The EssencePlumping Skin Softener - Travel




The EssencePlumping Skin Softener - Travel

A resurfacing softener of 98.7% pure anti-aging Japanese superfoods that makes all skincare work better.


Size:  25 ml | 0.8 fl. oz.

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Why It Works

A daily 7-second ritual to reveal your softest, most youthful skin, delivering:

  • Anti-aging: Pure, 98.7% Hadasei-3™, a concentrate of nourishing Green Tea, Rice and Algae, Japan's three essential nutrients for skin health and youthful radiance.
  • Smoothing & Resurfacing: The natural fermentation of these nutrients produces lactic acid, helping to increase cell turnover for improved skin texture and a smooth luster.
  • Plumping Hydration: Instantly doubles skin's natural moisture content, above and beyond the results from a moisturizer, softening & plumping fine lines & wrinkles.
  • Maximizes Performance of All Skincare: Skin's channels are flush with lasting hydration, creating a pathway to deliver treatments that follow more deeply, amplifying their effectiveness.


Oil-free. Non-comedogenic. Non-irritating. Non-sensitizing. Dermatologist tested. Cruelty-free.
Formulated without:
Mineral oil, synthetic fragrances, sulfate detergents, parabens, urea, DEA, TEA or phthalates.


​Tatcha’s trinity of anti-aging superfoods reveals soft, youthful skin.

Uji Green Tea

Prized throughout Japan as the purest, finest source of Green Tea, this powerful antioxidant-rich botanical from Kyoto is known to detoxify and prevent signs of premature aging.

Okinawa Mozuku Algae

This sea treasure from Japan’s tropical islands is rich in polysaccharides, essential for skin water retention and renewal.

Akita Rice

This rice is known as the finest rice in Japan for its superior taste and quality. It is also a nourishing moisturizer, rich in essential proteins.

How To Use

Suggested Usage

Use daily, after cleansing and before any other skincare. Splash a palmful of The Essence into your hand, and press gently into the skin on your face and neck.



Suggested Ritual

The Essence is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 67.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First essence I’ve tried and I LOVE it. Let me start my saying I have oily, dehydrated acne skin :( have tried so many products...most of the time they irritate/make things worse. Bc my skin is over-ly sensitized, I have an issue with products absorbing. Most of the time I feel like things “sit” on my skin. Enter this essence, my first essence purchase. I was intimidated by the price for sure, but I need hydration so badly. It is SO great, I’ve used the cleansing oil and hydration spray before so I am familiar with some of their products but I’m so sold on this. My skin actually feels soft, hydrated, and my makeup stays on! I’m so glad I snaggged this over the bosica essence. 5 star product
Date published: 2018-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Skin Drinks This Up I've only recently started using an Essence. I read about the K-Beauty 7-layer method where you apply many layers of toners and Essences together. I do an abbreviated version where I apply 3 layers of The Essence and it makes my skin feel so good and nourished. The texture is perfect for this because it is so fluid that my skin just drinks it up. It floods my skin with so much hydration that it's practically glowing. I also noticed that doing this means I use a lot less serum and face cream, but my skin feels just as moisturized, if not more. I'm amazed at what a difference The Essence has made in my skin.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Transformative It's hard for me to explain why this is so amazing. When I first applied it, it was just a thin, watery consistency. I didn't immediately feel it sinking in or soothing or tingling. I applied my usual ageless renewal cream on top of it and went to bed. When I woke up—oh man! I stuck with it twice a day for a few weeks and everything got better. My acne scars faded, my skin stopped getting dry halfway through the day, I even passed that time of the month without a single breakout. I don't know what's in this magical elixir but I'll be getting several more bottles, thank you very much!
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Wonders! The Essence is wonderful. I'm 28, and have been suffering from sebaceous psoriasis for years- and have recently developed dry red flaky patches on my face. I've been using The Essence every night before bed, and I feel as though it has been helping my dry spots become much less flaky and irritated. Honestly incredible, as I haven't been able to help my psoriasis with anything but topical steroids before. I am so happy to have found The Essence! I'll be telling my friends, this product works wonders for people with drying skin conditions...Thank you for making such a great product!
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great essence I've been using SKII for over a year and that was my first introduction to essences but after discovering the tatcha brand I figured I would try their essence as well. I absolutely LOVE. Does not make me break out and quickly absorbs into my skin. I took off 1 star only because I think the packaging and method for applying is a little bit awkward. When I pour into my hands I always feel like product gets wasted as it slips between my fingers. I would prefer a spray bottle instead. I actually take this out and pour into a glass spray bottle which makes me feel I get more use and less waste.
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must have in your skin routine! I recently purchased the Tatcha skin plumping softener Essence and this product is a game changer! Its amazing how one little 7 second step can enhance and change your skin for the better so quickly. I apply this after my camellia cleansing oil and classic rice enzyme powder. This is full of skin loving anti aging and hydrating ingredients that truly do plump and soften the skin. Not only that, it also enhances whatever treatments are applied on top of it to better penetrate deeper into the layers of skin. Applying both day and night you will notice the difference. It's worth every penny!
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful surprise! I use - and love - a LOT of Tatcha products; my whole routine is Tatcha, in fact. Nevertheless, the immediate benefits of this Essence still came as a surprise. Wow! I use so much less of every serum, my skin is soft and plump any time of the day or night, and it seems to have provided that final piece of moisture balance my skin was looking for. Most of the time I pour about 1/4 teaspoon in my palm and use two fingers to dip and press it into my face, and that makes a little go a long way. 10/10 will buy again - this is my favorite Tatcha product to date!
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this product! I've used essences from other Asian brands (SKII, etc.) and it just doesn't compare to this one! The product created the best environment for my skin to fully absorb the rest of the skincare items. My skin was going through a rough period these past few months from over exfoliation, bad sleeping patterns and stress related issues - this has helped me dialed back and re-hydrated my skin to start the healing process back to my normal, clear skin. I do wish the travel size would be coming soon or another deluxe gift with purchase!
Date published: 2017-03-15
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I wondered if I could use this on my lips as well? It feels so wonderful on my skin, and I'd love it to bring its soothing benefits to my lips too, but I wasn't sure if it should only be used on other areas of the skin.

Asked by: Elise
Thank you for your question! The Essence has not been tested for use on the eyes or lips, so we recommend using it on the rest of the face, neck, and decollete only. We hope this helps!
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2018-09-20

Does this product work for people with oily skin?

Asked by: TATCHA
Yes. This oil-free, light-as-water formula of essential nutrients works for all skin types.
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2018-08-15

What step in my skin care ritual is The Essence?

Asked by: TATCHA
After cleansing and polishing the skin, and before any other serum, moisturizer or skincare treatment.
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2018-08-15

Do I apply the Essence to wet or dry skin?

Asked by: MommyW
The Essence is applied on clean dry skin before layering any serums or moisturizers of your choice.
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2019-01-02

I have noticed some slight itching and red bumps after the use of The Essence. Is this normal? Do I need to give my skin time to adjust? I have used TATCHA cleaning and treatment products for quite a while.

Asked by: Bratgirl
Please email us at so one of our skincare specialists can better assist you. Always, TATCHA
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2019-01-02

I’m currently debating buying the Essence but have been useing the Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil for just over two months now, my question is which is more beneficial and does one work better with normal - oily skin?

Asked by: Matthew
Thank you for your question! Both of these treasures are for all skin types including Normal to Oily. Benefits of each are not really comparable since they have different purposes. The One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil should always be used to purify skin, melting away all makeup, sunscreen, dirt, and pollution from the day. After patting skin dry, we recommend taking a palmful of the Essence and pressing it into skin flooding it with nourishing hydration to open water channels deep within. This will help boost the effectiveness of all treatments and moisturizers to follow. We hope this helps!
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2018-11-03

I normally use a toner to clear off any remaining impurities after cleansing my face. Can I use the essence after the toner? I feel that the essence alone won’t work it’s best without a toner to wipe off remaining impurities.

Asked by: Jennifer
Thank you for your question! You may use a toner after cleansing and before The Essence if you wish. Since the Essence already has a naturally occurring lactic acid to resurface skin, we recommend staying away from toners with similar exfoliating ingredients, or types that are high in alcohol. This will keep you from over-exfoliating or drying out your skin. We hope this helps!
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2019-01-21

I just bought the essence but I am currently using a precreption tretinoin gel every night. Can the essence be used before my tretinoin?  Thank you!

Asked by: Anonymous
Thank you for your question! The Essence contains a very gentle lactic acid to resurface your skin in moments each day. First, be sure that your skin is not experiencing any sensitivity due to your tretinoin gel. This is often the case in the first few weeks of treatment until your skin adjusts. After any initial sensitivity has subsided, you can then patch test the Essence on a small area of skin. (By the ear works well for a day or two). If all goes well, you can certainly begin to use The Essence with your other retinoid treatments. We would note, this same advice also applies to our other exfoliating treasures, such as The Deep Cleanse, The Rice Polishes, and the Violet C Radiance Mask. We hope this helps!
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2018-10-21
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Purity Promise

We promise our formulas will always be free from parabens, synthetic fragrances, mineral oil, sulfate detergents, phthalates, urea, DEA, TEA and many other ingredients. The collection is non-irritating, non-sensitizing and dermatologist tested.