Below are the actual tests performed by an independent lab.
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A thorough ingredient review is performed by a certified and independent toxicologist of all ingredients in each of our Made Of babycare products. This is a standard desktop review performed when the line was curated. The goal is to make sure the full list meets regulatory requirements and safety standards set by the FDA for cosmetic or skincare products. This includes the following regulations according to the U.S. FDA, Food Drug and Cosmetics Regulations (21 CFR 73, 74, 81, 82, 250 & 700 to 740). All ingredients in each babycare product do comply fully with regulations. None were found to be prohibited or restricted.
8 HEAVY METALS
An inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP/MS) test which ensures that there aren't any of the 8 heavy metals not allowed by the FDA. These are the following metals categories, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, lead, mercury, manganese, and nickel. High exposure to metals can lead to adverse reaction, which is why these are tested for extensively. The test itself uses a mass spectrometer to separate potential metal ions to determine their presence. None of Made Of organic babycare products contain any of the hazardous metals.
RISK ASSESSMENT AND SAFETY
A complete risk assessment and safety test performed by a certified and independent toxicologist of all ingredients in each of our Made Of organic babycare products. This includes a Toxicological Risk Assessment (TRA) services for personal and homecare products, including; evaluation of toxicology of each chemical ingredient in the formulation used to manufacture the product. Each ingredient is then looked at for it’s hazard potential in relation to skin and eye irritation, otherwise known as skin sensitization or adverse reactions. The characteristic of each product are evaluated for intended use. Dermatological tests are also looked at for this safety assessment. There are five primary product safety frameworks available for consumer products as a part of this battery of testing.
This quality test is based on determining if microbial contamination will be a problem in each product. Bacteria and fungi testing is performed, as well as, yeast, mold, and testing for the absence of pathogenic germs. Performed on new products. This test is also conducted again after an “in-use period” to find out if microbial growth is going to occur over time when a product is used in a practical way. A form of antimicrobial testing to determine if a baby-care products preservative system is going to hold up to prevent contamination. A passing mark of excellence in these tests require that each product have less than 200 cfu/g present for all bacteria, yeast, and mold counts.
In determining that a preservative system will hold up in baby skincare products in topically used items, a testing period of time is used. This is after a 14 day incubation period where each substance is placed into an incubator. The bacteria growth, if any, is charted and needs to have no increase from day 14-28. Yeast, and mold should not increase either. For all of these microbes, the preservatives must actually reduce the count through this time frame in order to pass safety standards for preservative effectiveness.
In a lab testing setting, samples of each organic baby product is stored at specific temperature conditions. Stability is tested in relation to shelf life and expiration dates. The shelf life is the period of time you can rely on the product to perform as expected, without degrading or breaking down. When products are subjected to light and air, they can degrade normally over time. With stability testing, it’s up to the manufacturer to figure out how long each of their products can be expected to last and perform for the consumer. In organic baby skin care, the expiration date after opening is always labeled right on the package with a month designation of how long it will last after cracking the seal.
A designation that means “Repeat Insult Patch Test.” A test that helps determine if the babycare product will cause an adverse reaction. Otherwise known as the Shelanski Method. 50- 100 volunteers are used to perform this test. Induction patches are applied at specific time intervals to the skin, usually the inner portion of the arm, to determine if there is a reaction in the skin. Mainly this test is geared towards figuring out sensitization over multiple applications and repeated use.
26 ALLERGENS TEST
The 26 allergens test encompasses a mass spectrometry test, using gas chromatography (GC-MS). The goal is to determine the presence of 26 fragrance allergens in babycare products. These 26 fragrance allergens have been banned by the European Union as potentially hazardous for use. Any products sold in Europe must be free of these substances. All of our babycare products are tested rigorously by an independent lab to make sure they are free of all these allergens and to create a better overall product.
Due to increased awareness of all kinds of nut allergies in adults and children. A nut test is performed by an independent lab to test the presence of any nut allergens. The test is a highly sensitive detection system called the AgraQuant Peanut Assay. A homogenized sample is used of each and every product. Levels must be lower than a .1 ppm. There also has to be zero cross reactivity with any type of nut products and not just peanuts.
An AgraQuant Soy test is utilized by an independent lab. This will determine if the presence of soy is in any of our babycare products. As a highly sensitive detection system, this will certified that all of our products are without soy by products. Soy has the potential to be an allergen for some people with sensitive is to it. A homogenized sample is used for each and every product. Levels must be at a certain standard to be considered soy-free. There also has to be zero cross reactivity with other allergies related to soy.
A paraben test using HPLC-DAD (High-Performance Liquid Chromatography with Diode-Array Detection). This will determine the presence of parabens in all of our babycare products. Made Of doesn’t use parabens in our products period. This lab conducted test shows that no methyl, ethyl, propyl, butyl, isopropyl, isobutyl, benzyl, phenyl and phenol parabens exist in any levels in our products. Those are all the forms of parabens that could be present in personal care items.