The article in Vogue caught my eye. Just one page, it heralded the debut of TATCHA's new skincare line. Their Aburatorigami gold-pressed blotting papers are sheer perfection, so I was intrigued despite the semi-mystical copy text about skincare formulated from ancient geisha beauty secrets.
What convinced me that the line had potential was its use of rice bran, with which I have had an excellent experience via Komenuka Bijin. Could TATCHA's formula stand on its own? Here's what's in its HADASEI-3 Bioactive Complex:
Green Tea Complete DNA Extract—extremely rich in EGCG, 14 times more potent than traditional green tea extracts and 5 times more potent than Vitamin C in protecting against UV-induced oxidative damage, which is a leading contributor to premature skin aging.
Okinawa Red Algae Extract—a vital source of Beterhelin, a natural polysaccharide proven to enhance the skin’s barrier function for long lasting moisture retention and texture improvement.
Japanese Rice Bran Extract—prized for centuries as a rich source of inositol, a multitasking active which is at once a powerful anti-oxidant and nourishing moisturizer.
In case the reader is not sufficiently impressed, TATCHA provides a helpful diagram on its website.
The line itself is streamlined, however, with a few curated products. There is a cleanser, three varieties of an exfoliator, a serum, and a cream. The jars and bottles are designed with an elegant Zen simplicity.
TATCHA skincare is currently available only at Barneys. The complete four-piece set costs $440, and I imagined I would have to admire this line from afar. Then I discovered the line is also sold directly through the TATCHA website; and they are offering a generously sized sampler set for $49. I have one on its way to me right now.
I don't know for how long this special offer is going to run, so if you're at all interested, then I suggest taking advantage of it now. The line is beautiful, luxurious, and sexy. I look forward to testing it. The geisha, after all, knew what they were about.
Update: I have now tried the sampler set, and here is my review. Does this line live up to the hype?