Yesterday, I walked into the most magnificent apartment overlooking the grounds of the American Museum of Natural History and was greeted by a vision of loveliness, Tata Harper. Tata has launched a 100% natural skincare line. If she could bottle her own essence and sell it, she would make a fortune. She just had a baby three months ago and looks more stunning than Gisele did postpartum. Besides being green-eyed and blonde, she is also brainy; she was an industrial engineer in her native Colombia.
Tata conceived of and started the line five years ago after being unable to find products that she wanted to use. She wanted potions that were luxurious and 100% natural. She was “tired of putting cancer juice” on her skin. Now, while that is mildly sensationalistic, I'm totally on board with her concept of non-synthetic, plant-derived, almost entirely organic ingredients.
The R&D process took Tata four years, and she worked with experts in herbalism, botany, and aromatherapy. Oh, and did I mention she has an organic farm in Vermont? She does. This is where all the products are manufactured, in small batches every month. Her ingredients are sourced from such far-flung locales as Israel, the Czech Republic, Tasmania, the UK, and France.
The results of her four years of work are pretty amazing. I am a complete potion junkie and have slathered all manner of things on my face. Tata gave me a mini facial using her products and I was blown away.
The Regenerating Cleanser, containing pomegranate and apricot seed powder, was heaven in a bottle. My skin was baby soft. The Replenishing Nutrient Complex, containing 29 active ingredients, is a “multi-vitamin for the face.” I was hesitant to try the moisturizer, because it was a sweltering rainforest sort of afternoon in NYC, and the last thing I needed was moisture. She assured me that it had a matifying effect. I walked 8 blocks to the subway then stood in a sweltering subway stop for 10 minutes. A quick peek in the mirror revealed a dewy and not the least bit shiny glow.
Her products are currently available on her site TataHarper.com. Look for wider availability soon. Prices range from $45 to $150.