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24 Sep 2017


By Gracie Carroll

WTF Is Essence Anyway? A Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Essence Review

By Blair Stutz

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Imagine a skincare product that’s light as air and is hydrating beyond belief but that product isn’t a cream or a heavy moisturizer. It’s an essence. But WTF is an essence anyway, right? And why do you need one?

Essences have been around in Korean skincare routines for ages (so you know it’s the real deal) and, essentially, it’s a lightweight, fast-acting, and quick-absorbing water-based formula that’s meant to hydrate and brighten the skin and be applied after you cleanse and tone.

To be honest, I was living my life just fine pre-essence and the only reason I have one to tell you about now is thanks to a recent invite from Fresh Beauty to discover their new Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence. This stuff retails for $90 a bottle (for the smaller size) and, to be honest, if I hadn’t got it for free, I probably wouldn’t have bought it. That being said, now that do I have it, I seriously can’t get enough of this essence and all the benefits that come with it.

So what are the benefits of essence for your skin? 

– It protects against pollution

– It hydrates with the addition of hyaluronic acid

– It helps smooth skin’s texture

– It works to even your skintone

– It gives a brighter and more luminous complexion

Another thing I was curious about was the use of kombucha as a beauty ingredient. Most of us know kombucha as a fermented black tea that’s super good for your gut, but what’s surprising is that Kombucha is the magical ingredient in this essence that helps to smooth your skin, increase luminosity and protect against pollution. For those of us living in the city, this is obvi SO needed.

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To really give a product a fair shot, you need to take her home and see how she fits in with your skincare routine and other products, right? I started by simply cleansing my face like normal and dropped a few splashes of the essence onto my fingertips and gently patted it in all over my face. After it absorbed, I noticed how soft my skin felt (it was way softer than normal) and continued on with the rest of my normal skincare routine.

As someone with skin on the, well, drier side, after I cleanse my skin normally feels tight (not the good kind) and in need of major hydration. After applying the essence I noticed right away that my skin felt more hydrated, and, because it’s not a cream, there was no rubbing in and definitely no greasy feel. The essence absorbed crazy fast and while there was no trace of it on my skin, my face felt smoother and less parched. Hydration minus the thick greasy feel is the new way to my heart!

The Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence retails for $89, click HERE to shop.



(Story by Assistant Editor, Blair Stutz)

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