Rainwater Botanicals

Hoquiam, Washington · 32434 Sales


Rainwater Botanicals

Hoquiam, Washington 32434 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars

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Last updated on Jul 9, 2018

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5 out of 5 stars

Merry on Jul 14, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Love, love this shop’s scents. You will need to reapply during the day, but subtle is good, particularly for the workplace. Another winner!

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Our Story

Our commitment to the planet and to the health and well-being of our customers is why we got in to this business. We start with the best ingredients available so that our end products are of the highest quality. We love questions and suggestions so please let us know what you are thinking!

Our first and most popular product, Rainwater Botanicals Healing Salve, was formulated in 1999. We were looking for an all natural multi-purpose salve to take along on camping trips for minor cuts and scrapes. At that time there was very little on the market that met our needs, so into the kitchen we went.
Rainwater Botanicals Products are hand made in small batches for quality and freshness. We source our fine ingredients locally where ever possible and use all the organic and sustainable ingredients we can get our hands on. Our commitment to the planet and to the health and well-being of our customers is why we got in to this business. We start with the best ingredients available so that our end products are of the highest quality. We love questions and suggestions so please let us know what you are thinking!

Our first ingredient was, and still is Comfrey. Comfrey has incredible healing capabilities and works wonders on many types of skin problems. Through endless hours of research, and some old fashioned trial and error, we believe we have come up with the perfect recipe.

In 2000, we started sharing our Healing Salve with friends and family and received rave reviews. News traveled fast, and we began to hear what we call "Owie Stories" from all over the country. We started sending out Healing salve samples and soon began to hear stories of miraculous recovery from dry skin, eczema, rashes, insect bits, cuts scrapes and diaper rash!

In 2004 we began putting together several lines of products that we truly believe in and personally use.

Please know that we sell only products that we truly believe in and we personally test each and every product. If you have comments or concerns please feel free to contact us!

Shop members

  • Sara Mueller

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, PR

    I'm the owner and instigator of this endeavor, I'm to blame...

Shop policies

Last updated on April 12, 2014
Although we use all natural ingredients, people can still be allergic to almost anything. We post all of our ingredients online so that you may preview their contents before you order. We also recommend that you “patch test” products if you have not used them before or if the ingredients have changed.

If any adverse reaction occurs, discontinue use immediately. Our body care products are for external use only. No medical claims are implied in this catalog, and the information herein is not intended to be used for self diagnosis or self treatment of any condition. None of the information provided is meant to act as a prescription, medical advice or therapeutic advice. No Rainwater Botanicals product is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Rainwater Botanicals products are NOT for consumption.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Money Order
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept cancellations
Request a cancellation: before item has shipped
I don't accept returns or exchanges
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Due to the nature of our products we do not accept returns. We will not give refunds unless damage or loss occurs during shipping. Notify us in case of product damage and return the product withing 30 days of receiving it and we will be happy to replace or refund. If you are unsatisfied in some other way with our products please contact us and we will try and make it better.
We gladly accept paypal!
Now accepting Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Discover!
We can accept Money Order please contact us if this payment method is desired.
Shipping: We are happy to ship via USPS. We ship within 2-3 business days unless otherwise contacted and notified of a delay. We cannot ship weekends or holidays. Priority Mail normally takes 2 to 3 days but may take up to one full week to reach destinations in the U.S. And can take up to a month for some international orders. First Class Mail takes 3-5 days for U.S. orders and up to a month for International orders.

Damaged or Missing Orders: If you receive a damaged package, please take photos of your package. When emailing regarding any damage or lost items to your package, please have this information ready for our us. Please email us within one week of receipt, or one week from when you were supposed to receive it.  BE SURE TO DOUBLE CHECK YOUR ADDRESS! If a package is sent out to an incorrect address, and it is returned to us, you are responsible for the reshipping costs. IF YOUR INTERNATIONAL OR DOMESTIC PACKAGE GOES MISSING WE WILL MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO TRACK IT DOWN AND HELP RECOVER IT. ALL DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL ORDERS ARE NOW INSURED.

International Shipping Policies: Rainwater Botanicals is happy to ship packages internationally including Canada, Mexico and overseas.  All shipping rates are determined by the weight and size of your package. Once your order is packaged and the label is printed we will refund all excess shipping charges. The shipping does not include any import or duty fees, you are responsible for those additional fees (which vary from country to country). If you do not pick-up your package for any reason and it is returned to us we will refund you after deducting the return shipping charges and our 15% restock fee.

International Shipping Method: We ship via USPS. This service takes 1-3 weeks (post office has 90 days to deliver order before it will be considered lost). We will make every effort to ship your package promptly and safely. You will be notified of the shipment and provided tracking information. We are not responsible for packages that go missing but we will make every effort to prevent that from happening. International customers are responsible for their own customs & vat fees. We can not be held responsible for packages that are held up in customs. We ship flat rate priority wherever possible but occasionally ship first class mail due to package size and cost. Should your order become held up in customs you can always contact your local customs office with the customs number we provide to track it down or contact us and we can help.

Shipping Restrictions: It is your responsibility to be aware of the specific import restrictions for your country. If your package is refused or destroyed due to customs rules, Rainwater Botanicals will not be able to refund your order or offer a replacement at no charge.
*IMPORTANT NOTICE ON BOTANICAL SHIPMENTS: Due to import regulations, the Government of Korea, Japan and New Zealand will not allow botanical items (seeds, flower parts, or any organic, plant substances) to be imported without special documentation outside the scope of what we can do. We apologize for the inconvenience to our overseas friends and hope that other countries do not begin banning botanical imports. 
*We can no longer ship to Italy or Greece. Unfortunately, Italy has import laws that do not allow Cosmetics into the country. While Greece requires special paperwork from the FDA and inspections that are beyond our international shipping abilities. If you choose to place an order and have it shipped to Italy or Greece, Rainwater Botanicals will not be able to refund you for shipping charges or the product if it is confiscated.
*If you live in Russia, the maximum amount we can ship to you is $75 USD. If you chose to place an order and have it shipped to Russia that is above $75USD in product and customs rejects it or refuses to deliver it, Rainwater Botanicals will not be able to refund you for shipping charges or for the product if it is confiscated.
*Shipments to Brazil require a Tax ID number for private individuals and businesses. For individuals this is called the CPF - Cadastro Pessoa Fisica and has a format like 000.000.028-00, For businesses the number is called a CPNJ Cadastro Nacional de Pessoa Juridica and it has a format like 00.000.486/0001-0. 
Additional policies and FAQs
10 Synthetic Cosmetic Ingredients To Avoid
Many of these ingredients are contained in "Natural" personal care products

1. Imidazolidinyl Urea and Diazolidinyl Urea — These are the most commonly used preservatives after the parabens. They are well established as a primary cause of contact dermatitis (American Academy of Dermatology). Two trade names for these chemicals are Germall II and Germall 115. Neither of the Germall chemicals have a good antifungal, and must be combined with other preservatives. Germall 115 releases formaldehyde at just over 10°. These chemicals are toxic.

2. Methyl, Propyl, Butyl, and Ethyl Paraben — Used as inhibitors of microbial growth and to extend shelf life of products. Widely used even though they are known to be toxic. Have caused many allergic reactions and skin rashes. Methyl paraben combines benzoic acid with the methyl group of chemicals. Highly toxic.

3. Petrolatum — Petrolatum is mineral oil jelly, and mineral oil causes a lot of problems when used on the skin—it can produce photosensitivity (i.e., promotes sun damage), and it tends to interfere with the body's own natural moisturizing mechanism, leading to dry skin and chapping. You are being sold a product that creates the very conditions it claims to alleviate. Manufacturers use petrolatum because it is very cheap.

4. Propylene Glycol — Ideally this is a vegetable glycerine mixed with grain alcohol, both of which are natural. Usually it is a synthetic petrochemical mix used as a humectant. Has been known to cause allergic and toxic reactions.

5. PVP/VA Copolymer — A petroleum-derived chemical used in hairsprays, wavesets and other cosmetics. It can be considered toxic, since particles may contribute to foreign bodies in the lungs of sensitive persons.

6. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate — This synthetic substance is used in shampoos for its detergent and foam-building abilities. It causes eye irritations, skin rashes, hair loss, scalp scurf similar to dandruff, and allergic reactions. It is frequently disguised in pseudo-natural cosmetics with the parenthetic explanation "comes from coconut".

7. Stearalkonium Chloride — A chemical used in hair conditioners and creams. Causes allergic reactions. Stearalkonium chloride was developed by the fabric industry as a fabric softener, and is a lot cheaper and easier to use in hair conditioning formulas than proteins or herbals, which do help hair health. Toxic.

8. Synthetic Colors — The synthetic colors used to supposedly make a cosmetic "pretty" should be avoided at all costs, along with hair dyes. They will be labeled as FD&C or D&C, followed by a color and a number. Example: FD&C Red No. 6 / D&C Green No. 6. Synthetic colors are believed to be cancer-causing agents. If a cosmetic has them in it, don't use the cosmetic.

9. Synthetic Fragrances — The synthetic fragrances used in cosmetics can have as many as 200 ingredients. There is no way to know what the chemicals are, since on the label it will simply say "Fragrance". Some of the problems caused by these chemicals are headaches, dizziness, rash, hyperpigmentation, violent coughing, vomiting, skin irritation, and the list goes on. Advice: Don't buy a cosmetic that has the word "Fragrance" on the ingredients label.

10. Triethanolamine (TEA) — Often used in cosmetics to adjust the pH, and used with many fatty acids to convert acid to salt (stearate), which then becomes the base for a cleanser. TEA causes allergic reactions including eye problems, dryness of hair and skin, and could be toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time.

Look for natural ingredients in the products you buy. Do not use cosmetics that are artificially colored. Is the shampoo green or blue? Very likely it contains a coal-tar color. Does the product contain a synthetic fragrance? Don't use it. Are any of the chemicals listed above on the ingredients label? Don't use it. You may find out that some of your allergic problems will suddenly go away when you no longer use cosmetics with synthetics and petrochemicals