It’s the holiday season! So guess who gets to make up the cheesiest names for posts??? Me. And who has been getting the most stupendous gifts, even before Christmas??!! Me!! Yes, little old me got a gym membership, which is very exciting and hopefully will boost my morale so I can get blogging again. If there’s one thing I love, it’s going on and on and on and on and on and on, and on, about skin care.
Another very exciting gift sent to me by a dear, dear friend: the Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser, and samples to the infinity power. Whoa. I have not yet sufficiently explained the wonderfulness of TH products, though I have reviewed the Be Adored Lip Treatment. Good stuff.
Regarding the TH line generally: the products are a true luxury, and they’ve got the price tag to match. Some are more affordable than others, and then there are the $200+ serums. Consequently, I haven’t tried too many full-sized products from Tata, but I have been able to give most of the line a fair go with samples. Her products actually go a long, long way, so even a small collection of samples has lasted me over a month.
I’ve had samples of the entire line, but when used all at once, it was too much for my skin. TH products are full of active ingredients and are also quite heavily fragranced with essential oils. (They smell absolutely incredible, mind you. None of that synthetic perfume-y smell and no headaches. Field of unicorns, I tell you.) By ‘actives,’ I mean ingredients that are doing some heavy lifting- antioxidizing and exfoliating and all that sort of thing. That’s what you want from your skin care really, but you’ve got to find the fine line with sensitive skin. I’ve broken out with certain TH products as a result.
However, I am wild as a Christmas hog about several TH products that do work for me and my sensitive skin. Those include the Rejuvenating Serum and (obviously) the Regenerating Cleanser! (My sneaky friend did some sleuthing!)
So, now, finally, you have made it to the (vegan) meat of this post! A review. (Never thought you would, did you? Oh ye of little faith.) The Regenerating Cleanser is a power house, as with most of Tata’s products. Some key ingredients: pomegranate enzymes to exfoliate, pink clay to detoxify (gently), and willow bark to soothe breakouts. Nothing to be trifled with. The new, heavy frosted green glass bottle with pump packaging is completely gorgeous, and the smell is too- slightly orange-y and floral.
TH reports that the Regenerating Cleanser will ‘improve glow,’ minimize pores, and cleanse thoroughly without drying out your skin. And it delivers on all fronts! Like I said though, caution is warranted for those of sensitive skin. Yonder fares the nymph who doth not exfoliate every day. What? I do exfoliate every day, sometimes, but using this twice a day was way too much for me, and I broke out! I’m using this only a couple of times a week now, and I still see all of the great benefits! I don’t know how the ‘glow’ thing happens, but the beauty world don’t call it the ‘Tata glow’ for nothing. You’ll see; it is real as the kitty nibbling my jacket as we speak.
As far as the use, the packaging recommends using this on dry skin, but I find that if I moisten my skin first, I have more time to massage the product around and leave it on my face longer without it drying out. I’ll stick with that, as it works really well for me.
I have some new favorites as well, that I plan on purchasing in the full size. Tata recently came out with the Beautifying Face Oil and lip and cheek tints. I had generous samples of both (and fell in love and now I need them). (So weird that they put all these samples in there, right??) (Ahem.)
The Beautifying Face Oil will ‘instantly energize the look of the skin, leaving a silky-soft, hydrated surface with a brighter and firmer appearance.’ This is one of the most hydrating facial oils I have ever tried (and I’ve tried many!), and I am thrilled to say that once a day use has gotten rid of any dry patches and tightness that I had before. I’ve even taken this baby up to the mountains with me, and it was hydration station the entire time. I think the main ingredient in the BFO, squalane, an oily, plant-derived substance, must jive really well with my skin. Squalane has very low viscosity also, so the oil has really great slip on application and will hydrate without sitting on top of your skin and feeling heavy or sticky.
The comfrey, calendula, and meadowsweet also make this a very soothing oil, to help combat redness. The BFO contains algae as well, which is phenomenal for the skin, though I’m not sure how much of an impact it’s having in this case as it’s the last ingredient and therefore present in a very small amount only. In any case, this oil is in competition with my favorite to date, the RMS Beauty Oil, which is spectacular. I will definitely be purchasing the full size of Tata’s BFO. I think too, at $48/ounce, it’s (relatively) reasonably priced, especially considering you only need 2-3 drops once a day to see the hydrating and brightening effects.
I very much enjoyed the lip and cheek tints as well, but the verdict is still out on whether I will purchase the full size. The color “Very Charming” is so lightly pigmented that it barely showed up on my skin at all. I loved the color “Very Sweet,” though the staying power is not that great. I do really love that these are multipurpose products, in gorgeous little pots, and are creams. I buy only these types of products actually, as far as skin make up like blush and foundation/concealer. They aren’t heavy or obvious on the skin. But, I might keep this on the list as a special indulgence for sometime in the future, since there are many great organic make up brands with better staying power.