In today’s article I’m sharing my brutally honest Tata Harper review of 7 of their bestsellers. I tested the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask, Reparative Moisturizer, Regenerating Cleanser, Clarifying Moisturizer, Illuminating Moisturizer, Clarifying Cleanser and Purifying Cleanser. Tata Harper products are Natural Cosmetic certified by Ecocert Greenlife and are a go-to for those who want something 100% natural but still need it to be effective at anti-aging. Read on to find out what I liked and didn’t like in the Tata Harper skincare line.
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About Tata Harper
Tata Harper has become synonymous with luxury clean beauty and is one of the most recognizable names in natural skincare today. It’s not the same brand as the original days though. Tata Harper was bought out by Korean giant Amorepacific. So far they still use 100% naturally derived ingredients without any genetically modified organisms (GMOs), toxins, fillers, artificial colors / fragrances, or synthetic chemicals. But keep in mind when clean beauty companies get bought out, the formulas tend to cheapen and lower in quality eventually.
Tata Harper is widely available in Sephora, Saks, SpaceNK, Neiman Marcus, including 800 physical stores, but this is a luxury brand with high price points. The Tata Harper Elixir Vitae skincare collection goes up to $400 and their body oil alone costs $120, but I’ve also included some alternative clean skincare brands that are similar further below.
The most popular Tata Harper skincare products are their luxury cleansers, resurfacing mask and moisturizers, so naturally, I tested all of them!
Tata Harper Controversy
There’s a fair amount of controversy surrounding Tata Harper’s founder. Tata Harper, who is a Colombian heiress, was able to catapult her brand to fame thanks to her PR contacts in high places and farm-to-bottle story of growing the ingredients on her Vermont farm. There’s also skepticism around the brand marketing themselves as farm to bottle, it’s so widely distributed (800 stores) worldwide. If all the products have to be manufactured on a mass scale, how can they all contain ingredients from a single family farm?
Tata Harper Alternatives
I get asked pretty often for alternative brand recommendations that have Tata Harper’s quality with a less painful price tag. So if you’re a current Tata Harper diehard fan, but you’re finding it out of your budget in this economy and still want something of a similar caliber, these are the brands I’d recommend:
After testing three Tata Harper cleansers, I have to say they are all very elegant in formulation, texture and overall experience. I enjoyed the Purifying Cleanser the most, but would probably go for the Clarifying Cleanser as an everyday cleanser.
This is a creamy cleanser with exfoliating properties so you get both benefits in one product. The Regenerating Cleanser combines physical and chemical exfoliation with apricot microspheres and BHA from white willow.
While it looks and feels like many other exfoliating cream cleansers, the Tata Harper one has some unique ingredients like Kimchi Ferment and Coral Clay. This is a great cleanser for people with dry skin since it feels super moisturizing while it cleanses.
Both Regenerating and Clarifying Cleanser begin in an organic aloe leaf juice base and are heavy on the plant ingredients and antioxidants.
Tata Harper’s gel cleanser is great for those with oily and breakout-prone skin. It has a light consistency for a gel and doesn’t have strong sudsing action. I would recommend this for people who want a very gentle gel cleanser that feels hydrating.
I feel like Tata Harper’s Purifying Cleanser is the most innovative cleanser of the three. This is a completely soap-free pore detox cleanser made of clays and oils, and it turns an otherwise boring cleansing ritual into a spa experience. The Purifying Cleanser feels like a silky creamy gel and looks a bit like mud. There’s just 20 ingredients including clays like kaolin and montmorillonite along with magnesium aluminum silicate, and detoxifying botanicals like Broccoli Extract, Lemongrass, White Turmeric, Ginger Root, Clove Flower, Silver Fir and Sweet Fennel.
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask Review
The Resurfacing Mask has a fluffy pudding gel consistency and contains BHA from white willow bark and pomegranate enzymes, along with Barley, Beet Root Extarct, Cassava Tapioca, Pink Clay, Alafafa and more. It’s effective for the majority of people and is sensitive skin friendly, but I didn’t feel like it was strong enough for the results I wanted. I do appreciate the formula is elegant and more than 80% organic. My friend LOVES this mask though.
For my skin this feels more like a hydrating mask with some gentle exfoliation included. I notice slightly brighter and smoother skin once rinsed off. Is it my favorite mask of all time? No. I personally wouldn’t repurchase this. Is it a luxurious treat for my skin? Yes.
Ingredients: Hordeum Vulgare Leaf Juice*, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Sclerotium Gum, Lactobacillus Ferment, Leuconostoc Ferment Filtrate, Maltooligosyl Glucoside, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Beta Vulgaris/Beet Root Extract/Extrait de Racine de Betterave, Arnica Montana (Arnica) Extract*, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Leaf Extract*, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract*, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract*, Spiraea Ulmaria (Meadowsweet) Extract*, Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract, Kaolin (White Clay), Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil*, Sodium Phytate, Citrus Aurantium (Bergamot) Peel Oil, Aqua/Water/Eau, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Cymbopogon Flexuosus (Lemongrass) Oil, CI 77491 (Red Iron Oxide), Alcohol, Citral, Citronellol, Limonene
Tata Harper Moisturizer Reviews
I tested three of Tata Harper’s moisturizers (Repairative Moisturizer, Clarifying Moisturizer and Illuminating Moisturizer) over the years. They’re all quite pleasant and luxurious and I can see why they have such mass appeal. I just personally don’t believe you need a $140 moisturizer and that money would be better off invested in a higher quality serum. But for many, their moisturizer is their go-to, and it’s hard to go wrong with Tata Harper’s.
Tata Harper moisturizers are super silky and they tend to all be lightweight and thinner than traditional creams (except for their Creme Riche Moisturizer).
They offer a wide variety of moisturizers to suit all skin types and needs. There’s the Tata Harper Illuminating Moisturizer with actual diamond dust for the day for glow chasers, Reparative Moisturizer for youthful skin, Water Lock Moisturizer for dehydrated skin, Creme Riche for very dry skin and Clarifying Moisturizer for oily and acne-prone skin.
This is a lush, silky smooth lotion (almost feels like a creamy gel moisturizer) suited for dry, dull and mature skin with a focus on hydration. For a thicker cream check out their Creme Riche. The Repairative Moisturizer contains 60% organic ingredients including hyaluronic acid, butters and oils, alfalfa extract, meadowsweet extract and more. It sinks in and absorbs seamlessly and has an elegant formula that would likely please most people.
I got a small sample pack of Tata Harper products to try before purchasing a bottle of this moisturizer. I love this moisturizer. I am 36, recently had a baby, and looking to really be preventative with signs of aging. Living in the desert, my number one priority is to keep my skin hydrated. Tata Harper is the Louis Vuitton of green beauty. The products are amazing, created under her watchful eye in Vermont. They are very expensive, though, and that’s the only challenge for me here. $110 for a small jar, that if I used it morning and night, I could run through one a month. Using this with the Hydrating Floral Essence first thing in the morning is amazing for my skin, keeping it hydrated all day. I will definitely use this again, as my budget will allow.
This moisturizer has actual diamond dust, which is insanely luxurious and it imparts a beautiful lit from within glow to the skin. The consistency is super lightweight and thin yet still highly moisturizing. It has just the slightest peachy tint to it but blends into the skin invisible, leaving only an illuminating effect.
This is a great option if you enjoy light moisturizers and have dull skin that needs a boost of radiance. The ingredients are 100% natural and 61% organic. It starts off with an organic aloe base and is full of butters, plant extracts, herbs, oils and skincare actives like Mango Seed Butter, Rice Extract, Honey, Cocoa Seed Butter, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate and more.
Tata Harper’s Clarifying Moisturizer is formulated for acne prone skin and has a blemish fighting formula that leaves a matte finish. It has a very thin almost gel like consistency and is full of bioactive botanicals. I find the formula very interesting and think this is great regardless of whether you’re blemish prone or not. It begins in an organic barley extract base (not aloe for once!) and has Oat Kernel Oil, Black Seed Oil, Apple Seed Oil, Chlorella, Sodium Hyaluronate and more.
International: Shop Tata Harper at Space NK
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Andrea is a clean beauty expert from Los Angeles, California with 10 years of experience in clean beauty, natural skincare and organic living. She writes for Organic Beauty Lover using her expertise to guide readers in choosing the best clean beauty products. Andrea graduated from the University of Southern California in 2012 and has worked at multiple skincare companies, big and small. Connect with her @organicbeautylover.