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A Message from The Founders

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As the parents of young children, we know what it means to want to do everything you can to give them the healthiest start possible. The time and care that we took to create and develop our Organic Infant Formula reflects a personal and professional commitment to giving families an option worthy of their confidence.

Co-Founder, Christopher Gavigan knows the pain of being unable to provide the necessary nourishment for his child. When he and his wife were told by their pediatrician that his newborn son, Luke, was experiencing “failure to thrive,” his passion for creating a safe, high-quality organic infant formula was born. Christopher spent the next several years developing the foundation upon which Honest formula would be built — a formula he indeed built for his own family. The Honest Organic Infant Formula you see today reflects the unwavering standards we maintain to ensure families can always feel secure about their product choices.

Your choices should be made with information you can trust. Recently, there has been a great deal of misinformation about our Infant Formula in the press, stemming from a lawsuit that was filed in early April — one that we wholeheartedly believe will be dismissed. We want to be upfront about the facts to ensure you are not misled.

Our Honest Organic Premium Infant Formula is:

  • Fully compliant and meets all safety and nutritional standards.
  • Cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and labeled with the USDA Organic Seal; the seal certifies Honest Organic Premium Infant Formula as “USDA Organic” in strict accordance with the National Organic Program.
  • Manufactured according to FDA standards in an ISO 9001:2008-certified, infant formula-manufacturing facility located within the United States. Dairy ingredients are sourced from leading dairy markets, including the United States, Canada and New Zealand. The FDA-inspected facility has been producing infant formulas for more than 30 years in strict compliance with good manufacturing practices (GMP). The facility’s manufacturing team is led by top scientists, nutritionists, engineers, regulatory experts and quality assurance specialists in the industry.
  • Certified organic and contains at least 95% organic ingredients as required by USDA. Any ingredients, including the 11 ingredients alleged in the suit as non-organic, are ingredients that occur naturally in breast milk, are important for infant growth and development, and are all either permitted or required by the FDA to be present in infant formula. 

We stand behind the safety of our Organic Infant Formula and have used it for our own families.

While we encourage and support consumer advocacy groups in their work, we believe the group filing this lawsuit should be taking up their disagreement over existing organic standards with the U.S. government, not with Honest. It is unfortunate that some of these groups attempt to leverage the name recognition of Honest and, more specifically, Jessica Alba, to draw more awareness to their efforts. Just know that it will not distract or deter us from our mission of helping families build happy and healthy lives.

The Honest Company is committed to providing safe options that meet the needs of your family, while always upholding the standards that are our foundation and hallmark. You can trust that we spend every day dedicated to fulfilling this promise. You and your family deserve nothing less.

As always, we are here for you. Please call us at 1.888.862.8818 with any questions or concerns. Thank you for supporting us and trusting us with what matters most: your family and your peace of mind.

~The Founders

29 Comments

  1. avatar
    Cassie Cable

    Thank you. So what are the ingredients your talking about? The 11?

  2. avatar

    What is at question for me is if this group has a point about the ingredients? Honest is working hard to clear its name but gives no further evidence to prove ingredients at question are safe. Instead, fault the group for using Honest as an example, I need to know that the ingredients was safe for consumption – and honest isn’t using a loophole for profit. Fess up honest about all your products.

  3. avatar

    I googled some of the 11 ingredients and they are pretty scary. I dont know how they could be permitted or required if some haven’t even been tested on humans. A bigger discussion is definitely needed regarding the standards of food labels, organic requirements and the biggest in my opinion…infant formula.

    • avatar
      Natalia Johnsen

      Most of organic formulas have similar infredients, shall we sue them all? “Food Babe” made an excellent post about it on her blog. Each formula still got bad things in it. Sadly. At leat Honest didnt go cheap and didn’t take the lactose out. Babys Only did.

  4. avatar
    Natalia Johnsen

    I think if something in the formula was unsafe, FDA would have taking it off shelves instantly. You want natural? Do breastmilk, otherwise no such thing as perfect formula. They all just simulate breastmilk the best they can

    • avatar

      breastfeeding is a personal choice for some and not an option for others. Please don’t judge.

    • avatar

      Breastfed for 4 months… developed double abscesses in both breast where they had to Surgically cut into my breast to drain them.. Like some people say we don’t have a choice. Im not looking for perfect but just the best for my child.

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  6. avatar
    Natalia Johnsen

    Why would I judge? Since obviously i use the formula. But there are ways to get human milk as I understand. So perhaps thats your direction. Or people who keep talking poorly about the quality of the Honest formula perhaps shall go ahead and produce their own. Show the world how its done as they are so knowledgeable on this department

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  8. avatar
    MJ Smith

    What does Jessica Alba actually do besides stand in front of a camera and pose to promote “her” billion dollar startup?

    • avatar
      Brandon Cameron

      Funded it and networked folks together to make it happen. Likely a hell of a lot more than you’ve ever accomplished with your jealous bitching.

    • avatar
      fritz1212

      billion, hahaha. Unilever didn’t think so.

  9. avatar

    The Organic Consumers website has posted the prosecution documents of this lawsuit. As a mother who has supplemented with Honest formula I personally appreciate the inside details. I’d more so appreciate reading the defense, though, as this whole ordeal saddens me and beyond this cookie cutter press conference of a post I’d like to know what will really be said to defend this company.

    It’s hard to know what manufactured product (which already can’t be great) is the best to feed a developing infant. This is not a breastmilk debate. There will always be those who use formula, so there should be TRULY TRUSTED SOURCES of it. If Honest’s formula received actual organic certification this lawsuit May in fact be thrown out like the founders thing/hope. But that doesn’t mean the points raised about the listed ingredients aren’t valid and worrisome.

    That being said it’s clear that Honest products are better than most conventional products out there, and that I will continue to like. I have adored this company for just about everything but to win my patronage back I’ll be waiting to see how this legal questioning of Honest’s integrity plays out.

  10. avatar

    The Organic Consumers website has posted the prosecution documents of this lawsuit. As a mother who has supplemented with Honest formula I personally appreciate the inside details. I’d more so appreciate reading the defense, though, as this whole ordeal saddens me and beyond this cookie cutter press conference of a post I’d like to know what will really be said to defend this company.

    It’s hard to know what manufactured product (which already can’t be great) is the best to feed a developing infant. This is not a breastmilk debate. There will always be those who use formula, so there should be TRULY TRUSTED SOURCES of it. If Honest’s formula received actual organic certification this lawsuit may in fact be thrown out like the founders think/hope. But that doesn’t mean the points raised about the listed ingredients aren’t valid and worrisome.

    That being said it’s clear that Honest products are better than most conventional products out there, and that I will continue to like. I have adored this company for just about everything but to win my patronage back I’ll be waiting to see how this legal questioning of Honest’s integrity plays out. I want to continue giving my money to a company who I believe MEANS it.

    • avatar

      Some of the ingredients listed in the lawsuit are found in many other infant formulas organic or not. If this is truly about the ingriedients, then all companies should be included in the suit and investigated.

      I’d like to know more details, to be the best informed on what is going into my baby’s body.

      Most DHA on the market is extracted through petroleum. This includes products with Organic seals; products like infant formulas, baby foods and organic cow’s milk with added DHA. I commend Honest for using DHA extracted through water.

      For those who cannot produce enough breastmilk, formula is our choice and we are entitled to know the truth. But also know formula manufacturers have deep pockets and lots of lobby dollars behind them.

  11. avatar

    Seems like the co-founders were all too happy to exploit Alba’s D-list celebrity status when it was drawing in all kinds of venture capital. Now that it’s a major liability, and causing increased scrutiny of Honest Company products, they’re appalled that Alba’s company has been targeted. Can’t have it both ways, guys.

    Here’s what the co-founders need to tell Alba. That there are hundreds of thousands of US entrepreuners out here humping it out of bed every morning, many subsisting on ramen noodles and other cheap foods, and spending 16-18 hours a day trying to build their own brand. Then along prances Alba, who gets a lot of free, fawning press (Maria Shriver’s television interview at HC headquarters a few years ago comes to mind), takes photos of her food at expensive restaurants to post on instagram, and relies on 4 other co-founders to compensate for her considerable lack of business acumen and lack of education. All of which makes building out the HC brand look so, so easy. Yeah, Jessica, we get that you show up at your office almost every day, sit at a desk, and actually work. And that maybe your mom does, too. But do you honestly believe that you work as hard as the majority of US start-up entreprenuers? The ones who don’t have a couple of millions stashed away, who have the added pressure of putting food on their family’s table? You got a free ride for years, Jessica. And now you’re paying the price. You have zero sympathy among our community of young entreprenuers. In fact, many take great delight in seeing your unicorn going down in flames.

    Good luck with selling your wreck of a company.

  12. avatar

    Dear Moderator, we just posted our deleted post in other, much more heavily trafficked forums, and there’s not a whole lot you can do about it.

  13. avatar

    I love your products! I think you are doing a great thing. And why are the non-organic formulas not taking just as much heat? The main ingredient in similac when I got it was corn syrup! Let’s just all come together and demand the best for our babies and each other.

  14. avatar

    I love your formula! And all other products as well!

  15. avatar
    Jennifer

    I have to chime in with this. When my baby was 7 months old I got a horrible infection that required a shot of antibiotics as well as 2 oral antibiotics. This caused my baby to have diarrhea because she still exclusively nursed. I ended up having to have surgery so eventually went to all formula due to unfortunate circumstances, I had already been using Honest diapers with great satisfaction so I had researched the formula as a just in case. I had decided if I ever needed formula I would get this brand. I did try two other kinds and it made my baby super fussy and it was hard for her to poop. I threw that out and ordered a Honest. She was a different baby. I used Honest formula up until she was 13 months old. She was a very happy baby and very healthy. She has a great appetite now at 20 months of age. We still use Honedt diapers as well as their toothpaste, vitamins, lotion, hand soap, foaming hand wash, all purpose cleaner, and sunscreen. I am proud of Honest company and what they stand for and I will continue to recommend their
    products including their infant formula to other moms,

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