Dec 222012

Tatcha Founder Victoria Tsai

I’ve been hearing so many good things about Tatcha skin care, so when the company offered to send me a sample pack I was very pleased to agree.  The line was founded by Victoria Tsai, who has studied Asian-based skincare since the time that her mother shared her secrets with her during childhood. Over the years, Victoria became an expert in fine skincare, based on the application of modern science to cultural knowledge that dates back hundreds of years.

Tacha Set

Liz and I tested our Tatcha Sampler Set ($49) on a dark and rainy Sunday afternoon–the perfect time for an at-home spa treat. The set includes:

– Pure Camellia One Step Cleansing Oil – 30ml | 1oz
– Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder – 1 x 1g packets
– Polished Deep Rice Enzyme Powder – 1 x 1g packets
– Radiant Deep Brightening Serum – 10ml | 0.3oz
– Supple Moisture Rich Silk Cream – 1 x 1g packet
– Ageless Enriching Renewal Cream – 15ml | 0.5oz
– Petal Fresh Original Japanese Beauty Papers – 1 full sized pack | 30 sheets

Instructions are enclosed with the set. The first step is the Camellia Cleansing Oil (full size $48/ 5.1 oz.).


This is a very lightly-scented, luxurious oil that cleans very thoroughly, while leaving skin fresh and very gently moisturized. It’s an excellent oil. The story of the oil is on Tatcha’s site.

Tatcha’s Polished Rice Enzyme Powder is the second step. Like Bobbi Brown’s Buffing Grains, the Rice Enzyme Powder is a water-activated cleanser. Essentially, I emptied the powder onto wet hands, and spread over a dampened face.  Although it can be washed off at this point, I left it on for about five minutes until it dried completely so that my skin could absorb all of its benefits. Essentially, the powder both exfoliates and moisturizes. Tatcha’s is formulated with rice bran, papaya + HADASEI-3 Bioactive Complex (a formulate complex that moisturizes, heals and includes powerful antioxidants). After I rinsed it off, our skin felt wonderful. The powder comes in two versions–a full size for at-home use (full size $65 / 2.1 oz.) and a travel set adds 14 Rice Enzyme Powder packets (pictured below)

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The third step is the application of a leave-on product, Tatcha’s Deep Brightening Serum ($150/ 1.0 oz for the full size). This is a weightless (like water) serum that sinks in quickly, its pleasant floral scent quickly fades (it’s a gorgeous scent, by the way). The hydration can be felt immediately–it leaves skin soft and very lightly moisturized. I let it sink in for 2-3 minutes before proceeding. The beneficial effects of clarifying age spots takes about 4-8 weeks of continuous use.

The final step is the application of a gorgeously rich Tatcha Supple Moisture Rich Silk Cream (full size $150). For many women, this is an winter-friendly moisturizer that leaves skin feeling like silk. Supple absorbs quickly and feels light on the skin, but the effects are remarkable. Cafe Makeup was provided with a full-size version of the moisturizer, which is beautifully packaged.

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Liz and I found loved the gold-toned applicator and richly-colored ribbon–a luxurious touch that evoked the ritual of taking a moment to honor and care for oneself.

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Liz and I absolutely loved this moisturizer. Although we are a few years apart in age, we both looked into the mirror afterwards and were wide-eyed impressed.  Our skin looked fully oxygenated, fresh and absolutely glowed.

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The packaging is lovely, modern, and highly giftable.

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Ingredients (click to enlarge):

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One a side note, I love the concept that a luxury skin care line offers a good, cohesive sample set. Overall, Liz and I loved the experience and we’ll definitely repeat it. For us, the entire combination worked beautifully together to create head-turning, “I’ve just been to a spa” skin. Amazing.

Tacha sent these products to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review.


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  10 Responses to “Tatcha Ritual Skincare Trial: Review”

  1. I picked up a sampler set and I really loved Tatcha too. I think however, that I will have to either skip the powder or use the one for sensitive skin at most because I did break out from the other 2 versions of the rice powder. I will add that this isn’t a problem exclusive to Tatcha, it just confirms that my skin seriously dislikes physical exfoliation, except perhaps the ultra gentle forms. I bought the Camellia OIl during their holiday friends & family, I’ll be working my way through the rest!

    • Hi Evelyn,

      I use the Camellia Cleansing Oil morning and night and only use the Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder for 10-15 seconds every other night. That seems to work well for me without irritating my sensitive skin. Even Tatcha recommends starting with only about 10 seconds and working your way up to a minute if your skin needs it. Of course, there just might be some ingredient in the powder to which you are sensitive 🙁

      • Hi Eileen,

        I’ll give it a try that way, I have a sample from my last order and see what happens. I’m not usually sensitive to anything but there’s always a first time. 🙁 This is why I’m not thrilled when SA apply skin care products to my face and then expect me to buy. I need a breakout testing period! lol

  2. Did you use a Clarisonic with any of the cleansing steps or just your hands? I love Tatcha’s cleansing oil and grains, but wonder if there would be more benefit if used with a Clarisonic?

    • I used my hands only during my facial. Tatcha does not suggest that use with the Clarisonic will provide more benefits… “Can I use this with Clarisonic?
      Use of the Enzyme Powder satisfies all of your skin’s exfoliation needs. You should not need to use any additional exfoliating tools or products with our Polishing Powders.” This is from the “FAQS” tab on this page.

      • Thanks for the link. I bought my powder at Barney’s and was not aware there was a FAQ for this product.

        • I had just explored the website too–it’s very informative and nicely done I think!

          • Tatcha has a lovely website that is easy to navigate. I made my first purchase from Barney’s, but have purchased off the website ever since. If you sign up for Tatcha’s e-mails, you’ll receive a code for a free sampler kit that is a lovely introduction to their line. Tatcha offers free shipping within the US and products are shipped out immediately. Tatcha is based in San Francisco and I live in SoCal so my order has always arrived within two days of placing my order. The products arrive beautifully packaged with an instruction sheet, a personal hand-written note, and three free samples of your choice. They have a return for any reason policy and excellent customer service should any questions arrive. I sincerely think many other brands would do well to follow Tatcha’s exemplary example. Excellent products, prompt and gracious customer service, a luxurious and timeless esthetic–who could ask for more? As you can tell, I love Tatcha!

  3. Heard a lot about this brand before but never really looked into it. I’m glad you did a review on this. Now I am going to add it to my wishlish.

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