Tomorrow, Friday, May 11th, natural luxury skincare pioneer Tata Harper will be visiting Bergdorf Goodman’s beauty level from 5:30PM-7:00PM for an immersive beauty experience. During this intimate session, Harper will be giving an insider’s look into natural ingredients and application techniques, sharing how to apply her products for beautiful, glowing skin, plus personal tips to green one’s beauty routine. Ahead of the event, we spoke with the mastermind behind the beauty empire to pick her brain about natural beauty, what she’s learned as a leader, and her daily routine.
Bergdorf Goodman: Since launching in 2010, what have you learned about natural beauty and how do you see it evolving in the next 5-10 years?
Tata Harper: Our future beauty mission remains the same as its always been since launching the brand. We want to continue to create products made without compromise for women made without compromise. Natural Beauty as a category is going to keep growing, there is no turning back…I don’t foresee us moving backwards with the knowledge we now have. Whatever products we are using should be contributing to our overall health and happiness. It’s the way of the future. Knowledge is power and women around the world have done their research.
BG: What would you say have been the most rewarding and difficult aspects of running your own business?
TH: I feel so lucky to be giving consumers natural, nontoxic, transparent and fresh products. We are proud to be leading the next generation of luxury beauty, one that is safe, non-toxic, and completely non-artificial. We use the best, most effective, highest-quality ingredients from 68 different countries around the globe at our Tata Harper laboratories on our 1,200 acre Certified Organic farm in Vermont. We make everything ourselves — we are completely vertically integrated, so we formulate, batch, fill, and ship all of our products from our farm – creating skincare products that make people’s lives better is so rewarding.
In terms of difficulties, I find the biggest hurdle for both the industry at large and our brand is sustainable packaging. We are continuously asking ourselves how we can make our packaging more sustainable. Finding options that look luxurious but are also sustainable is very hard. Things that are sustainable are not luxurious yet things that are “considered luxury” are non-recyclable plastics and acrylics that end up in landfills. It’s been a challenge that we have been overcoming with baby steps. We are always reevaluating new bottles, pumps, etc. which is why we have to make it all custom.
BG: When creating a new product, how do you and your team measure its performance against your standards of efficacy, purity, and luxury?
TH: All of these things are essentially built into our formula development process. Before we even begin formulating, we go through an extremely rigorous process to review and validate ingredients against our very high internal standards, as well as the certification standards for Ecocert/Cosmos natural and organic product certification. As such, before we even start in the lab, we’ve verified the purity of every ingredient that we might use in the formula. From an efficacy perspective, we use the most innovative natural ingredients from around the world and make sure that our high performance ingredients have clinically proven benefits. Once we’ve packed our formula with safe, extremely effective high performance ingredients, we go to our panel of expert product testers who evaluate every attribute of the formula, from smell to afterfeel and everything in between. We conduct multiple research studies for every product we develop in order to ensure that we are delivering the benefits we’re targeting in the luxurious manner our customers expect.
BG: If you were only able to use 3 products for the rest of your life, what would they be and why?
TH: That is such a tough question! I think if I had to choose my desert island product I would say Elixir Vitae. It’s a supercharged product formulated to act like an injectable but topically. Works to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by helping smooth the skins surface and filling the look of fine lines, then restore the appearance of youthful plumpness and volume. Some others… the Resurfacing Mask is like glow in a jar – everyone should have it! The Regenerating Cleanser is another must-have for gentle daily exfoliating.
BG: Walk us through your daily skincare and beauty routine.
TH: I am Colombian, so as a Latin woman when it comes to beauty I am a maximalist and not a minimalist! That said, I am a working mother of three kids so in the morning I like to get my skincare routine finished in under 5 minutes. I save time by layering products and not waiting for each one to absorb before applying the next.
I start by polishing dry skin with the Regenerating Cleanser to remove buildup…I’m a firm believer in daily exfoliation. Then I really drench my skin with Hydrating Floral Essence – I like my skin to be really saturated when I apply serum, it helps it penetrate further. Next is one of the most important anti-aging steps, serums. Right now, I’m using two serums, our Elixir Vitae and Boosted Contouring Serum on my face, neck and chest. Then I do eye care – I really like to layer on the eye area and keep it super hydrated. I start with Elixir Vitae Eye Serum followed by Restorative Eye Cream on top. Finally, I apply Illuminating Moisturizer, and finish by massaging Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil on top. When it comes to order of application, always start with more liquid-based products and move to ticker products. For example, face oil always comes last in my routine because oil penetrates everything but not everything penetrates oil.