The lovely folks over at Rain sent me a box of goodies to try out. This is my first experience with Rain (and their products), and I must say, I am impressed. I received three items from the Biologie range and one from the Savannah range. For me, the Biologie range wins hands down in terms of packaging and fragrance.
Biologie Rooibos Hydrating Hand Lotion with Shea butter
The Biologie range's packaging is predominantly dark brown with a beige vintage looking label. The first time I used this hand lotion, I applied way too much to my hands because I thought it would be a thick cream like my other hand creams. Instead it comes out as a pale pink gel cream. It smells of vanilla and not the fake vanilla smell, the real deal. It applies easily and sinks in immediately. I am quite astonished over how quickly it sinks in! It leaves my hands soft and not greasy at all. After a while the vanilla scent settles into a more Rooibossy scent. It also contains Marula oil, Kalahari melon oil, rosehip oil, and shea butter.
Two things I look for in a hand cream are, 1) it must hydrate my hands and keep it hydrated, and 2) it must not leave my hands greasy. This hand lotion ticks both those boxes. Although it is a lotion, it hydrates my hands beautifully without leaving them sticky. I am not too sure if this hand cream will be rich enough for winter where the air is extremely dry up north, but so far so good! Another plus point is that the small tube fits perfectly in any handbag.
Biologie Kalahari Melon + Honeybush Body Polish
This is a tricky product. When I received it, it had slowly started leaking out of the glass jar and gave the delivery box the most amazing scent. It's a salt scrub suspended in a fragrant oil. The scrub contains sea salt, honeybush tea powder, and a host of oils: sweet almond, Kalahari melon, mangosteen, lavender, and patchouli.
The smell is absolutely amazing and I would love to know if there is actually anyone out there who doesn't like it! You scoop a bit of the body polish out of the jar and apply to wet skin, massage it for a bit, and rinse it off. If I had to describe the abrasiveness/scrubbiness of this, I would say it's more or less the same amount of scrubbiness as the Caribbean Tan Body Exfolia Cinnamon & Coconut scrub, although the Rain body polish contains more oil. Top tip: do not leave your oily scrub in the shower. I did that with my Caribbean Tan and the result was a very dry sugar scrub.
When rinsing off the body polish, your skin is left with an oily film. I never know what the correct way is to use oily scrubs, but I like to follow up my exfoliation with a bit of shower cream/gel to remove most of the oily feeling and ensure that my skin is nice and clean. After exfoliation my skin was left incredibly smooth and supple. I didn't need to apply body lotion and the next morning my skin was still very soft.
I would definitely recommend this. I love the glass jar packaging, but Rain should maybe put an "extra" lid in that you need to tear off before using the product.
Biologie Boabab + Rooibos Body Butter
This is a seriously decadent body butter! It smells the same as the hand lotion, but is a thick white cream. It doesn't sink into the skin as quickly as most of the other body butters that I own, so I wouldn't recommend using this in the mornings before work, especially if you're running late! I use it at night after showering and I always wake up with beautifully soft and fragrant skin. It contains Baobab oil and shea butter for intense hydration. This is really a beautiful product and I definitely recommend it.
Savannah Body Butter
The packaging of this is very different to that of the Biologie range. The body butter comes in a see-through tub with a bronze coloured metallic lid and a modern label. This is also a thick white cream that doesn't sink into the skin that quickly, but leaves your skin wonderfully moisturised. The one thing I don't like about this is the smell. I don't know if it's just the particular tub I have, or if all of them smell like this, but it doesn't really smell like anything… According to the website this body butter is a "A fresh citrus body butter", so I will give them the benefit of the doubt on this one.
Have you ever tried any Rain Africa products? Let me know in the comments section!
Until next time!