Gold Camellia Beauty Oil ($125) is, like the rest of TACHA's skin care, a wondrous product. A light and rich beauty oil for face, hair, and body, the camellia oil is infused with licorice extract that gently calms the skin, and young bamboo and green tea fragrances that offer a momentary transport to the Kyoto countryside. TATCHA gave me the opportunity to try this oil, and I've made quite a dent in the 50 ml container.
The benefits of the precious camellia were first discovered thousands of years ago by Japan’s Oshima Island farm girls, who applied the flower’s extract to their skin and hair. The Ama (Japanese female free divers) evolved this ancient beauty secret, coating their bodies with camellia oil to protect their skin during frigid ocean dives. Centuries later, geisha began applying nutrient-rich camellia oil after bathing, a luxurious addition to their daily beauty rituals.
Rich in essential antioxidants and moisturizers that deeply nourish and protect skin, the TATCHA Gold Collection harnesses the timeless gifts of the camellia. Flecks of 24-karat gold add a touch of opulence, celebrating the geisha’s timeless practice of elevating the everyday to exquisite. The result is a sumptuous collection that marries old world wisdom with modern sensuality.
Camellia oil and squalane nourish the skin and seal in moisture, while the 24-karat gold flakes give the skin a sensual glow. I love oils, used a moisturizers or cleansers, and this is the most non-oily oil I've tried. It comes with a dropper so that you can dispense just the right amount into your palm before applying it. When I apply it to my face and neck, patting it in, it's absorbed immediately. I never feel oily after application, and that's not the case with all the oils I use. I don't feel oily after applying TATCHA's Camellia Beauty Oil. It feels like I've applied a fabulous moisturizer, and my skin feels and looks moist and hydrated for about eight hours afterwards. I'm using it at night, but I could easily use it during the day to replace my serums. I love the way it smells as I drift off to sleep. The divine fragrance is comforting because it's got a
slightly herbal or subtle medicinal scent to it. It leaves my psyche
thinking I've done something good for myself.
I think the reason that it's a great product for all skin types is its quick absorption. You won't feel oily after you apply it. The only think you'll notice is how supple and hydrated your skin looks and feels. I've become quite a TATCHA fan in the last year, and the Camellia Beauty Oil has cemented our "relationship."
One reviewer at TATCHA's Web site called it "heaven in a bottle." That aptly sums up TATCHA's beautiful Gold Camellia Oil. You can find it at TATCHA's Web site and Barneys New York - only the best.
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