Memoirs of a Geisha Lead to Awesome Skin

Few women have captured the imagination like the Japanese icon of female beauty - the Geisha. Some three hundred years ago, the Geisha discovered that the papers artisans used to pound gold into wafer-thin flakes were the perfect texture to absorb excess oil from the skin without causing overdrying. These women, whose job it was to wear heavy makeup on a daily basis, were able to preserve their flawless complexions by blotting the skin first thing in the morning and after washing their faces in the evening, as well as throughout the day.

Fast forward to about three years ago. That was when Beauty Wonkette first discovered Victoria Tsai's Tatcha blotting papers. It didn't take Beauty Wonkette long to realize that these blotting papers effectively performed the task of at least 6 messy and inconvenient beauty products taking up space in the bottomless pit otherwise known as Beauty Wonkette's purse.

If Victoria Tsai never came out with another product, those blotting papers would be sufficient to earn her the undying gratitude of a vast multitude of especially urban dwelling women. Fortunately for us, however, the discovery of this Geisha beauty secret was just the beginning of the journey for Tsai.

As the story goes, she eventually came upon a 200-year-old book from Japan, the oldest of its kind, said to contain never-before-seen details of the heavily guarded beauty rituals of the geisha. She also managed a rare opportunity to meet with a real geisha girl (with skin so flawless, it reportedly brought Tsai to tears). Knowing she was on to something, she enlisted scholars to translate the text and met with scientists who helped her formulate a base recipe of green tea, Okinawa red algae, and rice bran. The result: a skin care collection spanning camellia cleansing oil, exfoliating enzyme powders, licorice-rich brightening serum, and a silky moisturizer.

Withing a few weeks of the launch of these remarkable products, makeup artists, stylists, and beauty editors all over the country have worked themselves into a frenzy over Tatcha products.

The line features full beauty rituals for dry, normal, combination and oily skin. In addition to the blotting papers (which have nothing less than a cult following), Beauty Wonkette is loving the Polished Deep Rice Enzyme Powder.

The Tatcha site lists the benefits of the product as follows:

What it is:
A water-activated enzyme powder of rice bran, papaya + HADASEI-3 Bioactive Complex. Reveals skin's natural gleam.

Why it's different:
Exfoliates without harsh abrasives for effortless baby-soft skin.

Who it's for:
Created with Dokudami to help clarify active skin. Non-irritating. Non-sensitizing. Dermatologist tested.

It's formulated without: Mineral Oil, Synthetic fragrances, Sulfate Detergents, Parabens, PEGs, PPGs, Urea, DEA, TEA or Phthalates but does contain a panoply of impressive actives, including Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran, Papain (Papaya Extract), Algae Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract (Dokudami).

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