Let’s take care of dry winter and sad summer skin and restore its natural sexy suppleness. Of course it’s something with a man-friendly formula and packaging!
As promised, boooooring ol’ product reviews are gone, it’s range reviews and product battles for me and you in 2016. Today, I’m reviewing something that offers relief for winter-tired, dry, flaky, dull skin.
-SUMMER UPDATE ADDED ON 27 MAY 2016-
Rahua (Read: ra-wa) Amazon Beauty:
A Story Of Empowerment
Launched in 2007 by Fabian Lliguin, a native Ecuadorian and a renowned NY-based hair stylist, Amazon Beauty, Inc., is best known for its extremely luxurious hair care brand Rahua. Target group: ladies lusting after lustrous locks. Which basically means – most ladies and many a gentleman 😉
Interestingly, the brand wasn’t launched to start Yet Another Stylist’s Haircare Line but to support indigenous tribes of the Amazonian rainforest and to protect the same rainforest. The catch is, being of Quechua descent himself, Fabian has learned, in the late nineties, the local women’s secret to maintaining their hair lush and flowing – a very peculiar, fine nut oil from the Ungurahua palm tree (aka Oenocarpus bataua) called rahua. By purchasing the oil directly from the tribeswomen and by educating them on successful trade practices, intellectual property rights, human rights issues, the brand is able to sustainably empower Earth-friendly harvesting methods and a female-run business.
All Rahua products are vegan and cruelty free, organic, free from parabens, gluten/ wheat extacts (!) and, as far as I can see, from Palm-Oil-derived ingredients. The key ingredient is the Rahua oil, and it’s supported by many potent plant friends, such as Ungurahua, Sacha inchi, and Buriti oils.
In autumn 2015, hair styling products were added; body skincare products were introduced in November 2014, a fact not just Yours Truly was completely oblivious to.
//Link love: rahua.com
My Bumpy Road
To Rahua Heaven
Having tried a very early shampoo version containing wheat proteins, I was not even thinking about Rahua for obvious reasons. Only recently have I learned that the company has replaced Wheat protein with Quinoa protein for good! – Excellent news for Yours Truly.
To cut the long story short, my hair is very thick (and shiny all on its own if I may add), and I wasn’t able to really make friends with their shampoo; Rahua states that their products have a pH value of 4.5–5.5 whereas my skin needs and water situation require slightly higher acidity.
Now, I’ve first tested the Rahua Body range during a press event last spring, and I know what you might think, but I couldn’t believe how incredible the products were. Real unsung heroes! (And it’s rare for me to rave about a body care product, it really is.) I’ve purchased, and I repurchased, and repurchased!… Simply because da family had developed an insatiable hunger for these products oh-so soothing, oh-so softening, oh-so moisturising their dry winter skin literally hardened by Berlin’s municipal water. 😀
Today I want to review the complete Rahua Body range in detail for you – any of you who suffer from flaky, dry skin in winter, listen up!
Shower Gel Review
//Bottle & price: 260 ml, €29.95 (travel size: 60 ml, €8.45)
NB: All prices are taken from the Berlin-based online shop I buy it at.
//Ingredients: Aqua, Herbal Infusion of Hibiscus Sabdariffa Extract*, Arnica Montana Flower Extract*, and Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract*, Coco Betaine, Sodium Chloride (Sea salt), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract*, Caprylic Acid, Bursera Graveolens (Palo Santo) Oil, Oenocarpus Bataua (Ungurahua) Oil, Sacha Inchi Oil (Plukenetia volubilis), Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Lavandula (Lavender) Officinalis Oil, Glycerin, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate (plant derived).
//Review: this transparent shower gel with the texture of thick liquid honey is unlikely to spill when you open the lid (feat!) and lathers to a thick, creamy foam. The aroma of Palo Santo, lavender, eucalyptus oils and vanilla extract is warmly invigorating, relaxing and soothing – like an instant meditation! The skin feels soft and moisturised. The product will last for a long time.
Summer update 6 months later: this is the only product from the Rahua Body Range that I haven’t bought for a third time because I have two very decent shower gels that I like – and with 1/4 of the Rahua price tag they are already not from the home brand shelf if you know what I mean. Possibly I’ll treat myself to this one again in winter, when I miss sunshine and warmth.
Amazon Oil Review
//Bottle & price: 60 ml, €57
//Ingredients: Capric Caprylic Triglyceride (Coconut derived), Coco-Caprylate, Oenocarpus Bataua (Ungurahua) Oil, Sacha Inchi Oil (Plukenetia volubilis), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Mauritia Flexuosa (Buriti) Fruit Oil, Bursera Graveolens (Palo Santo) Oil, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil*, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) fruit oil*, Lavandula (Lavender) Officinalis Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract*.
//Review: a spray-on oil for particularly dry skin. Best to apply when just out of the shower for a spa-like feeling. Nourishes and softens intensely. My personal tip: use in winter as a rich overnight hand mask blended with Rahua Body Lotion. And speaking from the future (review update, 27 May), the oil works great during warmer days – absolutely not too heavy whether used on those dry patches only or on the entire body. I’ve also blended some drops of Amazon Oil with mineral shimmer eyeshadow in pink gold from this beauty look to use as bronzing body oil for that funky “legs for days” effect.
//Bottle & price: 200 ml, €48 (or travel size: 60 ml, €13.99)
//Ingredients: Aqua, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Stearic Acid (derived from Coconut Oil), Cathamus Tinctorius (Safflower Seed) Oleosomes, Caprylate (derived from Coconut Oil), Propanediol (derived from Maize), Oenocarpus Bataua (Ungurahua) Oil, Glyceryl Undecylenate (derived from Castor & Rapeseed Oil), Cetyl Alcohol (derived from Coconut Oil), Caprylic/Capric, Triglyceride (Coconut derived), Plukenetia Volubilis (Sacha Inchi) Oil, Organic Quinoa protein*, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Glycerin (plant derived), Leuconostoc/Ferment Radish Root Filtrate, Lonicera Japonica, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle Flower Extract), Populus Tremuloides (Bark Extract), Gluconolactone (fruit derived), Glyceryl Stearate Citrate (plant derived), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl (plant derived), Bursera Graveolens (Palo Santo) Oil, Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Glyceryl Caprylate (derived from Coconut Oil), Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Oil, Sorbitan Oleate, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate (derived from Olives), Sodium Phytate (plant derived), p-Anisic Acid (Anise), Xanthan Gum (derived from Sugar), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Seed Wax).
//Review: I’m usually not a fan of a product with an ingredient list that can’t be read out lout in one breath, but here’s the exception to that rule. If you tend to develop not just dry patches or flaky areas during winter months, if your skin is likely to get a rash, or to develop a weird grainy texture that’s not quite acne but definitely not flawless skin, try this. This lotion transforms “spiky” dry skin into fine, velvety-soft touch-a-touch-a-touch-a-touch-me invitation. And here’s the summer update after 6 months of using the Body Lotion: while my skin doesn’t need any extra moisture in summer, I treat my hands to this instead of buying a hand lotion – my skin really drinks it all up within minutes, and I’m good to go!
Rahua Body Range
…If you’re absolutely fine, fine, fine with your body skincare – or if you don’t need any lotion or oil – good for you. I’m all pro product-independent skincare, and for obtaining naturally supple and healthy skin via a healthy lifestyle.
…But if you desperately look for products to soothe tired, dry skin, to revive dull and to refresh flaky skin, give Rahua a try. The products aren’t a steal exactly, but at least the Shower Gel and the Lotion are available as travel sizes.
If you want your mum, a friend (or yourself) to make a green switch from those expensive, aggressively marketed conventional products in the same price range, try Rahua Body before you try anything else: it has all the green benefits in the outstanding I’m-used-to-conventional-friendly formula and texture
Now what about you: Fitting any of these scenarios? Or have you tried any Rahua products already?
Tell in the comments! – And I see you very soon.