Face off: Vitamin C vs. Active Botanical Oil Serum

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 7/31/2019 to Oils
One of the most popular private label skincare products on the market is the vitamin C serum. There are literally hundreds of variations on this one product alone, with brands competing with each other and customers trying their best to find their favorite. But the days of vitamin C reigning unchallenged are over. There's a new product in line, and it promises to be as big of a deal as ever. It's the active botanical oil serum; the flowery smelling, oil based competitor of our time. 

The Best Aftercare for Laser and Microneedling

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 4/16/2019 to Cosmetics
Some of the most popular anti aging skincare treatments are laser and microneedling. As technological developments continue to become more refined, and the research goes deeper, so too do these treatments become more effective and varied. People seek them out to help with their acne scars and dark spots, wrinkles and fine lines. Some even start to get them as a way to prevent their skin from prematurely aging. While the actual treatment is extremely important, an absolutely critical phase to these treatments is the aftercare phase. This ensures that the skin heals not only properly, but optimally. Which means you gotta make sure you're using the right product(s)!

How to Make Skincare that Smells Good Naturally

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 2/12/2019 to Oils
Most of the attention skincare gets has to do with the results it will provide to the skin. And that's really important! After all, that's the reason anyone's using it in the first place. But of perhaps equal importance is the product's smell. It's undoubtedly an integral part of the experience. So much so that even the best product can turn a customer off if it doesn't smell right. So, skincare manufacturers and brands spend plenty of time, energy and money developing product scents. Some use fragrance, some use essential oils. But in the end, they all use something. And while that's most likely not going to change any time soon, what about folks who want to use (or make) skincare that's fragrance free, but still (somehow) smells good? Or for those who enjoy the smell of thoughtfully scented private label skincare products, but have sensitivities to fragrances and/or essential oils?

Is Natural Skincare Better?

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 1/31/2019 to Private Label Skin Care
Skincare is a multibillion dollar industry, and just like every industry out there, it has segments and sects within it. Perhaps the two most notable being skincare deemed "natural", and skincare that isn't. Even though the natural and organic skincare sectors are growing at rapid rates every year, the debate still remains: is natural skincare actually better? We're here to tell you that it is. Here's why.

Private Label Skincare Ingredients to Watch in 2019

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 1/16/2019 to Private Label Skin Care
Love it or hate it, where there's industry there's trends. Some of them last, and some of them blow over. Some private label skincare brands and customers focus on following trends, while others like to prioritize what actually works, regardless of popularity. Us? We like to find a happy balance between results-driven skincare that uses proven and popular ingredients. We'll always have our mainstays (vitamin C anyone?!), but that doesn't mean there aren't some really awesome natural skincare ingredients to pay attention to this year!

Vitamin C or Retinol- Which Is Right For You?

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 12/10/2018 to Lifestyle

Just like we’re taught to care about the amount of vitamins our bodies get each day, so should we take care to ensure that our skin receives its fair share too. Vitamin C and retinol—also known as Vitamin A—are two vitamins that are essential for proper healing and maintenance of the skin. And while things like diet and taking supplements are a great way to deliver vitamins to the rest of your body, when it comes to the skin, it’s often best to use things topically.

Argan Oil vs Jojoba Oil

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 12/10/2018 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?


Tired of Pumpkin but Still Want the Spice?

Posted by Rainshadow Labs on 12/10/2018 to Oils

The leaves are changing to their beautiful orange, brown and yellow colors. It’s finally fall and with it comes all sorts of seasonal treats. You know what that means! Pumpkin spice. Some people can’t get enough, while others wish it would just stay inside 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?

The Best Private Label Skincare Products for the Holiday Season

Posted by Rainshadow Labs on 12/10/2018 to Skin Care
The holidays are right around the corner and with them come a variety of different events; parties, family get togethers and lots of and lots of planning! And not just for what you’re going to cook for Thanksgiving or who gets what for Christmas. This also applies to private label skincare business owners who want their lines ready for the season so they can best serve their customers.

Rockrose Essential Oil

Posted by Rainshadow Labs on 12/10/2018 to Oils

Whenever we start to think about other plants and flower families reaching the top of the botanical beauty pyramid, the Rose family comes back to remind us who’s really sitting pretty at the top. Though Jasmine is regal, Ylang Ylang is fantastic and Blue Tansy is simply stunning, none of them compare to what the wide and magical Rose family has to offer. Beauty, happiness, meditation and calm are all fed and nourished by Rose’s sweet bright essence. Among these Rose variations is Rockrose, our more woody, deep and rich Rose essential oil offering. Working with RainShadow Labs will enable you to create your own formula utilizing this deeply fragrant and warm essential oil.

Elemi Essential Oil

Posted by Rainshadow Labs on 12/10/2018 to Oils

While you have probably heard of Frankincense and Myrrh before, you might not have heard of Elemi, their distant relative and historical replacement in times of need. With an aroma similar to Frankincense and a history intertwined with its resinous cousins Frankincense and Myrrh, you’d think it’d be more widely known, but it’s not. With over 35 years of experience making private label skincare, we’ve had the chance to work with a lot of really fantastic skincare ingredients. And Elemi is one of them. Used for both skincare and aromatherapy, Elemi deserves a space in your repertoire.

How to Help Your Skin Adapt to Seasonal Changes

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 12/10/2018 to Skin Care

Change can be hard for the skin. Whether it’s traveling, a new sleep schedule, hormonal fluctuations or the shift in seasons, there’s a good chance your skin will have to go through a short period of adjustment. For many people, this adjustment period is less than pleasant as they experience breakouts, blackheads and redness where once their skin was happy and clear. Though you can’t stop the inevitable ebb and flow of life, there are a few things you can do to help your skin adapt to change with ease and grace. RainShadow Labs provides consumers with a diverse list of products to choose from when it comes to skin care. Looking through our pre-formulated line is a great way to find something for your skin’s needs. While the following action steps are listed specifically for seasonal changes, they apply to all situations of necessary adaptation that you and your skin might encounter.

Face Off: Diffuser vs. Nebulizer

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 12/10/2018 to Oils

When it comes to essential oils there’s a variety of different ways you can use them. You can dab a drop on your wrist, spritz yourself and home with an essential oil dilution, or diffuse them throughout your house. While using essential oils directly on your body is great for your own personal aroma, using them in things like diffusers is great for permeating your entire space with their smell.

What To Use First: Toner, or Serum?

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 12/10/2018 to Private Label Skin Care

It’s important to have a regular skin care routine that you practice every day. And depending on the type of skin you have, your routine may happen once a day, twice a day, and involve more than on type of product. But it can be hard to decide what goes before what sometimes! Do you spritz your toner before or after you use a moisturizer? What about sunscreen, and serums?  

Immortal Blue: Uses & Benefits of Blue Tansy Essential Oil

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 12/10/2018 to Oils

Essential oils have only continued to grow in popularity, to the point of becoming a billion dollar industry. But due to the lack of regulations for essential oils, it can be hard to find a product that hasn’t been adulterated. Many companies make claims like “therapeutic grade” and “pure” without actually being either. In fact, many oils on the market contain synthetic aromatic fillers that allow the manufacturer to cut costs. But while they may be cutting costs, they’re also cutting quality. At RainShadow Labs we carry a huge variety of essential oils from around the world. From amazingly rare and hard to find Royal Jasmine to Canadian Western Red Cedar and beautiful Blue Tansy. Our customers use them for everything from aromatherapy to skincare. Some buy them via our Buy Direct store, while others choose to use them in their private label custom formulations.


The Best Skincare Stocking Stuffers (that Won't Break Your Bank)

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 12/4/2018 to Oils
It's officially the season of giving. Which means that everything from conversations with your friends to the ads that pop up when you surf the web are all geared towards one question: what are you getting for so-and-so this season? And while giving gifts to those you care about is fun and gratifying, it can also be a really stressful time. Who are you supposed to include? Are they getting something for you? Will they be offended if you don't? And of course, how much is it all going to cost? We know what you're going through, and we've got your back.

How to Know Which Private Label Skincare Product to Sell on Amazon

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/26/2018 to Private Label Skin Care
You've probably shopped on Amazon before. At this point, it's hard to find someone who hasn't! More and more people are using Amazon as their #1 search engine of choice, which means that if they want to buy something online, they're probably gonna head to Amazon. For consumers, this means they're becoming more and more used to Amazon as the standard for their online shopping experience- namely fast shipping, low prices and thousands of brands in one place. What that means for online retailers and brands is that, while it's not necessarily smart to make Amazon the only place you sell your product, it is worth it to get your product up there. 

Why Oil is the New Soap

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/20/2018 to Lifestyle
Oil cleansing. It's the latest and greatest skincare craze, and the more we all learn about it the more we see that it's not going anywhere. Why? Because it works. The wide array of facial oils to choose from makes oil cleansing not only interesting but also easily customizable for basically any skin type and product category. It's also one of the reasons it works so well. Your friend may swear by the power of olive oil, while your mother worships jojoba and your favorite happens to be hazelnut. In the wide world of oil cleansing, there's room for everyone. And that's why it overshadows soap.

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.

3 Ways to Help a Sunburn Heal Faster

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/4/2018 to Skin Care
We've all had one before- sunburn. That bright red coloring on our skin is a sign of not only pain and peeling, but also cellular damage that can lead to increased aging and loss of collagen and tone, not to mention more serious skin problems. It's why many of us in the private label skincare world are so focused on keeping the skin sunburn free. But even with the best of intentions and diligent attention, accidents happen. And for those times when you find yourself sunburned despite your best efforts, here are some ways to help that sucker heal fast:

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?

Thirsty Skin Quenchers

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 3/14/2018 to Oils
Thirsty skin...it’s one of the most aging things for your face, and also one of the easiest to fix! Having thirsty skin just means that it’s in need of more hydration and moisture. While it can be easy to confuse skin that needs more water with skin that needs more oil, one of the easiest ways to forgo this simple issue is to give the skin moisturizing oils that also hydrate the skin. While there are some other ingredients that are hydrating that aren’t oils, if you aren’t sure which one your skin truly needs, just go ahead and use a hydrating oil.