Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder Review

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This review will be on the Tatcha Polished Rice Enzyme Powder.

Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder

Product Description:

A gentle yet effective exfoliator, cleanser, and toner for daily use.

What it is formulated to do:

This creamy, water-activated exfoliant polishes skin daily to a jewel-like luster. Nourishing Japanese rice bran blends with papaya extracts to address fine lines, uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation, and breakouts. Crushed pearl conditions and balances skin while natural exfoliants gently buff away dullness and dead skin cells—leaving skin perfectly prepared for your favorite serum or moisturizer with more effective results.  It is formulated without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.

Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder

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What else you need to know:

:The true secret to the geisha’s radiant skin is gentle, daily exfoliation. The Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder softens, exfoliates, and conditions, revealing baby-soft skin every day. I am delighted to tell you that your purchase of a Tatcha skincare item will send an incredible girl to school for day through our Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Futures partnership.”—Victoria Tsai

This product is non-sensitizing, non-irritating, cruelty-free, and dermatologist-tested. Ideal for normal skin types, the effective but gentle formula does not contain harsh abrasives.


Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder

  • Japanese Rice Bran: Prized for its skin soothing and smoothing enzymes and rich in gamma oryzanol, a potent antioxidant that protects against UV damage.
  • Papaya Extract: Rich in papain, a proteolytic enzyme to exfoliate and soften skin.
  • Hadasei-3™ Bioactive Complex: A proprietary blend of green tea, okinawa red algae, and Japanese rice bran extracts to nourish and protect the skin.


Pour a teaspoon-sized amount into wet hands and rub together create a cushiony lather.

  • Massage onto a wet face for 10 to 15 seconds avoiding eye area.
  • Rinse thoroughly.


$68 for 2 oz and $15 for travel size 10gm/ . 35 oz.

My Experience with Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder:

This product has been in a lot of “Best in Beauty lists,” and that made me really really curious to give it a go. During these harsh winter months, my skin tends to get super dry and flaky, hence winter is the time I tend to do a lot of exfoliation, at most 3 times a week.


This product comes in a container with a dispenser, which locks and unlocks to disperse powder. The travel-sized tub is the exact replica of the original size.

Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder


This powder comes in 3 variations Classic (for normal-combo skin), Gentle (for dry sensitive skin) and Deep (for oily skin). I have the “Classic” version, which is the most widely and easily available.  The texture of this powder is finely milled yet it has some sort of granular action going on. I usually am accustomed and also prefer using rough exfoliants like walnut shell scrubs as I feel they give me thorough exfoliation, hence in comparison, this rice powder is very gentle. It is so gentle that I can use this every other day without fear of over exfoliation or harming my skin.

Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder

You need to use this on damp hands and face for it to lather, but it does not produce tons of it.  At most, it foams just a little bit and as you spread it on the face, that too kind of disappears, hence you do need to add water little by little to provide some sort of medium for it to spread on the face. You do need quite a bit of powder than the recommended half teaspoon. I find I need at least ¾-1 teaspoon for it to be enough for my face.

This exfoliant does not make my face feel even slightly dry or stretchy post washing. It cleanses my face thoroughly and gets rid of all the dry patches. I do not see any immediate “glow” on my face, but my face does feel smooth.

Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder

I have noticed that with continuous use since the last few weeks, my skin does look even and the dark patches left behind by acne have started to diminish (though they have not disappeared completely).


This product has a very distinct scent of rice.  During application, it literally smells like I have put my face in a sack of aged rice which is not an unpleasant scent, but not my favorite scent by any means.

Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder

Overall, I do like this cleanser though I am not blown away by this exfoliator.  It is very gentle on the skin and something even sensitive skin can use. It gets rid of all the dry patches and makes my skin feel soft and smooth, but those are the results I get with most other exfoliants too. I did not notice dramatic life-changing results while using this product, but I would not say it is a bad product at all. It does come in a travel size version (which will last you for about 2-3 weeks with every other day use) if you would like to give it a go before committing to the huge expensive bottle.  I like this product enough to recommend it!

Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder

Pros of Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder:

  • Skin feels touchably smooth and soft post use.
  • Does not feel harsh on the skin at all.
  • Effective exfoliation.
  • Gets rid of all the dry patches and cleans skin.
  • Does not make my face feel dry or stretchy after use.
  • I have noticeable slight fading of my acne scars.

Cons of Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder:

  • Those who like rougher exfoliation may find this to be too gentle.
  • Smells like a bag of rice (not a bad scent, but not everybody’s favorite either).
  • I do not see any “glow” or visible difference in the texture of my skin post usage.

IMBB Rating: 4/5

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7 thoughts on “Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder Review

  1. I am so tempted to try this Neha, but the price. . . . :(.
    Rice powder is such a brilliant but mild exfoliator. I use a homemade scrub and it has worked wonders for my skin.

  2. OMGG!! this should get the most interesting and creative product of the year award. sooooo want to try it. loved reading the review neha. thanks for introducing!! :))

  3. Dermalogica has something similar. Though I have decided to save my pennies and try a DIY using rice flour once I am through with my current bottle. If that does not work maybe can give Tatcha a try.

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