Soap making with Rain

Two weeks ago I spent a Saturday morning with Rain Africa at one of my favourite places in Cape Town – the gorgeous Casa Labia near Muizenberg. I was invited along to find out more about soap making at the launch of their new book The Rain Book of Natural Soap Making (R189).

Coincidently I had just been browsing the book in my local book shop not a week prior as this is something I was quite interested in learning about… with my family’s skin issues we spent quite  a fortune on natural soap each month (R25 a bar is not to be sniffed at!)

I had a really great morning learning about the process involved, making our own soaps, meeting Bev Missing, the founder of Rain Africa and getting to know a few bloggers I hadn’t yet crossed paths with – all followed by a delicious lunch in the grandest dining room I’ve ever eaten in!

Here are few pics of the morning:


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As you can see I left with lots of inspiration to start making my own soap and have already gone past the shops to stock up on some of the essentials – silicone moulds, olive oil and lye. Now all I need are a good food thermometer and I’m all set for my first batch of soap – well after the 6 weeks waiting time. I better get a move on… And one I’ve made my first batch I’ll be sure to share the results with you here!

rainbookIf you’re keen to find out how to go about making your own natural soap I highly recommend Bev’s new book – it’s got some easy and more complex soap recipes that are tried and tested plus it’s filled with lovely photos featuring creative ideas for creating your own unique soaps.


Buy it here: The Rain Book of Natural Soap Making (R189)






Images: Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

  1. Good morning.
    I would like to buy your book
    Where else can I buy it.
    I want to learn how to make glycerin soap from home i am in Pretoria.
    Thank you

  2. Hi. My name is Nontobeko , where can I buy The Rain book of Natural Soap Making in Cape Town?

  3. Goodday! I would like to start making handmade natural soap for profit. Can I get The Rain Book of Natural Soap making from any CNA or PNA stores.

    1. Hi Dineo. I suggest you contact Rain directly to find out where they stock the book near you.

  4. Hi is bonga in Johannesburg.. I would like to find out where i can get a book.. I want to learn how to make soap and body lotions

  5. I have a Soap making book available on Amazon. It is called “Everything You Need to Know to Make Cold Process Soap” from J J Fletcher. I am happy to teach soap making classes. I’m based in the Eastern Cape. Feel free to e-mail me if you are interested in joining one of my classes.

  6. Hi – I have bought the book from Rain. I am in the Western Cape. Are there any natural soap making workshops/courses in the area please (nearest to Table View)? Thank you. Kind regards, Rebecca –

  7. I am in the process of buying a guesthouse in Greyton and have a lovely space available for the selling handmade soap and related products like essential oils and more .I will not have time to make the soap myself and am looking for a product that falls so soft and amazing on tthe eat like Rain soap. Whom can I make contact with when i want to purchase something like this product to sell and use l in my Colonial looking guesthouse?
    Thank you

  8. Hi where can I get the book am in cape town,and do you also have the lotion and cream books?

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