INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPATING BRANDS
Organic Beauty Awards is an annual award for products within the natural organic cosmetic category. The compeition is arranged by NOC Sweden in cooperation with natural beauty portal "Naturligt Snygg".
 

ENTRIES
The regular time for entries is between October 15th and October 28th (the entry period has now been prolonged and it is still possible to enter products). All of the following steps has to be fulfilled in order to successfully enter a product into the competition. 

  • 1 form per product has to be filled in. This means if the same product is entered into e.g. 2  categories, 2 forms has to be filled in. Entries are made here. Please add oba@nocsweden.se and info@nocsweden.se to your address book in order not to miss any information from us.
  • The fee for entry is invoiced by NOC Sweden after the entry. Failing to pay may lead to disqualification, but the claim remains. 
  • 10 products per entry should be sent for the jury to test (read more below) (if a product is entered into 2 categories, 20 products should be sent).
  • The products should be sent to our sponsor Ekolådan (read more about Ekolådan at www.ekoladan.se) who helps us to re-pack and distribute the products to the jury. Products are to be sent to the below address:
Stiftelsen Biodynamiska Produkter
Att: Ekolådan/OBA 2019
Tuna Industriväg 17
153 30 Järna
Sweden
  • NOTE! The box should be clearly marked with "OBA 2019"
  • Please enclose information relevant to describe the sustainability concept of the brand. 2 copies. Note that the information has to be submitted by brand and not by entered product. It is up to the brand to describe the sustainability concept in the best possible way so that our sustainability experts can make an easy and relevant assessment. We recommend this is prepared well in advance.
  • The products and information should be at Ekolådan no later than 30th of November 2018
The OBA management team decides whether a product fulfills the basic requirement of the competition. If not the brand in question will be contacted. 


Help and tips for filling out the entry form.

  • Product designation. Please do not include the brand name in the product name. The brand name is entered in a separate field.
  • Size. Volume or weight.
  • Motivation/Product advantanges brief. Max 150 characters including blanks. A selling description of the product and its' benefits.
  • Motivation/Product advantanges long. 300-500 characters including blanks. A selling description of the product and its' advantages. Please note that the brief and long description will be used separately. 
  • Image. Image of the product in a format suitable for web. We appreciate an isolated image, but if not available please use a neutral background. 


Other things to consider

  • An entered product will go through a quality control to ensure that products lacking a certification lies within the frame of what can be considered as natural organic cosmetics. The control is headed by Anna Irestig with the help of Katarina Sundlöf-Jibréus and the students at Axelons education to become an Organic Skin Therapist. Products with an approved certification is automatically approved but all products are reviewed concerning content as our quality experts also assesses and score the content of the products.  
  • Please note the products sent will not be returned even if a product does not pass the quality control and the fee will not be credited. 
  • Submitted information shall be truthful. Lack thereof may lead to disqualification. 
  • The submitting brand approves for OBA to market and highlight their product within the frame of the competition and/or together with the sponsors of the competition. 
  • Tip: If you wish to include general information about the product, a brochure or product leaflet, please do so. Please consider the number of copies, the regular jury of each category consist of 5 persons, the quality jury of 2 persons and the sustainability jury of 2 persons. 
 

CRITERIAS FOR PARTICIPATION
The competition is open both for members of NOC Sweden and non-members. The following requirements should be fulfilled. 

  • The product should be made available for the jury according to the time-frames (see above). The product shall in essence fulfill Swedish requirement concerning product information according to the guidelines from the Swedish medical agency. 
  • The product should be an NOC-product and fit into any of the presented categories. 
  • The product should have one of the approved certifications or be considered having a corresponding quality (approx. Ecocert requirements). The assessment is made by OBA quality jury and cannot be appealed. 
  • No gift boxes or campaign articles. Only products from the regular assortment are allowed. 
  • Max 3 products per category can be entered by each brand. Exception, 'Product of the Year' where one product per brand can be entered.
  • Products for "New product of the Year" and "Innovation of the Year" should be launched after 1st of January 2018. Can also be unlaunched products as long as they are made available for the jury according to the set time frames. 
  • Products that previously have won an OBA category may not be entered again within a period of 2 years. The exception is 'Product of the Year' where a product may not be re-entered after having won. 
 

CRITERIAS
With the exception of 'Product of the Year' which is voted online, the winners are appointed by a jury according to the below criteria. Points are given on scale from 1-5 with the exception of sustainability where the scale is 1-3. 

  • Efficiency – how well the product fulfills its' promise. Weight: 2
  • Sensation – scent, feeling on the skin, the sensation overall at usage. Weight: 1 
  • Application – how user friendly the product is perceived to be. Weight: 1
  • Impression – price/value as well as the design/visual impression of the product. Weight: 1
  • Content – high natural and organic content is promoted. In addition, innovation and composition is part of the assessment. Weight: 1. This assessment is made by an expert jury. 
  • Sustainability – the environmental aspects of the product, the sustainability concept including packaging, transportation and the principles for production. Weight: 1. Vikt: 1. This assessment is made by an expert jury. 


CONDITIONS, RULES AND ETHICAL GUIDELINES FOR ENTERED PRODUCTS 

  • Information submitted shall be truthful. 

Product of the Year:

  • Marketing and solicitation of votes are allowed and encouraged, but should not start before the voting is open.
  • It is not allowed to pay individuals or organizations to vote. 
  • One vote per person is allowed. 


JURY AND OBA MANAGEMENT 
The assessment of the products are made by our jury.
The competition is planned and arranged by the OBA management

The sustainability assessment is made by our sustainability experts.

ENTRY FEES

  • Members of NOC Sweden: 600kr (60€) (ex VAT)/ product / category
  • Others: 1200kr (120€) (ex VAT)/ product / category

The same product can be entered into several categories, e.g. one regular category, one news category and 'Product of the Year'. In this case 3 fees has to be paid and 30 products sent in.

NOC Sweden welcome new members, and it is possible to sign up for membership in connection to entering products into OBA. In this case the lower member entry fees apply. The membership cost for NOC Sweden depends on sales in Sweden, but is fairly low. Read more here.

WINS AND NOMINATIONS

  • The winners are announced at Green Beauty Day at Munchenbryggeriet in Stockholm on the 4th of May 2019. For information about Green Beauty Day and the fair, please contact Annelie Stenling at Naturligt Snygg (annelie@tailwide.com)
  • All nominated products can use the nomination logo for marketing purposes. The winners may also use the winner logotype.
  • The winners will also be highlighted in social media, press releases and other channels.