*All items purchased with my own money, all opinions my own.
I’m thinking about re-branding my blog. What do you think of the name Neo’s Luxe Nook? Too corny? I want this blog to be more than just makeup and skincare. I want to keep focusing on luxe skincare and beauty items, but also add more personal stories/opinions. I’m chock-a-block full of opinions. With that said, i wanted to share my thoughts on the Tata Harper brand, current doyenne of the Green Beauty movement. The Green Beauty movement touts itself as organic and all things healthy and good for you and the Tata Harper Tata,s Daily Essentials kit is a great entry way into this world
I bought the Tata Harper Tata’s Daily Essentials Kit sometime last year and have taken my time using the individual products to find out what works for me and what doesn’t. What piqued my interest in the line is the Tata Harper Regenerating cleanser. At $80 a bottle this stuff isn’t cheap, but it was enough to make me extremely interested in the rest of the line. I bought the kit to try out the rest of the line and will purchase a few of the products as detailed below. The kit includes the following products and my mini-reivews.
Regenerating Cleanser – This cleanser is perfection and the stand-out product. As long as i use just a little bit to make it last then its almost all worth it. It has exfoliating properties but its gentle enough not to chaff my skin. I do not, however, use it every day as i am a fan of chemical exfoliants and therefore do not need to use a cleanser with physical exfoliants on a daily basis. Reading the ingredients list you see its a mixture of oils, aloe and a variety of clay powders. This one is highly recommended. There’s a smaller size now for $42 which might seem more economical, but if you get a sample first then it will totally be worth your while to get the larger size. Wait on the sale and get it. For something more gentle, I would highly recommend the Tata Harper purifying cleanser – its not included in this kit but its amazing too and costs a little less.
Resurfacing Mask – The Tata website states that this beta-hydroxy mask works like a peel – found that a little surprising. For me this works as a very very gentle peel and while I enjoyed that my skin felt “plump” afterwards, I don’t think it did much for my pores. It felt more like one of those bedtime/overnight masks. But then again, I like to feel the tingle of a “peel” type mask like my beloved PTR Pumpkin Enzyme Mask. I will not purchase the full size of this product but if you are in the market for a gentle exfoliating mask then this is recommended.
Repairative Moisturizer $105 – As one of the more expensive items in the kit, I also found this the most disappointing. While the ingredient list is quite impressive, and this is marketed for those of us with dry skin, i simply find that this did nothing for me. It sunk into my skin quite nicely but still left me feeling dry. I need something more emollient and as they say in the south “greazzzzy”. It was way too light and runny for my liking, especially as its marketed for dry skin during winter months. Will not purchase a full-size.
Rejuvenating serum $98 – wow, I don’t like the smell of it and I feel like I have seen minor effects with this one. I layer it with the moisturizer and quite frankly I am just left feeling like my skin needs more. The irony is that the serum feels heavier on the skin than the moisturizer. I will keep it for now and finish it up in the hot summer when I need something lighter.
Hydrating Floral Essence $68 for small bottle – I love a facial mist as much as the next person, but I really did not enjoy the scent of this one. It was too cloying, and it lingered like perfume and I don’t typically spray perfume on my face. The ingredient list is amazing with aloe vera and rose water, but the effects were cancelled out to me by the fragrance. If you are in the market for a great aloe/rose water spray then try Maria Badescue, its also only a fifty of the price. This one just sits in my closet and will soon be de-cluttered.
Replenishing Nutrient Complex $48 – this product is a great facial oil that includes rose, olive and jojoba oil. This one I like. It sinks in without leaving behind an oily residue and is great for bedtime use. It comes with a rollerball applicator which I found a little weird as I like to just slather on my oils, but the little rollerball does allow me to target it to my “wrinkles” as needed as only a tiny amount oozes out. A very tiny amount- maybe the regular size works better. I have a variety of oils I am currently working though, but I will consider this one during a future Sephora sale!
All in all, there are products in the range that I love but some that I think are over-priced and not for me. I will say that the Tata Harper Tata’s Daily Essential Kit is a great way to try generous samples of the line. I want to try more of the green movement beauty products, but if these heavily fragranced products are a sign of the times then I will be less inclined. I recently bought The Ordinary products and will review those in a few weeks. Stay tuned.