava, and horsetail herb to help support the body with healthy hair, skin and nails. The efficacy of researched ingredients and affordability compared to other products on the market was welcomed.”

What the judges loved

“An amazing combination of ingredients for a nice-tasting bitter product. We love the wild-crafted herbs that are used by Wild Dispensary, and the mindful approach to its formulation. Excellent traditional tonic!”

What the judges loved

“A fantastic and natural source of vitamins A and D, this oil tasted incredibly clean and fresh. Nordic Naturals have a high standard for sustainability and ethical sourcing, as well as heavy metal testing. They run their factory using waste oil from production, which is outstanding.”

What the judges loved

“The capsules include beautiful ingredients for supporting a healthy heart. Organic India is an admirable brand, being pioneers of regenerative agriculture and supporting communities to be healthy and sustainable.”

The Best of Natural Nutrition Winners

Does your diet need a little boost? Easily add a dose of nutrition to your day, with our Best of Natural Nutrition Winners. Backed by our Better Choices Promise with no nasties, these top picks are the best way to stock up your pantry.  

What the judges loved

“Incorporating natural and clean ingredients, this pea protein tasted excellent mixed with water. Not gritty, and no clumps. The chocolate flavour made it the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. Plus, the option to purchase Go Good’s stainless steel shakers makes a welcome addition to the eco-friendly kitchen.”

What the judges loved

"A versatile ingredient, this organic tahini is a nutritional powerhouse! It was delicious and is also an affordable source of calcium.”

What the judges loved

“The best chai we’ve ever tried. We kept going back for more! A delicious and organic chai for adding to hot drinks, smoothies and baking. The paste-like texture was easy to use and these organic Ayurvedic spices have so many health benefits.”

What the judges loved

“This coffee creamer is a delicious addition to a keto diet! It was easy to mix into our coffee and was a well-received addition to our morning routine.

The Best of Natural Eco-Living Winner

Our expert judges tried and tested eco-living products to bring you only one Best of Natural Eco-Living winner! We’re proud to announce the sustainable superstar that took top place in our Eco-Living category is Awwa Eva Brief. This product is life changing and you can trust you are making a better choice for you and the planet.

What the judges loved

“A modern style and you don’t feel like you’re wearing a sanitary product – life changing! These revolutionary briefs were empowering to wear and are great for all ages. A chic and eco-friendly cost-saver.”

The Best of Natural Judges

Liz McNamara: Natural Health Expert for HealthPost, The Better Company.

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A registered Naturopath and Herbalist with more than 16 years of experience in natural health, Liz is the President of the Naturopaths & Medicals Herbalists New Zealand and has worked in the commercial sector contributing holistically, and in education as a tutor. Liz is passionate about supporting people to make small but powerful changes in their lives to support their wellbeing and has done so from a platform of clinical practice, radio, and written media. Liz is passionate about clean ingredients and is the creator of the HealthPost Red List, which lists ingredients that are proven to have a negative impact on the health of people or the environment. Working with the range curation team at HealthPost, Liz has the final say on products that are stocked or not.

Special Mention: Sustainablah Razor - " I love that I can get rid of plastic. This razor lasts forever and it's super sleek, travels easy and works really well."

Belinda Nash: Health &
Wellbeing Writer.

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Belinda is an award-winning writer and content creator with more than 25 years experience in the media and communications industries. In 2015 she won Blogger of the Year Award and the e’s Choice Award at the SMCAKL Social Media Awards for iconic, popular blognzgirl.co.nz. Belinda is a passionate advocate for elevating the health and wellbeing of people and the environment. She has set herself apart as a writer since 2017 by focusing her writing on sustainability in fashion and beauty, in particular. In her work, Belinda partners with world-changing entrepreneurs, brands and media that promise to do good for the planet. Belinda is a passionate and committed advocate for natural beauty and makeup, in particular homegrown Aotearoa brands.

Special Mention: Sky Facial Konjac Sponge - "An environmentally friendly, simple yet luxurious way to wash and exfoliate the face every day. Can't live without this product now that I have it."

Lucy Butler: Executive Director of HealthPost, The Better Company.

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As the director of brand values for HealthPost, Lucy is proud of the high ethical standards her family’s business upholds.. With a background in academic work (PhD, University of Melbourne, 2010) Lucy’s strong research skills mean she looks beyond face value to determine what really constitutes a better choice in a complex and ever-changing world. Lucy is passionate about enabling more conscious consumption through providing the cleanest, most effective and mindfully created products possible. She strives to honour our drive to be better while embracing the inevitable imperfections along the way.

Special Mention: Do Gooder Eco Floss Pure Silk with Refills - "Such an easy way to use less plastic, less waste, no hassle."

Behind the Scenes with the Judges

Best of Natural Body Winners

Best of Natural Health & Supplement Winners

Best of Natural Nutrition Winners

Best of Natural Face Winners

Best of Naturall Eco-Living Winners