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Our skincare of choice is Esse. It means 'to be' in Latin. Initially established in South Africa as an organic skincare. In 2009, the company began to move into probiotic skincare. Early findings from the Human Microbiome Project started to shift the conventional view of skin and Esse began to see skin as an ecology of human and microbial cells and the process of incorporating this new view into the formulation of its products began. The company actively researches the application of new probiotic species and delivery methods to combat ageing and optimise skin health.


Optimal skin condition depends on the probiotic microbes living on and in it. Without microbes, your skin can’t perform its basic functions and the rate of skin ageing increases sharply.

Esse creates an environment on the skin that favours the growth of beneficial microbes. It uses prebiotics to selectively feed good microbes and includes LIVE probiotic microbes in two of the serums to make functional changes to the skin’s microbiome. Esse does not believe in damaging skin in pursuit of short-term results, it optimises skin health to slow ageing in the long-term.

Since their inception, they have remained true to their core principles: They are certified organic, vegan and cruelty-free. They support fair trade and are a carbon-neutral company.


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