Blue Period: Tatcha’s New Indigo Collection


A Japanese geisha

Tatcha has opened up another chapter in the geisha’s book of beauty rituals with its latest release. Harnessing the power of indigo, Tatcha founder Vicki Tsai has created a special collection that addresses severely dry and sensitive skins. The Indigo collection, which harnesses the healing properties of Japanese indigo in combination with other Japanese botanicals, adds to Tatcha’s beautiful collection of skincare.

The Indigo collection joins Tatcha’s Gold collection, which was released in 2013 and combined the radiance-boosting powers of real gold flakes with a proprietary blend of squaline and waxes in Tatcha’s lip balm and in the brand’s camellia beauty oil. The Indigo collection focuses on skin concerns on the body, a first for the beauty brand, which has focused on facial skincare since its inception. During the Edo Period of Imperial Japan, noble samurai would wear indigo-dyed cotton garments underneath their armor because it was believed that the indigo would help heal any injuries sustained during battle. In fact, indigo’s distinctive blue hue is often referred to as samurai blue in Japan, even to this day.

Tatcha Indigo Collection

Tatcha Indigo Collection

The secret of indigo’s healing powers was kept as a secret among a family of indigo growers until a grower developed severe skin ailments. His wife rediscovered the secrets of indigo to heal her husband’s skin with the unique formulations found in the books that had held all of the ancient formulas, including the secrets of indigo’s anti-inflammatory properties. Tatcha uses that same indigo today in its Indigo collection. Unique to the world, that specific indigo is grown along the banks of the Yoshino River, which is flooded with rare nutrients.

The Tatcha Indigo collection includes a Soothing Silk Hand Cream ($38), which combines the the botanical indigo extract with liquid silk, green tea DNA, rice bran extracts and red algae. The collection also includes a Body Butter ($48), which includes similar ingredients to the Soothing Silk Hand Cream and is targeted at those suffering from rosacea, eczema and dermatitis. For a heavier treatment, the collection is completed by the Soothing Renewal Treatment ($98), which has a balm-like texture and the same essential actives. Each product has indigo’s distinct blue hue, but as soon as each product is absorbed into the skin, the color disappears and won’t stain your skin or your clothes. And just like all of Tatcha’s products the Indigo collection is formulated without parabens, mineral oils, synthetic colors or fragrances and phthalates. Perfect for soothing dry, cracked winter skin, the collection brings ancient Japanese healing secrets right to your vanity, so there’s no need to be singing the blues.

The Tatcha Indigo collection is available at and Barneys New York locations.

Images courtesy Tatcha

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Author:Christopher Luu for Fashion Trends Daily

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.