There are so many things that I love about Rain as a brand that I would have to write a thesis to cover them all. I have been wanting to try their products for a while, and when I saw the Kalahari Melon and Honeybush Scrub featured in Elle magazine I was inspired to finally order some. Unfortunately that particular scrub is out of stock and undergoing re-packaging, but Tanya Thiart from Rain was so kind to offer me another scrub to review and even an extra for a giveaway! I hope everyone is as excited about this as I am.
To summarise, their African-inspired bath and body products are handmade using natural ingredients like indigenous plant oils (organic where possible). So you will find the best that nature has to offer in every product. Their fair trade and environmental policies mean that they support local communities and their packaging is biodegradable and made from recycled materials. It goes without saying that they do not test their products on animals either.
The products are high quality, the ingredients stringently researched and monitored, and comply with FDA and European Union standards. The oils used are covered by the Ubuntu Natural Charter, which I was really fascinated to read about on their website. The raw materials they use from indigenous African plants are “wild-harvested for the benefit of poor rural people”.
I received the Manketti and Star Flower Body Scrub from the Biologie range. The packaging is beautiful, with the heavy, frosted-glass jar adding a touch of luxury to the product. It is also packed with goodies straight from nature. Besides the sugar and poppy seeds for exfoliation it also contains Sweet Almond Oil to smooth and soften the skin, Jojoba Oil, which mimics the skin’s natural sebum, Mongongo Nut Oil and Cedarwood Oil which has antiseptic properties. There are also some other nice ingredients in there like lavender flower and tea tree leaf. When I opened the jar I could smell the jasmine (one of my favourite flower scents) which is really uplifting. On the whole the scent is actually quite masculine, or unisex I should say, which I loved. It is such a relaxing, spa-like smell. Don’t be surprised if the man in your life steals your scrub! It left my skin baby soft and well moisturized, with a very faint lingering scent. I also did an experiment and didn’t use a moisturizer afterwards as I usually do after a shower. In the morning I did my ‘scratch test’ and my skin wasn’t dry at all. It shows how effective these oils are.
The Biologie range uses seasonal organically-certified plant oils, Mongongo Nut Oil, Marula Oil, Kalahari Melon, Mafura Butter and Baobab Oil. Designed to pamper hands, feet and hair, this range of spa products is full of antioxidants, vitamins and essential fatty acids to protect against sun damage and ageing, boost moisture and leave skin softer and more elastic. Besides still having the Kalahari Melon and Honeybush Salt Scrub on my must-have list, I am also very keen to try the Mineral Rich Hair Mud Mask as well.
These products are a natural, luxurious treat for your body and soul. They also make wonderful gifts for any occasion from bridal showers to birthdays. You can buy individual products as well as beautifully packaged gift sets in Rain stores (click for store directory) or via their website www.rainafrica.com/za/. And why not follow them on Twitter or Facebook for product updates?
So I am running a little Easter Giveaway where you can win a gorgeous Manketti and Star Flower Body Scrub from Rain Africa!
Just share this post and leave a comment letting me know one ingredient in the scrub I reviewed, and how you have shared this post (Facebook, Twitter or even emailed a friend). Competition ends 5 April 2013.