How Sophie Is Made

Behind the scenes of a success story


Sophie is hand-made in France with two simple ingredients, 100% natural rubber and then painted with food-grade dye.  You know exactly what you’re giving your baby when you give them a Sophie.


The latex from the Hevea tree was first processed in 1928 using a technique called “vulcanization”, invented by Mr. Charles Goodyear.

The rubber used by Vulli comes exclusively from the Hevea trees growing in Malaysia. Each morning before the heat of the day settles in, the milky liquid that oozes from the cells beneath the bark is collected from these millions of Hevea trees. This liquid is known as “latex”.  It is natural, soft, elastic, waterproof, insulating and pleasant to the smell and touch.

This white-colored latex is taken straight from the Hevea trees and later poured right into our Sophie molds.


To create the little wonder that is Sophie la girafe, Vulli first heats the latex using a special process involving a technique called “rotomoulding” and then performs a series of 14 manual operations.  By staying true to our process, Sophie has maintained her longevity and remains a cherished classic.