Vetenskapen bakom en naturlig hud

Ett hälsosamt mikrobiom är essentiellt för att hålla huden ung och fräsch längre. is Esse kallar det “rewilding” och är vetenskapen bakom att få huden tillbaka i sin naturliga form genom bioteknologi.  Esse skapar rätt förutsättning så att de naturliga mikroberna kan blomstra och på så sätt återställa hudens ekosystem.

Ditt huvudsakliga försvar

Mikrobiom är ett ekosystem med miljarder av olika mikrober som skyddar huden mot patogener. På samma sätt som med din maghälsa så finns det bakterier, svamp och virus som behövs för att skydda huden och att stärka immunförsvaret. De hjälper huden att producera hyaluronsyra och andra mukgörande ämnen medan de stabiliserar hudens ph-värde. På så sätt blir huden lugn och frisk hud som inte enbart ser fräschare ut men som också fördröjer åldrandeprocessen. Huden är kroppens största organ och det är viktigt att ta hand om den.

Moderna hudproblem

Vår moderna livsstil bidrar inte till någon hjälp för våra mikrobiska stöttepelare. Mindre kontakt med naturen än tidigare vilket resulterat i mindre mångfald av mikrobiom. Användningen av kemiska skönhetsprodukter med tensider och parabener bryter ner vårt mikrobiom. Resultatet blir en ökning av känslig hud, akne och andra hudåkommor. 

Bioteknologi är svaret

Esse erbjuder vetenskapliga, hållbara och ekologiska lösningar via bioteknologi. Våra produkter skapar en miljö som tillåter den natuliga mikroba floran att väckas till liv igen och blomstra. Prebiotika och probiotika i ekologisk hudvård hjälper till att återställa balansen i huden. Detta kallar vi “rewilding” – resulatet en yngre och hälsosam hud. 

Probiotika och prebiotika

Probiotics are live microbes that can shift the skin’s ecology to favour a diverse ecosystem healthy enough to resist attacks from pathogens. They also slow the skin’s rate of ageing by reducing inflammation. Esse seeds the skin with probiotics and feeds the skin with prebiotic nutrients to ensure a microbial intervention that balances the skin’s ecology​.

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Our Founder

Trevor Steyn

Scientist, Husband, Innovator, Dad, Sportsman, Yogi

My mentor, Prof Siegfried Drewes, instilled scientific rigour in me at a formative time and it has served the company well. Clients buy results, not ethics. Our job is to offer sustainable products that perform measurably better than conventional lines.

“Esse is moving along the infinitely long road toward perfection”

To be a sustainable solution

I don’t believe in damaging skin in pursuit of short term results. Or in damaging the planet in the pursuit of profit. I believe in creating an indefinitely sustainable solution in skincare that outperforms the competition in the long term.

To be an innovator in microbiome skincare

Innovation isn’t marketing. Real innovation makes a tangible and substantive difference. That’s the difference I want Esse to make.

To be ethical above all else

My goal has never been to be the biggest skincare company in the world. It takes time, effort and resources to craft more effective products and we will never be as profitable as the multinationals.

To be an instigator of change

It’s not easy to change a hundred years of learned behaviour in the use of industrial beauty products. My goal is to inspire the industry to want to do better.

Skin Concerns

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Skin ageing

Ethics before profit

Esse does not believe in damaging skin in pursuit of short term results. We optimise skin health to slow ageing in the long term, with biochemistry that makes beneficial changes to the skin’s microbiome. We keep the pH of all our products at 5, using mild preservatives and rapidly biodegradable foaming agents. We have always remained true to our core principles: We support fair trade and are a certified organic, vegan, cruelty free and carbon- and plastic neutral company.


Certified organic

Since inception, Esse has subscribed Ecocert’s organic standards and percentages. We’ve omitted ingredients deemed unsafe or unsustainable, which is verified through production facility audits to ensure full traceability of all raw materials. Ecocert regulates our packaging, ensuring that materials used are safe, recyclable and don’t leach into the product over time.

Find out more at Ecocert


Carbon neutral

Esse is on a mission to reduce carbon emissions year-on-year. We audit our energy consumption annually to maximise efficiency and continually improve. But because we believe we can still do better; carbon credits are purchased to offset the company’s carbon emissions.

Find out more at Credible Carbon


Plastic neutral

Esse has stepped up to help protect the ocean by being plastic neutral. We’ve partnered with Cleanhub to ensure that the plastic equivalent of our usage is collected and recycled. Cleanhub currently treats 15 million tonnes of plastic waste from more than 70 countries, empowering local communities to set up collection businesses. 


Cruelty free

Esse does not test products on animals. We will not source ingredients from suppliers who do. There are many alternatives to the use of animals in research, and our products are tested on human volunteers. We are accredited members of PeTA’s cruelty-free company programme and Beauty Without Cruelty, who educate the public about the exploitation and abuse of animals. 

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Esse is accredited by The Vegan Society – the worldwide standard for products free from animal ingredients and animal testing. We will always endeavour to use animal free ingredients in our formulations and will never support the unethical practice of animal testing on our products or their ingredients. We will only consider using animal ingredients when no plant based alternatives exist, and when we do we only use by-products that cause no harm to the animal in processing. And we will always be transparent and open about where they are used and why. Esse is uncompromising about the integrity of our suppliers and products, putting the health of people and planet first.

Find out more at The Vegan Society


Fair trade

Esse is committed to the fair trade of natural products. In short, the indigenous  plants of Africa are sustainably harvested from the wild by communities and  processed into high-end active ingredients. The equitable trade in natural products has raised the standard of living of tens of thousands of people.  Through buying fair trade ingredients, we’re helping enable women to send  their kids to school, visit the clinic, invest in local credit schemes or even build a  house. By supporting fair trade, Esse is ensuring plants are wild-harvested to maximise the potency of the extracts. But more importantly, we’re helping  people create a more sustainable future for their families.