Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence

All Skin Types, including Sensitive Skin

An anti-aging facial essence formulated to reactivate skin’s youthful appearance.

Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 40.
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Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence

Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence

An anti-aging facial essence formulated to reactivate skin’s youthful appearance.

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Key Ingredients

What It Is

Our unique facial essence is an essential “first step” anti-aging treatment to help smooth skin texture, reduce fine lines and boost radiance. Enhance your routine with our efficacious anti-aging facial essence to hydrate, exfoliate and prepare skin.

What It’s Good For

  • Hydrates skin while helping to smooth fine lines and improve texture
  • Helps activate skin’s exfoliation process for a smoother, more radiant appearance
  • Prepares and primes skin as a “first step” in an anti-aging skincare routine
  • Visibly improves the appearance of fine lines, dullness and rough skin texture over time
  • For all skin types
How to Use

How to Use

How to Use
  • After cleansing, pour a few drops of our anti-aging facial essence into the palm of hand
  • Gently press facial essence onto cheeks, forehead and chin areas
  • Apply before your usual skincare routine to help prime skin for serums and concentrates
  • Avoid contact with eyes
  • Can be used morning and night
  • Discover more of our facial essence products including Midnight Recovery Concentrate to complete your skincare routine


Future Made Better

True to our founding family’s mission, we strive to improve the quality of the communities we serve by reducing our
environmental impact, formulating responsibly, and supporting charitable causes. This formula is made with:
Responsible Formulation
Sustainable Sourcing
Commitment to Recycling

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Product This essence is very nice. It's not sticky or heavy. Smells good. It has a watery texture that goes on easily. I apply a salicylic toner first then the essence and follow up with a moisturizer. I have yet to see a noticeable difference in fine lines but I believe it has helped in smoothing out texture. I have combination skin and always worry about breaking out with new products. I have had no reactions to this whatsoever and have been using this for several weeks. A little goes a long way and I am pleased that this bottle will last me awhile. Bottom line is that it just feels so darn good. It is a real treat in my skincare routine.
Date published: 2019-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best kept secret I’ve used Kiehl’s for a long time and never knew about this product. I read about it on a blog as Kiehl’s best kept secret and figured I’d give it a whirl. It was described as being the key to unlocking the power of your Kiehl’s products and I couldn’t agree more. By adding this to my skincare routine, my skin is consistent and balanced. It feels like it keeps my products from separating from my skin—and I don’t know if that makes sense to anyone else—but my skin tends to naturally “push” products off of it by about 3pm. But now that my skin is holding onto my serums, oils and moisturizers, I’m seeing my Kiehl’s routine work even better and my skin has stayed consistent throughout the day, not turning into a shiny mess by mid afternoon. Side note for using the Iris Extract: the woman in the store told me to apply it by using a cotton ball and I’m sorry but I have to disagree. I highly recommend just putting a bit of the solution on clean hands and patting onto freshly washed skin. Using a cotton ball wastes a lot of product and can also be a little more harsh on your skin than patting with the palms of your hands. Highly recommend using this product!
Date published: 2019-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER! Hi! Truly I am not fond of writing reviews. BUT this time I have to pay my personal respect to creators of this magical essence. It makes my skin glow! You can put it under any cream, mask, face oil and it will sort of boost its performance. This essence brings smoothness, radiance to my skin and it also evens my skin tone. I recommended it so many times and I had so many "thanks") The deluxe sample is pretty big, you can use it for about 2 weeks and Kiehl's often has it as an offer to your order. So, do try it!
Date published: 2018-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Miracle Worker While looking for another product to up my game, I decided give the Iris Extract Treatment a try. This product does what it says. After only using the product for a few days I noticed a change in the texture of my skin, used in conjunction with the rare earth cleanser 2-3 times a week. The results yielded; minimized pore appearance, my skin felt well hydrated and rejuvenated. It’s too early to say anything about fine lines just yet but I have faith that it will deliver. It seems to help my skin absorb other products that follow. At night I layer midnight recovery concentrate, midnight recovery eye and the ginger leaf hibiscus firming mask with no problem. Another plus, a little goes a long way. I been using for going on two weeks now and you can’t even tell that I’ve used any product. I Highly recommend adding this to your daily routine. You won’t be sorry!
Date published: 2018-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical First let me start with I'm a Kiehls junkie and my medicine cabinet is full of their products. I received this as deluxe sample a few months back and was using it randomly with other products such as the Midnight Recovery Oil (another LOVE) the Line Reducing Concentrate, Super Multi Corrective Cream or Rosa Artica. Last week I was lazy and just put this on after washing up for the night. The difference in my skin the next morning amazed me. I thought I was losing it. I tried it again that night... incredible the next morning yet again. This is worth every single last penny. You only need a few drops of it. It works miraculously under my foundation - and I always have a problem with moisturizers and primers causing streaks or sliding off my face after a few hours. I am still going on the deluxe sample but will absolutely order the full size of this and pray to the moisturizing gods that Kiehls never stops making this. Hands down made the biggest difference in my skin care regime. My skin looks like it's glowing, it looks hydrated, the tone is even and it is so soft. MIND BLOWN. For reference I'm 43 and spent a lot of time in the sun thanks to military service. My skin is slightly combination with my t zone being the main area of complaint.
Date published: 2018-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So underrated! I found this by watching a Youtube Beauty Guru talk about how much this changed her skin, and I was shocked because I am an avid Kiehls user and never heard about it. I went to Nordstroms and picked up a bottle immediately and fell in love. I use it morning and night. I cleanse my face, tone (AM and PM), go in with this essence, and then continue with my serums and other products. It is watery, and not oily, and makes your skin look healthy and supple. I bought my bottle in February, and still have about 75% left, so it does last a long time. Kiehls needs to advertise this so much more! You see a difference. Please make a travel size version!!
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Kiehl's Product You Didn't Hear About I've been using Kiehl's products for years and only recently started using the Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence, thanks to a deluxe sample I had picked up. I absolutely love it. After I wash my face, I use the Calendula Toner and then gently press the essence onto my skin. It feels refreshing and perfectly primes my skin for my serums. There's a ton of product in the bottle and you only need a few drops with each use. Amazing value! Already one of my all-time favorites from Kiehl's.
Date published: 2018-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best decision ever! I actually stumbled across this product after browsing through the Kiehl's website. Initially, I was skeptical about this product because of the price. However, after reading the reviews I decided to give it a try and it seriously doesn't disappoint! I'm amazed how hydrated and smooth my face feels! I like the scent of the product, it's very light. Since it's an essence, I use this AFTER applying the Kiehl's Clarity Activating Toner. Really easy to use. I put a drop in my palm, rub my hands together, and then gently pat my face. I've been using it consistently for the last 2 weeks and I've been getting compliments on how radiant my skin looks. Can't wait to see the long term effects on my face!
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A tall glass of water for your uber thirsty face Think back to a time you’ve experienced heartbreak. Now pretend that right after your heart was broken a strange old woman comes and rubs liquid velvet on your face, hands you a plate of cookies, and compliments your outfit. That’s sort of how I’d describe this product. It feels AMAZING after you wash your face, and everything that once was lost, namely the natural facial lubricants you lost during cleansing, begins to regenerate. And then, as an added bonus, all of the products you apply after cleansing become super charged. Press 3 drops into your face after cleansing and toning. Your skin will thank you. Boom. Heart mended.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this product! I use this product every morning after I cleanse my face and before I apply the Super Multi-Corrective cream. Hydrates without feeling oily. I let it dry thoroughly before I put anything else on. A little goes a long way, so the bottle lasts a long time. Skin feels hydrated and glows.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great start in the morning I use this in the morning before I go down for morning prayer and meditation. Then after my shower I start with this before applying the Kiehls products I use. I repeat this at night and sometimes middle of day to freshen my face,. Thus extract is less expensive than the Japaneses product I was using. It is a product I plan on sticking with and thank you Kiehls.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't go without it. I bought this product 1 yr ago on the recommendation of a Kiehls skincare person. I have used it in the am. everyday for the year. This product provides a moisturizing effect, a smoothing to fine lines and I feel it enhances the other products that I use daily on my face.. It provides a kind of barrier from the bad stuff that cause harm to the skin...Then, I stopped using it for 3 days only, (Trip) The difference that I felt in my skin were, daily lackluster of skin tone, make up fade and at nite noticeable dryness. Now, I read to use Twice daily, yay, I will be " on it", I can only imagine the good results using as directed. I love this product
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Important step I LOVE this stuff and agree with other reviewers that it doesn't get the attention it deserves. Why do I have to search for it on the Kiehls site? I'm always worried they've discontinued it. It's usually enough of a nighttime moisturizer for me during all but the driest part of the winter, brightens, exfoliates, and smells great. Doesn't interfere with any of my other products. And, as other reviewers said, it's an excellent value - a few drops every day, feels amazing, and the bottle has lasted forever.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Don't Know What Took Me So Long To Make This Part of My Routine! This is an unassuming but vital gem. I've been using this regularly for about two weeks, and my skin feels and looks better. Its affects are subtle, but if I forget to use it, I can feel the difference. I wonder if this product has truly taken off in the way that it deserves. It seems to get little attention by both Kiehl's and it's customers. Several Kiehl's employees have told me in person that this is their favorite product, and I can see why. It's super easy to use: you apply a few drops to your palm, rub your hands together, and press it into your skin. It should be the first thing that you do after cleansing and before toning. One bottle lasts an insanely long time.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Little Known- Big Results I received a packet sample of this product and didn't know what it was. I ended up applying it like a toner, probably using too much of it. But in the morning, my skin seemed more radiant and glowing. I love the scent of this product, it's very herbal and natural. It seems to be more of a serum so I imagine that a 6.8 oz bottle would last quite a long time, making it an economical purchase. I could never find this product on the Kiehls site, I had to do a search for it to even find it. Hopefully, it is being plugged more and will get more exposure since it's an awesome product that smells great and leaves your skin smooth and refreshed.
Date published: 2016-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Skin is Glowing! I love this product. As an essence, you'll want to use this product after your toner, before your serum and treatment oil. I've noticed this only takes 1-2 drops to do the job - making this bottle last for up to a year. I've also noticed this product has brought more hydration to my skin and lightly exfoliated my skin. I've never seen my skin glowing as much as it does after using this treatment! Wish there was a smaller size
Date published: 2016-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best! Apparently, this is what my skin craves. Bought this because I am always looking for something to improve my skin texture, clarity, etc. Within two weeks, I received 3 compliments on my skin -- from a friend (who also asked if I was pregnant, because my skin was glowing!), my mother (who notices everything), and a waitress at a restaurant. I have NEVER been complimented on my skin in my entire life before this, I usually have acne and acne scars, and my skin is either dry and dull or oily. I'm about 2/3 of the way through my first bottle, and my skin is the best it's ever been. Apparently, all it wanted was the right amount of exfoliation and moisture, and this magical formula provides exactly that. I use it morning and night, and transfer it into an eyedropper bottle, because the original packaging is not quite right. It's the first product I use immediately after washing my face, usually followed by the hydro-plumping serum (also a fantastic product).
Date published: 2016-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this product very much! I love this product, already purchased three time. very rich essential location. Little sticky but perfect using before a toner for my combination skin. This is great performance and value.
Date published: 2016-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why isn't this on every buzz list? I have been using this product for a few months now and consider it an essential part of my skin care routine. I have always had problematic skin - dry yet prone to break outs in addition to just general issues from aging to sun exposure. Since using this, I have seen a noticeable difference in my skin such that I feel totally comfortable with no make-up at all. In addition the wrinkles around my eyes are barely apparent. I think that this essence just makes the other products I use work better and conditions the skin to better absorb moisture. This is especially apparent on my lips which are chronically chapped. A few taps of essence and a lip balm and I am ready to go. I start with ultra facial toner, this essence, midnight recovery or line reducing concentrate and end with either crème d'elegance or skin rescue. Nothing too crazy, but the results are great. I truly attribute this to the essence.
Date published: 2016-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great as a First or Second Step after Cleansing Love this product! I have dry skin that can look dull at times. After trying this product from a sample I received, people started to compliment me, saying my skin was glowing. I noticed the difference when I ran out of the sample and my skin didn't have that same glow. Needless to say, got the full size as soon as I could. After trying this product, I realized the importance of the skincare steps: toner, essence/serum, and moisturizer. This product has the perfect viscosity for hydration between the toner and moisturizer. So highly recommend for dry skin and all skin types during the winter months.
Date published: 2015-12-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not worth the price I only have myself to blame: I caved in to the marketing and now I have a bottle of basically scented water that I splash on my face every morning. No bad effects, but I haven't noticed any benefits either. The only plus is that one bottle will probably last over a year.
Date published: 2015-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not my favorite Although i love the texture (i'm a texture snob) i haven noticed much in the depart of "illumination" i guess its because I use midnight recovery. Overall its a nice hydrating formula (I have dry skin).
Date published: 2015-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A little goes a long way I bought this product after a facial at the Kiehl's spa. I was skeptical at first because it was a HUGE bottle, but the woman who did my facial said just use a few drops on your skin after cleansing, before applying anything else. I've been using it for 4 months now and I do see a difference in the texture of my skin. It's much softer and more hydrated. I use 5 drops only on my face and neck, and that's plenty. I follow it up with a serum and facial oil before applying foundation. It absorbs quickly and has a pleasant fragrance. This bottle will last me into the next decade!
Date published: 2015-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I bought this oh a whim. After reading all the great reviews I HAD to go get it. I've only used this product twice, but so far i'm loving it! It takes a minute for your skin to soak it up. But once it does your skin is glowing! I use it morning and night right after I tone and before i use any of my other serums. This was advised to me buy one of the ladies that works in kiehls. A must have in your daily and nightly routine! Oh and the smell is wonderful! Not overpowering at all!
Date published: 2015-07-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from no noticeable difference I've been fortunate to have good skin that would easily bounce back if any problems arose. But, lately, I have had problems with extreme dryness and flakiness; and noticed patches of red on my face. I've tried everything to relieve me of this recent problem. When I saw this essence, I thought I would give it try (as well as other products from other brands) but there was no difference. My skin was neither smoother nor radiant after consistent use of this product for a couple weeks. I showed it to my esthetician during my last facial and she studied the ingredients. She suggested products with ingredients not listed in this essence to help me with my dry skin. I've always been happy with Kiehl's skincare until now.
Date published: 2015-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Toner So Far The texture of this toner is really good. It's very smooth and moisturizing.
Date published: 2015-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Product I love the Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence, it is very light and easy to use. It gives my skin a healthy glow and I stopped using powder since I've used it.
Date published: 2015-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from nice product I tried this new essence looking for some type of serum to use before my moisturizer. I already use a toner so wanted something more. I was pleasantly surprised at this Iris Essence- it's not quite a serum, nor anywhere near as expensive as many serums can be, but it has more of a silky texture to it, unlike a toner. It has a lovely floral fragrance. All you need is 2 or 3 tiny drops for your whole face and neck--more is really too much--so it will last a very long time. I like the botanical and other ingredients, so I am really liking it so far! I use it morning and evening, after cleansing, toning and before moisturizing.
Date published: 2015-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from takes long time to be absorbed I purchased this because I saw review from someone who used SK2 for 6 years and thinks it is good alternative. I also have been using SK2 facial treatment essence for last 4~5 years. But it is way too expensive so I was looking for cheaper options. It is true this kiehl one is thicker and silkier . I like texture and moisturizing seems good. However it stays on my face for really long time before it is completely absorbed. so I had to wait a quite long time to proceed my next step of skin care.
Date published: 2015-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome product My local store was out of this particular product but sent me home with samples.. I didn't think an item closely compared to a cosmetic water could be this great! I got so many complements on my complection after just one use and it was a rough weekend sleep wise for me! It is heavier than water with a silky texture, nice light floral fragrance. I can absolutely see a difference on days when I don't put it on.
Date published: 2015-05-10
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