Tatcha Polished Classic, Gentle, and Deep and Indigo Soothing Rice Enzyme Powders (Review & Swatches)

Tatcha Polished Classic, Gentle, and Deep and Indigo Soothing Rice Enzyme Powders

I've mentioned about Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powders several time on my blog but realized that I haven't really done a comprehensive review on all 4 formulas yet. Back in May, I decided to stop using all my exfoliators that contain microbeads because I felt that they're one of the culprits behind my breakouts. I wasn't going to stop exfoliating my skin altogether though so I started looking for a gentler alternative. I looked in my sample stash and came across a travel-sized Tatcha Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder and decided to give it a try. A week later I ended up ordering all the other 3 formulas because it was that good! These powders have done wonders to my skin. They exfoliate in the most non-abrasive way and I think that's what my sensitive, acne-prone skin needs! If you are curious about these but unsure of what formula is best for you, read on for my suggestion! :)

Tatcha Polished Classic, Gentle, and Deep and Indigo Soothing Rice Enzyme Powders
Tatcha Polished Classic, Gentle, and Deep and Indigo Soothing Rice Enzyme Powders
Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powders
Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powders

Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powders are housed in a semi-transparent (except the Indigo Soothing where the container is opaque), thick plastic jar where you can view the content inside. The jar has a genius slide-back cover over the small opening hole to secure the content when travel or not in use. The opening hole is small but big enough to let the powder flow through easily making it convenient to dispense the amount needed. Pictures shown here are of the travel size which is identical in appearance and dispensing mechanism to the full size.

Tatcha Polished Classic, Gentle, and Deep and Indigo Soothing Rice Enzyme Powders
Tatcha Polished Classic, Gentle, and Deep and Indigo Soothing Rice Enzyme Powders

Tatcha currently offers 4 formulas of Rice Enzyme Powders in the line-up. The “Polished” family includes Classic, Gentle, and Deep formulas that have rice bran, papaya, and the brand's propietary HADASEI-3 Bioactive Complex as their main ingredients whereas the Indigo Soothing formula has rice bran, indigo extract, colloidal oatmeal, and HADASEI-3 Bioactive Complex. The HADASEI-3 Bioactive Complex is a mixture of Okinawa red algae, Japanese rice bran, and green tea complete DNA extracts for antioxidant benefits.

Each formula was formulated to suit different type of skin conditions. You can visually distinguish between each formula by the color as seen below. White is Polished Classic, pink is Polished Gentle, green is Polished Deep, and blue is Indigo Soothing. All 4 formulas have the same smell and that is the smell of rice.

Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powders; L-R: Polished Classic, Polished Gentle, Polished Deep, and Indigo Soothing
Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powders; L-R: Polished Classic, Polished Gentle, Polished Deep, and Indigo Soothing

Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powders are a 2-in-1 water-activated cleanser and exfoliator meaning you need to add water into the powder before use to activate the enzyme Papain (from papaya extracts). Papain works by breaking down cell junctions and thus allowing dead skin cells to be removed from the skin's surface. I find enzyme exfoliators to be a gentler and overall better option for my acne-prone skin than traditional exfoliators that contain harsh abrasives.

To use, dampen your face and hands and pour about half a teaspoon of powder into palm. Depending on your preference on the consistency (for example, more paste-y or more liquid-y), add water into the powder accordingly and rub hands together to lather up a foam. Apply to face and massage, avoiding eyes, then rinse with water. Tatcha recommends massaging for 10-20 seconds but I like to do it for a full minute at least to let the enzyme do its job a little longer.

Tatcha Indigo Soothing Rice Enzyme Powder (water added and lathered)
Tatcha Indigo Soothing Rice Enzyme Powder (water added and lathered)

Points worth mentioning about Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder:

  • It doesn't foam up a lot, unless you use quite a bit of powder to begin with and add only a small amount of water. If you dilute it too much, it may not foam at all and you'll feel like you are massaging plain water on the face.
  • If you are used to the feeling of or prefer an exfoliator with “noticeable” beads, you may not appreciate Tatcha's formula because even though it is an exfoliator, it doesn't have that “beady” feel to it. It feels just like a really light and gentle foam cleanser.
  • Really try to avoid contact with eyes because it stings! :)
  • It rinses completely clean, as in almost squeaky clean without any residue left behind. It doesn't strip or make your skin tight or dry afterwards, though.
  • In contrast to microbead-containing exfoliators, I find Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder to be gentle enough to use everyday without causing irritation to my skin. Once in a while I will use it in combination with my Foreo (review) for a deeper cleaning sensation.
  • You need to remove your makeup prior to using the powder. The powder does not work as a makeup remover.

Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder

Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder
Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder
Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder
Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder
Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder
Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder

Color: White

Ingredients: Oryza Sativa (rice) Powder, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Potassium Myristate, Cellulose, Water, Papain (papaya Extract), Camellia Sinensis (green Tea) Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Conchiolin (pearl) Protein, Oryza Sativa (rice) Bran, Algae Extract, Glycerin, Dextrin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol

Special ingredient: Hydrolyzed Conchiolin (pearl) Protein or crushed pearl to help soften and condition skin

Suitable for: Normal or combination skin

Tatcha Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder

Tatcha Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder
Tatcha Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder
Tatcha Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder
Tatcha Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder
Tatcha Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder
Tatcha Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder

Color: Pink

Ingredients: Oryza Sativa (rice) Powder, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Potassium Myristate, Camellia Sinensis (green Tea) Leaf Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (licorice Extract), Oryza Sativa (rice) Bran, Algae Extract, Papain (papaya Extract), Glycerin, Dextrin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Iron Oxides (cl 77491), Ultramarines, Mica, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol

Special ingredient: Licorice root extract to soothe sensitive skin

Suitable for: Dry skin

Tatcha Polished Deep Rice Enzyme Powder

Tatcha Polished Deep Rice Enzyme Powder
Tatcha Polished Deep Rice Enzyme Powder
Tatcha Polished Deep Rice Enzyme Powder
Tatcha Polished Deep Rice Enzyme Powder
Tatcha Polished Deep Rice Enzyme Powder
Tatcha Polished Deep Rice Enzyme Powder

Color: Green

Ingredients: Oryza Sativa (rice) Powder, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Potassium Myristate, Cellulose, Papain (papaya Extract), Camellia Sinensis (green Tea) Leaf Extract, Houttuynia Cordata (dokudami) Extract, Oryza Sativa (rice) Bran, Algae Extract, Glycerin, Dextrin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Iron Oxides (cl 77492), Ultramarines, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol

Special ingredient: Dokudami to help soothe active skin and reduce the appearance of blemishes

Suitable for: Oily skin

Tatcha Indigo Soothing Rice Enzyme Powder

Tatcha Indigo Soothing Rice Enzyme Powder
Tatcha Indigo Soothing Rice Enzyme Powder
Tatcha Indigo Soothing Rice Enzyme Powder
Tatcha Indigo Soothing Rice Enzyme Powder
Tatcha Indigo Soothing Rice Enzyme Powder
Tatcha Indigo Soothing Rice Enzyme Powder

Color: Blue

Ingredients: Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Potassium Myristate, Polygonum Tinctorium (Japanese Indigo) Leaf/Stem Extract, Indigofera Tinctoria Leaf Extract, Colloidal Oatmeal, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Conchiolin (Pearl) Protein, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran, Algae Extract, Glycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Calcium Carbonate, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Mica, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol

Special ingredients: Japanese Indigo and colloidal oatmeal to help soothe easily irritated and inflamed skin

Suitable for: Sensitive skin

My experience

I have been rotating between all 4 formulas as my morning cleanser depending on my skin's condition on that day. For example, if I feel my face is a little oily, I will use the Polished Deep, if my face is a little dry and sensitive, I'll use the Polished Gentle, if my face is normal, I will use the Polished Classic. I reserve Indigo Soothing for days when my face is red, sensitive, and/or if I have active blemishes going on. Additionally, you can also mix these powders, too!

I don't know if it's my imagination but I feel that the powder texture of the Polished Deep is slightly more grainy than the other formulas which is better for oily skin. The Polished Gentle and Indigo Soothing powders are, on the other hand, very fine and delicate which are ideal for dry and sensitive skin. The Polished Classic has a normal, “classic” powder texture that is suitable for normal and combination skin.

Honestly, I find all of the formulas to be gentle enough that you can use them interchangeably. They all equally condition, soothe, and keep my skin in tip-top condition with daily use. My skin always feels extra clean, soft, and supple without feeling tight, dry, or stripped afterwards. Tatcha estimated the travel-size to last about 2 weeks but as you can see, I have used these 4 travel-sized jars daily for more than 5 months already and still haven't finished any of them! So even though they come with a rather high price tag, know that they will last a really long time. :)

For anyone looking to switch to a microbead-free exfoliator, I highly recommend Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder. It is much more gentle to the skin and you can use it everyday to slowly but effectively slough off dead skin cells. The trade-off here is that you won't get the same satisfying “scrubbing” feeling as you would from traditional scrubs, but I feel that when it comes to maintaining healthy skin, especially for those with sensitive, blemish-prone skin, a gentler approach is always a better approach in my opinion. :)

Purchase

Polished Classice Rice Enzyme Powder:

Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder:

Polished Deep Rice Enzyme Powder:

Indigo Soothing Rice Enzyme Powder:

Polished Classice Rice Enzyme Powder:

Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder:

Polished Deep Rice Enzyme Powder:

Indigo Soothing Rice Enzyme Powder:

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14 Comments

    • I’m all about chemical exfoliants now, and my Foreo LUNA! :) My skin hasn’t looked this good in ages. I’m not going back to harsh scrubs ever again. Yeah, if you get a chance, these powders are a must-try! :)

  • I remember liking these, but didn’t repurchase because of their international shipping fee. Also, I refuse to buy any exfoliators until my Clarisonic Plus dies :-) It’s already close to 4 years, but it’s still going strong!

    • LOL wow congrats! I purchased mine in November 2010 and it’s still working great after 5 years (although I haven’t used it for months now)! I feel lucky because I know a lot of people have complained about their unit broken or stopped working after a year or two. What brush head do you use?

      • I use the brush head for sensitive skin. It’s abrasive enough, and I never liked stiffer brushes. Even my toothbrush is soft. HAHAHAHA!

        • Have you tried the Luxe Cashmere brush head? I heard it’s even softer than their regular brush head! I felt it once at a Sephora store and remember thinking it was too soft. Silly me, that’s probably the type my skin needed!

  • Wow I didn’t even know there were 4 types! Here we only have the one classic here and I love it! I’ll definitely be in the lookout if they ever show up here, thanks for sharing about these!

  • Thanks for such a thorough breakdown! I have the original version and think that it has been a bit harsh on my sensitive skin if I use it more than once a week. I am so curious about the Indigo version! :)

    • I think your skin may love the Indigo version more since it’s so much gentler! :) And I mean, it comes in the prettiest packaging color. Hehe

  • Good to know! I love the Classic and I can’t see it not working on everyone except the most sensitive of skins. I like the idea of combining and would probably do it with the Classic and Indigo. I really like the cleansing oil too. It’s the best cleansing oil I’ve ever used.

    • I have tried a sample packet of the cleansing oil and I agree, it’s awesome! I still prefer my Clinique Cleansing Balm but for an oil type, the Tatcha one is great!

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