[REVIEW] Tatcha – Polished Rice Enzyme Powder

Rice Enzyme Powder1

[Tatcha Polished – Classic/Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder]


Full Size: $65

Travel Size: $15


I first came across this baby when Sephora was offering the “polished” promo. That generous promo code got me one $15 travel-size rice enzyme powder, and ever since, I got hooked!

A back-up was a must. Luckily, Tatcha offers a “Complimentary travel size Rice Enzyme Powder with your first purchase” when you sign up for their newsletter. It’s like they read my mind. 

Rice Enzyme Powder2This was my Tatcha baby haul:

  • Travel Size Luminous Mist ($15)
  • Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder (Promo Code: WELCOMEGIFT)
  • 3 Free Sample Packets

I love love love it when luxury brands carry travel size. It allows an affordable option for everyone who wishes to trial the brand without breaking the bank. 

Shipping was swift enough; I ordered on Jan 24, got shipping confirmation on Jan 25, and received my products on Jan 28. Awesome free shipping, no minimum.

Rice Enzyme Powder3Rice Enzyme Powder4On a side note: one thing I adore about Tatcha is their luxurious packaging. Even the tape on the box is unique and in accordance to their brand. And doesn’t the abundance of purple just scream royalty? 

Although those days of purple signifying royalty are long past us, this whole color scheme still feels luxurious, at least to me. 🙂

tatcha rice powder5There are four types of powders available: 

  • Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder
  • Classic Rice Enzyme Powder
  • Deep Rice Enzyme Powder
  • Soothing Rice Enzyme Powder

I currently use the “Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder” and “Classic Rice Enzyme Powder.”

tatcha rice powder11These are the ingredients, for anyone who’s interested.

tatcha rice powder6The tubs are plastic and sturdy. Pretty light. There’s a small flap you can slide open to get the product.

tatcha rice powder7Direction instructs “half a teaspoon of product on wet hands,” but I always flick out a smaller amount and use it twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening. A little goes a long way. I’ve had this little tub for more than a month now, and there still more than half left. 

Currently, I’m hoarding two more of these travel sizes, so I’m set for 6 months!

tatcha rice powder8This is how much I use at a given time. Once you rub the Gentle Rice Enzyme powder between your wet hands, it turns into a white-beige granular paste. Add more water, it foams lightly. Cover your face and rub gently. 

tatcha rice powder9The paste has a nutty fragrance that smells heavenly.

It reminds me of “미숫가루 (Mi-sut-garu),” which is a mixed-grain powder that Korean people mix with water or milk (sometimes with honey) to create a nutty/grainy drink. I love that drink, so needless to say, I loved the enzyme powder. Swear I almost need to stop myself from tasting it.

tatcha rice powder10tatcha rice powder12The Enzyme powder makes my skin feels clean and refreshed. Not the squeaky-clean type of feeling that leaves you dry, it just feels lightly exfoliated and less oily. Plus, even with daily use, the powder doesn’t break out my sensitive skin, a quality I much I appreciate in an exfoliator. 

The feeling after use reminds me of the “Ssal-ddu-mul (water leftover after washing rice) washing method (쌀뜨물 세안법)” in South Korean culture.

It is said that rice-washed water is great for your skin. You basically rinse rice, throw away the first batch of water, pour more water in, rinse again, and drain the water into a tub. With this tub of rice water, you wash your face like you would with normal water, ending with light splashes of regular tap water to cleanse away lingering impurities.

Can’t say that’s my HG method of pampering skin, but it does have a similar effect to using Tatcha’s rice enzyme powder.

Rice Enzyme Powder1Product aside, I just love the packaging.

Considering the price point, I feel Tatcha knows what it’s doing with its packaging. Not somewhere I can walk out with an armload of goodies, but snagging one of their beautiful products can make me feel happy enough to feel like I did!


I would recommend this to:

  • Anyone in need of gentle, daily exfoliation.
  • Those with combination skin leaning oily.
  • Those who love Mi-sut-garu?

PS: Would you use this? Do you see this replacing your daily exfoliator? 🙂

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