If there’s a cult for Tata Harper, I declare myself to be a member. I swear by her Resurfacing Mask (hello, instant brightness) and faithfully slather on both the Fortifying Body Lotion and the Body Balm (the lotion in the summer and the balm during cooler months). I even had a pinch-me moment when I visited her dreamy farm in Vermont a few years ago. Tata herself gave me a tour, showing me where she grows and sources several ingredients for her products, including arnica, meadowsweet and alfalfa. Seeing her live and breathe what she preaches was what made me start drinking the Kool-Aid–or the green juice.
Tata Harper was in town recently to talk about her latest skincare launches. While here, she reiterated her brand philosophy: “Our line doesn’t revolve around one active ingredient. It’s really about our combination of many actives,” she explained. “Our serums, for example, have 30-something active ingredients and our cleansers have 12 active ingredients, so in one bottle you’re able to get benefits from multiple ingredients.” After listening to her speak and seeing her glowing complexion up close (not the makeup kind, FYI), I was itching to slather on all things Tata Harper.
Enter the Tata Harper Red Carpet Facial. Available exclusively at SweetGrass Spa in Toronto, the treatment involves being pampered by an assembly line of Tata Harper products that relax and lull you into sweet slumber. If you love masks like I do, this particular facial involves not one, not two, but four face masks.
The products don’t come cheap, which is why being cosseted by an endless supply of the green glass jars and bottles is the ultimate luxury. I arrived excited and ready to get my skin to a Tata Harper level of glowiness. The treatment began with a personalized skin analysis by a spa therapist to determine my skin type and any skincare concerns before I settled in for 90 minutes of masking heaven. Since my skin was on the dry and sensitive side, my treatment was adjusted accordingly.
Then came the masks, each one carefully chosen to address specific needs. The first used sea kelp and bladderwrack extract to help clarify and detoxify skin. The second was a lifting and firming mask with gotu kola and calcium extract, which gives skin an instant tightening effect. A raw honey crystal mask came next, combined with a lymphatic drainage massage using rose hip oil. Finally, an intense hydration therapy mask, packed with shea butter and pink clay to boost moisture.
As if the quadruple mask system weren’t indulgent enough, in between I was treated to a scalp massage (cue mid-treatment nap), an arm massage, a shoulder massage and a foot massage. At one point, the sensorial overload may have convinced me that I was back in Vermont. The masks were followed by serum and moisturizer. After the treatment, it was hard to peel myself off the table. And that post-facial glow is pretty next level—the kind that even the best highlighter can’t replicate.
All the products used at the spa aren’t available for purchase since they’re designed specifically for the spa. But if you find yourself jonesing for them, you can treat yourself to your own masking session with the Resurfacing Mask and the Intense Moisture Mask as I did a few days later. It’s no Red Carpet facial, but it’ll do the trick until the next session.