Caldera Lab: What’s in the Bottle of The Clean Slate?

Caldera + Lab is unlike any skincare you’ve encountered before. Other cleansers are formulated with harsh surfactants that strip your skin’s microbiome, protective ceramides, and synthetic ingredients that dry and irritate your skin. 

The Clean Slate is the opposite of every cleanser lining the shelves of the personal care aisle. Our sustainable ingredients, responsible sourcing, and active botanicals elevate The Clean Slate.

We’ve created a cleanser that’s just as good for your skin as it is for the environment. The Clean Slate is designed to address men’s health and skin care concerns with every skin type and every skincare concern. Don’t be surprised if your wife ditches her cleanser in favor of yours. 

Cleansing and Clarifying Ingredients

Cleansing and clarifying is the primary function of a cleanser. It’s the very least a cleanser should do. The Clean Slate cleanses your skin differently. 

Rather than using sulfates or skin-stripping ingredients, we use plant extracts and oil to gently remove dirt and debris from the surface of the skin without negatively impacting its natural balance, such as the following: 

  • Fireweed
  • Yarrow
  • Juniper Berry
  • Arnica
  • Geranium

Fireweed is the star ingredient of The Clean State. It is a botanical that Native Americans historically used for healing burns. Fireweed is naturally rich in antioxidants, vitamin A, and vitamin C to nourish and protect your skin as it cleanses. 

Arnica is an herb known for its ability to reduce redness, puffiness, and dark circles while promoting healing and managing bacteria. It’s the perfect skincare ingredient to help aid in acne management and is ideal for a pre-shave cleanse. Yarrow and geranium are gentle antibacterial botanicals that play well with sensitive skin.

Soothing and Balancing Ingredients

Soothing and balancing ingredients are intended to help your skin regulate itself. Ideally, your skin should be creating the perfect amount of oil to keep itself sufficiently protected. Too little oil can lead to dry skin, and the overproduction of oil can lead to oily or breakout-prone skin. 

  • Plant-Derived Squalane
  • Frankincense
  • Calendula
  • Chamomile
  • Ginger Root

Caldera + Lab’s plant-derived squalane is a natural moisturizing ingredient produced from non-GMO plants. Squalane subtly moisturizes and conditions the skin without leaving behind a slick texture or wet appearance, drying down to a natural healthy matte. 

Frankincense has been used throughout history as a prominent skincare ingredient. Frankincense promotes microcirculation and helps your skin to balance its oil production. 

On a cellular level, frankincense works to support immune response. This might manifest as an overall improvement to skin health over time.

Calendula and chamomile are both soothing herbs. They’re known to reduce redness in the skin while promoting healing. Ginger root is a natural root commonly used to soothe redness, swelling, and irritated skin.

Microbiome Protection Ingredients

Every part of your body has its own microbiome. Your microbiome is a balance of all the bacteria and microorganisms that work together to support your health. Negative influences can impact your skin’s microbiome because anything that touches your skin can impact its bacterial balance. 

  • Probiotic Ferment Filtrate
  • Saccharide Isomerate
  • Glacial Minerals
  • Nelumbo Lotus

Caldera + Lab has our own unique patented probiotic ferment designed to balance and activate your skin’s natural defense mechanisms. It empowers your skin to take care of itself while strengthening its barrier against unwanted invaders. 

Our naturally occurring minerals come from Ecocert COSMOS-approved deep-sea glacial water that is sustainably sourced from the beautiful Northern Pacific Coast. Our glacial mineral blend contains more than 60 minerals that naturally nourish and protect your skin’s microbiome.

Saccharide isomerate may sound like a chemical or synthetic ingredient, but it’s 100% natural. Saccharide isomerate is a natural moisturizer derived from plants that almost perfectly mimics your skin’s own protective moisture barrier. 

Nelumbo lotus is an antioxidant and vitamin-rich plant that feeds your skin what it needs to maintain its healthy appearance. 

Environmental Stress Busting Ingredients

Environmental stress can lead to skin damage. Free radicals and air pollution come into contact with your skin throughout the course of the day, and their particles steal electrons from your skin’s healthy cells. 

This can lead to visible signs of aging, dark spots, uneven skin tone, and skin that’s excessively oily or parched dry. 

  • Bilberry
  • Nettle
  • Cardamom Seed
  • Vetiver Root

Bilberry is packed with antioxidant compounds called anthocyanins, which are also found in blueberries. These antioxidants give up their electrons to protect your healthy skin cells from environmental damage. 

Nettle works to manage acne-causing bacteria that your skin may come into contact with throughout the day. It’s a natural astringent and toner that can help to manage breakouts or prevent them from worsening. Cardamom functions similarly to nettle but may also improve overall skin tone.

Vetiver helps to boost cell turnover. This means your skin will purge the damaged or unhealthy cells that free radicals and environmental stress have overtaken.

Your skin will produce healthy new cells for the antioxidants to protect, creating a perfect circle of rebirth for healthy skin. 

What’s Not In The Bottle of the Clean Slate

We’ve eliminated subpar, toxic, or damaging ingredients. In fact, there aren’t any in the bottle. 

Every bottle contains active botanicals designed to benefit your skin. There are no fillers or synthetic ingredients in our cleanser. We’ve eliminated:

  • Phthalates
  • Formaldehyde
  • Silicones
  • Aluminum 
  • GMOs
  • Parabens
  • Gluten
  • Animal-derived ingredients
  • Toxic chemicals 

The Clean Slate doesn’t contain these ingredients because it doesn’t need to. No cleanser should contain these ingredients. They aren’t beneficial to your skin, and they damage the planet through synthetic creation or mining. 

When they’re introduced back into the ecosystem through water, they damage the plants and animals they come into contact with. 

Caldera + Lab is a certified B Corporation. Transparency, sustainability, and the protection of the environment are of the utmost importance to us. 

We became a B Corporation to hold ourselves accountable and demonstrate to the world how much those values meant to us. 

Every ingredient in The Clean Slate is non-GMO. Some of our ingredients are organically sustainably farmed, and the rest are sustainably harvested from the wild. We’ve foraged for your skincare. 

The Clean Slate Will Work For You

Clean and environmentally safe ingredients are essential, but they’re only as valuable as what they provide. We haven’t opted for natural ingredients just for the sake of doing so. We’ve chosen them because they work. 

Our products have been clinically demonstrated to produce meaningful changes in the health of skin, as well as its appearance. Healthier skin that looks more youthful is only one of many benefits of using The Clean Slate.

For the best results, use The Clean Slate in conjunction with The Good serum and The Base Layer moisturizer to experience the full spectrum of botanical benefits we have to offer. Your skin (and the Earth) will thank you. 



Arnica Information | Mount Sinai

Plant Sources, Extraction Methods, and Uses of Squalene | International Journal of Agronomy

The human skin microbiome | Nature Reviews Microbiology

The Land of Frankincense | Herbal History Research Network