Tested on animals:No
This tiny bottle of oil is sold as a multipurpose product for face, body, and hair—but Tatcha should've provided more product. If you are using this on your face, body and hair you'd be lucky if it lasted a couple of weeks which makes this ultra-expensive for what is a fairly basic formula!
Even if you were only going to use this on your face (where the product's size makes more sense), it's still a questionable choice. That's not because camellia oil is a problem for skin; instead, it's because the amount of fragrance. Fragrance poses a risk of irritation that could lead to problems for your skin, as we explain in the More Info section.
This product also contains gold, and although that sounds as though it would be a luxurious treat for skin, gold is more likely to cause a sensitized response.
Getting back to the camellia oil: Research has shown that the seed oil (which is what Tatcha uses) is a good source of oleic acid (a fatty acid) that's chemically similar to the fats found in olive oil. It also has anti-inflammatory benefits and can stimulate collagen production in skin (Journal of Food Science, October 2012, pages 1055–1057; Molecules, June 2012, pages 6716–6727; BMB Reports, March 2012, pages 177–182; and Journal of Ethnopharmacology, May 2007, pages 127–131). That's excellent, but less so when a great ingredient like this is mixed with a lot of fragrance, because fragrance isn't skincare.
In the end, while this oil contains some tried-and-true emollients plus the novel, yet effective, camellia seed oil, it's simply too fragrant to recommend, and too expensive compared to many other oils, if you also want to apply this to your hair and body.
- The main ingredients are great for dry, tight skin.
- Several of the ingredients have antioxidant benefit.
- Amount of fragrance poses a risk of irritation.
- Really overpriced for what you get.
- Gold in any amount has no benefit for skin, but can trigger allergic reactions.
Why Fragrance is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This leads to all kinds of problems, including disruption of skin's healthy appearance, worsening dryness, redness, depletion of vital substances in skin's surface, and generally keeps skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can't always see the negative influence of using products that contain fragrance has on skin, the damage will still be taking place even if it's not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see or feel the effects on your skin for your skin to be suffering. This negative impact and the visible damage may not become apparent for a long time.
References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1,410-1,419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166-175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77-80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821-832
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement pages 1-43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446—475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, issue 11, pages 789-798
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, issue 4, pages 191-202