TATCHA The Essence Plumping Skin Softener

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TATCHA's The Essence is a daily antiaging essential designed to prep the skin with hydration.

The Essence softens the appearance of dry fine lines and wrinkles for smooth-looking skin. It contains Hadasei-3 Complex, which is carefully crafted by combining and fermenting Japanese green tea, algae, and rice. In one test, after five minutes of use, The Essence helped improve skin moisturization on average of 42% more than moisturizer alone.

How do I use it: After cleansing and before any other skin care, splash a palmful of The Essence into your hand, and press gently into the skin on your face and neck. Use daily, morning and night.



  • 5.07-fl oz The Essence
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TATCHA The Essence Plumping Skin Softener is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 99.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Product This is such a wonderful product. I’m a skin care fanatic and have taken good care of my skin, using high end products, since I was young (I’m now 57). I wasn’t sure initially that I wanted to add another product to my skin care regime, however I am so glad I did! The Essence leaves my skin so soft and supple - sometimes I apply only this and nothing else! Try it, it is wonderful!
Date published: 2018-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Refreshing This is literally like a drink of water for your face. It’s so hydrating and now a necessary step for me after seeing and feeling the results. I’ve used it for about half a year, and after cleansing, this just refreshes, plumps, hydrates, and, to me, has a cooling feel on my sensitive skin. Perfect preparation before my last step... The Silk Cream.
Date published: 2018-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Puzzling I got this because it is supposed to help your skin absorb what comes after. It is an essence which I still don't understand. It comes out in just the right amount when you turn it over on to your palm and it feels like water. I press it into my skin and let dry and my skin loves it. Currently I'm using mostly Dr. Denese products, but this is under my Hydroshield and my other moisturizers. I'm going on a trip in a couple of weeks and I got a couple of travel sizes of the Water Cream and the Essence to use as my daytime products. I think this stuff loves my skin right back. Give it a try. It doesn't hurt. Most things bother my skin especially high levels of retinol, AHAs and BHAs (no Dr. D pads for me). I got a sample of the Rice Polish and it's a keeper too. Love the Tatcha line. I'm turning 69 in November; so, maybe it's my age and time to quit brutalizing my skin. I think if you have oily skin or acne issues this might be for you. Thank you Vicki.
Date published: 2018-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good product This would be awesome if it was in a spray bottle. You either get too much or not enough product when using the current packaging. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2018-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is amazing somehow Just seems like water but as soon as it touches my skin it's as if my skin says "ahhhhhhh". Feels instantly soothing and a tiny bit cooling. All I know is that it just feels good on my skin, my skin drinks it up, and my skin has never looked better. Before using this and other Tatcha (and some Korean products), I had adult acne with mild bumps, 1-3 cystic pimples on my chin a month that left scars, and lots of acne scars/hyperpigmentation on my chin and cheeks. i haven't had a cyst in 3 months (cross fingers) and my skin is so much more clear. I believe completely that this essence contributed a lot to that and I will continue to use this religiously. I do prefer this to the SK-II essence that always smelled like saliva to me, while this essence smells like Japanese rice wine (sake) which I love. Anyways, long review but get this for sure!
Date published: 2018-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It’s An Essence. NOT A SERUM. People say this is a serum, but it is not. An essence is suppose to be watery, or close to water consistency; almost like a toner even. What it does is that it plumps/hydrates the skin, making the skin cells more absorbent, which helps serums or serum moisturizers get into the skin better. Tatcha makes the routine more simple by using 4 or 5 steps, and that the moisturizers work as a serum and a moisturizer, hence serum moisturizer. This essence is great by itself, yes, but you have to use it for a longer period of time (by itself). Over time keeping your skin plump/hydrated by this “water” will actually be more beneficial, especially if you use a serum right after. That’s just my opinion, and experience. I like to read up on what I’m using, and about the skin on our face. I use a hydrating toner when I mask, this this essence, then another essence, a serum, eye cream, and then moisturizer. I’ve been told that I look 19-20 years old, but I’m in my mid 30s. If you are familiar with Asian Skincare, then you might be familiar with the 7 Skin Method or 8-10 skincare method. This Essence is GREAT for either of those two methods.
Date published: 2018-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I have been using this product for 2 weeks. And as a 67 yr old woman in Florida who has used many products, this is a miracle. Yes, strong word but my face, neck and décolleté looks terrific! I am amazed that it works so well. The plumping of skin is great. Lines seemed diminished. Skin feels silky smooth and hydrated. Love this formula but wished it wasn’t as expensive. Will continue using. Thank you Tatcha
Date published: 2018-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Love I love this essence from Tatcha. I have a sensitive skin and every time I used a new product, I break out. When I used this one, I did not break out on the first day or first week. It makes my skin hydrated and fresh. I also transferred it on a spray, so it evenly spreads on my face and pat my face. I think it also saves the amount of product. Even my friend noticed something is different on my face. I started using Tatcha products just 3 months ago, like the eye cream, Vitamin C mask, water moisturizer, SPF, and night cream. My skin is loving it. I would like you to give it a try. Ingredients are not harsh and made of natural ingredients.
Date published: 2018-09-01
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