Tatcha Indigo Soothing Rice Enzyme Powder (Travel Size)

March 16, 2015

Tatcha’s latest is the new Indigo Soothing Rice Enzyme Powder, available in two forms: $65 for the Full Size Version (60 g / 2.1 oz.) or $15 for Travel Size Mini (10 g / 0.5 fl. oz). This is the most gentle rice enyme powder they’ve released to date with rice bran, indigo extract, colloidal oatmeal + HADASEI-3 Bioactive Complex. Based on my testing of the Classic, Gentle and Deep, the new Indigo is the best one yet. It’s strong enough to give the skin a proper cleansing but gentle enough for days when your skin is extra sensitive. Even though it seems like the winter season never really arrived in Southern California (it’s in the high 70s this week), the weather has been dry making my skin react like a roller coaster. The Indigo Soothing Rice Enzyme Powder is the perfect exfoliant for those who don’t like traditional scrubs. If you’re like me they are almost always too harsh or if they are gentle they leave a film on the skin. The Tatcha cleans the skin well leaving it soft and residue free.

In case you are new to the Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powders, these are soft powder exfoliant cleansers that are activated with water. They come in a sturdy canister with a clever opening that helps dispense small amounts of powder into your hand. It prevents the product from getting all over the place when you use it and also makes sure that the product stays inside the container in case you travel with these. There are three types of the Polished Rice Enzyme Powders designed for different skin types: Classic is for normal skin, Gentle is for dry skin and Deep is for those with oily skin. You can see my previous review on all three here.
I use these as a double cleanse. First I use a cleansing water or oil to remove all traces of makeup. Then I follow with a regular cleanser or one of the Rice Enzyme Powders. These are the perfect mix between a cleanser and exfoliator. For me traditional face scrubs often end up tearing the skin and cause break outs (no matter how gentle they are). There is a learning curve to figure out the right mix of water to powder to create the right thickness in texture. I usually have one hand wet with water, then I’ll sprinkle about a tablespoon of powder into the palm. I’ll take the other hand (also damp) and rub together to create a paste.

Some more close ups of the Indigo Soothing Rice Enzyme Powder, featured here is the travel size:

Classic Full Size vs Indigo Travel Size:

Ingredients: Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Potassium Myristate, Polygonum Tinctorium (Japanese Indigo) Leaf/Stem Extract, Indigofera Tinctoria Leaf Extract, Colloidal Oatmeal, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Conchiolin (Pearl) Protein, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran, Algae Extract, Glycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Calcium Carbonate, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Mica, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol.

The Indigo line is created for sensitive skin. I’ve been a huge fan of the Body Butter and Hand Creams because they really do work wonders for the skin when it’s dry or irritated. I love that they’ve added more to the Indigo line because the items smell incredibly good (although the Rice Enzyme Powder has no detectable scent). I’m secretly hoping they will release a shower gel or body lotion in the future.

If you’re new to Tatcha they have a large selection of Travel/Trial Sized items which makes it nice to try things out at a lower price point before investing in the full sized options. Out of all the Rice Enzyme Powders the Indigo is my new favorite followed by the Classic version. Tatcha kindly sent me the travel size to try out. I have the full size version in my online shopping cart right now and will be purchasing it after I hit publish on this post. The travel sized version will be traveling with me on a few trips I have in the upcoming months.

Bottom line highly recommend. You can find the Tatcha Indigo Soothing Rice Enzyme Powder in two sizes. The Full Size (60 g) retails for $65 and the Travel Size (10 g) retails for $15. Note there is still a promo code available: receive complimentary Aburitorigami Beauty Papers ($12 value) with any order over $20. Use promo code TREAT2015 at checkout to redeem. Offer may not be combined with any other promotions. Valid 3/5/2015 to 3/31/2015.
The travel sized Indigo rice powder was provided courtesy of Tatcha for review consideration.

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  • I had never heard of this before! Thanks for the post! I'll definitely try the travel size πŸ™‚ xo Kelly mydazzlelight.blogspot.com

  • I keep seeing these featured everywhere, and now I simply have to have it – it sounds amazing! haha. I'm finding my current exfoliant a touch to abrasive for my skin – it's like I've become miraculously more sensitive since I bought it. x

  • I'm a huge fan of Tatcha products, slightly to pricey for me but might be investing in some enzyme powder.


  • I am absolutely thrilled with the Indigo Rice Enzyme Powder. I have been a fan of the soothing, calming Indigo collection ever since it was released. The body butter and hand cream are "musts" for me and the Indigo intensive cream is what I reach for whenever my rosacea threatens to act up. I previously made due with the Gentle version of the enzyme powder, but this new Indigo one is even better for those of us with sensitive skin issues. The philosophy of slow and easy wins the race is at the heart of this exfoliant. Those of you who rely on a Clarisonic, etc. and acid peels will not want to use this one. You'll want to use the normal or strong versions. This new Indigo version is gentle yet effective. Over time, with consistent use, the skin is refined and soothed and takes on a luminous quality that is simply the look of beautiful, healthy skin. I use the cult classic cleansing oil at night to remove my makeup and the Indigo Rice Enzyme Powder in the morning. It's the perfect combination for my mature (I'm 70), dry, rosacea prone skin. Phenomenal, Tatcha! Well done πŸ™‚

  • I've been scared of exfoliants, my skin gets very upset by them but the Tatcha powder has caused the fewest problems. I think this version though will be the best fit, now to go buy some! πŸ™‚

  • Louisa

    I have Gentle and Indigo and prefer the Indigo. I have sensitive skin with occasional eczema issues, but Indigo has been great! Not too abrasive or drying. I'm a huge Tatcha fan!

  • Never heard about this before, thanks for sharing

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • Tatiana

    I bought this the minute I saw it was in stock. I didn't even wait for the travel mini to be available. I wasn't so thrilled the first time I used it. But I was have a dry, sensitive day and it was the perfect cleanser to use that day. I love Tatcha skincare.

  • I'm really keen to try this one. I used to use the Amore Pacific rice powder exfoliator and I loved it. I think I'll give the Indigo a try as it sounds perfect for sensitive skin in the winter. I'd probably move up to classic in the summer when I get really oily but still dry on the cheeks.

  • michelle

    I've really been intrigued by your Tatcha posts but with so many other things to try, I've yet to take the plunge. I tried AmorePacific and NUDE powder samples and like those so I am sure I would enjoy this. I have dry skin that leans into normal come humid summers so I am wondering if I should try the Indigo or stick with the Gentle for dry skin? Reading comments seems like Indigo would still fit the bill and not be drying? I use a lot of AHA, glycolic, Lactic Acid and retin A products for exfoliation (likely the primary reason I run dry). Any thoughts?

  • I've been double cleansing and I love it. I always need an exfoliating product as my second cleanse since my skin texture is on the thicker side. I would love to give this a try. I love powder exfoliators.

  • I have sensitive skin that reacts poorly to all texture exfoliators (most feel like rubbing sandpaper on my face) and it doesn't always suit my rosacea well and so I picked this up and it is true love. My skin feels so soft afterwards…I just want to rub my hands all over my face and enjoy the softness…but that sort of defeats the purpose of cleansing!


  • Great post! I had no idea this product existed! Thanks!!!
    Lots of love, xx