Revealing the Geisha’s Beauty Secrets with Tatcha

I have been paying more attention to the well-being of my skin more than ever. I believe the benefits of better, healthier skin will affect many aspects in my life for years, including wearing less makeup over time by letting the glow of skin to radiate through and through.

I love browsing the internet with a window-shopping mentality. With this skincare-hunt in mind, I’m always on the lookout for wondrous products, and lo and behold, here’s one I love at the moment. Meet Tatcha.

Tatcha is a US-based skincare line inspired by the ageless beauty rituals of the geisha. Founder Victoria Tsai has always been a loyal advocate of beauty. On her travels to Asia, she encountered a modern-day geisha in Kyoto and found out underneath their iconic white makeup, lay the most breathtakingly pure skin she had ever seen. The Japanese named this skin mochi hada, which refers to the pure, gleaming, and soft qualities of a baby’s skin.

Victoria eventually unearthed a 200 year-old beauty manuscript, revealing the geisha’s coveted regimen that had supposedly been passed down from one generation to the next by word of mouth. She found out that many of the ingredients are still in use today by modern science. With this in mind, she created Tatcha to share age-old beauty secrets to the modern world.


Tatcha's muse, Kyoka-san, with no face makeup on and no retouching.

I mean, come on, who doesn’t want to have that perfect mochi hada skin?

Tatcha has created a beauty ritual that emulates the timeless regimen of the geisha. Just like other Japanese skincare brands, this ritual consists of several steps; Tatcha has four.

  • PURE. Melts away makeup, removes impurities, cleanses, and conditions the skin with One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, made out of a blend of camellia and rice bran oils.
  • POLISHED. Reveals skin’s natural gleam through Rice Enzyme Powders, available in Classic for normal-combination skin, Deep for oily skin, and Gentle for dry dehydrated skin. This creamy, water-activated enzyme, non-abrasive exfoliant gently releases dead cells from the skin, leaving it polished and baby-soft in an instant.
  • RADIANT. Brings clarity and radiance to skin with Deep Brightening Serum that contains licorice root extract and other time-tested Asian botanicals.
  • SUPPLE. The final step is to nourish and seal in the moisture with Moisture Rich Silk Cream. It’s a luxurious, weightless gel-cream containing liquid silk, squalane, and royal jelly.

To tie everything in, all the above products contain HADASEI-3 Bioactive Complex, a proprietary anti-aging complex of green tea, Okinawa red algae, and Japanese rice bran extract.

“Together, these time-tested ingredients enhance the skin’s natural beauty, promote nourishing moisturization and help reduce the signs of premature aging for truly pure, polished, radiant and supple looking skin.”

Sounds good to me. The ritual is pretty simple and straightforward compared to other brands that contain more than four steps.

Admittedly, this skincare line is on the expensive side. I’m planning to get The Tatcha Sampler Set, try out the products, and see how they work/react on my skin before deciding or committing to purchase the full sizes. The website also sells the ritual in sets tailored to suit three different skin types. All Tatcha products are made in Japan.

As a lover for all things beautiful, I have this to say: Tatcha has not just captured my heart with its mochi hada-promising products, but also with its exquisite presentation as a solid, cohesive brand. Everything is so well-tied: the inspiration, the packaging (the blue ribbon with gold spoon on top of the Silk Cream is an opulent touch), pictures, and eloquent descriptions come together to give it a luxurious and sophisticated feel with an eastern elegance.

Tatcha also has a blog on the website, written by Victoria Tsai herself. She wrote about her Tatcha journeys and exquisite travels, sharing beauty secrets and recipes. I found the way that she writes, how she shares her thoughts, the unyielding passion, and the down-to-earth personality to be incredibly inspiring and enlivening.

As of now, Tatcha is only available through the website (offers worldwide shipping), Barneys New York in the US, and Joyce Beauty in Hong Kong.

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