safety research and innovation
Rain body products all pass through the intense scrutiny of South Africa’s top cosmetic consultant – Dr Elsabé Cloete, who checks them for harmful ingredients,
dangerous percentages & forbidden ingredients. Her technical and procedural
knowledge is essential to make sure that Rain products comply with and adhere to the
exacting compliance standards of both the FDA and the European Union.
Dr Elsabé Cloete is an interdisciplinary scientist and practicing chemist who holds several academic degrees and
international qualifications, including (BSc∙HONS(Math), HONS(Chem), MSc(CS*) PhD(CS*), Dip.Cos. Sci. (COSCHEM), EU Safety Assessor
Cert (Vrije University Brussels).
Being in academia for many years, she has authored/co-authored more than 50 scientific research papers. In 2003, Professor Cloete exited from the Science Faculty of the University of South Africa (Unisa) to the Personal Care industry. (*Computer Science)
Working for more than a decade for a cosmetics & nutritional supplement company with several different business units, Dr Cloete has a wide range of expertise, including formulating, efficacy testing, upscaling, formulation implementation, stability testing, product problem solving, certification and manufacturing. She has done extensive work on preservation systems, emulsions and physical stability of cosmetic products.
The European Union changed the cosmetic Directive 76/768/EEC into Regulation (2009/1223/EC) from June 2013 to improve harmonised cosmetic law compliance amongst EU member states. The new regulation not only refined many details, but also now addresses various issues, including the ban on animal testing as well as environmental and health concerns in cosmetics. Accordingly, before placing a cosmetic product on the market, the safety of the product itself as well as it’s ingredients has to be scrutinized by a professional with the relevant qualifications awarded by a European university. In 2013, Dr Cloete, who is an environmentalist at heart, was the first person on the African continent who completed this safety assessment qualification amongst the top ten of the class in Brussels
Dr Sansha Coetzee is a qualified chemical engineer with a huge passion for cosmetics. She graduated with a Doctorate degree in chemical engineering in 2015, after which she was appointed as Post Doctoral fellow at the North-West University. During this time she published numerous research articles in esteemed international journals. Dr Coetzee joined Rain in 2016, and has since also completed her Cosmetic Science Diploma (COSCHEM). She is currently Head of Innovations at Rain, and is responsible for all R&D projects, including the launch of new upcoming products and ranges. Dr Coetzee applies her incredible passion for cosmetic products to develop and formulate new and innovative products that are in line with Rain’s ethos and identity.
accreditation and endorsement
Beauty Without Cruelty accredited
None of our products or ingredients are tested on animals - ever.
World Fairtrade Member
We are very proud that we have achieved Fair Trade Guaranteed status.
Member of Phytotrade (organic African oils )
We ensure that our african oils are sustainably sourced and harvested.
Member of Cosmetic Toiletry &Fragrance Ass
Ensuring that our products meet all the requirements, we are proud to be a member of CTFA
Member of Unashamedly Ethical
Being ethical in our dealing with our suppliers, consumers and customers are of the utmost importance to us.
Our products (excluding our Bee Essential remedies range) are accredited by the SA Vegan Society.
We comply with all the EU and FDA regulations to export our products to USA and Europe.