The Sample: TATCHA Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder (Review & Photos)

21 Mar

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I am a big fan of powdered exfoliators–I find them fun to use (there’s just something about mixing the product with water to form a paste that brings out your inner science-geek/child :P), gentle, and really effective. It took a long time for me to get over “the bigger the grains, the more effective” type of mindset that I had when I was younger but once I started playing around with exfoliators with more refined grains, I never looked back. It’s just like sandpaper–the finer the grit, the more even the polish. TATCHA’s is one of the most refined powders I have tried–it’s super gentle but surprisingly effective.

This exfoliating cleanser comes in 3 versions: Classic, Gentle, and Deep. TATCHA recommends that those with sensitive skin use the Gentle version, which contains licorice root to soothe. The Classic version contains conditioning pearl extract and is recommended for normal to combination skin. The Deep version, which contains the herb Dokudami to help clarify, is recommended for oily and/or “active” skin. I have tried the other 2 but my favorite is probably the Classic, despite having oily, acne-prone skin. It has enough texture to really do its job but is also gentle enough for me to use every day, if I wanted to.

The enzyme powder comes packaged in an elegant jar made of pearly plastic. There is a stopper over the product to minimize waste and mess. To open, simply slide the white tab up and it reveals a small circular opening to pour the product out of (see photo below).

I have tried many of these types of powered exfoliators/cleansing products–Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel, bareMinerals Exfoliating Treatment Cleanser, Dermalogica Microfoliant…after having tried these, I have really come to know what I am looking for. I like when a powdered exfoliator retains a bit of it’s grainy texture after water has been added. With all of the other ones I’ve tried, once you’ve mixed with water in the palm of your hand, the grains tend to dissolve almost completely. Amore Pacific’s version turned into a silky lather with virtually no grains, as did bareMineral’s. Dermalogica had a tiny bit of grain left but not enough that I could really feel it.

*UPDATE: it’s worth noting that you should be really careful about how much water you add to the powder. For best results, I suggest just barely turning the tap on and adding several drops at a time until you reach your desired consistency. If you add too much all at once, the powder is rendered quite ineffective and you lose that all that great texture 

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Now I know what the point of micro-exfoliation is and I don’t necessarily need to feel like I’m rubbing sandpaper on my face, but I do like to actually feel there are some grains to buff my skin a bit. The Classic Rice Enzyme Powder is an effective micro-exfoliant, is truly gentle enough for everyday use, and even works well as a stand-alone cleanser, though if I’m using it alone, I usually reserve it for mornings-only when my skin just needs a very gentle cleanse to remove oil (I wouldn’t rely on just this to remove all the sweat, dirt, oil, and/or makeup from your face at the end of the day). Otherwise, I will wash my face with TATCHA’s One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil at night and then follow with the Enzyme Powder to get a little micro-exfoliation in.

With these types of powdered exfoliants, I have a tendency to want to dump a large palm-full into my hand for some reason but please refrain with TATCHA’s version–not only is it pricey ($65/2.1 oz. [60 g.]) but you only need a tiny amount (I would say nickel to quarter-sized, depending on your preference) to cover your entire face and neck. The product actually lathers up quite nicely but, as mentioned before, does retain a bit of it’s graininess to provide some gentle buffing action.

I have been using this product for over a month and I have had no adverse reactions–only smooth, polished, clean skin. I feel like it does its job well and would truly work for all skin types. Though I think it’s great that there are 3 different versions available, I maintain that Classic can be used for all skin types–it’s really the perfect in-between. It’s gritty enough to really micro-exfoliate but also gentle and fine enough to work on the most sensitive skin. Those with very sensitive skin may not be able to use it as often but I do believe it will work for them just as well.

I will definitely be repurchasing this product. Though it’s the priciest one I’ve found yet, it’s also the most effective and worth every single penny. It really has to be tried to be believed! If you have been searching for the perfect, gentle micro-exfoliant, look no further than TATCHA. The brand’s offerings will blow you away!

»»Pricing: $65/2.1 oz. (60 g.)

»»Availability: and

»»Recommended for: all skin types (though there are 2 other great versions available as well)

»»Overall Rating: A


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38 Responses to “The Sample: TATCHA Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder (Review & Photos)”

  1. Kiss & Make-up March 21, 2013 at 3:56 am #

    Very interesting, great review!

    • becca March 21, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

      Thank you dearie!! :D

  2. Teri March 21, 2013 at 4:47 am #

    You make this sounds so lovely! I have the Dermalogica version but I kinda forgot about it, but reading this reminded me that I should use it again. I’m not sure if it helped my skin tho, do you let it sit on the skin for a bit or do you immediately remove it? I do get what you mean about the feel and the grainy part, I think it’s the idea around it ^^

    • becca March 21, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

      When I used the Dermalogica one, I don’t usually leave it on my skin but you can since it contains salicylic acid and papain. I don’t know how much of a difference you would really see though :/ Yeah the Dermalogica one is not my fave, I like the texture of TATCHA’s a lot more. This one contains papain too and in a little bit of a higher concentration too, I believe. But if your goal is to brighten the skin with a product, I don’t really think these types of powdered exfoliators are really the most effective, I guess. I just like to use them to kind of take of a little bit of the dead skin cells that accumulate on my skin after using my nightly treatments, you know what I mean?

  3. Sunny March 21, 2013 at 7:36 am #

    This sounds good! I used to own something similar form L’Occitane, though it has been discontinued now. I reach for chemical peels more often nowadays, but still this one is intriguing!

    • becca March 21, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

      Chemical peels are definitely much more effective but I really do like these types of powdered exfoliators because I use them to kind of maintain the effects that I get after using stronger chemicals exfoliators…plus they are just so fun to use!! :P haha

  4. Chris March 21, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    I’d love to try this. I’ve been using a powdered exfoliator by bare minerals for years and I love how smooth it makes my skin.

    • becca March 21, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

      I’m glad the BM one works for you! I liked it okay but it just didn’t retain enough of its texture after adding water to suit my personal taste.

  5. Taylor March 21, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    This sounds wonderful! I love powder exfoliators! I can definitely appreciate that little pour spout also. I always stayed clear of any abrasive exfoliators and opted for chemical, but the powders are so gentle and effective. The classic sounds like a winner

    • becca March 21, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

      I love using powdered exfoliators to gently maintain any effects that I get from my stronger chemical exfoliators. I know I keep saying this but it’s just sooo gentle but incredibly effective! Love this one! You have to try it if you can, Taylor–I think you would enjoy too :)

  6. Catherine (@bcrueltyfree) March 21, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

    I’ve never used a powder exfoliant but from the photos, this reminds me of uncoated asprin when dissolved, which I have used and love the results of. I use AHA and BHA exfoliants but I think I’ve been over exfoliating recently, so maybe it’d be good to cut back on the chemical exfoliants and try a physical one like this. The packaging is really lovely!

    • becca March 22, 2013 at 12:55 am #

      You know, I’ve never actually tried an aspirin mask/scrub but I always hear good things–not sure why I haven’t tried it yet! I LOVE homemade beauty treatments :) I think TATCHA’s rice enzyme powder would be a good option for overexfoliated, irritated skin. I would try something really fine and gentle like this and once your skin is better, use the chemical exfoliants 2 or even 3 times a week (depending on your skin, of course) and use something like this in-between for maintenance purposes. Thats how I like to use it and its great! :D

  7. Emi at Project Swatch March 21, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

    I want to try Tatcha more & more every time I read about it! It just sounds so gentle / effective / classy.

    • becca March 22, 2013 at 12:57 am #

      Oh you should, you should!! :D I seriously have not been this impressed by a skincare brand in a long time! I think TATCHA’s getting to be right up there with the other love of my life–Caudalie! That’s HUGE! :P hahah

  8. Meryl @ Memoiselle March 22, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    The packaging looks beautiful! I have never used any kind of this products before and had no idea how this works. Thanks for the review, it gives me an insight of a new product :)

    • becca March 22, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

      If you enjoy physical exfoliators that aren’t too harsh or abrasive, you’ll love this one, Meryl! It’s really fun to use and definitely leaves me with clean, smooth skin! :D

  9. Liz March 22, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    Every time you talk about skin care, it makes me want to head straight to the sink and conduct a full blown facial! :D

    I had just two sample sachets of this stuff and used too much water both times. OH WOE!

    • becca March 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

      Haha thanks darling :P And yeah, it is really easy to add too much water to this and once you do, it really renders it quite uneffective :/ I did that the first few times too. I should add a note to the post about that…

  10. Paige March 22, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    I’m glad to hear you have a positive experience with this product. I finally ordered the sampler set from Tatcha to try out both the cleansing oil and the enzyme powder. It’s nice of Tatcha to include all 3 versions of the rice enzyme in the set. I’m going to try them out this weekend and see which version is the best for my skin.

    • becca March 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

      Oh I am excited for you, Paige! Please please come back and let me know how you like them! :D

  11. Makeup Morsels March 23, 2013 at 1:06 am #

    Ahh really love the packaging on these, it’s very gorgeous and very Tatcha haha. Mixing the exfoliator sounds like so much fun (LOL my inner 5 year old, and ‘smooth polished clean skin?’ Sign me up! Thanks for doing such thorough reviews, it’s not easy w/ skincare but you always cover it so well :)

    • becca March 23, 2013 at 3:59 am #

      Oh MM, you are so kind. Thank you sweetie!! :D

      And yes, the packaging IS very TATCHA :P I love their packaging–their attention to detail is always amazing! And the product itself…oh, I love it! You really MUST try this one, MM! This or the Camellia Cleansing Oil are my 2 top TATCHA picks!!

  12. Lily March 23, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    Oh I sampled this, and it’s my favourite of the whole line. If I didn’t have the Clarisonic Plus, I’d purchase this one for sure. However, I’m determined to make good use of that hefty purchase… so I’ve been cutting down on other exfoliants…

    • becca March 23, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

      Haha I tried doing that for a while after I bought my Clarisonic but I couldn’t stay away for long…I just love exfoliants so much!! :P

  13. Kiss & Make-up March 23, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    Sounds interesting!

    • becca March 23, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

      It is really a great product–I love it! Have you ever used a powdered exfoliator like this before?

  14. Gummy Vision March 23, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    Oh, I’m so glad we have another Tatcha Enzyme Rice Powder lover out there!!! Expensive, but this single container has lasted me forever! Awesome review, as always!! I finally tried my Camellia Cleansing Oil samples…LOVED them…and immediately started using my straight-up camellia oil to moisturize. Love that too!!! :-)

    • becca March 23, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

      I know, I can see this jar lasting me quite a long time!! Do you use the Classic too, Gummy?? Oh and SO happy that you love the cleansing oil too! Isn’t it fab?!! :D I honestly don’t know HOW I went that long without ever having tried cleansing oils in general but especially TATCHA’s! I never knew that an oil could be SO light and leave my skin so clean and smooth! I really want the pure camellia oil now–I keep forgetting to go to that site where you got yours to check it out. Oh and the rice bran oil too!

      • Gummy Vision March 24, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

        Yes, I use the Classic!! Tried the gentle but it felt like it didn’t do anything. Tried the Deep but it was super drying…but the Classic is perfect!! I seriously believe everyone can use an oil, but it’s a matter of finding the right one for your skin! Yes you need to get that sample pack!! LOL!! Next is Perilla oil to try but I’m loving Camellia oil so much I almost don’t even want to try it…all in the name of finding the next better thing I guess?!! Ha ha :-)

        • becca March 24, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

          I really liked the Deep for my skin but the Classic is great because I feel like I can use it more without having to really think about it (“what have I used today? Am I overexfoliating?” etc.). It’s just simple and gets the job done.

          Yes, sampler pack of the oils is a MUST for me! I am just dying to try it! I haven’t heard of Perilla oil but I am curious to hear your thoughts. Did you just order it or did it come in the same sampler pack??

          • Gummy Vision March 24, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

            Perilla is the last one to try in the second sampler pack I ordered. First was Plum Kernel – didn’t like it. LOVE Camellia oil though – definitely going to order a full size!!!

          • becca March 24, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

            Ooh ok. Yeah I’m definitely going for camellia and rice bran. For the third, I’m thinking maybe neem oil, as I’ve been curious about it for a while!

  15. Joyce (bronzerbunny) March 27, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    i want to try this but it is SOOO expensive that i’m sure i’ll never manage to lol. Glad it works so well for you though!

    • becca March 27, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

      I know it is definitely pricey but the good news is you only need a tiny bit so one jar will last you a loooong time!! :D

  16. Toya April 3, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    FRIIIG I need to try this brand already! I used to have a deluxe sample of AmorePacific’s version of this, and really enjoyed it. But I like the idea of the retention of some of the granular bits to feel like you’re really doing something. It’s on my list now!

    • becca April 3, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

      LOL–YES you do!! Dude, if you liked like AmorePacific version you will LOVE this one. It’s really, really good!

  17. eileen April 25, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

    Thank you for the review AND the TIPS. I just purchased the polish and wasn’t sure how to use it appropriately. Your explanation is VERY helpful.

    • becca April 25, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

      Of course! I’m so glad you found it helpful :)

      How are you liking it so far? Have you tried anything else from TATCHA? OMG their Camellia Cleansing Oil is fabulous!! :D

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