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Skin care

Tata Harper’s Regenerating Exfoliating Cleanser is THE most effective cleanser I’ve ever used

Photography by Tracey Creed
Words by Tracey Creed


Published June 15 2021

My way of introduction to the Tata Harper line, to the Regenerating Exfoliating Cleanser was Amandine, who gifted me the Tata's Daily Essentials Kit. For the most part, and this was back in March, my skin was neither good nor bad—it was fine. However, I used to break out all the time, hormonal acne, and I am an inveterate zit-picker. So, for the past two years, I have been using acids and vitamin C, which has been helping me get rid of uneven skin tone and scars. Understandably, I love exfoliation.

So there were two products in the kit of interest — the Resurfacing Mask, I mean, the name, and the Regenerating Exfoliating Cleanser. When I saw the Cleanser texture, the apricot microspheres, I was excited — and it didn't disappoint. The first time I tried it, I thought the texture was similar to a hybrid of the Glow Recipe Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm and Aesop's Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste. And you are simultaneously cleansing and exfoliating. Instantly, my skin felt clean, like I was feeling my skin on my face, but in a positive way, it also looked vibrant. Come day two, and I was Googling where to buy the full-sized version.

It was a revolutionary idea when Tata Harper officially launched in 2010. Harper doesn't believe in compromising health or esthetic needs for performance-driven skincare and so set out to make luxury skincare that could compete with even the most high-end products for those wanting the most active, natural formulas available. Not only was clean beauty not yet a 'thing,' but Harper was the first to enhance advanced organic ingredients by utilising and integrating innovative technologies. Today, she relies on the collective power of three hundred plus botanical ingredients.

Harper cultivates herself through organic processes, a true pioneer in farm-to-face skincare. Her early motivation stems from watching her stepfather battle with cancer and learning from doctors about the toxic load that can accumulate in our bodies from extended exposure to certain synthetic chemicals. Harper's 1,200-acre certified-organic farm located in Vermont's Champlain Valley is the source for a healing blend of six nutrient-dense flowers and herbs — the finished maceration added to almost every Tata Harper formula. All Tata Harper products are produced on the farm.

This might be the most effective Cleanser you've ever tried

In a nutshell, the Regenerating Exfoliating Cleanser formula collectively boasts sixteen potent active botanicals — one hundred percent of the total ingredients are from natural origin and eighty percent of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming.

There is still a prejudice that natural and organic products are inferior to mass-market products or overpriced DIY recipes, but that isn't the case anymore. Packed with natural BHA from white willow bark, this active botanical formula exfoliates and buffs skin, prepping the complexion and helping any subsequent products penetrate better. Apricot microspheres provide delicate-yet-super effective exfoliation of the top skin layer while the olive oil liquid complex hydrates. And it is oil-soluble, giving the active ingredients the ability to penetrate the skin. All Tata Harper formulas are Ecocert-approved, free from synthetics, toxins, fillers, artificials, and GMOs. In addition, Tata Harper is Peta Certified Cruelty-Free.

How to use the Regenerating Exfoliating Cleanser

The fact that you can streamline your daily routine by reaping the benefits of a mild physical exfoliant and Cleanser in one makes it all more appealing. You apply it onto dry skin, massaging a pea-size amount of product onto your face and neck until the Cleanser turns white. Then, rinse and follow with the rest of your routine.

A little goes a long way, and it smells amazing. Heavily botanical and instantly refreshing. If you have reactive skin, rosacea, or similar, patch test. For anyone else, this Cleanser will increase your vibrancy, and if you have dull, congested or textured skin, I would highly recommend the investment.

With results like these, yes it is worth the investment

Tata Harper's Regenerating Exfoliating Cleanser retails around NZ$146 for 125 ml of product. For some, the price is not going to be an issue. I am more for revealing than concealing, so I am not wearing makeup, therefore not buying it and can justify spending on skincare because that is my priority. I did read a comment in response to an Amazon review, stating the 125ml should last six months, and I know if I had kept using the Glow Recipe cleanser at the rate I was, that $54 jar would not have lasted more than two months. So the Tata Harper option actually is more cost-effective in that sense. Since I have been using the Regenerating Exfoliating Cleanser, I started to get compliments. I don't get anxious about using the camera on Microsoft Teams, so I'm sticking with it. I got ID'd yesterday. It is worth $300 a year.

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