Tata Harper Brand Review Table of Contents
Tata Harper Brand Review Quick Facts | Company commitment to ingredients, the environment, ethics, and its Good Guide and EWG standing.
Tata Harper Makes Me Want to Move to a Farm | How Tata Harper makes healthy farm living look effortless
One at a time, Tata Changes Her Products and Ends up Changing her Life |How Tata started making personal care products
Tata’s Vermont farm Julius Kingdom is her Personal Kingdom | How the company does it all from a 1,200 hectare farm
The Bottle is Green and Everything Else is Too | Certified organic ingredients and eco-friendly packaging
Marketing Can Get a Little Out of Hand | How I take some marketing claims with a grain of salt
Best of Tata Harper | Products and Reviews
Tata Harper Brand Review Quick Facts
Ingredients | Certified by Ecocert, GMO Free, Artificial Color Free, Artificial Fragrances Free, Synthetic Chemicals
Eco-Friendly | Glass bottles, and plastic resin from corn, 100% post-consumer materials, soy-ink for printing, some labeled with boxes labeled with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
Ethical | Cruelty Free
The Good Guide | 3.8 on 24 products
EWG | 1-4 Only Available Information is on Old Formulations
Tata Harper Makes Me Want to Move to a Farm
We are the opposite of crunchy granola; we are about showing naturals in their total high-quality splendor, the ultimate luxury.
When I look at Tata Harper’s fabulously shot photos of sun-kissed fields, wind-blown hair, small children and cast of animals cute enough to be supporting characters in Babe, I want to move to Vermont.
That could be me.
No dirt will stick to my clothes, a white wooden house will be my home, and – oh yes, my skin will be perfect as I single-handedly run a skin care empire from my backyard.
Tata Harper makes the simple life look good.
Tata is the face and brains behind the eponymous skin care brand, and green living seems effortless and beautiful in her hands (or at least her very well-edited photo ops).
Still, all this was a conscious decision.
As her stepfather battled cancer, Tata was often with him during consultations. She was shocked when his doctors started asking questions about his personal care routine.
The doctors were like, ‘We want you to use as many organic and natural products as possible. Don’t use this deodorant, try to use that natural deodorant,’ and I just sat back and was like, I can’t believe this. [My stepfather’s grooming] routine is so simplistic; imagine if the doctors had seen mine!”
She started to realize how daily decisions could have far-reaching consequences, and she began to evaluate her own daily choices.
One at a time, Tata Changes Her Products and Ends up Changing her Life
First, the diet was up for a revamp. Then, household cleaning products were replaced. Lastly, Tata tried to retool her extensive personal care regimen – and that was when she hit a brick wall.
I was really disappointed in what I was buying … It was either you bought raw coconut oil and jojoba oil — very basic — or when it had a little bit more going on, then it was full of all the same synthetics that I wanted to avoid in the first place.
Realizing that the products she wanted didn’t exist, she decided to create them herself. She envisioned a line made with cutting edge technology and packed with active ingredients, and all without a single synthetic.
As you can imagine, this took a bit of doing.
There were five years of development before products launched and in the meantime, she and her family moved to Vermont.
Tata’s Vermont farm Julius Kingdom is her Personal Kingdom
Have you been to Vermont?
If ever there were a place that was a poster child for all-natural, healthy living, it would be Vermont. Beautifully forested and sparsely populated, there are hiking and cross-country trails everywhere.
You’d absolutely want to be here if you were an all-natural skincare line, and that’s exactly where Tata HQ is.
Tata launched her brand from renovated, gutted barns after scouting manufacturing locations in Vermont’s Champlain valley and coming up empty. She already knew that they were going to produce the product themselves with their own employees. Bringing production on-site just made sense.
She worked on formulations with a few biologists and incorporated Ayurvedic, Chinese and homeopathic medicine in her products. She also consulted with herbalists to see what would rapidly grow on Vermont soil as she wanted to include them in the line.
Today, everything produced in the line is formulated, mixed, packaged and shipped from Julius Kingdom. Forty herbs are grown on site and used in the line, and Tata oversees it all from within a white 1820’s vintage farmhouse set amidst rolling hills.
The Bottle is Green and Everything Else is Too
The bottles lovingly enveloping Tata’s products are green and her accent color is yellow. Still, the fresh, natural colors are more than decoration.
You’ll find a lot of eco cred here.
Bottles are glass to be recyclable. Boxes are approved by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative or are 100% recycled paper. Soy ink is used for printing.
It’s three times as expensive but I just feel better about it.
Tata Harper how her decision to use recycled paper for packaging makes sense.
You’ll find that being green also extends to what’s inside.
The company avoids GMOs, artificial colors and fragrances, and synthetics. In addition, they are certified organic by French-based Ecocert, who evaluates total company processes for sustainability.
Marketing Can Get a Little Out of Hand
The look, smell and skin feel of Tata Harper products are perfect.
You’ll want to smear them on your face, rub them on your body and eat them if you could. The smell does something to your brain and light pink colors speak to the little girl grown up who still secretly loves things pink, pastel, and shiny.
Still, I’ve looked at a lot of products. And what I’ve found is that while a product may look good, it may not exactly live up to the marketing.
For instance, naturally derived ingredients.
If you think about it, everything is all-natural since everything comes from nature. It can essentially be meaningless as manufacturing processes can contaminate or can completely change the ingredient. Naturally derived doesn’t necessarily mean good.
Claims of results are also often overblown. There are some proven results from some very specific ingredients, but the rest are usually promising fields without real proof.
So, I feel that sometimes marketing for Tata Harper products do sometimes get out of hand, because no, I really don’t know what she means when she says:
As for anti-aging results, our products have some really advanced technology, including muscle relaxing extracts … that topically deliver the effect of an injectable, to minimize and prevent wrinkles…
I take this with a grain of salt.
Tata Harper products have excellent skin feel and appearance, and I do find some ingredients interesting. Despite the fact that I occasionally think there is too much fragrance and that the term “from natural origin” is misleading, the company is incredible at what they do.
You’ll really want to try to live differently. You’ll be convinced that small changes can impact you and your health in the long term, and you’ll start to scrutinize products to see if they are the safest choices for yourself.
In this, the company is stellar. So, while the value of labels such as “naturally derived” may differ from person to person, the fact that cosmetic ingredient safety and efficacy is now a topic of conversation is a step in the right direction.
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Note: Pictures care of official brand site and instagram.