Recently, I’ve been on a big skincare binge. Like, it needs to stop. With all those orders comes samples. So as I muddle my way through new products, I thought I’d also make an effort to use up samples and try to talk about what I thought. First up is my experience with some Tata Harper samples. I actually paid for one of the samples as Spirit Beauty Lounge will customize 6 samples for you to try before you buy. Some of the brands I have been wanting to sample come from places that are smaller businesses so you don’t have the luxury of trying products nor returning them with ease if you don’t like. So I think this is a great idea.
What I tried: Tata Harper Refreshing Cleanser ($75), Hydrating Floral Essence ($65) & Rebuilding Moisturizer ($100). Tata Harper comes with a pretty big cult following on beauty blogs in particular so you can imagine the excitement when I got to try these items.
Hydrating Floral Essence: This was something I just don’t totally understand. It’s listed as a must-have on Spirit Beauty and so many other sites. But I didn’t get it because it’s a really light moisturizer. When I looked it up on the web site, that is apparently what it’s supposed to do. For $65 for the smaller size, I want a more serious commitment. Like, some serious hydration that promises to kick my skin’s face in gear. There are so many good facial sprays, I just didn’t quite understand where this fits. It’s pretty heavily scented which I didn’t particularly love. I feel like there are so many better mists out there on the market. Like my seriously beloved (AND REPURCHASED, WHAT?!) One Love Organics Vitamin D Mist. I even like the Colleen Rothschild beauty water which is even cheaper and packs a bigger moisture punch. I didn’t hate this, but I just didn’t quite understand it – especially with the $65 price tag for 1.7 oz.
Rebuilding Moisturizer: This is one I was actually on the fence about and may try to get another sample at some point. This one left my skin really balanced. It didn’t seem oily to me at all (like some reviewers said) and left a semi-matte finish (which the product claims to do). It absorbed quickly and I would say this is a perfect moisturizer for normal to combo skin. It did have a slight herbal scent which I felt like eventually faded. I think if you have dry skin, DEFINITELY skip. If you have really oily skin, I’d probably skip as well. I honestly think I’m a prime candidate for this moisturizer and I wouldn’t be opposed to trying more samples to see if the long-term balancing effects are there.
Refreshing Cleanser: Pictured above it’s a thicker cream type of cleanser. Tata Harper says…
[pullquote width=”300″ float=”left”]This balancing, non-foaming cleanser is specially formulated for sensitive skin. Its gentle formula cleanses, freshens and removes makeup without drying out the skin or causing irritation.[/pullquote] I thought this cleanser was nice, but to be quite honest, I’m not so sure what’s refreshing about it. It did feel very balancing – not too hydrating (which was surprising given the texture) but not drying either. It’s very gentle and you won’t be able to get tough makeup off. The scent had me scared to even tempt on my sensitive eyes, but I didn’t see anywhere that said to avoid eye area.
[accordion title=”Ingredients of Refreshing Cleanser”]water (aqua), cetearyl alcohol (wax derived from grapeseed and wheat), citrus aurantium (neroli) distillate, cetearyl olivate (derived from olives), helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, sorbitan olivate (wax derived from olives), leuconostoc ferment filtrate (radish root extract), oryza sativa (rice) extract*, citrus paradisi (grapefruit), lactobacillus/punica granatum (pomegranate) fruit ferment extract, salix alba (willow) bark extract*, aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder*, kaolinite (rose clay), sclerotium gum (derived from root vegetables & corn), coco-glucoside (derived from vegetables),
cetearyl glucoside (wax derived from grapeseed and wheat), cetyl palmitate (wax derived from olives), sorbitan palmitate (wax derived from soy), soy peroxidase (derived from soy), superoxide dismutase (derived from horseradish root), geranoil, limonene, linalool, natural essential oil blend.[/accordion]
Refreshing cleanser was ok and not enough to have me intrigued (especially for $75!). The hydrating mist only seemed hydrating for a brief moment and smelled too floral. The balancing moisturizer is worth another try. Though I’m not 100% convinced, I did feel my face felt really balanced and stayed balanced through the night. There are just too many eco brands that perform I didn’t feel like dropping the cash was worth it. Have you tried Tata Harper? What did you think?
Where to buy? Spirit Beauty Lounge!