Thursday, 10 November 2016

Tata Harper Refreshing Cleanser

Describe the brand in three words.
Green. Luxury. American.

What type of cleanser is it?

Who is it for?
Everyone, but especially sensitised skins.

What’s in it?
Aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, Cetearyl alcohol, Cetearyl olivate, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil*, Sorbitan olivate, Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit) peel Extract,  Leuconostoc ferment filtrate (radish root) Extract, Oryza sativa (Rice) extract*, Lactobacillus/Punica granatum (pomegranate) fruit ferment extract, Salix alba (Willow bark) extract*, Kaolin (Rose Clay), Sclerotium gum, Coco-glucoside, Cetearyl glucoside, Cetyl palmitate, Sorbitan palmitate, Soybean peroxidase, Superoxide dismutase, Sodium phytate , Aroma**, Limonene, Citral

What's not in it?
'nasties' (not my favourite word)

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?

Suitable for pregnancy?

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?

Tested on animals in home country/EU/sold in territories that advocate testing?

How does it smell?
Without meaning to sound ridiculous, ‘fresh’. Light, slightly floral/spa, but it fades quickly.

How do you use it?
Apply to dry skin, massage through, remove with flannel in the usual fashion.

First cleanse/second cleanse or AM cleanse?
I would do second cleanse or AM cleanse. This is a skin cleanser, not a makeup remover.

Best for winter or summer?

Does it remove waterproof eye makeup?

How long did I test it for?
On and off for years. Literally.

How much is it? /Size/Approximate cost per usage?
£62.50 for 125ml. Hard to say exactly cost per usage, but if you were using this solely as a second/am cleanse I would guesstimate it to last 6 weeks or more.

What’s the website like?
Great, especially if ‘green’ is your thing. Full of information including inci lists, but very biased to the ‘natural’ approach to skincare, as you would expect.

How’s the distribution? Available freely or limited?
Distribution is getting better in the UK, and Tata is widely available in the USA.

What’s good about it?
If you’re a fan of Tata’s cleansers, my long-time favourites on the market, it’s possible that this one passed you by. It doesn’t shout as loud as the others, it speaks to a quieter audience. I realise I’m making it sound human. I'll move on.
This contains salicylic acid and pink clay, but they're in an aloe vera base, making them feel extremely gentle on the skin. If you have angry skin, reactive skin, or if you have been told you have traditionally 'sensitive' skin, this should possibly be on your radar. Whilst it would remove a small amount of makeup, I would save it as a skin cleanser, not a makeup remover. I always appreciate the addition of clay in a cleanser for days when I want a little more ooomph, and this is no exception.

What’s not so good about it?
Being Tata, it’s not cheap, but that’s otherwise it, it’s a lovely cleanser. It's extremely similar to the Regenerating Cleanser, minus the abrasive element, so if you have that one, maybe skip this one?

Would I purchase/repurchase?

Do you need it?
If you can afford it, and you are prone to skin that is constantly annoyed with you, it may be worth you checking it out. If you can afford it.

Tata Harper Refreshing Cleanser is £62.00 from and $78.00 from

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  1. This is probably my favorite Tata Harper product, and certainly my favorite cleanser of hers. The smell reminds me of orange sherbet, citrus spiked with cream to mellow it out. So dreamy.

  2. Hi Caroline, so sorry to bother you under an unrelated post, but I'm kinda at my wits end and wanted to get your opinion when you have a minute. (edit: or ten, since I whined an entire essay, so sorry about that!)
    My name is Irmak and I have been struggling with skin issues for the last 3 years. I have dry, allergic skin, both on my face and my body and I almost never had a pimple until I was 23. I am 25 now, and I have tried everything. I don't have obvious acne, but I have millions of tiny under the skin bumps around my jawline up to my temples, which almost never come to a head unless it's my period or something, and when they do, they are either cystic under the skin bumps or they just scar. I never have whiteheads or traditional pimples. It's almost like my body doesn't produce enough oil for actual decent pimples but wants to torture me anyhow!
    I have been following your blog religiously, and normally do the stuff you say, always sunscreen, balm cleanser, double cleanse, serums and oils and etc. I treat my dryness and dehydration by following the stuff you say. And when I do that, it doesn't exacerbate my skin condition but it doesn't cure it either.
    I have been to three dermatologist. The first one did a typical acne treatment, including foaming cleanser, light moisturizers and medicinal stuff and it screwed my skin up. I was sore, red, chapped and generally miserable and it didn't help at all. Then the second one said it was stress related skin troubles (I'm a law student trying to finish school so that messes me up generally) She opened every single bump on my face with a cauterizer, then put me on differin. I tried birth control pills during this time too, but they made little to no difference. This seemed ok for a while, but my dermatologist wasn't a fan of moisturizing and the general consensus seemed that I shouldn't use anything oily and balmy. I did, after trying their methods for as long as I can, because I also know my skin and they don't hurt, they help.
    Now I'm seeing a third dermatologist, and he has me using isotrexin (a medicine with the same active ingredient as roaccutane) for three weeks and he gave me a soap for my face. No moisturizer. No sunscreen. Which goes against everything I believe in. I want to go on roaccutane and just
    I don't know what to do. I'm pale and freckly so from the outside, it doesn't seem as bad since the bumps are flesh colored, but the texture of my skin is horrible, just horrible. It isn't smooth, and when the light hits it wrong, I wanna claw my face off.
    If you have any advice for my, any wisdom, I'd appreciate it so much. I respect you, and your work so much, you gave a generation an actual understanding of our skin.
    Thank you, again.

    1. I can't offer any advice, but just wanted to say, as someone who currently is also really struggling with their skin (same age too), good luck and you're not alone with the weird bump things! Mine seem to have found a home on my chin with no intention of moving any time soon.

      I've found derms don't satisfy me as a Caroline follower- yes they know their stuff but I think with general skincare/product suggestions/long term solutions they can be a bit pants. Or if you don't have "obvious" acne they aren't even that interested. I'm going to try getting facials at least bi-monthly (goodbye money ha)- maybe this could help you too?

      Again, good luck!

    2. Thank you so much, good luck to you too with the part of adulthood we weren't warned about!
      Facials isn't a good solution to me, I want to get to the bottom of this and actually figure out what they are. But I hope they work out for you and work amazingly.
      I really hoped acids would help but they didn't cut through either =/
      Best of luck to you!

    3. Hi. I've been where you are (exactly) and first off, I am sending you a massive hug. I was 19 when my skin changed overnight and turned into misery. I had strangers coming up to me offering me advice. I'm now 47 and have beautiful skin with zero scarring. No one would believe what I'd been through before.

      My thoughts are you may want to try a round ( ot two) of antibiotic to clear the skin to start. Have they offered that?

      Also, Take a look at your diet. A hard look. Eliminate ALL dairy from your diet.

      Get food allergy tested (I'm allergic to soy for instance). It's possible you have a food allergy. What do you think?

      Caroline knows a lot about skin as you know and dermatologists know what they are taught in school, which some of their information is 50 years old. They can help with antibiotics, but NOT skincare. Follow Carolines skin care advice.

      The very very very best thing you can do is purchase a BLUE LIGHT for acne treatment ot GO TO A PLACE THAT DOES. Some facialists offer a blue light treatment. You lay under a blue light that covers your face only for 20 (?)minutes and go 2-3-4 times once a week it so until the bacteria causing the acne are gone. I think you'll be very happy indeed. I had a repeat situation with acne about 10 years ago and ended up using the blue light and it worked like a charm.

      Best wishes.

    4. I think skin care is a daily if not hourly decision. What is your skin telling you? It sounds like it is congested but not brimming with bacteria. Having both conditions usually leads to cystic lesions which it doesn't sound like your problem. I get clogged pores along my chin. They can be black or but usually not. I like to use a product from Japan called Aqua. It is basically like the product Real Chemistry sells. It breaks down the protein. I use it when I feel bumpy. If you are super bumpy it will take time- 2 times a week for a month at least is my guess. I still use acids but depending on what my face feels like it can tolerate, I may use the light ones instead of the heavy hitters. You know, what can it take with out a full on revolt.
      I don't really know your condition but I too am not into the antibiotics unless they are really needed. I also use a low grade benzoyl/salicylic acid spot if it starts to feel infected or if I get these red bumps on my cheeks. I would recommend the Pevonia spot treatment but they recently changed formulas so I am currently hunting. The La Roche Posay Effeclar is on my list. Listen to your skin and pick our from your arsenal what fits the day. It sounds like you know it likes the oils! Mine too.:)

  3. Hai Caroline,

    Just ordered this one instead of the regenerating (which i love but was sold out). After reading this i am even more excited, thank you for sharing!
    greatings from the Netherlands
    Cynthia H.

  4. Hi Caroline,

    I'm 29 and have dehydrated skin with cystic acne on my chin, jawline and around my mouth, which is making me miserable. I've been thinking of trying Tata Harper's Purifying Cleanser- would you recommend that one or the Refreshing Cleanser? I don't fancy the physical exfoliants in the Rejuvenating. Thanks so much!

    1. Obviously I'm not Caroline, but I think that one might be a little harsh for you by the sound of it. I have dry & dehydrated skin and I find the Purifying Cleanser slightly too harsh for me. I haven't tried the Refreshing one yet but it sounds gentler.

    2. Try a blue light treatment. You can also buy the handheld light for home use. I think they are similar or called "no no". Also, eliminate dairy for a while and see if that help.

    3. Hi Lizzie and Sherry,

      Thanks very much for both taking the time to reply to me - much appreciated. That's really useful to know about the Purifying Cleanser, and I'll look into blue light treatments as an option - thanks!

  5. I really liked this cleanser in every way apart from the fact that the fragrance seemed to irritate my skin. I have no idea what else it could be but I find Tata Harper cleaners break me out. I can use Emma Hardie no problem... in fact my skin loves it and other products like Una Brennan cleansing oil which is highly fragranced with no break outs but Tata Harper is a no for me. Especially at the prices they are. I wish I could though because I really liked using them. x

  6. Absolutely love this cleanser. Cultbeauty always has great offers from time to time. Think I got the oil cleanser free when I bought this and the rebuilding mosituriser a small per your recommendations

  7. I don't think this cleanser has come to my attention, unlike the other Tata Harper cleansers, but it sounds lovely.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  8. what if you CANT afford it? whats the best cheaper alternative?

    1. Sunday Riley Ceramic slip is quite similar. January Labs also does a lovely cleanser that's great value per ml