Not in my experience. I did want to love the set I got, but my nose, skin, and wallet refused to collaborate.
No stranger to Asian beauty and its guiding principles, I bought into the company’s philosophy of skincare rituals right away. I got lured in even deeper by the Geisha beauty base and the history of it. However, the reality of using the cleansing oil, rice enzyme powder exfoliator, facial mist, and water cream was sobering if not disappointing.
My skin is rather sensitive, and so is my nose. Even though I would describe all the products as lightly scented, I still found the smell unpleasant. It’s hard to describe, but it would make me cringe every time I used it. This has been the routine I’ve never looked forward to.
Another thing I realized when trying out this set is that oil cleansers are just not for me. I do use the MD Honeysuckle oil for nourishing purposes instead of a moisturizer. However, using oil to dissolve make up has always been frustrating. The experience with the Tatcha cleansing oil was no exception. I just didn’t think it was all that effective in removing my make-up. And yes, I know that the next step would be deeper exfoliation, but I almost felt the urge to squeeze in another foaming cleanser in between. Was it maybe too gentle for my needs? I’d have to agree. Yet it’s not like I am constantly wearing layers upon layers of make-up. It should have been enough to melt away BB cream and mascara, no?
The rice enzyme exfoliating powder is one of those products I liked at first because of its unusual texture. Starting off as a dry substance, it transforms into this gentle foamy cleanser in contact with water. Feeling the sandy granules dissolve in between my palms felt nice. However, I felt that the foamy texture yet again was not enough to allow for a thorough cleanse I needed. First, it was hard to figure out the appropriate amount of the powder. Second, while foaming it up, I felt like I am losing a fare amount of it straight into the drain. That required some manipulation to get the most of it on my face.
I decided to bring the facial mist to work with me. Since I spend 8 hrs a day in the dry, AC’ed environment, I figured the mist could keep my facial skin hydrated and glowing. And it probably would, if not for the smell. Those few times I did use it, I felt like my skin was oily and in need of refreshment.
And last but not least disappointing water cream. Yes, its formula is light-weight, well-absorbent and does the job. Unfortunately, as good as it is, it is not CAD $82.00 good 🙂 This is where I knew I would not re-purchase a product mostly because I have tried and was very happy with at least 2 cheaper alternatives. One of those – Hyarucerin cream by andLab discussed in more details in my previous post on andLab and available in a pack of 120 ml for USD$ 17.98 (currently on sale at http://www.jolse.com). And the second one, more expensive option yet with the same glorious moisturizing qualities – Biotherm Aquasource Cocoon, a 50 ml jar of which can be yours for CAD$52.00. I did review this product in one of my first posts here.
Let me know if your experience with Tatcha products has been the same/different in the comments below 🙂