Frequently Asked Questions

 

Can moms and dads use your products, too?

Yes – all our test moms LOVED these products for themselves – especially the Butter Cheeks balm for their cuticles and other stressed areas.

Is the packaging recyclable?

We use recycled or recyclable materials where possible –
Boxes: these are recyclable and components as follows:
#1 PETE (Bubbly Babies, Flutterby)
#2 HDPE (Powder Puff)
#5 PP (Butter Cheeks)
#7 (Hey Sunshine)
Our containers and caps carry certification that they do not contain biphenyl A (BPA), biphenyl S (BPS), or any listed phthalates (DEHP, DBP, BBP and
DnHP. DINP, DnOP and DIDP).
Your specific recycling methods will be directed by your state/local provider.

Can I use your Baby Brulee Lotion on my baby’s cradle cap?

While all the products in our line are safe for even the youngest baby, we
would advise talking with your pediatrician before treating a specific skin
condition.

How long can I keep your products?

All of our products have a two year shelf life and you will find a best used by date on them.

Are your products tested on animals?

We are committed to protecting animals so we would never subject them to any painful and inhumane testing procedures. We are PETA certified, members of LEAPING BUNNY, and Choose Cruelty Free (AU). For this reason, no finished product or products in the developing stage are ever tested using animals (only people!). We only work with ingredient suppliers that are PETA compliant. The safe-use of all our products is ensured by having a thorough understanding of the ingredients used in them (based on previous use, the ingredients own chemistry/history, etc.). Our product ingredients are subject to non-animal tests such as Skintex or Eyetex, and are developed using controlled testing on carefully monitored groups of human volunteers.

Are the products vegan?

Yes – DeVita Baby products are a 100% vegan extreme line – you will not find any animal renderings or animal byproducts in any of our products (many mainstream cosmetics contain large amounts of animal renderings which are used as fillers). All of our products use plant derived ingredients.

Where are DeVita Baby products made?

All of our products are proudly made in the USA.

Are your products safe for pregnant women to use?

While there should be no concerns, we always recommend that any expectant mother check with her physician before using any new products.

My child has eaten some of DeVita Baby product, what should I do?

Although safe and natural, to be sure, your pediatrician should always be your first point of contact. If you cannot contact your pediatrician, call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222.

How do you scent your products without artificial fragrances?

We use only natural essential oils to enhance the products effectiveness.
We never use fragrances to mask or cover up other ingredients.

Why are there no parabens in your products?

We chose not to have any toxic chemicals in any DeVita product from day one, especially in those intended for a baby’s delicate skin. This includes synthetic fragrances, fillers, dyes, petrochemicals, and a host of other toxic ingredients, as well as parabens. In fact, we were one of the first companies to put out a “paraben free” product line. We were pioneers of the paraben-free concept and in the beginning, it caused the brand to grow slowly as various distribution channels were reluctant to “take the risk” of not having traditional preservative poisons in the products. We started to realize as more information became available, that we had created a process that would cause others to change their ways as well. We see many companies now changing their formulas to exclude parabens, but we have always known that parabens were not necessary.

What type of preservation system do you use use?

Many of our products are self-preserving due to their low pH and do not need the assistance of any type of preservative. Natural preservatives we use include lecithin, grape seed oil and extract, tea tree oil, Japanese green tea, grapefruit seed extract and vitamin E. These alternative preservatives, which are carefully balanced together to create a natural preservation system, allow for an average shelf life of 24 months. As a small manufacturer we produce products in small batches. This means we do not have mass quantities of product sitting in a warehouse for long periods of time waiting to be distributed – we batch in small quantities based on velocity reports, so our products are always fresh when they are sent to market.

What is nanotechnology, and do you use it?

No – none of our product formulations use nanotechnology (nanotechnology is the deliberate engineering of materials, structures, and systems at the atomic and molecular level). In our solar products we use cutting-edge, non-nano, uncoated, nearly transparent 19% micronized zinc oxide. DeVita does not believe in using chemically coated zinc oxide, which is coated usually with either triethoxycaprylylsilane, or dimethicone. Our uncoated ZnO is safe and tests show it to be photostable with no photo reactivity. It has an average particle size of 250 nm (nano is considered under 100 nm – the difference between micronized and nanosized is like the difference between a Million = micro, and a Billion = nano). Test studies show that our ZnO can be used to create formulations of greater than 30 SPF with a PA greater than 10. It has a critical wavelength of 380 nm, which is further evidence of its ability to perform as a broad, full spectrum sunscreen (UVA/UVB). There is a lot of outdated, “internet confusion” out there which does not accurately represent the latest in safe technology which is available now. Good thing we at DeVita are constantly researching and keeping up on all the latest breakthroughs and advancements. That is our job – to stay ahead of the curve so that we can provide you the safest and best of what technology has to offer. Not all science is bad and not all nature is good. It is also important to note that there are many factors that affect the formulation of sun protection products – the careful selection of the active ingredients, the product form, the type of formulation used, and the constituents of that formulation. Specifically, the formulation of a sunscreen product is influenced by a number of detailed considerations relating to the efficacy of the actives used. The formulator has to study the solubility of the sunscreen in the vehicle, look for synergy between filters, evaluate the rheological (how the product layers on the skin and creates a film former), and sensorial characteristics of the vehicle and be cognizant of the photo stability of the active ingredients. When all of this is done correctly, it is possible to deliver a safe, effective product at a reasonable cost, as we do here at DeVita. An SPF level is NOT just a simple factor of the percentage of sun screen in the vehicle of a cream or lotion.

Do any of the products contain gluten?

Nope! We do not use any wheat (gliadin) containing ingredients. Our vitamin E is harvested safely from sunflowers, and our Beta-Glucan is sourced from oats. Of course, as with any new product, a sensitivity patch test is always recommended.

Do you use GMO ingredients?

No. We do not believe in using GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), which are the result of laboratory processes which artificially insert foreign genes into the DNA of food crops or animals. Those genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans. Although banned by food manufacturers in Europe and elsewhere, the FDA does not require any safety evaluations. Most Americans say they would not eat GMOs if labeled, but the U.S. does not require labeling. Testing of GMOs have shown they are not safe, but they have been in the food supply since 1996 and are now present in the vast majority of processed foods in the US. GMO’s are affecting four major crops at this time. They are: Corn, Canola, Cotton and Soy (sugar beets are a new concern). We do not use any of the first three (Corn, Canola, Cotton), and we use only non-GMO soy beans for our lecithin. To date, GMO’s remain a very critical dietary concern, not a cosmetic concern; however, we reject any use of GMO’s (internal or external) as we feel they are an assault against nature, and against everything we believe in. To find out more about the dangers of GMO’s, please visit responsibletechnology.org.

If  you have any questions about our products, please visit our “Contact” page,  fill in the details, and we will be happy to provide you with the answers you need. The safety of your baby is our number one priority.

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