Tatcha : Kyoto Cleanse for every season!


Geisha, an artist… the perfectionist. That’s how I feel when I use Tatcha, a product inspired by the beauty of Geisha. These elegant deities carry with them the timeless traditions of beauty and art. Last year , I heard about this brand and the story of its founder Victoria Tsai, who discovered a world of pure beauty, craftsmanship and heritage in Kyoto, the land of Geisha.


Victoria Tsai : The founder and CEO , is a Harvard Business School graduate turned beauty expert and explorer,created the line after suffering from acute dermatitis herself. On a trip to Kyoto, she discovered a world of pure beauty, craftsmanship and heritage. A chance encounter with a modern-day geisha changed her life and she developed a keen awareness about the importance of ingredients used on the skin. She is also a very kind and sweet person which you know already if you have watched her on QVC.

 Kyoto is an ancient city in Japan which is not only famous for Geisha but also for many world renowned tourists sites.

Kiyomizo -dera (Temple of pure water) source: cnn.com

Tatcha Cleansing Oil and Tatcha rice enzyme powder : That’s the signature Kyoto cleanse from their product line. The first thing you’ll notice when you receive these products are the beautiful packaging they come in. Everything screams luxury. The packaging is sturdy and travel friendly.


Tatcha Cleansing Oil : Its a blend of camellia oil and rice bran oil. The beauty of this cleansing oil is that its incredibly lightweight and at the same time is very effective.

Ingredients list :Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Polyglyceryl-10 Dioleate, Polyglyceryl-2 Sesquicaprylate, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Glyceryl Behenate/eicosadioate, Water, Algae Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alcohol, Fragrance (Natural), Phenoxyethanol.

Formulated without:
Mineral Oil, Synthetic Colors, Synthetic Fragrances, Sulfate Detergents, Parabens, PEGs, PPGs, Urea, DEA, TEA or Phthalates.

How I use it ? I use it as a both morning first cleanse and night cleanser.

In mornings: I love it since it is mild and gentle and I don’t believe that you need much cleansing anyway if you are diligent about your night routine. I massage it in on a dry face and leave it on for few minutes before jumping in the shower. This prevents me from over drying my skin in hot shower which I’m very used to.

In night : I use it as a first cleanser and it removes all the makeup and sunscreen effectively even the waterproof eye makeup and never stings my eyes. Its gentle enough to be used on sensitive skin without any clogging. In the pictures below you can see how easily it removes the waterproof eyeliner.

It emulsifies easily with just water and leaves no residue or oily film after wash.It’s important to me since my skin is oily /combination , more oily in summers and very prone to congestion. You can use a warm flannel if you like but I never needed it and generally don’t like it. This leaves my skin hydrated and soft and never congested. I never had any breakouts while using it. The camellia and the rice bran oil in it are acne friendly and also aids in evening out the skin tone. This bottle has lasted me over 5 months and there is still a lot left in it. So if you are worried about the price than you need not worry because it’s definitely an investment which you will not regret.

Tatcha exfoliating rice enzyme powder


A creamy, water-activated enzyme powder exfoliant and cleanser of Rice Bran, papaya enzymes with anti-aging HADASEI-3™. I wasn’t a big fan of the physical exfoliant before but when I tried this my whole mindset changed. It’s so mild but at the same time so effective that every time I use it I’m left in awe of this.


How to use it : Begin with wet hands and a wet face. Pour about half a teaspoon into hands, add water and rub hands together to create a creamy foam. Massage gently onto a wet face in circular motions for 10-20 seconds, avoiding eyes. Rinse and revel in your soft, smooth skin.


How I use it ? It’s the second step in the Kyoto cleanse which you can use in both your morning and night routines. I prefer it in night as a second cleanser. You can use it as described above or you can mix it with the oil and massage it in and later add water.  When my skin is sensitive and congested than I prefer it mixed with the oil but I like it both ways and it gives me the same result – an immediate clear , bright and incredibly soft skin. I avoid chemical and physical exfoliants whenever my skin breaks out. Because the more you fight with acne , the angrier they get. It’s always good to let the breakouts calm down before you start treating them with acids. I rather use  this mild exfoliant with papain enzyme which never irritates my skin and slowly bring my skin back to normal before going for my normal routines with acids.

You have this enzyme powder for different skin type including the sensitive types in which they have indigo leaf powder and colloidal oatmeal to soothe the skin. I’m going to try that next.

Will I repurchase ? Yes , I will  repurchase both the camellia oil and the enzyme powder.

Suitable for : All skin types

Do you need it ? If you are like me and want a cleanser duo which is simple effective and without any harsh ingredients or you are new to oil cleansing than this is where you need to start. You will be a convert.

Price and shelf life : The camellia oil : 48$ , The rice enzyme powder : 65$ .

You can get the duo in 99$ from the Tatcha site. You can also buy it from QVC where they come with offers once in a while. If you are still thinking then let me tell you that they have travel sizes too which will last longer than a month and will give you a good idea.

The price for travel size is : Oil – 12$ and the powder in 15$ . If this hasn’t convinced you enough than let me tell you that they also have the best customer service I have seen in my life. They stand behind their products and will refund you if your skin doesn’t agree to their products without any questions. I trust the brands who trust their products. Though I’m pretty sure that you’ll fall in love with their products as much as I have.

For international deliveries : you can either use sephora USA or the Tatcha.com

Canada: ship to Canada via USPS (7-10 business days) for a flat rate of $20 or FedEx (5-7 business days) for the market rate calculated at checkout.

All other countries: ship worldwide via USPS (7-10 business days) for a flat rate of $35, or FedEx (5-7 business days) for the market rate calculated at checkout.

Tatcha provides complimentary international shipping for any order over $250.

Ingredients list for the enzyme powder:

Classic: Oryza Sativa (rice) Powder, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Potassium Myristate, Cellulose, Water, Papain (papaya Extract), Camellia Sinensis (green Tea) Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Conchiolin (pearl) Protein, Oryza Sativa (rice) Bran, Algae Extract, Glycerin, Dextrin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol

Gentle: Oryza Sativa (rice) Powder, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Potassium Myristate, Camellia Sinensis (green Tea) Leaf Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (licorice Extract), Oryza Sativa (rice) Bran, Algae Extract, Papain (papaya Extract), Glycerin, Dextrin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Iron Oxides (cl 77491), Ultramarines, Mica, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol

Deep: Oryza Sativa (rice) Powder, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Potassium Myristate, Cellulose, Papain (papaya Extract), Camellia Sinensis (green Tea) Leaf Extract, Houttuynia Cordata (dokudami) Extract, Oryza Sativa (rice) Bran, Algae Extract, Glycerin, Dextrin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Iron Oxides (cl 77492), Ultramarines, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol

Soothing: Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Potassium Myristate, Polygonum Tinctorium (Japanese Indigo) Leaf/Stem Extract, Indigofera Tinctoria Leaf Extract, Colloidal Oatmeal, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Conchiolin (Pearl) Protein, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran, Algae Extract, Glycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Calcium Carbonate, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Mica, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol

*Disclaimer:All products are purchased by me and this post is no way sponsored by the brand. The opinions expressed here are mine and not those of any advertiser, company, affiliate or group. Images used in my posts are protected by copyright, and any unauthorized copying, reproduction, republishing, uploading, posting, transmitting or duplicating of any of the material is prohibited without my express written permission. To obtain permission to copy portions of the blog, please send an e-mail to me at skinritualdiary@gmail.com.


6 Comments Add yours

  1. makeupbrew says:

    Exceptional work, M. Beautiful review!


    1. Thank you so much Kate . I’m glad that you enjoyed it.


  2. Sarah says:

    First, I love your blog and your taste in products! Since you have an actual science education, I am curious about your thoughts re: PH and the criticism that’s been going around regarding the exfoliating powder having a non-skin-friendly PH. I couldn’t find any information on how much water mixed in results in the PH of 9 though. When I used my sample from Sephora I used quite a lot of water mixed in and liked the effect on my skin but not enough to actually buy it. Mostly because I want this fancy one 🙂 http://www.demamiel.com/products/brightening-cleanse-exfoliate


    1. Hi Sarah , Thank you so much for stopping by and taking out time to write to me . I understand your concerns about the pH of the cleansers. I agree that using the right pH is the basic step in cleansing regimen but I take the help of my skin to guide me to any product rather than a pH strip. Agreed that this has a pH of 9 which is alkaline but I never had any problem with it, may be because I tend to mix it with oil and use ? Using a pH balanced toner after , also helps. I prefer creamy/ oil cleansers overall since they are considered to be more pH balanced but what’s the criteria ? I reacted to some well known oil cleansers as well. That’s why listening to what my skin is saying has been the best tool for me 🙂 About the clay cleansers , I have tried May Lindstrom’s clean dirt but found that to be too abrasive , now I use it with honey mud which I find waste as a cleanser but they somehow work very well together. I have heard about the Demamiel cleanser and someone told me that it’s less abrasive than clean dirt so if you try that please let me know your thoughts. I’d love to hear it.
      Thanks again for stopping by and for your kind words.


  3. trendissimo says:

    I have just come across your blog and I love your reviews. I’ve just been reading one after another. I love your products selection and I feel like I have a similar taste. I really wish we had Tatcha in the UK. I’ve heard lots of great stuff about it so far.


    1. Hi there,
      Thank you so much for taking out time to read my blog. I’m so glad that you are enjoying it.
      Tatcha is such a beautiful brand from packaging to performance. It’s such a bummer that it’s not available in UK. But I think you can order it from sephora US site . The delivery charges are not much I guess and it reaches within a week. You can order the travel sizes , at least you can have a feel 🙂


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