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Step 5 Essence

With an essence you give the skin a hydration boost.

€26,99
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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
A hydrating essence that consists of 92% Snail Secretion filtrate.
€26,99
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€37,99€32,29
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Contains 100% concentrated extract of mugwort grown from Ganghwa County. Read more
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I'm From
Mugwort Essence
Contains 100% concentrated extract of mugwort grown from Ganghwa County.
€37,99€32,29
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€38,99
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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.
€38,99
€33,99
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A highly concentrated organic toner & essence Read more
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Aromatica
Reviving Rose Infusion Treatment Toner
A highly concentrated organic toner & essence
€33,99
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€21,99
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Consists of 95% yeast extracts that lighten skin discoloration and pigmentation, and slow down skin aging. It hydrates and brightens tired, dull skin. Read more
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COSRX
Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence
Consists of 95% yeast extracts that lighten skin discoloration and pigmentation, and slow down skin aging. It hydrates and brightens tired, dull skin.
€21,99
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Beauty of Joseon
€16,99
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Enriched with Ginseng and stimulates the blood circulation. Read more
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Beauty of Joseon
Ginseng Essence Water
Enriched with Ginseng and stimulates the blood circulation.
€16,99
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€37,99
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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
A hydrating essence formulated with more than 93% of micro bio fermented complex
€37,99
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€20,99
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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 hydrating essence boosts the moisture content of your skin and locks it in, protecting moisture from evaporating.
€20,99
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€21,99
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Reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Read more
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Purito Fermented Complex 94 Boosting Essence
Purito
Fermented Complex 94 Boosting Essence
Reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
€21,99
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€31,99
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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
Combines both niacinamde as well as a triple snail complextion to exchange a more radiance complexion.
€31,99
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€30,99
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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 is an oil-fighting liquid that clears congested pores.
€30,99
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€28,99
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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
Hydrates and draws moisture to the deeper levels of your skin, keeping collagen and elastin fibres moist and healthy
€28,99
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€29,99
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A concentrated essence formulated with various ingredients of natural origin. Read more
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Benton
Snail Bee High Content Essence
A concentrated essence formulated with various ingredients of natural origin.
€29,99
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€27,99
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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. 
€27,99
€38,99
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Enriched with fermented mugwort extract leaving your skin feeling soothed, hydrated and balanced Read more
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Missha
Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence
Enriched with fermented mugwort extract leaving your skin feeling soothed, hydrated and balanced
€38,99
€20,99
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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
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€16,99
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Mild keratin exfoliant that only needs to be applied on skin to remove keratin for more flexible skin Read more
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Isntree
Clear Skin 8% Aha Essence
Mild keratin exfoliant that only needs to be applied on skin to remove keratin for more flexible skin
€16,99
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€25,99
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There's nothing else like this rich, watery essence from Secret Key to give your skin that hydration boost. Read more
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Secret Key
Starting Treatment Essence
There's nothing else like this rich, watery essence from Secret Key to give your skin that hydration boost.
€25,99
€29,99
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Formulated with 63% black bee propolis extract Read more
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Skinfood Royal Honey Propolis Enrich Essence
Skinfood
Royal Honey Propolis Enrich Essence
Formulated with 63% black bee propolis extract
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€19,99
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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
An essence that drenches skin in essential moisture to help boost hydration and prevent water loss.
€19,99
€29,99
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Formulated with 80% Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate. Read more
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Benton
Fermentation Essence
Formulated with 80% Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate.
€29,99
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€25,99
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The limited edition Starting Treatment Rose Essence moisturizes and soothes skin. Read more
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Secret Key
Starting Treatment Rose Essence
The limited edition Starting Treatment Rose Essence moisturizes and soothes skin.
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€34,99
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Huxley's Oil essence strengthens and energizes skin with antioxidant-rich ingredients such as Sahara Cactus Oil, Quinoa, and Acai berry. The product is comprised of 61% Sahara Cactus Seed oil, a non-comedogenic oil high in Vitamin E, known for its ability Read more
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Huxley
Oil Essence
Huxley's Oil essence strengthens and energizes skin with antioxidant-rich ingredients such as Sahara Cactus Oil, Quinoa, and Acai berry. The product is comprised of 61% Sahara Cactus Seed oil, a non-comedogenic oil high in Vitamin E, known for its ability
€34,99
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€19,99
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Hydrates skin deeply, creating a dewy clear skin. Read more
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Laneige
Water Bank Moisture Essence
Hydrates skin deeply, creating a dewy clear skin.
€19,99
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 20:00, 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!