Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder Review

I had meant to get this post up while I was on my travels in Japan, in the spirit of all things Japanese. So while it is coming to you later than I had hoped, I’m glad it is finally ready to be shared. While Tatcha is an American company, its products are inspired by the ancient beauty secrets of geishas in Japan. Most of their products are also made in Japan. So read on for my review of the Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder.


This water activated rice enzyme powder is an exfoliant that removes dead skin cells from the skin. It also acts as a two-in-one cleanser. It contains three main ingredients: rice bran, papaya, and Tatcha’s proprietary anti-aging HADASEI-3 Complex.

According to Tatcha, HADASEI-3 is a complex of green tea, Okinawa red algae and rice bran extracts, combined for their anti-aging properties to keep skin looking supple, smooth and luminous.


The standard size for the product is 60g tub. I have been using this product on and off and hadn’t started using it on regular basis until about a month ago, so it is hard to judge at this moment how long this tub will last me. I will update this post when I am closer to finishing it.


The instructions are pretty standard for a powder exfoliant. Start with wet hands and a wet face. Pour about half a teaspoon into hands, add water and rub hands together to create a creamy paste. Apply the paste to the face and gently massage in circular motions for 10-20 seconds (I usually just massage until I feel I’ve adequately covered all areas of my face). Rinse away with water. Tatcha says that the enzyme powders are gentle enough for everyday use. I use this product every other day.

When mixed with water the powder quickly turns into a smooth, creamy paste. In comparison to Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant, Tatcha’s Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder is much more slippery and smooth to the touch. There’s a light rice bran scent to Tatcha’s product.

After massaging Tatcha’s Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder on my face and rinsing it off, my face is left with a bit of a squeaky clean feel. This result worries me a little bit in that I fear it may be a bit too drying for my skin. However, I always extensively moisturize after I exfoliate, so it is difficult to tell if it really has any significant drying effects. It does also leave my skin feeling smoother and any visible dry patches of skin are gone after using this product. (I tend to test out the efficacy of exfoliants at removing dry patches of skin by applying foundation all over my face the next day. Foundation tends reveal any dry skin I may have on my face like a highlighter.)

Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder Review
Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder


  • It can act as a two-in-one cleanser and exfoliant. Perfect as my second cleanse on the days I use a physical exfoliant.
  • There are anti-aging properties in this product from the proprietary HADASEI-3 complex. (Though I can’t say I’ve seen any noticeable anti-aging effects).


  • The packaging actually makes the product rather difficult to handle if you use the product in the shower as I do. The large opening to pour the product out is prone to letting water splash in during a shower, which is bad as the powder reacts with water. I think the opening could have a better design.
  • The creamy paste that forms after mixing it with water is really slippery, giving me the sense that it is just gliding over the dead skin cells instead of taking them off. But as I had mentioned above, it does seem effective at removing dead skin cells and dry patches. So this texture thing is really just a personal preference.
  • Like Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant, Tatcha’s Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder is quite expensive at $78 CAD (from Sephora).


Yes. I think it does its job well enough for me to want to repurchase.

However, for the time being, I like Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant more and will probably repurchase that after I finish this tub of Tatcha. I like the idea of the anti-aging properties of Tatcha’s Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder. The two products are actually fairly similar, but for the time being, I think Dermalogica is better suited for my current skin needs.


  • You can use this product on those days where you feel lazy and want to skip steps (since it is a two-in-one cleansing and exfoliating product that can be used on a daily basis)!
  • Tatcha sells travel sizes of most their rice enzyme exfoliating powders – a great way to try out their products at a lower cost before committing to the full-size products.
  • Tatcha also has different rice enzyme powders formulated for different skin types and needs. Check out more on their website!
Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder
For normal to combination skin!

Let me know in the comments below if you have tried any of Tatcha’s products or have noticed any anti-aging benefits with the Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder.

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