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There is so much out there for skincare right now, it can get confusing! If you really wanted to, you could probably go through ten steps in your skincare routine and there would STILL be things you’re missing out on. I’m really making an effort lately to pare down my skincare routine and review less skincare in the interest of simplifying (more on that in a post later this week), so is a “treatment essence” something that I really need? 

When I first saw this, I was unsure what to think. The whole name of this new skincare product is the Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence. It comes in a large 6.8 fl. oz. bottle with a hole in the top and retails at $45. So an essence- is it a cleansing water, or…? No, it’s not a cleansing water. You’re not going to remove your makeup with it at all. This is basically the first step in your skincare treatment, before serums, eye cream, moisturizer or anything else but after washing your face!


kiehl's treatment essenceBenefits:

  • Unique, velvety liquid concentrate delivers anti-aging and hydrating ingredients to skin’s surface layers.
  • With Iris Florentina Root Extract, known for its deeply nourishing and anti-aging benefits to skin.
  • With Lipo Hydroxy Acid (LHA) to activate skin’s natural exfoliation process and Sodium Hyaluronate to replenish skin and smooth fine lines.
  • Visibly improves the appearance of fine lines, dullness, and rough texture over time
  • Your essential “first step” anti-aging treatment to maintain skin’s youthful texture.

All you have to do is take 2-3 drops and pat and rub it in to your face and neck. Any more than that is too much! I’ve been using it morning and night, before the rest of my skincare. The biggest thing I’ve noticed is that it takes me to a place of hydration and supple skin that I don’t normally reach until after applying all of my skincare. After using a few drops of this, my skin feels hydrated, firm, smooth, and balanced. I do think this adds something special to my skincare routine and I’m loving it so far. On days when I’m feeling lazy, I’m not reaching for it, but I never regret applying this before my serums and moisturizer! I love that it makes my skin look and feel perfect before I’ve even touched the rest of my skincare.

Have you used an “essence?” These are totally new to me! I’ll be curious if this sticks with my skincare regimen long term! So far so good! 



18 Comments on Kiehl’s Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence

  1. Heather
    June 11, 2015 at 7:04 pm (2 years ago)

    I need to try more Kiehls products. This sounds awesome!

  2. BeautyJudy
    June 11, 2015 at 7:06 pm (2 years ago)

    This sounds so hydrating! I look forward to your future post about aimplifying your regime!

  3. Never Say Die Beauty
    June 11, 2015 at 7:14 pm (2 years ago)

    gotta look up Iris Florentina Extract and see if I can get it out of my irises, lol. Sounds wonderful!

  4. Phyrra
    June 11, 2015 at 7:18 pm (2 years ago)

    I’ve never tried an essence!

  5. Anastasia
    June 11, 2015 at 9:17 pm (2 years ago)

    Girl, I know, right? There’s so much good skin care out there and we only have one face 🙂 My sis pretty much uses Kiehl’s exclusively.

  6. Kath Thefabzilla
    June 11, 2015 at 9:47 pm (2 years ago)

    I don’t mind adding this to my bajillion skincare, lol!

  7. Kimberly
    June 11, 2015 at 10:20 pm (2 years ago)

    Last time I went to Kiehl’s they gave me a sample of this. I can’t wait to go back and purchase it. It was very nice on my skin.

  8. Erika
    June 11, 2015 at 10:37 pm (2 years ago)

    Honestly, I’ve never heard of an “essence” like this. I’m now highly intrigued!

  9. MarciaF
    June 11, 2015 at 10:39 pm (2 years ago)

    You make this sound like a must have. If it wasn’t fragranced I’d use it for sure.

  10. Mercedes
    June 12, 2015 at 5:52 am (2 years ago)

    Iv’e used Essence products before and one I love is over $100 a bottle. I was so happy when Kielhs came out with this one, it’s more budget friendly.

  11. Kat Dinges
    June 12, 2015 at 9:16 am (2 years ago)

    Ohhh, this is another brand I’ve been meaning to try. A little bit on the pricier side though.

  12. Destany
    June 12, 2015 at 11:34 am (2 years ago)

    This sounds really nice. I’ve not tried anything from Kiehls.

  13. Nidia - Lit From Within
    June 12, 2015 at 5:23 pm (2 years ago)

    I’ve loved everything I’ve tried from Kiehl’s. Essences are big in K-beauty, I understand, but I haven’t tried them yet.

  14. Lisa Heath
    June 12, 2015 at 8:19 pm (2 years ago)

    I really need to try Kiehls out!

  15. Honeygirlk
    June 13, 2015 at 9:44 pm (2 years ago)

    This sounds like something I would enjoy – especially if it is hydrating.


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