Best brand: Sulwhasoo

When it comes to face care, I have to say that Sulwhasoo is, by far, the best brand there is. From its unique, luxurious Korean packaging to the pleasant aroma of Korean herbs, Sulwhasoo exemplifies what prestigious skincare should be – effective, functional and fancy. It’s the kind of brand that is so attractive, you would rather skip a few dinners and movies and splurge to get even just one item.

I have used most of the skin care and cosmetics from this brand – my favorite items are the Herb Soap, Balancing Water and Balancing Fluid. These are the basic products and yet, personally, they outperform their more ‘intensive treatment’ products.

Herb Soap by Sulwhasoo
Herb Soap by Sulwhasoo

The Herb Soap is, hands down, the best soap I have ever used. Its packaging has also gone through a recent face lift – instead of a fancy soap case, it’s now a beautiful soap plate. The old version consisted of three 80g herb soaps; the new version contains two 100g soaps. Each Herb Soap is handmade and takes about 40 days to process, and contains 6 year old Korean ginseng extracts. The Herb Soap is also called the royal soap because the same formula was used in ancient Korea by the royal families, that’s how fancy this soap is. As for the aroma, like all Sulwhasoo products, it is a lightly fragranced herbal smell, not pungent or heavy but just the right notes to enhance the experience.

Sulwhasoo Balancing Emulsion
Sulwhasoo Balancing Emulsion

The Balancing Water is a great skin softener. With my dehydrated combination skin, I often find it hard to find a toner that hydrates but doesn’t feel oily, and this one works out just great for me. The Balancing Emulsion is also the best moisturizer I have ever used. It is highly moisturizing but not greasy. While many moisturizers that claim to be non greasy either feel too light or oily, this one really has the texture and feel just right.

Sulwhasoo Hydroaid Serum
Sulwhasoo Hydroaid Serum

The Hydroaid Serum is a rather light hydrating serum that complements the Emulsion. The texture is slightly runny and milky, but I find that the Emulsion is a lot more moisturizing than the Hydroaid Serum, which actually retails at CAD$120. For that amount of money, I personally find it better to just layer up the Emulsion!

Sulwhasoo Snowise Balancing Water
Sulwhasoo Snowise Balancing Water

The whitening line called Snowise, has gone through several redesigns of packaging too. However, the products are pretty much the same. I do like the Snowise Balancing Water – it does feel very much like the one from the basic step – but I don’t find that it has any brightening properties. The Snowise Balancing Emulsion is less moisturizing compared to the Basic Balancing Emulsion too, but I find that in general, the whitening lines are less hydrating anyway (more alcohol). I think the Basic line performs much better than the Snowise line in terms of hydration, but if you have oilier skin, the Snowise line is probably much more suitable for you.

Sulwhasoo Yebit Powder
Sulwhasoo Yebit Powder

When it comes to makeup, Sulwhasoo has one of the best loose powder around. The Yebit Powder, a loose powder, is moisturizing without appearing cakey or heavy, and it doesn’t chalk up like most loose powders do. The texture is super fine and slightly moist. It also does not contain any artificial colorants. What’s even better – it is refillable – a big plus if you are environmentally concious. Sulwhasoo’s packaging is so nice, you will want to keep the containers around anyway!

A quick tip: the shades are not the same as the other Amore brands. For example, the #15 in Sulwhasoo loose powder is transparent, #21 is very light and #23 is light. These shades are much lighter than the same numbers in Iope or Laneige shades. When in doubt, go for #23 for the most natural shade (#15 and #21 will appear very white and ghastly if you don’t have very fair skin).

Sulwhasoo has an international website available in 3 languages (Korean, English and Chinese): Its website also won best web design award in Korea. One look at it and you will agree.


223 comments on Best brand: Sulwhasoo

  1. sukiyaki
    January 20, 2009 at 10:45 am (8 years ago)

    Love Sulwhasoo – the best πŸ™‚

  2. Liza
    March 19, 2009 at 3:10 pm (8 years ago)

    Do you think Sulwhasoo is better the Laneige ? I’m 29 years old Asian woman.

    I’m searching for the best product to use for my skin. My skin is i think similar to your skin (I just read your review on L’occitane Immortalle Serum)

    I have sensitive and dry skin, i use some product Clinique (turnaround radiance peel) and now my skin is dry and every time i put moisturizer it’s hurting like i have a sun burn.

    So IÒ€ℒm asking is there any suggestion you can give me.

    Thank you,

  3. Joseibi
    March 19, 2009 at 5:26 pm (8 years ago)

    Hi Liza,

    Thank you for coming!

    Laneige is not hydrating enough – it’s better for very young skin (I’d say no older than 22-23) and it is designed for the 18-25 age group. It will feel like a waste of money if you have dry skin. Sulwhasoo is definitely a whole lot better when it comes to hydration, especially if you are over 25.

    Sulwhasoo is designed for women from their early thirties on – since you are 29 you can get just the basic toner and emulsion (don’t bother with whitening stuff – it’s not hydrating enough and doesn’t have much effect) and you will notice a difference. Although my skin is sensitive and there is a fragrance (a pleasant oriental herb smell) I love it and my skin never reacted to it.

    Clinique never worked for me…if you have sensitive skin I think it’s best to stay away from acids (AHA and BHA), because the more it exfoliates the thinner your skin gets and that makes your skin even more sensitive.

    Hope this helps! πŸ™‚

    Sulwhasoo’s site is at by the way.

  4. Liza
    March 26, 2009 at 11:54 pm (8 years ago)

    Thank you for your reply, you are so sweet for helping me , i will try sulwhasoo, i have problem using hyaluronic acid. It made my skin look so thin and i can see clear of my black spot.

    I also have thin line in my forehead. I hope i can see difference after using sulwhasoo

    I just like to say that i love your blog. It’s the best blog ever compare to any blog i search

  5. Joseibi
    March 27, 2009 at 5:34 pm (8 years ago)

    Thank you so much for your kind words, Liza! I hope Sulwhasoo will help. The basic toner, emulsion and soap are very good. πŸ™‚

  6. hello
    April 27, 2009 at 2:36 am (8 years ago)

    I am a Malaysian and looking for a good skin care brand, I came across this website, this is my first time hearing this brand, not sure if this brand is available in Malaysia specialty store as it’s definitely not available in the departmental counters nor pharmacy

  7. Joseibi
    April 27, 2009 at 9:24 pm (8 years ago)

    Dear hello,

    I am not sure if there are any Sulwhasoo flagship or concept stores in Malaysia – the official Sulwhasoo website only shows stores in Hong Kong and South Korea – but some Laneige or Amore stores may sell Sulwhasoo (the Amore Canada stores sell Laneige, Iope and Sulwhasoo). since Laneige has stores in Malaysia, you may want to try them and see if their staff know about Sulwhasoo.

    Best of luck!

  8. Liza
    May 14, 2009 at 2:33 am (8 years ago)

    Dear Joseibi,

    Thank you for your advise.

    This is my second week using Sulwhasoo, I really love it. They gave me the stay all night mask and I love it. But i’ve ask the lady in the counter she said i should try the snow whitening line , because i have skin discoloration. So i bought the regulat one because is mother’s day. She also gave me the snow line to try., but i’ve not try it.

    OO yes my friend is also accompany me and she bought the same thing , only not as much as me. She is so love this product, that she is asking me to go with her and bought the complete set of original sulwhasoo. And it’s a good deal because they still have mother’s day packaging.

    Thank you for your blog, it’s hard to find any info for sulwhasoo.

    Love, Liza

  9. Joseibi
    May 14, 2009 at 5:15 pm (8 years ago)

    Hi Liza,

    Thank you for sharing your feedback!! Sulwhasoo has it all – great packaging, the feel-good factor (herbal and nice texture) and you actually see results. The basic line far exceeds anything I have used and the herb soap is still incomparable in my opinion!

    I agree, it’s nice to buy during Mother’s Day. The Korean sets are so generous, aren’t they, they give you so many bonuses in the same set for the same price of an individual product! I always buy around Mother’s Day or Christmas. Great deals and where I am (Toronto), it’s also tax free (Mother’s Day and Christmas only)!

    Hope to see you around and thank you again for dropping by! πŸ™‚

  10. anne
    May 22, 2009 at 2:58 pm (8 years ago)

    Hi! I’ve been looking for reviews on skincare products and I’m glad I came across your site. However now I’m torn. I’m 28yrs old with combination skin and not sensitive..I guess that’s dry on cheeks and oily tzones (sorry I’m new to this). I was looking towards the basic skin care line of sulwhasoo (water, emulsion and first care serum) but now I also saw that you highly recommend SKII as well. Now I’m torn. Can you give me some suggestions as far as basic skin care and recommended brands. I’m now so confused! Thanks in advance!

  11. Joseibi
    May 22, 2009 at 8:09 pm (8 years ago)

    Hi anne,

    Lots of choices when it comes to skin care! πŸ˜› As far as hydration goes, the basic line of Sulwhasoo will work very well on a long term basis. SKII’s Facial Treatment Essence (it’s more like a toner in terms of texture) is good to be used as part of a regime, but not the only thing you will use. The only must have from the SKII line is the essence but if you are looking for a whole set, then Sulwhasoo’s cleanser, toner and emulsion are really great basics although very expensive.

    You can always buy the essence as an ‘addition’ to your regime. For myself, the Sulwhasoo basic 3 step is more than adequate and the hydration is very good. I am not too sure about the First Care Serum though – for that amount of money you spend on this serum you are better off getting the SKII Facial Treatment Essence. I personally don’t find the First Care Serum did much…the emulsion is hydrating enough.

    I don’t know if that helps but I am always drooling over these great products – just have to plan it out I guess! πŸ˜›

  12. Xevia
    May 24, 2009 at 10:50 am (8 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi!
    I really enjoy reading your blog πŸ™‚
    I have a question regarding sulwhasoo products… are the ingredients safe? Meaning are they chemical (like paraben) and fragrance free?
    Thank you so much for having such a nice blog!!!

  13. Joseibi
    May 24, 2009 at 7:53 pm (8 years ago)

    Hi Xevia,

    Thank you for coming!

    Sulwhasoo uses a lot of oriental herbs in their products, but they are not fragrance or paraben free. That doesn’t mean the products are not safe, but they just aren’t additives free.

    If you want a good brand without additives, you can try Fancl or Haba, both are very good. If you don’t like fragrances, I am sorry to tell you that most Korean products are quite heavily scented! πŸ˜›

    Hope to see you here again! πŸ™‚

  14. Jacelen
    June 7, 2009 at 2:29 am (8 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi,

    Where can I get Sulwhasoo or Laneige products in Toronto/Vancouver/Calgary?



  15. Joseibi
    June 8, 2009 at 9:35 pm (8 years ago)

    Dear Jacelen,

    You can get Amore products (Laneige, Iope and Sulwhasoo) in at least 5 locations in GTA area – the website is They do ship but I recommend going to the stores to buy because they have much newer products. The website is still selling products that have been upgraded which you can find at the stores but not on their website.

    To find the stores just use their Store Locator, I believe they may have locations in B.C. but not sure about Calgary.

    Hope this helps! πŸ™‚

  16. ICE
    June 16, 2009 at 5:21 am (8 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi

    I’m live in Thailand, now I used Sulwhasoo balance water + emulsion, lifting cream. I very like this brand it optimal for my skin but I think it not enough care for me.
    I am 31 years old and I have light wrinkle, sensitive and dry skin kindly please recommend cosmetics which extra care for me.

    Thank in advance.

  17. Joseibi
    June 16, 2009 at 7:56 pm (8 years ago)

    Hello ICE,

    Thank you for coming! I have similar skin like yours and I am 33. You are using very good stuff – if you aren’t using a moisturizing mask I think it will be good to add one. Sulwhasoo has a Overnight leave on mask which will seal in the moisture overnight and I think you might benefit from using it once or twice a week.

    You can also try cloth essence sheet masks such as SKII’s Facial Treatment Mask. Your current routine is already very good but adding a mask once or twice a week will be good.

    Do use sunscreen! I find that the sun dries out my skin if I don’t use a strong SPF. For my skin I have to use a moisturizing sunscreen such as Estee Lauder’s Nutritious UV Protector SPF50. You will need to moisturize prior to applying sunscreen. I think IOPE (also manufactured by Amore) has a sunscreen called Sunblock White, which I used and it’s very light but moisturizing and has lightening effect. Sulwhasoo’s whitening line has a UV protector but I think it’s twice the price but IOPE’s sunblock is almost the same as the Sulwhasoo in terms of texture and it’s half the price.

    I hope this helps! I am no expert – just tried plenty of these products that’s all. πŸ™‚

  18. ICE
    June 17, 2009 at 1:59 am (8 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi,

    Many thanks for your kindly advice about Sulwhasoo. I will try Sulwhasoo overnight soon. Now I use sisley ecological I think it’s moisture and very good for me. I have many skin care but never use mask sheet I just use scrub of Skinfood twice a week. I want to share my skin care step day and night to you.

    Day :
    Kose Sekkisei : toner
    kose recovery essence excellent
    Sisley Ecological : moisture
    Kose Day Essence : UV protection SPF 25+
    some day
    Sulwhasoo water : toner
    Sulwhasoo emulsion
    Kose Day Essence

    kose astalution wrinkle lotion : toner
    Kose astalution essence
    Sisley ecological
    Estee Resilience Lift Extreme OverNight Ultra Firming Creme or Kose cream excellent
    some day
    Sulwhasoo water : toner
    Sulwhasoo emulsion
    Sulwhasoo lifting and Sulwhasoo gingeng concentrated cream

    I just used Sulwhasoo for 2 weeks ago.
    What do you think about my skin care ? It too much or not.
    If you have some cosmetic which reduce wrinkle and mininize pore please let me know.

    By the way I’m so sorry for my wrong grammar, I’m not good at in english.

  19. Joseibi
    June 17, 2009 at 10:16 pm (8 years ago)

    Dear ICE,

    You are very welcome! Please keep in mind that it’s hard to do a consultation without seeing you so I can only give you quick tips on the products.

    I think you use a lot of products, several are ‘duplicates’ – for example, if you use one toner, you don’t need another toner. It’s ok to layer on essence and moisturizer and top off with a cream but one of each kind is enough, especially looking at your list, all the products you are using are very good (high functioning) and top-of-the-line products. When you use two or three essences all at once, you may not be able to tell which one is working.

    If you just started using a new brand or product 2 weeks ago, give it time. It usually takes at least 4 weeks for any improvements to show. When you use so many products all at once, there is a chance that your skin can be stressed out and later on will require so many products just to maintain because it becomes reliant on all these products.

    I think using one product per type will be enough – one toner, one emulsion, one cream – and perhaps add a moisturizing mask once to twice a week will be more beneficial.

    Don’t worry about your grammar, I understand you perfectly! I wish I had your budget for all these fabulous products!! πŸ™‚

    Wrinkle and pore products – they take time to work so don’t expect any overnight miracles. Give a treatment product at least 4 weeks. All the products you list should help you with wrinkles and pores (your choice is very good already). If you had wrinkles and large pores for a long time, these products will take time to work. Even if you go to the salon, you will require several treatments to see results, so any at home products will take time as well!

    I guess my best advice is to downsize and be patient. You got great stuff already! πŸ™‚

  20. ICE
    June 24, 2009 at 6:31 am (8 years ago)

    Dear Joseibi,

    Thak you for your advice I will use abate and not duplicate product. In August I will feedback to you what happen to me skin.


  21. Mai Her
    June 26, 2009 at 7:53 pm (8 years ago)


    I want to order, bulk wholesale of your products.
    Waiting for your eary reply,

    Thank you
    Ms. Mai Her

  22. Joseibi
    June 30, 2009 at 8:10 pm (8 years ago)

    Hi Mai Her,

    We are a beauty blog, not an online store…

  23. Sun
    July 7, 2009 at 4:44 am (8 years ago)

    hi Joseibi,

    I like to try out Sulwhasoo products. Wondering what are the basic products you’ll recommend?

    Thanks πŸ™‚

  24. Joseibi
    July 7, 2009 at 5:38 pm (8 years ago)

    Hello Sun,

    Thanks for coming!

    I love the Herb Soap, balancing toner and emulsion the most. This is very basic but I find that they work very well and the hydration is excellent. If your skin is dry then you can add the Sulwhasoo cream (the basic line) and your skin will be in good shape.

    Sulwhasoo is for 35+ years but I have started to use it when I was 29 because my skin is so dehydrated. During the time I used it my dehydration went away. But because I constantly want to try out other products I did stray – but if you like Sulwhasoo it’s best to stick to it. The basic line works best – plus the masks – Nourishing Mask and the sleeping pack Overnight Revitalizing Treatment are also great if you have extra cash in your budget!

    (Just buying the soap, toner and emulsion will cost you over $100, the masks are around $55 each – all prices quoted are in Canadian)

  25. Grace
    July 9, 2009 at 3:24 am (8 years ago)

    Dear Joseibi,

    What would you recommend I purchase as a gift for my korean boyfriend’s mother? I will be visiting her for a short time and wanted to bring something with me as a gift. What products would you recommend? She is from Korea, and since I am not korean I wanted to get a nice product for her, (but not too pricey though). Would this be the best brand? If this brand, what product? Any other recommendations for when I first meet her πŸ˜‰ haha
    What is your personal favorite anti-aging wrinkle cream? Any products you can use to firm up the skin of your entire body?


  26. Joseibi
    July 14, 2009 at 5:25 pm (8 years ago)

    Dear Grace,

    Thanks for coming! πŸ™‚

    For Sulwhasoo or a first gift, I would recommend getting the herb soap. It is the safest thing and looks gorgeous (the packaging is very luxurious). If you get any treatment products you might offend someone, but soaps everyone will use and will appreciate. Herb Soap (2 bars) is around US$40 (CAD$50 or so), two bars will last a whole year! (I just finished one bar and it lasted me a good 5 months and that’s shared between me and my husband!)

    I have yet to find a great anti-aging wrinkle cream yet, with the exception of Dior’s Capture Totale. It is super pricey but I find that Charmzone’s Hibutan line does the same thing but at 30% less. For body firming, haven’t tried that yet… πŸ˜› If you have one please do share your feedback! πŸ™‚

  27. NLum919
    March 4, 2010 at 1:31 am (7 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi,

    I just discovered your blog and love it!! I just recently heard of the brand Sulwhasoo and heard so many good things about it and decided to give it a try. I actually bought a few products on Ebay, they have sellers who offers little trial packages and great prices…sometimes it’s cheaper buying a bunch of the sample packages then the big version.
    This would be my second day of using the product and haven’t seen much of a difference, but as you said it would take about 4 weeks for a product to work and waiting in anticipation to see what this brand would do for me. I have very sensitive skin that tends to be dry on the cheeks and a bit oily in the t-zone and have tried numerous products with no satisfactory results and have really high hopes for Sulwhasoo to work (being the last brand I use). However, I find that the steps are quite confusing to use and hope that maybe you would be able to help. I find that the emulsion is just not enough for my skin and would like to add a cream to the regime but unsure on which cream is most beneficial. I have a little jar of the Concetrated Ginseng cream but would also like to try the firming cream…which one would you recommend?

  28. Joseibi
    May 17, 2010 at 10:56 pm (7 years ago)

    HI NLum919,

    I am sorry I completely missed your comment!! If you are still there I hope you get this reply.

    If you have sensitive skin, and if you are particularly sensitive to alcohol or fragrance, beware of Korean skin care because most of them contain fragrance and alcohol.

    Products will need at least 28 days (that’s the cycle of average skin) to work – if you have dehydrated skin for a long time, give the products extra time to work. It’s not uncommon to take up to 3 months for results to show if you have particular conditions for a long time.

    If you stick with Sulwhasoo or Korean lines and want to keep it simple, I would recommend the double-cleansing (makeup remover + foam cleanser), toner, essence, emulsion and then cream (if needed) – in that order. During the day of course you will need a sunscreen. Sulwhasoo also has an Overnight Rejuvenating Treatment which is a mask that you wear to sleep at night (no rinsing required).

    Did you try the Ginseng Cream yet? I have the Lifting Cream and it is very rich. Do keep in mind that little samples are great for testing out the texture and especially for sensitive skin, to see if your skin reacts to it or not. If you were to commit to a full-sized product, either one is fine depending on what you want to treat. Both creams are very hydrating and emollient.

    I apologize for such a late reply (had surgery back in March)! Hope you will check back. πŸ™‚

  29. raye
    May 29, 2010 at 10:32 pm (7 years ago)

    Hello, this is my first time seeing this blog and i must say its really good. filled with reviews ^^

    I’m currently 19yrs old and live in australia where is climate i think isnt too humid or dry? I’m going to korea in a couple of days and since i’ve heard so much about how their products are aweome i was wondering if you could recommend me some.

    I have slightly dry skin, not oily at all but because i have sleep deprivation my skin is very dull. there was only once i used a korean brand and that was the rice lotion from face shop and it didnt agree with me. i hardly get pimples but i get these tiny bumps… hmmm sorry i suck at explaining.

    Also have you heard something called BB cream? which one do you think is the best?

    I was thinking of buying sulwhasoo whitening 3 pack for my mum who has a oiler skin but i am worried that herbal things will need to be used continously or it will have a negative effect?

    thanks so much! sorry for my long explanation

  30. Joseibi
    June 1, 2010 at 3:34 pm (7 years ago)

    Dear raye,

    I hope this isn’t too late! Hope you get this before you go. korea is filled with goodies – there are hundreds of Korean brands in their domestic market. Some cheap ones (equivalent to our drugstore brands like Olay), some very high end. Sulwhasoo is a high end brand by AmorePacific – it’s for more mature skin (35+). Don’t worry about the herbal stuff – it’s good for you in the Sulwhasoo formulations anyway. You will likely see all kinds of Korean brands with herbal formulas – they are very popular there!

    Based on your age I would recommend Laneige, also made by AmorePacific. There are tonnes of brands equivalent to Laneige in Korea though so if you are there, knock yourself out and enjoy picking and sampling! πŸ™‚

    PS Face Shop products are so-so, I would compare it to The Body Shop quality – not the best stuff, mostly hype. BB creams – some swear by them, I don’t. I don’t have any blemishes so I can’t give an objective recommendation – I did try one by Dr. Jart but all it is is a tinted moisturizer, nothing magical.

    Hope you will enjoy your trip!!!! ginseng and hotsprings and Korean beauty goods – you are one lucky gal!! πŸ™‚

  31. raye
    June 2, 2010 at 8:08 am (7 years ago)

    hey Joseibi,

    thanks soo much for your reply! Yeah … i think face shop is not a great brand. But its shops are extremely pretty

    thanks for your recommendation! i’ll go get laneige:

    Power Essential Skin Toner
    Laneige Water Bank Essence Lotion
    Laneige Water Sleeping Pack

    I also plan to give isa knox whitening, skin food scrub and hera sunscreen a try. (but if you have recommendations please tell me!)
    I lub your website so i’ll come back with how i go with them!

    Also i was wondering – my mum has sensitive skin. She always gets itchy skin when she uses whitening stuff like Shiseido etc. Do you think Sulwhasoo whitening line is harsh on sensitive skin?

    p.s ginseng? i saw it on tourist guides but what will i do with them? cook? stare at? Should i buy them from a special shop.

    I’m going in 1 wks time. before that i have my exams. I will definately need the pampering once i get to korea. My eye bags are worse than my mums (literally) πŸ™

  32. Joseibi
    June 2, 2010 at 10:54 am (7 years ago)

    Dear Raye,

    Glad I got you before you go! Your list sounds good. I still use Laneige Water Sleeping Pack – it’s a staple in my routine! Isa Knox is good stuff too. Higher end than Laneige and very popular even in the US.

    For your mom, I am worried that if she has sensitive skin (especially towards fragrance) then she may have a reaction with any of the Korean products because they all have fragrance in them. Sulwhasoo does use fragrance and alcohol – I have sensitive skin but never reacted to most of their products but it’is hard to say for your mother because we don’t know what she is sensitive to. If she had reacted to Shiseido’s whitening products then she might react to Sulwhasoo too! I would be very cautious buying something for her, especially Sulwhasoo is quite expensive. She will need something without fragrance and alcohol (that’s the bare minimal).

    Korea is famous for their red ginseng – they cook and consume it in soups. The taste is mildy bitter. It’s not good if you have high blood pressure though. If you aren’t into ginseng and have no intention of eating it then you don’t really have to buy it. You will likely see tonnes of beauty products with red ginseng in them anyway so you can always get your fill of red ginseng from their skincare! πŸ˜›

    I hope you will enjoy your trip!! The Japanese call Korea the nation of beautiful skin. You will be dazzled by the sheer amount of different brands there! Quite a treat! πŸ™‚

  33. raye
    June 3, 2010 at 9:20 pm (7 years ago)

    Thanks for your help. I’ve decided Sulwhasoo’s basic pack for her. Since korean skincare are all like that, i’ll just have to take a risk. If she reacts to it then i can always use it ;P

    Thanks very much!

  34. pebbles
    June 3, 2010 at 10:26 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi joseibi…I just found your website and find it very informative!

    Today, I went to the amore pacific store to buy laneige products, but the lady highly recommended sulwhasoo as she said laneige was for younger clientele. I am 33 and my skin is pretty good shape – no wrinkles but some dryness around my eyes and forehead. I ended up purchasing a gift set which contained the first care serum, balancing water, balancing emulsion and firming cream (and sample of the eye cream and overnight mask). Is this the right product line for me? I also saw a revitalizing serum but I’m not sure if that’s needed (it has it listed in the booklet of steps to follow).

    Also, are the masks any good and worth the price? Would they be a substitute for a facial? The lady there told me most Korean women go for facials 1-2x a week which is why they have great skin!!

    thanks πŸ™‚

  35. Joseibi
    June 4, 2010 at 2:24 pm (7 years ago)

    Dear pebbles,

    Thank you for coming and your kind comments! πŸ™‚

    I am 34 and I have been using Sulwhasoo first care serum, Balancing water and emulsion and anti-age eye cream for a few years now! I have dry and sensitive skin and these products are a staple for me.

    I am not surprised the lady recommended Sulwhasoo to you. Laneige is for younger women – the 18-25 group, it’s not moisturizing enough for the 25+ group. Iope is one step up from Laneige – it’s for more mature skin (25+ or 30+) but Sulwhasoo is far better than both. I used to use Laneige in my twenties, then moved up to Iope, then Sulwhasoo and I definitely can feel the difference.

    The Overnight mask (the one you leave on while sleeping) isn’t a substitute for a facial – it does moisturize very well overnight but I wouldn’t substitite it for a facial. So far, the only at-home product I have ever tried that can almost rival a salon facial is Bliss’ Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing mask ( my skin felt totally refreshed and looks glowing. It’s the only salon quality treatment mask I have used that yields results this good at home! It’s got glowing reviews at Sephora.

    Koreans and Japanese women start taking good care of their skin when they are very young, so most of them have beautiful skin. I have read in many Japanese magazines that Japanese girls as young as 14 would layer face creams thick at night and as a result their skin is moist and supple and they age well.

    By the way I used the Sulwhasoo Revitalizing Serum too – it’s expensive but I didn’t see too much of a difference…it’s good, but my lines are still there! I prefer the basic line from Sulwhasoo. The First Care Serum isn’t hydrating enough in my opinion but at least it didn’t feel too silicone-ish.

    Hope this helps! πŸ™‚

  36. Joseibi
    June 4, 2010 at 2:25 pm (7 years ago)

    Dear raye,

    Good choice!!! It’s true, it’s good to get something that you can use in case your mom’s skin reacts to it. I love Sulwhasoo’s masks. They don’t dry out my skin.

    wish you a great trip!!! πŸ™‚

  37. pebbles
    June 9, 2010 at 10:31 am (7 years ago)

    Thanks for your response Joseibi πŸ™‚ I’ve been using the products for a week now and I absolutely love everything!

    Also, I’ve seen some people selling Sulwhasoo locally for prices cheaper than the Amore stores- do you think its worth it or are there “counterfeit” products out there?

  38. Joseibi
    June 9, 2010 at 2:09 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi pebbles!

    Glad to hear the products are working for you!!!! πŸ˜€

    I wouldn’t recommend buying Sulwhasoo at other places – you never know where the stock comes from and I have seen some sellers remove the manufacture date with nail polish if it expires or is close to expiration! At Amore stores you know that they are authorized dealers. Also, these Korean products change their packaging and names every season so at Amore stores they usually carry the latest version.

    I actually wish you found me earlier – since in May Amore stores usually don’t charge taxes for mother’s day and that promotion lasts a couple of weeks! The next promotion will be Christmas. Sometimes they do that for the moon festival too. I usually wait until those times to buy because it’s great savings when you buy a lot of stuff! πŸ˜‰

  39. sophia10
    June 13, 2010 at 1:42 am (7 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi,

    I was wondering if you could advise me as to which skincare line would suit my face and age (26). Im torn between positive reviews of Laneige and Sulwhasoo.

    I currently live in Malaysia where it’s humid and sticky all day and night. it’s scorching hot mid day and heavily rains in the evening. I have dehydrated/ combination skin with many tiny flesh tone oil seeds that form at the side bridge of my nose, middle of my forehead and on my chin. oiliness does not surface, but my face does sweat profusely during the day. I have uneven discolouration at my forehead and chin mouth area. I hardly have any adverse reactions when trying new skincare, which is a plus point.

    Due to my skin type and since i reside in a humid environment, I prefer moisturizers that have a lotion like consistency and is water based as i find that these type of products absorb quicker, is less likely to leave that sticky feeling and will not contribute to the formation of oil seeds. That goes the same with sunscreen/ block. I detest the cream versions as they just sit on top of my skin, leaving my face sticky and adding an unpleasant shine. So far the only sunblock that has been working well with my skin is Shiseido’s extra smooth sun protection lotion. However, to my dismay, they have decided to discontinue the product.

    I went to Laneige and the SA recommended the Star White line to combat my discolouration. I tried the Star White skin refiner and emulsion and i like the consistency. At times, the emulsion does not readily absorb and thus leaving my skin feeling sticky, but it isn’t much to complain about. I can’t say that it has or hasn’t worked as the given sample size only lasted me two weeks. I have read quite positive reviews regarding the Star white line and the White plus renew essence, which ultimately prompted me to try out their skincare in the first place.

    So in the midst of trying Laneige, I came across a lady in her early 40s with the most gorgeous skin- poreless and even skin with no trace of makeup whatsoever. She said she used Sulwhasoo. I have also heard positive reviews about Sulwhasoo but have yet to try any of their products, since obtaining them in Malaysia is close to none.

    My main concern is evening out my skin tone. I have heard that hydration both internally and externally is the key to an even and brighter skin tone. So maybe hydration is all that is needed than a whitening line? Since you mentioned that Sulwhasoo is targeted for those 30++ and Laneige for the younger age group, I am worried that Sulwhasoo might not be suitable for my age.

    Your thoughts and feedback?

    Terribly sorry for the long explanation. A bit much to digest, i know, but since we’ve never met for you to some what diagnose my skin, thought the best would be a detailed explanation πŸ™‚

    Thanks a bunch!

  40. Joseibi
    June 15, 2010 at 10:38 am (7 years ago)

    Dear sophia10,

    No apologies needed! It’s good to share our experiences because these products are not cheap! πŸ™‚

    In my twenties, I used Laneige. Now I am 34 I have been using Sulwhasoo. I also don’t need foundation or concealer or powder. I do credit Sulwhasoo for hydrating my skin well enough I don’t have any major skin concerns!

    However, you are very young, I think Laneige will be more suitable for you, especially you live in a humid environment. Laneige is a good brand with strong hydration. By the way I would recommend getting the White Plus Renew because Star White has been discontinued several years ago (replaced by White Plus Renew) so whatever stock they sell could be old! used to sell Star White and it had been the best selling skin care line on our store ever. I have used the laneige Power Essential Skin and I think it’s a great toner. Very hydrating, not sticky. But if you do want to get rid of the discoloration I would recommend using products from the same line (e.g. White Plus Renew) to reap maximum benefits, since many products work better in synergy. Whitening products are better when you use the same line.

    Shiseido’s sunscreens are newly reformulated but they are still around, hopefully you can still get it at the shiseido counters! (department stores’ Shiseido international counter) I use Shiseido’s SPF50 and love it. You can also try Kanebo’s Allie – it is just as good but without the fragrance, and very light, non sticky.

    I think Sulwhasooo will be heavy for you for now. I would recommend using Laneige until you are 30+ and then switch over to Sulwhasoo. πŸ™‚

  41. sophia10
    June 16, 2010 at 11:46 am (7 years ago)

    Hi hi,

    Thank you so much for your feedback. It couldn’t have come at a better time as my friend is on a work trip to Korea. Great timing to ask her to buy me products πŸ™‚ It’s cheaper there I presume? Malaysia sells the White Plus renew essence at rm 175, btw.

    I shall take your advice and go forth with the White Plus Renew. Malaysia currently stock the essence, night cream and eye serum from that line. The rest of the whitening line ie refiner, emulsion comes from the Star White range. Will not be purchasing that as you said, it might be really old stock.

    Will definitely be trying out the Kanebo Allie sunscreen.

    Thanks again for your thoughts and feedback.


  42. Joseibi
    June 16, 2010 at 3:47 pm (7 years ago)

    Dear Sophia10,

    You and your friend are lucky! Even if you don’t go it’s great to have someone to get the products for you.

    Laneige in Korea is considered a mid-range brand, not sure if it’s any cheaper than in Malaysia but when your friend goes to Korea she will notice hundreds of brands there. Amore has its own concept stores all over the place so your friend is in luck!

    Hope your friend will enjoy her trip and bring you back lots of goodies! (I am very envious – although I will so lose control if I go there like I did in Japan!!)

  43. bubbles
    June 22, 2010 at 9:18 am (7 years ago)

    Dear Joseibi

    love your blog!

    I am trying to compare the following brands: AmorePacific, Sulwhasoo and SKII. I have used AP products and SKII products in the past and like them, and have recently come across Sulwhasoo brand. What do you recommend?

    My current regimen:
    AmorePacific face cleanser
    SKII Essence Treatment
    SKII Signs eye cream
    SKII moisturizer

    I have also been told that I should be using a Serum, is the SKII essence kind of a serum, and also do i need to use a separate toner?

    Thank you so much!

  44. Joseibi
    June 22, 2010 at 2:17 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi bubbles,

    You are using really good stuff!! if it’s working for you, I would advise sticking to it because your regimen sounds great.

    If your skin is really dry or have wrinkle then a serum will help, but yes, SKII’s Facial Treatment Essence is already a serum (it’s like a toner and essence combined) so you don’t need another one unless you feel your skin needs more. If your SKII moisturizer is an emulsion type then you can add a cream type over it in the winter if your skin is dry, but otherwise you are doing fine. You can add a cloth essence mask once in awhile if you have it in your budget.

    Toners are debatable – some swear by them, some think they are not beneficial one way or the other. I use toners out of habit. Your SKII Facial Treatment Essence is part toner in texture anyway so you don’t need a separate toner.

    Good to see you here and hope you will come back! πŸ™‚

  45. Lala
    June 29, 2010 at 10:40 pm (7 years ago)

    Hey Joseibi!!! Couldn’t help reading all these comments, I am so glad people love Sulwhasoo!!! It is just that great <3

    I love The Amore on Bloor!!! I always stop by and just have to walk in even if I don’t buy anything hahaha!!! Joseibi, did you know that they sell The History of Whoo products in the PAT Korean Supermarket two stores down?! Not sure if you knew πŸ™‚

    I recommend you visit it if you want some information on their line!!! I will be visiting The Amore and the Korean grocery store where they sell The History of Whoo next week, I would love to come back to share some information I hope to gather from there!!!

    I am not surprised you didn’t see much results with the Revitalizing Serum because NEITHER DID I! I used it for 3 months and nothing really changed haha. Just my skin felt smoother but that was about it.

    I have also used the Hydroaid Serum and I also find that the Balancing Emulsion performs the same in terms of hydration! Two months ago I bought the Herblinic Serum, and I must say that it is one of the BEST serums out there. It REALLY moisturizes the skin. I used it in conjunction with the Ginseng Concentrated Cream (I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS CREAM!!!) It hydrates your skin, firms it up, makes you glow and the texture of the cream is so smooth that it glides through your face! πŸ˜€

    Last year, I used the whole Sulwhasoo Snowise Whitening Line. I totally agree with you Joseibi about this line not being enough hydrating! I find that the Snowise Whitening Cream is really hydrating, but my skin was not hydrated with the Snowise Water and Serum. I find that the new Snowise Serum is much more hydrating, however I found it a bit sticky. But after a few minutes after putting my palms over my face, the serum absorbed quickly. (This is a Serum which I did see brightening effects on the skin, it gives a healthy and natural glow)

    The Snowise UV Protect Cream was a good sunscreen in terms of having SPF 46 and it was hydrating, but it was not my favourite! The reason being, firslty looking at the active ingredients:

    – Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate
    – bis Ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl Triazine
    – Titanium dioxide
    – Zinc Oxide

    Zinc Oxide is a great natural filter! But the other three are known to be carcinogenic, NOT a fan of this! πŸ™

    My skin looked shiny (not greasy). It is just one of those sunscreens I am not a big fan of. So I did not repurchase it.

    With Sulwhasoo Snowise line, in terms of whitening, I am not sure if I should say it whitened my skin! But I can surely say that my skin glowed, it became brighter and I had an even-complexion!!! Not bad eh!

    If you want to whiten your skin, I highly recommend The History of Whoo Seol Whitening Line!!!!! UGH, I am IN LOVE WITH THIS LINE!!!!!!! You see results in less than a month, I was so surprised! πŸ˜€

    Sulwhasoo is one of the best skin care lines to date. I would highly recommend this line to everyone!!! You will see results which is the most important!!! πŸ˜€ I am always excited when I use Sulwhasoo in the morning, it makes my day haha!!!

    Thank you Joseibi for this wonderful post!!!! <3 πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I appreciate your love for Korean and Japanese skin care!!! πŸ™‚

  46. Joseibi
    July 1, 2010 at 10:04 pm (7 years ago)

    Thanks, Lala!!! I know the Amore locations (the one on Bloor is one of my favourites – the other one being the one at Yonge/Finch) too, I love the Korean ladies there, they are very knowledgeable and helpful even if you don’t buy they are generous with samples!!!

    I will definitely try out those samples of the History of Whoo whitening products! I have a few freckles I would like to get rid of!

    I have used Iope’s Sunblock White and I prefer that to the Sulwhasoo’s, it’s half the price of the Sulwhasoo one too! πŸ˜‰ But most of these sunscreens from Korean lines are nanonized…not sure if I like that. However their formulations are still better than the ones here using oxybenzone, although I find it hard to find a very good non-chemical sunscreen that lasts all day! (Lavanila has one but it’s not sweat-proof and will run down your face with the slightest bit of sweat)

    I actually wish I had it in my budget to try out these creams!!! lately I lost control with makeup. Just went crazy, as you can tell from my product reviews! πŸ˜›

    BTW do you use SKII?

  47. Lala
    July 1, 2010 at 11:29 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi!! Oh I have to agree! They know everything about each brand which I love!!! And samples! Ah who can argue with that hahaha πŸ™‚

    I highly recommend it The History of Whoo line! Yay!!!

    Ohh I was actually thinking of getting the IOPE Sunblock White, but instead I got the Laneige Sunblock Triple SPF 40, and I really like it. It gives a natural glow to the face which I love! I just hate these carcinogenic filters for sunscreen! Ugh, I wish they could just use Zinc Oxide haha. I bought this Organic sunscreen called Badger, but it looks WAY TO OILY on my skin! So I stopped using it haha

    They were very expensive creams!!! I had to save up so much!!! I only trust Sulwhasoo and other Japanese and Korean skin care so I am not going to waste 20 or 40 dollars on something that I know won’t do great things for my skin πŸ˜› haha

    I actually haven’t tried SKII! I was going to try it out, but I was not very impressed with the ingredient list . But that is prejudging haha! I might give it a go! I heard a lot of great things and bad things about this brand. Many have told me because it has become mainstream that it is not that good of a brand anymore. In the future, I hope to try their Brightening line!!! How do you like their products?!?!


  48. Lala
    July 1, 2010 at 11:30 pm (7 years ago)

    HAPPY CANADA’S DAY Joseibi!!! πŸ˜€

  49. Joseibi
    July 2, 2010 at 2:53 pm (7 years ago)

    Lala, I agree – why spend $30 $40 on things that don’t work! Better to save up for something that will, that’s a great mentality! πŸ™‚

    SKII…every brand has one or two star products. Its Facial Treatment Essence is it, have heard great stuff about their Signs line (anti-wrinkle) and have tried it and it is good. I have tried some of the other products in their line but so far the only ones I like are the whitening ones. They had gone through so many upgrades it’s hard to keep track! Love their essence masks too.

    I have come to accept some not-so-nice ingredients from brands I love as necessary evil. It’s sad but I wish these big companies would avoid using all the bad stuff too. Sometimes I am angry looking at ingredient lists from high end brands that contain mineral oil/petrolatum! A $100 cream! Cheap petrochemical humectant in expensive creams. I avoid those usually. I find that many Korean brands don’t really use the petrochemicals as much but unfortunately they are heavy on perfume and parabens. Can’t win either way can we? Until the day there is regulation on these ingredients I guess.

    Happy Canada Day to you too! (sorry one day late)

  50. Lala
    July 2, 2010 at 3:18 pm (7 years ago)

    Hey Joseibi πŸ™‚

    Exactly! The past years I have spent that much money on creams hoping that it would work for me and it didn’t. I completely stopped using Western brands. The technology they put into their cosmetic skin care is not as strong as Korean and Japanese brands. My Korean friend told me that each medicinal herb in Sulwhasoo has goes through several steps to make it VERY beneficial to the skin. And that the packaging is made in strict conditions to keep the ingredients locked up, and safe from any light!!! Even the Korean government invests in skin care research …WOW! haha

    Ohh yesss!!!! The SKII Facial Treatment Essence! I have heard wonderful things about that. I was actually going to purchase that but I already purchased the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Lotion (have you heard of this product from Japan?) maybe after that I will buy the treatment! I trust your opinion, I shall try some SKII products for sure, doesn’t hurt to try πŸ˜› !

    I AGREE! I don’t see the use of parabens, I wish they could totally cut that out! And heavily scented products πŸ™ What I don’t get is how the FDA is actually allowing these stuff into our products. For example, Red 40 has been officially known to be carcinogenic, but still is used in candy. I just don’t get it! Korean products are FILLED with fragrances! Personally I don’t mind Sulwhasoo’s fragrance, but IOPE’s is SO STRONG. I recently purchased the IOPE Whitegen Clear Mask, and OH BOY it smelt like a you were slathering on a perfume bottle of Chanel or D&G! However, their whole philosophy for using heavily fragrances is to allow a deep relaxation. You have to be in the right mood, lay back, and calm when using these products. The whole Yin and Yang energy which is understandable, but wish the fragrance was a little less stronger haha

    Thank you!!! Np πŸ™‚ Hope it went well!

  51. Joseibi
    July 3, 2010 at 2:01 pm (7 years ago)

    Dear Lala,

    I am guessing you live in the GTA area too? I agree with everything you said as well!!! In the past I spent $50 here and there thinking it’s not that expensive, and of course all that cheaper stuff didn’t work. So now I don’t even want to fool around (even if it’s $60). I go straight to a reputable J-or K-brand!

    I find that J-brands are better at their fragrance – most of them don’t use fragrance anyway, and the ones that do (including Shiseido) the fragrance is very very subtle. Korean brands on the other hand are too heavy on the fragrance. I agree with you on Iope. It was a brand I used at the end of my twenties before I moved onto Sulwhasoo; I still have a couple of products from Iope (Plant Stem Cell line) but the fragrance actually gives me a headache so I can’t use that too often.

    SKII’s Facial Treatment Essence is even better in the mask form, if you are interested; even though the mask didn’t say it has whitening properties I find that it brightens my skin, especially my forehead where it tends to be dull when it’s dehydrated. As an essence it’s great too, but with the mask you see the results quicker. It’s so expensive though but hands down the best essence/toner I have ever used!

    I have heard of Hada Labo, there is Juju’s Hyaluronic Acid serums too, pretty popular stuff! I used Juju’s years ago (bought from, not bad, for that price especially! I also found it at J-town close to where I live as well. But buying from is still cheaper!

    I find it very disturbing that our governments don’t regulate skincare and cosmetics, skin being the largest organ in our bodies and all. I even found SLS in prenatal vitamins!!! How wrong is that!! Oxybenzone in baby’s sunscreens! The saddest thing is that these companies know these things are bad and yet they slap on a ‘doctors recommended’ or ‘Canada’s #1 such and such’ seal of ‘approval’. To an average consumer without knowledge of these ingredients they probably won’t hesitate to buy it. Highly unethical!!!

    BTW did IOPE’s Whitegen work for you? I had used the whole line and it didn’t work for me. I even bought that whitening program (with a bunch of ampoules) that cost me more than $200(!) but it didn’t work squat…I agree, IOPE’s fragrance is awful – very artificial. I like Sulwhasoo’s – despite my allergies I never had problems with it.

    From my experience with western brand’s skin care, the products don’t absorb well…they tend to just sit on your skin and you don’t feel it sinking in. With few exceptions of course. I like Dior’s Capture Totale but most of that is just chemical fillers (silicones)!

    I think we are very lucky though to have Amore stores close to us. Imagine if we don’t. I prefer the Korean locations. It’s with one of them where I learn so much about skin care and found out the true condition of my skin! Over the years I developed very good relationship with some of the salesladies at Amore (Yonge/finch and Bloor locations). I am now waiting for my b-day so I get that 10% off! πŸ™‚

  52. Lala
    July 3, 2010 at 7:26 pm (7 years ago)

    Hey Joseibi!!!

    Yes I live in the GTA Area! We would just HOPE that the $50 – $60 dollar cream would produce a miracle to the skin, but it NEVER ever happened. I never experienced anything great with these brands! And the most saddest thing is that it is all superficial! As you have mentioned, the silicones that SUPERFICIALLY fill in wrinkles, or the mica that SUPERFICIALLY illuminate the face. These products don’t treat the skin, it does nothing, but the end harm it!

    ME TOO! I am sticking to only Japanese and Korean brands! FINAL hahaha! πŸ˜€

    Ohhh I have to agree! Many Japanese products barely use fragrance, some companies dare not too as it is not necessary! For example the Hada Labo brand! You’re right, Sulwhasoo’s fragrance is nice and soothing. I never had a problem with their fragrance. My Korean friend told me that their fragrance is natural. Haha, IOPE is VERY STRONG on fragrance! I have given myself a diet from their products for a while now haha.

    I shall DEFINITELY look into the SKII masks, I have actually gotten some interest from it. Maybe I will purchase the mask and essence! Oh yes, I have heard of Juju products! I actually came across the brand yesterday on

    OMG that just reminds me Joseibi! Have you tried CURE Natural Aqua Gel or have heard of it?! It is a Japanese product, all natural, no chemicals WHATSOEVER, made of 90% water, and is hands down THE BEST exfoliant to date! I highly recommend it because it literally takes all your dead skin cells off, you see it on your hands when rubbing your face. It’s pretty funny and amazing at the same time!

    UGH, I get so angry with the governments allowing this! Are they trying to make us get sick? I don’t get it. There are so many other options instead of using harsh chemicals such as oxybenzone, I mean, WE HAVE ZINC OXIDE!
    It literally irritates me Joseibi when I see products with the worst chemicals being “Dermatology Recommend” !!! I agree with you 100% !!! One day, I hope regulations will BE VERY STRICT and these bad chemicals will vanish from our skin care products!

    Actually the IOPE Whitegen did brighten my face. That’s surprising you didn’t see results. WOW! Must of cost you so much!!!! I bought the Whitegen Clear Mask with the new Whitegen Ampoule Essence. I really like the Ampoule Essence, its very hydrating. However, I have stopped using it for a while now, so I can’t make a huge comment on it. But the mask, after using it, my face was very hydrated and it did brighten my skin!


    I am NOT taking granted the Amore stores we have!!! Yes same here!!! I went to the one on Dundas (not sure if you have been there) but they did not really know much. And what upset me the most (which may sound pathetic haha) is that they were not very generous with samples! That is why I have sticked to the Amore on Bloor!!! πŸ™‚

    YAY!!! Mine is months away πŸ™ hahaha, you are so lucky! 10% off is a lot! And I heard they also give a mini gift!!!! πŸ˜€

    Thanks for your replies Joseibi!!! <3

  53. MnM
    July 7, 2010 at 1:43 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi!

    Currently I’ve been torn. My boyfriend’s sisters recommended the Sulwhasoo line and so i visited the amore pacific to try their snowise line since my skin is rather oily. The SA was extremely stingy offering only one sample and did not have the complete line for me to try. I tried the sulwhasoo sample (the whitening cream) and it was okay but I was still hesistant to buy since my skin is sensitive and she didn’t have the whole line for me to try.

    Fast forward a week, my mom and I visited another store which offered the History of Whoo line. Being extremely friendly, the SA loaded me with the entire line of samples from their whitening line and so far it’s been pleasant for my skin.

    Now the real question, how different is the History of Whoo line from the Sulwhasoo line? They advertise similar ingredients and it seems both insist that they are the top selling brand in Korea. Is one better than the other or more harmful than the other?

    Thanks in advance!!

  54. Joseibi
    July 7, 2010 at 2:39 pm (7 years ago)

    Dear Lala,

    We are so lucky to be in the GTA area for the Amore stores!!! I love going there, only the Korean ones though. But Amore isn’t as generous in giving samples as Charmzone – if you visit Charmzone you will for sure walk away with 3-4 samples even if you don’t buy.

    I used to be very good friends with a beautiful Korean SA at the Finch Amore and she always gives me bonus gifts with even a small purchase. I loved her!!! I dont’ even know if she still works there but she looks a lot like Song Hye Kyo (much older but she looks very young). I hate the Amore locations at First Markham Place. The SA is not nice and I never see anyone going in there. Their mentality is very old school – if you don’t buy, they give you the long face. Not a good way to treat potential customers!!

    I used Curel before – it’s one of those American brands bought over by a Japanese company and turned into a Japanese brand in Japan (just like what happened with Ponds, Max Factor, Covermark, etc.). You know the Japanese make anything a million times better than it was before, and that’s the case with Curel. I used their sunblock last winter and it was very light and non greasy. I will try the exfoliator next time! I am stuck with some half-used western brands so I am waiting to use them up so I can go back to my all-J and all-K brands! πŸ˜‰

  55. Joseibi
    July 7, 2010 at 2:46 pm (7 years ago)

    Dear MnM,

    There are literally hundreds of products with the same concept (Korean herbal medicine using ancient Chinese formula) in Korea actually, so neither History of Whoo nor Sulwhasoo is unique. But Sulwhasoo did start that trend of using this Korean herbal formula and hence the birth of a thousand similar brands and products!

    amore stores – they usually give out samples with purchase. The one you visited that sells the History of Whoo belongs to Jasper Cosmetics I believe, which carries mostly Charmzone and other lesser known Korean brands (eg. Coreana, Geo, etc.). The SAs at Jasper usually are VERY friendly and they always grab me by the elbow and give me lots of samples to try. The philosophy of Charmzone products is that you will see difference just using the sample so they are very generous with samples in hopes that you will buy from them again.

    Anyhow, history of Whoo and Sulwhasoo are very similar, but belong to different manufacturers. Sulwhasoo is made by Amore, The History of Whoo is made by LG. Both are HUGE in Korea. Amore used to use the most popular K-celebrities (e.g. Song Hye Kyo) as their spokesmodels, but LG is getting up there too (LG used Jessica Alba for the US market several years ago) with their marketing. They are very big competitors.

    Personally I saw more difference when it comes to whitening using The History of Whoo; but for the basic stuff I am using Sulwhasoo. It’s a matter of preference. But if you have sensitive skin, beware of Korean skincare and cosmetics because they are heavily fragranced.

  56. Lala
    July 8, 2010 at 12:23 pm (7 years ago)

    Hey Joseibi!!!

    Just a clarification: It’s not Curel, but a company in Japan called CURE* here is the website:

    It is amazing Joseibi!!! And I totally understand, I bought this Biotherm Detox cleanser (I REGRET IT) I stopped using it haha.

    UGH, I hate when that happens! Me and my mother made a really great friend at the Amore on Dundas, but she is not there anymore πŸ™ She secretly packed our bag with SO MUCH samples!!! She was so nice!!! They all have amazing skin!!! πŸ™‚ I am not a fan of rude SA’s! The same thing happened to me at Amore on Dundas, I kindly asked for a few samples and she gave me a rude look.

    Thank you so much for your replies Joseibi!!! I will come to visit soon (bought some History of Whoo Seol products haha :P)

    – Lala πŸ˜€

  57. ruby
    July 10, 2010 at 3:10 pm (7 years ago)


    great blog u have here Joseibi – my first time here. Like the exchange of ideas/ information here between you and your readers πŸ™‚

    I am looking to try Sulwhasoo too and my sister will be going to Korea in a week’s time.

    I was wondering if there’s any way you can contact Sophia10 to ask if she would post the price of the Sulwhasoo products in Korea as I need to estimate how much I need to give my sister to purchase for me.

  58. ruby
    July 10, 2010 at 3:13 pm (7 years ago)

    BTW, I am currently using Cure Natural Aqua gel and I agree with Lala; it is by far the best exfoliator that i have used so far and i have used many many different brands before!

    It’s non-abrasive and really does leave my skin extremely smooth without the need for any manual scrubbing.

    I highly recommend it.

  59. Joseibi
    July 11, 2010 at 3:11 pm (7 years ago)

    Lala – thanks for the clarification!! I will have to give CURE a try!!! So many things I want to try, but never enough money! hehehe

    Sometimes those SAs are so old school. They don’t understand that it takes people more than one visits to want to try out a new brand! I totally agree with you. Whenever I encounter rude SAs it turns me off and I go somewhere else. I also buy from the Scarborough Amore (run by Koreans inside a Korean grocery store) – SAs there are super nice and always call me on my b-day to wish me a good one plus 10% discount! πŸ™‚


    Thanks for your kind words!! It’s great to exchange experience on these brands! πŸ™‚

    Wow so another CURE user who’s very satisfied, this brand has to be good then!!!

    Sophia10 didn’t leave an email address however. BUT I am pretty sure it’s a little cheaper in Korea to buy Korean brands. At least you save the taxes you would have had to pay here. I remember Sulwhasoo being sold at the duty free shops at Korean airports which means it should be less expensive as well. πŸ™‚

  60. kman
    July 20, 2010 at 2:52 pm (7 years ago)

    hi joseibi,
    how are you,
    almost a month i using ap products
    so this is my regime
    treatment cleansing oil
    treatment cleansing toner
    hadalabo toner(this one is really amazing)
    time response eye cream
    stabelizing serum by day and time response serum by night
    time response face cream
    well, the products are good, its makes my skin soft, but i still have some bubbles not much just a little( but i think its because here in holland is soo hot at the moment)
    i see a change in my face its more brightning and healthy
    but the fine lines in my eye area are still there.
    i also uses the time response ampoule for a week and half still have two bottle left. so i can not really tell something about it just to finish it first.
    so overall maybe its to soon to update but i really like to tell you about it.

    so i read above about cure, and i agree with the girls this product is really awsome, i really like it. it s makes your skin so clean and soft and somehow its just like after using it your skin will absorb the skincare products better.

    ok update you later joseibi

  61. kman
    July 20, 2010 at 2:53 pm (7 years ago)

    i have actualy a question for lala
    lala which korean ebay site you buy your stuff?
    greets kawen

  62. Lala
    July 20, 2010 at 4:28 pm (7 years ago)

    Hey Joseibi!!! I totally understand, these creams are so expensive! Next time, I will have to buy one full set and I am good! πŸ™‚ Yay for 10% discount! They always give out free goodies on birthdays, with a purchase as well!

    Hello kman! How are you? πŸ™‚ There are four eBay sellers that I REALLY trust on eBay where I get my Korean products from:

    1. cosmeticwholesale

    2. rumistyle

    3. kgoodshop

    4. 031tansango

    They are nicely packaged, good condition, arrives on time, and the products are manufacture sealed. Hope this helps kman!


  63. Joseibi
    July 21, 2010 at 9:18 pm (7 years ago)

    Thanks for your update, kman! So far it sounds quite promising! Hopefully with continued use you will get the results!!

    thanks Lala for the links! I apologize for your comment awaiting moderation because of the outside links but since it’s you I have absolutely no problem with them! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing because I will likely purchase some History of Whoo from kgoodshop soon! πŸ™‚

  64. Lala
    July 23, 2010 at 11:02 am (7 years ago)

    Hey Joseibi! You’re absolutely welcome! That is totally fine, I understand, Thanks!!! πŸ™‚ Oh I highly recommend that seller! Btw, I would love to review the Brightening Foam Cleanser on the History of Whoo section, got some great things to say! πŸ˜€ !

  65. kiki08
    August 1, 2010 at 7:09 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi,
    You have a great blog – lots of info! I’ve just started using the Sulwhasoo Basic line and love the product but have noticed that since I started using the line a week ago my pores have become visible and my skin is looking a little dull – any ideas on why this is happening? I noticed that the Laneige line has a pore minimizing cream …. what do you think about mixing products? On the upside my fine lines are miraculously disappearing and my skin is very smooth & soft!

    Have you used either the Ginseng Cream or Firming Cream? I’m wondering what are the benefits of each one and which one do you recommend?

  66. Lala
    August 2, 2010 at 9:09 am (7 years ago)

    Hey kiki08! I actually have a few things to say about the Concentrated Ginseng Cream and Firming Cream. I used them both, and they are both amazing!

    Sulwhasoo’s Ginseng Concentrated Cream: First off, Ginseng is a very potent ingredient in this product. Ginseng has known abilities to refine the skin, help dehydrated skin, aids wrinkles and the prevention of new ones, and gives back a natural glow to your face. This product also has White Mulberry extracts which help lighten the skin, and Membranous Milkvetch which helps with harmful environmental damage. (Both aid in wrinkle treatment)

    I really loved the Concentrated Ginseng Cream because it firms the face, it hydrates the skin VERY WELL! (The texture of the cream is very light, yet very hydrating. It REALLY smells like Ginseng haha) And you start noticing a glow after a few weeks. This really is a treatment cream for fine lines and wrinkles!!! Your skin will be very plump after using this cream!!!

    Sulwhasoo’s Firming Cream: This product helps to aid sagging skin and skin that has lost vitality and life to it. The main ingredients for this cream are Adlay Millet, which aids in detoxifying the skin. Pomegranate and Ginkgo Bibloba Leaf help to tighten the skin and firm the skin up.

    When I was using this cream, I noticed that just one use of it, my skin had this healthy look. Instant effects! (The cream texture is somewhat thick, just warm it up along your fingers) My skin literally firmed up. The best thing is that you don’t need to use a lot of the product!!! So it will last you a while πŸ™‚ The smell is very herb-like, nothing artificial.

    If you are looking for instant effects, I would recommend you the Firming Cream. It moisturizes your skin for a very long time and you will notice instant firming of the skin! And a healthy look to your skin. If you would like to treat your fine lines and wrinkles, and have really dehydrated skin, I would recommend the Concentrated Ginseng Cream. Both are great creams!!!

    (P.s, I am very surprised that your skin has turned dull and your pores are much more visible. Do you apply regular sunscreen everyday? Even when your indoors you should! You may need to use a whitening product to prevent further dullness!!!)


  67. Lala
    August 2, 2010 at 1:46 pm (7 years ago)

    kiki08 I forgot to mention, that there is nothing wrong with combining different products in your skin care regime. However, if you do, you might not know which product is working and which isn’t. (And which product shows results)


  68. kiki08
    August 2, 2010 at 10:11 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi Lala,
    Thank you so much for your very informative reply! It sounds like the Firming Cream would be best for me. If I use the Firming Cream do I skip the emulsion or should I use the Firming Cream after the emulsion?

    Unfortunately, I can’t use sunscreen on my face – I break out in a blotchy rash when I use it. My skin is looking a little brighter today, perhaps it was just that “first week” transition from using Clinique to Sulwhasoo.

    Thanks again for your reply!

  69. Lala
    August 3, 2010 at 9:51 am (7 years ago)

    Hello kiki08! πŸ™‚ You’re very welcome!!!

    Great choice, I absolutely love the Firming Cream! It is recommended that you use the Firming Cream right after the Balancing Emulsion or Eye Cream (which ever eye cream you may use). I find that using the Firming Cream after the Balancing Emulsion, it spreads easily on the face. You do not have to, but if you want optimum hydration, then using the Balancing Emulsion would be best!

    May I know what you are currently using from Sulwhasoo? Is it just the Basic Line?

    Oh no!!! Really? Sunscreen is a must! I could recommend some organic alternatives. Which sunscreens broke you out? Usually the safest sunscreen filter is Zinc Oxide. If you go to an Organic or Natural store they carry many. There are two I know: Badger SPF 15 (it can get oily on the face, but it won’t break you out), and Soleo Organic All Natural Sunscreen SPF 30+.

    That is a big transition from Clinique! (I really dislike Clinique!!! haha) I am very glad you found Sulwhasoo!!! Yes, your skin is slowly adjusting to the new products, so it will take a while. Glad to hear the dullness is fading!!! πŸ™‚

    I hope this helps!

  70. kiki08
    August 5, 2010 at 12:14 am (7 years ago)

    Hi Lala,

    Yes, it is Sulwhasoo’s Basic Line that I am using. I love the smell of the Balancing Water, not to mention the way my skin feels after using it!

    Thanks for the sunscreen suggestions, I may give Soleo a try.

    BTW, I was looking at your recommended Ebay stores (I want to try a tester of Firming Cream just in case I’m allergic to it) and noticed that the sellers only have “Lifting Cream” not “Firming Cream”. Do you know if the Lifting Cream is a discontinued version of the Firming Cream?

  71. Lala
    August 5, 2010 at 9:05 am (7 years ago)

    Hey kiki08!!! πŸ™‚

    I have to agree!!! The skin feels super soft and hydrated after the Balancing Water!!

    No problem! It is very important to apply sunscreen daily!!

    Yes that is a bit confusing! I asked the SA at Sulwhasoo (The Amore) and she told me that it is the same product, and that the product functions as both firming and lifting. I don’t know why they don’t just leave it as Firming Cream haha. In their site they specifically say in the description: “This *firming* and *lifting* cream spreads smoothly onto skin and has a perceptible instant firming effect on the skin.” If you would like to try it out, I suggest getting the sample packets that state Firming Cream, although the Lifting Cream is the same, but just as a precaution.


  72. Amy
    August 7, 2010 at 6:27 am (7 years ago)

    hello everyone!
    Iam an Asian girl. I am 19 years old. Iam looking for a kind of skin care from Korea. I am confusing between Laneige and Sulwhasoo. Would you please give me some advises? i am kinda normal skin, but i have many black head on my nose. Thank you so much!!

  73. Lala
    August 7, 2010 at 9:45 am (7 years ago)

    Hello Amy!!!! πŸ™‚

    Laneige and Sulwhasoo are two great brands. Laneige is catered to people at the age of 18 – mid 20’s. While Sulwhasoo is catered for people at their mid 30’s.

    Laneige has great lines for specific needs and I would recommend this line for you. I have tried their Power Essential Skin Refiner_EX and Balancing Emulsion_Ex! Two great products for controlling sebum excess on the skin (which may help lessen pimples and blackheads). As well, they have Pore Care line with aids in acne, enlarged pores, and blackheads. For your blackheads I recommend you try the Laneige Pore Minimizing Pack. Although this helps minimize pores, remove dead skin cells, and toxins from your skin, it will also remove some of your blackheads and prevent them from forming again.

    Description: “This clay mask pack gently spreads on skin with a cooling action, quickly dries to tighten up pores, and is easily removed with a little bit of water. **It is formulated to prevent blackheads.**”

    There are many other treatments for blackheads like nose strips to completely remove them. But never forget to always hydrate your skin. Hydration will be the key to solving many skin problems I find.

    Sulwhasoo also has great products. I have found that the Sulwhasoo Skin Clarifying Mask is amazing in removing blackheads! It helps remove dead skin cells and toxin build-up. The first time I used it, I noticed that many of my blackheads were gone. It has a VERY thick consistency, but goes on the skin nicely. If you mix it with a little bit of water, it is much more easier to apply on and will still dry. After 30 minutes of relaxing with the mask on (the feeling you should get is not being able to make any expressions haha), remove it gently from the top – to bottom. I have had success with this product!!! And it will not dry out your skin πŸ™‚

    Hope this helps Amy!!!


  74. Amy
    August 7, 2010 at 6:53 pm (7 years ago)

    Thank you Lala so much!!!
    I think I will but a small kit of each kind to try which one is better for me. It I walk under sun light, the sun block cream is the last one to apply on my face, right? Can you give me some direction, please?

  75. Lala
    August 7, 2010 at 7:48 pm (7 years ago)

    You’re very welcome Amy!!!! πŸ™‚

    Good idea! I think its much better to buy small samples so you know what product works for you and what doesn’t!

    Yes if you are outdoors, you must apply sunscreen before you leave the house. It is always important to protect yourself from sun damage!!! And sunscreen is the LAST product you apply after your morning skin care regime πŸ™‚

    Good luck Amy!
    If you have any further questions please ask!


  76. Amy
    August 14, 2010 at 7:23 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi Lala,
    Thanks again for helping me too much. I have one more question. I use Laneige Snow Crystal Dual Foundation SPF41/PA++ and Snow Crystal Sliding Pact EX SPF25 PA+. Do I hae to apply more sun block at the end? I usually walk under sun light between every class, it takes about 5 minutes.

  77. Kaila
    August 14, 2010 at 10:41 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi! I just discovered this blog and I think it’s really terrific! I’m turning 25 in a few months and I think it’s about time that I put a little more effort into my skincare routine. I’ve spent a lot of time in Korea and I’m a big fan of Korean products. I was wondering if someone could help me out with the following issues. I have sensitive combination skin and a pretty good complexion and I’d like to try and keep it looking good as I age.

    1. I was wondering if someone could help me figure out the differences between toner, emulsion, essence, serum, etc. and which ones are most important to use?

    2. Has anyone ever heard of sanghwangsoo (not sulwhasoo)? I got a few of their samples and liked them.

    3. I would like to incorporate more sunblock into my routine. Since I was young I’ve been using Olay Daily Moisturizer and have since switched to Shiseido White Lucent Moisturizer with SPF 16. I realize that the SPF is very low — how many times a day to people typically reapply? What if you already have all of your makeup on? What are the best non-greasy sunblocks?

    Thanks so much! πŸ™‚

  78. Kevin
    August 21, 2010 at 1:00 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi Kaila,

    Sanghwang Soo is a line of products for whitening and wrinklecare manufactured by the Nadree, a Korean cosmetics company. The company manufactures some rather good products, including Sanghwang which has a few line variations (NAG for wrinkle care; Soo for whitening and wrinkle care; Jin for drier skin types for wrinklecare and whitening; and Seolhyun for whitening). I am starting to run an online business here on my end in Southeast Asia and although I have not started carrying Sanghwang yet, I think among the brands I tried out, it is among the best.

  79. Joseibi
    August 21, 2010 at 10:40 pm (7 years ago)


    You won’t need a separate sunscreen if your makeup already has it, especially one with at least SPF41 and PA++. πŸ™‚


    Thanks for your kind words and for coming! πŸ™‚

    Toner is usually applied after cleansing. Its usefulness has been long debated (see and is mostly a matter of personal preference for most people – it’s the step bridging cleansing and moisturizing. The right toner (which is most Japanese and Korean toners) will replenish moisture lost during cleansing and some has exfoliating properties.

    I have posted an article on how to understand the names of the skincare products used:, and you will also find some useful information under Skincare Tips: In short, emulsion is a more liquid/runny form of moisturizer which you use after the toner, and essence is a more concentrated (in terms of active ingredients) and lighter textured (with smaller molecules) form of treatment that penetrates into the skin better than emulsion/moisturizer and creams. Serum and essence are pretty much the same thing, depending on the manufacturer.

    Your basic steps should include cleanser (makeup remover if wearing any makeup plus a foam cleanser to remove any oily residue), toner (optional for some people), moisturizer and sunscreen. Serums, essences and masks are optional depending on your skin type. I highly recommend using an essence though. Masks (many different types) are also a staple in my regime as well. Once a week it’s also good to exfoliate.

    Most of the Japanese sunblocks are very non greasy and won’t leave a white film on your skin. Try Shiseido’s sunscreens, Kanebo Allie and Sofina’s. I have used these and they are great under makeup or alone! These days I would recommend a minimum of SPF30 (preferably PA+++) if you want to prevent freckles.

    Kevin, please feel free to post your URL – and everyone is advised that isn’t affiliated with anyone posting their links here (hence, shop at your own discretion). I am very fond of Korean and Japanese brands as you can tell! πŸ™‚

  80. Joseibi
    August 21, 2010 at 10:41 pm (7 years ago)

    A special shout out to Lala, you are a doll! thanks so much!!! πŸ™‚

  81. Kaila
    August 22, 2010 at 8:36 pm (7 years ago)

    Thanks so much for your replies — they were really helpful.

    Keep up the great work with this blog! πŸ™‚

  82. Lilly
    August 25, 2010 at 12:28 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi,

    Your website is a God-send for Asian women. I have completely switched over from Clinique and western brands to Korean brands b/c of your website and have convinced my mom and 18 year old cousin to do so as well.

    I just started using the Sulwhasoo products and hope to see results soon. I[m currently using the First Care Serum, the Snowise Balancing Water, and the Snowise Fluid. Since you are a seasoned Sulwahsoo user, I was hoping you could answer two questions for me:

    1) I would like to add a cream to the regiment but would like to know whether I should use the Snowise Whitening Cream or another cream from Sulwahsoo. My skin is exactly like yours – dehydrated in areas and somewhat sensitive.

    2) This is the first time I’ve used whitening products and from your blog, it sounds like The History of Whoo has the best whitening line. How would you recommend I go about supplementing my Sulwhasoo regiment with The History of Whoo? For example, should I use only the basic line from Sulwhasoo and add whitening products from The History of Whoo or just add the cream from The History of Whoo to my current regiment?

    3) Also, which Korean or Japanese cosmetic line do you recommend for 30+ year olds?

    Your recommendation is deeply appreciated.

  83. Lilly
    August 25, 2010 at 12:36 pm (7 years ago)

    I guess, I actually had 3 questions for you. πŸ™‚

  84. Sesame
    August 26, 2010 at 6:42 pm (7 years ago)

    Dear Joseibi,

    I just purchased a Sulwhasoo product today and the date shown at the bottom of the bottle says 20100217. Is that the expiry date? or manufacture date?

    Thanks a lot!

  85. kman
    August 27, 2010 at 5:39 pm (7 years ago)

    Date printed
    on product:
    Unlike western manufacturers, most Japanese and Korean cosmetics have dates printed on their products indicating the dates they were produced, not the dates they expired. Most cosmetics last 3 Γ’β‚¬β€œ 5 years from the date of production (before opening) except for preservative-free products.

    hi sesame,
    above is what joseibe write on her website i copy it for you, if you dont trust then wait for joseibi to answer>

    greets kman

  86. Sesame
    August 27, 2010 at 11:24 pm (7 years ago)

    Dear Kman,

    Thanks for all your help^_^

  87. kiki08
    August 29, 2010 at 11:52 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi,
    I have now been using Sulwhasoo for over a month & my complexion has greatly improved (smoother, softer & diminished lines), as an added bonus my sensitive skin has not been irritated at all by this product! However, someone recently told me that Amore Pacific uses nano technology in their skincare lines, do you know if it is used in Sulwhasoo & Laneige and what is your opinion on nano technology in skin care products?

    • Joseibi
      August 30, 2010 at 2:20 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks kman! Sesame, thanks for coming! and kiki08, AmorePacific uses nano technology and actually many Korean brands do too, that’s why the products absorb so well. Currently there is no real evidence for or against nanotechnology, although there are studies showing that these nano particles can enter the blood stream and can cause accumulation of certain ingredients in the body. On the cosmetics safety database, nanotechnology is listed as unsafe, although there is no proof either way whether it is harmful. This is one of those things that are relatively new and there aren’t enough studies done to prove one way or the other. I guess my take on this is that you will need to make a choice – sometimes I do feel uncomfortable thinking that some of the bad stuff like parabens can accumulate in my body but at times I am torn between using something that works or something that doesn’t! πŸ˜‰


      You are so kind! I feel bad that I haven’t been able to blog much this summer but I will get back to this come next month! (that’s in 2 days!) Personally I find the Snowise line not hydrating enough for me. The History of Whoo’s whitening cream worked better (I purchased a bunch of samples on ebay that adds up to about half a full-size jar’s worth and lasted a month) than Snowise’s cream. YOu can definitely supplement that way by adding a cream from another brand.

      I was just about to write an entry about skincare for the thirtysomethings actually! I never had any success with Iope – I always felt that you may as well splurge a little further and get Sulwhasoo if you want to stay within the AmorePacific brands. I just finished off my Sulwhasoo and now I am using Eminence which I didn’t like (will post my review in the coming week). I still prefer the Japanese brands because they don’t smell (most of them are not scented). Sofina Beaute is a great brand specifically made for women in their 30s. I do find that using an age specific for 30+ is much better, because we are sort of in between. Stuff made for the twentysomethings aren’t hydrating or contain enough anti-aging properties for us, and yet if you go up an age group to the 40-50s, those are for ‘mature’ skin.

      A couple of lines from Shiseido are pretty good too: Elixir Superior (for 30+ as well) and Bio-Performance (which is for aging skin). Some western brands worked for me include Clarins’ Multi-Active line (which is for 30+ with first lines and signs of aging) and Caudalie. L’Occitane’s Immortelle line works well for me (great for sunspots!!) and I am starting to use it just a few days ago. I see some difference already. If you like Korean brands, for lines and hydration, AmorePacific is great – the one that Sephora carries. And of course, The History of Whoo. There are so many choices so it’s hard to make a decision! I just bought the Immortelle line from L’Occitane and I am already eyeing Kanebo or Sofina for my ‘next time’!!! πŸ˜›

  88. Jinn
    August 31, 2010 at 7:34 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi my names Jinn im korean and 15 years old do you know the best skincare brand for my age group? you help a lot thank you ^^

  89. kiki08
    September 16, 2010 at 11:30 pm (7 years ago)

    Thanks for the insight Joseibi, do you know if Japanese brands use nano-technology as well and if not, is there a brand that is comparable to Sulwhasoo? Could you let me know the URL for the cosmetic safety database, it would be interesting to take a look at this.

    • Joseibi
      September 17, 2010 at 3:23 pm (7 years ago)

      Dear kiki08,

      Some Japanese brands use nano-technology too, e.g. Fancl’s cleansing oil, DHC’s Platinum line, but usually they will specify it so you will know what you are getting. AmorePacific uses nanotechnology although it’s not always stated in their product descriptions.

      There are some Japanese herbal brands such as Yuxia, Kose’s Sekkisei, etc., which I had used before. The hydration is very good too.

      The cosmetic database URL is – sometimes I hate looking up the ingredients in stuff I use because psychologically it turns me off a product! πŸ˜› But it’s good to know before you buy something new.

  90. momo
    October 2, 2010 at 9:16 pm (6 years ago)


    i too love the sulwhasoo basic line. but now i feel a need to use a brightening/whitening line due to the discoloration of previous bouts of acne. i also have dry, oily skin so reading your comments made me think that sulwhasoo whitening line won’t be a good fit.

    history of whoo’s whitening line seems to really effective but do you know how it is in the hydration department? i guess, i can supplement with sulwhasoo cream too… just wanted your thoughts on this matter.

    • Joseibi
      October 6, 2010 at 11:12 am (6 years ago)

      Dear momo, πŸ™‚

      The History of Whoo whitening products are similar to Sulwhasoo’s Snowise in terms of hydration – it’s a pity that some of the Korean whitening products don’t offer you the choice of skin types. the ones that are ‘for all skin types’ usually end up not being hydrating enough for drier or dehydrated skin types. But if you apply a cream on top then it’s adequate. Some of the Korean creams are really emollient though – hard to say whether they will clog pores with acne prone skin.

  91. Smiles
    October 11, 2010 at 4:11 am (6 years ago)

    Hello Joseibi, I have been a faithful customer when was still operating and I love the fact that you decided to turn it into a blog forum. I have been using the history of whoo and sulwhasoo for a couple of years now, but i’ve since switched over to Su:m37. I have had trouble trying to do research on the products though. I’m using Su:m37 Centenica 1909 cream but for some reason I can not locate the ingredients list or the real explanation of the product. Also before I was using the Su:m37 Chung Ga Sun cream but did not find enough relevant information on that either. I hope that you can help me with this. Thanks so much for the wonderful and lovely site!

    • Joseibi
      October 13, 2010 at 12:23 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear Smiles,

      I am happy to see a former customer!!! Thank you for your continued support!! πŸ™‚

      The only thing I could find in English on Su:m37 is LG’s English site: but it has no ingredient list. I actually don’t believe they make ingredient lists available on any of the Korean websites though. The spokesmodel (Miss Korea Honey Lee) is really pretty. How do you get this brand – online or retail stores?

      Hope to hear from you again! πŸ™‚

  92. Kman
    October 11, 2010 at 8:21 pm (6 years ago)

    Smiles hello i wonder why u switch over to Su:m 37 ? Why is this brand better then THE history of whoo?

  93. smiles
    October 11, 2010 at 11:24 pm (6 years ago)

    Hello Kman, I have been using The history of whoo of products for about 3 years now, I have tried the the entire line except for the gongjinhyang:kun line. I LOVE the history of whoo, but I guess I wanted to try something new. I was introduced to Su:m37 by a korean friend. It was the cleansing oil. Compared to Whoo gongjinhyang cream or oil balm cleanser, I loved the su:m37 better. So I thought I’d try the line. I found out that su:m37 uses a fermentation process for their products which is claimed to be more natural on the skin and abosrbs deeper. I’m not sure if that is true or not, but my skin is much softer and smoother. I will never leave The history of whoo, but out of boredom I wanted to try something new. Quality wise I’d say thay are right on par with each other. Just different advertising and stories for each brand. I hope that clarified things for you kman. Very nice to have met you πŸ™‚

  94. Kman
    October 12, 2010 at 8:35 am (6 years ago)

    Hi smiles Nice to meet you to! Yes i know what you mean, i also always like to try difference products to improve my skin, but at THE moment i am really happy with my whoo products, if à product is good and improve my skin i dont mind to pay THE price, i thing thats why they call us skincare addicted hi hi

    Do you know what at the moment THE number 1 skin care Brand is in Korea?


  95. Lee
    October 12, 2010 at 11:36 am (6 years ago)

    Hi smiles,

    I had never heard of su:m 37 and decided to investigate. It turns out that itÒ€ℒs made by LG and is indeed made using a fermentation process. This is how it received its interesting name (and other facts):

    – Meaning Ò€œrespirationÒ€ in Korean, Ò€œsu:mÒ€ refers to the skinÒ€ℒs respiration, while Ò€œ37Ò€ represents the optimal temperature for fermentation. Therefore, the brand name Ò€œsu:m 37Ò€ captures the science behind naturally fermented cosmetics.

    – su:m 37 is created using a fermentation technique studied for about eight decades by JapanÒ€ℒs Otaka Research Center, renowned for its research in fermentation. In the first step of this process, undiluted solutions of some 50 clean and pure plants are extracted and stored in a Japanese cedar keg in the Research Center for seven days.

    – The extracted solution is moved to a storage area with a constant temperature of 37°C. It is left to breathe in tune with the melody of a music box while it is fermented dozens of times over three years. The process also produces new substances Zyen and Zyen-γ, which are highly effective at improving the skin.

    – Zyen and Zyen-γ, naturally fermented substances, contain various amino acids, natural organic acids and antioxidants. They do not irritate the skin and stimulate the skinÒ€ℒs metabolism. They help the skin appear healthy and smooth.

    After reading that, IÒ€ℒm curious to try it since it also says that it is Ò€œfree of artificial fragrances, dyes and synthetic preservatives, su:m 37 delivers only the valuable effects of natural fermentation.Ò€ Can you tell me where you purchased this line? IÒ€ℒd like to try them. Especially since you said you liked their cleansing oil. Joseibi recommended the one that HABA offers but IÒ€ℒd like to try this one also. Thank you in advance πŸ™‚

  96. smiles
    October 13, 2010 at 12:39 am (6 years ago)

    To kman, I really don’t know what the number one brand is in korea, but whoo and su:m37 are one of the luxury brands in korea. Now 1,000,000 won, but you can get it for $600-$700. It says that it uses 100yr-old wine, 100yr-old vinegar from italy and the famed indian ginseng Ashwagandha. O hui almost rival that su:m37 with it’s V selection day and night cream that retails close to 1,000,000 won!
    To Lee, Thanks so much for the thorough explanation! πŸ™‚ I buy my su:m37 products from korea. I have a really, really good friend that lives there that keeps me up to date with korean beauty products. To Kman and all Whoo users, the newest addition to whoo is called “Secret Court Cream, it uses 32 kinds of herbal ingrediants to revive the skin! I’m waiting for the cream to arrive! Yay!
    Cheers Everyone
    p.s. I have not found any shops or e-bay sellers that carry su:m37 Lee πŸ™ Unfortunately this brand is still too new to sell in the states. I will keep you posted though πŸ™‚

  97. smiles
    October 13, 2010 at 12:42 am (6 years ago)

    Sorry kman, I meant to say I know what the most expensive product in korea is, it’s the su:m37 centenica 1909 Cream, retails for 1,000,000 won

    • Joseibi
      October 13, 2010 at 1:15 pm (6 years ago)

      OMG! that’s probably the most expensive cream IN THE WORLD! (1 million won is approx. US$890)

      It’s a pity you can’t buy su:m 37 online yet. I hope eventually it will take off internationally!

  98. smiles
    October 13, 2010 at 7:32 pm (6 years ago)

    Hello Joseibi!!!!!!
    I really have you to thank, because yours was the first site that got me into korean and japanese skincare. It was so informative and the prices beats out all the competitors at that time! THANK YOU!!!! Thanks so much for looking up the su:m37 info for me πŸ™‚ I actually get my su:m37 products straight from korea. I still have a really wonderful friend that keeps me up to date on the products! Please email joseibi, i had some questions to ask you. Thanks again for the response, hope to hear from you soon!

    • Joseibi
      October 19, 2010 at 10:02 am (6 years ago)

      Dear smiles,

      you are so sweet! I am glad you found great products that work for you. Even better, you have a great friend who lives in Korea too! I envy you! πŸ™‚

      I did try your smilesandmore address but maybe it didn’t work? Let me know (by filling out the email field) and I will try again.

  99. Kman
    October 13, 2010 at 7:53 pm (6 years ago)

    Hè smiles
    Secret of court? Which line is that? And what does it do?
    You Are lucky have à friend in Korea!

  100. Kman
    October 13, 2010 at 8:05 pm (6 years ago)

    Smiles do you maybe have à actualised information website of THE history of whoo, cause their website include THE lg website is not updated às THE Koreanen one, and i can not read Korean so pitty.
    Cause i try to find Somers information About your secret court Cream unfortunately can not find!

  101. smiles
    October 13, 2010 at 10:45 pm (6 years ago)

    Hello again Kman, unfortunately the history of whoo “Secret Court Cream” is not even updated on the korean site either πŸ™ The correct term romanized is “The Whoo Court Bidango” I don’t have the link since my friend translated for me, and I can only ready 40% korean, so i have a hard time sometimes with korean words. But I do have the picture that my friend sent me. I very beautiful picture, it is an extremely colorful picture with two phoenixes with spread out wings, one on the left , and one on the right. It comes in a round gold case. It is an ointment typle cream. If i have anymore information about the item i will post it on joseibi! but i think it won’t be long before the korean site posts it, by then i can post the link and with my friends help translate it completely, hehehe
    Cheers Kman

  102. smiles
    October 13, 2010 at 10:54 pm (6 years ago)

    Sorry I forgot to mention the function kman, it revives the skin, giving elasticity, anti-wrinkle, and moisturization. It is very much like the ja saeng essence, but in a cream type. My friend says that it used 32 kinds of herbal ingredients and also royal silk too! hahaha i don’t know what that does but the packaging is extremely elegant!

  103. Kman
    October 14, 2010 at 7:31 am (6 years ago)

    Hè smiles wow you really Makes me curiuos! Can not wait for your post! Like yourdescription i found THE picture on THE korean history of whoo website! I click on good&new item and thanks to your description i saw THE picture but unfortunately can not read:-( when i finish my qi&jin Cream i like to try THE secret of court hi hi.
    Thanks smiles for your time xxkman

  104. smiles
    October 14, 2010 at 10:01 pm (6 years ago)

    Thanks kman, they also have the lip balm version too! I’m glad to have answered any questions that you had, anytime kman πŸ˜€

  105. kman
    October 15, 2010 at 8:41 pm (6 years ago)

    Hello i’m zhi, this is a very good forum for mine yellow -> white skin ! thanks !

  106. zhi
    October 15, 2010 at 8:41 pm (6 years ago)

    Hello i’m zhi, this is a very good forum for mine yellow -> white skin ! thanks !

  107. Kman
    October 15, 2010 at 8:47 pm (6 years ago)

    Ok Zhi is my husband he hè xx Kman

  108. Yuri
    October 16, 2010 at 4:42 pm (6 years ago)

    Hi, if I were to purchase just 1 to 2 items from this brand, what should I get? Just the serum?

    I have combination: normal, dry+ flaky + somewhat oily skin and sensitive skin as well. I’m using some organic products(skin blossom) + muji cleansing oil(which is really quite good).

    My regime:
    Double cleansing + hydrosols + moisturiser and will be using masks soon. I live in Singapore which is quite humid. Going to get Badger sunscreens soon but I heard they’re quite oily.

    Though I’m in my late 20s, almost 30 now, my skin is somewhat red and flaky and has a bit of pigmentation because meh…. I’ve been neglecting my skin quite a bit and now trying to make amends… lol.

    Because I’m feeling somewhat cautious since this is such an expensive brand and thus, not sure what to get? ^^;;

    Thanks Josebi! =)

    And yeah, Japanese skincare products are really quite good! Have not really tried Korean ones because I can’t read the ingredients list. Some of the European brands aren’t too bad either but American ones? Ehhh… unless it’s organic or natural, I’ll pass! =P

    • Joseibi
      October 19, 2010 at 11:39 am (6 years ago)

      Dear Yuri,

      I agree with you on American skincare πŸ™‚ When I cannot get Japanese or Korean I usually use European (French or German) brands. Somehow they suit my skin better.

      The Sulwhasoo basic line (soap, toner and emulsion) are good. If you already have all three from other brands right now, then you can always get a treatment product (e.g. mask). Since you aren’t 30 yet, there is no rush to start Sulwhasoo, but if your skin is out of balance you can always start with the basics. It will take some time to get that balance but if you are religious about your skincare, it won’t take too too long. Lifestyle is another factor too – sleep and drinking water will also help.

      Badger sunscreens are really really really really thick. I hate them although they are safe to use!!! I recommend LAVANILA’s sunscreens – non whitening and not pasty, but not sure if you can get it in Singapore. Shiseido sunscreens are the best ones (Kanebo Allie is good too).

      Korean products are great too, but heavily scented (most of them). It’s a matter of preference. I have sensitive skin so I tend to stay away from heavily perfumed products, although Sulwhasoo never gave me any problems! πŸ™‚

  109. Yuri
    October 16, 2010 at 7:07 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh and btw, maybe I should get the Bichap from Whoo instead? I wonder if it will help to even out my complexion a little. πŸ˜›

  110. smiles
    October 19, 2010 at 5:14 pm (6 years ago)

    Thanks Joseibi for the reply πŸ™‚ It’s nice to see you again on the blog. I received the email, but it got delivered to the spam area, oopps πŸ™‚ Hope to hear from you again

  111. Yuri
    October 19, 2010 at 5:29 pm (6 years ago)

    Hey Joseibi,

    Well, so I can just get some bichap for my face? Because I want to whiten those few sunspots on my face first and History of Woo has so many good reviews for whitening! And no idea which one of their products is good at whitening… lol! Because I’d like to try just 1 item first and then we’ll see. I read through the replies about Woo, yet my head is spinning from the information dump. Yah my products are all from other lines but they work quite well.

    America = awesome for good quality vitamins, though. Because Singapore is very lax when it comes to food labelling of vitamins at times, I prefer to ship my vits from places like Amazon, iherb, etc. I’d rather not put my family through any health risks. However, most of America’s non-organic stuff just makes me go “meh” since it’s not so good for Asian skin. They do, however, make some cool organic products from time to time. And I agree that European skincare brands are cool.

    Ohh my skin is out of balance for a short while (and so is my body) but I expect everything to be okay again soon as I’m on some medication and will take some time to re-adjust.

    Hmmmm I don’t think Lavanila is sold in Singapore and importing it could be a real hassle(customs… ugh). Thinking of getting Devita sunscreen actually because it has pretty good protection from UVB + UVA and has decent reviews in Singapore. =P Yeah Badger is suppperrr thick, as most people have been complaining. Will also look into Shiseido but are theirs physical or chemical? Also, I’m switching to physical sunscreens because the high silicon percentage is really bad for my face and body!

    Thanks for the information about Sulwahsoo but how about History of Woo? Is it heavily fragranced? I recall some saying so and that it contains alcohol which can be drying for some. Though… getting past the alcohol thing is easy, right? Just slapping on some more moisturiser or a bit of some cream or moisturising toner should work? And also, limiting usage per week to control sensitivity towards alcohol.

    • Joseibi
      October 20, 2010 at 3:34 pm (6 years ago)

      Hi Yuri,

      Most Korean skincare is heavily scented, and The History of Whoo is no exception! It depends on your level of comfort. Some scents (e.g. Charmzone and IOPE) give me a headache but Sulwhasoo or the History of Whoo never gave me any problems. I have grown used to that pleasant herbal scent. They all contain alcohol though I have never had problems with my sensitive skin using these products.

      We do have way too many vitamins here in our market. The regulation isn’t that strict here either so you get good vitamins and bad ones. I wish our governments would be stricter with these things, skin being the body’s largest organ and all. And food – at least countries like Hong Kong do testing on food, we don’t here! No money I guess. On important stuff!

      If you have to get one or two items for whitening from the Whoo line, I would say the cream and essence. The program would be super nice too. But these are very pricey so you have to be comfortable spending your hard earned cash on them! πŸ˜›

  112. smiles
    October 20, 2010 at 5:09 am (6 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi, I tried to email, but it said it couldn’t be delivered πŸ™ I don’t know… , Let me try again.
    Thanks Joseibi!
    Smiles πŸ˜€

    • Joseibi
      October 20, 2010 at 3:52 pm (6 years ago)

      I got it! I got both actually – hopefully you got mine too! You are so sweet, smiles!!! πŸ™‚

  113. Tuyet
    October 30, 2010 at 10:19 pm (6 years ago)

    to all the wonderful reviewers here,
    Have anyone tried sulwhassoo clarifying mask or revitalizing mask or any purifying masks by other brands that can recommend to me? I’m currently using Cure aqua gel every other day , retin-a gel nightly and using Clinique moisture surge moisturizers to keep my skin moisturize, but I still have annoying clogged pores, that I can’t get rid of, Please help me find a good purifying/clarifying mask. Also thanks to Joseibi for recommending SKII facial treatment mask, I will try it and will let you know how it reacts on my skin, but for the time being I really need to get rid of my clogged pores. Thank you

    • Joseibi
      November 2, 2010 at 9:47 am (6 years ago)

      Dear Tuyet,

      Is your skin rough or does it feel dry? Usually retinoids (retinol) exfoliate the skin to prevent buildup or clogged pores.

      I have tried Sulwhasoo’s Clarifying Mask years ago, quite good and not drying. But not sure if it will get rid of your blackheads. I can only recommend an AHA based peel, like Origins Brighter By Nature Brightening Peel with fruit acids, it doesn’t irritate my sensitive and dry skin and keeps my skin super clear by using it once a week. It unclogs the pores pretty well for me.

  114. hopeinablog
    October 31, 2010 at 6:00 pm (6 years ago)

    suolwhasoo is also one of my favourites! i love love the overnight treatment, waking up to bright skin, tightened pores etc. loves loves loves

  115. kiki08
    November 7, 2010 at 12:00 pm (6 years ago)

    Dear Tuyet – I love the Sulwhasoo Clarifying Mask my skin looks very clear and smooth after using it and my pores are a lot clearer. I used to use Clinique and found it was making my skin very irritated, blotchy and I was getting small whiteheads around my nose (I also found that my skin was very tight with dry patches after washing my face). Since I switched to Sulwhasoo my skin has completely cleared up (no more clogged pores), is well moisturized and although I have sensitive skin I have never had any adverse reaction to Sulwhasoo products.

    • Joseibi
      November 9, 2010 at 2:09 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you kiki08, I just mentioned how I felt about Clinique too…you cannot go wrong with Sulwhasoo! πŸ™‚

  116. Tuyet Ngo
    November 9, 2010 at 11:56 pm (6 years ago)

    Thank you so much for all the advices that everyone gives me. I appreciated it alot. I will give origins peel a try, thanks Joseibi. May I ask for an advice from you on the sunscreen? I read on some of posts that you said Shiseido has the best sunscreen, can you give me the specific product name? I have combination skin, my cheeks are dry but t zone and chin are oily and clogged, Please recommend me a suncreen that’s has high spf but not oily. I live in USA, so I have no idea what PA+++ means. the sunscreen I’m using right now is called MD something I can’t remember, it doesn’t make my skin oily but it has oxybenzene in it, so now i want to get something that’s more safe. Thank you

    • Joseibi
      November 10, 2010 at 1:07 pm (6 years ago)

      Hi Tuyet,

      Regarding sunscreen, SPF is the duration your skin is protected from UVB (shorter wavelengths and is responsible for burning), while PA is the protection grade against UVA, which has a longer wavelength and is responsible for photo-aging. Typically, in the summer time, you would want a minimum of SPF30 PA+++. If you are outdoor for a long time, you will need to reapply every few hours.

      Studies have shown that there is little extra protection for sunscreens higher than an SPF30 so you don’t really need any higher, but it is available. Shiseido’s sunscreens (check out Sephora’s selection here: are very good and use zinc oxide which is a very safe ingredient. SPF38 is more than adequate for all year round. The trick is to find the right formula – there is the cream version (for drier skin) and the lotion version (for combination to oily skin). I would suggest trying it out at a Sephora or get the travel size to test it out and see whether you like it. The finish is very nice, non drying on the cream version (I use SPF55 PA+++ in the summer). It is not oily. Mostly the Asian (Japanese and Korean) sunscreens will indicate the PA strength, while the western brands don’t. So if you buy a western brand sunscreen, make sure it is a ‘broad spectrum’ UVA and UVB sunscreen.

      Most western brands use oxybenzone – it doesn’t matter if you spend $50 or $9.99 on a Neutrogena sunscreen, it’s all oxybenzone based, whereas the Asian ones tend to use Titanium Dioxide and/or Zinc Oxide. I am allergic to Oxybenzone (and most things Neutrogena!) so I always look out for it in the ingredient list. Even Aveeno’s baby sunscreen has 5-6% oxybenzone in it! All because the government does not regulate skincare and it is always one of my pet peeves, skin being the largest organ in the body and all.

  117. Joseibi
    November 11, 2010 at 4:10 pm (6 years ago)

    Non comedogenic only means non pore clogging, it is not the same as being hypoallergenic.

    On a related note, just because something says fragrance free doesn’t mean it’s without fragrance either – certain products actually contain chemicals to mask the natural odors of certain ingredients and those chemicals could also be fragrance.

    Anyhow, Clinique is what you said, my first job (part time) while attending university was work at a Clinique counter! I can only tell you that I did not sell convincingly. It’s hard when you don’t even like the products you are selling LOL.

  118. Annie
    November 23, 2010 at 2:43 am (6 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi,

    How do you use the Herb Soap by Sulwhasoo? I am alittle confused; can you use the herb soap to remove makeup? Or you need to use a makeup remover first and than use the soap as a cleanser? I don’t know if the herb soap can do both remove makeup and cleanser. What is the purpose of using the herb soap anyway?

    Thank you so much for your advices on this websites. πŸ™‚

  119. kiki08
    November 26, 2010 at 2:06 am (6 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi,

    Do you know whether I should be using Sulwhasoo’s First Care Serum, Balancing Water, Emulsion around my eyes before I apply the Rejuvenating Eye Cream?


    …. and to Annie, I use the herb soap for daily cleansing, I love it. On days when I am wearing a lot of foundation I use the Cleansing Oil first and follow with the herb soap.

    • Joseibi
      November 26, 2010 at 12:17 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear kiki08,

      There are some differences in usage sequence when it comes to eye creams, I noticed that too. In Korean brands, in Amore brands especially, the sequence is everything else first, then eye cream last (not counting sunscreen though). Personally I use eye cream first only because my eyes are very sensitive and I don’t use the rest of the products too close to them. But I believe according to Sulwhasoo’s usage sequence that came with my big Sulwhasoo set in the beginning of this year, it said to use it after cream (last step) and before sunscreen/makeup, etc. There is no real right or wrong in this though, it’s one of those up to your own preferences/discretion type of thing.

      I love the herb soap! I have not found another cleanser I love more than this. I almost always come back to it. Their cleansing oil is nice too – love the Sulwhasoo aroma!

  120. kiki08
    December 2, 2010 at 3:07 am (6 years ago)

    Thanks for the advice Joseibi. I’ve been using the First Care Serum before the eye cream and it seems to reduce morning puffiness around the eyes.

    I am so impressed with the herb soap – I’ve gotten 4 months out of one bar of soap with morning & evening washes!!!!

    • Joseibi
      December 2, 2010 at 3:06 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear kiki08,

      You are very welcome! Glad you like the Herb Soap!!! I share my bar with my husband, and it’s his favorite soap also. We used it 4 times (between the two of us) daily and it actually lasted 4-5 months! Good quality and value for the money. My favorite cleansing product is actually EST’s cleansing essence (enriched), but like many non-soap cleansers, it runs down pretty quick. Sulwhasoo’s Herb Soap is still the best in terms of quality and value!

  121. Lisa and Trixie
    December 3, 2010 at 10:34 am (6 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi,
    I just discovered your blog, soon after learning about Sulwhasoo. First off, I am a 50 years old fair skinned Caucasian woman. I prefer to stay away from gluten in skin products due to an intolerance. Do you know if there are any products in the Sulwhasoo line that are gluten free? I am most interested in the balancing water, balancing emulsion, ginseng cream and firming cream…but willing to try any Sulwhasoo product!!! Please advise. Thank you. Lisa and Trixie.

    • Joseibi
      December 7, 2010 at 9:04 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear Lisa and Trixie,

      Welcome!! I actually don’t know if there is any gluten in Sulwhasoo, unless it goes by a completely different chemical name I don’t recall seeing it on the list of ingredients. The best advice I can give you is if you can get some samples to test it out first, or if you live close to any of those Amore stores you can test the products on the back of your hand or wrist, inside of the elbow, etc. I have sensitive skin myself and Sulwhasoo never irritated me, despite the fragrance. But to be safe, I would suggest getting your hands on the samples. Some ebayers sell small sample sets of the balancing water and emulsion, among other items from the Sulwhasoo brand, you can always get a little bit to try. πŸ™‚

  122. Bonnie
    January 17, 2011 at 12:36 pm (6 years ago)

    Hello Joseibi – great blog!
    I am a 25 year old English girl who lives in Los Angeles – when I was in London the harsher winter weather seemed to agree with my skin and it was often clear and ‘fresh’ looking especially when I was in the wind! But in Los Angeles, the sun and the heat has made my skin much less clear and I break out more. I read about the Sulwhasoo in the Financial Times this week and as I have always admired Korean skin, I thought I should give it a go! I am always nervous though about trying new products not only because of the above problems, but because my skin is very oily (I think that’s why the drier London climate agreed with me better) most products- even when they say ‘non oily’ – seem to make my skin oilier & when I wake up in the morning after putting on night cream they seem to give me a new blemish, so sometimes I even skip the cream now which is bad as I go from oily to then being dehydrated! I don’t understand it! Anyway, sorry for my long message, but I would be curious as to what you’d recommend! Right now – based on your blog – I am torn between Laneige (if it fits better in my age bracket) or Sulwhasoa basic products? Thank you so much for your help!!

    • Joseibi
      January 17, 2011 at 2:55 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear Bonnie,

      Thank you for coming and welcome! πŸ™‚

      Though I would love to trade places with you (I live in Toronto…and woke up to minus 17 degrees this morning!), I can only imagine the total change in weather has affected your skin. It could be the humidity, sun, heat, pollution and what not, but regardless, when you are in a different climate, you may need a change in the skincare too. Sulwhasoo is intended for 35+ age group, although the Hydroaid line is totally waterbased and can be used on younger, oilier skin. If you want to try Sulwhasoo I would recommend that, or the basic Balancing Water and Emulsion. BUT Laneige is much more suitable for your age group. You can opt for the combination skin type when you choose – Power Essential Skin (toner) has a light version. You will need to know whether your skin is really acne prone, or simply dehydrated though. Sometimes dehydration can also cause acne and breakouts too.

      Sofina (Japanese brand by Kao) has a line for the twentysomethings called Jenne, is also a great line you can try out. Personally you are far too young to use Sulwhasoo (it is also very costly). I think you will benefit more from using an age appropriate brand, with water-based products good in hydration, to balance your skin out. πŸ™‚

  123. Bonnie
    January 17, 2011 at 3:29 pm (6 years ago)

    Thank you so much for your response – greatly appreciate it! I think I will follow your advice re: me being too young to use the Sulwhasoo products! I think I will go for the Laneige products, I just took a look online and got a bit overwhelmed by the choice! I will go for the toner, but in terms of cleansers and creams which specific ones would you recommend?! Whenever I have facials, I am always told my skin is dehydrated – even when I do drink enough water! – so I probably would go for items that would target that…
    PS: Can’t believe it was minus 17!!

    • Joseibi
      January 17, 2011 at 5:07 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear Bonnie,

      You are welcome! For cleansers, if you have dehydrated skin, opt for the moisturizing one (not refreshing) – for dry skin. Unless you have very oily skin it’s better to use a more hydrating cleanser. So it is dehydration! I have the same problem (though I am much older than you). Even drinking a lot of water didn’t help. I had to use very heavy duty stuff! πŸ™‚

  124. Bonnie
    January 18, 2011 at 6:36 pm (6 years ago)

    I am currently looking online to buy the products you recommended and I will be sure to report back – thanks again!! – and it’s good to know I’m not alone in this strange dehydration phenomena (I had no idea that this could actually also lead to acne, so it’s nice to have learnt something new too!! πŸ™‚

    • Joseibi
      January 19, 2011 at 11:34 am (6 years ago)

      You are welcome, Bonnie!

      It happened to me, and that’s how I learned to take care of my skin properly. THe Korean saleslady at Amore explained that when the skin is dry, unlike healthy skin which sheds off dead skin cells every 28 days, dry skin doesn’t and the dead skin, combined with sebum, can clog the pores and lead to acne. I did not have acne prone skin, but I had breakouts in my mid-20s from dehydration, and once I started using the Korean skincare, my skin cleared up in a matter of 2 months, and I have not had a breakout since 2004! πŸ™‚

  125. nico
    February 2, 2011 at 12:37 pm (6 years ago)

    hello joseibi!
    i love your blog! such a wonderful resource for asian women! thanks so much for all your hard work keeping it up πŸ™‚ i am 17, and up until recently, my skin did a great job staying flawless and glowing all on its own, no matter what skincare i used. however, due to huge amounts of stress and lack of sleep recently, my skin is now extremely dehydrated and regularly breaks out all over the place. these breakouts have also left me with dark spots which seem to be fading very slowly. i have tried changing up my skincare regimen to items more targeted to acne prone skin, and the breakouts have reduced. however, now that i am less regularly stressed and am getting a lot more sleep, i feel that i should revert back to a more basic skincare regimen so that my skin can take a break from the harshness of the products and just take its time to go back to normal. from what i have read on your blog, sulwhasoo and the history of whoo are not suitable for my age group, but would you recommend a line such as sooryehan? i am interested in herbal remedies, but am willing to try anything as long as it is good. i also live in the gta, so please let me know if there are any locations close by to purchase good skincare! thanks so much!

    • Joseibi
      February 4, 2011 at 12:01 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear nico,

      thank you for your kind words!!! πŸ™‚

      I am trying to think of an herbal line that is suitable for your age, Sooryehan’s various lines can be a little too rich for your age except maybe the Pure Whitening line ( This line controls the oil and water balance. The Boyun line and the Hyo line are too rich for you I am afraid – they are emollient even for my skin (I am 35 and have dry and dehydrated skin).

      The History of Whoo has a Soo Yeon line which is water based, it is probably hydrating enough for young skin (but not for mine). It is not greasy or sticky and it is herbal as well.

      I also recommend Laneige’s Water Sleeping Pack if your skin is dehydrated and stressed out, even now I used it from time to time (esp. after a flight). It gives you glowing skin the next day and it’s not expensive. There are many Amore locations in the GTA area, a few just in Markham (First Markham Place, Pacific Mall, etc.) but I personally prefer buying from the downtown (Bloor) location if you are closer to it. The Korean staff are usually way more generous in giving samples (with purchase) than the others. There is also Jasper Cosmetics where you will find at select T&T supermarkets – they sell The History of Whoo, OHUI, Charmzone, etc.

      I recently visited a new cosmetics store within the newly moved Galleria supermarket near Yonge & Steeles, called Debbie, they carry Missha but just to warn you their products are not fresh, mostly made before 2008 so just be careful! With Korean cosmetics, the manufacture dates are printed on the product so be sure to check before you buy! πŸ™‚ Jasper and Amore stores are good, their products are fresh. Just be careful with the other little stores.

  126. Kev Jang
    February 2, 2011 at 1:31 pm (6 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi,
    Talking about Sulwhasoo, I was wondering on whether you would recommend Concentrated Ginseng cream or Hydroaid cream for dehydrated combination skin. I tend to get dry on the cheeks near my lips and nose tip especially, while my nose and forehead are the oily areas(classic combination skin). The last time you wrote in a blog post that Hydroaid cream is not so good for your very dry skin but I was thinking about a good cream which can work in humid Southeast Asian weather for my skin type.

    • Joseibi
      February 4, 2011 at 12:29 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear Kev,

      I was just about to post a new review! I had been using su:m37 Water Full line and it has done wonders for my dehydrated skin. It is more hydrating than Hydroaid or Whoo’s Soo Yeon line, and my skin literally glows on its own. Hydroaid was very basic in my opinion…didn’t feel that it moisturizes at all, kind of like putting water on the face! Soo Yeon is a little better but still, not great. If your forehead and nose are oily I think you don’t need the cream – just the emulsion will do. The Water Full series had managed to plump my lines on my forehead (those are classic dehydration lines that go away with a really good moisturizer) and the effects are not temporary. It’s also a lot cheaper than Sulwhasoo hehehe.

      I used the Concentrated Ginseng Cream once, it was in a 5ml little jar that came with purchase of a gift set, it was very rich – maybe it’s ok to use at night (and not on oily areas), definitely too rich for day time use if you are in the tropics. πŸ™‚

  127. koi
    February 4, 2011 at 3:42 am (6 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi!
    May I know the difference between the yebit and yeseo powder/foundation? I can’t seem to find the yebit loose powder that you talked about. The only ones I found are the yebit twincake and lumitouch powder. Do you know if the yebit loose powder has been discontinued?

    • Joseibi
      February 4, 2011 at 12:40 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear koi,

      Actually, the Yebit line has been renamed, redesigned and repackaged to Lumitouch now – the Yebit Loose Powder is now Lumitouch Powder. Basically the same things, but Korean brands are like that, they change packaging and upgrade their lines every now and then.

      My experience with Sulwhasoo’s makeup is that it is very hydrating, but also feels a little thick. If you use a fluffy powder brush to apply the loose powder you will still need to use a bug puff to softly press the powder against your skin – I find that it adheres better because of the moisturizers in the powder, if you don’t press it tends to cake up later. πŸ™‚

  128. Kev Jang
    February 4, 2011 at 1:51 pm (6 years ago)

    O ya, Tuyet, I have tried out Sulwhasoo Clarifying mask before. It is not exactly what I call purifying, although it does help peel-off dead skin cells when you leave it to dry up. It drips less than other peel-off masks too. The Red Ginseng Juice pack by Sooryehan is not bad for that too in exfoliation, but tends to be more runny when you apply.

    If you have acne-prone skin and oily skin, probably a clay-based mask might be better for you. At least you will be able to control excess oil on the face every now and then with that.

  129. nico
    February 5, 2011 at 2:28 am (6 years ago)

    joseibi, thanks so much for your reply!!
    i have the laneige water sleeping pack and i love it as well! i bring some with me all the time on long flights to save my skin from the cabin air πŸ™‚
    do you know anything about the su:m37 time energy line? i have searched for many reviews about it and it appears that it is suitable for dehydrated yet acne prone skin, so i kind of want to try it out. does jasper cosmetics sell su:m37 as well?

    • Joseibi
      February 7, 2011 at 12:13 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear nico,

      You are very welcome!

      Very few products stand up to the dry air on a flight, but I have read that many air hostesses in Asia actually use the Laneige Sleeping Pack themselves, to keep their skin from dehydration! I layer it on thick, then when I get to the hotel at night, I use it again, then my skin is completely saved from the dehydration.

      I have a starter kit of su:m37 time control line – not sure if it’s the same as the one you mentioned, but it will be the next line I will review! I still haven’t opened the full size Seol (HoW) that I bought yet, got all these samples and I can’t seem to stay faithful to one line! πŸ˜€

      I have not seen Jasper sell su:m37 yet, but the su:m37 stuff I bought all came with 3 language translations so it’s just a matter of time before they are sold internationally. Can’t wait!!!

  130. koi
    February 8, 2011 at 6:46 pm (6 years ago)

    Thanks, Joseibi! πŸ™‚

  131. Lee
    February 9, 2011 at 9:54 pm (6 years ago)

    Dear Joseibi,

    Thank you for the tip on surviving the dry air on flights! I use the Laneige Sleeping Pack so I’ll be taking it with me πŸ™‚ I remembered you liked a moisture pack from FANCL also. I can’t wait to stack up on goodies, haha.

    I have an update on my skin’s reaction to Sulwhasoo. I had used the Balancing Emulsion last Summer and my skin felt greasy when I put it on. I recently received samples from the Amore SA who told me to try them in this colder weather. I tried them and my skin actually liked Sulwhasoo! It absorbed without leaving a greasy film on my face and left my face very soft in the morning. I love it! I’m not sure I can use the whole line but the Balancing Emulsion is good. I don’t have any wrinkles yet but I wonder if the Balancing Emulsion has any anti-wrinkle properties.

    • Joseibi
      February 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear Lee,

      You have a great memory! I did like the Fancl recharge pack too, but price wise, Laneige’s WSP is better and it will survive the flights better too. Fancl’s is very expensive and you are only getting so little, one flight and you use it up already!

      Wow, good to hear about Sulwhasoo’s emulsion working for you. If you find the emulsion greasy, you may not want to buy their creams for your skin type because they will be for sure greasy for you. The only lighter emulsion I can think of is the Snowise one, it’s less hydrating and more watery (in feel) than Snowise. Hydroaid is light for me too, but for that price I think you are much better off with HoW’s Soo Yeon line, which is non greasy as well.

      I don’t think the Balancing Emulsion has any anti-wrinkle properties, it is mostly for hydration, it’s just a very good basic moisturizer. As long as you keep your skin hydrated it’s half the battle won! πŸ™‚

  132. nico
    February 10, 2011 at 11:32 pm (6 years ago)

    Dear Joseibi,
    thanks so much for the reply! looking forward to your reviews!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  133. koi
    February 16, 2011 at 1:36 am (6 years ago)

    Dear Joseibi,

    Is the sulwhasoo renodigm dual care cream a sunscreen or a daycream? I’m wondering if it can be used in place of my day moisturizer.

    • Joseibi
      February 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear koi,

      It is supposed to be an anti-wrinkle sunscreen, if you have dry skin you may want to use this on top of your moisturizer. πŸ™‚

  134. koi
    February 16, 2011 at 8:45 pm (6 years ago)

    Thank you, Joseibi!

  135. koi
    February 19, 2011 at 9:48 pm (6 years ago)

    Haha… It’s me again, Josiebi πŸ˜›

    Question… In what order of my skincare routine should I apply the Sulwhasoo Herblinic Restorative Ampoule? I just read your article about how the order of application for Korean skincare is different. So Cleanser > Toner > Moisturizer > Herblinic Restorative Ampoule? btw are emulsions and lotions essentially the same thing – a lightweight moisturizer? I notice the directions mentioning that I should apply the cream after the lotion. ??!!! Is that necessary?

    Thank you for all your help!

    • Joseibi
      February 22, 2011 at 4:36 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear koi,

      I just replied to your question in the forum – sorry it took awhile – I was off for the long weekend (toronto).

      The Lotion in Korean skincare is the emulsion type moisturizer, whereas in Japanese skincare lotion is the toner. So in Korean lineup, the lotion (emulsion type moisturizer) usually goes before the cream, the cream being the last step of your skincare routine. In the day time you use a sunscreen after that, plus makeup (optional).

      Some of the Korean ‘essence’ is to be used after the emulsion, so it really depends on each product. Even at Amore, the staff told me to use the ‘essence’ over the moisturizer. It has to do with the texture of the ‘essence’ too – in Korean skincare the essence is usually more like an emulsion (thicker) – at times some of the essences can be even heavier than the emulsion itself, whereas in western/Japanese products, you usually use the essence (which tends to be runny and light in texture) before the emulsion/moisturizer. Confusing isn’t it?! But once you get used to the Korean skincare this will come natural to you. πŸ™‚

  136. koi
    February 22, 2011 at 11:22 pm (6 years ago)

    Thanks, Joseibi. I read your reply on the forum. I’ll be experimenting with the order of application for the Herblinic Restorative Ampoule.

  137. Mae
    March 16, 2011 at 1:11 am (6 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi,

    I’ve been reading your blog and I find it very helpful. I have a few questions for you, I have read from yours and many other blogs that Sulwhasoo is very hydrating. I am only 24 but I’ve tried many skin care products and I just don’t find them to be hydrating enough. Often when I put my night skin care routine, I will wake up the next morning and think the products kept my skin moisturized, but only to find that I still have dry patches once I apply bb cream or foundation.

    Would it be okay for me to try the sulwhasoo balancing water+balancing emulsion+SK-II facial treatment essence? Do these products work good together?

    Thank you!

    • Joseibi
      March 21, 2011 at 10:55 am (6 years ago)

      Dear Mae,

      Definitely! πŸ™‚ The basic line in Sulwhasoo (the Balancing Water and Emulsion) are good to use even if you are a bit younger. I find that when you turn after 25 your skin does get a little less oily and drier so it’s good to have a good base. I wouldn’t recommend using any heavy duty wrinkle care but good hydration is key to aging well. And you cannot go wrong with SKII Facial Treatment Essence. It is my HG product of all time and I have tried hundreds of products! πŸ˜›

  138. Miri
    March 21, 2011 at 5:50 pm (6 years ago)

    Hello Joseibi,

    I went to the Amore store yesterday looking for a new toner because my Laneige was running out and the woman there suggested sulwhasoo snowise line for me even though i’m only 15. Isn’t sulwhasoo for woman 30+? I’m quite interested but do you think it’s age appropriate? Are there any anti aging properties in snowise products?

    I’m also in the run for a new skin care line. I’ve used Laneige, Shiseido and Charmzone. Charmzone was the most pleasant out of all but i love switching up my products. Like i said, I’m only 15, combination skin type, I don’t have acne but only some whiteheads and blackheads. So are there brands/lines and you would suggest me?

    There’re some brands that i’m quite interested in… sooryehan, hunnule? But I dont think it’s appropriate for my age? Is it?

    Anyways… Love to hear back from you.

    Thank you Joseibi πŸ™‚

    • Joseibi
      March 21, 2011 at 10:39 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear Miri,

      15 is way too young to use Sulwhasoo! Not that it would harm your skin, but at 15, your main issues would be the typical oiliness (hormonal related), blackheads, whiteheads, that sort of thing. You won’t need a luxury line at this age – not yet.

      If you want to stay within the Korean brands, besides Charmzone that you like, Enprani is a good brand too. Kev Jang highly recommends Hannule and I value and trust his judgment so it’s another Amore brand you can try. There is also Coreana which produces a line called Nokdu, it has great products too. Nokdu is inexpensive but good quality, and much more age appropriate for you as well. πŸ™‚

  139. Kev Jang
    March 22, 2011 at 9:32 am (6 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi, I think hannule is great for those in 20’s, but 15 is really quite young for it too because of its luxury cosmetics status. It’s a little like Amore’s version of LG Sooryehan which is itself targetted at those in their 20’s and till 40’s/50’s depending on the products. @Miri, yes Joseibi recommends some very good products for you, so do take her advice! I do think brands like it’s skin, the saem, tony moly, skinfood and The face shop, while not absolutely good in all their products(They have some good ones and some hit-and-miss ones), do have some good products, so if you can get them in your area, by all means.

    • Joseibi
      March 24, 2011 at 4:01 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear Kev,

      Thank you for the clarification and I agree, each brand has some star products and then some so-so products, you just have to pick and choose the ones suitable for your skin type. Overall I still love Sulwhasoo the most though, the only products that are just ok within Sulwhasoo are the Hydroaid products but that’s only because my skin is dry and those aren’t hydrating enough. But of course it’s pricey! I wouldn’t spend that much on skincare if I were 15. When you are that young you don’t have major damage to the skin so the basics, just to keep hydrated and the skin clear of blemishes, would suffice at such a young age.

  140. Angie
    April 26, 2011 at 8:52 am (6 years ago)

    I am 38 years old Chinese. Currently using Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 and CE (vitamin C) and GM COllin’s Hydrating cream. I think my skin’s hydrated well enough, but I want to add a whitening regime because I have a lot of freckles. I’ve tried IPL and still didn’t get rid of all of it. I’m looking at Sulwhasoo’s Snowise line. Do you think they work well in lightening freckles?

    • Joseibi
      April 26, 2011 at 12:03 pm (6 years ago)

      Yes, some people had great success with it, but i personally had more success with The History of Whoo’s Seol line, which faded most of my freckles. Snowise gives you very luminous skin though not necessarily rids it of wrinkles.

  141. kiki08
    May 4, 2011 at 12:45 am (6 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi, do you know if Sulwhasoo’s Restoring Neck Cream is sold in Canada? I went to the Amore store on Bloor and was told that they aren’t able to import it – any insight as to why?

    • Joseibi
      May 5, 2011 at 1:53 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear kiki08,

      I have never seen that product, and it isn’t listed on the Sulwhasoo’s English website…

  142. Alison
    May 6, 2011 at 8:36 am (6 years ago)

    Hi I recently bought the First Care Serum and Snowise Whitening Cream. Along with the purchase, I got a bunch of samples – Hydroid Serum and Hydroid Cream. Can I try them all at the same time? In which order would you advise?

    • Joseibi
      May 6, 2011 at 9:37 am (6 years ago)

      Dear Alison,

      You can use them all together, First care Serum (after cleansing) first, then the Hydroaid Serum, then either the whitening cream first or the Hydroaid cream (the order of the cream one before the other doesn’t matter). Or if your skin isn’t dry, just save the cream for later.

      Enjoy – Sulwhasoo is still my fav. skincare brand of all time! πŸ™‚

  143. Kev Jang
    May 6, 2011 at 1:03 pm (6 years ago)

    @Lala, this might be a really late response to something you asked sometime back about Sulwhasoo and its creams. I used a sample of the Firming Cream, and although I have combination skin, I find that it highly moisturizes and seemed to have worked on the fine lines of dehydration I had on forehead. It costs around 85,000 won in Korea and online on Gmarket, it is cheaper around 60,000 won and above. I think you can probably get it at a really decent price even on some Ebay websites, around 85 US dollars, with free shipping. Personally, I find that there are a lot of good Korean skincare brands like Coreana (Coreana’s anti-aging Oriental skincare lines include, Zain, Bichui GaIn, and HanBang Mi-in, and I have used products from the first two lines before). Supposedly the third line is developed in collaboration with Kyunghee University’s department of Oriental Medicine. I would definitely look forward to spending on that line, or if not, the Zain line which actually smells very good(like some form of fruity longan, which is the main extract inside the skincare, and in high concentration!).

  144. Tam
    May 24, 2011 at 7:09 am (6 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi,
    I recently knew about your page and have been reading your blog. They are so helpful and informative. Thank you so much!

    I am currently in the search for a suitable skincare product line. I am 23, have sensitive and very dry skin. I also notice some (reddish) discoloration and a few freckles on my cheek.

    I am currently using Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance line. Even though they are great at hydration and very gentle to my sensitive skin, I don’t see any improvements on my discoloration, which is why I am searching for a new line.

    I am considering among the whitening lines of Asian brands Shiseido, Kanebo, Laneige and Sulwhasoo (I am Asian as well). Would you please kindly advise on the options? Which one of those is actually effective in whitening and also hydrating sufficiently?

    I would appreciate your help greatly. Thanks a lot πŸ™‚

    • Joseibi
      May 25, 2011 at 4:15 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear Tam,

      Thank you and welcome! πŸ™‚

      The History of Whoo’s Seol line works well as a whitening line, though not hydrating enough, especially if you have dry skin. You can top off with a very emollient cream. Are you sensitive toward fragrance though? I am hesitant to recommend Seol to you since it is fragranced, but it is the only line that whitens and it works quick. I had dry and dehydrated skin at the time (used last fall/winter), it really whitened my skin within a month, but it is not hydrating. So I used a heavy cream on top at the last step to compensate for the inadequate hydration. I still use the Seol Balancer and Lotion (toner and emulsion) right now, and even though it’s Spring/Summer, it is still not hydrating enough for me so if you want the whitening benefits, you will need a rich cream.

      I didn’t have any success with Shiseido White Lucent line…Kose’s Sekkisei (the toner) worked for me but not hydrating enough either. I had tried the Sekkisei creams, they are good for hydration but I wouldn’t say they whiten as fast as Seol. The results with Seol are pretty dramatic if you read my review here:

  145. Amy
    June 6, 2011 at 11:35 pm (6 years ago)


    I have just started using the sulwhasoo basic line and am in love with it after trying out a gift set. It feels like a second skin on my face πŸ™‚ but before I go out and buy the actual full sized set I have one major concern. My biggest problem of my skin is all these pin sized holes and pigmentation caused by my acne a while ago. I finally was able to clear it all up and am left with these hideous scars and coloring. Do you think sulwhasoo will help? I’m 19 btw. Would this brand be too early for me to start using?

    • Joseibi
      June 7, 2011 at 2:04 pm (6 years ago)

      @Amy – Glad you like Sulwhasoo!!! 19 is very young to start using Sulwhasoo but the basic line is ok to use even at a young age.

      I am however a little cautious to warn you that any pitted scars will not be easy to get rid of. You will need resurfacing – like microdermabrasion. The non textured scars that are flat are easier to get rid of, but not as easy as overnight or even a month or two. It will take months to be rid of pigmented scars. I don’t know how serious your scars are – hopefully not deep or textured. Keep up with the exfoliation (scrubs or AHA/BHA), moisturizing (skin heals faster when it is properly moisturized) and most importantly the daily sunscreen, with scars and pigmentations use at least SPF30 even if you stay indoors.

      You may want to look for products that will either stimulate collagen production or contains a high concentration of collagen to repair the scar tissue. The good thing is, at your age you are still producing plenty collagen. Products like Dr. Ci:Labo’s Aqua Collagen Creams (in various formulas – pick one for your skin type; aloe for extra healing, or the Bihaku whitening one that is newly released) will help your skin heal and the scars will look better with religious, continued use.

      @Maria – I hear you, I hear you!!! My girl is 3.5 and it just doesn’t end. She gets out of bed at 5am even on weekends!! I completely agree with you – treat yourself, even if it’s expensive. We moms need some serious pampering once in a while at least!!! I would love to try the Sulwhasoo spa but too bad we don’t have one here!!!

  146. Maria
    June 7, 2011 at 5:08 am (6 years ago)

    So I just returned today from Sulwasoo spa and i am in absolute awe. I know, it costs an arm, leg and possible my right kidney… But it was the best facial I have ever experienced and in my 35 years I have had quite a few all over the globe. The setting is amazing, very stylish, very woody, nothing gaudy like the Whoo spa palace (judging from the pics though). I had a whitening, eye and neck treatments. They use the machines, it is not just holistic approach. But I got so so tired of my dark circles, pigmentation and paper thin skin on the cheeks, so it was the last cry for help. I have been following your blog joseibi religiously, cuz I have never had such a bad skin condition. 17 months of insomnia and baby caring has done its damage, I suppose. So anyway, if you guys use and love sulwhasoo, experience at least one of their treatments sometime. Such a great present to oneself. haha

  147. Maria
    June 7, 2011 at 10:30 am (6 years ago)

    Hmm, let’s say my 3 hours of treatments costed me like two concentrated ginseng creams. But I don’t regret it for a second. Actually I have invested in a package which I will repay over 12 months, so not so bad after all. I am simply smitten. Plus the interior design amazing. It was done by French architect Ferrier who has built French pavilion for expo 2010 in shanghai. They have a whole building with 4 floors. So if in Hk do pay it a visit. The only bemol (and my husband is quite upset) they don’t do any men treatments at the moment .

    • Joseibi
      June 7, 2011 at 2:06 pm (6 years ago)

      @Maria – I am not surprised how nice it was, even the Sulwhasoo counter at Bergdorf Goodman blew me away. It was just so elegant in a simple, zen kind of way. I wish I could try it!!! what a bummer that they don’t treat men. Your husband has every right to feel bummed out. My husband loves Sulwhasoo too. He swears by the Herb Soap.

  148. Amy
    June 7, 2011 at 3:09 pm (6 years ago)

    Thank you so much joseibi for the suggestions. My scars have been fading over the last month or so but I just feel likes its going away so slowly! Which is so frustrating! Does the aqua collagen creams promote production of collagen or more for moisturizing? I know the importance of putting on daily sunscreen but how does it actually help with healing my skin? I thought it was just to protect from sunlight.

    Have you ever used La Mer? Does their moisturizer work? I’ve heard good stories about it and bad. Like that it uses the exact same ingredients a vasaline.

    • Joseibi
      June 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear Amy,

      Scars are not easy to be rid of…unfortunately! The Aqua Collagen Cream is loaded with marine collagen so it will help repair already damaged skin (e.g. sun damage or scarred skin). Sunscreen is to prevent sun damage, which is very bad if you have scars. If your scar is not protected from the sun, it will only get darker and you have sun damage to fight on top of it. It won’t heal your skin, but it will protect your skin from further harm. If you use any whitening products you should be wearing a minimum of SPF30 during the day everyday.

      La Mer – haven’t tried it but yes, it contains petrolatum (just like petroleum jelly – Vaseline). I usually don’t use any product that contains petrolatum and I am not impressed with such high end products charging that much for a cheap humectant like petrolatum…Even some Shiseido (international) products contain petrolatum. I think the Benefiance anti-wrinkle eye cream contains it and it gave me a reaction. There are better humectants like Squalane, jojoba oil, olive oil, etc. that are much more gentle on the skin. πŸ™‚

  149. purple22
    July 9, 2011 at 1:31 am (6 years ago)

    I am 28 but my skin is super dry.I have been using sulwashoo for more than 1 year and then sk2,Lamer. However,I’ m worried that those stuffs are too strong for my age ,and not good for long time use. Can u give me some advices on this? Thanks a lot.

    • Joseibi
      July 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm (6 years ago)

      @purple22 – if you use the basic line from Sulwhasoo then at 28 it’s not going to be too strong (e.g. Balancing Water, Emulsion, Hydroaid). Same goes for SKII – the basic lines like Facial Treatment Essence, and Facial Treatment Milk, cleansing gel, etc. are not age specific. As long as they work for you. As you approach 30 your skin may get even drier so if SKII and Sulwhasoo work for you it’s best you continue, only if they aren’t working then you certainly should look for another brand/line of products.

  150. kiki08
    July 9, 2011 at 1:53 am (6 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi – Just thought I would let you know …. I was at the Amore counter in PAT’s (Scarborough location) and they are having a 20% off sale on their products – including Sulwhasoo πŸ™‚

    • Joseibi
      July 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm (6 years ago)

      oooooooooooh! time to shop! πŸ™‚ thanks kiki08!!!

  151. Emma
    July 31, 2011 at 1:49 am (6 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi,

    I know you are a big fan of Sulwhasoo. Just want to know if you tried the Sulwhasoo Extra Refining line. I tired to find review online but cannot find much. I know that the Extra Refining line is pricier than the basic line. I am still debating if I should get that instead of the basic line. I am 31 and currently looking for a suitable skincare product. I have oily skin (mainly on the t-zone area). Lately, I notice I have some lines around my eyes area. Which line would you recommend from Sulwhasoo that would help me (anti-aging)? Which line is more appropriate for my age? Thank you in advance for your help.

    • Joseibi
      August 2, 2011 at 2:43 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear Emma & Crystal,


      If you have it in your budget, the Extra Refining line is leaps and bounds better than the basic line. Between 29 – 32 I had used the Sulwhasoo basic line (toner and emulsion and herb soap); but after my baby, my skin got very dry (from lack of sleep) and I had used the Extra Refining toner, emulsion, eye cream and cream for about a month (it was a bonus with purchase). The difference was huge (in price too!) but worth it if you want anti-aging. If you have oilier skin then the Extra Refining line may be a little rich for you (especially the cream – it’s emollient) though. You can always try out the basic line to see if your skin is ok with it before you commit to such a hefty purchase though. The basic line (Balancing Emulsion) is non oily enough to use on oilier skin types. At the minimum you can try the herb soap, it is mild and doesn’t dry out your skin. πŸ™‚

      @Crystal – eye cream – hard to recommend because it’s either hit or miss and most were misses for me. I do like Sulwhasoo’s Rejuvenating Eye Cream but nothing I used really take away the dark circles. If it’s genetics especially. If it’s from lack of sleep only sleep will help! (I have since settled for a good concealer!)

  152. Crystal
    August 2, 2011 at 1:07 pm (6 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi,
    I am a fan of your blog and I have learned so much about Skin care. Anyway, I am interested in buying Sulwhasoo. I wonder which line is good for me. I am 43 asian and have combination/oily skin. I have tried HOW’s whitening line and it is super. But I would like to use Sulwhasoo in Fall and Winter time. Should I buy the Extra refining line? Which eye cream you like best? I have dark cycles, fine lines under my eyes?


  153. Jessica
    August 3, 2011 at 2:03 am (6 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi,
    I’m so impressed with your blog. I actually spent 3 days to read every line in your blog and I have learned a lot from you and others. Like many other ladies, I like to switch to different cosmetics brands if I hear good benefits from them. However, I always end up coming back to Shiseido. Maybe I will try Sulwhasoo in the future. Currently, I’m using Shiseido Bio-Performance Super Restoring Cream and Super Corrective Serum. I’m not sure if they are too strong for me. I’m 36 years old now. My skin is combination to dry. I have been using these two products for almost a month and my skin becomes almost flawless. Before that I used Bio-Performance Advanced Super Revitalizer and Super Refining Essence, but my skin was dry when I used those twos. That was why I decided to try the Super Restoring Cream and Super Corrective Serum. I’m very pleased with the result, but still concern whether or not they are too strong for me (I also use Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam, Eudermine, and Urban Environment Sunblock SPF35 from Shiseido). Please give me an advice. Thanks a bunch for your help.


    • Joseibi
      August 4, 2011 at 10:09 am (6 years ago)

      Dear Jessica,

      You are so kind, and welcome!!

      Actually, if something really works for you, I would stick to it. Shiseido has some fantastic products (I still use their makeup 70% of the time) – I loved the Bio-Performance line because it really works. I used the eye cream in that line and it did lessen the emerging fine lines around my eyes! I will be 36 next month so we are the same age, almost same skin type, so it’s good to know that the Super Corrective Serum works because I have it on my wish list for my b-day!

      You are using a great regime already, they aren’t too strong, I believe Revital is stronger (it contains more Retinol – Benefiance’s several products contain a retinol complex too, I believe) and more for more mature skin (I’d say 40+). Shiseido’s sunblock is among the best I have tried. Great stuff, no need to change a thing unless you want to try something else out of curiosity. πŸ™‚

  154. Jessica
    August 4, 2011 at 2:08 pm (6 years ago)

    Dear Joseibi,

    Thank you very much for your response. I feel more comfortable using the Bio-Performance products now.


  155. xoespresso
    September 26, 2011 at 10:53 pm (6 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi,

    Thanks for all the awesome info about Sulwhasoo! I was inspired to try the line because of you and other bloggers like HopeInABlog, and I’ve found some really nice products like the eye cream and clarifying mask πŸ™‚

    I do have a question for you though — have you heard of girls trying Sulwhasoo and ending up with bad reactions? I tried the first care serum + balancing water + emulsion combo for the first time a few weeks ago. I had about a week of great skin, and then my face started feeling super-oily and I got a couple of really nasty cystic breakouts. I stopped using the Sulwhasoo at that point… πŸ™ If it helps, I’m 24 with oily/combination skin, somewhat over-stressed and under-slept (which I know is terrible for skin… but can’t be helped right now). In the past I’ve mostly used Shiseido products (Pureness in my teens, and the Skincare/White Lucent in my twenties), although I’ve dabbled a bit in other brands like Kate Somerville and Amore Pacific….

    I haven’t read about anyone who’s reacted badly to Sulwhasoo like this before, so I don’t know if I should give the products another shot once this breakout calms down, or wait a few years until my skin matures a bit more? What would you recommend?


    • Joseibi
      October 3, 2011 at 4:35 pm (5 years ago)

      Hi xoespresso – sorry to hear about your bad reaction to Sulwhasoo!!! But to tell you the truth, I think I have stated somewhere (perhaps in a comment, not a blog entry) that I had reacted to one or two of their products too! The Herblinic Serum gave me a nasty stinging burn on my face…so I guess you aren’t the only one (if that makes you feel better).

      I think 24 years old is a bit too young to use Sulwhasoo, it’s meant for 35+, if you must use it the only product I recommend is the Herb Soap. If you have oily skin then even the Balancing Water + Emulsion may be a little too rich for you. Hydroaid will be a little lighter, but still, at 24, you don’t need Sulwhasoo yet in my opinion. πŸ™‚

  156. Sandy
    May 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm (5 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi;
    I am so glad to find your blog. Great blog!! Truly enjoyed, reading it. Thanks for taking time to write it.
    Wanted to try korean brand products, and finally tried a facial at the AMORE located at the Bloor yesterday afternoon. (Always used Shiseido, Estee Lauder,mac and Clinique 3 steps )
    Prior to the facial, I did mention to the lady about the sensitiveness of my skin. During facial at one point , felt so much burning sensation 10/10 and she quickly needed to remove the product out of my skin. (She was a very friendly and nice woman).
    However, after few hrs unfortunately I experienced itchiness. Would say perhaps 4 or 5, out of 10.
    Too bad.. my ill luck, I didn’t came across your blog prior to the facial. As friend of mine suggested in buying a IOPE anti wrinkle cream, I did much research on IOPE prior to my visit at the Amore.
    The lady recommended purchasing Sulwhasoo over IOPE. I was bit sceptical about buying it, as I have not done any research and knew nothing about it. After much of her explanation I decided to give a try for Sulwhasoo.
    Anyhow, due to Mother’s day sale was going on there wasn’t any samples to give out. (and being too lazy to travel to north York to get sample products) ended up buying the Essential set of 3 items perhaps u already know.. what i am talking about ..hehe (i.e Sulwhasoo balancing emultion, balancing water and firming cream and Snowise Sangbeak cream )( along with it ..Samples are first care serum, revitalizing serum, rejuvenating eye cream, cleaning oil and wash, and clarifying mask.)
    I would really appreciate if you could tell me whether these products are appropriate for my dry combination skin ( fairly dry and bit oily on t zone , will say 3 or 4/10 oily and 9/10 dry) I have fine wrinkle underneath my eyes 1 line and stress wrinkles ( fine) between my eyes on forehead.( under eyes and forehead wrinkles are very visible in morning. I am 31. ( Lately being under much stress going through a several medical test relating to colon cancer formed( 3) 2 visible ( too visible in morning ) 1 invisible ..but fine lines between my eyes. Thank god all test came out negative and glad to be out of strict diet. ..
    This morning I tried the products, followed the written chart (tried it all, except the mask) and yet again experiencing itchiness. Also finding it really rich on my skin and making my nose and forehead shine a bit. I contacted them and was suggested to discontinue in using it for a few days and gradually try a bit to see whether it may eliminate the itchiness..and asked to follow with a few days.. (but contradicting part is on receipt it says no refund , exchange only in 3 day..if i wait few days then It is going to be more than 3 days) concerned about the product as it cost me couple hundreds of $$$$’s .
    The lady who did the facial and massage was exceptionally nice and friendly though, sometime had trouble understanding her English. But the owner, at the cashier was quite impatient and her customer service skills were not satisfying in compare to the lady, I spoke on phone at the AMORE in North York.
    Would you recommend using these products? Beside the one located at the Christie are there any other locations where spa service is offered? Do you do skin consultation and advice on products in person? I live in Toronto, I have sun damages and acne scars, wanted to find treatments to minimize the forehead wrinkles and dark spots.
    I look forward to hear from you.

    • Joseibi
      May 16, 2012 at 9:15 am (5 years ago)

      Dear Sandy,

      Thank you for your kind words and for your comment!

      I actually wish you left a comment or contacted me before buying the set…usually, at the facial (Amore), they use products they sell (e.g. Sulwhasoo), so if you already have a reaction to them, I would advise against buying! They are pretty ‘aggressive’ in sales, in a nice way of course, but since you already had a reaction I wish they didn’t push you to buy and offer a refund after trial if it doesn’t suit you. If your skin already reacts to Sulwhasoo, chances are repeated exposure (why would you do that?) will only make it worse. Korean products are so heavily fragranced and contain alcohol they aren’t suitable for sensitive or very sensitive skin.

      Amore staff will always recommend Sulwhasoo over Iope and Laneige, Sulwhasoo is their star line and the quality is much better than the other two. The basic set you buy is good for hydration, but for lines/wrinkles/spots I personally find the need of a good treatment program/serum/essence in addition to the basic 3 steps. The History of Whoo was more effective in whitening in my opinion after having used Sulwhasoo’s Snowise and The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang:Seol. The Seol line was not hydrating enough for my age (36) though, I had to use another hydrating cream at the end to seal in the moisture. But the whitening effects were superb to anything else I had used, including Snowise.

      I find the staff at Jasper (selling The History of Whoo) much more generous with their samples, they gave me a trial set of Seol whitening toner and emulsion to try without a purchase and that’s how I got into the whole line. You might want to look them up –

      If you do try their spa and have a reaction don’t buy any of the products though! I would try samples before first.

      I would take the set back to Amore and tell them you had very severe burning sensation and cannot continue to use it, ask for a refund and if they offer exchange perhaps get something else. I don’t know what though, but maybe use their testers to see if you react to the products before accepting the exchange.

      Not that this is important anymore (if you are going to return the products), if your skin is combination and has a bit of oiliness, skip the cream and only use emulsion for the day.

      You can always contact me by using the contact form, though I don’t do personal consultation because it’s hard without seeing you face to face and I am afraid of recommending the wrong stuff! πŸ˜›

      Good luck at Amore…hope they keep their word and let you get your money back or at least an exchange…

  157. za
    November 29, 2012 at 11:02 am (4 years ago)

    Thank you for this thorough review! I just bought the sulwhasoo beginner’s set with the emulsion and toner and I’m 21 years old. Would you say I’m too young to be using the products. I would rather hydrate and prevent than to treat but then again, should I be using other brands for my age?

    Thanks again,

    • Joseibi
      December 5, 2012 at 10:17 am (4 years ago)

      The basic products from Sulwhasoo aren’t really age specific so the toner and emulsion are ok to use even when you are young. I think you are a bit young to use Sulwhasoo but if it works well with your skin then it’s perfectly good.

      There are other brands for your age, plenty actually, so it really depends what you like.

  158. farahafiza (@farafizaa)
    November 30, 2012 at 11:42 pm (4 years ago)

    hye.. i’m about twenty. which sulwahsoo product line u think is suitable for me as i’ve a dry skin. and at this age is it ok if i use the time treasure line? i’m about to purchase this product for my 1st time. hope can get ur opinion.

    • Joseibi
      December 5, 2012 at 10:23 am (4 years ago)

      Dear farahafiza,

      20 is very very young to use Sulwhasoo, but definitely too young for the Time Treasure line. Your dry skin may benefit from the richness of the products meant for older skin but at your age, you don’t need that heavy. If you were to really get Sulwhasoo you can try the basic line – herb soap, Balancing Water and Balancing Emulsion, and see how your skin feels about those. It also depends where you live (e.g. climate, weather – hot? humid? Dry?) too. I think at 20 you have plenty of options, and if your skin doesn’t have many major problems you can go with even less expensive brands.

  159. Renuka
    April 13, 2013 at 11:23 am (4 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi

    I absolutely lovvve your blog….best one I have come across. I was looking for skin lightening creams and found your blog…so glad I did !
    I am dark skinned, have a combination skin type and 40 years of age and based in Melbourne. On reading your review I purchased the 5 piece sample pack of The History of Whoo -Seol whitening line from Ebay but I have some questions regarding the usage
    *Which product do I use first and in what order ?
    *Should I was my face afer applying 1 before using the next or do I just apply them on top of the other?
    *Best time to use it as in should I apply it in the morning before I leave for work or at night since is the whitenig range ?
    *Can it be left on overnight ?
    *Do I have to wear Sunscreen compulsarily as feel like my skin cannot breathe and looks caked on after I use one. At the moment I use Neutrogena Spray on Sunscreen SPF 50?
    *Since the stuff is really expensive, if I have to pick and choose 2 or 3 products in the range when i buy the full size bottles which ones should I buy?
    *My friend is travelling to Vietnam next week…are these products available there in Vietnam as she has offered to pick it up for me
    So far I have not really taken great care of my skin just soap & water and Olay total effects 7 in 1 day cream because earlier my skin used to be rather oily and always
    broke out when ever I used any cream as I lived overseas where the weather was mostly hot and humid. Ever since I moved to Australia 7 yeas ago, my skin has gotten dry and find my forehead and chin oily at times.

    Really sorry about the lengthy post….but please help !!

    Best Regards


    • Joseibi
      April 25, 2013 at 10:33 am (4 years ago)

      HI Renuka,

      Sorry your comment, like several others, was caught by my spam filter all this time!

      To use the line, start with the foam cleanser, skin balancer, lotion, essence, intensive, then cream. If you use the mask (peel off or cloth essence sheet mask), use it after you wash your face with the foam cleanser and balancer. You don’t wash your face in between applying the subsequent steps, unless the peel off mask leaves residue of course.The paper cloth essence mask should never been washed off by the way.

      If you use whitening products and not use sunscreen, your skin will be prone to tanning and getting more dark spots so an SPF30 is the minimum you should be wearing during the day.

      During the day you don’t have to use the full 5 steps if your skin is oily. Just use the cleansing foam, skin balancer and lotion and save the essence, whitening intensive and cream for night time only.

      Hope it works for you!

  160. Linh
    May 7, 2013 at 5:35 am (4 years ago)

    Hi joseibi,

    I found your site and found it so helpful. I posted a comment but seem it didn’t appear in your blog .

    I am currently using some products of Sulwhasoo and really them. At the moment I use the basic line products. But I want to have a baby soon and I don’t know whether I still can use skincare and make up products

    It is grateful if you can give me some advices about this. My skin is quite dry since I turned 30 and I really need a lot of care for my face and lips. During winter I have a lot of flakes on my face and lips. I have also some fine line on my forehead and dark circle around my eyes.

    Im using now

    Herbal soap,
    Essential balance water, balancing emulsion, first care serum,
    Essential Revitalizing Serum,
    Essential Firming Cream
    Essential Rejuvenating Eye Cream/Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Eye Cream ,
    lumitouch lips care
    Clarifying Mask and Overnight Vitalizing Mask
    Snowwise Brightening BB cream, lumitouch base

    I just bought Laneigne Sun block and lips treatment to try

    What do you think about these products? And is it safe to use those during pregnancy? Could you give me some advice about sun block product ? I didn’t use sunblock often and seem like my face has more brown spots. Im living in Europe

    Thank you very much in advance! ^^

    • Joseibi
      May 22, 2013 at 12:16 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Linh,

      My apologies! I don’t know why some comments get caught up in my spam filters. I haven’t been too active on the blog so I didn’t check for a while!

      For pregnancies – I had used these during mine too. As long as the products do not contain Retinol it’s ok. But if you don’t feel comfortable using them of course you can stop at your own discretion. To my knowledge none of these would pose any harm to the baby.

      Sunscreens are essential. A minimium of SPF30 is recommended even if you are indoors all day. Otherwise you will have premature skin aging that shows up as wrinkles and fine lines. Your lines on your forehead could be just dehydration lines which I have also. Unfortunately not much you can do about the dark circles if they are hereditary. I have yet to use anything that works on my non hereditary dark circles that came after I had my baby (raising the child is even harder lol)

      I believe IOPE has better sunscreens than Laneige. Laneige is better suited for 18-25 age group; I have used several of IOPE’s sunscreens and really enjoyed them.

      The products you are using are great – but if you have any sensitivities just try using one new product at a time for a few days to let your skin adjust to it first before introducing more to your regimen.

      Best of luck on your skin and having a baby! πŸ™‚

      • Linh
        May 25, 2013 at 4:58 pm (4 years ago)

        Thank you do much for your help ^^. I gonna try IOPE sunscreen

  161. Stella
    November 10, 2013 at 11:28 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi,

    I love all those reviews. Im living in Singapore, hope you can offer some skincare advice.

    I have dry skin with some dark sports / uneven skin tone (lack of frequent use of sunblock).

    I like to do something about those dark spots. How can I go about? I like to try Sulwahsoo whitening products. Should I do a twice exfoliating and use whitening mask routine?

    Looking forward to your expertise πŸ˜€

    • Stella
      November 10, 2013 at 11:29 pm (3 years ago)

      To add, on I’m currently in my early 30s

  162. Cyril
    January 28, 2014 at 7:10 pm (3 years ago)

    Have you got any informations about the men’s range of Sulwhasoo? Would it be suitable for fairly oily skin? I noticed lots of korean men skincare are mostly suited for dry skin… I’m in my 40s so apparently it’s the best brand for my age range πŸ˜‰ otherwise can you recommend any other men brand if that one not good for oily skin ….thank you for your help

    • Joseibi
      March 6, 2014 at 11:26 am (3 years ago)

      Hi Cyril,

      Sorry for the late reply!!!! I don’t have much information on Sulwhasoo’s men’s range. I only know what didn’t work and that’s because of my husband using some of the stuff I bought him…he has used Laneige Homme, Biotherm Homme, Clinique Homme, none of which he particularly liked (he hated Clinique which was quite greasy for him). This is probably outside of what you asked but he did like L’Occitane’s Verdon products. He has repurchased the Verdon moisturizer which never happened in the 12 years I have been married to him! It’s light and not greasy. Other than that, I don’t know about the Korean brands for men.

  163. Gaia
    July 22, 2014 at 9:48 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi,
    I’m currently trying to find the right Sulwhasoo line for my mother, she’s in her late 40’s and has a little bit of pigmentation from being in the sun, she has combination/oily skin. What would you recommend for her?
    Thank you for your help!

  164. Kris
    October 9, 2014 at 2:02 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi, may I know what’s best for me? I’m 16 and I have a sensitive skin. Can you also give me some skin care that are the best so far for you?

  165. Charmaine
    February 16, 2015 at 2:55 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi,

    I came across your blog when I was searching for review on Sulwhasoo’s products.
    I really enjoyed reading your blog, great review and honest opinion!

    I’ve been using a mixture of brands for my skincare products.
    I have fair and acne-free skin. Used to be rather satisfied with my skin until recently, I noticed that the skin on both sides of my cheek are dry and dehydrated. Whenever I put on my IOPE BB cushion, my cheek will look dry and flaky after a few hours.

    Not sure if it helps to understand what went wrong or what’s missing but here’s my day time skin care routine:

    Step 1: Face Wash – Envie De Neuve Grape Seed
    Step 2: Toner – Clarins Toning Lotion with Camomile
    Step 3: SK II Facial Treatment Essence
    Step 4: Clarins Double Serum
    Step 5: Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewring Cream
    Step 6: Guerlain Blanc De Perle UV Shirld 50+ PA+++
    Step 7: IOPE BB Cushion N21

    My Night time skin care routine:

    Step 1: Face Wash
    Step 2: Toner – Clarins Toning Lotion with Camomile
    Step 3: SK II Facial Treatment Essence
    Step 4: Laneige White Plus Essence With a drop of Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil
    OR Laneige Firming Sleeping Mask (twice a week)
    OR Innisfree Mask (twice a week)

    I’m thinking of adding Sulwhasoo’s Balancing Emulsion to both my day and night routine to boost the moisture on my skin but do you think it helps?
    Please advise.



  166. Ellen
    February 20, 2015 at 6:50 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi,

    I am 38 years old and I am using Laneige Time Freeze series, but I think my skin is more suitable for Perfect Renew set of Laneige.
    I am glad to find your blog and tried Sulwhasoo sample for 3 days, I used Hydra moisturizer in the morning and renewing cream at night, also used first care activating serum twice a week.
    I found some acne on my face, i dun know because of Sulwhasoo or what, but instead of acne, I feel my face texture is refined.
    I would like to ask your advice, which one is better? Sulwhasoo or Laneige?
    and which type that suitable to my age?


    • Joseibi
      June 4, 2015 at 9:15 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Ellen,

      For your age Sulwhasoo is more appropriate. However if the acne does not go away when you use Sulwhasoo you might be allergic to some of the ingredients, or it has clogged your pores. I would advise adding a product with retinol to your routine as well, as it will keep your skin clear and also lessen the appearance of lines/wrinkles. πŸ™‚

  167. Alzeelia
    May 27, 2015 at 5:01 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi,

    I stumbled upon your blog while browsing for Korean high-end skincare product review. I find your blog very informative and engaging, especially for korean skincare newbie like myself πŸ™‚

    Sulwhasoo just recently opened its first store here in Indonesia. I’m really excited to try it out but still a little hesitant, cause I’m not sure if it’s right for my age and skin condition.

    I’m 27 yrs old, with dry combination skin (I get some dry patches on my cheeks when I stay in full AC room too long and a little oily around the T-zone during hot humid days). Some other skin problems that I have incl. dark circles, uneven skintone, blackheads and clogged pores (milia).

    Currently I’m torn which products to get, is it sulwhasoo, history of whoo or even the lighter ones like Laneige? Or can I mix products like Sulwhasoo with Whoo and SKII?

    I’d be very grateful if you could kindly recommend me some products or skincare regime that’d suit my current condition as it is very hard to find an unbiased korean beauty expert here.

    Thank you in advance and am looking forward in reading more posts from your blog in the future πŸ™‚

    Warm regards,

    • Joseibi
      June 4, 2015 at 9:01 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Alzeelia,

      You are not 30 yet so I think Sulwhasoo is too heavy for you…The History of Whoo has lighter lines, I would recommend The History of Whoo over Laneige. Laneige is very trendy but you get better quality with the History of Whoo. Once you reach 30+, you can try IOPE if you want to stay within the Amore brand, Sulwhasoo is good when you are 35+, but the History of Whoo has a good range for pretty much all skin types and ages too.

      For things like cleansing, you can get away with The Face Shop cleansing foams which are pretty cheap (CAD$6 here for the basic ones). The quality is generally quite good. But if you want better serums and essences save up for the higher quality ones…that’s what I would do πŸ™‚

      • Alzeelia
        June 4, 2015 at 11:22 pm (2 years ago)

        Dear Joseibi,

        Thank you so much for the recommendation. I’ll go and check out Whoo’s counter right away πŸ™‚ I’m glad that I didn’t go on impulse and get Sul’s skincare set last week while I was purchasing their cushion.

        Btw I’m also curious about IOMA. They just opened their first shop here as well and it’s marketed as a personalised prescription skincare brand. Have you tried any of their products?

        Thanks again πŸ˜€

        • Joseibi
          June 10, 2015 at 9:24 am (2 years ago)

          No problem Alzeelia! πŸ™‚ I have not tried IOMA products though. I have been trying some smaller Korean brand skincare products and to my surprise they are actually pretty good, for $20 you get a 20% Vitamin C serum that works like a $80 product you get at Sephora. πŸ™‚

  168. Alzeelia
    June 11, 2015 at 1:34 am (2 years ago)

    Thank you for the tips! πŸ™‚
    I’m gonna check out your detailed review on OST C 20, so far I’ve heard so many great reviews on the product. I love how we can add/mix it with other creams or even masks.
    I hope you’ll do more reviews on high end makeup products in the future and share with us your holy grail items ;p
    Wish you all the best with your blog and other endeavors πŸ™‚

    • Joseibi
      June 11, 2015 at 2:23 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you Alzeelia! πŸ™‚

  169. emmi
    October 27, 2015 at 2:31 am (1 year ago)

    Dear Joseibi,
    I am currently 27 years and just starting to use the korean products but the more i read the more i get confused.currently im using
    *dermacare cleanser-not korean brand
    *laneige clear c as toner
    *sk fte as essence
    but then i read that swoo’s first care serum is good too.i was wondering should i use both at the same time?or is it actually the same thing?
    *innisfree green tea serum
    *laneige water bank gel
    *laneige night sleeping mask
    my skin is normal and slightly oily around the T-zone and have blackhead.could you advise me on a good cleanser and serum?i also read that you could mix serum and moisturizer?kindly advise as im a total beginer.thank you!


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