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Step 5 Essence

With an essence you give the skin a hydration boost.

€37,99€32,29
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A hydrating essence formulated with more than 93% of micro bio fermented complex Read more
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Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence
Neogen
Real Ferment Micro Essence
A hydrating essence formulated with more than 93% of micro bio fermented complex
€37,99€32,29
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€26,99€22,94
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A hydrating essence that consists of 92% Snail Secretion filtrate. Read more
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COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
COSRX
Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
A hydrating essence that consists of 92% Snail Secretion filtrate.
€26,99€22,94
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€26,99€22,94
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It's moisturizing, hydrating, brightening, soothing and balancing.  Read more
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Missha Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence Mist
Missha
Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence Mist
It's moisturizing, hydrating, brightening, soothing and balancing. 
€26,99€22,94
Beauty of Joseon
€15,99€13,59
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Enriched with Ginseng and stimulates the blood circulation. Read more
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Beauty of Joseon Ginseng Essence Water
Beauty of Joseon
Ginseng Essence Water
Enriched with Ginseng and stimulates the blood circulation.
€15,99€13,59
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€35,99€30,59
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An essence that drenches skin in essential moisture to help boost hydration and prevent water loss. Read more
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Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essence
Laneige
Water Bank Hydro Essence
An essence that drenches skin in essential moisture to help boost hydration and prevent water loss.
€35,99€30,59
€30,99€26,34
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COSRX Two In One Poreless Power Liquid is an oil-fighting liquid that clears congested pores. Read more
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COSRX Two In One Poreless Power Liquid
COSRX
Two In One Poreless Power Liquid
COSRX Two In One Poreless Power Liquid is an oil-fighting liquid that clears congested pores.
€30,99€26,34
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€19,99€16,99
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COSRX Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence hydrating essence boosts the moisture content of your skin and locks it in, protecting moisture from evaporating. Read more
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COSRX Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence
COSRX
Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence
COSRX Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence hydrating essence boosts the moisture content of your skin and locks it in, protecting moisture from evaporating.
€19,99€16,99
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€31,99€27,19
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Combines both niacinamde as well as a triple snail complextion to exchange a more radiance complexion. Read more
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COSRX Advanced Snail Radiance Dual Essence
COSRX
Advanced Snail Radiance Dual Essence
Combines both niacinamde as well as a triple snail complextion to exchange a more radiance complexion.
€31,99€27,19
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€24,99€21,24
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An essence in toner formulated with 10% hyaluronic acid complex to provide a lightweight yet deeply hydrated finish to skin.  Read more
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Missha Super Aqua Ultra Hyalron Skin Essence
Missha
Super Aqua Ultra Hyalron Skin Essence
An essence in toner formulated with 10% hyaluronic acid complex to provide a lightweight yet deeply hydrated finish to skin. 
€24,99€21,24
€25,99€22,09
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Hydrates and draws moisture to the deeper levels of your skin, keeping collagen and elastin fibres moist and healthy Read more
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Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Water Essence
Isntree
Hyaluronic Acid Water Essence
Hydrates and draws moisture to the deeper levels of your skin, keeping collagen and elastin fibres moist and healthy
€25,99€22,09
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€20,99€17,84
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Brighten dull skin tone while leaving your skin moisturized and soft. Read more
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Purito Galacto Niacin 97 Power Essence
Purito
Galacto Niacin 97 Power Essence
Brighten dull skin tone while leaving your skin moisturized and soft.
€20,99€17,84
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€28,99€24,64
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A hydrating essence enriched with fermented lotus flower.  Read more
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Banila Co Dear Hydration Essence
Banila Co
Dear Hydration Essence
A hydrating essence enriched with fermented lotus flower. 
€28,99€24,64
€29,99€25,49
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Known as the “strawberry milk” toner in Korea. Read more
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SkinRx LAB MadeCera Cream Double Essence Toner
SkinRx LAB
MadeCera Cream Double Essence Toner
Known as the “strawberry milk” toner in Korea.
€29,99€25,49
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€20,99€17,84
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A brightning essence that helps to minimalize the look of hyperpigmentation, freckles, acne scars and diminishes fine lines. Read more
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Neogen Pink Vita Brightening Capsule Essence
Neogen
Pink Vita Brightening Capsule Essence
A brightning essence that helps to minimalize the look of hyperpigmentation, freckles, acne scars and diminishes fine lines.
€20,99€17,84
€44,99€38,24
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A kit containing 5 products that will intensively hydrate the skin for a dewy and glowy complexion.  Read more
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Huxley Hydration Essence Mask Limited
Huxley
Hydration Essence Mask Limited
A kit containing 5 products that will intensively hydrate the skin for a dewy and glowy complexion. 
€44,99€38,24
€15,99€13,59
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To quickly soothe redness and irritation. Plus, it maintains a healthy moisture balance in the skin. Read more
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TIA'M Snail & Azulene Water Essence
TIA'M
Snail & Azulene Water Essence
To quickly soothe redness and irritation. Plus, it maintains a healthy moisture balance in the skin.
€15,99€13,59
€14,99€12,74
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A multi-purpose Cica Powder which can be mixed in various skincare products Read more
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COSRX Pure Fit Cica Powder
COSRX
Pure Fit Cica Powder
A multi-purpose Cica Powder which can be mixed in various skincare products
€14,99€12,74
€35,99€30,59
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Missha's Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Intensive Moist is a cult favorite essence, well-known for its ability to repair damaged skin and even out the skin tone in just a few weeks. Read more
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Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Rx
Missha
Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Rx
Missha's Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Intensive Moist is a cult favorite essence, well-known for its ability to repair damaged skin and even out the skin tone in just a few weeks.
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€29,99€25,49
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Formulated with 80% Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate. Read more
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Benton Fermentation Essence
Benton
Fermentation Essence
Formulated with 80% Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate.
€29,99€25,49
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€25,99€19,49
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Blithe Inbetween Makeup Prep Essence is a lightweight serum that applies effortlessly onto all skin types to improve texture and tone. Read more
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Blithe Inbetween Makeup Prep. Essence
Blithe
Inbetween Makeup Prep. Essence
Blithe Inbetween Makeup Prep Essence is a lightweight serum that applies effortlessly onto all skin types to improve texture and tone.
€25,99€19,49
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€23,99
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Essence that brings back balance to damaged, problematic skin. Read more
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Skinmiso I'm A. Helper Essence
Skinmiso
I'm A. Helper Essence
Essence that brings back balance to damaged, problematic skin.
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€24,99€17,49
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Highly-concentrated emulsion of natural ingredients without 20 harmful ingredients Read more
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Itfer Beauty Booster Blooming Essence
Itfer
Beauty Booster Blooming Essence
Highly-concentrated emulsion of natural ingredients without 20 harmful ingredients
€24,99€17,49
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€34,99€29,74
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Provides the skin with intense hydration with 8 different types of hyaluronic acid, boosted by the main ingredient Damask Rose. Read more
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Neogen Hyal Glow Rose Essence
Neogen
Hyal Glow Rose Essence
Provides the skin with intense hydration with 8 different types of hyaluronic acid, boosted by the main ingredient Damask Rose.
€34,99€29,74
€34,99€22,74
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Hydrates skin with moisturising capsules for clear, purified skin. Read more
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Too Cool For School Caviar Lime Hydra Vita Drop Essence
Too Cool For School
Caviar Lime Hydra Vita Drop Essence
Hydrates skin with moisturising capsules for clear, purified skin.
€34,99€22,74
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Step 5 Essence

When you think of Korean skincare, essences come to mind. They 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.

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. These types of skincare products 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 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 products 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!