Tatcha Indigo Collection

January 18, 2014

I have only recently started exploring the wonderful world of Tatcha, and having fallen in love with their luxurious paper masks (read here), I was all too eager to experience more.  When I heard they were launching a distinctively new Indigo Collection, I was intrigued, and very grateful when Victoria and her team sent me these samples to try!

Tatcha Indigo collection

Indigo is a naturally occurring plant that has long been used as a blue dye on garments, but the Japanese believe it has deeply soothing and anti-inflammatory powers as well.  In the Edo period, Japan’s samurais wore a layer of Indigo-dyed cotton beneath their armor to help heal injuries, thus prompting the name “Samurai Blue”.

Japanese Indigo plant

For the Indigo Collection, Tatcha has taken the stems, leaves and petals of the Indigo plant, steeped them in water and fermented them to make a concentrated botanical extract, which is in turn used in each of the Indigo products.  In addition to Indigo extract, each of the products also consists of liquid silk, which is a protein that strengthens and repairs the skin.  Of course, at the heart of all Tatcha products is the HADASEI-3 Complex, which is a proprietary ingredient derived from green tea, Okinawa red algae, and Japanese rice bran.

The Indigo collection is specially tailored for relieving dry skin, irritated and sensitive skin; and is ideal for alleviating symptoms from those suffering from dermatitis and eczema.  The collection currently consists of 3 products to pamper the body – a Soothing Silk Hand Cream, Body Butter, and Soothing Renewal Treatment.

Indigo Soothing Silk Hand Cream

Tatcha Indigo soothing hand cream

The Indigo Soothing Silk Hand Cream comes in a generously-sized 60ml (compared to the standard 20ml or 30ml) squeeze-tube with a twist cap.  I liked that the dispensing tip is narrowed like eye-cream tubes, allowing me to control the amount I squeeze out, which is really convenient when I wanted to treat specific spots instead of drenching my hands.

This is a real gem – when I received this, my hands were dry, cracked and peeling in some spots from washing.  It was getting to be quite embarrassing especially with CNY looming ahead.  I’ve been conscientiously applying my usual cacophony of hand creams after every wash, and in between too.  But I hadn’t seen any improvements until I started using Tatcha.  The silky cream’s texture and scent is reminiscent of all of Tatcha’s skincare which is a pleasant, gentle rice scent.  It gets absorbed right away, leaving no oily, sticky residue on my hands.  Overnight, I saw an improvement – the troublesome patches are much less dry, there as less peeling, and I no longer felt itchy and irritated!

Indigo Soothing Silk Hand Cream retails for $38 for 60ml.

Indigo Soothing Silk Body Butter

Tatcha Indigo soothing silk body cream

The Indigo Soothing Silk Body Butter carries the same pleasant, light rice scent, and a soufflé-light cream texture.  Just like the hand cream, it is a curious blue color, but it disappears once massaged into the skin.  I simply adore this body butter, and I think it is my new HG!  All my life I’ve been battling with eczema, and even though I have outgrown most of it, I still get flare ups from time to time.  Just like my hands, I’ve been getting itchy patches on my body lately, and it is uncomfortable to say the least.  I generally try to avoid steroid creams even though they are the best means for controlling flare-ups, but over time, their effectiveness on my skin have diminished.  So, as much as possible, I simply moisturize and let my skin repair itself.  Since using the Indigo Soothing Silk Body Butter, I found my skin much less irritated so I have been scratching less, and the couple of scabbed spots I had have recovered much quicker than before!

Indigo Soothing Silk Body Butter retails for $48 for 200ml.

I am something of a skin & bodycare nut case, as my warehouse of lotions and potions can attest to.  And I have tried everything from drugstore equivalents like Cetaphil, to mass market personal care brands like L’occitane, and even the luxury range like La Mer (yes, La Mer The Reparative Body Lotion!).  Everyone has its merits, but certainly it is nice to have something that smells good, feels luxurious, doesn’t break the bank, and still be wonderfully good for sensitive skin… and I think Tatcha Indigo Collection manages to achieve all of the above!  I also love the way each of the products come beautifully packaged in a pull-out drawer, with the story of the Indigo discovery printed on rice paper overlaid atop the product.

I am deeply grateful to Tatcha for generously providing me with these Indigo products to experience the wonders for myself.  This post is entirely my personal honest opinion.  In fact, I’m probably going to order the Indigo Soothing Renewal Treatment for myself right away from tatcha.com!

Have a beautiful weekend, everybody!  xoxo