Ep 302 – Tatcha Founder Vicky Tsai on Creating Sephora’s #1 Selling Moisturizer, Her Friendship with Meghan Markle and Why She Will Never Own a Diamond Ring

October 18, 2023

A photo of Jill Dunn with Tatcha Founder Vicky Tsai

This week we sit down with Vicky Tsai, founder of Tatcha, the skincare brand inspired by the ancient Japanese rituals of healthy skin. In a rare interview, Vicky gets candid about overcoming invisibility in her life, what most people get wrong about the Taiwanese-American founder’s reverence for Geisha culture and her friendship with Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle.

Makeup artist and Tatcha ambassador Daniel Martin applies makeup to Meghan Markle

Makeup artist and Tatcha ambassador Daniel Martin applies makeup to Meghan Markle

But first, you’ll hear about the backstory behind the $500 million dollar beauty company, including what makes Tatcha The Dewy Skin Cream Sephora’s #1-Selling moisturizer (a jar sells every 60 seconds!)  A makeup artist favourite, fans of the signature purple pot include Selena Gomez, Drew Barrymore and us.

Tatcha's The Dewy Skin Cream is the #1 Best-Selling Moisturizer at Sephora

Tatcha’s The Dewy Skin Cream is the #1 Best-Selling Moisturizer at Sephora

Plus, you’ll discover:

  • How Vicky’s battle with corporate burnout – and acute dermatitis –  led to her healing journey in Japan, the very impetus for creating Tatcha 
  • The reason Vicky traded in her engagement ring to fund the brand, and why she still doesn’t own any fine jewelry (or much of great value) today
  • Why makeup artist Daniel Martin was a pivotal figure for Tatcha’s inaugural product, Aburatorigami Japanese Blotting Papers, blowing up in Vogue
  • How brands of all stripes can step up in a bigger way to support the AAPI community
  • How she reflects on appearing in the Harry & Meghan Netflix series today

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