Tata Harper 100% Natural Organic Skin Rejuvenating Serum

Tata Harper’s renowned line has become one of my favorite 100% natural product skincare lines in the market. I was introduced to the line by my sister who sells the Tata Harper line in her NYC salons, tenoverten. Having recently had her 1st baby she has become more aware of the chemicals in our daily use products and thus started carrying and using Tata Harper.

I’ve seen a lot press recently on the line and although it is 100% natural there is some dispute about the terminology ‘non-toxic’. This is because essentially all products in the market are technically safe for use. Most ingredients, including parabens and petrolatum, are not dangerous in the concentrations that they are used in skin care products. This is an ongoing debate that I myself struggle with in my personal use and review of products.  The subject warrants a dedicated entry. However, for the moment regardless of the actual scientifically proven benefits, I can’t help but feel we’re doing our body good by not absorbing any additional chemicals than needed. This applies to every facet of our lives from beauty products, to food, to paint we use, household products, and many more. Do what you can and if it does the job without them I say carry on!

So, when it comes to doing the job, one of my top picks from the Tata Harper line is the Skin Rejuvenating Serum, it is a stunning product! The serum is packed with 29 natural active ingredients of which 74.82% of the Ingredients are Certified Organic, and 100% of the Ingredients are 100% All-Natural.

The serum used daily definitely improves the appearance of my skin. It gives my skin a dewy look and it feels more nourished which is always key in smoothing out fine lines and having a glow to your skin. That and of course staying hydrated from the inside out.  I then use the Tata Harper rebuilding moisturizer or June Jacobs intensive age defying hydrating complex moisturizer, another one of my natural botanical skincare favorites, on top of the serum.

What ingredients do what?

Menyanthes Flower is a powerful skin tonic helping maintain healthy skin cells

Narcissus Bulb extract increases skin cell durability, stimulating the skin to defend itself against environmental damage.

Date Extract Minimize lines and wrinkles with this anti-aging extract.

Alfalfa Extract. Restore a natural glow with nutrient & vitamin rich extract.

Meadowsweet Extract Keeps skin looking dewy and youthful.

Jasmine, Chamomile, Lavender and Immortelle essential oils blend together creating a rich floral fragrance and add their unique skin hydrating, nourishing and balancing qualities to this wonder serum.

My only qualm with the product is it doesn’t have a very long shelf life. Considering the price and how many of the products you use that can be painful. It lasts 1-3 months with daily & nightly use.  The short shelf life is attributed to the natural ingredients. All-natural products may contain a preponderance of plant-derived substances conducive to all kinds of unhealthy microbial growth and/or contain nontraditional preservatives or no preservatives at all. Meaning, pay attention to the shelf life and throw it out when it’s time. It’s usually not dangerous but likely the active ingredients will no longer have the same impact if any at all.

One more tip for if you’re acne prone.  I would also suggest trying the resurfacing mask. It has a natural source of betahydroxy to reduce surface issues like inflamation, even out redness, and bring glow to the skin.

From the Tata Harper website:

TATA HARPER Skincare was founded by Tata Harper on the essential idea that women no longer have to sacrifice their health to look and feel beautiful. In Vermont on a 1,200 acre farm, she manufactures 100% natural and non-toxic, premium skincare products made from the World’s most sought after ingredients. Some of the ingredients are sourced from around the World, but many are grown on the farm.  All research and development, formulations, packaging, marketing and distribution are done in-house, allowing Tata to control every step of the process, from formulation to shipment to a customer.

Great article to read on the Tata Harper blog about organic vs. non-organic food – http://blog.tataharperskincare.com/we-discuss-stanfords-organic-vs-non-organic-food-health-claims/

Price: $150.00 for 1.7 oz

The price is high but understand why here – http://blog.tataharperskincare.com/our-pricing-philosophy/

Available at: http://www.tataharperskincare.com/

“Dirty Makeup Regimen? Clean It Up the Eco Way!” by Makeup Artist Megan Porschen

Being an eco, organic, cruelty-free makeup artist, I strive to teach my clients about being good to themselves and the environment. Being a woman of the world means more than likely fashion and beauty are a huge part of your life. I have chosen to be a beauty who loves nature and so can you. Let me tell you how.

In today’s society, women are constantly bombarded with advertisements on the newest and latest makeup and skincare technologies. Unfortunately, there are down sides to this overabundance of product stimuli. Firstly, some well known cosmetic companies still test on animals and sadly are endorsed by celebrities. Secondly, our cosmetics aren’t legitimately regulated! This means that toxic chemicals in the majority of our cosmetic products can lead to harmful buildup in the body, and attribute to infertility, hormone disruption, and even cancer after repeated long term use. Uh, scary! Thirdly, the environment suffers because of the amount of pollution it takes to produce these toxic products. There are few ingredients that have been tested for long term health-impacts in America. So far only 11 toxic chemicals have been banned in the US, while in the European Union they have banned over a 1000. Some of the most toxic are: fragrances, lead acetate (a poisonous substance found in hair dyes and some lipsticks), nanoparticles, parabens, hydroquinone, and petrochemicals aka petroleum, propylene, and crude oil! Yikes! Word of advice, stay away from drugstore cosmetics.

The upside is this, we CAN make a difference by making the right consumer choices. Luckily, there is a movement happening within the natural cosmetics industry. These small businesses want to make a big difference. They promote safe cosmetics through using fair-trade, USDA organic, eco-cert, cruelty-free, non-paraben, non-petrochemical and non-toxic ingredients in their products. Remember everything we put on our skin is absorbed through our pores, or inhaled and ingested from the air. Shop for the best eco cosmetics at a reputable store like Evolue in Beverly Hills or online. I’ve listed the best of the best below.

If your makeup is older than 12 months, chuck it! A good way to know when your makeup is going to expire is by checking the bottom or side of the tube. It will usually have a 12M or 6M to signify a year or 6 months from the opening date. If you’re not sure about the safety of the ingredients in your favorite makeup or skincare don’t despair. Check out the Environmental Working Group’s skindeep database to check your ingredients. http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ It’s easy and educational.

An Interesting Fact:

According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics; “The 50 billion dollar U.S. cosmetics industry opposes laws that would protect consumers and the environment. The cosmetics trade association has lobbied against laws that would control pollution at cosmetics manufacturing plants, require recycled content in packaging and add more consumer safety information on labels. The industry says it can regulate itself. An industry funded panel-not the FDA or any other government agency-currently reviews the “safety”of cosmetics.”

 

5 Eco Friendly Makeup Line Must-haves:

1. Vapour Beauty www.vapourbeauty.com

2. rms beauty www.rmsbeauty.com

3. 100 percent pure www.100percentpure.com

4. Josie Maran www.josiemarancosmetics.com

5. ILIA lipsticks www.iliabeauty.com

 

5 Eco Friendly Skincare Must-Try’s:

1. Arcona

2. Tata Harper

3. Evolue- in house line

4. Golden Path Alchemy

5. Dr. Alkaitis

(These skincare lines can be found at Evolue in Beverly Hills www.evoluebeauty.com)

 

6 Healthfood Store Brands I love:

1. Peacekeeper Lipstick www.iamapeacekeeper.com

2. Dr. Hauschka Makeup www.drhauschka.com

3. Jurlique www.jurlique.com

4. Honey Girl Organics www.honeygirlorganics.com

5. Eco Logical Skincare SPF30 www.ecologicalskin.com

6. John Masters Organics for Hair www.johnmasters.com

(Check out your local healthfood store and see what amazing natural cosmetics you can find.)

 

What You Can Do to Make a Difference:

www.safecosmetics.org

www.ewg.org

http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

The Story of Cosmetics video http://youtu.be/pfq000AF1i8

 

Companies who DO test on animals:

http://www.mediapeta.com/peta/PDF/companiesdotest.pdf

 

Companies who DON’T test on animals:

http://www.mediapeta.com/peta/PDF/companiesdonttest.pdf

 

Megan is an eco-friendly, cruelty-free, organic Makeup Artist, based in LA. She is one of the first pioneers in the eco cosmetics movement and is part of The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. She teaches her clients about how they can make eco conscious cosmetic purchases that will help them and the environment. She loves to hike, kayak, workout, and hang with her handsome hubby and doggie Hobo.

Please visit her website at www.meganporschen.com