Tata Harper gets a lot of love from glossy magazines, Vogue and Marie Claire and is headquartered on a 1,200 acre property in Vermont. These two data points prompted me – a little meanly – to pigeon-hole the eponymous owner as a trust fund farmer. Whatever. She makes a damn good moisturizer.  Tata Harper’s Rebuilding Moisturizer is my new addiction.

At $100, it initially felt like a guilty pleasure (although my tester was a free sample). I liked the fresh scent and creamy texture. I liked how my skin looked soft and silky after using it. But it was only after a few weeks when I started to see firmer looking skin that I began to think that the price to quality ratio of Tata Harper Rebuilding Moisturizer was not utterly unreasonable.

I have been using it whenever and wherever my skin looked and felt thirsty.  But it has really come into its own as my hand cream – my hands have been looking dry to the point of papery recently. With the Tata Harper moisturizer, the skin on the backs of my hands feels smoother and firmer.

All the ingredients are derived from botanicals and some of the plants are actually grown on the Tata Harper farm in Vermont. This is obviously not the case for two dominant ingredients, aloe juice and mango seed butter. I love mango butter’s tropical smell and the fact that it is full of fatty and amino acids.

An interesting inclusion is menyanthes trifoliata leaf extract. This is supposed to be a scavenger of peroxynitrite, a free radical that creates lipid peroxidation. Some of the other extracts worth a shout out include alfalfa. This contains saponins (as does soy), which are phtyochemicals with antioxidant properties. Willow bark is packed with flavonoids and phenolic acids. Borage is useful smoothing rough, red skin and tilia cordata is an anti-inflammatory.

Tata Harper is strictly plant based and so you won’t find laboratory exotics such as peptides or growth factors here. Personally, once I hit the 100 bucks mark, I tend to opt for a mix of botanicals and other anti-agers. But for those of you that prefer completely natural products that have a professionally formulated rather than homemade feel, then this is a brand worth checking out.


Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, Mangifera indica (mango) seed butter, Carthamus tinctorius (safflower) oleosomes, Olea europea (olive) oil, Hamamelis viginiana (witch hazel) distillate, Cetearyl olivate (wax derived from olives), Glycerin (from vegetable origin), Oryza sativa (rice) extract, Rosa damascena flower distillate, Sorbitan Olivate (wax derived from olives), Leuconostoc ferment filtrate (radish root extract), Chemical-free honey, Sodium hyaluronate (naturally produced by fermentation), Menyanthes trifoliate flower extract, Salix alba (willow) bark extract, Medicago sativa (alfalfa) flower extract, Borago officinalis (borage) flower extract, Calendula officinalis flower extract, Filipendula ulnaria (meadowsweet) leaf & flower extract, Tilia europaea (linden) leaf & flower extract, Lavandula stoechas (Spanish lavender) extract, Arnica Montana flower extract, Natural Essential Oil blend*, Sclerotium gum (derived from root vegetables & corn), Caprylic/capric triglyceride (derived from coconut), Cetyl palmitate (wax derived from olives), Sorbitan palmitate (wax derived from soy), Soy peroxidase (derived from soy), Superoxide dismutase (derived from Horseradish root).

*Fragrance from 100% Clinical Grade Essential Oils.