Tatcha Review: Starter Ritual Set

Happy New Year!

One of my goals for the new year is to bring you more Beauty/Skincare content. I’ve been on a skincare kick lately because I realised how lazy I was being with my skin. That’s not going to fly for these winter months.

I’ve always heard really good things about Tatcha, so I decided to give them a try. Their products are pretty pricey, so here is my most honest review.

The Starter Ritual Set is for normal to dry skin, which is my skin type. It comes with the Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil,  The Rice Polish: Classic, The Essence and The Silk Cream. The entire set lasts around a month even though it’s in travel size packaging.

After 1 week of using these products, I began breaking out (yikes). I’m going to give you an individual review of each product below. While I do think their products are way way way overpriced, I would re-purchase some of the products again, but not all of them.

Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil

Final Verdict: No.

You guys do not need this Cleansing Oil. I believe in double cleansing especially if you wear makeup. This cleansing oil did melt my make up away, but there are so many other great cleansing oils out there which are more effective at a fraction of this price. My favourite oil cleanser will forever be the cleansing balm from Banila Co, or Hada Lobo’s cleansing oil.

The Rice Polish: Classic

Final Verdict: Yes.

You should exfoliate your skin 2 times a week to rid the dead skin cells. Any more than that is unnecessary & could cause your skin to suffer – it could become dry or irritated. I enjoyed this product. It comes in a powder form which foams with water added. You can feel the little granules exfoliating agents. My skin is baby soft after I put this on. If I were to re-purchase this product, I would want to try the gentle version instead.

If you have dry, sensitive, rosacea or acne prone skin, I don’t recommend you to exfoliate or use products with exfoliants in it. It could really irritate your skin.

The Essence

Final Verdict: No.

Essences are very popular in Asian beauty rituals. Think of it like a ‘primer’ for your hydration routine. This essence from Tatcha was below average. While it was gentle on my skin, I wouldn’t recommend getting this essence because it didn’t blow me out of the water. Essences are supposed to combine toner and serum into one, and this felt way more like a toner. The only essence I have been obsessed with is from Innisfree. Their skincare is impeccable.


The Silk Cream

Final Verdict: No.

Yikes. This product was the one that broke me out. Not only is it very oily and way too heavy, it doesn’t absorb well. This would not be my pick for your moisturiser. If you want to splurge on a Tatcha cream, I enjoy the Dewy Skin Cream – it feels more light-weight & leaves a nice glow, which you can use it for your day cream & night cream. I do think that there are other products in the market which achieve the same thing for half the price. My pick is the Innisfree Lava Seawater Lotion.


Overall, Tatcha was a little disappointing, especially when I started breaking out. When I stopped using the Silk Cream, I stopped breaking out. Not to say that all their products are terrible, but for the price of their products, I expected the quality to be much higher.

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