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More Than Just a Brand – Tata Harper 3/3

Katja Kokko | 11.1.2015

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This post was made in collaboration with Naturelle.fi

It looks like Tata Harper has found her way to your hearts as well, and I’m not surprised – the sense of genuine artisanship and doing it yourself gives the brand a depth that is rare to find. In this final part of the three-post series, I will introduce you to a serum, moisturizers, and a potent oil. If you’ve missed the previous parts of the series, please go here to read about its background and ideology, and here for look at the brand’s cleansers, toner, face mask, and lip balms.

The Rejuvenating Serum is the corner stone of Tata’s range of products. This highly effective solution for ageing skin, containing 29 active ingredients and no purified water, has been designed for maximum potency.

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The serum smooths out lines and evens out skin texture, using hyaluronic acid to bind moisture to the dermal cells; antioxidants and vitamins help to brighten and heal the skin, as well as evening out the skin tone. The result is firmer, glowing, more elastic and youthful looking skin.

The list of active ingredients is packed with antioxidant and vitamin rich vegetable extracts, including gotu kola, elderflower, arnica, marigold, meadowsweet, lime tree flower, alfalfa, lavender, daffodil, date, bogbean, willow, and hyaluronic acid. 74% of the ingredients are organically grown.

The consistency is simultaneously rich and velvety, and light and quickly absorbed, leaving the skin feeling smooth and pleasantly firm. This is one the most effective serums I’ve ever tried; there’s no shortage of impressive and impressed reviews about it, and I have no doubt the product would give excellent results in evening out discoloration and skin texture – the ingredients alone indicate as much.

The sizing of the serum’s package is generous: most serums are 0.5 to 1 fl. oz., while this serum comes in a 1.7 fl. oz. bottle.

I recommend applying the serum on top of Floral Essence while the skin is still slightly dewy, as this makes it easier for the active ingredients to be absorbed into the skin.

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There are two moisturizers: the Rebuilding Moisturizer for oily and combination skin, and the Repairative Moisturizer for dry skin.

Like the serum, these moisturizers contain a staggering amount of active ingredients. What sets these lotions apart is their consistency: Rebuilding is very light and quickly absorbed, making the skin faintly matte, but not unpleasantly tacky. Besides being suitable for oily skin, it is also excellent for humid climates.

Repairative is rich without being thick or heavy, leaving the skin feeling silky and well-hydrated – the perfect moisturizer for winter or dry climates in general.

The active ingredients include a wide range of humectants or hydrating components, antioxidants, and vitamins. Both moisturizers help to smooth out wrinkles, improve skin texture and make the skin suppler; they bind not only nourishing ingredients but also moisture to the skin, and protect the skin from environmental damage.

The active ingredients include aloe vera, mango butter, rose water, honey, elderflower, hyaluronic acid, bogbean, willow, alfalfa, borage, marigold, meadowsweet, lime tree flower, lavender, and arnica. The Rebuilding Moisturizer and the Repairative Moisturizer contain 72% and 71% organically grown ingredients, respectively.

The ingredients in these moisturizers create wonderful brightening, evening, pore-minimizing, repairing, and hydrating combinations. All the things, in other words, that the skin needs in order to stay glowing, and therefore young, looking.

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The final touch to Tata’s comprehensive skin care experience is provided by the Replenishing Nutrient Complex oil serum. A massive light bulb went off in my head when I saw this product: the serum comes in a glass bottle with a roll-on. How has no one thought of this before? Not only does the roll-on top prevent spilling, it also gives you a nice face massage while you apply it. We westerners are woefully unfamiliar with what is in fact the best thing about home treatments: different sorts of self-administered facial massages – the bread and butter of Asian skin care culture.

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The oil serum contains a variety of repairing and nourishing fatty acids, vitamins, and antioxidants: rose-hip seed extract heals scars and gives the skin a nice glow; arnica treats infections and reduces redness; alfalfa provides the skin with oxygen and contains vitamins A, B, C, D, and E; borage contains line-smoothing gamma linolenic acid. The beta-carotene in carrot seed oil gives the skin a light, glowing tint, while rose otto essential oil gives the serum its sophisticated scent. 96% of the ingredients are organically grown.

The oil is suitable for all skin types, and is recommended to be applied between the rejuvenating serum and moisturizer.

This oil is divine, and the handy packaging only increases its attractiveness. I use the roller to go over lines in my forehead and around my nose, as well as boosting skin metabolism by stroking outward over the skin. To finish off, I rub the oil into my skin with lifting, upward-strokes.

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This is the end of the introductory series to Tata Harper, but rest assured Tata will feature in skin care tips, and in posts of her own, once the full range becomes available in Finland.

Which product are you most interested in, and how do you feel about the brand in general? Do you care about the brand’s transparency or self-sufficiency? Have any of the products made their way onto your shopping list, or even your makeup bag?

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Products provided for testing by the importer

Photos Katja Kokko

Translation Katja Nikula

 

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