Thursday, June 8, 2017

Winter essential: Wild harvested Baobab oil

There is a beautiful African folklore story about how the Baobab tree came to be African and also known as ‘the upside-down tree’.

According to the story told by indigenous people, God planted Baobab in the wetlands and the tree complained it was too moist. God then planted Baobab high up in the mountains in the snow and again he complained it was too cold. Then God decided to plant Baobab in the deserts of Africa but again the tree complained that the conditions were too harsh and the sun too hot. God then plucked the tree out of the soil and threw it across Africa to grow upside down as it still does today.

Wrong way up or right way down we really don’t mind. What we do care about is that the super fruit of this tree holds the secret to nourishing your skin during the cold, harsh winter months.

Baobab oil has naturally-occurring omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids which improves the elasticity while restoring damaged skin. It’s rich in vitamins A, D, E and F and combats early signs of aging. It absorbs easily and does not clog up pores and leaves the skin smooth and touchable. It is particularly good for dry, damaged skin and can be beneficial for eczema and psoriasis with relief from minor burns.

Try our Baobab and Rooibos Body Butter from the Biologie range or for baby the very popular Monkey Breadfruit Butter from our rainbaby range. 

Woman from the Venda area collects the fruit and sells them to us to use in our products that in turn creates work, life and hope for this community.

Have a look at our YouTube video narrated by our founder Bev Missing on her visit with Dr Sarah Venter and the majestic Baobab trees.

This month our African rain range with Baobab actives are on promotion. Due to the blue tones and nautical theme of the range it makes it the perfect gift for the man in your life and will be a thoughtful gift for a Father.

Shop online with us for your winter essentials here

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Easy 3 step pedicure for your man

It is a known fact that 72 000 nerve endings are found in your feet. They take the brunt of life’s journey – especially in Africa where they are the primary mode of transport over rough and dusty terrain and more so for men that lives an active lifestyle.

Give the necessary attention to your feet with our easy 3 step pedicure for men featuring products from the Rain Biologie range.

Step 1 | Soak it up

Start your treatment by indulging your feet in our soothing Biologie foot soak by sprinkling 2 tablespoons into warm water before you submerge the feet. Then use a pumice stone to remove any thickened skin.

Step 2 | Scrub it down

Gently exfoliate feet with our Biologie foot scrub and rinse with warm water. The apricot seed kernels found in the scrub gently slough away dry dead skin. Skin conditioning Aloe Ferox prepares the way for the penetration of the combination of essential oils – specifically formulated to cleanse, deodorise, cool and prevent fungal growth.

Step 3 | Cooling moisture

Finish off your masculine pedicure by moisturising the feet with our Biologie Foot Cream that also has a cooling effect. This cream is brimming with skin food, essential fatty acids, anti-oxidants vitamins and protective actives. 

Lastly, remember to always wear clean socks and try to wear different shoes every day. Always wear the right size shoe as they can affect your legs, pelvis and even your spine.

Alternatively, you can go the comfort creature route. The Rain spa offers a very unique 1 hour massage called The Sole ©. A cleansing water ritual with a twist encourages you to begin your stress release. 

The therapist will make use of a “caterpillar milk technique” to encourage lymph drainage in your legs and to ease the tension from your body, making relaxation irresistible and inevitable for a weary traveler. 

A Rain healing balm with wild harvested organic active ingredients will be applied, slowly bringing you back to consciousness. You will awaken feeling energised with a spring in your step.

Visit your nearest Rain spa for a booking today.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wild harvesting waterlilies for Mother's Day 2017

The past two years I had very little free time to blog as we travelled the globe in search of beautiful 
things to add to our range and opened about ten new RAIN stores including international branches 
in Kinsale and Winthrop, Ireland.

This is all about to change so hold onto your hat as we kick off our new regular blog posts with the 
birth of a new range, just in time for Mother's Day.

The cape waterlily blooms at the height of summer, when it is jolly hot  and one does not mind getting 
wet wading out into the dams to pick the blooms. 

Rural waterways come to life with the elegant blue blooms which emit a sublime aquatic floral essence 
- only discernible before the heat of the day vapor rises it.

This highly elusive fragrance can only be captured through the ancient perfumery technique of 
enfleurage - a labour of love.

Fresh blooms need to be harvested daily ( yes every day ) ...and placed upside down into a fatty 
medium. This is then covered and sealed  to create a kind of a womb - like environment  in which 
all the perfume vapors are captured and trapped in the fat. 

Animal fat was used in ancient French perfumery ... but we use vegetable butters to marry with 

The blooms are then left for twenty four hours in the butter at room temperature , after which 
they are discarded and a fresh round of blooms placed into the same butter. 

Yes - that means going back into the dam and fetching more blooms - every day ! 

After roughly twenty repetitions of this process , the butter is then  sufficiently impregnated with 
floral essence to enable the blending of a perfume .

The butter is then washed in alcohol to transpose the floral essence into the solvent - from whence 
a perfume is born.

 Our Mother's Day 2017 range has been based on this Waterlily fragrance.

The laborious process of daily harvesting and infusing , seemed somehow symbolic of the pregnancy 
process -  a journey of time and energy to birth a brand new creation.

We think moms will love this clean aquatic floral in our limited edition Mother's Day Range. And we 
have a gorgeous Free Gift With Purchase scarf for you to reward you for your purchase if you buy for 
mom for R650.00.

It is a match made in heaven. But hurry, this is a once off limited edition offer ending on Mother's Day.

Follow us on social media for more Mothers Day promotions this month

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Summer is served


Imprinted in my memory bank from a glorious childhood, are the sounds, tastes  and smells of summer.

If anyone happens to open a bottle of suntan lotion - even in a grey European winter - it instantly transports me to summer. To sea sand, sunshine , seagulls..... oh and soft serve icecream on a wafer cone.

I so love the variety of sleep one can achieve lying on a beach under a sun umbrella on a glorious summer's day.It usually comes after reading some pages of an evocative novel - that sleep that is shallow but restorative - more like a doze - gentle with a muffled background soundtrack of waves breaking, children laughing and muffled conversation. It is just too decadently lazy and comforting. 

The only real downside is sunburn. I am particularly prone to skin damage - being extremely fair skinned.  If, after taking all the precautions against burning, the inevitable happens - here are some tips in managing sunburn aftercare :

- cool your skin as fast as possible with yoghurt, aloe leaf juice  or cucumber slices - it helps relieve the burning and stinging
- run a cool bath to soak in ,but add a few tablespoons of cornstarch (Maizena ), and baking soda to your bath water for further soothing
- take a pain killer to help ease the pain - aspirin or ibuprofen ( something with anti inflammatory properties )

And most importantly of all - MOISTURISE intensively

- rehydrate the skin with shea butter based products to avoid or reduce peeling  our Bee Range Sunburn Salve  is ideal for this containing the following actives :

* shea butter for skin softening, contains vit a, e
* beeswax for locking moisture in , anti-microbial, wound healing properties
* carrot oil to help stimulate and rejuvenate skin cells
* rosehip oil which  contains retinol and vit c to help repair skin tissue
* marula oil to help  reverse sun damage &boost cellular activity
* evening primrose oil containing  omega 6 and anti-inflammatory
* st john's wort for wound healing properties
* cape chestnut oil which is high in essential fatty acids & antioxidant
* aloe ferox to  stimulate cell renewaland to help soothe
* sweet orange oil which increases blood flow to skin surface
* lime oil as an antibacterial &  antiseptic
* neroli oil also an  antibacterial &  antiseptic & to help  soothe

 wishing you a happy summer 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Our Green Moral Contract - biodegradable

Rain Artisan and Olive Oil soaps   are formulated to be fully biodegradable as they are 100% natural with no artificial chemicals or additives. Ideal for hiking and camping trips.


any soap that is used directly in a rock pool or stream , alters the surface tension of the water and the little water spiders and bugs can no longer use the rock pool.
So when washing , do NOT wash directly in a rock pool or stream - instead follow the good advice below

“The correct way for camping and hiking is to use your biodegradable soap/shampoo , collect water in a container, do your washing in the container and pour the water out at least 30m away from any river in a spot from where the soap residue will not be washed into the river by the first rain.

The rule is: allow nothing to get into the water which you are not prepared to drink yourself.  Such substance can destroy all live in a mountain stream; in addition, rivers are often farmers’ only source of drinking water”.  

Page 26 The SA Mountain Leadership Guide – a handbook for leaders of hiking and Mountaineering parties by Mountain Club of South Africa.

Soap for the Museum

Whilst  cleaning out cupboards and offices lately to make space for more desks and more 
people, I found a box containing my very first soaps I made in 1999. 
Fifteen years ago and guess what .............they are still perfect 

We have got a little more sophisticated over the years , but that same quality stands. 

Using only the very best raw materials we can lay our hands on  - to nourish and feed your skin

Sunday, October 12, 2014

BUYING FOR RAIN - Components for slippers

I knew NOTHING about shoemaking. But I was intriqued and inspired to try it out.
One day , while on a fabric buying trip in Bangkok , I found myself in a shoemaking district with shop upon shop of intriquing stuff for making shoes.
BUT - no one speaks English !
 In fact , tourists never venture here, so one is generally stared at with amusement and curiosity. When you try to ask for help, the Thais just giggle and shake their heads.

And then , out of the mainstream , while wandering off looking for transport - I found CHAI. Yes his name is CHAI - tea .And , like a good cup of hot tea , he came to my rescue .
as you can see from his shirt - he really is batman or my superhero because he not only speaks comprehensible English, but he sat with me and guided me step by step - with drawings  - on the art of shoemaking . 

Telling me about the dye cuts I need and the materials and glues I must use , and what slopes are for. 

He  now cuts and supplies all the parts for our Rain slippers which we  manufacture back home in our Rain factory in Swellendam.

This is Chai's  very full store, where he and  I sit on rubber mats in front of the cooling fan to discuss my needs each time I visit.