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The Optimist - Hydrating, Brightening Essence

by Maya Chia

A hydrating toner that combines the lightweight feel of a mist with the high-performance, treatment-focused ingredients of an essence. Featured by Byrdie Magazine.

3.4 fl oz

Why you'll love it

  • Brightens and plumps skin with a blend of antioxidants
  • Amino acids and polysaccharides deeply hydrate
  • Designed to work seamlessly into your regimen

How to use

  • How much to use: A nickel-sized amount
  • When to use it: AM and PM
  • During what step: After cleansing and before applying your other products
  • How to use: Shake a few drops into your palms, pat your hands together, and then press the essence into the skin, being sure to cover your whole face and neck.

Key ingredients

Chia seed

Help reduce the appearance of inflammation

White tea

Targets signs of aging

Licorice extract

Soothes and helps brighten


Aloe Barbadensis (*Aloe) Leaf Juice, Oryza Sativa (*Sake) Extract Camellia Sinensis Leaf (*White Tea) Extract, Pure Water (Aqua), Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate Lactobacillus, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, **Hydrolyzed Corn Starch (and) Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Panthenol, Phospholipids, **Xylityl – Glucoside – Anhydroxylitol -Xylitol, Lauryl Glucoside (and) Myristyl Glucoside (and) Polyglyceryl-6 Laurate, Salvia Hispanica (Chia Seed) Extract (and) Haematococcus Pluvialis Algal (Astaxanthin) Extract, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (*Licorice) Root Extract, Citrus Sinensis (*Sweet Orange) Essential Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Essential Oil, Cananga Odorata (*Ylang Ylang) Essential Oil, Potassium Sorbate *Certified Organic or Wildcrafted Ingredients (when available) **Ecocert/Cosmos Approved Ingredient

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About this Brand

Maya Chia is a results-driven clean skin care brand dedicated to creating thoughtful formations with excellent performance. Their products are made with the highest quality natural, organic, and wildcrafted ingredients from ethical growers across the world.

The name Maya Chia comes from the Mayan people of South America and their traditional use of the chia seed in skincare rituals. Chia seeds are the richest known plant source of omega fatty acids, antioxidants, and essential minerals, and Maya Chia’s patented extraction process creates some of the purest and most effective chia seed oil on the market. You’ll find this amazing oil in all of their products.

Maya Chia Beauty was launched in December of 2014 when founder Susanne left her corporate career to pursue her passion. Susanne was always keenly interested in the act of skincare rituals, and how little acts of self-care can profoundly transform the way one feels about themselves. Since its founding, Maya Chia has become one of the most lauded skincare brands in the clean beauty industry due to the incredible products and unique brand vision.

From Maya Chia:

”Maya Chia’s primary goal as a brand: to be grounded (not in marketing) but in high-performance ingredients, science, and results. We are not interested in fly-by-night ingredients or the latest in trends that may not yield the results we’re looking for. We are excited because our ingredients create high-performance products that work, that get results… and in many cases, rather quickly. In all of our formulations, we work hard to create a proprietary synergistic combination of the best ingredients that will deliver on the promise of the particular product and what it’s supposed to do.”

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All Maya Chia products are:
  • Made in the USA
  • Never formulated with parabens, pthalates, synthetic fragrances, PEGs, or SLSs
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Customer Reviews

Based on 67 reviews
Sue B
Love it!

Smells delightful and feels SO refreshing. Can apply over makeup as well with no smudging‼️

Optimist Perfect!

This product is the most marvelous part of my skin care routine. I mist my face twice a day and all the winter skin dullness is gone! Will definitely reorder.

Jaleh Bisharat
Love this product!

Super hydrating and refreshing. I actually look forward to spritzing my face with this Maya Chia Essence after my shower in the morning. The smell is wonderful and I apply my NakedPoppy facial oil before it dries to lock in hydration. I love this product. Full disclosure: I'm a NakedPoppy co-founder.

Ryanne W. via
Grab this!

If you’re looking for a true spray and go mist, this is it, the serum that’s in this mist , give such a hydrating dewy finish I love it! Especially when I’m just looking for a quick moisture boost! The smell is truly spa quality!

Nikki J. via
She's family :)

I'm on my third bottle of The Optimist so, I'd say she's not cheap but she's family. Her intoxicating aroma was the first thing that kept me testing out a mist or two at my local Credo. After researching, using, and adoring the other Maya Chia products I knew it would only be adding positive vibes and effective results. The Optimist is especially soothing to use immediately after microneedling sessions with my GloPRO. I love her.

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