Hi guys! We’re back with another review. This time it’s luxury brand (uncharacteristic of me I know), and it’s Tatcha! Ever since I swatched their silk cream on my hand and vowed to purchase it for my mom, I’ve been super curious about the brand. So when my friend gifted me this tatcha trial set from Sephora, I was so stoked. Spoiler Alert: It lives up to the hype.
On the Sephora website they say the combo is, “A daily, oil-free moisturizer and cleanser duo powered by natural Japanese ingredients that purifies, hydrates, and reduces the appearance of pores.”
As for the specifics of the cleanser and cream:
“The Deep Cleanse gel lathers into a creamy foam to lift away dirt, oil, and impurities without over-drying. It cleanses with amino acids derived from silk gentle enough for even the most delicate skin, leaving skin soft, refreshed, and comfortably hydrated. The formula harnesses the power of the Japanese luffa fruit, a natural beauty multi-tasker beloved by Japanese women for centuries. Ground fibers from the fruit exfoliate, helping to turn over dead skin cells, deeply purifying and decongesting pores, while the fruit extract beautifies and conditions skin. Use this deep but gentle cleanser in the morning to wake up skin for a fresh start. ”
“The Water Cream is a unique anti-aging moisturizer that transforms to release a burst of skin-improving nutrients and refreshing hydration for poreless-looking skin that is perfectly prepped for makeup. Japanese wild rose visibly tightens pores and smooths skin texture, while Japanese leopard lily helps control excess oil and clarify skin by encouraging natural skin turnover. Use daily, morning and night for a shine-free, healthy glow. ”
These claims are big shoes to fill, but with the price point and the ingredients, it’s entirely possible.
The Deep Cleanse:
Water, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Propanediol, Glycerin, Acrylates Copolymer, Coco-Betaine, Saccharomyces/Camellia Sinensis Leaf/Cladosiphon Okamuranus/Rice Ferment Filtrate*, Luffa Cylindrica Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Luffa Cylindrica Fruit, Sodium Lauroyl Hydrolyzed Silk, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Belamcanda Chinensis Root Extract, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Chloride, Polyglyceryl-10 Dioleate, Polyglyceryl-2 Sesquicaprylate, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tetrasodium Edta, Parfum/Fragrance, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol.
The Water Cream:
Water, Saccharomyces/Camellia Sinensis Leaf/Cladosiphon Okamuranus/Rice Ferment Filtrate*, Dimethicone, Propanediol, Glycerin, Diglycerin, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Gold, Belamcanda Chinensis Root Extract, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Pistacia Lentiscus (Mastic) Gum, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Mica, Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Peg-10/15 Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Phenyl Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disodium Edta, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Parfum/Fragrance, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol.
Tatcha really stresses a few ingredients in their products. In this particular set, the Japanese Luffa Fruit Exfoliant is supposed to reveal smooth, radiant skin without any harsh scrubbing while the extract hydrates, clarifies, and soothes damaged skin for a visibly healthier look. Also, the Japanese Wild Rose balances skin and diminishes the look of pores, and of course, the classic Tatcha’s Hadasei-3 (Tea, Rice, and Algae) restores a healthy-looking, youthful radiance. These ingredients are really unique to this brand, and given the history, there is a lot of weight behind them. However, the presence of artificial fragrance is really not something I’m into. Although it doesn’t bother me, and I find the scent pretty pleasant, if you are sensitive to fragrance as an ingredient, you would not be able to use this.
Cleanser (150 mL): $38
Cream (50 mL): $68
The first time I tried the cleanser it was like Drunk Elephant all over again. The soft moisturized skin, the bouncy supple effects, it was all very commercial-esque, complete with the classic splash scene. But for a price of $38? I don’t know. It didn’t cure my acne, or rid me of my blackheads, it really just improved my skin texture, and for that, there are many cleansers I could purchase. (ie. Neogen’s Foam Cleanser for one). But the cream, the cream was a different story. The texture was light, but the moisture definitely penetrated my skin, further than any road shop/drugstore brand. It’s definitely a more moisture intense cream, I would say medium to heavy weight. I only use it on my dry areas (I have combination skin), as it is a little overpowering on my oily skin (I’m not sure why it’s marketed for oily/combo skin). I feel as though the cleanser works really well for oily skin, but the cream might be a little much in the humid summers. The effects are very similar to Drunk Elephants although I must say, Drunk Elephant is artificial fragrance free and it makes a difference for me.
Pros and Cons:
- pore tightening
- softens skin
- extremely moisturizing
Who Should Use:
This would make a great present for someone with mature skin (Mother’s Day Present?) or someone with sun-damaged skin. The cleanser seems like a great fit for everyone from dry to oily skin, but I would definitely recommend the cream for people with dry or combo skin (maybe oily in a dry winter).
It will be a life goal of mine to someday have a choice of tatcha products for my mom and I to choose from but for now, I don’t think I would purchase. The effects are amazing, but with a combination of ulitmately cheaper products, you could achieve the same results.
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