The EssencePlumping Skin Softener





The EssencePlumping Skin Softener

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


Size:  150 ml | 5.1 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

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The Essence Plumping Skin Softener

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The Silk Cream

The Essence is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 65.
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 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 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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The full-size essence doesn't completely get used up within six months after opening. I've used it generously day and night. Does it really expire after six months after opening? It seems like a waste of product and money.

Asked by: Jennifer
Thank you for your question! All full sized items, The Essence included, are designed to last three months when used as directed morning and night. We suggest a palmful of the Essence for each application. After opening this item will be good for 6-8 months. We hope this helps!
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2018-11-15

I am a celiac Is this line gluten free? 

Asked by: Lee3
Great question! Some pieces of our collection do not contain any ingredients derived from wheat or gluten. Please email for more information!
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2018-09-06

Should I allow this to dry before applying moisturizer?

Asked by: Robert
Thank you for your question! We recommend allowing each step of your ritual to absorb before moving to the next for the best absorption. The Essence absorbs in just 7 seconds!
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2019-01-21

When should I use this product?

Asked by: TATCHA
Use daily, morning and night.
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2018-08-15

Is this product safe for pregnancy?

Asked by: Alex123
Thank you for your question! It’s very smart to be careful about ingredients – especially when one is expecting. We formulate without mineral oil, synthetic fragrances, sulfate detergents, parabens, urea, DEA, TEA, and phthalates. We also do not formulate with retinoids, which is an ingredient you'll want to avoid when you are pregnant and breastfeeding. Our entire collection is formulated to be pregnancy friendly because our founder, Victoria, formulated the collection when she herself was pregnant. If you have any allergies or specific concerns, it’s always a good idea to double check with your doctor. A full ingredient list is available on each product page for you and your doctor to consult. We hope this helps!
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2019-01-21

Do you recommend using this at night or AM and PM (even with oily skin)?

Asked by: AlexandraF
The Essence is recommended to be used every day/evening after cleansing, and before any skincare items are applied. Always, TATCHA
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2019-01-02

Should we wait for the Essence to completely dry on the face before applying serums and moisturizers afterwards?

Asked by: Doinky
Thank you for your question! Yes, we recommend allowing The Essence and each item applied afterwards to fully absorb before moving to the next step for optimal penetration and efficacy. We hope this helps!
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2018-12-03

Hi. I'm using retin-A twice a week because of my acne problem. I just introduced the essence into my skincare. Can I use before applying the retin-a or after?

Asked by: Stephjg
Great question! The Essence can be applied before your Retin-A treatment. Always, TATCHA
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2018-10-21

Is this Tatcha's version of a toner? Should I still use a toner?

Asked by: Yami
This treasure is not a toner since it is not a typical step in a traditional Japanese Skincare Ritual. Some toners tend to be high in alcohol and some can be drying on the skin. Our Polish Rice Enzyme Powder acts like a toner to help balance skin and minimize the look of pores. After cleansing, we recommend applying The Essence which is a resurfacing softener that will open water channels in the skin for increased benefits form your serum and moisturizer. Always, TATCHA
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2018-07-20

Can I pair the essence with a toner that I am already using? What will the sequence of application be?

Asked by: Jojo
Hi Jojo! If you wish to continue to use your toner, we suggest alternating it with The Essence by using one day and one night. The Essence has a mild lactic acid, so you want to avoid over-exfoliating your skin. We hope this helps!
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2018-08-09

Does it help with Dark Spots?

Asked by: Vishwa
The Essence help maximizes the benefits of any serum or moisturizer you apply such as the Viole-C Brightening serum which will help reduce hyperpigmentation and dark spots.
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2019-01-03

Should I use this before or after using the Polish Rice Enzyme Powder?

Asked by: stephie
Hi Sephie! We recommend cleansing your skin first with the Polish Rice Enzyme Powder, then apply The Essence, followed by the rest of your skincare. Always, TATCHA
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2018-11-02

I was wondering if this essence balances PH on skin? Does Tatcha have a toner product? Thanks!

Asked by: Tatyana
Thank you for your question! Toners are not a typical step in a traditional Japanese skincare ritual, therefore, we do not have one in our line. The Essence has a pH of neutral to slightly acidic, like that of skin. It is a resurfacing softener that will leave skin baby soft and also help open water channels deep within. All of your serums and moisturizers applied afterwards will then travel along these opened pathways for increased hydration and benefits. We hope this helps!
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2018-09-16

How long before I see results?

Asked by: TATCHA
Instantly, you’ll see that skin is softer and more plump with hydration. After 2 weeks of daily use, most clients see their skin is smoother, more even and has a more youthful bounce and healthy glow.
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2018-08-15

How does it work to improve my skin and other skincare items?

Asked by: TATCHA
It floods skin with plumping hydration, which allows skincare that follows to work more effectively. The pure concentration of Hadasei-3™, a superfluid of Japan’s three essential nutrients of Green Tea, Rice and Algae, visibly improves skin health and restores youthful radiance.
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2018-08-15

Does the algae extract have iodine in it? Has anyone reported it causing breakouts?

Asked by: hp897
Thank you for your question! Our Red Algae does not contain iodine. It is specifically selected and clinically tested to be non-comedogenic so it should not clog pores or cause breakouts. We hope this helps!
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2018-07-13

I bought this essence a year and a half ago and haven’t used it since I was finishing my first one. Now that I finished the first one, I can finally open it. But is the essence still good? What is the shelf life?

Asked by: Jennifer
That is a great question! Most of our skin care items, including The Essence, have a shelf life of 2-3 years unopened. You don't need to refrigerate them, just keep them in a cool dark place. (Heat and light are skincare's enemy) Once opened, the Essence is good for 6-8 months. All of our items are made in small batches and immediately shipped to us for distribution ensuring they are fresh when you receive them. We hope this helps!
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2018-10-24

When using the deep cleanser should you wash all of your makeup prior to using it ?

Asked by: Dbaker
Thank you for your question! For the purest skin possible, we recommend using the One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil first, followed by the Deep Cleanse. We hope this helps!
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2018-11-09
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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.