We are firm believers in the concept of returning the love that has been given to you. As the creator of Rain, I am allowed to blur the lines between a business running for profit and wanting to give back. Two of the most profound loves of my life have returned to the heavens above, and I await the day I see them again. Until then, a small thing I can do to honor their memory is to incorporate their love into this business. In 2011, I created the Rain Legacy Collection. All net proceeds from the sale of these soaps are donated to help others. The stories of both Legacy bars are below:
Highbanks - Jake was brought into our world in 2004, a true gift from God. Although he had four legs, he was our child. And our teacher. In 2011, Jake was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer which originated in his GI tract. As dogs do in general, and Jake in particular, he obviously hid this pain from us for weeks if not months. By the time he was diagnosed, it was far too late. We put life on hold and spent 14 days hiking and swimming with our beloved boy before he passed in our arms. The lessons I learned from Jake I will never forget. Love unconditionally, and take nothing for granted. As he spent so much time at my side in the atelier while I wrapped soap, I wanted to create a fragrance for him. Highbanks is that fragrance. Named after the first park that Jake fell in love with, Highbanks is all Jake. Rich and full of life. I blended eucalyptus, sage and pine - elements from the earth that he loved so much. All net proceeds from the sale of Highbanks soap are used to fund canine cancer research and treatment.
June Lilac - I was only 28 when my mom, June, passed away. Barely out of business school, I had barely begun my professional life. She was an incredible woman, and one thing that she loved were her lilacs. Lining one entire side of our yard, these were the old world French lilacs that you can't seem to find anymore. Each spring, our home would become filled with lilacs. On the kitchen counter, in the bathrooms, in our bedrooms. It is really the first scent that become etched in my hard drive. When I started Rain, I always knew I would have a lilac soap for Mom. The problem is that lilac is a terribly difficult (and expensive) essence to press correctly. For years, I searched the finest fragrance houses in Provence looking for the right one. I finally found it, and in 2011 I was able to introduce June Lilac. Just like her bouquets, this is the real deal. All net proceeds from the sale of June Lilac are donated to Hospice and Cancer charities in her memory.
Original Collection (2003)
The Additions (2005)
The Newbies (2011)
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New Preston, CT 06777