TATCHA Review (a.k.a. How to Get Flawless Porcelain Skin)

TATCHA Review (a.k.a. How to Get Flawless Porcelain Skin)

If you are not famil­iar with geisha or their beau­ti­ful porce­lain skin, have a quick look:

Image courtesy of TATCHA: "Our muse Kyoka-san, a maiko (geisha in training) with no face makeup on and no retouching | photo credit: Miki Chishaki"

Exhibit A. Image cour­tesy of TATCHA

This level of clar­ity, smooth­ness, and even tone is usu­ally seen on only two types of humans: 1. babies and 2. geisha.

So unless you are a baby, a geisha, or some­one who abides by Epic Beauty guide­lines, chances are, you have some things you’d like to brighten or blem­ishes you’d like to ban­ish or fine lines you want gone. Clear, glow­ing skin is not some hairy-fairy wish­ful think­ing day­dream. It is true that no one has totally pore­less airbrushed-looking skin with­out makeup, but smooth, dewy, bright, blemish-free skin is our birthright. (We are all born with that kind of skin, after all.) Thus, I present TATCHA.

After inter­view­ing Vic­to­ria Tsai, TATCHA’s founder extra­or­di­naire, I received a smat­ter­ing of TATCHA prod­ucts to review. This was back in July. Yes, it has taken me this long to write a review. The rea­son? This line is really, really frig­gin spe­cial. I needed to do it justice.


TATCHA Review | Epic Beauty Guide

While TATCHA does not present itself as a nat­ural brand, it fits the bill in terms of for­go­ing the use of known and sus­pected toxic ingre­di­ents. All the prod­ucts in the line are for­mu­lated with­out any of my arch-nemeses (yes, that’s plural): min­eral oil, syn­thetic col­ors, fra­grances, sodium lau­ryl sul­fates and other sneaky sul­fates, parabens, PEGs, PPGs, urea, DEA, TEA, or phthalates.

What’s more is that TATCHA makes uses of recy­clable and sus­tain­able mate­ri­als in their pack­ag­ing. Their blot­ting papers are encased in Japan­ese base­board printed with soy ink, and a label printed in a carbon-negative (trans­la­tion: they off­set more car­bon than they emit = good for the envi­ron­ment) San Fran­cisco facil­ity. And if you’re won­der­ing what that ele­gant hexag­o­nal pat­tern on their pack­ag­ing is, it is called “Kikko” and rep­re­sents the tor­toise, a sym­bol of eter­nal life in Japan­ese cul­ture. The thin line of this pat­terned “tape” is so pretty and ele­gant, it sort of pained me when I had to break the seal to open my jar of rice powder.

Yes, I am ridiculous.

Victoria Tsai, TATCHA Founder - Photo Courtesy SFGate

Behold! Vic­to­ria Tsai, TATCHA’s Founder. Photo Cour­tesy SFGate

TATCHA’s founder, Vic­to­ria Tsai, is a remark­ably kind, beau­ti­ful woman with incred­i­bly sen­si­tive skin. Born with the sort of skin you get stopped on the street for (“tell me your secrets!”), Vicky devel­oped a severe case of der­mati­tis as a result of test­ing the synthetics-laden prod­ucts of the beauty indus­try. Now unable to use the vast major­ity of prod­ucts out there, she relied on the 300 year old nat­ural beauty secrets of geisha to bring back her healthy, radi­ant skin. The ubiq­ui­tous ingre­di­ents in a geisha’s skin care rou­tine include rice bran, camel­lia oil, red algae, green tea, licorice root, pearl, and silk. And they work (see Exhibit A, above).

Vicky per­son­ally for­mu­lates each prod­uct with her chemist, and now that I have got­ten to know her and her his­tory with harm­ful skin care prod­ucts, I have a cer­tain ele­ment of trust in the prod­ucts and the ingre­di­ents (which, as you all know, is HUGE for me).

There are very few prod­ucts I use on my skin con­sis­tently, and while I was very excited to try the TATCHA line, I was also not allow­ing myself to expect any super glam­orous results. And holy crap was I in for a treat.

It turns out that TATCHA is the Bat­man of skin care (smart, super hand­some, and gets the job done).

Now, as you very well know, I am often sent prod­ucts from all over the place to test out and review, and my skin under­goes tri­als every few weeks. Many prod­ucts never make it to a review, because I either refused to try it in the first place due to hor­ri­ble ingre­di­ents (parabens, SLS, you name it) or a sen­si­tiv­ity (chamomile is not my friend), or the ingre­di­ents were great but the prod­uct just didn’t sit well with my skin. In cases where a product’s ill effect is not vis­i­ble until the third or fourth week, the dam­age has been done and I need to employ the right set of prod­ucts to get it back to nor­mal before I can try any­thing else.

Back in the sum­mer, just prior to receiv­ing TATCHA prod­ucts to review, I was test­ing a sun­block that did a num­ber on my skin. I’ve never seen any­thing like it. Blem­ishes in places I have never had a blem­ish before, clus­ters of rough, irri­tated patches on my cheeks, etc. It was a doozy! This time, instead of falling back on my usual prod­uct set to maneu­ver my skin back to nor­mal, I decided to put TATCHA to the task of bring­ing my skin to a pris­tine state.

TATCHA Before & After | Epic Beauty Guide

A few weeks of sun­block test­ing left my skin with all kinds of con­ges­tion — I had been deal­ing with this with lit­tle suc­cess for at least 3 months. My aes­theti­cian was appalled haha. TATCHA to the rescue!

TATCHA Before & After | Epic Beauty Guide

Two-ish months after using TATCHA. No con­ges­tion. No Pho­to­shop­ping (except for adding text).

TATCHA Blotting Papers Review | Epic Beauty Guide

TATCHA Orig­i­nal Abu­ra­torigami Beauty Papers

TATCHA’s Abu­ra­torigami papers are 100% abaca leaf with real gold flakes. And yes, they are just as lux­u­ri­ous as they sound. It took Vicky a lot of time and effort to con­vince the gold crafts­men in Japan to pro­duce and sell these cov­eted golf leaflets to her, but I’m so glad she did it! These sheets are not made from wood pulp, so they do not strip mois­ture from your skin like most blot­ting papers. Geisha exclu­sively use these thin gold leaflets to keep their skin and makeup look­ing fresh through­out their long work days.

I use one of these lit­tle lux­u­ries almost every day to blot my T-zone. They gen­tly absorb oil and leave my skin look­ing dewy and clean. And bet­ter yet, my skin does not pro­duce a ton more oil to com­pen­sate because the leaflets do not strip my skin. Plus, at $12 for 30 sheets, it’s a steal. One pack­age lasts me a month or so.

TATCHA Abu­ra­torigami Beauty Papers Con­tain:
100% abaca leaf, gold flake

Made With­out:
Min­eral oil, syn­thetic color, fra­grance, pow­der or pulp.

TATCHA Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder Review | Epic Beauty Guide

TATCHA Gen­tle Rice Enzyme Pow­der Review

Vicky sent along a beau­ti­ful pack­age of rice enzyme pow­der sam­plers and hydrat­ing potions. I decided to begin slowly by test­ing one prod­uct at a time. First up: the Gen­tle Rice Enzyme Pow­der. First, I used Epi­curen Gen­tle Cleanser to wash my face. I watched TATCHA’s beau­ti­fully exe­cuted “how to use” video on the enzyme pow­der and was giddy like a school girl when the fine pow­der turned into a poofy cloud of foam right before my eyes. It felt light, smooth, and silken on my skin. I was imme­di­ately enam­ored, but what came after had me all in a tizzy. (Side­note: I emailed Vicky the day after using her enzyme pow­der, telling her that despite her warn­ings for me not to mas­sage it into my skin for more than 10–20 sec­onds, I pushed it to about 60 sec­onds. You know, because I like to test the lim­its of just how gen­tle some­thing claims to be. Any­hoo, not a sin­gle drop of red­ness or sen­si­tiv­ity resulted. It is that gentle.)

Now, you might not feel like this foam poof is doing any­thing, but when you’re done, I dare you not to keep caress­ing your cheek for how baby-butt smooth it is.

Oh, and I have a ques­tion: where did my pores go? Nor­mally, the only place you can see my pores is on and around my nose, and not only did the enzyme pow­der enact a glo­ri­ous pol­ished look on the entirety of my face, but it com­pletely did a mag­i­cal dis­ap­pear­ing act on those afore­men­tioned pores and the lit­tle black­heads that once resided in them. I have never, not ever, used a prod­uct that pro­vided such instan­ta­neous and vis­i­ble results. What’s more is that my pores were still gone the next morn­ing. And they’ve been gone for months now.

I pur­chased the Clas­sic and Deep pow­ders as well, but my skin really responds best to the Gen­tle. No red­ness, no irri­ta­tion, no reac­tionary break­outs. I had a break­out with the Deep pow­der because I over-exfoliated, which is easy to do because you don’t feel any scrub­bing action.

Active Ingre­di­ents:
Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran, Dipotas­sium Gly­cyrrhizate (Licorice Root), Papain (Payapa Extract), Algae Extract, Camel­lia Sinen­sis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract

TATCHA Gen­tle Rice Enzyme Pow­der Full Ingre­di­ents List:
Talc, Micro­crys­talline Cel­lu­lose, Potas­sium Myris­tate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran, Dipotas­sium Gly­cyrrhizate (Licorice Root), Papain, Dex­trin, Algae Extract, Camel­lia Sine­sis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Glyc­erin, Alco­hol, Phe­noxyethanol, Iron Oxides (CI 77492)

For­mu­lated With­out:
Min­eral Oil, Syn­thetic fra­grances, Sul­fate Deter­gents, Parabens, PEGs, PPGs, Urea, DEA, TEA or Phthalates.

I have bro­ken down some of the ingre­di­ents for you because you may see them again when look­ing at skin and hair prod­ucts on your own. Thought you ought to know what they are all about. (All info cross-checked with Chem­i­cal Book, PubMed, EWG, and Good Guide.)

1. I get asked about talc a lot. No, talc is not a car­cino­gen. Talc has been impli­cated in cer­tain stud­ies, but that is because the talc con­tained some level of asbestos. Talc and asbestos can show up in close prox­im­ity to each other in rocks, where they are then mined and put into var­i­ous prod­ucts. For cos­metic pur­poses, the min­ing is very selec­tive and care­fully processed to avoid asbestos con­t­a­m­i­na­tion. Talc itself is a soft mag­ne­sium– and silica-based min­eral that is a non-abrasive way of absorb­ing oil from the skin.

2. Micro­crys­talline cel­lu­lose is a processed wood pulp that is used as anti-caking ingre­di­ent in cer­tain pow­ders and foods. It does not digest (it passes through the diges­tive tract when eaten) or absorb and is not harmful.

3. Potas­sium Myris­tate is a potas­sium salt derived from a nat­ural fatty acid called myris­tic acid (found in veg­gie oils and but­ter). It is used as an emul­si­fier and sur­fac­tant in cleansers. There is no tox­i­c­ity, but since it is a sur­fac­tant, it could be dry­ing to some people.

4. Phe­noxyethanol is really com­mon in a lot of nat­ural brands and con­ven­tional brands as an alter­na­tive to parabens. How­ever, sev­eral stud­ies have con­cluded it is an irri­tant, par­tic­u­larly in large quan­ti­ties. I per­son­ally do not have any neg­a­tive reac­tions to phe­noxyethanol. As far as actual tox­i­c­ity goes, there is noth­ing impli­cat­ing it is harm­ful to us – unlike BHT and parabens, which are directly linked to can­cer and other issues.

TATCHA Bright­en­ing Serum and Mois­ture Rich Silk Cream Review | Epic Beauty Guide

TATCHA Deep Bright­en­ing Serum and Mois­ture Rich Silk Cream Review

In the days fol­low­ing my trial of the rice pow­der, I imple­mented the Bright­en­ing Serum. It is very light and smells lovely. It instantly gives your skin a nice sheen and I noticed a nice “clar­ity” and an even more porce­lain appear­ance to my skin. I like that it is a light­en­ing and bright­en­ing skin serum for­mu­lated with­out irri­tat­ing acids and sen­si­tiz­ing ingre­di­ents. I like my skin care to be gentle.

Next came the Mois­ture Rich Silk Cream. If you have been a reader of mine for any length of time (thank you and I love you, by the way) you may have noticed I have an aver­sion to mois­tur­iz­ers. I do not like goopy things from jars and pumps, and I pre­fer to just slather on a plain and sim­ple one-ingredient oil. The Silk Cream has the smooth, light­weight tex­ture that the name implies, with­out any of the goopy addi­tives and pore-clogging waxes. I feel like I am apply­ing pure liq­uid silk to my face. The mois­ture sinks in so thor­oughly that even though I spend 24 hours a day in the unre­lent­ing, skin-shriveling heat (or cold) of the desert, my face is as soft and dewy as ever with­out any greasy residue.

I’m get­ting ques­tions and stares from strangers. My fiancé keeps turn­ing to catch glimpses of my skin when he should have his eyes on the road. This. Is. Cool.

The only prob­lem I am hav­ing is that some of the not-so-natural ingre­di­ents are butting up against my au naturel beauty phi­los­o­phy. Don’t get me wrong, chem­istry is not the enemy. I’m prepar­ing for med­ical school for chris­sakes, so under­stand­ing chem­i­cals is part of the job descrip­tion. Like all my reviews, I present the facts as well as my per­sonal expe­ri­ence, and let you decide for your­self what’s right for you. Check out the ingre­di­ents and break­down below.

TATCHA Deep Bright­en­ing Serum Actives:
Squalane (Olive Extract), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Inos­i­tol (Rice Extract), Sericin (Silk Pro­tein), Algae Extract, Gly­cyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Scutel­laria Baicalen­sis Root Extract, Zizy­phus Jujuba Fruit Extract, Hydro­genated Lecithin (Soy Deriv­a­tive), Camel­lia Sinen­sis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract

TATCHA Deep Bright­en­ing Serum Full Ingre­di­ents List:
Water, Glyc­er­ine, Propane­diol, Alco­hol, Cyclopen­tasilox­ane, Squalane (Olive Extract), Isocetyl Stearate, Inos­i­tol (Rice Bran), Phe­noxyethanol, Oryza Stavia Germ Oil (Rice Bran), Polyglyceryl-2 Tri­isostearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Isostearate, Eth­yl­hexyl­glyc­er­ine, Glyc­eryl Stearate, Behenyl Alco­hol, Sericin (Silk), Argi­nine, Car­bomer, Xan­than Gum, Biosac­cha­ride Gum-1, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Zizy­phus Extract (Jujuba Fruit), Gly­cyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract (Licorice Root), Scutel­laria Baicalen­sis Root Extract (Baical Skull­cap), Ctearyl Alco­hol, Sodium Lau­royl Lacty­late, Sor­bi­tan Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyc­eride, Hydro­genated Lecithin, Red Algae Extract, Camel­lia Sine­sis Leaf Extract (Green Tea), Fragrance.

TATCHA Mois­ture Rich Silk Cream Actives:
Squalane (Olive Extract), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Inos­i­tol (Rice Extract), Sericin (Silk Pro­tein), Algae Extract, Gly­cyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Scutel­laria Baicalen­sis Root Extract, Zizy­phus Jujuba Fruit Extract, Hydro­genated Lecithin (Soy Deriv­a­tive), Camel­lia Sinen­sis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract

TATCHA Mois­ture Rich Silk Cream Full Ingre­di­ents List:
Water, Glyc­erin, Propane­diol, Alco­hol, Cyclopen­tasilox­ane, Squalane, Isocetyl Stearate, Squa­lene (Olive Extract), Inos­i­tol (Rice Deriv­a­tive), Caprylic/Capric Triglyc­eride, Sor­bi­tan Stearate, Behenyl Alco­hol, Stearic Acid, Phe­noxyethanol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Hydro­genated Lecithin, Polyglyceryl-2 Tri­isostearate, Batyl Alco­hol, Eth­yl­hexyl­glyc­erin, Argi­nine, Bis-Behenyl/Isostearyl/Phytosteryl Dimer Dili­no­leyl Dimer Dili­noleate, Car­bomer, Sericin (Silk Extract), Xanath Gum, Biosac­cha­ride Gum-1, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panax Gin­seng Root Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Thy­mus Ser­pil­lum (Thyme) Extract, Algae Extract, Camel­lia Sinen­sis Leaf Extract, Fra­grance (Natural).

For­mu­lated With­out:
Kojic Acid, Hydro­quinone, Min­eral Oil, Syn­thetic Col­ors, Syn­thetic Fra­grances, Sul­fate Deter­gents, Parabens, PEGs, PPGs, Urea, DEA, TEA or Phthalates.

I have bro­ken down some of the ingre­di­ents for you because you may see them again when look­ing at skin and hair prod­ucts on your own. Thought you ought to know what they are all about. (All info cross-checked with Chem­i­cal Book, PubMed, EWG, and Good Guide.)

1. Propane­diol is derived from corn and has no tox­i­c­ity. It exists in for­mu­la­tions to help form a gel. Used by nat­ural brands in place of propy­lene gly­col and other nas­ties (propy­lene gly­col is an irri­tant that shows a level of toxicity).

2. Methyl Gluceth-20 is a glucose(sugar)-based emol­lient and humec­tant. There is no tox­i­c­ity and is often used for eczema and itching.

3. Eth­yl­hexyl­glyc­erin has no tox­i­c­ity, but may be a skin irri­tant to sen­si­tive individuals.

4. Cyclopen­tasilox­ane is a light­weight sil­i­cone that helps bind other ingre­di­ents together and deliver actives closer to the skin for absorp­tion. They also lend a smooth feel to the prod­uct and the skin. How­ever, in some stud­ies I looked up, there are impli­ca­tions of bio-accumulation and endocrine dis­rup­tion at mod­er­ate to high doses.

5. Isocetyl Stearate is a stearate ester lubri­cant that lends a non-greasy film to the skin, giv­ing it a smooth fin­ish. There is no tox­i­c­ity but there have been some reports of irritation.

6. Polyglyceryl-2 Tri­isostearate is a skin con­di­tion­ing emol­lient and emul­si­fier with zero tox­i­c­ity. It is a com­bi­na­tion of isostearic acid (a fatty acid) and glyc­erin (specif­i­cally diglycerin).

7. Polyglyceryl-10 Isostearate is a com­bi­na­tion of stearic acid and glyc­erin (specif­i­cally polyg­lyc­erin) with zero tox­i­c­ity. It has the same pur­pose as its “brother” above.

8. Car­bomers are water-absorbing car­bon mol­e­cules that have no tox­i­c­ity and help to thicken and pre­vent sep­a­ra­tion in skin care products.

9. Biosac­cha­ride Gum-1 is a mois­tur­iz­ing, sooth­ing ingre­di­ent that comes from the fer­men­ta­tion of plants and sugar alcohol.

10. Sodium Lau­royl Lacty­late is derived from the lau­ric acid (that should sound famil­iar, it’s the same acid in coconut oil) ester of lactyl lac­tate. It is used for its abil­ity to pen­e­trate the top­most lay­ers of skin to offer mois­tur­iza­tion and bet­ter deliv­ery of active ingre­di­ents. It has zero toxicity.

11. Sor­bi­tan Stearate is a sugar-based emul­si­fier with no toxicity.

12. Hydro­genated Lecithin is lecithin plus hydro­gen, lend­ing it greater sta­bil­ity. Fully hydro­genated oils are fully sat­u­rated stearic acid (fully sat­u­rated fats are not harm­ful and do not cause heart dis­ease like once thought) and have not been found harm­ful. Only par­tially hydro­genated fats pro­duce dan­ger­ous trans fats. But we’re not eat­ing this ingre­di­ent, we are absorb­ing it through the skin here. Hydro­genated lecithin is as safe as lecithin (unless you have con­cen­tra­tions higher than 15%, which doesn’t hap­pen in skin care prod­ucts) and is non-irritating to both ani­mal and human skin. Check out this cool study for more info.

Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil | Epic Beauty Guide

TATCHA Camel­lia Cleans­ing Oil Review

I started using the Camel­lia Cleans­ing Oil back in July, and used it nightly for 5 months. It is lux­u­ri­ous and mois­tur­iz­ing, filled with rice bran oil and camel­lia oil, and mops up all the dirt and oil from the day. I love the smell – it’s flo­ral, fem­i­nine, and not over­bear­ing. I like to do the Tanaka mas­sage while cleans­ing my face with this oil. When cleans­ing with oil (par­tic­u­larly this one), it is impor­tant to start off with a dry face. When you’re ready to rinse, this oil emul­si­fies and turns into a milk, so it is easy to wash off your skin. When I pat my skin dry, it feels moist and sup­ple, unlike the strip­ping, parched result com­mon among cleansers. I fol­low this cleanser with Wild Crops pure witch hazel (alcohol-free) to remove any residue. Lus­cious! And no breakouts.

TATCHA Camel­lia Cleans­ing Oil Actives:
Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Camel­lia Japon­ica Seed Oil, Algae Extract, Camel­lia Sinen­sis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract

TATCHA Camel­lia Cleans­ing Oil Full Ingre­di­ents List:
Cetyl Eth­yl­hexa­noate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Polyglyceryl-10 Dioleate (Palm Ker­nel Oil), Polyglyceryl-2 Sesqu­icapry­late (Coconut Oil), Camel­lia Japon­ica Seed Oil, Glyc­eryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Water, Algae Extract, Camel­lia Sine­sis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Glyc­erin, Eth­yl­hexyl Glyc­erin, Phe­noxyethanol, Alco­hol, Fra­grance (Natural).

For­mu­lated With­out:
Min­eral Oil, Syn­thetic Col­ors, Syn­thetic Fra­grances, Sul­fate Deter­gents, Parabens, PEGs, PPGs, Urea, DEA, TEA or Phthalates.

TATCHA Deep Hydration Lifting Mask Review | Epic Beauty Guide

Please excuse the silly look. There are very few expres­sions one can make with a clingy mask on one’s face.

TATCHA Deep Hydra­tion Lift­ing Mask

This Deep Hydra­tion Lift­ing Mask is the best mask I have ever used in my life. Hands down. It works as promised and deliv­ers  instan­ta­neous, yet long-lasting results.

I love pre-soaked masks, espe­cially when trav­el­ing on air­planes. There’s some­thing so fun and lux­u­ri­ous about them (plus you get to raise the eye­brows of your fel­low pas­sen­gers). The trou­ble is that it is incred­i­bly dif­fi­cult to find pre-soaked masks that do not con­tain arti­fi­cial fra­grance and parabens. If SK-II dropped parabens from their pre-soaked masks, I’d be all over it! But then TATCHA came along with their “deep hydra­tion” angel and I am hooked. This mask is unlike any I have tried. The sheet is not paper or pulp, like so many of us are used to using. These masks are made of a coconut bio­cel­lu­lose that is used for treat­ing burn vic­tims. It has a unique gel-like tex­ture that feels like it’s melt­ing into your skin. It holds the hydrat­ing and calm­ing actives to the skin so that it absorbs as much of the silky serum as pos­si­ble. The dif­fer­ence between this mate­r­ial and a paper mask in night and day.

I used this mask when I was hav­ing trou­ble elim­i­nat­ing two stub­born dry patches on my cheeks that had been hang­ing out for sev­eral weeks. The weather has been dis­gust­ingly dry and cold lately, so there was no real chance for these dry patches to recover. They needed some seri­ous hydra­tion. So I popped on this slip­pery smooth mask for 15 min­utes. Once I peeled it away, my skin felt warm and looked pos­i­tively radi­ant. The most impor­tant thing is that the effect actu­ally lasted AND the dry patches were instantly gone. It’s now been sev­eral weeks since I used that one mask and the dry patches have not returned. Amaz­ing. This mask will for­ever have a place in my beauty cupboard.

TATCHA Deep Hydra­tion Lift­ing Mask Actives:
Inos­i­tol (Rice Extract), Red Algae Extract, Sericin (Liq­uid Silk), Camel­lia Sinen­sis Leaf Extract, Panax Gin­seng Root Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Wild Thyme Extract

TATCHA Deep Hydra­tion Lift­ing Mask Full Ingre­di­ents List:
Water, Glyc­erin, Propane­diol, Methyl Gluceth-20, Alco­hol, Inos­i­tol (Rice Extract), Eth­yl­hexyl­glyc­erin, Phe­noxyethanol, Polyglyceryl-10, Chon­drus Cris­pus (Red Algae) Extract, Fra­grance, Sericin (Liq­uid Silk), Xan­than Gum, Camelia Sinen­sis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panax Gin­seng Root Extract, Algae Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Thy­mus Ser­pil­lum (Wild Thyme) Extract

Note: see ingre­di­ents analy­sis in the ear­lier parts of the review.

For­mu­lated With­out:
Parabens, Min­eral Oil, Syn­thetic Fra­grances, Sul­fate Deter­gents, Urea, DEA, TEA or Phthalates.

In Sum­ma­tion

Now some­thing very funny has hap­pened to me: I can­not wait to wash my face at the end of the day. Don’t get me wrong, I have always loved my lit­tle skin rit­u­als. But this is a step above. I rush upstairs in the antic­i­pa­tion of get­ting to use these super lux­u­ri­ous, effec­tive prod­ucts on my face (and neck — don’t for­get your neck!). If they came in super-size tubs, I would prob­a­bly use them all over my body.

The prices are in line with most depart­ment store brands and with the qual­ity of ingre­di­ents and sourc­ing. After all, the entire line is made in Japan from the same active ingre­di­ents geisha use. I have also noticed that a lit­tle goes a long way. The satch­ets of rice enzyme pow­der lasted me two washes each. The silk cream had 4 appli­ca­tions in one satchet. I pur­chased the full sizes on my own, and they all lasted me about 5 months. To give you an idea of the prod­uct longevity, I started using my bot­tle of Camel­lia Cleans­ing Oil at the begin­ning of August and at the end of Novem­ber, I was still using that same bot­tle – and that was with nightly use.

Have you tried TATCHA prod­ucts? What were your thoughts?
~Steph  x


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