Thoughts on a handful of Tatcha skincare items…

February 8, 2014

I was really surprised and really excited when Tina from Our WonderLust informed me I won a Tatcha giveaway last month.  I love Tina’s blog, and have a lot of respect for her ability to suss out the latest cult beauty brands that are toxin-free and great.  And of course, I’ve waxed lyrical about Tatcha here and here, so the news sent me straight into beauty heaven.

Tatcha Kira Kira Holiday set


The lovely folks at Tatcha FedEx-ed their exclusive Kira Kira set to me, along with a lovely hand written note (I’m a big sucker for personal touches like these).  Included in the set are deluxe travel-sized versions of 4 popular skincare essentials:-

It has been awhile since I did a full skincare review, and I thought this is a great range to introduce.  Bear in mind though, I have peculiar skin – very sensitive to changes, and still in flux from post-pregnancy hormonal changes.  Also, I’ve been on a diet of mostly Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale (serum reviewed here), which kind of throws the scale unfairly.  But if you’ll stay with me, I’ll try to be as impartial as possible!

PURE One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil

Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil

I’m no stranger to cleansing oils, in fact, I think they are genius, pure genius.  This is my makeup remover of choice (of course now there’s micellar water, but… they don’t all work well on me).  Prior to Tatcha, I’ve been using SK-II’s cleansing oil, and have also tried Shu Uemura’s famous cleansing oil.  Comparatively, Tatcha’s Camellia Cleansing Oil feels least oily (oxymoron I know), and smells nicer than Shu’s rendition(s).  Having said that, the Camellia Oil does have a strong scent, which takes some getting used to (users of SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence would know what I mean).

Tatcha’s PURE One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil (USD48 for 150ml) is affordably priced, and contains camellia and rice bran oils to dissolve even waterproof makeup, leaving skin soft and clean without any tightness.  It doesn’t contain mineral oils, parabens and all manners of nasties.  Gentle enough for all skin types, a quarter-sized dollop should be sufficient to work over the entire face, then rinse with water to a clear the day’s dirt and grime.  Removing makeup can’t get any easier than this!

RADIANT Deep Brightening Serum

Tatcha Radiant Deep Brightening Serum
Tatcha’s Radiant Deep Brightening Serum contains its proprietary blend of Asian botanicals + HADASEI-3 Bioactive Complex, which includes Japanese green tea DNA extract, Okinawa red algae extract, and Japanese rice bran extract.  These time-tested ingredients promise to hydrate the skin while making it appear more luminous.

I have been using this for over a month now, first using it both day and night for 2 weeks, and then just in the day time.  I can’t quite say this serum provides sufficient hydration for my skin’s needs (even used with a moisturizer), which is why I eventually switched it out for my Orchidee Imperiale Concentrate in the evenings for greater pampering of my aging skin.  But the true selling point of this product is its brightening effect, and I am surprised to find my pigmentation almost gone after using this!!!  I developed a dark patch on my right cheek shortly after having my baby (which I hear is quite common), and I’ve tried a couple of award-winning brightening serums.  I’ve almost written it off as a fairytale, until I noticed recently how the patch has lightened to be almost imperceptible (except to my flaw-seeking eyes that know my own face too well).  Some serums give an instant brightening boost, but Tatcha really goes to work to lighten dark spots to give lasting results!

Tatcha’s RADIANT Deep Brightening Serum retails at a hefty USD185 for 50ml, but is a worthy investment for those with pigmentation concerns.

AGELESS Enriching Renewal Cream

Tatcha Enriching Renewal Cream


The is an intensive renewal cream  that provides deep anti-aging benefits and promotes microcirculation to reduce age spots and renew appearance.  Despite being the richer of the two moisturizers in the Tatcha collection, it has a silky and light texture that applies easily and absorbs quickly.  It never feels heavy nor oily on the skin.

I have tried a sample satchet of Tatcha’s Moisture Rich Silk Cream in the past and really enjoyed it, so was expecting to love the Enriching Renewal Cream equally.  I loyally stuck by it day and night for 2 whole weeks, and then in the evenings for another 2 weeks.  Unfortunately, this Enriching Renewal Cream may just be too rich for my skin (despite its unassumingly light texture) as it gave me tiny little bumps, that were later verified by my regular facial therapist.

Tatcha’s AGELESS Enriching Renewal Cream retails for USD185 for 50ml, placing it well in the upper end of the market and is best reserved for drier or more matured skin.

AGELESS Revitalizing Eye Cream

Tatcha Revitalizing Eye Cream

Tatcha’s only eye cream promises deep anti-aging properties that nourishes and purifies skin, resulting in a decreased appearance of puffiness, dark circles and eye spots.  The  formula harnesses proven ingredients that work in harmony to promote microcirculation, preventing and reversing the signs of premature aging.  True to the spirit of Tatcha, this is a lovely eye cream of a soft and silky texture that does not feel overly heavy on my delicate lids.

I’ve been running on very little sleep lately; and despite religiously applying the Orchidee Imperiale Eye & Lip Cream (2nd generation) every night, would wake up to puffy lids that make my eyes droop.  I’ve tried layering serums but the real visible results were when I switched completely over to Tatcha’s!  Overnight, I looked more rested and younger (without the droopy eyes)!

Tatcha’s AGELESS Revitalizing Eye Cream retails for USD135 for 15ml.


Overall, I really enjoyed my past month’s Tatcha experience!  Each of the products I tried had lovely textures and a very pleasant scent of rice (which I now term the “Tatcha” scent).  Not everything worked well for me, and I enjoyed the Camellia Cleansing Oil and the Revitalizing Eye Cream the most.  Couple that with amazing personalized service, Tatcha is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands!  As always, TATCHA products are formulated without parabens, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances, sulfate detergents, urea, DEA, TEA or phthalates.  All formulas are dermatologist tested, non-irritating and non-sensitizing, just the way nature intended.  Tatcha is available in select stores, and