11.07.2014
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TatchaPURE One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil
5.1 fl. oz. for $48
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PURE One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil is a good, though needlessly pricey and shockingly basic cleanser and makeup remover for normal to dry skin. There isn't anything special about camellia or rice bran oil for cleansing; like all plant oils, they work to remove all types of makeup, including waterproof mascaras.

As with many other cleansing oils, including those that cost far less, the formula contains emulsifiers. These ingredients allow the oils to mix with unlike substances, such as water. When you combine this cleanser with water as directed, it can be rinsed off without leaving a greasy or slick-feeling residue behind.

This cleansing oil's only drawback is fragrance. Despite appearing near the end of the ingredient list, it's surprisingly strong and poses a risk of irritation, particularly if you use it around the eyes. Still, because this is a rinse-off product that rinses so well, we're being a bit more generous with the rating than we would if this product were meant to be left on skin.

Pros:
  • Works to remove all types of makeup.
  • Emulsifies with water so it rinses without a greasy, slick feel.
  • Won't make skin feel dry or tight.
Cons:
  • Highly fragranced formula poses a risk of irritation.
  • Shockingly expensive for what amounts to a very basic cleansing oil.
Last Updated:12.17.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
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A beautiful blend of Camellia and Rice Bran oils. A gentle, two-in-one makeup remover and cleanser that melts away even waterproof makeup, leaving behind purified, silky soft skin.
Ingredients

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.

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Tatcha At-a-Glance

The allure of ancient beauty treatments coupled with modern science is tempting for many people—and the Japan-inspired brand Tatcha plays that combination up to the max. As the story goes, Harvard graduate and businesswoman Victoria Tsai, had a chance encounter with a “modern-day geisha” on a trip to Kyoto, Japan. What followed was an introduction to a fabled book on the beauty secrets of the geisha, which led to Tsai’s desire to translate these secrets and tips into a modern-day skincare line.

The hallmark ingredients Tsai and her team seem most interested in are of Japan-inspired such as green tea, red algae, and rice bran which are supposedly mentioned often in the ancient geisha beauty book. Although all three of these ingredients have merit for skin, research hasn’t shown them to purify or do some of the other things for skin that Tatcha claims. What you really need to know is none of these are the solution for any skin concern or for any skin type.

One more point, the entire premise of Tatcha is built around Japanese geishas’ beauty routines, but this assumes that under all of their decorative makeup, geishas have (or had) beautiful, flawless skin. In all likelihood, some do and some don’t, but it’s quite likely that when unadorned and viewed close up, these women have the same types of skin issues as women the world over—save for perhaps fewer signs of sun damage, as most east Asian cultures are careful about avoiding sun exposure.

Enough about the marketing story because what really matters is the quality of the products and whether or not they are beneficial for skin. The short answer is this line has more problematic formulations than beneficial ones.

Chief among the concerns that keep us from getting behind this line are an abundance of fragrance (natural or not, fragrance can irritate skin) and several products housed in jars that expose their delicate ingredients to light and air.

Admittedly, it’s easy to get swept up in “what the ancients knew” and kept to themselves for centuries, only to have these seemingly amazing secrets finally divulged. We wish that were a wise way to find the best products for your skin, but despite Tatcha’s promises, your skin will be left wanting more.

For more information about Tatcha visit www.tatcha.com.

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