Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Oh Tata!...

I won’t lie since joining the beauty community on Instagram they have inspired me to try new things and in turn it has opened me up to a world of discovery! Tata Harper being one of my favourites last year. Green beauty is considered a thing of luxury and whilst I agree that it is, I find that I don’t look to natural brands for that reason. For me there is a certain appeal about using a high quality product that feeds my skin nutrients, plus I get pleasure from using something so naturally scented and non-artificial. I don’t choose to use ‘green’ brands over other brands, I simply choose products based on what I know I like using and what I feel is suited to my skin.

It took a while for me to commit to purchasing any Tata Harper products based on the fact that her skincare range is certainly not cheap! It is claimed to be 100% natural, organic and non-toxic without unnecessary fillers or preservatives. Some of the main ingredients are sourced and grown on Tata’s farm itself in Vermont where small batches of each product are made in the laboratory there, so you can have a better understanding where the price tag comes from. Having read many positive reviews I decided to bite the bullet and buy a sample set from Naturismo, which allowed me to try some of her famous products. This is where my love affair began…

For this post I am focusing on 2 of her cleansers…

Purifying Cleanser - £49.00 for 125ml  

Let’s start with my favourite product in the range! This is the most perfect morning/second cleanser for my combination skin. When I first tried this I was concerned that it would irritate my sometimes finicky sensitive skin, but I can honestly say I have never had a problem with this. I am sure this is due to the high quality ingredients. It contains Kaolin (clay) to absorb any excess sebum, natural exfoliating fruit enzymes to remove dead skin cells, natural sugars and broccoli extract to invigorate dull and sluggish skins. It is designed to be both nourishing and detoxing, unclogging pores and eradicating toxins whilst balancing oil production, returning skin to a calm state.  

Although tailored for oily/problematic skins I believe that it would also suit normal skins who are just wanting a good detox a few times a week. In fact, I think it would be fantastic for most skin types accept perhaps very sensitive skins. But like with everything try and sample it first as you never know it may be love at first try just like it was for me!

Now onto the cleanser itself, it is housed in a beautiful sturdy glass bottle. Without being bias Tata Harper products really do look stunning in your bathroom so it is a good job the stuff inside is bloody good! The only gripe I have with the packaging is that the pumps are a bit hit and miss. The first pump I had was awful and I literally had to give up using it for a while as I couldn’t cope with the stress of trying to get the cleanser out! On the plus side I was kindly sent a new one upon request and that has been successful so far!

Anyway… the cleanser is something of magic. (To me!) The texture is a kind of silky cream- gel consistency which transforms into an oil after a thorough massage onto dry skin. You do have to persist for a while before it gets to that stage though, but oh so worth it! The smell is incredible, a natural herbal citrus fresh combination which literally awakens me and my skin every time I use it! There is something so invigorating about it that I love to reserve it for mornings as a rinse off cleanser (it does emulsify when mixed with water).  Another way I use this is paired with a warm flannel, the scent is released even more and I find myself going ‘ahhh’! So it does serve as either a ‘pick me up’ or a relaxing cleanser. Either way the results are always the same, 1-2 pumps of this and I am left with very clean, but not squeaky skin! It is soft to the touch and not a dried out mess which is usually the typical story for a lot of ‘purifying’ cleansers I have previously used.

Without a doubt this will be a repurchase, it is truly delightful to use and I haven’t come across anything like it in this particular category of cleansers. This is true cleansing heaven. As for results, I do feel that if used regularly this does prevent breakouts and keeps skin calm and balanced. I like knowing that I am getting a good deep clean and keeping any congestion at bay, but really I would repurchase this for the cleansing experience alone. I particularly enjoy this when I am going through the hormonal months as it has the ability to help my skin but also retain my sanity and allow me to destress!

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Capric/Caprylic/Triglycerides, Water (Aqua), Glycerine, Propanediol, Glyceryl undecylenate, Aroma**, Sucrose Stearate, Decyl Glucoside, Oryza sativa (Rice) Extract*, Glyceryl Caprylate, Lactobacillus/Punica granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Papain, Curcuma Zedoaria Root Oil, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sucrose Palmitate, Zingiber Officinale Root Oil, Salix alba (Willow) Bark Extract*, Eugenia Caryophyllus Flower Oil, Sucrose Laurate, Abies PectinateLeaf Oil, Foeniculum Vulgare Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extracts, Kaolin, Bioflavanoids, Leuconostoc ferment filtrate, Montmorillonite, Mica, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Superoxide Dismutase, Soybean Peroxidase, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Linalool, Limonene.
*Ingredients from Organic farming **Clinical grade essential oils blend

Nourishing Oil - £54.00 for 125ml

As you can see this cleanser is packaged in exactly the same way as the Purifying one. I find that one pump of this dispenses exactly the right amount, it does come out fast so you have to be ready to catch it otherwise it spurts across the room! As stated on the bottle this oil is designed to remove makeup and grime, but I really like to use this as a morning or 2nd cleanser. I especially like applying this 1st thing in the morning on a dry face before stepping into the shower. Giving my skin a good 1-2 minute massage with this helps prevent congestion and protects my skin from the heat and drying effects of the shower. It is worth noting that on the occasions I have used it as a 1st cleanse it has always done a fantastic job at getting rid of makeup, but I haven’t tested it on waterproof/thick mascara so cannot vouch for it breaking down really heavy makeup!

Although it advises on the bottle that this oil can be emulsified and rinsed off, I would disagree with that. It doesn’t matter how much water I add I can never get it to break down without the use of a flannel! For me this isn’t an issue as I always like to remove cleansing oils with a cloth anyway, but for those of you who are looking for something quick and no faff then this may not be it!

For me the best part of this cleanser is the texture and smell, it really does feel very luxurious and silky upon contact with the skin. It proves excellent for massage! The smell is herbal and very natural but I like it. You can smell the quality ingredients oozing out!

All in all, this is a beautiful cleansing oil for most skin types, but if I am honest there are cheaper ones on the market that do the job just as well. It doesn’t have the massive ‘wow’ factor for me unfortunately, but it is a gorgeous product for sure.  I may repurchase when on sale as there is no denying it does good things for my skin, nourishing and hydrating it without stripping. If the price tag wasn’t so high this would always be in my bathroom!   

Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Olea europea (Olive) Oil*, Shea Butter Ethyl Esters, Polyglyceryl-4 Oleate, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Argania spinosa (Argan) Kernel oil*, Plukenetia (Sacha Inchi) Volubilis, Jojoba Esters, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Aroma**, Medicago sativa (Alfalfa) Extract*, Arnica montana (Arnica) Leaves and flowers*, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract*, Borago officinalis (Borage) Leaf Extract*, Spiraea Ulmaria (Meadowsweet) flower Extract*, Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.
* Ingredients from organic farming. ** Clinical grade essential oils blend.

If you haven’t already tried Tata I would definitely consider it, I find it amazing that the products can be so effective whilst being 100% natural. Her entry into the beauty industry has really made a difference to the way we look at ‘green’ beauty, vogue termed the brand as ‘life changing’ and I have to agree somewhat. Her products are an investment. Have you tried any Tata, if so what are your favourites?

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