How to Know You're Ready for Private Label

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/27/2018 to Private Label Skin Care
Do you own your own small skincare business? Perhaps you make soaps or body creams as a hobby. Or maybe you know you want to start your own brand, but don't know where to start. One of the great things about the natural skincare industry is how many possibilities there are. Everyone from Etsy sellers to big name brands can find a seat at the table. The initial trick is knowing where you fit in, and how to get started. And that's where we come in! For some people, handmade, super small batch skincare is where they want to be. For others, they know they want to be a mega-corporation with all their product formulation and fulfillment done for them. And for others, they still want the personality and charm of a smaller operation, but with the scalability and convenience of having their products made and fulfilled somewhere else. Here's how to know which option's right for you:

The 3 Best Ingredients for Hyperpigmentation (Plus a Recipe)

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/25/2018 to Oils
When it comes to popular skincare complaints, one of the most popular is dark spots, or hyperpigmentation. This pervasive skin issue is not only unsightly and frustrating for those dealing with it, but it can also be incredibly difficult to get rid of, or even reduce. Part of the difficulty stems from the fact that hyperpigmentation doesn't just come from one thing; it comes from many. Sometimes it's hormones, sometimes it's from medication someone needs to take, and sometimes it's from the inflammation left behind after a blemish heals. It can also come as a result of that dreaded yet oh-so-popular bad habit, picking. While by no means an exhaustive list (considering all the different factors inherent in the occurrence of hyperpigmentation), following is a list of some of the best botanicals used in private label skincare to help.

Why Turmeric is the Skincare Superhero you Didn't Know you Needed

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/24/2018 to Oils
Not all of us are skincare geeks. And for those of us who aren't, learning about the ins and outs of skincare chemistry can feel overwhelming, confusing, or just plain boring. But it's doesn't have to be! Natural and organic skincare is actually surprisingly simple, and there are so many cool things to be discovered. One of which is the existence of anti-inflammatory transcription factors! Though it sounds complicated, the science behind these little guys is actually pretty straight forward. And because you can make sure your skin is getting plenty of them by way of private label skincare ingredients like turmeric, not only are they easy to understand, they're also easy to take advantage of!

Here's What You Need to Know About Antioxidants

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/5/2018 to Oils
When it comes to private label skincare, there's a very good chance that you've at least heard about antioxidants. If you're a skincare geek or private label skincare entrepreneur, then you most likely know what antioxidants do and why you would want them in your skincare routine. In fact, you probably make a concerted effort to make sure your skincare is full of them. And while the subject of antioxidants might seem cut and dry (antioxidants are good for your skin because they neutralize free radicals) there's actually a bit more to it! And this little bit more happens to be pretty important.

Lotion vs. Cream vs. Butter: What's the Difference, and Which is Better?

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 3/21/2018 to Oils
When it comes to moisturizing products, there are typically three different types you can find: lotions, butters and creams. Each has its own unique and specific set of traits that make it a desirable product to use depending on what you are looking for. But what exactly are these traits, and what is the reasoning behind having these different types of products that are all typically geared toward a similar goal?

Activated Charcoal for Private Label Skincare: What’s the Deal?

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 3/8/2018 to Lifestyle

You might have seen an activated charcoal product or two in the skincare aisle or online, most likely as some kind of mask. Perhaps you’ve even used one before. Private label skincare products containing activated charcoal are usually black or a dark grey in appearance, and typically marketed as being detoxifying. But what exactly is activated charcoal, and why is it something you would want to use in your skincare routine? What are the pros and cons (if any), and is it any different than using clay instead? Here’s the RSL breakdown:


Active Botanicals for Your Face

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 3/5/2018 to Oils

When it comes to private label skincare, one of the things, if not the most important thing, to consider is the active ingredients within the formula. The higher the quality of these actives, the higher their percentage within the formula and the more strategically they are combined leads to better, more effective skincare. After all, it’s the actives that do all the work for your skin in the first place! Percentage of actives is one of the main things that sets different brands and products apart- it’s that important. So we thought, why not make a product out of 100% active ingredients?


How to Calm Irritable Skin with Oils

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 3/5/2018 to Lifestyle
There are lots of reasons why someone’s skin might be irritable, and not all of them are directly affected by skincare. But some are, and for those types of concerns, it’s so helpful to have safe, simple and effective skincare solutions on hand for whenever you need them. In the case of skin that is easily irritable, your best bet is to rely on simple, high quality, cold pressed and organic carrier oils. The reason? Depending on the oil you use, they basically have everything your skin needs to calm down- and stay that way.

This Just In: Preservative Free Vitamin C

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 2/28/2018 to Private Label Skin Care
Vitamin C serum is one of the most popular private label skincare products on the market, and for good reason. Vitamin C is a fantastic ingredient for all things anti aging and restorative to the skin. It smoothes a rough skin texture, brightens dark spots, softens fine lines, stimulates collagen production for wrinkle and sagging relief and helps the skin survive under the sun. It is a potent antioxidant and the number one ingredient everyone interested in overall skin well being and anti aging should be using. Because of this, we make and sell a lot of vitamin C serum- it’s an RSL team favorite as well!

New Product Alert! Preservative Free Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 2/27/2018 to Private Label Skin Care
One of the most popular and effective anti aging skincare ingredients in the private label skincare world is hyaluronic acid. It has a remarkable ability to hold up to 1000x its own weight in water, which turns it into an ultra-hydrating and skin plumping substance perfect for everything from dehydration to wrinkles, fine lines and sagging. Unfortunately, many sources of hyaluronic acid are animal derived, which then runs the risk of potentially having purity issues, not to mention ethical ones. Which is why here at RainShadow Labs we use botanical hyaluronic acid in all our hyaluronic acid formulations!

How to Adjust your Personal Skincare with the Seasons

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/13/2017 to Lifestyle

If you’re like most people, there’s a good chance that your skin reacts to the changes that come with the seasons. Though it can be any and every season, for most of us it’s the transition between spring and summer and fall to winter. That’s because these are the times when the weather moves to its next extreme. For some this shift manifests in full on breakouts, while others experience their skin become thirstier and in need of heavier moisture. Some people find they need to tweak their approach just a little, while others remain perplexed about what their skin is asking of them and how to meet its needs.

Private Label Skincare Competition: What to Pay Attention to

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/8/2017 to Private Label Skin Care

If you’re in business, you know you have competition. And most likely, your competition knows about you. Some people think that in order to be successful you need to constantly be monitoring your competitors- but is that really true? While different people and organizations will find an approach that works for them, here at RainShadow Labs we feel like there’s a balance to be had between knowing what your competition is doing and minding your own business. Put another way: don’t spend all your time worrying about what other people are doing. Focus on what you are doing, and do it really well. Stay current on your industry, but don’t get lost in the mess of what everybody else is/will be doing. Mind your business- literally.

Cleansing with Honey: Why It Works

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/8/2017 to Cosmetics

Perhaps you’ve heard of oil cleansing, but what about washing with honey? It sounds a little crazy, but there are actually a good amount of people who have found honey to be the secret ingredient to their skincare success- especially among those who suffer from acne. You don’t have to have acne to benefit from using honey as your facial cleanser, though. Your skin can be perfectly fine or have other issues you want to work on. The great thing about honey, when real and raw (lots of honey on the market is actually not real honey or has been heated to a temperature that damages its beneficial properties) is that it’s benefits are universal, meaning they’re great for everyone.

Private Label Seasonal Offerings: A Compendium

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/8/2017 to Lifestyle

Just like every quarter comes with new or refined goals and strategies for your business, so too does every season come with a new theme that you can use to your advantage. Whether it’s capitalizing on the increased sun and warmth in the summer, snow covered pine trees in the winter, changing colors of the fall and blooming flowers in the spring, there’s a way for you to make seasonal changes work for you and your business. And one of the easiest ways to do this is to release a seasonal product offering.

When to NOT Follow A Trend

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/7/2017 to Cosmetics
In the private label skincare sector there’s always a new “it” ingredient and product trend; it can be hard to know which ones to take seriously. Is vitamin C really all that? Is rosehip seed oil all it’s chalked up to be? Is beard oil really worth adding to your product line? As you navigate the sometimes winding roads of the natural skincare landscape, it’s important to develop an eye and sense for trends that will stick and trends that will go away as quickly as they came. Some are worth capitalizing on for that brief, seasonal moment while ignoring others will have no real adverse effect on your business. Here’s how to know what trends to follow and which ones may not be worth your time:

The Best Essential Oils For Sensitive Skin

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 10/2/2017 to Aromatherapy
Sensitive skin can be hard to deal with. You just never know when it’s going to give you more trouble! As the list of private label skincare products and ingredients that bother your skin goes up, your sense of hope and trust in your own body goes down. Is there a solution out there for you? Or will you forever be doomed to a long list of Don’ts and an ever-shrinking one of Do’s? The answer to this seemingly overwhelming question is actually quite simple: there are private label skincare ingredients that are perfect for your sensitive, reactive skin. Here’s what they are, and why they’re your new best friend:

What To Do About Dark Circles

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/27/2017 to Lifestyle
For some people, dark circles under their eyes come and go depending on how much sleep they get. It’s not a big deal, and not something that particularly bothers them. But for others, dark circles are a chronic problem that won’t seem to go away. No matter how much sleep they get, their under eyes just seem to stay dark and sunken. While dark circles may be genetic for some people, there are certain things you can do with your private label skincare to help lessen the appearance of dark circles. While we can’t promise they will be completely eliminated, it’s worth a try to at least help diminish what would otherwise be striking and bothersome dark rings below the eyes.

Petroleum Derived Ingredient Alternatives

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/22/2017 to Cosmetics
Did you know that in many private label skincare products there lurk ingredients derived from petroleum? Petroleum- the same stuff our car oil and plastic come from! Incase you didn’t already know this: your skin has absolutely no need for petroleum, or any of the ingredients that come from it. Zero. None. The only reason it’s in your skincare is because of the low cost to the manufacturer. They’re in there to make the product feel moisturizing, lubricating and protective, but in reality, petroleum based skincare products and ingredients do your skin more harm than good.

Vitamin C or Retinol- Which Is Right For You?

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/16/2017 to Lifestyle
In the world of high caliber private label skincare, there are two skincare ingredients that stand at the top of the anti aging pyramid, and we love them both. Vitamin C and retinol, two anti aging skincare powerhouses that deliver powerful skin healing and real results in real time. What’s interesting is that it’s not often you see a private label skincare product that features both at the same time. But why? Must there be Camp Vitamin C and Camp Retinol, or can the two ingredients reign side by side, all the while smoothing out our fine lines and wrinkles with effortless, perfect grace?

Why Natural REALLY Matters

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/12/2017 to Lifestyle

Some people believe natural matters, some people don’t. Some people don’t care, and some people can’t even agree on what “natural” really means! The truth is, while everyone will have their own opinion and beliefs, there are certain things that point to natural and organic skincare being superior to chemical laden, artificial ingredient filled skincare products. And among all those things, perhaps the most convincing is this: the results actually garnered from using those products.


Acne Scars: The Good, The Bad, The Truth (Part 3)

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/10/2017 to Lifestyle

In parts one and two of our series on acne scars, we covered how to deal with hyperpigmentation and what to do if you have rolling, or ice pick type scars. In this third and final installment, we are going to talk about what to do for your rolling acne scars if you can’t afford (or don’t want) to go with more medical type treatments, specifically microneedling and sublative laser with PRF. Though it’s important to state upfront that it’s very hard to achieve serious change to deep pitted acne scars from simple skincare alone, there are still things you can do to improve the appearance and texture of your skin without more expensive and serious treatments.


Acne Scars: The Good, The Bad, The Truth (Part 2)

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/7/2017 to Lifestyle

In the first part of our series on acne scarring we covered how to heal post inflammatory pigmentation, the kind of darkly colored mark that occurs after a blemish is formed. They can take months to heal, but with proper skincare and patience, the skin will regenerate and the skin’s regular, uniform tone will return. The second type of acne scar that can occur, and that is much harder to get rid of, are the skin indentations known as rolling or ice pick scars. When it comes to these guys, a combination of high quality, botanically active skincare and other, more clinical treatments are usually necessary to help fill in the skin.


Acne Scars: The Good, The Bad, The Truth (Part 1)

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/5/2017 to Lifestyle
Acne scars are arguably more difficult and frustrating to deal with than acne itself. This is because acne scars often take longer to get rid of, and can accompany the acne before you’ve been able to get rid of it. So no matter what stage of your acne recovery you’re in, those scars are usually still there! When it comes to acne scars, there’s some good news, there’s some “bad” news, and there’s the truth. And the truth is, there is a way to get rid of your acne scars for good- it just depends on the type of scars they are.

When is the Best Time to Moisturize?

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 8/2/2017 to Lifestyle
Depending on who you talk to and which sources of information you seek out, you might hear different answers when it comes to the perfect time to wash your face, do a mask or moisturize. Everybody claims to have the perfect regimen with the right steps in the right order at the right time, and sometimes you’ve got to wonder if there even is one right answer! Though it can feel frustrating, the answer to your questions is actually very simple. When it comes down to it, all you need is a little bit of awareness and flexibility.

The Best Private Label Skincare Ingredients for Sunburns

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 7/31/2017 to Lifestyle
With summer in full swing, so is the threat of sunburns. Red, angry looking and painful burns are the absolute worst for your skin! They damage the integrity of the DNA in each of your skin cells, which then paves the way for premature aging signs like advanced fine lines, leathery texture and sagging. But just because you can potentially get a sunburn doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go outside in the sun. You just have to be smart about it! But for those times when, despite your best efforts or perhaps because you forgot to cover up, you or a loved one still end up with a bright red burn, there are some simple, effective and natural solutions you can use in your time of need.