Ingredient Guide

A Little Note about how we source Ingredients

We actively seek and preferentially purchase ingredients and packaging from suppliers that are environmentally conscious.  If you're ever wondering about the sustainability and ethical production of any ingredient we use, you can find that information right here by scrolling to your ingredient of interest (this list is in alphabetical order for ease of reference).

Here's just a brief overview of the most common listings you'll find below.

Fair for Life Ingredients

Ingredients with this certification ensure a living wage is paid to every pair of hands involved in production from the farmer planting the seeds and growing the crop to the harvesters who gather the crop (whether that's flowers, fruits, leaves, or seeds) and process the crop to extract the oils or distillates (hydrosols and essential oils).

Many ingredients still rely heavily on manual labor for harvesting.  For example, moringa pods are gathered by hand and split open by hand to collect moringa seeds, which are then cold pressed to create the moringa oil we use.  For manual harvest, no carbon emissions are realized, but we still want to ensure the hands involved receive a living wage.

EcoCert Ingredients

The amount of carbon emitted each year during planting and growing crops may vary depending on irrigation and fertilizer schedules.  In other words, crop production is dependent on Mother Nature, and the amount of energy used to plant, irrigate, and fertilize a crop is variable from year to year and region to region. 

This is one of the reasons ECOCERT certification is so important to help ensure minimal environmental impact along every point in the ingredient's life cycle.

ECOCERT ensures a few things.  Like Fair For Life, each step of an ingredient's production story is evaluated not only to ensure fair wages but also to ensure each step of the process employs environmentally friendly practices.  ECOCERT also provides valuable traceability throughout the entire production chain.

Zero Waste Supplier

One of our suppliers is environmentally conscious to the extreme and holds a TRUE Zero Waste certification from Green Business Certification, Inc.  I personally could not be more proud to use their ingredients in Rain Organica's products.  Any ingredient received from this supplier includes the designation 'Zero Waste Certified supplier' on our ingredients page.

Oils

Blackberry seed oil

Naturally high in anti-oxidants (specifically various compounds in the Vitamin E family) and also lutein, a carotenoid naturally present in the skin, that acts as an anti-oxidant protecting skin from the effects of UV rays.

Cucumber oil

All fragile lightweight oils rich in essential fatty acids and skin beneficial ingredients.

Evening primrose oil 

High in gamma-linolenic acid, a conditionally essential omega-6 fatty acid is wildly renowned for its skin benefits

Rosehip Seed oil - Fair Trade, Zero Waste Certified Supplier

All fragile lightweight oils rich in essential fatty acids and skin beneficial ingredients.

Hemp seed oil - Fair for Life, Zero Waste Supplier

A highly absorbent lightweight oil. High in PUFAs (polyunsaturated fatty acids), hemp seed oil is phenomenal for all skin types including sensitive skin.

Meadowfoam Seed Oil 

has a unique fatty acid profile, which makes it non-comedogenic and easily absorbed. Great for all skin types. including oily. Sustainably harvested in the Pacific Northwest.

Pumpkin seed oil - Fair for Life, Zero Waste Supplier

Contains high concentrations of skin nourishing phytosterols. Pumpkin seed oil is also incredibly rich in zinc, vitamin E, vitamin C, antioxidants, and omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids.

Olive Oil 

Long used in skincare for its restorative properties.

Tamanu oil - Fair for Life, Zero Waste Supplier

A true powerhouse ingredient. This deeply nourishing and protective oil contains potent antioxidant compounds that protect our skin from the effects of UV exposure.   Tamanu is a nut oil, and since we try to keep most of the line free of nut oils, right now, you'll find this ingredient only in our I am Enough Facial Oil.

Active Ingredients

Coenzyme Q-10

A multi-functional ingredient that shields skin from the effects of UV rays and also promotes cell vitality.  Coenzyme Q-10 is an oil soluble antioxidant naturally occurring in our bodies and used abundantly in I am Enough Botanical Facial Oil.

Glycyrrhetinic Acid (Licorice Root) 

One of our signature ingredients. Licorice root helps relieve the appearance of redness.

Hydrosol, Cucumber - Fair for Life, Zero Waste Supplier

Immensely calming and soothing for the senses (and our skin).

Hydrosol, Rose - Fair for Life, Zero Waste Supplier

Soothes the skin and is purported to reduce the appearance of pores.

Juveleven™ (Acetyl Hexapeptide-51 Amide) peptide

An exceptional peptide for our skin offering protection from environmental stressors and supporting healthy cellular turnover.  Over time, you're likely to notice a brighter complexion.

L-Carnitine 

is a gentle Beta Hydroxy Acid that helps reduce your skin cell turnover rate, improving texture and appearance while also helping to restore moisture.

Matrixyl™ 3000 peptide

The trade name for a blend of two active peptides, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7. These peptides reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve elasticity.

Niacinamide 

An incredible skin hydrating ingredient that also helps brighten skin & energize skin at a cellular level.

Preventhelia® (Diaminopropionoyl Tripeptide-33) 

Shields the skin from free radicals generated by exposure to UV and other environmental pollutants.

Resveratrol 

This potent antioxidant is shown to protect our skin against the effects of UV rays and other types of environmental damage

Telangyn™ (Acetyl Tetrapeptide-40) peptide

Helps relieve the appearance of redness.

Vitamin C (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate & Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate aka Stabilized Vitamin C aka stabilized water soluble Vitamin C)

A potent antioxidant that helps shield our skin from the effects of environmental damage and UV rays.

Moisturizers

Panthenol

Binds to and holds moisture, helping skin to maintain both softness and elasticity.

Sodium Hyaluronate 

is the water-soluble salt form of Hyaluronic Acid. This ingredient is widely used to enhance the skin's ability to absorb and retain moisture, resulting in smoother, firmer skin.

Sodium PCA 

Naturally found in our skin, Sodium PCA is one of the major components of our skin’s natural moisturising factor (NMF).

EcoCert Emulsifiers

Emulsifiers are the ingredients that help hold lotion together (otherwise, it would separate into an oil and water layer).  Rain Organica uses EcoCert plant based emulsifiers.  You'll recognize them on the product label as:

  • Glyceryl stearate (also known as glyceryl monostearate)
  • Sodium stearoyl lactylate
  • Cetearyl alcohol
  • Cetyl alcohol
  • Cetearyl glucoside
  • Sorbitan olivate
  • Cetearyl olivate

These words might sound scary, but rest assured, these are some of the cleanest and most sustainable emulsifiers on the market.

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