A mouth-watering scent. This isn’t something I thought I wanted…
When Victoria Tsai visited Kyoto, she met a modern-day geisha who would change her life (and ours). TATCHA skincare was inspired by those secret ancient beauty rituals Victoria learned through her conversations with this geisha… rituals based around simple, time-tested ingredients, where less is more.
“I created TATCHA as a way to share the treasures and knowledge discovered on my journeys East.”
The first product TATCHA released was the Aburtorigami Gold-Flecked Blotting Papers, which have now reached holy grail status for countless beauty fanatics.
Like all TATCHA products, the packaging design is delicate and thoughtful. And with each purchase of a full-sized TATCHA product, the company will donate 1 day of schooling to a child in need through the Room to Read foundation.
And with the success of the Aburatorigami papers, the line continued with more natural products made to be safe for all skintypes. The TATCHA experience really starts the second you open that box. Each jar and tub comes wrapped in (what I think is) silk paper instructions. You pull a ribbon on the top of the box and slide the product out of its little bed.
You’ll also notice that most products have a Japanese-inspired “obi”, their take on a kimono sash. It’s these small touches that really elevate the feel of these products. One of my favourites is the TATCHA Pure One-Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, a well-balanced blend of botanical oils that removes every inch of your makeup while leaving your skin extremely hydrated.
You massage two pumps into dry skin, then add water to rinse. Its rich in oleic and linoleic acids, along with vitamins A, B, and E. It’s made with a base of rice bran oil mixed with green tea and red algae.
The TATCHA Indigo Soothing Rice Enzyme Powder is a water-activated exfoliant that is extremely gentle. You may be familiar with the original Rice Enzyme Powder, and this formulation has added Japanese indigo known to treat redness and pain.
The tub has a small opening to dispense the perfect amount of product, about a 1/2 teaspoon. Just splash your face with water, pour a bit of powder into your hands, add a wee bit of water to create a creamy paste and massage all over your skin for 10-20 seconds.
Before adding water, you can see how fine the grains are.
And once you add water, you get a creamy, foamy cleansing solution that leaves your skin feeling polished and soft without any harsh abrasion. This is actually great for anyone with skin sensitivities, reactive skin, or breakouts (and great for any dudes who have sensitive skin from shaving as it eliminates ingrowns!)
Ladies and gents, I’d like to introduce to you my new favourite face cream. TATCHA Indigo Soothing Triple Recovery Cream has really given my skin a break this winter. Like the powder, it contains indigo to help reduce redness and calm sensitive skin.
The ingredients in here actual have anti-inflammatory properties to take down any swelling or puffiness in your skin. Along with the Japanese indigo, there’s also rice bran, squalene, colloidal oatmeal, silk extract, konjac root and coconut oil in here. I feel immediate relief when I put this on my face. I’ve tested it under foundation and it is just dreamy.
The last step in my new beauty ritual is the TATCHA Luminous Dewy Skin Mist. This isn’t really a finishing or setting spray, it’s more of a refreshing spray. It adds a light, dewy look to your face without affecting the look of your underlying makeup. It adds a hit of moisture while also adding antioxidants to your skin to protect against free radicals and pollutants.
I actually spray this before AND after makeup to really give my skin a boost. It feels intensely soothing and contains silk, licorice, algae, rice and thyme to naturally hydrate and protect your face. I love using this over matte makeup to give my look a bit more life.
Whether you add a couple of these geisha-inspired beauties into your routine or completely switch your skincare to this luxurious and thoughtful brand, your skin will thank you and be better for it. I’ve been a huge fan of TATCHA for years and was so excited to see these products pop up on Sephora this year.
And the even better news is that a few TATCHA products will be in stores in Canada soon so you can test and touch it in person: Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder, Deep Hydration Firming Serum, and the Luminous Dewy Skin Mist.
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