An Introduction To a Gentle Exfoliant - Tatcha Classic Rice Enzyme Powder

Friday, May 25, 2018

Hello, everyone!

In today's post I am going to talk about one of the most gentle exfoliant that I encountered about a few months ago. I was having a weekly grocery shopping at Costco when suddenly something caught my attention.. how did I not know that Costco is selling Tatcha's products?! (and it was way cheaper than the original price!). I immediately grabbed the classic rice enzyme powder by Tatcha, and it was an impulse buying. So, let's find out if that choice was a regret or a satisfaction!

In terms of the packaging, I think Tatcha does it again with the simplicity. The white packaging that shaped almost like a tea cup with a lid looks very simple yet still luxurious. 

When you open the lid, you will see another cover to prevent the rice powder from spilling when you open it. There's also a slide to open to get the rice powder out, which I think is very useful so we can be more careful when getting the powder. I think it's also for a hygiene purpose, so we don't have to stick our hands into the container to get the rice powder. 

Now, the rice powder will look like a powder but is actually a bunch of tiny particles of rice. You can't really tell when you see it, but when you will feel it when you touch it. This powder is also water-activated, which means that it will work when you mix it with water. The texture will change into a liquid, but is a little bit thicker because of the rice particles. You can see it on the right picture above. The thickness will depend on how much water you added, I usually just add a few drops of water because I don't want it to be too liquidy.

This classic rice enzyme powder is actually formulated for normal/combination/dry skin. This cleanser have 3 other variants formulated for different skin types. There's the deep polished rice enzyme powder for combination/oily skin, soothing rice enzyme powder for sensitive skin, and the gentle rice enzyme powder formulated specifically for dry skin types. 

In terms of the ingredients, it claims to have Japanese rice bran, rice and papaya enzymes, pearl, and also Tatcha's signature Hadasei-3. All those ingredients will gently exfoliates the skin and also hydrates, nourishes, and acts as an antioxidant for the skin. However though, there's a few reason that turn me off of Tatcha's products again, and I may not consider to purchase any Tatcha's product in the near future if they don't change the formulation. This product also contains alcohol, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate that both contributes as fragrance ingredient. Hence, once again, for those of you that have sensitive skin, you may want to avoid this product. I really do wanna love this product, but the ingredients just won't let me! :(

The Verdict

- Can be used as a cleanser or as a very gentle exfoliant
- Suitable for dry/normal/combination and oily skin types
- A little bit goes along the way, as the powder is water-activated. You only need a quarter of a teaspoon of the product when use it. 
- Doesn't feel tight after the application but rather clean and nourished
- Can be used everyday

-Contains alcohol and other fragrance ingredients (sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate)
-Pricey, 60 grams for $65

Final rating: 3.5/5

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