tatcha | gold camellia beauty oil

tatcha gold camellia beauty oil

Most natural beauty products have one of two things going for them: 1) Beautiful packaging; 2) Effective product.

TATCHA’s Gold Camellia Beauty Oil, though, has them both — and maybe even a third, as the actual product itself is also quite stunning.

tatcha gold camellia beauty oil

{TATCHA sent me a sample of its GOLD Camellia Beauty Oil, which retails for $125 for a 1.7-ounce glass dropper bottle jar.}

I tested TATCHA’s Gold Camellia Beauty Oil for about four weeks, massaging it onto my face, the backs of my hands, my legs and the ends of my hair throughout the testing period.

Regardless of where I put TATCHA, it performed.

Lightly coated skin with a goldenrod glow? Check. Shimmering legs underneath a flowy skirt? Check. Sealed split ends with a hint of glimmer? Check.

tatcha gold camellia beauty oil

{The little flecks of gold inside TATCHA’s camellia beauty oil are oh-so-glamorous.}

Because I know most of my readers are as face-oil obsessed as I am, I’ll focus on that particular use for this beautiful, multipurpose oil.

My ritual included taking two drops of TATCHA Gold Camellia Beauty Oil, rubbing it in my hands and then gently massaging it onto my cheeks, focusing on creating large, circular strokes and bringing the product onto my nose with my index fingers.

I can’t explain how lightweight this oil is; it has a dry finish that leaves no shine, residue or heavy feeling. It is the absolute perfect makeup primer / moisturizer combo and ideal for combination or oily skin, or as a humid / hot weather oil for dry skin types.

After concentrating the product here, I then brought my hands down to my neck, running four fingers on each hand down my throat and then starting at the top again. We must remember to oil up our necks and chest!

Once complete with that part of the moisture ritual,  I then bring my fingers to my forehead and very gently push the oil from the bridge of my nose over my eyebrows, in a sort of “M” shape.

I do this because my forehead needs less moisture than any other part of my facial skin, yet it still needs to be treated. This process ensures a light application.

tatcha gold camellia beauty oil

{Like all TATCHA products, the GOLD Camellia Beauty Oil’s packaging is absolutely exquisite.}

From there, I can wait as little as, oh, 30 seconds before everything is set and I’m glowing. The gold flakes in this oil (yes, there are real 24K gold flakes in this beautiful purple bottle) give your skin a hint of royalty.

You aren’t shining, you aren’t all mica-d up and you aren’t gold. You are just … regal. The skin catches light beautifully and enhances your bronzer and blushes.

Also, you’re smelling super-clean and just … pretty. It’s difficult to describe the scent of this face oil; it’s not exactly floral, citrus or herbal … it’s just understated and fresh.

If you’ve gotten this far through my gushing, you’re probably wondering what critiques, if any, I have of TATCHA Gold Camellia Beauty Oil. Here goes:

  1. While the formula is perfect and clean, I do wish it had more of the star camellia oil in it. It comes in at ingredient number four.
  2. The gold flecks can seem a little hokey, but I do believe they serve a purpose. See the whole “regal” comment above (does that seem hokey? Sorry.)
  3. It is expensive, but I don’t think it’s out of the ordinary. As with most, a little goes a long way and it’s a multipurpose product. Goodbye, separate body and hair oils!
  4. It’s very annoying that the entire ingredients list isn’t on the product page of the TATCHA website. This is where us bloggers can save the day as you’re making buying decisions! The entire list is, though, on the packaging.

Going back to number one, here is the entire ingredients list of TATCHA Gold Camellia Beauty Oil:

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Squalane, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Fragrance (natural), Polyglyceryl-10 Pentaisostearate, Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Water, Tocopherol, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Oryzanol, Inositol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Alcohol, Glycerin, Algae Extract, Gold

None of the ingredients score above a “3” on the Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Database (and actually, only one product scores a “3” — alcohol, which is in most products as a preservative; everything else was a “0” or “1”).

How’s that for a clean, luxury beauty oil?

Read my reviews of other TATCHA products!

I’ve seen a few other reviews of TATCHA Gold Camellia Beauty Oil (here, where I participated in the comments section; here; here; and here}, but I’d love to know your thoughts!

And for me, bottom line: Would I buy this? Yes. Yes I would. The packaging is beautiful, the product is beautiful, the product feels amazing and TATCHA’s customer service team is top-notch. And multipurpose beauty products are always welcome in my home.

Have you tried anything from TATCHA? Have you tried the TATCHA Gold Camellia Beauty Oil? Are you interested in trying this oil? Tell me in the comments section!


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  • Anusha Puri

    yes yes yes i would love to try it..i was already sold when you said it made you glow….its been long time i wanted to buy japanese camellia oil but the high international shipping rates put me off

    • and camellia oil tends to be pricey anyway! where are you located?

      • Anusha Puri

        yeah that’s true .. i was looking for some carrier oil suppliers on web and their shipping rates just came equal to the price of their oils:( ..btw I am from India :)

  • Call It Vanity

    Precious metals make me go weak at the knees…I don’t even want to ask how much this is because of the 24K gold alone!

    Mayah x

  • Rouxfolle

    It’s Purty.

  • JM Ledwell

    I agree with the price and the gold, but squalene is very good for the skin and the rice enzyme must also be an added benefit. Tatcha brings the allure and the promise of the Geisha….that’s their tagline and that’s the appeal is to tap into that powerful image. I just purchased the oil (I love beauty oils as well, I have dry skin so I can put anything on my face even Krisco and not break out). I have Elemis’s Japanese Camellia Oil blend which is listed as #2 on the ingredient list that is very very nice. I just got a king size sample of Boscia’s Tsubaki oil and that lists CO as #1 on the list though there are many others added. My guess is that adding things gives that brand its way of owning an oil that otherwise would be generic and have less branding power. Tatcha has some other interesting products and since I’m a sucker for the Geisha and the glam culture of Old Japan, I’m hooked. It is nice on the skin, and does hydrate well.

    • Thank you for stopping by and commenting! Elemis is one of those brands that’s a bit under the radar in green beauty community but super-popular with the spa crowd. I’ve always loved a good Elemis facial. So you could recommend the Elemis Camellia Oil blend? I am needing to restock some camellia soon! And you are so right about squalene + rice enzyme. I love the story of the Japanese rice workers and how the rice + water helped their hands look ageless. Great testimony! Keep me updated on more great products you like :)

      • JM Ledwell

        I could recommend the Elmis-yup Spa crowd but I use everything because I don’t know what really works (in 20 years, so to be safe I like to hop around and add regulars to regime), the Elemis is really a body oil, but on the feet especially when they are tired they are awesome. After I left my comment I ran to my Tatcha box which came Thursday and read the marketing card, to be fair they don’t market as CO exclusive they disclose right off the bat it’s rich in Sqalane and a few others including the Green Tea fragrance (smells like lemon to me), reminiscent of Kyoto- so important to keep in mind your buying into a brand theme, which works so well for them. I’m thinking about blogging about them myself, though I’m a writer of Japanese fiction-this is really up my alley. The hand written note from them when order is fulfilled, don’t hurt either. Enjoyed the review! Best, J.

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