Like many others, I was introduced to the world of Tatcha skincare through their Japanese Blotting Papers, aka. Aburatorigami. As most of you know, these are no ordinary blotting papers. These are made of 100% pure Abaca leaves and fine gold flakes that miraculously don’t transfer on to your face skin, don’t disturb your makeup, don’t dry up your skin like many other cheaper alternatives in the market. In fact, until the day I started using these, I didn’t even know I needed them! That to me, signifies sheer genius. How did I go through all these years with these and now that I’ve discovered them, I use them at least once every day?!
Soon enough, I found myself investing in full sizes of their main skincare line, called “The Ritual” set. Let me pause here to explain my skin. I have normal to dry skin, that’s acne prone. My T-Zone is normal, whereas my chin is oily. My cheeks and chin are acne prone. Simple enough? I bought the Ritual Set for Normal + Combination skin since it seemed to most closely match my skin type…just in time before they were declared sold out on the website. It seems like they’re still sold out.
The set contains the following –
– PURE Camellia One Step Cleansing Oil – 150ml | 5.1oz
– POLISHED Classic Rice Enzyme Powder – 60g | 2.1oz
– RADIANT Deep Brightening Serum – 30ml | 1oz
– SUPPLE Moisture Rich Silk Cream – 50ml | 1.7oz
– PETAL FRESH Original and Evening Beauty Papers – 1 pack each
In addition, I also bought Nonie Creme’s Favorites set.
This set contains the following –
– LUMINOUS Deep Hydration Lifting Mask (4 mask set)
– LUMINOUS Dewy Skin Mist (40mL / 1.35 fl oz)
– PETAL FRESH Original Original Aburatorigami – Japanese Blotting Papers (1 Pack | 30 Sheets)
I’ll only be reviewing The Ritual Set in this post.
PURE Camellia One Step Cleansing Oil – 150ml | 5.1oz: This cleansing oil can be effortlessly used to clean my face and ALL waterproof makeup at the end of the day. All I have to do is start with dry hands and a dry face, take about 6-7 drops of oil and massage it gently on my face. Once I’m done massaging, I run the tiniest amount of water on my face, which emulsifies the oil into a milky white paste. After this, you can just wash off the oil like any other face wash! Now, you’ll wonder, what’s different? Why should I pay top dollar for this oil when I can use jojoba, coconut or any other oil in the market that’s readily available and costs a fraction? I’ve used Grapeseed oil, coconut oil and jojoba oil in the past to clean my face and it was not convenient. I had to first massage the oil, then take a damp cloth or at least 2-3 pieces of dampened cotton wool to wipe off the oil. I cannot just splash water on my face and remove these other oils. For someone who is usually very tired (and lazy) at the end of the day, Tatcha’s Camellia Oil is really a one step cleanser. The fact that is removes the most stubborn eye makeup is a plus. I only use this oil at night time when I have some makeup on. I could possibly use this in the morning as a light cleanser, but I don’t think I need oil in the morning.
POLISHED Classic Rice Enzyme Powder – 60g | 2.1oz: The Polished Rice Enzyme Powder comes in three variations – Gentle (very fine rice particles), Classic (moderately fine rice particles) and Deep (Coarser rice particles) – and are designed to be used daily after the Cleansing Oil. My set came with the Classic type of powder. I primarily use this every night since my skin needs a deeper cleaning at night time. I have also tried samples of Deep and Gentle. I really like Deep for a one-off deep cleanser. Gentle is gentle enough to be used twice a day, both AM and PM. In fact, it would be great for me to invest in a separate full sized bottle of Gentle for my morning skincare ritual since I feel the Classic type of a little too much for my morning routine. Right now, I used a different cream based cleanser for AM and the cleansing oil and Classic Rice Powder at night.
To use the Rice Powder, you need to pour a small amount into your wet palm and gently rub both your hands together to make a foamy paste. To see this transformation from powder to foam is magical (almost like molecular gastronomy in food kitchens!). I rub the foam onto my wet face for 20 – 30 seconds and then wash off with lukewarm water. I am not hallucinating when I say that I skin simply glows after I use this powder. Nothing else that I’ve used so far even comes close to the way this rice powder makes my skin feel. You could leave the powder on for a longer time to use it as a face mask. The rice powder is much reasonably priced compared to the rest of the products and is a wonderful buy for all.
RADIANT Deep Brightening Serum – 30ml | 1oz: I really like the thin and light consistency of this serum. It’s neither sticky nor does it make your face feel unnecessarily tight. Having said that, I haven’t used this serum long enough to really tell a difference. I guess I need to get through at least more than half the bottle before I can expect to see any results. I am always scared that the serums will be too heavy or sticky or drying. Well good news – at least my skin feels very luxurious when I put this on. All it takes me is 1 pump per application.
SUPPLE Moisture Rich Silk Cream – 50ml | 1.7oz: This product provides just the right level of moisture for my skin. The jar itself comes with a very pretty gold colored spatula. All you’re supposed to use is 1 spatula per application. Anything less is too less, and anything more is too much, believe me. I usually like to use this at night time after using the cleanser, rice powder and the serum. The best thing about this cream is it hasn’t made me break out, which is quite an achievement! I would like to use this in the morning as well, but it has no sunscreen. Since I walk my dog in the Texas heat every morning, I don’t feel comfortable without SPF (even though I hate wearing SPF). If Tatcha were to come out with an SPF version for day time use, it would be awesome!
OVERALL – If you are hesitant to buy the complete Ritual set, I suggest that you definitely buy the Rice Enzyme Powder because there is nothing like it in the entire US market! I am still debating if the serum and moisturizer are worth the moolah, but haven’t reached any conclusion yet. I’ll write a separate post after a couple of months, once I’ve made some more headway into using these wonderful, luxurious products.