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

Step 3.
The Essence Plumping Skin Softener

Step 4.
The Silk Cream

The Essence is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 65.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this! Tatcha seems to have many products for those with oily skin. Because of this, I have to be very selective when I buy from them. I am not oily, but I do have very sensitive, textured, aging skin. I ordered this product because it is alcohol free and I thought it would be great in the hot summer when most of my other skin care products would be too heavy. I was right! I press this serum into my face after my morning shower, and it moisturizes without being greasy. Using it once a day means that it has lasted since late June; so in spite of the price, you can expect that a full sized bottle will last you two months. Worth the money! So glad to find a true nongreasy hydrating serum.
Date published: 2018-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from All good till bottle cracked I have been using this to nearly the end of the bottle. Honestly, I can't tell what effect this product particularly is adding because I've used the entire ritual set together since purchasing. I love the entire ritual though! I do enjoy using the essence - it's a different way of applying a product than I've done before, to pat it onto my face from my palms. I'm likely to repurchase, although I may let it run out first to see if there's any difference in my skin when I don't use it. Unfortunately the travel size bottle cracked during travel, which hastened the running out process. I was super bummed to lose product that way, as it is quite pricy. :(
Date published: 2018-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love The Essence! I'm slowly but surely converting completely to all Tatcha skincare. Why? Because it all works so well together and it is giving my skin everything it needs. The Essence is no different. I have always used a toner, and couldn't imagine not using one. Then I tried this and was blown away. I get it now. Don't rub cotton all over your face likes it's 1995. The Essence feels like I am literally giving my skin a drink of vitamin water. My complexion looks healthier, smoother, and more even. I recommend this and all Tatcha products to my friends and family.
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How Have I Seriously Been Living Without The Essence I've been so eager to try it since the release and I purchased it as soon as it was available! The Essence is literally incomparable to any skin care product I've used. My skin instantly feels ultra hydrated so hydrated I could feel water ripples running across my face every time I touch my face to feel how soft my skin has become. I can't wait to see what's in store for this product in the weeks to come. I'm ready to order more to spoil my skin ;) please keep up the amazing work Tatcha!!! I love you beyond reason!
Date published: 2017-01-11
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 A work of magic I have never used an essence before and had no idea what to expect in the long term. Well, after weeks of using it let me tell you, it is POWER in a bottle; power to transform your skin and give you a fresh, no makeup needed face. I have learned that if I use the essence followed by the camellia beauty oil, I have given my face a transformation that lasts all day. I also use essence followed by the beauty oil at night for a face I can wake up to and feel good about. I will be 69 this year, and I come from a family of great genes. We are very slow to wrinkle, but our faces get saggy. This essence firms up and fills up my face with moisture and I'm sure it is a vital part of my skincare routine going forward. It's pretty miraculous if you think about it. Looks like water, but is so transformative it works like an artist on your face.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A simply beautiful product I held off on purchasing this product for nearly a year because I just couldn't justify spending almost $100 on 'skin water'. After finally taking the plunge I can only say I'm sorry I didn't purchase sooner! This is a simply beautiful product that delivers unrivalled results. I've always struggled with that 'tight' feeling after cleansing, and this (paired with the Camellia Cleansing Oil) has rectified that issue completely. This product has the look and feel of water. It's nearly odorless, clear, and absorbs quickly. My skin feels instantly hydrated. After a week or so I noticed my skin becoming much softer, thanks to the naturally occuring Lactic Acid. My tone evened out. I noticed my other products were absorbing more efficiently and I needed to use less. The Camellia Cleansing Oil, Rice Enzyme Polishing Cleanser, and The Essence all work together perfectly and have made an outstanding difference for me personally. I've even been getting compliments on my skin for the first time since I was in my 20's. I almost feel as if I'm aging in reverse. I recommend highly and have converted to this even after using many other high profile lines. Thank you Tatcha!
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Had been a loyal user of the SK-II essence for many years, then learned it had parabens and tried Tatcha Essence as a paraben-free replacement. I'm so glad I did! The Tatcha Essence delivers a vitality to my skin that I have not seen in many years. My skin is plump, healthy, clear and the texture is even. I can cover my entire face and neck with about six drops and I even put it on my eye area before my eye cream. It's not heavy at all, it just feels good and my skin loves it. I've also noticed a sharp decrease in redness on my checks (I'm rosacea-prone) and feel like my lotion and eye cream work so much better with the Essence underneath. Overall, this is an amazing treatment for happy, healthy, younger looking and feeling skin. - PS, I'm in my mid-40's with combination skin.
Date published: 2017-06-05
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.
Date published: 2018-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Essence-tial...Wow I knew it! - The missing link to balanced skin. In just 24 hrs this has kept my skin deeply hydrated. I'm using tretinoin plus the dry heat from the furnace and my skin needed deep penetration. It's the only thing I have put on my décolleté that hasn't caused red bumps. While I do not have wrinkled skin there it's thinner and more fragile than before 40. This is going to be a skin saver when traveling in dry hotel rooms. Fragrance free -no stinging - Refreshing like clean rain water. Way to go, Tatcha.....
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I have used the Essence for three weeks now, and I really like it. I live in the NE of America, in the winter time, my face becomes dehydrated really quick. However, since I started using the Essence, I felt a big improvement, my skin is no longer dry, and it is much softer than before. Every time I pat the water like liquid on my face, my skin absorbs it quickly, it is like my face were thirst for it, when it drys, my skin feels softer and smooth. This product is really amazing.
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Missing Step As soon as I could, I purchased this new product. I've gotten into the habit of immediately purchasing new TATCHA products because so far, I've loved everything! At first, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. The Essence seemed a little foreign to me. However, once I received it and tired it, I knew that this was the step in my skincare routine that I had been missing. Basically, it's a toner. But really it's so much more than a toner! It doesn't strip the skin like many traditional toners. With each application, (which is super easy btw) my skin feels softer, plumper, and appears brighter. I, of course, use the rest of my TATCHA regimen (Brightening Serum, Moisture Rich Silk Cream, etc.) and I couldn't be happier. I'm so excited about this product and look forward to more TATCHA creations in the future!
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfection for mature skin! I’ve been using Tatcha’s Essence for about 6 months, and I am in love with it. I was first introduced to it by Vicky on QVC, and I will never be without it. Everything Vicky said was 100% accurate; it has plumped, soothes, and resurfaced my mature skin, and honestly, my skin looks and feels better than it did 10 years ago. Thank you, Vicky!!
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Primer for your Skincare I am impressed with The Essence because I can feel the impact it has on my skin immediately after application. I especially love the results when I apply The Essence before using another product I have with AHA 30% + BHA 2%. I also love the design of the spout because as clumsy as I am, I never have to worry about wasted product.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from it's ok I like the design of the bottle, and the 98% concentrate. It smells like light rice wine with some bamboo scent. On the first few days, my skin feels moisturized and plumping, and after few weeks, my skin get used to it, so not so moisturized afterward. But overall, it's not bad to use with other products.
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth the expense I used this essence for months, day and night, and did not notice any benefit at all. I have combo skin with some dryness in the cheeks and some oiliness in the T-zone. I thought this was supposed to help with moisture but it did nothing. Didn't even feel soothing like the essence I use now. There are much better essences from Korean brands that are so much more affordable to boot.
Date published: 2017-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Transformational It seems strange that something that looks like water can pack such a punch - but this is much, much better than water! This wonderful product has returned a bounce to my skin. At the same time, it has actually lessened the oil production on my face. It is beyond amazing. It soaks in immediately, and is a must have regardless of what kind of ritual you use!!!
Date published: 2017-02-09
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 Game Changer! I was a skeptic...after all, I need to be amazed at results if I'm going to add a step to my ritual! Let me tell you, after cleansing, this is the first and most important step! It truly made the results of my Tatcha serums and moisturizer even more effective. After a week, I noticed my skin appeared more radiant and firmer. I've always been so happy with my Tatcha glow, this takes it to the next level. This is an absolute must for my Tatcha ritual, day and night!
Date published: 2019-01-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not impressed I was expecting the product to be as wonderful as I read in the reviews, especially for the steep price tag. It did nothing special to my skin. I was not happy with the results at all and definitely thought it was not worth the price. I suggest just skipping this product.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love I've been using this for 3 days now and I can tell already how much my skin loves this. It feels cool as I gently press it onto my face. I can feel it sinking in as I let it dry before applying my other Tatcha products. I ordered another one today knowing that this will sell out quickly and when I do run out of my first one, which will take a while, I don't want to be without it. I have found my "forever skin care".
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Feels great after just the first use Started trying out Tatcha products last month and now I'm converted. It's definitely a treat to my skin and I've never used an essence before. I got this as part of the starter 'balancing' ritual set and this one really made my skin feel super soft and plump even before applying the Tatcha cream. Love taking care of my skin because it's the only one I've got in this lifetime and definitely worth it.
Date published: 2019-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really works! I have consistently used the essence for the past 3 months and I'm seeing definite improvements in my skin. My skin feels rehydrated as soon as I use it, I'm using less serums afterward because they glide better on my skin and my face feels more refreshed. I don't post reviews but Tatcha deserves the commendation! It's quite pricey but it should last at least 8-9 months with daily use twice a day. :)
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Love Love I have loved all the Tatcha products and will use them for life! The Essence Skin Softener arrived two days ago. WOW my skin is in love with this miracle water... I have had issues with my skin do to airborne allergies... this really made me feel like putting my makeup on again!!!! Thank you for your constant product knowledge and unbelievable products! Hands down the best ever. Jacqueline CH
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! This essence is absolutely amazing. At first I was skeptical about adding another product to my daily skincare routine. However, after using this for a short time and applying just a small amount, I now understand the importance of including this. My skin is more hydrated and feels like butter! Everyone needs to try this amazing essence!!!
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best in Class! I'm on week two now of wearing my new Tatcha essence morning and night and I am very impressed with its performance. And, believe me, as an essence user for over 15 years, I know a good one when I use it. Tatcha's essence is one of the very best of the best that I've tried :-) I'm glad more information is getting out about how to use this wonderful product because I think a lot of people don't understand how to incorporate it into their routine. It couldn't be easier, though. Simply apply about 1/4 teaspoon to freshly cleansed skin and continue with your regular skin care products (Tatcha, of course ;-) ) Yes, it is an extra step, but it only takes seconds to apply and the substantial and impressive results that continuing use yields is impressive to be sure. Tatcha's dispenser is also a brilliant innovation which lets you gently shake out enough product to cover your face, neck, and décollage without any waste. Don't confuse an essence with an American style toner. They're totally different products. A top quality essence is not just a few beneficial ingredients diffused in a bottle of water, rather it is a highly concentrated formula comprised of all those skin nurturing ingredients that render our skin, smooth, even-toned, and refined. Tatcha's essence has really nailed it and has rapidly displaced all my other essences and is now my one and only :-) If you've never tried an essence, Tatcha's is a great introduction to this time-honored Asian skin care step. It's a fantastic product!
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Only Tatcha Product I Don't Like I am a RABID Tatcha fan girl. But this product is useless. I use Polished, Pure, Silk (winter) and Water Cream (summer), and Luminous serum. This was a gift . I will not be buying any when it runs out. It isn't bad, nothing damaging of course. Just useless.
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another winner! I love Tatcha's products and The Essence is totally amazing! After I applied it for the first time...I just loved it! You will see a difference in your skin will instantly become hydrated. Thank you Tatcha...this is another winner...a huge WOW!
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply essential I've been a fan of using essences for a while now (I'll take anything with anti-aging ;-) ) and this one has quickly become my favorite. I realized this when I found myself always reaching for it! It has the texture of water at first but once it's pressed into my skin, it feels quite silky. It has no fragrance, which I love. My skin drinks this in, along with my moisturizer. The nice part of pressing this into my skin every morning and evening is that I can feel my skin's texture improving.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another incredible product from Tatcha I am in total agreement with Susan. I have a terrible time finding something to use to replenish my skin that isn't too heavy, because even as an older person I have oily skin. This essence is so perfect, and makes everything I use after I apply it just soak right in. I'm very happy to have found this product and after three days, I consider it as essential to my skincare as the Polished Rice Enzyme Powder and the Radiant Deep Brightening Serum, both of which I CANNOT be without!
Date published: 2017-01-10
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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.