Africa is home to some of the most intriguing fragranced plants on the planet. From ancient times, the continent’s peoples have extracted perfumes from a range of natural sources, including resins, woods, petals, fruit and seeds. One rare ingredient is harvested from the long-dead core of a particular desert shrub which develops a delicious scent as it decays.
Rain’s two highly-skilled African perfumiers have travelled to remote parts of the continent in search of environmentally-sustainable sources of these precious raw materials, establishing relationships with micro suppliers too small-scale and hard-to-reach for mass producers.
The extracted essences, absolutes, concretes and resins are blended into Rain’s artisanal natural perfumes, lovingly handcrafted in small batches.
One of the richest sources of both raw ingredients and ancient knowledge is the Himba tribe of the Kunene region of Namibia.
Himba women eschew bathing from the cradle to the grave, but have a sophisticated culture of perfumery using 25 ingredients from barks, lichen, decayed wood, resins and pods. They travel for hours on foot to harvest some of these materials.
Every family has its unique recipe and both men and women carry perfume bottles around their necks. They also perfume their homes with powdered fragrant plants.