In 2007 we established a state-of-the-art Research & Development and Quality Control laboratory dedicated to pioneering new functional green and sustainable ingredients not seen in the market. In development our founder, Jessica Iclisoy, worked with an engineer to install stainless surgical steel holding tanks (named Rosie, Butch and Marigold) and an intricate piping system of the same material so there is never chance for cross contamination. State of the art bottling, capping and labeling processes have been put in place for premium efficiency.
We’ve developed our own refined and more productive extraction process for precious organic ingredients. Our “green system” purifies everything and prevents contaminants in the first place, rather than killing them with harmful chemicals—setting the standard for natural preservatives. Everything is made in the U.S.A. and shipped directly from our Los Angeles FDA registered and certified organic facility. In 2007, we opened our best in class, FDA registered, certified organic, solar powered and sustainable manufacturing facility in a Los Angeles enterprise zone. The City of Los Angeles sought businesses to revitalize these enterprise zones that were neighborhoods at risk. Since the opening of our facility, other businesses have been encouraged to move to the area and a thriving commercial area has been established providing a substantial tax base to serve the community.
THE PRESERVATIVE CONUNDRUM
We can all agree that preservatives act to prolong shelf life and fight contaminants like bacteria and mold. But conventional chemical preservatives can be toxic, irritating to the skin and frankly, used excessively to cover up low-quality ingredients and bad manufacturing practices.
At California Baby, we wanted to look at the challenge from a totally different perspective. Since we’re all about green, we were determined to use a natural and gentle preservative.
HOW WE DID IT: RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF PURITY
We created what we call a “green system” – a controlled environment that simply doesn’t allow bacteria to grow. We start by purifying our water, blasting it with UV light twice to kill bacteria, then pasteurizing it, creating a super-clean base that’s unprecedented in the industry.
We also worked closely with our suppliers to develop a proprietary preservative blend that is tailored to each product. It is a combination of nature-identical organic acids that show great skin compatibility, for a drastic decrease in skin irritation.
This patented, greener, next-generation combination of ingredients also reduces the amount of energy required to produce emulsions and offers gentle, self-preserving properties as well. It’s a win-win, enhancing the product and conserving energy at the same time. The result is an overall reduction in the amount of preservatives needed that no one else can match.
Finally, we test the system’s effectiveness by bombarding it with millions of bacteria, much more than the product would encounter in a real life setting. It has to pass with flying colors to make it into the bottle.
EVEN MORE MOISTURIZING AND SOOTHING
As we continue to examine and enhance every product, we’ve uncovered a few more nooks and crannies to improve our formulas.
Now that our calendula is organically grown under our watchful eye and processed in-house, we end up with a super-concentrated extract that wasn’t possible before, giving you more of the soothing benefits of calendula in every bottle. We’ve also added sustainable Safflower Oil for its emollient and skin-conditioning properties to further soothe sensitive skin and evening primrose, a rich source of essential fatty acids for skin conditioning.
In the end, we now have a higher percentage of moisturizing ingredients in every bottle. And of course, it’s always pH balanced to suit even very sensitive and allergy-prone skin.
Note that any changes in the order on the ingredient listing is to due to increased concentration of the material; we use a smaller % but receive increased activity.
EPA Green Power Partner
We’ve joined the EPA's (Environmental Protection Agency) Green Power Partnership and are using more than 104,000 kWH of solar power annually – that’s over 70% percent of our total electricity use (which also includes our product manufacturing facility)!