Why Beard Oil is the New Cologne

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 5/26/2017 to Oils

You’ve probably seen it by now: beard oil. Your barber or salon might have it. You might see it in the wellness or beauty sections of your local supermarket. Maybe you’ve smelled it on someone during a hug. And maybe you or a man you know wears it already. But what’s all the hype about? Why would facial hair need or benefit from scented oils in it? And why not just use a cologne if you’re trying to smell good? These are all great questions, and their answers are pretty straightforward.


The Best Essential Oils for Spring Time

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 5/20/2017 to Aromatherapy

It’s finally spring! If you live in the Pacific Northwest like we do, the sun shining in a blue sky is something you look forward to for months and months. It’s the ultimate gift after enduring so much gray and rain. But even if you live somewhere where spring comes sooner than rainy Oregon, the sound of birds chirping and the sight of flowers poking through the soil to greet the warmer temperatures is still exciting. And just like those flowers are seasonal, so too can your skincare be. For some people that means switching to a lighter moisturizer while others start adding an SPF to their routine. In the midst of your seasonal private label skincare adaptations, remember that essential oils can be seasonal too!


Argan Oil vs Jojoba Oil

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 5/12/2017 to Oils

Two of the most popular oils in the private label skincare industry today are Jojoba and Argan. You can find them in everything from hair care products to body lotions and face oils. Both are touted as moisturizing oils that won’t clog pores and help keep the skin smooth and hair frizz free. We’ll admit, we like them both, and include both of them in our various private label skincare offerings. When sourced responsibly and used appropriately, each oil provides noticeable benefits. But are these two oils actually equal? Or does one come out on top?


What To Do About Overactive Skin

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 4/24/2017 to Oils

Does your skin have a temper? Does it feel like no matter what you do, or don’t do, that it’s going to give you a hard time? If so, we know how you feel. We know how it feels to get nervous whenever you want to put on some sunscreen, when someone touches your cheek or when you don’t have time to rinse your face after working out. We know about that constant feeling that a new breakout or red splotch is on its way. And because we know this, we also know how to help you deal with it.


Tips For A Successful Private Label

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 4/19/2017 to Cosmetics

So you finally did it- you started your own private label! The skincare industry is an exciting one, and there’s so much opportunity to be creative, work with new and exciting plants and ingredients, and to help and inspire people to be their best. Though it seems like a simple, and perhaps even superficial thing, skincare is a big deal! It helps people with their self esteem, boosts self care and even personal health by supporting the skin to perform and behave with integrity. This is why you need to make sure that your private label skincare line is the best it can be, and that’s where we come in.


The Best Oils For Aromatherapeutic Skincare

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 4/14/2017 to Aromatherapy

It’s natural to think of private label skincare and only consider the skin. After all, that’s what it’s for, right? But skincare can be useful for so much more than just the skin. As a matter of fact, your skincare can be a perfect delivery system for aromatherapy! Instead of using straight essential oils placed neat under the nose, diffused in the diffuser or used in a spritz, you can combine them with your skincare for a divinely uplifting experience that tantalizes your senses and feeds your skin.


DIY Dewy Skin Serum

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 4/3/2017 to Oils

Dewy skin- it’s a hallmark of dermal happiness and balance. It’s the look we apply highlighters and moisturizer to get, dream about when we go to the beach and pay hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars to our dermatologists to achieve. And lucky for all of us, there’s an easier way. You don’t have to dream any longer. You can save your hard earned cash and say goodbye to the cosmetics you thought you would always need in order to have that dewy, youthful glow. With this easy and simple to make DIY dewy skin serum, your natural glow is about to get a whole lot more accessible- and natural!


How To Revitalize A Sallow Complexion

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 4/3/2017 to Lifestyle

When you think of the kind of complexion you want, do the words radiant, glowing and rosy come to mind? If these exact words don’t, there’s a good chance that one of their variants do. Why? Because happy, balanced, well cared for skin really does glow. Blush and other cosmetic aids are nice, but nothing beats natural radiance; it’s magnetic. But what if you don’t feel like a glowing goddess all the time? What if--like most of us--you have your days (or even weeks, let’s be honest here) where your skin just looks plain and dull? Does it matter? And if it does, how can you get that natural glow back?


Why Product Bundles Rock!

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 2/27/2017 to Aromatherapy

Have you ever been gifted or purchased a product bundle before? Perhaps they might seem a little unnecessary or excessive to you. For some people, a bundle just seems like too much. Who needs all this stuff? However, usually what happens is that you end up buying all (or most) of the products that were in the bundle to begin with, only you just end up buying them from different brands or at different times. If you don’t think of yourself as a product bundle fan, let us take a minute to show you all the ways that product bundles rock. You just might find yourself to be a convert by the end of the list.

The Three Best Winter Themed Essential Oils

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 2/22/2017 to Aromatherapy

In a winter wonderland, smells of pine, cinnamon, clove, orange and fresh, crisp air abound. These smells are part of what we all associate with this magical time of the year just like we associate smells of fresh grass, rain and blooming flowers with spring and smells of citrus with the summer. These smells bring up memories and create new ones. They come from nature, or the inside of our homes. And you can actually merge the two worlds of outside and inside with a simple product that holds the natural aromas of winter: essential oils. Be they from trees, roots, bark, flowers or other plant material, here are three of the best winter themed essential oils:

The Best Skincare Products for Men

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 2/16/2017 to Lifestyle

When it comes to men, sometimes they get the value of private label skincare products, and sometimes they don’t. One man can have a daily grooming routine complete with his favorite skincare product, while another can barely muster the desire to apply some chapstick. Though culturally it’s more accepted for women to pay attention to the health of their skin, the reality is that men need good skincare too! All of us could use some extra care and protection when it comes to our skin and the aging process. We don’t all have to use the same products or like the same scents, but all of us benefit from regular use of high integrity private label skincare products. Here’s what we recommend for the men folk:



Peppermint Vanilla: The Best Body Scrub Flavor

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 2/13/2017 to Aromatherapy

Do you use a body scrub? What’s it made out of? Is it thick and hydrating, or extra scrubby and perfect for when you really need a good scrub down? And perhaps most important of all, what does it smell like? See the thing is, when it comes to private label body care products, they either smell terribly artificial, or really really good; it can be hard to find a middle ground. Thankfully, there are products that exist that don’t use strong artificial smells but instead utilize the clear, pure and even beneficial for your skin aromas of essential oils. There are many to choose from, from individual flavors featuring a single oil to a blend that utilizes the various notes of multiple essential oils. While we like the whole array of oils, we will admit that we do have a favorite blend to use in body scrubs.

New Years Resolutions for Your Skin

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 2/11/2017 to Aromatherapy

Hello, 2017! It’s a new year and many of us like to look at it like it’s a fresh start. Stopped working out last year? Start again now, the slate’s clean! Want to lose five pounds? Start eating clean! Feel like you’re falling behind in life and need to get ahead? Start setting goals and checking off your most important tasks. We could go on and on about all the different ways to start the new year off right, but we’ll keep it to what’s most relevant and exciting for us: private label skincare. In this brand spankin’ new year, you can have the best skin of your life. Here are two resolutions to help you get there:

Essential Oil Quality: Your Nose Knows

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 2/9/2017 to Aromatherapy
When it comes to essential oils, your nose knows. Your nose knows if the smell is fake. It knows if something has been adulterated. It knows if something has gone off or just isn’t right. And in a world where more and more things are being cut and substituted and faked, it’s a good thing your nose has got your back! But what about if you just don’t know what to look for when you smell an essential oil? Perhaps you’re new to all this, or perhaps there are just so many different brands and companies to choose from that you feel a little overwhelmed. Whatever the case for you, here are a few other pointers to help you determine the quality of an essential oil when you’re not quite sure what your nose is trying to tell you.

The Best Plant Sources of Vitamin C for Your Skin

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 2/7/2017 to Oils

Vitamin C is a private label skincare powerhouse that works for young and aging skin alike. It helps to protect against and repair the negative effects of photo aging, which is something we all need to be aware of. Why? Because the causes are everywhere! Pollution, sunlight and even harsh and extreme weather all contribute to photo aging which manifests itself in the skin as fine lines, collagen loss and sagging. Vitamin C combats all of that by protecting against the free radicals generated by exposure to the various sources of photo aging, and by increasing the skin’s production of collagen. You can find vitamin C in your private label skincare in a number of different forms, and basically all of them come from plants. Here are some of the best:

Best Beginner Essential Oils

Posted by Rainshadow Labs on 1/29/2017 to Oils
When it comes to essential oils, there are so many to choose from! How is a newbie ever supposed to figure out which ones are the best? While we would undoubtedly say that they’re all amazing, for someone just starting out, or even someone who just wants to know that they have a few classic essential oils they can always rely on, there are a few essential oils that make the list of what we would consider essential. Though this list isn’t final, consider it a handy guide for yourself and anyone else wanting to go right to the good stuff, be they curious first timers or seasoned aroma therapists.

Carrot Seed Oil for Your Skin

Posted by Rainshadow Labs on 1/22/2017 to Oils
There are a lot of really fantastic botanical carrier oils for private label skincare. Some are so great that it feels like you’d never have to use any others again. They’re all over the place too: you can find them at the store, online, in specialty stores, and of course for use in your own private label skincare line. One of these oils is not as widely known and talked about as some of the big favorites like Jojoba and Coconut, but nevertheless, it is extremely valuable for use in skincare.

DIY Essential Oil Soaking Salts

Posted by Rainshadow Labs on 1/21/2017 to Oils
One of the best ways to relax and release bodily and psychological tension is by taking a bath- especially if you have some soaking salts. The salts (and/or other minerals) can help to relax your muscles and deliver skin strengthening and soothing minerals. And if you choose to use one that contains real, pure essential oils, the relaxation factor gets even better. However, when you buy a pre made soaking blend, you don’t necessarily have the full control and thus guarantee over the quality of the essential oils used. And that’s where making your soaking blend yourself comes in. Easy, fast, fun and extremely gratifying, here’s how we recommend you make your own relaxing and skin softening soaking blend:

NEW! Essential Oil Starter Kit

Posted by Rainshadow Labs on 1/9/2017 to Oils
It might seem like there’s a big divide between experienced essential oil lovers and up and coming newbies. Those who know their stuff can seem intimidating to those who just barely became acquainted with their first 5. But in reality, the gap isn’t that big, and we just made it a whole lot smaller. Instead of having to decide between the huge selection of essential oils and trying to narrow down the most necessary ones to have on hand, make things easy on yourself and go with a starter kit. Made up of seven of the most versatile, effective, gentle and swoon worthy essential oils in our arsenal, our new essential oil starter kit is everything a brand new enthusiast and seasoned veteran could ask for.

Why You Should Try Oil Cleansing

Posted by Rainshadow Labs on 11/30/2016 to Oils

Daily facial cleansing has long been considered to be one of the basic fundamental requirements for having clear and happy skin. And yet so many people still struggle with their skin despite washing religiously every day. What gives? While this might come as a surprise, for some people using a detergent or even natural soap based facial cleanser proves to be the opposite of beneficial for their skincare goals. This makes it difficult for people who still enjoy the daily ritual of washing their face, or if they are someone who wears makeup and wants to effectively wash it off at the end of the day. But there is a solution, and it might not be what you’d expect.

What's A "Dry" Oil?

Posted by Rainshadow Labs on 11/28/2016 to Oils
One of the things that initially turns people off from using large amounts of oils on their bodies, hair and faces is the sometimes overly oily and even heavy feeling that can come from the oils. Some people dislike it so much that they even turn to less optimal private label skincare products just because they don’t want to deal with the oily feeling that comes from using pure plant lipids. Thankfully, there is an alternative! And better yet, it’s not even that much of a compromise. It’s called a “dry” oil, and they’re nature’s solution for those of us who don’t want to feel so oily but still want all the beautiful benefits that come from using plant oils in our skincare.

It's Time For Thieves Oil

Posted by Rainshadow Labs on 11/23/2016 to Oils

It’s that time of year again when everyone starts getting sick! School children, college students and anyone working around a lot of other people are especially affected, and boy does it suck! While there are lots of things you can do and preventative measures you can take to minimize your chances of getting sick, one of the more fun options is to utilize the Legendary Blend of Thieves. It smells fantastic, can be used in a myriad of ways, has a fun story to back it up and is an easy way to get essential oils into your life regularly. What’s not to love?

The Best Essential Oils for Spiders

Posted by Rainshadow Labs on 11/18/2016 to Oils
Essential oils are touted for their refreshing properties that have made them popular in aromatherapy and massage therapy. However, there are a number of other uses for essential oils, including the ability to repel insects and arachnids! While we are in awe of the powerful part these crawling creatures play on our Earth, we also understand that they are not always welcome in the home. There are a number of essential oils that these tiny creatures find distasteful, but some are more effective than others in this task.

Essential Oils for Mold

Posted by Rainshadow Labs on 11/18/2016 to Oils
Mold growth in the home can be a dangerous situation. There are a number of adverse health effects that are associated with mold. In fact, many respiratory illnesses, like asthma, have been linked to a mold presence in the home. Because plants also struggle with mold and bacteria, many have evolved their own anti-fungal/viral/bacterial compounds. The process of distilling essential oils from plants concentrates these beneficial compounds along with their signature fragrances!

Tired of Pumpkin but Still Want the Spice?

Posted by Rainshadow Labs on 10/31/2016 to Oils
Yes, it’s fall. And yes, pumpkin spice is everywhere. Some people can’t get enough of it, while others wish it would just stay inside the pumpkin pie. If you’re one of the former, then this season is sure to be an enjoyable and abundant one for you! But if you fall in the latter category, pumpkin spice season can be a headache. So, what’s a person to do if they appreciate a good dose of spice but want pumpkins to keep it to themselves? Here’s what we would do.