Gold Medal for Skincare: Great Britain
Who: Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare
Why: From London hails one of the hottest skincare collections in Europe, Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare. Crafted from natural botanicals and free of animal testing, animal ingredients, chemical sunscreens or mineral oils, the collection has been approved by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, one of the most respected animal protection groups in Europe. Founded in 1995 by Liz Earle and Kim Buckland, Naturally Active Skincare has garnered a cultlike following in the U.K. and beyond. I swear by EyeBright Soothing Eye Lotion ($18.50). I store mine in the fridge to keep the liquid cool; soak two cotton rounds and apply to eyes anytime you need to cleanse, soothe and de-stress the delicate eye skin. lizearle.com. Gold Medal for Cruelty-Free Hair Care: United States
Who: David Babaii for WildAid
Why: What do you get when you team an uber-talented hair stylist (David Babaii) with a stunning starlet (Kate Hudson) and their do-good/look-good mantra? A must-have hair care collection free of parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals and animal products. With a mission to celebrate nature and sustain it, the David Babaii collection uses natural and renewable ingredients. I've tried the entire collection and I adore the Hydrating Moisturizing Shampoo ($13.95) and Hydrating Moisturizing Conditioner ($14.95). db4wildaid.com. Gold Medal for Botanical Beauty: Australia
Why: Founded in 1985 by husband-wife/chemist-horticulturist duo Jurgen and Ulrike Klein, Jurlique grows its own ingredients at two biodynamic farms that extend over 150 acres. Inspired by Rudolf Steiner, an Australian philosopher who believed in connecting people to the life cycles in nature, Jurlique's founders set out to impart "living energy" into their skin care collection. One of my favorites is Jurlique's Purifying Foaming Cleanser ($40), which calls upon lavender and tea tree oil to banish bacteria and rebalance excess oil. The Clarifying Day Care Lotion is another winner ($40). This light moisturizer is infused with calendula, daisy and chamomile to hydrate skin and control oiliness. jurlique.com.