The Cirencester sculptor-turned-skincare entrepreneur is shortlisted for five awards

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She used to sculpt facial features out of clay, but Cirencester entrepreneur Joanna Walker is now finding success smoothing wrinkles with skincare.

The former sculptor celebrates after her Cotswold-based company ANI Skincare was shortlisted in five categories at the Free From Skin Care Awards.

They celebrate manufacturers who create cosmetics that exclude allergens, fragrances and other ingredients sometimes linked to skin and health issues, ethical and environmental concerns.

Joanna started making skin care products as Christmas gifts in 2012. As they proved popular, she increased production and opened a stall in Cirencester’s charter market.

Success followed with pop up shops and online retail mail order across Europe, USA and Australasia and 12 months ago she opened a shop in Stable Yard off Blackjack Street in Cirencester.

She now employs two part-time staff and also sells her produce at Burford Garden Company and No Packaging Included in Marlborough.

Their most popular product is a facial cleanser made with rose geranium, neroli, rosemary, lavender and shea butter, which retails for £22.

said Joan shortlisted: “ANI stands for As Nature Intended and I am thrilled that we have been recognized by the industry for delivering on our brand promise.”

The winners will be announced tomorrow (July 19).

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