This was a full sized sample of one of the most delicious face creams I have used in a long time. It is pure indulgence in a purple coloured jar. Even the packaging is indulgent…you know you are opening something luxurious and precious when it comes in a box within a box, with a message inside. But, rest assured such extravagances do not influence me when it comes to testing the efficacy and claims of a product.
It is no secret that I have sensitive skin, and lean towards using creams that harness natural botanicals and are not too ‘active’ on the skin. Tatcha indigo soothing triple recovery cream is designed specifically for sensitive skin (it is even accredited by the National Eczema Association), to soothe, nourish and protect. It is an anti-ageing cream (I find these can irritate my sensitive skin, so it is a blessing to find one that finds the right balance).
After just one use my skin felt more plump, there was no redness, dryness or itching. And, no I didn’t find it weird to put a purple cream on my face! Miraculously, there wasn’t even a breakout which can occur when using a new product. I have been using this cream for 3 months now, admittedly not every day but just when my skin needs a boost, and absolutely love it still. It softens the lines on my face, doesn’t leave a greasy residue, makes my skin appear youthful again, and is my favourite cream to blend with Cover FX custom cover drops (not yet reviewed). I’m sad that it will run out soon because it is not sold in the UK, yet.
Here’s the science bit – why it is so effective, and expensive. Japanese pedigree helps because their approach to skincare is steeped in centuries of wisdom. The product contains 4 key ingredients/actives – Japanese indigo (anti-inflammatory, promotes healing), sophora japonica extract (regenerate cells), 3% colloidal oatmeal (activates immune cells and stimulate collagen), and Hadasei-3 bioactive complex (anti-ageing complex of green tea complete DNA, okinawa red algae and japanese rice bran extracts).
It is designed to be non-irritating and non-sensitising. It is fragrance free, and is formulated without mineral oil, synthetic fragrances, sulfate detergents, parabens, phthalates, urea, DEA or TEA.
It’s a pricey $135 for 50ml (c. £90), but compared to something like Creme de la Mer (which I didn’t rate) it works out to be great value for money. In fact, Tatcha is comparable in price with other anti-ageing creams, although I cannot vouch for their effectiveness.
Tatcha do ship outside the US for $35 or free for orders over $250, if you fancy giving this cream a try. When I am feeling flush again, I’ll top up supplies but for now I will eke out what I can from this pot.
Tatcha, please distribute outside the US and Asia 🙂
Please note this was a free pot of cream sent to me to try out because I have sensitive skin.