Which ESSE products are right for you



Esse is passionate about skin science. We take a broad, holistic approach in our quest to defy ageing. By closely examiningevery aspect of skin health and the external factors affecting it, we can carefully select ingredients to extract synergies that reduce the impact of time.


Most people associate probiotics (good microbes) with maintaining a healthy gut, but new research is revealing that synergistic microbes are also fundamentally linked to skin health. The Human Microbiome Project has discovered that optimal skin health is dependent on the presence of trillions of microbes living on, and in, your skin. We have invested considerable research to ensure that our products maintain a balance of microbes to slow the ageing process. We aim to create an environment on the skin that favours the growth of beneficial microbes so that they can out-compete pro-ageing species. To do this, we use prebiotics to selectively feed good microbes and have included probiotic microbes in some products to deliver specific results. Your skin is a complex ecosystem. You need your microbes – so don’t try to kill them with anti-microbials unless absolutely necessary. You will disrupt your skin’s sensitive ecosystem and open the door to harmful pathogens.


We are passionate about the ongoing exploration into new ways of treating skin. Our products are created or amended as a result of advances in science and we don’t follow fashion. We believe that nature offers us all that we need to produce the most effective skincare products in the world. Our unwavering belief in nature has resulted in a fierce desire to protect our natural resources. South Africa is home to almost a quarter of the world’s plant species and we have chosen the best of Africa’s plants to deliver potent new actives in our products. Our ingredients include Baobab, Kalahari Melon, Kigelia and Marula. These plants are wild-harvested to maximise the potency of the extracts.


Since our inception in 2002, we have remained true to our core principles: – we’re certified organic, vegan and cruelty free and we support fair trade. We’re also a carbon neutral company. PhytoTrade Africa oversees the sustainability of our wild-harvested ingredients and ensures that the rural communities that gather plants are paid fair trade rates. We believe that mindful products are a step towards an indefinitely sustainable, richly varied and beautiful future. We hope that you share our long-term view on skin care.