Tata Harper is reinventing the way we look at natural skincare. With the new Supernaturals 2.0 launch, Harper and her team have funnelled the most revolutionary skincare technology into the most sustainable bottles in a bid to create innovative products that are as game-changing for our skin as they are for the environment. But, that sort of intel folded into the DNA of a skincare range comes with a hefty price-tag: the hero product and Harper’s personal favorite, the Elixir Vitae, comes in at a sweet $450. That’s jaw-droppingly pricey. But is it worth the cost? I decided to find out.
Let's start with the packaging. The gorgeous glass bottles come housed in sturdy green sustainable bamboo-fiber boxes embossed with soy ink; they look like they should be playing home to an expensive piece of jewellery. "The price point is a result of multiple factors," Harper explains. "The packaging contributes to the price point—it’s ultra-sustainable and, unfortunately, that isn’t cheap. We realized that it’s up to companies like ours to invest in more sustainable packaging to help it become more mainstream and eventually more affordable.”
You’re also paying for the formulas housed inside, of course. The Supernaturals 2.0 is a collection of three families of products that target specific concerns (that can occur at any age). Unlike the original line that makes up the cornerstone of your skincare routine (cleanser, mask, serum, moisturizer), this new offering is seriously specialized; if you don’t have any of the following concerns, then your money would certainly be better spent elsewhere.
Let's break down the products. The brand's Concentrated Brightening Duo targets dark spots and gives skin youthful luminosity.
The Elixir Vitae Duo act like skin-plumping and smoothing injectables to tackle deep wrinkles and lost volume, while the Boosted Contouring Duo tackle loss of elasticity and sagging.
“The biggest factor in the price is the number and concentration of the active ingredients in these formulas," continues Harper. "In addition to that, these new cutting edge technologies also happen to be expensive.” The Elixir Vitae duo is packed with the highest number of active ingredients: 98 in total.
“In the skincare world, everyone’s really been talking about the same ingredients since the '80s," Harper explains. "Ingredients like vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin A...all of which we love and we use in our formulas too, but there is so much more out there." She explains that there's been a lot of innovation in the natural ingredient space, so she wanted to update her Supernaturals formulas to showcase the latest and greatest green technology available right now. "We engineered these products with revolutionary technology, like neurotransmitter peptides that have an injectable effect, skin redensifiers, cellular energizers that target sagging, and ingredients that fight against neuro-aging and promote cellular communication," she says.
In short, these products trigger your skin to act younger with the best ingredients from nature, so in time, your complexion looks smoother, brighter and more lifted, meaning you'll be less tempted to supplement your skincare routine with costly injectables.
With the range being so targeted, it’s hard for Harper to recommend just one hero buy, but as we mentioned, her personal favorite is the Elixir Vitae: "If you want something that is like a daily dose of injectables to smooth wrinkles, fill and redensify the look of your skin, and make your skin look plump and youthful, this is the product for you."
I’ve been using the Elixir Vitae and the Elixir Vitae Eye Serum, $295, for a few weeks now. I’m not a big eye product fan because I’ve never found anything that has made any measurable difference but, I have to say, this eye serum has smoothed and brightened my eye area so much, I don't feel the need to have my usual hit of Botox in that zone (instead, I've just had the injections in my forehand to tackle the horizontal lines). I was genuinely surprised by how effective this eye serum was, and this beautiful bottle has now found a happy home on my vanity.
As for the Elixir Vitae, I tend to steer clear of oil-based products in the places where I breakout (chin/cheeks), and this did nothing to change my mind. My sensitive skin just couldn’t handle the oils and immediately broke out. I could have stuck with it, but after a week, I reverted to my regularly scheduled skincare programming and my complexion quickly calmed down. But that’s not to say you should discount it. If you’re a Tata Harper fan and you love natural products but want something with a bit more weight in the science department (plus, if the astonishing results I had with the eye serum are anything to go by), then there are worse things you could spend $450 on (if you’re lucky enough to have it).