Tatcha is a Japan-inspired skincare brand from the US. Tatcha’s story began when its founder Victoria Tsai went on a trip to Kyoto and discovered “a world of pure beauty, craftsmanship and heritage” after a chance encounter with a Japanese geisha. *major side-eye here*
Marketing spiel aside, I became interested in their Water Cream (which was sold-out many times in the Sephora stores in the US since its launch) when I saw it in another of Gothamista’s skincare routine video (I know, I know… I’m easily suggestible..) and fell in love with how it looks. I mean, just look at it! It’s housed in a beautiful aquamarine tub with a gorgeous golden spatula on top. Every inch of my being itched to own it and caress it lovingly.. *ahem*
Anyway, when I ordered their Water Cream, I also ordered a travel-sized version of their Camellia Cleansing Oil and got another travel sized Classic Rice Enzyme Powder as a welcome gift.
Below you can check out the ingredients for the 2 minis that I’ve gotten with my order:
Ingredients for Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil
Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Polyglyceryl-10 Dioleate, Polyglyceryl-2 Sesquicaprylate, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Glyceryl Behenate/eicosadioate, Water, Algae Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alcohol, Fragrance (Natural), Phenoxyethanol.
Ingredients for Tatcha Classic Rice Enzyme Powder
Oryza Sativa (rice) Powder, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Potassium Myristate, Cellulose, Water, Papain (papaya Extract), Camellia Sinensis (green Tea) Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Conchiolin (pearl) Protein, Oryza Sativa (rice) Bran, Algae Extract, Glycerin, Dextrin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol
How does the Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil fare?
This cleaning oil has a thin runny texture reminiscent of my beloved Sulwhasoo cleansing oil. You use it just like any other cleansing oil by pumping out 2 to 3 pumps of the oil on your dry hand and massage it on your dry face for a few minutes. It emulsifies easily with just normal room temperature water and also rinses away cleanly. I find that it does a pretty decent job of removing my makeup and sunscreen without having to rub my face too vigorously.
The only factor which made me hesitant about purchasing the full sized product is its price. It costs US$48 (approx. S$67) for 150ml of product and my Sulwhasoo cleansing oil costs S$50 for the same size. Therefore although I think that this product does its job well, I highly doubt that I’ll get the full sized product.
How does the Tatcha Classic Rice Enzyme Powder fare?
The Tatcha Classic Rice Enzyme Powder is a cleanser in a powder form. You’ll need to mix the powder with some water in your palms before you massage your face with the paste. Honestly I’ve a love-hate relationship with this product. I love it because it cleanses exceptionally well and my skin feels smooth and clean without feeling stripped. On the other hand, as the powder is very fine, whenever I use this product, I’ll experience having its powder “dust” fly into my nose and the sensation is terrible. I’ll be coughing and sneezing at the same time and that’s just not cool. I don’t know.. I’m really on the fence about this product, maybe leaning a bit over to the “not gonna purchase” side.
Where can you find it?
I bought the products from their official website.
The Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil retails at US$15 (25ml sized) and US$48 (150ml sized).
The Tatcha Classic Rice Enzyme Powder retails at US$15 (10g sized) and US$65 (60g sized).
Thank you for reading!