to pamper / tatcha luminous dewy skin mist, camellia cleansing oil, and more

Tatcha‘s 20% off Friends and Family sale is ending tonight (was extended but now dead). The sale is the same discount as the Sephora VIB sale, but I was waiting for Tatcha’s own sale because (1) I have gift cards and Amex offers (current offer is spend $50+ get $10 credit) to stack, (2) Tatcha naturally carries more on their own site than on Sephora, and (3) Tatcha samples (you can pick up to 3)! Shipping is also free on all orders. What Tatcha will be doing for Cyber Week/Black Friday/Cyber Monday is unknown — last year it coincided with their F&F.

The general consensus is that Tatcha is pricey and has great packaging. Despite all the marketing, it’s not a Japanese skincare line. In fact, it’s not even sold in Japan — Japanese-inspired and developed is more accurate. As I get older, I really gravitate towards the luxury beauty splurge. Not every product is a hero — the ones I got were based on reviews I read and weren’t a blind purchase. I also appreciate that almost all of the products come in (somewhat) wallet friendly, deluxe travel sizes, which makes it feel like less of a splurge and potential sunk investment.

  • Dewy Skin Mist – This is one pricey mist. But it’s really nice. If you like a luminous and dewy finish like one you would get from a gel cream, this is basically the liquid version and a rare spray without lots of alcohol. There is still some alcohol to keep it in its liquid form. I won’t say that this will change your life — your skin is only as good as your worst skincare product — but it does add a je nais se quoi. They also sell the cream version of this in the Overnight Memory Serum Concentrate, which appearance reminds me of my Mizon Returning Starfish cream or Joseon Dynasty Cream.
  • The Indigo collection gets many rave reviews, especially the eczema-approved recovery cream. It is pricey, so I picked up the set of minis to try which will be great as the dry, winter weather sets in. I’m not sure about the powder though — I will be treading very lightly as I’m not a fan of high pH cleansers.
  • One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil – I got a sample of this with my Sephora orders. The little packet lasted about 3 face washes and I was a believer after 2 uses. I’ve tried other cleansing oils before (Muji is my ‘drugstore’ fave, Shu Uemura, FANCL) and this oil is exquisite. It is not as thick as the others (e.g. Muji is olive oil based) yet it’s not runny. It washes really well. Cleansing oils are more moisturizing and perfect for dry weather. I got lucky (or is it luck?) and caught the cleansing oil duo on sale on QVC last week. It was almost two for the price of one. I don’t intend to use this cleansing oil daily and may use a water cleanser as step 2 (like Cerave foaming or Glossier).

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