Thursday, August 2, 2012

Tatcha Review: Camellia One Step Cleansing Oil, Moisture Rich Silk Cream, Original Aburatorigami

Tatcha is the newest luxury skin care line to enter the market. Widely known for their beauty blotting papers infused with gold flakes, Tatcha recreated the geisha's minimalist beauty regimen in an effective range of seven products.

A bit of background about my skin type for reference: I have combination dehydrated skin, oily in the T-zone, prone to comedones and hyperpigmentation on my cheeks.

Camellia One Step Cleansing Oil

Name: Tatcha Camellia One Step Cleansing Oil
Price: US$ 48 for 150 ml
Made in: Japan

This cleansing oil removes base makeup and point makeup easily. It takes some time to dissolve waterproof eye makeup so a separate remover is recommended.

Thick fluid texture.

Cleansing power against Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter 015 Tutti Frutti, Kate Super Sharp Liner BK-1 and Lancôme Hypnôse (from left).

It left my skin feeling clean, smooth and very soft to the touch. The floral scent is very calming and soothing. The formula does not sting my eyes nor cloud my vision.

The full ingredient list for Camellia One Step Cleansing Oil:
Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-10 Dioleate (Palm Kernel Oil), Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Water, Camellia Sinesis Leaf Extract (Green Tea), Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Oryza Sativa Bran Oil (Rice Bran), Polyglyceryl-2 Sesquicaprylate (Coconut Oil), Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Algae Extract (Red Algae), Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.

Moisture Rich Silk Cream

Name: Tatcha Moisture Rich Silk Cream
Price: US$ 150 for 50 ml
Made in: Japan

Like the rest of the skincare range, the Moisture Rich Silk Cream has a subtle floral scent with a hint of earthiness.

The 'liquid silk' description on the site is extremely apt, I have never encountered another moisturizer with such a luxurious texture. It feels rich without being heavy, absorbs quickly and does not leave any greasiness behind.

So, does this cream fulfill its claims to provide long lasting moisture and to prevent and repair premature ageing? It was hard for me to assess its anti-ageing efficacy as the deluxe sized sample only lasted two weeks or so of daily use. Not nearly enough time to tell a difference in my forehead lines haha!

However, I did notice my skin feeling extremely hydrated and lush. It provided a smooth and soft canvas (almost like a baby's bottom!!) for my next step, may it be a sunscreen or a night gelly.

The full ingredient list for Moisture Rich Silk Cream:
Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isocetyl Stearate, Squalene (Olive Extract), Inositol (Rice Derivative), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sorbitan Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Oryza Sativa Germ Oil (Rice Bran), Hydrogenated Lecithin (Soy Bean), Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Batyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Arginine, Bis-Behenyl/Isostearyl/Phytosteryl Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Carbomer, Sericin (Silk Extract), Xanath Gum, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panax Root Extract (Ginseng), Royal Jelly Extract, Thymus Serpillum Extract (Wild Thyme), Algae Extract (Red Algae), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Green Tea), Fragrance.

Original Aburatorigami

Name: Tatcha Original Aburatorigami
Price: US$ 12 for 1 pack (30 sheets)
Made in: Japan

The gold flakes in Tatcha's blotting papers are a mark of authenticity as these papers are used by goldsmiths in Japan to hammer out gold leaf. Since these gold flakes are transfer-resistant, they won't come off when you use the papers. For those not in the know, aburatorigami (あぶらとり紙) is a by-product of the gold leaf making process.

I have never seen a blotting paper that is more decadent or as steeped in history!

They absorb oil very well while leaving my makeup in place. As much as I enjoy using this blotting paper, others work just as well for so much lesser. Tatcha's aburatorigami can be costly if you have to replenish your supply often but they would make fantastic one-off gifts to friends and family members.

Tatcha skincare is available exclusively in Barneys U.S., online at and in a variety of boutique retailers around the world.

(Source: Promotional images are from

Disclosure: Press samples.


Raimar Guevara said...

The Camelia Clean Oil looks really cool... Nice product thanks for the review...

Katherine Tealeaf said...

Wow what decadent products! They all seem to work so well. But they are quite pricey haha.

Suki said...

I've heard about these blotting papers before. They are so luxurius! The moisturizer sounds nice, too bad it was only sample size making it impossible to decipher its anti-aging properties...


diana.paperdollrevenge said...

I have the blotting tissues! They are great but as you said, others work just as well for much less. The cream sounds really luxurious but the price tag, ouch! The skin care line overall sounds really nice though.

Rick said...

Hello bijin! Hope August is being kind to you so far.

birkie said...

Gold flaked blotting sheets? Something decadent to say about dipping your nose in gold. It looks like a good brand and after your review I am especially curious about the cleansing oil. I like the review of the moisturizer too but I am never too fond of pots, as the active ingredients can vapourate/oxydate easier than pumps or serum-droppers.

And to answer your question of the Biore sunblock vs Kose Suncut: I have used the Biore SARASARA UV Aqua Rich Waterly Mousse Moisturizing Sunscreen and I couldn't find it for my photo otherwise I had listed it before the Kose Suncut. It is actually more fluffy and so delicate on the face to use. The tube is handier to tote around, but I still like the Kose Suncut enough (and it's efficient too) not to reorder it with haste. I hope this helps :D

Blair said...

What a coincidence, I raised the same concern to the brand's PR as well! She mentioned that the viscosity of the Moisture Rich Silk Cream does not allow for a pump dispenser.

I have used the Biore Watery Mousse sunscreen and I wasn't particularly wowed by it. I prefer Watery Essence and also Watery Jelly.