Nordic Natural Beauty Awards 2021 winners were announced in the awards’ Instagram Live Show on Thursday, October 28th, 2021. The competition was tight in all of the categories, proving that all the nominees are just incredible.

We wanted to take a deeper look at the winners and why they specifically make a great addition to anyone’s beauty routine. To avoid the list of the winners becoming one heavy manual (even though we know it would be a good one!), we divided the winners into four parts. This post is all about FACIAL AND BODY CLEANSING.


Let’s start from the very basics of what comes to our facial beauty regime. Gentle but effective cleansing of the skin is the basis for a better natural glow.

Photo by Laura Loukola

Laponie of Scandinavia’s Milk Cleanser received the title for the Best Nordic Natural Facial Cleansing Product in the main 100% natural categories. This award-winning mild Milk Cleanser is made with nourishing canola oil, hydrating plant-based glycerin, and conditioning as well as anti-bacterial xylitol sugar. It gently but effectively removes oil, dirt, and makeup, for skin that feels fresh and comfortable.

The Milk Cleanser was loved by the awards’ jury as follows:

This Milk Cleanser is so thick and nice. It felt like a dream to apply to the face, and my skin felt so plump. I’ve never experienced that before with a milk cleanser. No moisturizer is needed after cleansing your skin with this one.

Feels really luxurious and delicate. I really appreciated that it wasn’t scented. Also a great packaging!

Everything you would expect from a milky cleanser. Loved!

– Awards Jury


A gentle reminder from the makers: “ALWAYS, and we really mean ALWAYS, apply the Milk directly onto dry skin, without water. That’s how it’s formulated. Applying to moist skin will dilute the cleansing power of the Milk.” 

TAIKA‘s Moisturising Gel Cleanser received the title of the Best 99% Natural Cleansing Product. 

The gel takes away water-soluble makeup, including eye makeup, and thoroughly cleanses skin pores. The gentle, sulfate-free formulation does not dry out the skin nor leave the skin feeling tighteningly dry. The combination of three xylitols and organic birch sap moisturizes and soothes the skin.


TAIKA’s Moisturising Gel Cleanser was loved by the awards’ jury as follows:

I really love this cleanser. My skin felt so cleansed after using it!

Loved the scent of this product and the results after use.

It is a great makeup remover, and I loved the gel-texture, which feels refreshing. 5/5!

– Awards Jury


When you feel to cleanse a little deeper, the winner exfoliator from FrantsilaHerbal Facial Scrub – is a great choice.

The scrubs’ marine diatom powder and papaya extract remove dead skin cells and impurities mechanically and enzymatically, while organic herbal extracts, seed oils, and essential oils rejuvenate, nourish and smooth the skin.

The awards’ jury loved the Frantsila’s Herbal Facial Scrub as follows:

The whole series is A++. Amazing scrub! Not too hard and not too soft. Just right!

This scrub feels so kind to my skin at the same time as I can feel the effect of the scrub.

I love this product. It has very tiny grains that make the product feel like it penetrates deep into the skin. This scent is straight from a spa!

– Awards Jury


To pamper yourself with an effective face mask, your choice could be Frantsila’s Herbal Clay Mask – the winner of the face mask category. The awards’ jury loved this product as follows:

The perfect mask for frequent use. I used it twice a week just to calm down my skin. It really works!

Great clay mask! I loved the tightness and firmness of my skin after using this one, easy to use, not greasy or messy at all.

Very luxurious. Home spa feeling. Looooovely!

– Awards Jury

This clay mask effectively removes impurities, increases surface circulation, and revives the metabolism of skin cells. Organic seed oils, Finnish organic herbs, flower therapy extracts, and aroma-therapeutic essential oils bring clarity and a beautiful glow to the skin.


About cleansing the body then, hands included. We could daringly assume that every single one of us has used soap during these past two years. There were some incredible soaps in the awards contest this year, and happily, a few of them received prizes in different categories. Here are a few more details about these products…

Photo by Laura Loukola

Grevinnans Rum’s Saltvattentvålen No:1 (saltwater soap) (liquid) was titled the Best Nordic Natural Soap in 2021 in the main 100% natural categories. The brand’s saltwater soap was much loved for the second year-round, this time in a liquid formulation.

The jury loved this year’s soap as follows:

One of the best soaps ever. Such a pleasure. Didn’t dry out the skin. The scent is brilliant!

I absolutely love this product. It makes me feel so fresh and rejuvenated.

Products from this brand never stop amazing me with the scents, this soap feels so luxurious!

– Awards Jury


This award-winning soap is for the whole body and for all skin types. It contains Dead Sea salt that nourishes the body. It is a real aroma experience with the scents of real peppermint, citrus, and Litsea Cubeba. The soap is organic and vegan, as a typical product of Grevinnans Rum.

The title of the Best 99% Natural Soap went to TAIKA and their Hand Soap. This gentle hand soap forms a soft foam that washes effectively without leaving the skin feeling tight. The formulation containing moisturizing glycerol and almond oil respects the skin’s moisture balance during washing. The freshly scented liquid soap is suitable for the whole family for daily use. The skin stays clean and fresh.


The awards’ jury loved this hand soap as follows:

Loved this one! It felt very nice washing my hands with this soap and the feeling of cleanliness and moistness was really good after use.

AMAZING hand soap! Such a winner! Everyone in the family loved it! It smells SO good and leaves your hands feeling clean and moisturized.

Incredibly nice scent. A great soap to keep by the sink. It feels more luxurious in it’s richness and scent than the ones I usually have had.

– Awards Jury

Skärgårdstvål and their archipelago-themed soap – Havtorn (Seabuckthorn) – won the title of Best Package Design. And the packaging is special indeed!

The practical float of cork that sits on the soap makes it easy to keep track of in the water even if you happen to drop it. It is also easy to hang up the soap from its’ loop so that it can dry for a while before it is repacked for the return home.

Each loop is handmade by a local Swedish fisherman. The organic natural corks are stamped by hand, which makes all corks unique. The packaging is always made of environmentally friendly paper.

All archipelago soaps are handmade from organic ingredients and with inspiration from the Swedish boathouses and the Swedish archipelago. They are wonderful to take to a bathing place, onboard a boat, or to your summer (or winter) cottage.

The awards’ jury loved this soap as follows:

It’s nice to use during summer in the sea or in the lake, and I love the smart floating ball!

Really liked this soap, very handy if you are traveling somewhere. Loved the packaging!

I love the texture and feeling of this soap, and I REALLY love the design. The soap left my skin feeling both clean and moisturized! Great product and fun idea that you can not just use it in the shower, but bring it to the ocean when you swim!

– Awards Jury

Overall, we can summarize that Nordic nature will get your face and body well cleansed – naturally. To dig even deeper, see all this year’s NOMINEES HERE >

Details of the products are written as the brands present them.

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