This is one of those cleansing oils that would be great for someone who has never used a cleansing oil. It's quite thin in texture, and it emulsifies entirely with only a few drops of water. I always cloth mine off, but I would imagine you could rinse it and it wouldn't leave a gross film.
If there's one thing Tatcha does better than most other brands, it's presentation. I love the scroll of information printed on silver-flecked paper included in the box, the indigo lining of the package, and the thin paper strip that "seals" the cap onto the bottle. It truly is elegant, traditional, and luxurious. The Tatcha scent is probably my favorite element of their products. It's a sweet lemony-matcha kind of experience. It's uplifting while still being comforting and almost familiar. I think it adds an element to the product that allows it to be an "experience," rather than just a simple act of washing your face.
What it is: A beautiful blend of Camellia and Rice Bran oils. A gentle, two-in-one makeup remover and cleanser that melts away even waterproof makeup, leaving behind purified, silky soft skin. Why it’s different: Nutrient-rich Camellia and Rice Bran oils combine to beautify skin, emulsifying completely with no residue. The first step in our signature Kyoto Cleanse. Who it’s for: All skin types. Non-comedogenic. Non-irritating. Non-sensitizing. Dermatologist tested. How to use: Begin with dry hands and a dry face. Apply 1-2 pumps into the palm of your hand and massage onto face, including around the eyes. Rinse off with warm water. The oil will emulsify into a milk and effortlessly melt away makeup and debris.
I know Tatcha says that this is a two-in-one, but I wouldn't dream of not following it up with a skin cleanser. I'm sure that the camellia and great tea have some skin-cleansing abilities, but my rituals always include a second cleanse. Obviously, it would be your choice, but at least Tatcha is backing up their claims by only offering one cleanser in their range.
It dissolves makeup on contact, but never strips the skin - ever. I find that two pumps of product is the perfect amount to really get a massage going. Add a bit of water, turn it to a milk, then cloth off. Gorgeous. I've tried it in the morning, and it is quite lovely. Definitely great if you wake up looking or feeling a bit dull / need a bit of TLC. I've tried it prior to showering and shaving, and the results are smooth skin and a closer shave!
Ingredients: Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Polyglyceryl-10 Dioleate, Polyglyceryl-2 Sesquicaprylate, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Glyceryl Behenate/eicosadioate, Water, Algae Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alcohol, Fragrance (Natural), Phenoxyethanol. Tatcha Pure One-Step Camellia Cleansing Oil $48 for 5.1 fl oz Available at Sephora, Barneys New York, and Violet Grey