My Tatcha Skincare Ritual Experience

I’ve been reading a lot about Tatcha lately so I decided to try them out. There is an interesting background story of how the brand developed and the association to Geisha makes the brand even more exotic. This will be a lengthy review so I’ll skip the back story where you can read it from Tatcha.

Above is the full line up of the products in The Ritual. There is PURE camillea one step cleansing oil, RADIANT deep brightening serum, rice enzyme powder and SUPPLE moisture rich silk cream. The line up is pretty much the same for all skin types, the only difference being the rice enzyme powder. Gentle (pink) is for dry skin, Classic (white) is for normal / combination skin and Deep (green) is for oily skin. The set below is what I have been using day and night for the last 21 days. Mine is a sample set which is only good for about 2 to 3 weeks. I managed to stretch the serum to 3 weeks but I still have much of the rest left.



One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil

This cleansing oil does not contain any mineral oil. I find the texture thicker and creamier than my Dermalogica Pre-Cleanse and Bobbi Brown Oil Cleanser. Comparatively, I also use less product to clean my entire face, including eyes. It takes off waterproof eye makeup quite well, but I nearly always use a separate remover for that area. The oil (and all other cleansing oils for that matter) tends to get into my eyes, leaving a film of haziness in my sight. What I like however is that there is just a slight trace of scent to the oil, and it cleans my face very well, without leaving it tight. No signs of spots either.

Deep Brightening Serum

I haven’t been using this long enough to tell you that it works. It takes 1 to 2 months’ constant use to really tell, but in the last 3 weeks or so, there is no breakout on my skin, and it has remained bright and even…even though I’m off my Diorsnow and Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair. The only additional product that I use in conjunction with this is my Dior One Essential Pre-Serum. The serum is light and watery, and just 2 pumps get my face and neck covered. It is easily absorbed into skin, leaving no greasy residue

Rice Enzyme Powders

In the 9 sachets that I received, 3 are gentle, 3 are classic and 3 are deep. These enzyme powders of rice bran and papaya are water activated. Wet face and hands, pour some powder onto your wet palms and rub your palms together until it becomes a creamy froth that can be smooth or grainy. Gentle is the smoothest while Deep has some noticeable grainy texture. Of all the products, I love this one most. It acts as a cleanser cum exfoliant, leaving skin baby soft without drying. Excessive exfoliating is not good for our skin, but this is so gentle I can use it day and night. No scrubbing is needed while applying the froth onto the face. Just leave it on for about 15 seconds then wash off. A little goes a long way and I can see myself purchasing a full sized one 🙂

Moisture Rich Silk Cream

I usually use different moisturizers for day and night, because I want my day moisturizer to be as light as possible. I was initially skeptical about this cream because it seemed a little too heavy for day use in this country’s hot and humid weather. It is great for night uses because it keeps my skin moisturized while I sleep in an air conditioned room. I have been experimenting with it for day use, and it is really not as bad as I thought. I dab a small amount onto my palms, rub it then pat onto my skin. This makes application lighter and it absorbs quite well too. My skin seems to be liking it.

Preliminary Verdict

Since I have not been using this for more than a month, I cannot say much about the performance. However, the products feel lovely and they are suitable even for sensitive skin. If there were any adverse effects, I would have seen something by now and I haven’t. I love the story behind the brand and the people are approachable and friendly. You can even purchase a sample pack before the full sized ones, and I think this is clever. There are only 3 stores at the moment (they are all in New York) but don’t be sad if you don’t live there. The products are accessible to everyone because of the availability of worldwide shipping, but the shipping cost is quite steep. Free shipping is only available for purchases above USD250. You can read about their FAQ here because I find it very helpful.

Have you tried Tatcha skincare? How do you like it? How likely are you to try a new skincare brand if you’re comfortable with what you already have?


xoxo Lily







  • Claire

    I also had the chance to try tatcha skincare. The serum and powder are my favourites. very efficient. the serum is a bit drying on my very dry skin, therefore, the cream wasn’t moisturizing enough for me. I would repurchase the poweder and serum though.

    • Definitely the powder. Now only to decide which one. Mine is normal / combination sometimes oily. I tried all 3 and all of them are good!

      • Claire

        I really like the gentle one but my skin is super sensitive and the normal one was even a bit too harsh for me. I also find the powder more effective than Dermalogica’s microfoliant. I Can’t say I love it more than Dermalodica though. I think it all depends on how sensitive my skin is. With Dermalogica I never had any problems and my skin was (is) in very good condition. I now use the Tatcha if I need a deeper exfoliation, I definetly can’t use it everyday.

        • I actually use it day and night but I have normal combination skin. I used the microfoliant many years ago and thought it was good. Then again, I had younger skin. Lol!

  • I got these products to try too, though the only one I’ve really gotten a chance to thoroughly test is the enzyme powder. I LOVE it though–it’s by far the best out of all the similar ones I’ve tried from Amore Pacific, Dermalogica, and bareMinerals! can’t wait to get to the other goodies!

    • Yes to the rice enzyme powder 🙂 The more I use the moisturizer, the more I like it too!

  • jac yue

    Hi, would like to know where to buy their products in Malaysia? The one that i see only thru online purchase. I am interested in trying their starter kit.

    • Lily

      Hi Jac. Unfortunately, you can’t get Pai from Malaysia and have to order it online. You can get it from Beauty Bay which ships for free 🙂

      • jac yue

        Thanks Lily, I went to Beauty Bay, they does not have Tatcha brand. XoX

        • Lily

          Eh? I’m so sorry omg. I was thinking Pai skincare. You must forgive me! Yeah for Tatcha you have to order directly from them. If I’m not mistaken, international shipping is free if you purchase US $250 and above. Sorry for the mess up!

  • TL

    Hi Lily, did any custom tax incurred when you order these products from US? If yes mind to share how much was it? I am thinking of ordering from them but what I afraid is the custom tax to be paid upon receiving them. Thanks!

    • Lily

      Hi TL, no tax whatsoever. I find that it’s faster through Fedex compared to their US Priority Parcel. Hope that helps!