Babo Botanicals acquired by French company

Scarsdale resident Kate Solomon, founder of Babo Botanicals, at her desk in the Harwood Building.

Babo Botanicals, specializing in developing and marketing botanical and mineral-based skin and sun care solutions for babies, children and adults with sensitive skin, has been acquired by Laboratoires Expanscience, a family-owned French company specializing in skin health. As part of Expanscience, Babo will join Mustela in producing natural skin care products for expectant mothers, babies and children.

Babo Botanicals, founded in 2010 by Scarsdale resident Kate Solomon, a young mother searching for safe, natural products for her children, is headquartered in downtown Scarsdale. “Being part of a company such as Expanscience, known for its expertise in safe product formulations, development of natural active ingredients, and its dedicated R&D and production center in France, is a tremendous opportunity for Babo Botanicals to further grow the brand and its visibility and presence globally,” said Solomon.

Babo Botanicals, Expanscience and its brand Mustela, are all B-Corp certified, the international label for companies who are socially responsible, demonstrating their will to continue developing products with a positive economic, social and environmental impact, while being particularly mindful of their product formulations.

Stanislas Baudry, general manager of Laboratoires Expanscience North America, said, “We are thrilled to welcome Kate Solomon and her team to join our U.S. subsidiary. This will be a great opportunity for both our brands, Mustela and Babo Botanicals, to develop operational synergies and to share our complementary expertise in the U.S. market. Kate Solomon will retain her position as president of Babo Botanicals and will continue to operate with her team out of their Scarsdale, New York, offices.”

Solomon, a mother of three, often bikes to work and is fully invested in the Scarsdale community. She hires high school interns during their senior options program and donates to charity events.

Babo’s products are sold in premium and natural specialty stores, national chains, supermarkets and online. For more info, visit

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