In an airy silk blouse and a tailored suit with racing stripes down the side, Tata Harper walked into our podcast studio, her hair slightly twisted and shiny, her skin so vivid and new that it overwhelmed her.
The founder and CEO of the first time luxury clean skincare company also smelled faintly of flowers.
Which makes a ton of sense if you’ve ever visited the company’s farm in Vermont where it all happens: It’s an embarrassment of calendula, lavender, sunflowers, cosmos, and every imaginable herb.
Each Tata Harper product is made on the farm from her world-famous Elixir Vitae, which includes thirty-eight different active ingredients to get skin into perfect glowy shape as quickly as possible, to her Very Naughty Lip and Cheek Tint, which leaves you looking like you’ve just come in from a run in the rain.
How Harper manages to juggle her roles as a single mom, CEO, Vermont farmer, Latina, and clean crusader involves some secrets she let us in on during her episode of the Beauty Closet. (She also really knows her stuff in terms of clean beauty and has some pretty great stories of growing up in Colombia, starting out as an engineer, and somehow ending up in the then all but nonexistent natural beauty space. It’s all on the show, informative, funny and full of good ideas for both the skin and life.
Harper has excellent advice on how to keep your skin in good shape, regardless of your age. A crucial component, she swears, is cleansing. “People think that cleansing is kind of basic, but you can really degrade your skin’s barrier function if you use products that contain detergent, which many conventional cleansers do,” she said. “Double cleanse with an oil cleanser, especially if you live in a polluted urban setting—just once honestly isn’t enough. ”
But skincare is just a piece of the puzzle, she assured us in her melodious Colombian accent: “What you eat is so important. Having good sleep at night is critical. It’s so important to manage tension. “We subsequently sent her over the goop beauty questionnaire for even more juicy details of Tata.