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Essence

When you think of Korean skincare, essences come to mind. Essences form a crucial part of Korean skincare, and they are what makes Korean skincare unique. To understand what an essence is, it’s important to look at the distinct features. When should you use this product? Where in your Korean skin care routine does an essence fit in? We’ll lay it all out for you futher down the page.

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Delivers intensive hydration and rejuvenation with its potent blend of Active Berry Complex and Phyto-Collagen. Read more
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Dr. Ceuracle Vegan Active Berry First Essence
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Dr. Ceuracle
Vegan Active Berry First Essence
Delivers intensive hydration and rejuvenation with its potent blend of Active Berry Complex and Phyto-Collagen.
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€21,99
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Moisturizes, firms, and nourishes the skin with snail mucin and peptides, suitable for all skin types. Read more
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Jumiso Snail Mucin 95 + Peptide Facial Essence
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Jumiso
Snail Mucin 95 + Peptide Facial Essence
Moisturizes, firms, and nourishes the skin with snail mucin and peptides, suitable for all skin types.
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€36,99
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Features a powerful blend of hyaluronic acids and skin-loving ingredients for a smoother, more radiant complexion. Read more
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Rovectin Aqua Hyaluronic Essence
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Rovectin
Aqua Hyaluronic Essence
Features a powerful blend of hyaluronic acids and skin-loving ingredients for a smoother, more radiant complexion.
€36,99
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€29,99
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A gentle and hydrating solution designed to soothe sensitive skin, with a minimalist formula. Read more
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Make P:rem Safe Me Relief Essence Toner
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Make P:rem
Safe Me Relief Essence Toner
A gentle and hydrating solution designed to soothe sensitive skin, with a minimalist formula.
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Soothes and moisturizes sensitive skin, repairs the skin barrier, and improves smoothness. Read more
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Skin1004 Madagascar Centella Probio-cica Essence Toner
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Skin1004
Madagascar Centella Probio-cica Essence Toner
Soothes and moisturizes sensitive skin, repairs the skin barrier, and improves smoothness.
€28,99
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Nourishes, calms, and balances the skin with high levels of Vitamins A and C, delivered through low-temperature extraction for optimal effectiveness. Read more
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The Potions Mugwort Water Essence
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Mugwort Water Essence
Nourishes, calms, and balances the skin with high levels of Vitamins A and C, delivered through low-temperature extraction for optimal effectiveness.
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Contains 100% Centella Asiatica Extract, soothing and protecting the skin without any additional ingredients. Read more
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The Potions Centella Asiatica Water Essence
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The Potions
Centella Asiatica Water Essence
Contains 100% Centella Asiatica Extract, soothing and protecting the skin without any additional ingredients.
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Reduces fine lines, dark spots, wrinkles and blemishes. Read more
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The Potions Galactomyces Water Essence
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Galactomyces Water Essence
Reduces fine lines, dark spots, wrinkles and blemishes.
€15,99
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€34,99
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A lightweight essence for acne-prone skin, enriched with soothing H.C.T. ingredients and balancing BHA. Read more
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Mixsoon H.C.T. Essence
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Mixsoon
H.C.T. Essence
A lightweight essence for acne-prone skin, enriched with soothing H.C.T. ingredients and balancing BHA.
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Made with 100% Heartleaf extract, offers immediate soothing, intense moisture, and protection from environmental factors. Read more
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Mixsoon Heartleaf Essence
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Heartleaf Essence
Made with 100% Heartleaf extract, offers immediate soothing, intense moisture, and protection from environmental factors.
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Soothes and protects sensitive skin, while purifying and soothing acne-prone skin with its phytoncide component. Read more
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Mixsoon Hinoki Essence
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Hinoki Essence
Soothes and protects sensitive skin, while purifying and soothing acne-prone skin with its phytoncide component.
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Enriched with beta-glucan to promote cell renewal, soothe, calm and strengthen the skin. Read more
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Mixsoon Beta-Glucan Essence
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Mixsoon
Beta-Glucan Essence
Enriched with beta-glucan to promote cell renewal, soothe, calm and strengthen the skin.
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100% galactomyces ferment to brighten, hydrate and strengthen the skin. Read more
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Mixsoon Galactomyces Ferment Essence
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Mixsoon
Galactomyces Ferment Essence
100% galactomyces ferment to brighten, hydrate and strengthen the skin.
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Enriched with 50 types of fermented ingredients for optimizing skin health. Read more
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Numbuzin No.3 Super Glowing Essence Toner
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Numbuzin
No.3 Super Glowing Essence Toner
Enriched with 50 types of fermented ingredients for optimizing skin health.
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€27,50
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Enriched with fermented ingredients to improve the skin's water-oil balance and strengthen the skin. Read more
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AXIS-Y Ay&me Biome Radiating Intensified Essence
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AXIS-Y
Ay&me Biome Radiating Intensified Essence
Enriched with fermented ingredients to improve the skin's water-oil balance and strengthen the skin.
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€19,50
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Gives a cooling sensation to the skin with vegan extracts. Great for acne-prone skin. Read more
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AXIS-Y Vita Frost Chilling Essence
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AXIS-Y
Vita Frost Chilling Essence
Gives a cooling sensation to the skin with vegan extracts. Great for acne-prone skin.
€19,50
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Irén Skin
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Effectively soothes irritated skin and also protects it from harmful external factors with various antioxidants. Read more
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Irén Skin Keep The Peace
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Irén Skin
Keep The Peace
Effectively soothes irritated skin and also protects it from harmful external factors with various antioxidants.
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Contains blueberry extract and blue lotus water to moisturise, soften and combat skin ageing. Read more
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Mary & May Vegan Blackberry Complex Cream Essence
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Mary & May
Vegan Blackberry Complex Cream Essence
Contains blueberry extract and blue lotus water to moisturise, soften and combat skin ageing.
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Revitalizes dull and irritated skin for a radiant complexion. Read more
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Mixsoon Lotus Flower Essence
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Lotus Flower Essence
Revitalizes dull and irritated skin for a radiant complexion.
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Restores the skin barrier which reduces acne and redness, ensuring healthy glowing skin. Read more
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Mixsoon Noni Fruit Essence
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Noni Fruit Essence
Restores the skin barrier which reduces acne and redness, ensuring healthy glowing skin.
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Daily essence that soothes irritated skin and minimizes the appearance of pores. Read more
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Mixsoon Mung Bean Seed Essence
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Mung Bean Seed Essence
Daily essence that soothes irritated skin and minimizes the appearance of pores.
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€22,95
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Essence that soothes irritated skin and strengthens the skin barrier. Read more
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Mixsoon Soondy Centella Asiatica Essence
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Soondy Centella Asiatica Essence
Essence that soothes irritated skin and strengthens the skin barrier.
€22,95
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€24,95
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100% Reishi Mushroom Extract protects the skin from external factors, soothes it, and moisturizes. Read more
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Mixsoon Reishi Mushroom Essence
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Reishi Mushroom Essence
100% Reishi Mushroom Extract protects the skin from external factors, soothes it, and moisturizes.
€24,95
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Contains 100% undiluted panax red ginseng extract to care for the skin in various ways. Read more
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Mixsoon Panax Ginseng Root Essence
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Panax Ginseng Root Essence
Contains 100% undiluted panax red ginseng extract to care for the skin in various ways.
€31,99
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Korean Skincare Essence

What is an essence?

Perhaps you already know a little about the Korean 10 steps. In that case, you’ve probably heard about essences before. They truly are the backbone of the Korean skincare tradition. Essences are meant to deeply hydrate the skin, ensuring that your skin has sufficient water levels. A healthy moisture barrier is key to maintaining healthy skin, making essences an important feature in any skincare routine. Whether your main skin concern is dryness, scaly skin, moderate acne or skin irritation: you’ll want to include an essence in your routine. 

Some people have trouble distinguishing essences from toners. It’s true that toners, like essences, provide hydration to the skin as well. However, there are certainly distinct differences between these two skincare products. Read on if you want to know what makes essences unique, and you’ll understand why we love them so much!

Essences are concentrated

Look at the first ingredient of your favorite essence. This could be any skin beneficial ingredient, depending on your current formula of choice. Is it propolis? The ultra hydrating superstar hyaluronic acid? Mugwort perhaps? Whatever it is, the first ingredient on the list is probably not water, but a superstar ingredient with several benefits for your skin. This is because essences tend to be very concentrated, and they contain high amounts of active ingredients that nourish, brighten or soothe your skin. 

Essences for acne and skin problems

This brings us to our next point. Essences are hard to beat when it comes down to addressing specific skin problems, like dry skin, sensitive skin or irritated skin. They contain high concentrations of skin beneficial ingredients geared towards soothing, brightening, or firming the skin. Moreover, they really amp up the hydration levels in your skin. And hydrated skin is healthy skin. Long term use of an essence suited to your needs will lead to supple skin with less wrinkles, a more even toned complexion, and a beautiful glow.

There is a difference in packaging, too. Essences usually come in sturdy glass bottles or luxurious ampoules. So you can be sure your precious liquid is protected from light and air. These external influences can diminish the effectiveness of the product over time. These sturdy bottles are a lot more hygienic, too. And they make your essence look very good on a shelfie! 

When do I need an essence?

Now that you know what an essence is, you want to know when to use it. You’ll be glad to hear that that’s very easy: morning and night. And if you’re not sure where in your routine it goes, we’ll help you on your way too. Generally speaking, you should an essence after cleansing your face and after using a toner, but before the more moisturizing products such as moisturizers, gel-type moisturizers or emulsions. Cleanse your skin, preferably using the double cleansing method, and gently tap your skin dry. Apply your toner to cleansed skin, and wait for the product to be absorbed. Then you apply your essence. Spread some of the product over the palm of your hands and apply it on the dampened skin of your face and neck. We recommend that you apply your essence when your skin is still damp, to ensure maximal absorption of your product.

Buy essences at Little Wonderland

At Little Wonderland, we love essences. We have a big range of essences, so you’ll be sure to find your new holy grail. We have essences from Korean cult brands, and global best sellers like COSRX, Neogen and Secret Key. We’ve got everything you need when it comes to K-beauty and skincare.

Essences that are currently popular are the Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence and the I’m From Mugwort Essence. If you order on a weekday before 22:00, we’ll send your package your way the same day. If you’ve got any questions about which essence fits your skin type, our customer service team is always happy to help.