Several weeks ago I was contacted by a rep for the brand Rain Africa — they invited me to Brooklyn to check out their new boutique. Traveling to Brooklyn is a process, so you know for me to make my way out there it has to be worthwhile, and I’m pleased to say that Rain Africa did not disappoint one bit. The South African-based artisanal health and beauty brand housed a stunning and well-curated space that exuded their love of craftsmanship and the environment. Upon entering I felt an instant sense of calm from the aromas throughout the shop — not to mention the beautifully displayed products made it a true skincare lover’s paradise.
Rain Africa specializes in handmade bath and body products using all natural ingredients directly from Africa. Each of the botanicals found in their products are sustainably harvested by local women and from there combined with locally-grown all-natural ingredients. Thus creating an array of thoughtfully crafted, high end therapeutic body products and treatments that actually work.
I was in the shop for close to an hour trying on and taking in all the products the brand had to offer. There was an extensive bath and body collection, as well as Rain Baby products and options for men! The Rain Africa team gave me the option to snag a few products for myself, so I left with a Tree Mist — which I learned is an essence from trees that produces therapeutic and invigorating effects, including significantly boosting the immune system. The particular mist I purchased was Milkwood, which is the “Tree of Wholeness,” it helps to increase one’s energy. I spray this a few times during the day to give myself a nice boost. I also got their Nectar Perfume and Savannah Body Cream, which I use every night!
The idea for Rain Africa came as a result for the need to provide jobs and increase skills of those people living in poverty, particularly women and the disabled. In addition, the brand supports small businesses by utilizing local suppliers and producers. Their ingredients are all harvested by hand from the women in South Africa, where the availability of economic opportunities are scarce.
If you happen to be in downtown Brooklyn, I’d highly recommend pampering yourself by making a quick stop (which may turn into an entire afternoon) at the Rain Africa Boutique. If you’re not in the neighborhood, you can of course access all they have to offer via their website. Not only are their products luxurious, but they give back, which makes having them even more worthwhile.