Do you need to add an essence to your routine? Not necessarily. But, if you skin hovers in the normal-to-dry area, the Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence from fresh could be your beauty mirage in a bottle.

Let’s start off with what exactly an essence is before acknowledging the fermented elephant in the room. Essences are sort of the goldilocks between a toner and a serum, but could also function as a serum as well. They’re usually full of moisture-boosting ingredients, and thin enough to be layered into a skin care routine easily.

Back to the products at hand. Yes, there is actually kombucha in this facial essence. No, it won’t make your face smell like somebody’s foot after hot yoga. The fermented black tea is balanced out with mandarin peel extract, Kigelia africana fruit extract, and some hyaluronic acid to boost your skin’s moisture content.

It promises smoothing of fine lines, refined pores, improved skin elasticity, refined skin texture, and over all healthier-looking skin. If I could articulate the sound that just came out of my mouth it would be pppbbbttthh. No one product does all of that. But, taking my skeptic hat off for a second (it was creasing my hair anyway), hyaluronic acid is proven to help with skin elasticity and moisture, mandarin extract has the vitamin C that’ll help with skin texture, and the fermented black tea will work on a detox of your pores. So in theory, it could do all of those things.


To be quite honest, I already love, like love, fresh’s Black Tea line. Forgetting the price tag, I recommend the Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask to everyone that’ll listen to me rave about the amazing texture and smell. So, I have high hopes for this bottle.

Looking for other essences that are just as interesting? Try the Advanced Snail 96 Music Power Essence from CosRX or Benton’s Snail Bee High Content Essence.