Friday, 2 January 2015

Hall of Fame - Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex

This post is written to you in the fading midst of a beauty panic. Upon doing research for this post - it became obvious that this product was not listed anywhere on the Tata Harper website and thus, I feared it had been discontinued. I say 'feared', I mean 'actually texted Tata Harper - the Tata Harper - whose number I was given last year when I was supposed to meet up with her and didn't - and said 'PLEASE GOD TELL ME THIS ISN'T DISCONTINUED'.' 
Let me take this opportunity to extend my apologies to Tata and assure her that I don't normally behave in such a manner (I totally do) but you know - skincare panic. What's a girl to do? 
I promise never to do it again.            Maybe.

Suffice to say, had RNC been discontinued, it would have been a tragedy of beauty-esque proportions (for me) as Replenishing Nutrient Complex is going in the Hall of Fame.

What is it?
A super-lightweight oil that actually acts as a serum upon application. It's incredibly light, penetrates extremely easily and can be used in a multitude of ways. It was one of my most-used products last year, so much so that I kept it on my bedside so I could have a sneaky swipe whenever I had the need. 

What's not in it?
This being Tata Harper it's free from parabens, phthalates, synthetic colours or fragrance and sulfates - it's labelled as being completely free of chemicals and synthetic ingredients.

What's in it?
Rosehip mosquetta oil*, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil*, Olea europea (Olive) oil*, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) kernel oil*, Borago officinalis (Borage) flower*, Medicago sativa (Alfalfa) flower*, Sambucus nigra fruit extract, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) flower*, Arnica montana (Arnica) flower*, Tilia europaea (Linden) leaf & flower*, Daucus carota (Carrot) seed oil, Natural essential oil blend** *Organic ingredients **Fragrances from 100% natural clinical grade essential oils

Who is it for?
It would be all too easy to say 'Anyone with skin'. Alas, that is the case. It's suitable for all skin types but is particularly brilliant for sensitive, dehydrated, acne-scarred, dry skins. See? Pretty much anyone. 

What's good about it?
Everything. It's the best form of rosehip oil used in a serum setting that I've come across. Rosehip oil is a wonderful ingredient but I've noticed that in recent times, a lot of rosehip oils on the market have been really heavy and clogging. (Notable exceptions are this, and Sunday Riley's Isis oil, which is also lush, but used differently.)
Think of this as a multivitamin for the face. It's like a weightless cashmere blanket that you put on either before you go out into the elements or to repair chapped, stressed skin when you come in from the elements. It stabilises, soothes, softens and used under moisturiser gives any skin a beautiful glow.
The rollerball dispenses just enough product to ensure that not too much is used, but enough comes out to do the job.

What's not so good about it?
It's not the easiest to get hold of in the UK if you actually want to play with it first. It's London or nothing. 
There's nothing lacking in the actual product though.

How do you use it?
Roll it all over the forehead, cheeks, across the nose and around the mouth and then massage in. I use it on its own, over moisturiser as a protective layer, under moisturiser for comfort and in the morning or evening. 

Seriously. It's January. And freezing bloody cold in the UK. You need this. It's boiling bloody hot in Australia/other lucky places. You need this too. I bought the rollerball back in the summer and am about a third of the way through it. It should last you ages.

Replenishing Nutrient Complex starts at £36.00 and is available from, Cult Beauty and Being Content in the UK and all over the US including and which also has a handy store locator.


  1. Ooh that sounds so beautiful. In terms of use in a PM routine with hydraluron (a Christmas treat, under your guidance, fantastic results) am I right in thinking you don't use this type of serum over hydraluron and that it is best to use hydraluron purely with moisturiser? Thank you for your wonderful blog :)
    Anna x

  2. Whoo hoo just brought this but still a bit un sure how to use this in the evening can I use retinol this and then a oil or this then oil or moistuiser or retinol and this and in morning can I use this then moisturiser and spf and foundation really sorry for all the questions many thanks Caroline the goddess of skin care :-) xxxx

    1. your comment literally made me LOL. and or can I and or....
      retinol first, then this.
      Retinol, this, moisturiser,
      this first, then moisturiser.
      That answer them all?

    2. Excellent I like making people smile best thing is laughter thank u very much for ans all my questions xxx

  3. I have a sample of this in my drawers. but haven't used it yet. Thanks for reminding me, I will get it out asap.

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  4. It's available as a sample from Naturismo if you buy something else (which could be cheap). They have 10% off at the moment too. (No affiliation, just that I went there to order as soon as I read this post!)

  5. This sounds like a really great product! (:

  6. I'd love to try this! x

  7. Agreed and agreed! :) This was one of my favourite products last year as well, I would definitely freak out if it got discontinued!

  8. Caroline, I bought the one henriksen pure truth youth activating oil after watching one of your YouTube videos. I am prone to spots but around the same time as starting this I had a severe and lasting break out on my cheeks and jaw line, even though I stopped using it pretty sharpish. I read somewhere else that rosehip can clog but I was confused as I thought one of the main benefits was to clear acne scarring. I'm very confused. Could this be the culprit? Or are my post baby, 6 Months, still breastfeeding hormones more likely? Thanks in advance, lisa

    1. Could be either oil but the Ole oil has more essential oils than this which could be the problem....

    2. Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. I worded my post badly, what I meant was I had only tried the Ole truth oil so maybe that's it. I might give it another go at some point as I am still breaking out quite badly in the same areas which makes me think it might be something else. Oh what I would do /pay to just have you on call / local for just long enough to sort my skin out. 20 years of spots, I'm so over it and post baby I'm now fat too. I could def handle being fat If I had good skin but both is just pants X

    3. I just wanted to clarify that I braved it and have been using the Ole Henriksen Youth Activating Oil again and had no break outs or side effects at all. I didn't want a product getting a bad press when it was clearly my post natal hormones and nothing to do with the product. Thanks again for the advice.

  9. Ordered! :)

    Something strange; I have never met you yet I completely and utterly trust all of your recommendations & advice over the advice of beauty therapists I have been to since discovering your blog. I find myself giving them the indiscernible eyebrow coupled with the silent "That's not what Caroline says!".

    I'd like to thank you for what you do for us all. It's so kind of you to take the time to do what you do, and for free at that! I also enjoy the humour you inject into your posts and videos, albeit I am not a fan of sarcasm in any way whatsoever - much like yourself I do believe. ;) *cough cough*

    Keep it comin', Mrs H! There aren't enough like you out there! x

    1. Thank you Sharon. I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know. :)


    2. I second every word in this post. Thank you Caroline!

  10. Why are the essential oils in this product ok, as opposed to your mini rant about essential oils in product from a few days ago?


    1. I don't know but I would assume they are in a better formula and at a lower % - and they certainly aren't heavy like balsams etc...

  11. How would this compare to the Ole Henriksen youth activating oil or another rosehip oil like Pai? Would those be ok alternatives for acne-prone, congested, dehydrated 25 yr old skin that are reasonably priced (and which one would you choose)?
    I know you mentioned in previous comments to beware of ~pure rosehip oils like those from health stores as some have broken out.
    Thanks and happy new year!! This is my first comment here and I LOVE your blog

    1. This is better than both of those for me.

  12. Great pick!!! and super product composition!

  13. The only rosehip oil that doesn't cause breakouts for me is organic one from Evolu (NZ brand) that my sister-in-law sent me. It smells faintly of Omega oils but contains only the plant oil.

  14. I want to try this line so bad, but it's so expensive...


  15. Hi Caroline,

    When you say it helps with acne-scarring, does this mean it well help budge those really annoying red marks/scars that linger after a spot of ANY KIND on my face? The red scar is more frustrating than the damn spot.

    Also you and Sali Hughes are getting me through Christmas skin. So much love for you both! xxx

  16. Hi Caroline,
    What do you think of Trilogy Rosehip oil Antioxidant+? I'm in my mid-30s with very dehydrated and dry skin, and constant breakouts :(


  17. Hi Caroline,
    Where would I use this in my routine (if I can)?
    :- Clinique TTDO, Pixi GT, Hydraluron Serum, Kate Somerville Goat Milk.
    Thank you so much :) xx

  18. Caroline!
    You are brilliant! Keep up the good work!
    I recently purchased Tata Harpers rejuvenating serum. I love so many of her products but THE SMELL is intense on this one. Migraine inducing. Have you used it? Would love your opinion!!! If you think its life changing I would try and overcome the stink!

  19. Hi Caroline - Late to the game here, but adding this to the routine for cystic marks that get..."burned" off with trentinoin? You always say invest in a product, how do I rotate them? Have just switched from Marykay and aiming to go more naturalish (the tata harper version of natural) - use honest beauty clenaser and moisturizer, pixi, a boots botanics spray hydrate, body shop oils of life, then the body shop nutriganics night cream. Does this go in place of oil or nutriganics at night? Or in AM too? (26 by the I missing an anti ager?)

  20. I know this is late to ask this question but I just ordered this from Sephora. I have Juno oil already and I am wondering if these two products are so similar there is no need to use both of them? Or if they serve different purposes?