This post is written to you in the fading midst of a beauty panic. Upon doing research for this post - it became obvious that this product was not listed anywhere on the Tata Harper website and thus, I feared it had been discontinued. I say 'feared', I mean 'actually texted Tata Harper - the Tata Harper - whose number I was given last year when I was supposed to meet up with her and didn't - and said 'PLEASE GOD TELL ME THIS ISN'T DISCONTINUED'.'
Let me take this opportunity to extend my apologies to Tata and assure her that I don't normally behave in such a manner (I totally do) but you know - skincare panic. What's a girl to do?
I promise never to do it again. Maybe.
Suffice to say, had RNC been discontinued, it would have been a tragedy of beauty-esque proportions (for me) as Replenishing Nutrient Complex is going in the Hall of Fame.
What is it?
A super-lightweight oil that actually acts as a serum upon application. It's incredibly light, penetrates extremely easily and can be used in a multitude of ways. It was one of my most-used products last year, so much so that I kept it on my bedside so I could have a sneaky swipe whenever I had the need.
What's not in it?
This being Tata Harper it's free from parabens, phthalates, synthetic colours or fragrance and sulfates - it's labelled as being completely free of chemicals and synthetic ingredients.
What's in it?
Rosehip mosquetta oil*, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil*, Olea europea (Olive) oil*, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) kernel oil*, Borago officinalis (Borage) flower*, Medicago sativa (Alfalfa) flower*, Sambucus nigra fruit extract, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) flower*, Arnica montana (Arnica) flower*, Tilia europaea (Linden) leaf & flower*, Daucus carota (Carrot) seed oil, Natural essential oil blend** *Organic ingredients **Fragrances from 100% natural clinical grade essential oils
Who is it for?
It would be all too easy to say 'Anyone with skin'. Alas, that is the case. It's suitable for all skin types but is particularly brilliant for sensitive, dehydrated, acne-scarred, dry skins. See? Pretty much anyone.
What's good about it?
Everything. It's the best form of rosehip oil used in a serum setting that I've come across. Rosehip oil is a wonderful ingredient but I've noticed that in recent times, a lot of rosehip oils on the market have been really heavy and clogging. (Notable exceptions are this, and Sunday Riley's Isis oil, which is also lush, but used differently.)
Think of this as a multivitamin for the face. It's like a weightless cashmere blanket that you put on either before you go out into the elements or to repair chapped, stressed skin when you come in from the elements. It stabilises, soothes, softens and used under moisturiser gives any skin a beautiful glow.
The rollerball dispenses just enough product to ensure that not too much is used, but enough comes out to do the job.
What's not so good about it?
It's not the easiest to get hold of in the UK if you actually want to play with it first. It's London or nothing.
There's nothing lacking in the actual product though.
How do you use it?
Roll it all over the forehead, cheeks, across the nose and around the mouth and then massage in. I use it on its own, over moisturiser as a protective layer, under moisturiser for comfort and in the morning or evening.
Seriously. It's January. And freezing bloody cold in the UK. You need this. It's boiling bloody hot in Australia/other lucky places. You need this too. I bought the rollerball back in the summer and am about a third of the way through it. It should last you ages.
Replenishing Nutrient Complex starts at £36.00 and is available from, Cult Beauty and Being Content in the UK and all over the US including Sephora.com and www.tataharperskincare.com which also has a handy store locator.