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Meet Tata Harper, the organic cosmetics guru

We caught up with Tata Harper to find out more about the philosophy behind her eponymous brand, as well as her beauty routine and secrets. 

Can you tell us a little more about yourself... 

I'm Tata Harper, originally from Colombia, although I live in Vermont. That's where I make all the brand's products... And I'm 25% French. My grandfather's family is from Pau! I speak a little French, but I don't have much of a vocabulary (but it comes back every time I come here to Paris!). In fact, I love coming to Paris.

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And the origins of your brand?

We launched the brand in 2010. Tata Harper is a brand that represents a new generation of beauty products, in general, in which the products are 100% derived from nature - our products have no synthetic chemical components - but they also represent the pinnacle of anti-aging technology. There's a tendency to think that when you go natural, you have to make sacrifices on results, on technology, which is actually the primary objective when buying skincare products. At Tata Harper, we achieve maximum results with multiple ingredients in a single formula. These days, there's a trend towards minimalism when it comes to skincare creams. Well, we're the opposite! Our formulas are extremely complex, with not one but many ingredients. The Rejuvenating Serum for example, has 40 active ingredients.

How would you define your skincare routine?

I take a maximalist approach... For us, "more is more" when it comes to skincare products, because these daily habits are what improve your skin! To get real results, you need regularity and daily application. Even when we test formulas or raw materials, the associated clinical results are from testers who use it every twelve hours: morning and night! I feel like the most important thing about a beauty routine is consistency. I change my routine a little between the evening and the morning, mostly on the cleansing part. 

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I love exfoliating my skin in the morning with my morning cleanser, Regenerating Cleanser. Regenerating Cleanser. I apply it to dry skin, massage well and then rinse off in the shower.
In the evening, I like to do the double cleanse: I do the oily cleanse because oil is really the most effective product for removing dirt and pigment spots. It's incredible!
We also have very fine oils like our Nourishing Oil Cleanserrich in vitamins. It's a real treatment!

The product I use as my second cleanser is the Purifying Cleanser. It's really ideal for city dwellers. Cities are so dirty these days it's crazy, especially with pollution! Pollution, that invisible enemy, those tiny particles (they're so tiny), pass through your skin, and wherever they land, they start to destroy everything... They also create gases under the skin, which can develophyper-pigmentation.

"I feel like the most important thing about a beauty routine is consistency."

A serum is a real anti-aging product that has many ingredients for wrinkle reduction and firmness, or whatever effect the product has been formulated for. The essences are an extension of the serum: they will ensure that the serum penetrates properly. A lot of people don't realize but if you are someone who doesn't exfoliate their skin on a regular basis, and you have a layer on your skin, most of the products you put on your skin don't even penetrate! That's why I'm really in favor of exfoliating daily. We formulated the Regenerating Cleanser to be a daily exfoliator. After that, it's time to moisturize with the Repairative Moisturiser or the Crème Riche which is our most concentrated moisturizer. I love to apply a facial oil next. In fact, I mostly like to add a few drops of oil to my moisturizer, mix them together and apply directly to my face. And the whole thing only takes me a few minutes. 

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Do you have a beauty ritual?

My Sundays are for taking care of my face at home. It's an activity I do with my kids, who love doing masks, exfoliating, so it's really a fun activity to do together. I do a triple cleanse and add a mask. That's the day I do all my masks... It's a real beauty day, for an hour or so. Sometimes, when I'm super motivated and inspired, I put some herbs on to boil (chamomile, calendula...), and while the mask is on my face, I put a towel over my face and let the steam come over my face, it's really very pleasant! Another thing I like to do, especially during my spa days, is to take my tea bags, still warm, and put them on my eyes. It's so easy and it does the job! Especially when you have dark circles or are jet-lagged - which I am at the moment, I hope it doesn't show!

What are your beauty secrets ?

Nutrition! There are also nutritional supplements - not because I think they replace food, but because they help you go further. Blue-green algae, for example, is an excellent supplement. Magnesium, which is great for controlling stress and anxiety, but also brings fluid to the gut and therefore aids digestion, turmeric, which is a super antioxidant and also glutathione, which is the world's best-known antioxidant. I think this new movement we're living in - that we're embracing as a brand - is one that promotes health, well-being, happiness, so that we can live to 100. The only way to do this is to live a healthy lifestyle: eat well, sleep well, control stress, minimize the amount of toxins we ingest (whether from pesticides or otherwise) by incorporating organic food into our diet or taking supplements to go further... And drink plenty of water, the ultimate detoxifier! 

Another thing, makeup is really not my thing, but I have a real obsession with hair, because my hair doesn't look good at all.... I love Rahua, their Volumizing Shampoo and conditioner. And I also love the whole Christophe Robin range (which I know personally, by the way). My favorite product is the Regenerating Mask - which I use after conditioner on wet hair, for 15 minutes, before rinsing. 

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