We’re big fans of daily rituals here at TATCHA, especially when it comes to taking time out to care for your skin and well-being. So we were naturally delighted to read about new research that showed rituals with food – even something as small as unwrapping a chocolate bar a certain way – made it taste better. Additional experiments proved this also to be true with lemonade and, even more impressively, carrots. Essentially, rituals help us “do a little more of what makes life worth living,” writes researcher Kathleen D. Vohs. We couldn’t agree more, and we hope this is your most delicious Thanksgiving ever.Read More >
Following Katy Perry's performance at last night's American Music Awards, we were inspired to share a few of our favorite geisha. Many of these images are from the Gion Odori, a popular dance held in November to celebrate autumn and showcase the graceful dances the geisha have learned throughout the year.Read More >
Whenever I'm asked what I like best about my job, the answer is unfailingly "our customers." Here at TATCHA, you are the true reason behind everything that we do. That's why we created our "happiness guarantee," and why the most important aspect of our work will always be the absolute satisfaction of every person who uses our products. I love taking time to speak with our wonderful extended family, whether it's through a phone call or a handwritten note, and I'm always so thankful to have the opportunity to hear your stories. In the spirit of gratitude, I wanted to share a few of my favorites.Read More >
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the book that became the foundation for TATCHA's philsophy and formulas — a slim, three-volume set called "Miyakofuzoku kewaiden," or, "Capital Beauty and Style Handbook."Read More >
My favorite part of returning home from a long trip – besides seeing a certain small child sprinting towards me at the airport – is sitting down to the customer letters and emails received while I was gone.
Our customers are the most important part of what we do, and nothing makes us happier than hearing from our clients, whether it’s a beautiful thank-you note or simply a quick hello. And, I must confess, some of our best ideas have come from those notes.Read More >
Sunday is Culture Day in Japan, a national holiday that began in 1868 to celebrate the arts, academics and other notable achievements. Geisha, the celebrated icons of beauty and Japanese tradition, embody these virtues every day, perfecting the art of performing songs and dances from the country's earliest days. In fact, geisha literally translates to "art person." Their makeup may be similar, but their personalities are as unique as the stars in the Kyoto sky. The late Dr. Onishi spent many years photographing geisha, and shared with us countless images from his collection. His images capture not only the geisha's dedication to their calling, but the way they balance their classical training with life in these modern times. Click "Read More" to see a slideshow of our favorites.Read More >
Halloween revelers often rely on heavily pigmented face paints and powders to achieve the perfect look, but the real scare comes later when it doesn’t come off as easily or thoroughly as expected.
Japan’s geisha, on the other hand, are accustomed to wearing elaborate makeup every day, and as a result, have perfected the best way to protect and cleanse their skin. This is why we created the PURE One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, which in addition to being a lovely daily ritual, is also terrific for taking away the smears and sparkles left behind after a night of merriment.
But it – and the rest of the collection – have additional powers and uses we wanted to share. If you’ve found a new way to use TATCHA products, share it in the comments below or on our Facebook page. A sweet TATCHA treat awaits those with the best suggestions.Read More >
I sought a single, perfect word.
Just as I pored over books of names before my daughter was born to find one that represented a lifetime of hopes and dreams, coming up with a word to represent the company I was creating at the same time presented an equally weighty challenge.
Nothing in dictionaries or reference books seemed right, and I quickly came to realize that I needed a new word – one that would stand alone in elegant simplicity yet be substantial enough to convey the passion for the ancient beauty traditions that inspired the collection and the modern science used to perfect them.Read More >
Sake, the fermented rice wine virtually synonymous with Japan’s heritage of graceful hospitality, is present at every ceremony, celebration and gathering throughout the year. October, however, marks the start of the rice harvest and the beginning of the sake-brewing season -- a cause for celebration even in ancient times. Thirty-five years ago, sake industry leaders designated Oct. 1 “Nihonshu no Hi” or “National Sake Day,” giving devotees one more reason to raise a glass.Read More >
Horikiri Shuji has worked for 17 years as an otokoshi, a person who helps dress geisha by hoisting heavy kimonos (they can weigh up to 40 pounds) and perfectly positioning obi into place before their performances and engagements. Somewhat similar to a Western fashion stylist, Horikiri works with as many as 10 geisha a day and has come to know dozens quite well over the course of his career. As the man behind the women we admire, we were eager to hear what he has learned from his countless encounters with them.Read More >
From the first moment I met Eden Grimaldi, the powerhouse founder and president of MediaCraft, a communications firm in New York City, I immediately sensed her impressive inner strength and intellectual conviction. Over the last two years, we’ve teamed up on various projects and pursuits, but when Eden confided she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer, we collaborated on something even more personal. Last October, we created a special version of our SUPPLE Moisture Rich Silk Cream with a pink kimono-silk tie, and donated a portion of each sale to breastcancer.org. This year, we are delighted to offer a limited edition AGELESS Enriching Renewal Cream with a pink silk ribbon, with $35 of every sale through October going to breastcancer.org to help increase awareness and research, as well as showing support for one of the most inspirational women we know.Read More >
Even though I’ve been to Kyoto dozens of times, there is always a sense of wonder and freshness. It’s even more magical when we have the chance to introduce new friends to the secret spots that inspire us each and every day.Read More >
Makeup artist Daniel Martin and stylist Emily Barnes are not only New York Fashion Week pros, they are my go-to team for all things glamorous and chic. They never judge me for dressing like a scientist, their creativity and passion always inspire me and best of all, I love learning from their gentle nudges about experimenting with self-expression – which is why it was especially wonderful to see them both in action at the recent Spring 2014 runway shows.Read More >
Just the fact that Japan has an official "Festival of Happiness" brings me joy. Also known as National Chrysanthemum Day, this centuries-old tradition celebration of longevity and health is named in honor of the autumn blooms beloved by its citizens for centuries (and appear on the Emperor’s official seal and Japanese passports to this day).Read More >
My love of reading began years ago, when as a little girl I discovered the power pages had to transport me to other worlds – and sparked my love for adventure and seeking new things that continues to this day. Few finds have been as exhilarating for me as when I found a rare manuscript in Kyoto that explained many of the geisha rituals that had fascinated me for so long. The practical beauty tips and approach to healthy, happy living inspire me – and the entire TATCHA team – each and every day.Read More >
Although summer in San Francisco is not known for its sunshine, I was fortunate enough to disappear with my family to a warm destination for a few days. My daughter was delighted to explore tide pools and create entire worlds out of sand, and I loved nothing more than watching her and my husband play together.
Because I have learned so much about how much damage the sun can do to delicate skin, I am more of an onlooker on these trips, most often found in the shade, protected by a hat the size of an umbrella. I’m always careful to slather Eric and Alea in sunscreen, but sometimes the California sun, high altitude and reflective water are no match for us. After one afternoon of fun in the sun, my heart sank when I saw Eric's face turning as red as a freshly-cooked lobster.
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Many women dread the aging process, spending much time and energy attempting to fight back the years with aggressive treatments, surgeries, injections and other means. But this is not the case in many parts of the world, and that inspires me to understand how I can celebrate my face and body at every age. While traveling in Japan I heard the phrase “Bijin ni toshi nashi,” means “Beautiful women have no age,” something I agree with wholeheartedly.
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Sometimes you don’t have to go thousands of miles to be transported to another time and place, as proven by my recent trip to the Asian Art Museum to see the exhibit of Larry Ellison’s Japanese art. For me, visiting a museum is not just a visual experience, it’s a visceral one that engages my imagination and senses. This trip was even more meaningful to me because I had studied many of the pieces while I dreamed of creating TATCHA, including the gold-leaf of the screens that served as inspiration for the first product TATCHA created – the gold-flecked blotting papers (and are still our best seller!)
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Whenever I’m in Japan, I always look forward to visiting my good friend Kyoka, a modern-day geisha and TATCHA muse whose image graces our home page (and even our office, in the form of a four-foot wide photo). But my most recent stay was even more special because it was the first I saw Kyoka since her formal debut in her “Erikae” ceremony. The “collar changing” ceremony is much like a graduation, symbolizing the transition from maiko (apprentice geisha) to official geiko status.
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I am finally home from weeks of travel in Kyoto. Although the temperature is 20 degrees colder in San Francisco, I don’t remember feeling hot in Japan.Read More >
Exploring new wonderful places and discovering hidden treasures is without a doubt the greatest joy of my career, but the act of traveling has never been an easy one for me.
Today, as I find myself half way through 5 weeks of travel yet again, I thought I’d share some of the wisdom I have gleaned to make travels as serene as possible. I hope you find them helpful as you embark on your own summer adventures.Read More >
Summer in Japan and San Francisco alike means the arrival of many of my favorite foods. I've learned much from both cities about the delights and nutritional benefits of eating with the seasons. Summer foods are a family favorite now as my daughter and I are learning to cook simple, delicious dishes together; we thought we'd share a few with our TATCHA friends today. These Japanese summer dishes feature many of the ingredients in TATCHA’s skincare. Not surprisingly, it turns out that what is good for our internal heath is also good for our skin – the body’s largest organ. I hope, as the weather warms and the sun shines bright, you have the time to create some favorites from the TATCHA kitchen for yourself and your loved ones.Read More >
Once again, I’m heading off to Japan in just a few short days. As I embark upon each journey East, I look forward with eager anticipation to new discoveries ahead, but am also reminded of voyages past. At the moment, my friend Marikiku is on my mind.Read More >
As many of you with children know, every day seems to bring a new adventure.Read More >
With wedding season in the air, I wanted to introduce one of my favorite ‘crane’ stories. Katia Beauchamp, the founder of Birchbox, was married three years ago but has known her husband since they were children. Their 5th grade playground friendship continued through high school, finally blossoming into a romance.Read More >
One of my favorite activities in Kyoto is to unwind at one of the many tea shops that dot its cobblestone roads, often with a perfect view of the creeks and rivers flowing through the city. On a recent trip to the timeless city, I noticed recently an elegant crane basking in the sun, and pointed it out to my friend and cultural guide Nami Onodera.Read More >
Several years ago, when I first began studying the benefits of Camellia Oil, I came upon an unexpected discovery: numerous texts referencing Ama using Camellia Oil.Read More >
Not so long ago, I shared the story of our gold-flaked beauty papers and how my discovery of this timeless secret inspired be to found TATCHA. Since then, I have been simply obsessed with this exquisite part of Japan’s history and culture, returning again and again to explore its significance.Read More >
In honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to share some of the best advice that my mother has given me.Read More >
Los Angeles-based makeup artist took an unconventional road to the world of beauty: after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Math/Science, she worked as an auditor for a decade before stumbling upon a career in makeup.Read More >
A letter for my daughter in this Mother’s Day Season.Read More >
There are many things I love about summer – warm breezes clearing the winter air out of my house, riotous bursts of color from flowers, sundresses – but the dazzling sun and beach days also bring a sense of dread.Read More >
I was fortunate enough to time my last trip to Kyoto with the blossoming of the Cherry trees (they were quite early this year). Words cannot describe the explosion of blooms that appear, or how ethereal it feels to walk through drifting clouds of delicate pink petals.Read More >
As many of you who have followed TATCHA’s journey—and mine—know, it has been a whirlwind few years.
Amidst my travels, however, it occurs to me that I have never shared the story of how TATCHA began with you. It was around this time five years ago that I made the trip to Japan that changed my life. Every time the winter chill starts to subside and the flowers burst into life, I remember where we came from.
Women throughout history have found their way in any circumstances. At TATCHA, we always look to the past to inspire our work; now I look back to inspire my life. Any time I have a moment of fear or doubt, I think about the Okasans (“mothers”) who run the geisha houses of Kyoto.Read More >
Greetings from Kyoto! I am here visiting with my muse and teacher, Kyoka-san and the plum blossoms are in full bloom. It truly feels as if spring has arrived, which makes me think of clearing away the old and beginning anew. For me, a fresh start begins with your skin.Read More >
As I find myself in Japan this week, I am taking a moment to reflect on the many journeys I have taken with my wonderful companion and co-treasure hunter Nami
Onodera. A Tokyo native, Nami has spent half of her life in Japan and half in the U.S. As our Cultural Advisor and Senior Director of Product, she so perfectly embodies and reflects TATCHA’s duality of inhabiting both East and West.
Your wedding day. The monumental occasion a lifetime in the making, the blissful realization that beauty lives as much between us as it does within us.
Understandably, the weeks leading up to your big day are a stressful time. Fortunately, I’ve discovered—first-hand—a few fail safe secrets to ensure your skin glows as you walk down the aisle.Read More >
Girl’s Day, also known as the “Doll’s Festival,” is observed in Japan on March 3rd–just as peach and plum blossoms begin coloring the trees, filling the air with delicate fragrance.Read More >
Growing up, I took my skin for granted. It was nearly flawless and I had no idea how lucky I was for that—until later in my career when I had the opportunity to work with some of the biggest beauty companies in the world.Read More >
Since starting TATCHA, I have received many questions and compliments about the packaging of our collection – this week, I wanted to introduce you to a man who was instrumental in their design and creation. Hitoshi Sagaseki, a native of Japan, studied architecture before building his own creative design agency.Read More >
Valentine’s Day is a special day for me as it coincides with my anniversary. Today, my husband and I are celebrating fourteen years together.
Even before I had a valentine, however, I enjoyed the generous spirit and love surrounding this day. Considering the importance of gift giving in Japan’s culture, it’s not surprising that Valentine’s Day is widely celebrated in Japan, as well as here in the states.Read More >
Nick Wood may have a British accent, but he is honorary Japanese: the composer, producer and co-founder of Syn has lived in Japan with his lovely wife Norico for almost longer than he lived in England.Read More >
I often think of TATCHA and my daughter Alea as twins.Read More >
There is a Japanese saying that describes the grace of a beautiful woman: “sitting like a peony, walking like a lily.”Read More >
Nonie Crème, celebrity nail artist and the creator of Butter London’s product line, has been obsessed with beauty from a young age. From painting her nails every night in 5th grade to roaming backstage at Fashion Week, she is a force to be reckoned with in the beauty industry.
A devoted TATCHA fan, Nonie curated a special set of her must-have items from our collection. We spoke with her about kodawari, her beauty tips, and what’s next for Nonie.Read More >
As we prepare to celebrate the holiday season with friends and family, my focus on the importance of giving is renewed.Read More >
In Japanese, there is a phrase Ichi-go, ichi-e. It means “just this one moment, once in a lifetime” and speaks to the preciousness of experiences and interactions in our lives.Read More >
Ward off winter's harsh effects. Discover TATCHA's secrets for the season to ensure your skin remains more exquisite than the Japanese Snow Monkey's.Read More >
As I welcome autumn’s cooler temperatures and the changing colors of the coming season, I can’t help but take a moment to reflect on a larger awareness, too. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to not only focus on the importance of health, but to recommit to it.Read More >
A year ago, I found myself in Kyoto wearing full geisha regalia, including makeup (stay tuned for that story!). The makeup takes a pro about 20 minutes to apply, far longer for a sub-novice like myself.Read More >
When my mother and I used to make rice for dinner, she always washed the rice with a few rounds of water before cooking it. The first wash was always cloudy and milky, eventually running clear. We would wash our faces with the first wash – my mother insisted it was what kept our complexions clear and spotless. Later on, as I began researching the ingredients from our inspiration book, I came across rice extract in almost every recipe. I wanted to learn why, and my search led me to sake brewers.Read More >
On TATCHA's first journey through Kyoto, we learned that although a geisha is most famous for her iconic makeup, and the mochi-hada (baby smooth) complexion beneath it, she also has a variety of instruments that complete her ensemble.Read More >
Nestled within the delicate washi pages of our ancient beauty bible, we found an intricate wood block print of an ancient distillation system – a sort of alchemical still.Read More >
When I first traveled to Japan, I was quickly taken with the bustling, neon-lit streets of Tokyo and the serene canals of Kyoto. I soon learned, however, about one of Japan’s lesser-known treasures: Okinawa, a collection of islands south of the mainland.
When met with a new product and its claims of greatness, the question on every woman’s mind is (so often and quite understandably), “That’s nice, but will it work for me?”Read More >
This ancient text, called Miyakofuzoku kewaiden (“Capital Beauty and Style Handbook") and dating back to 1813, is widely regarded amongst scholars as the oldest beauty book written in Japan—and perhaps one of the oldest surviving beauty books in existence - and forms the foundation for the geisha's skincare rituals and Tatcha's modern day formulations.Read More >
The Western perception of a geisha is always accompanied by her iconic makeup: snow-white skin, red lips, impeccably lined eyes. Through my travels, however, I’ve found that the real story of a geisha’s beauty lies beneath her makeup.Read More >
Having heard that many of the world's greatest beauty secret originated with geisha, I went to Kyoto to seek out the meaning behind the myth. Here is a little of what I learned...Read More >
Several years ago, after a decade of big city living and big company work, I began yearning for simplicity and authenticity in my life—so I started traveling.Read More >
This is the sixth interview in a series in which we will be featuring great talents across a range of professions that touch the beauty world and who inspire us with the simplicity, authenticity and elegance they bring to the work they love.Read More >
I was at ground zero on September 11, 2001. It is hard to believe that 10 years has passed since that surreal day in New York City because there are times when it feels like yesterday. I was 23 years old and working on a bond trading floor in Four World Financial Center, which was connected to the Twin Towers via a land bridge. When the first plane hit, the trading day was well underway so we were all at our desks when we felt the impact of the first plane hitting but we assumed it was simply a tragic accident. When the second plane hit though we knew we were in danger and immediately evacuated the building into the commons just as the aftermath of the planes hitting began to unfold in front of us.Read More >
This is the seventh interview in a series in which we will be featuring great talents across a range of professions that touch the beauty world and who inspire us with the simplicity, authenticity and elegance they bring to the work they love.Read More >
In the hustle of everyday life, do you ever look around and wish you could have a fresh start? I have. As with many women, my beauty rituals have been a metaphor for my stage in life. Early on, I longed for reinvention and my dressing table overflowed with products that promised total transformation.Read More >
This is the fifth interview in a series in which we will be featuring great talents across a range of professions that touch the beauty world and who inspire us with the simplicity, authenticity and elegance they bring to the work they love.Read More >
This is the fourth interview in a series in which we will be featuring great talents across a range of professions that touch the beauty world and who inspire us with the simplicity, authenticity and elegance they bring to the work they love.Read More >
This is the eighth interview in a series in which we will be featuring great talents across a wide range of professions that touch the beauty world and inspire us with the simplicity, authenticity and elegance they bring to the work that they love.Read More >
This is the third interview in a series in which Tatcha will be featuring great talents across a range of professions that touch the beauty world and who inspire us with the simplicity, authenticity and elegance they bring to the work they love. Enjoy!Read More >
This is a guest blog by Professor Alastair Iles who leads innovative research on green chemistry and environmental health for the University of California, Berkeley. Enjoy!Read More >
One of the coolest aspects of bringing Tatcha to the western world has been getting to know the amazing people who have come to love our little beauty essential as much as we do. This is the first interview in a series in which Tatcha will be featuring rising talents across a range of professions that touch the beauty world who inspire us with the simplicity, authenticity and elegance they bring to the work they love. Enjoy!Read More >
This is the second interview in a series in which Tatcha will be featuring rising talents across a range of professions that touch the beauty world who inspire us with the simplicity, authenticity and elegance they bring to the work they love. Enjoy!Read More >