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Updated on November 20, 2023

Overview

What they are

These products are both essences. They have a total of 0 ingredients in common

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They both do not contain any harsh alcohols, common allergens, fragrances, oils, silicones or sulfates

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Sk-II Facial Treatment Essence (Pitera Essence) Original
Tatcha The Essence Skincare Boosting Treatment

Ingredient Info

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Benefits

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Benefits

Ingredients Side-by-side

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Facial Treatment Essence (Pitera Essence)
Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate Humectant
Helps hydrate Dry Skin IconNot safe for Fungal Acne Icon
Helps hydrate Dry SkinHelps hydrate Dry Skin Icon Not safe for Fungal AcneNot safe for Fungal Acne Icon

Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate (GFF) is a yeast traditionally used to make the Japanese alcoholic beverage, sake.

Butylene Glycol Humectant, Masking, Skin Conditioning
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Butylene Glycol (or BG) is used within cosmetic products for a few different reasons:

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Pentylene Glycol Skin Conditioning, Solvent

Pentylene glycol is typically used within a product to thicken it. It also adds a smooth, soft, and moisturizing feel to the product. It is naturally found in plants such as sugar beets.

Water Skin Conditioning, Solvent

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

Sodium Benzoate Masking, Preservative
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Sodium Benzoate is a preservative. It's used in both cosmetic and food products to inhibit the growth of mold and bacteria. It is typically produced synthetically.

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Methylparaben Preservative
0 / 0 Preservative IconParaben IconNon-Reef-Safe IconMay worsen Eczema Icon
PreservativePreservative Icon ParabenParaben Icon 2 Concerns

Methylparaben is a preservative and is a paraben. It is used to prevent the growth of fungus, mold, and other harmful bacteria. Parabens are chemicals used as preservatives in both cosmetics and food.

0 Com. / 0 Irr.
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Sorbic Acid Preservative
Preservative IconMay worsen Eczema Icon
PreservativePreservative Icon May worsen EczemaMay worsen Eczema Icon

Sorbic Acid is a preservative. It is the most commonly used food preservative in the world.

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The Essence Skincare Boosting Treatment
Saccharomyces/Rice Ferment Filtrate Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Saccharomyces/Rice Ferment Filtrate.

Propanediol Solvent

Propanediol helps absorb ingredients into your skin, boosting their benefits. It can act as an emollient, making your skin softer. Propanediol can help products last longer by boosting the properties of preservatives within the formulation.

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract Antimicrobial, Antioxidant, Astringent
Antioxidant IconHelps reduce Skin Redness IconHelps reduce irritation IconGood for Minimizing Pores IconHelps with Anti-Aging IconHelps fight Acne Icon
AntioxidantAntioxidant Icon 5 Benefits

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract is derived from the leaves of the tea plant. Black tea, green tea, and oolong tea are all harvested from this plant.

Cladosiphon Okamuranus Extract Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Cladosiphon Okamuranus Extract.

Ethylhexylglycerin Skin Conditioning

Ethylhexylglycerin (we can't pronounce this either) is commonly used as a preservative and skin softener. It is derived from glyceryl.

Phenoxyethanol Preservative
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Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that has germicide, antimicrobial, and aromatic properties. Studies show that phenoxyethanol can prevent germ and microbial growth. By itself, it has a scent that is similar to that of a rose.

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Ingredient Ratings

Here's what our community thinks of the ingredients in these two products.

Facial Treatment Essence (Pitera Essence)
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The Essence Skincare Boosting Treatment
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When to use

328 Routines
49% use in am
51% use in pm
97% use every day
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52% use in am
48% use in pm
99% use every day
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Reviews

Here's what our community thinks

Sk-II Facial Treatment Essence (Pitera Essence) 7 ingredients

4.3 /5
from 3 ratings
Absorbs Well (1) Broke Me Out (1) Hydrating (1) Strong Scent (1)
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420plaenit

1 year ago Β· Combination Skin
Review

IT'S EXPENSIVE BUT WORTH THE MONEY!!!!
I'm the kind of person who is willing to go all out and drop some money for good skincare if I know I will...

IT'S EXPENSIVE BUT WORTH THE MONEY!!!!
I'm the kind of person who is willing to go all out and drop some money for good skincare if I know I will use up every drop and love it. I've tried a lot of snail mucin products (my oily acne-prone skin LOVES it) and this one is different! I've tried the COSRX and the Peach Slices and both don't compare to this. Peach Slices have a similar texture while COSRX has a similar result to the SK-II. However, I will say that the SK-II got rid of all my redness and significantly improved my acne and every time I run out I always notice a difference in my skin whenever I don't have it in my routine. The price tag is a little intimidating but there are more reasonable options on Stylevana and Yesstyle.

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KatrinaBedford

2 months ago Β· Sensitive Skin
Review

It seems to work v well for lots of people. It was a gift so I'm v upset it didn't work so well for me. It gave an amazing glow but irritated my...

It seems to work v well for lots of people. It was a gift so I'm v upset it didn't work so well for me. It gave an amazing glow but irritated my skin whenever I used it.

Tatcha The Essence Skincare Boosting Treatment 6 ingredients

5.0 /5
from 3 ratings
Absorbs Well (1) Expensive (1) Hydrating (1) Light (1) No Scent (1) Works Well (1)
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Lapaki

6 months ago Β· Dry Skin
Review

Honestly I don't know what it is that makes it so good. Is it the mixture of fermented rice, green tea and algae? Maybe. Is it because these...

Honestly I don't know what it is that makes it so good. Is it the mixture of fermented rice, green tea and algae? Maybe. Is it because these ingredients are allowed to ferment twice? Maybe. Or is it my belief that applying such an expensive product consistently over a long period of time simply MUST do something super special to my skin? Again, maybe. I've been using it for almost a year and noticed short as well as long-term benefits. The powerful Hadasei-3 essence instantly softens skin and makes it plump and bouncy. For the long run, it improved my overall skintone and texture. Big Plus: it's cruelty-free and vegan. I wish I wouldn't love this pricey magic essence... just ordered my next bottle.

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leelougirl

3 years ago Β· Combination Skin
Review

Seems to Brighten Skin
I used this together every morning for 2 weeks with:

1) Tatcha - Camillia Oil Cleanser (removes makeup, too)
2) Tatcha...

Seems to Brighten Skin
I used this together every morning for 2 weeks with:

1) Tatcha - Camillia Oil Cleanser (removes makeup, too)
2) Tatcha - Deep Cleanse Exfoliating Cleanser
3) Tatcha - The Essence

Surprising Results:

Within 1 week: My stubborn cheek acne cleared up 80-90% (semi-cystic, caused by new medication, had acne for 1 year, developed dark scars on cheeks and saw 1-2 new deep pimples every week) BUT. Within 1 week, the new pimples slowed down dramatically (1-2 per month). Now the old acne scars have time to clear up. They're fading :)

Within 2 weeks: Brighter skin??? What? I know because I always hold up the backs of my hands to my face. In the Summer, my face got super dark. In the Winter my face colour goes back to normal. Of course my hands and face colour have stayed the same this year because I haven't been outside during the pandemic.

So my face should have had my WINTER skin colour (natural colour, no tan). BUT.... after 2 weeks of this routine (no other products) my face