As we are starting to calm down to spend the holidays, we wanted to share a few thoughts about the furry members of the families.

In this post, we are taking a deeper look at the freshly awarded pet care products and why they specifically make a great addition to any pet owner’s cabinet. Also, we wanted to open the conversation about the specifics of pet care products in general, and how they differ from cosmetic products for us humans. This is the time of the year to take care of each other, and also our furry friends deserve thoughtfulness when getting ready for the festivities.

Many natural products may have similar bases when it comes to the ingredients, but since pets and animals are different from us in many ways, there are also important differences that need to be taken into account when creating a product for an animal – respect the animal’s way of being, such as their very sensitive nose and self-grooming practices.

Care products for self-grooming cats and dogs should be selected especially carefully so that no risky ingredients can end up in the pet’s metabolic system. When treating furry family members with products specifically formulated for them, you make sure you are taking care of your pet’s skin and well-being safely.

picture dog pet paw

Laws and regulations can differ from one country to another, though the principles remain the same. The term “cosmetic” is used for products intended to be applied to the human body. The animal counterpart of a cosmetic can be referred to as a grooming aid or pet care.

For example in Europe, the European Union sets the main standards for all product safety. While not all European countries belong to the union, most still follow the standards as it is required when products are being sold in the member states. The European Union has set the frame legislation that needs to be followed by any maker selling within the zone. Local legislation may also apply additionally.

Meanwhile, in the United States, The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for regulating most animal health products; however, some classes of animal products come under the jurisdiction of other Federal or State government agencies.

The pet care products that have participated in the Nordic Natural Beauty Awards (as well as human cosmetics of course too) must follow any local, Nordic regulations as well as the legislation of the European Union.


ArcticVet – Reconnecting Nature™ Protective Spray

The Reconnecting Nature Protective Spray from the Finnish animal care brand ArcticVet was awarded the title of Best Fur Care. Designed for daily care, this moisturizing treatment spray is designed for the daily care of animals’ skin and fur. It is made from carefully selected raw materials and it soothes irritated skin.

“Our protective spray contains nature’s own forest microbes called Reconnecting Nature ®, which have been studied to have a stimulating effect in a natural way. It corresponds to a microbial community found in a rich forest and nature.

Product safety is also important to us and is what originally inspired us to start our product line. We wanted to use safe products, whose origins and contents are known. The product recipes are also created in Finland in safe and studied laboratory conditions.”

“This spray worked well on my dog’s fur, leaving it shiny and nice!”
“I really loved this product! Great consistency and easy application with the spray, and it cared for the fur really well!”

Awards Jury

Havuka – Spruce Resin Balm 30% For Pets

The Spruce Resin Balm 30% For Pets from the Finnish brand Havuka was awarded the title of Best Paw Balm. This balm is like nature’s own antiseptic balm – it is rejuvenating, soothing, and nourishing. It regenerates the skin and moisturizes it effectively. Spruce uses its resin to protect itself against bacteria and microbes as well as other pathogens and in the same way, spruce resin supports the skin’s own protective mechanisms.

When using our Spruce Resin Balm for pets and animals, you can treat for example dry paws, wounds, asphalt burnt paws, inflammations, and unpleasant effects of tick bites, insect bites, and stings.”

“I felt safe using this balm on my pets and I’m super picky. Feels really natural and healthy to use!”
“5/5! An amazing balm!”

Awards Jury

Overall, we can summarize that Nordic nature will also have the furry family members well cared for – naturally, and safely when regulated. To dig even deeper, see all this year’s NOMINEES HERE >

This year has been quite a ride for all of us, so a calming holiday is what many of us need at this moment. Remember to be present and enjoy the company of your loved ones, also the furry ones. Have a relaxing holiday everyone!

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

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