Tatcha PURE One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil

Product:  Tatcha PURE One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil

Overall Rating = 3+ stars3.75 Stars – Very Good to Excellent

Cost:  $48  for 5.1 oz  ($9.41 per fluid ounce)  Price Category:  Expensive

Container:  A heavy plastic, double-layer pump bottle that comes in a tissue-wrapped outer box

Sold By:  It is available from Tactcha, Sephora and from QVC.

Description:  Today’s product is a little unusual.  This is a more of a high-end cleanser that is actually an oil.  Okay, I know what a lot of you are already thinking, especially if you have oily skin… She wants me to cleanse my face with OIL???  What?  How can oil clean my face?  I know, when I first heard about this product years ago I had the same reaction, and then I tried it.  Once again, I used this many times before posting this review.  I used it by itself, with a cleansing brush, and with the coordinating Tatcha POLISHED Classic Rice Enzyme Powder that is reviewed in a separate post.  I have also used this on many clients.

Supposedly, the formulas were handed down by Japanese Geisha.  According to the company, the Tatcha products have a proprietary blend of ingredients known as HADASEI-3 Bioactive Complex.  The three components are:

  • Green Tea Complete DNA Extract – Helps protect your skin from premature aging due to UV damage.
  • Okinawa Red Algae Extract – Helps your skin retain its moisture and improve its texture.
  • Japanese Rice Bran Extract – This unique ingredient acts as both an anti-oxidant and a moisturizer.

Morning Review:  A little goes a long way and a full pump from the bottle was more than sufficient.  This is a fragrance-free product.  It is soothing and has a light, naturally-occurring floral scent.  It feels luxurious.  When you mix it with warm water it emulsifies rather than repelling water as most oils do.  It left my face feeling baby soft, silky and hydrated.  After using this, my makeup glided on like satin.

Morning Rating = 4 stars4 Stars

Evening Review:  I thought my face would get oily after using this cleansing oil, but it did not.  I was also worried that my makeup would be gone after a couple of hours, but that did not happen either.  What did happen is that my face did not get dry and tight and it stayed hydrated better than usual.  The cleanser melts makeup as well as old-fashioned heavy cream products.  This is wonderful for stage performers, actors and those that wear a ton of makeup.  Even waterproof eye makeup, gel eyeliner, mascara and lipstick come off with this cleansing oil.  My makeup wipes were completely free of any makeup residue after using this cleanser.

I experienced no sensitivity issues whatsoever.  My clients that I used it on with many different skin types all felt pampered and wanted to know what it was.

Overall Review:  Overall, the Tatcha Camellia oil is a great cleanser that is suitable for all skin types.  It will be most appealing to those with dry, aging, combination or sensitive skin.  It will also help to normalize and balance oily skin, but those with oily skin simply may not like the way it feels on their skin.

The only downside is the cost, and the packaging.  The Tatcha products come in beautiful, elaborate packaging.  Maybe that is a bonus to some of you, but I don’t buy products for fancy bottles (that weigh a ton and don’t travel well), tissue liners and decorative boxes.  I buy them for the contents inside.  I suppose it makes an impressive gift, but what other purpose does that serve?  If the company would package the product in less expensive containers and lower the price, this brand would be a lot more affordable for the average consumer.  They could still offer the fancy bottles in a gift edition for those who want to spend the extra money.  Or, better yet, why not be “green”, save the environment, the planet and the landfills, and offer a refillable glass bottle that we only buy once?

I am going to try and find a less expensive version of this or a similar product, and when I do, I will present it to you.  I will be reviewing other cleansing oils in the future.

Tatcha PURE One Step Camellia Oil is suitable for the following skin types:

  • All ethnicities;
  • All ages;
  • All sexes;
  • Dry;
  • Sensitive;
  • Consistent;
  • Oily (may not care for the feel);
  • Combination.


Morning Rating = 4 stars4 Stars;

Evening Rating = 4 stars4 Stars;

Average from Other Testers = 5 stars5 Stars; (They didn’t have to buy it.)

Value Rating = 2 stars2 Stars;

Overall Rating = 3+ stars3.75 Stars – Very Good to Excellent.  (Please review the About 365 Cosmetic Reviews page for the rating info.)

Tatcha PURE One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil

Ingredients:  Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Polyglyceryl-10 Dioleate, Polyglyceryl-2 Sesquicaprylate, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Glyceryl Behenate/eicosadioate, Water, Algae Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alcohol, Fragrance (Natural), Phenoxyethanol.

Formulated without:  Mineral Oil, Synthetic Colors, Synthetic Fragrances, Sulfate Detergents, Parabens, PEGs, PPGs, Urea, DEA, TEA or Phthalates.

Please read our full Disclaimer before using this or any product.

2 thoughts on “Tatcha PURE One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil

  1. BeautyDiva says:

    I agree with you completely. I’ve use the Tatcha products and they are great, but they are just way tooooooo expensive. I hope you report on something similar that costs less. Thanks for this blog.

    • L A Rose says:

      Hi, thanks for your comment. We’ll have lots of reasonably priced products in coming reviews. Stay tuned…

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