The Essence Why Choose

The Essence

  • Purifies, tones and exfoliates to reveal smoother, softer, more vibrant skin.
  • Gently dissolves and removes impurities while enhancing the skin's ability to attract and retain moisture.
  • Reduces the appearance of pores and regulates sebum secretion for a balanced, glowing complexion.
  • Reduces discoloration, soothes redness, and visibly improves skin’s overall tone and texture.
  • Natural actives nourish, hydrate, and protect the skin against environmental aggressors.
  • TFC8® supports cellular renewal and guides key ingredients to the cells.

  • 100% agree skin feels soft, smooth and hydrated.
  • 98% agree skin feels purified and refreshed.
  • 98% agree The Essence is gentle enough to use every day.
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How To Apply

May be used daily, or as desired after cleansing.

With Hands

  • Using your fingers, pat The Essence into cleansed, dry skin on the face, neck and décolleté.

With Cotton Pad

  • Alternatively, dispense The Essence onto a cotton pad, and sweep over clean, dry skin.
  • Allow The Essence to penetrate the skin for a few moments before applying your Augustinus Bader moisturizer or oil.
Duration: 52s
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User Trials

The Essence


agree skin feels soft, smooth and hydrated.


agree pore size is minimized and pores look more refined.


agree The Essence is gentle enough to use every day.

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agree skin’s texture looks and feels more even.


agree skin looks clear and free from blemishes.


agree dull skin is left glowing with health.

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agree fine lines and wrinkles are visibly diminished.


agree The Essence provides a perfect canvas for the other products in my skincare and makeup routine.


agree skin feels deeply clean and rejuvenated.

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agree clogged and congested pores feel clarified.


agree The Essence feels gentle and calming on skin.


agree discoloration and pigmentation are visibly reduced.

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The Beauty of TFC8®

Our proven results are powered by Professor Bader's TFC8®, or Trigger Factor Complex - an exclusive patented technology comprised of over 40 ingredients and inspired by over 30 years of research, innovation and clinical study.


TFC8® technology guides key nutrients and powerful natural ingredients to the skin, creating and supporting an optimal environment for cellular renewal.


TFC8® turns potent base formulations into smarter, adaptive skincare capable of addressing individualized concerns - such as the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, redness, hyperpigmentation, cellulite, stretch marks, and damage caused by external stressors.


TFC8® nourishes and protects, training the skin for the long-term. Resulting skin looks and feels healthier, firmer, stronger, and more even over time.

How TFC8® technology works
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Key Ingredients

Augustinus Bader skincare is formulated with sustainably-sourced, high potency botanicals and bio-engineered clean actives, where possible, to reduce environmental impact.

The Essence

Powered by our patented TFC8® technology and formulated with gently exfoliating hydroxy acids and renewing, protective high-potency botanicals. Swipe to see key ingredients.

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The Essence Ingredients
Phytic Acid

A gently effective natural exfoliator, derived from rice grains. Promotes cell turnover and boosts collagen production, for even skin tone and less noticeable fine lines.

The Essence Ingredients
Salicylic Acid

A powerful yet soothing beta hydroxy acid derived from willow bark. Delivers essential keratolytic benefits: reduces redness, addresses imperfections, and boosts clarity.

The Essence Ingredients
Hyaluronic Acid

A polysaccharide naturally produced by the body. Exceptionally effective in attracting and retaining moisture, for plump, fresh, well-hydrated skin.

The Essence Ingredients

A highly beneficial, naturally-derived poly-hydroxy acid. Optimizes skin renewal by gently lifting away dead cells, to reveal a soft, fresh, luminous complexion.

The Essence Ingredients
Wasabi Ferment

A skin superfood delivering potent antioxidant protection. Safeguards the complexion by helping to defend against free radical damage.

The Essence Ingredients
White Peony Extract

A potent botanical extract. Soothes the skin and prevents visible signs of aging while defending the complexion from pollution and environmental aggressors.

The combination of exfoliating salicylic acid and poly-hydroxy acid speedily does away with dulling dead skin cells caused by seasonal changes. Glow guaranteed.

Bader’s proprietary repair complex has been blended into a silky new essence with an extra exfoliating kick to start your routine right after you cleanse.It’s packed with potent actives like AHAs and salicylic acid to help promote cell turnover, even tone, and reduce dark spots for a smooth canvas.

When it comes to new releases, Augustinus Bader is treating the beauty world to winner after winner—and this gently exfoliating toner is no exception. A great choice for skin that manages to be an infuriating combination of dehydrated and breakout-prone.

The Essence is an essential preparation step that supports cell renewal and the turn over of corneocytes - the cells that build the upper layer of the skin and show the signs of aging. Boosting this process delivers; clear, radiant, plump, and youthful-looking skin.

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Customer Reviews

The Exfoliating Toner is amazing. I have a newborn and since using it everyone has complimented on how fresh I look!

Lucy P.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I use it in my routine?

The Essence is a streamlined second step designed for use after your cleanser of choice, and may be used daily, or as desired. Allow to fully absorb before applying your Augustinus Bader moisturizer or oil.

Can I use this around my eyes?

Due to the inclusion of Salicylic acid in the formula, we do not recommend applying The Essence too close to the eye. Instead, simply sweep or press into the skin, avoiding the delicate eye area.

Can I use The Essence alongside other acids in my routine?

This multitasking 3-in-1 formula replaces the need for other exfoliators and acids in your routine. We would not recommend using The Essence in conjunction with other acids or exfoliators.

Is this suitable for all skin types?

Yes, The Essence is formulated for all skin types, including sensitive, and both men and women can use it in their routines. If you have any particular sensitivities, we recommend checking the ingredients carefully and consulting your doctor if you have any further concerns.

Is The Essence safe to use during pregnancy?

If pregnant or breastfeeding, we recommend consulting a qualified healthcare professional before using The Essence.

Is it fragrance-free, vegan-friendly and free from?

Yes, The Essence is free from gluten, parabens, mineral oils, sulfates (SLS, SLES) and DEA, and fragrance. The Essence is vegan.

105 Awards
in 4 Years

In just 4 Years, Augustinus Bader has garnered an unprecedented 92 industry-coveted awards.

Inspired by three decades of groundbreaking research by a world-leading specialist, Augustinus Bader is backed by the highest caliber of applied science in the industry.

From top honors in innovation to "Best of Beauty," the industry's most experienced and discerning judges have spoken not once, not twice, but 92 times.


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Pairs Well With

The Essence pairs well with the following products for your skincare routine