Tata HarperTata Harper
A native of Colombia who eventually relocated to rural Vermont, Tata Harper was unable to find clean, high-performance skincare that was also 100 percent natural. So she created her own luxury line, using ingredients she grows on her 1,200-acre organic farm.What drove you to start your own brand? I’m actually an industrial engineer by trade. I never thought I’d become a beauty entrepreneur! It just really happened out of that need. Also, after realizing the importance of it and that this industry catered so much to women, I felt compelled to do something and to bring education and awareness to this topic. That’s been the mission of our company since we launched.
For a regimen, I always start with double cleansing. First, I use Nourishing Oil Cleanser to get rid of that top layer of dirt and grime from the day, then I follow with the Purifying Cleanser to actually cleanse and detox my skin. Then I use Hydrating Floral Essence. For serum, I use Elixir Vitae on my face and Boosted Contouring Serum on my neck. I like a thicker eye cream at night, so I usually use the Boosted Contouring Eye Balm. I also like a richer moisturizer at night, so I finish with Crème Riche. What would people be surprised to learn about you? A lot of people don’t know this, but my background is in industrial engineering, and this really influences my line. My engineering background gives me an understanding of the language of science, which has helped me to understand formulations and ingredients. I like to think of myself as a theoretical chemist because I understand how different ingredients work together in a formula, but I’m not a chemist in practice. I love working with our in-house chemists and our research and development team because we do everything ourselves and make everything from scratch, so every single ingredient in a formula has a purpose. What advice would you give to someone thinking about starting their own business? Truly think about doing something that helps people live better lives, instead of making more of the same. Always think about how your work and contribution will make the world a better place. Always seek answers and be curious and care about bettering the lives of others with what you make.