Product Line Review: The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang Seol (With Before & After Pictures!)

The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang: Seol samples I used.
The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang: Seol samples I used.

Happy New Year everyone! As promised, I am doing my Whoo reviews today, starting off with the Gongjinhyang: Seol skin brightening line. I was fortunate enough to try the entire skincare line (not the 2 makeup items from the line). Most of these lasted a month (except the peel off pack, brightening water, essence and cream) – and some of the ones that didn’t I actually ended up buying the full size versions anyway. I snapped pictures of my skin on the first night I tried these – on November 13, 2010, and also, this morning, just to compare.Even though I did not think the progress on my freckles was that big, pictures speak louder than words, and I was pretty amazed by the results. Here is the complete review on every single product in this line:

The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang: Seol Brightening Cleansing Foam

It is a very creamy, soft cleansing foam. The aroma is herbal and refreshing. For my dehydrated dry skin, this foam did not leave my skin dry or moist, the hydration, from a scale of 1 to 10 after cleansing, is about a 7. After cleansing, my skin does look brighter. Is it essential? Actually, I think it is. Considering it’s not that expensive (the price is in the $40s in US/CAD$) and it lasts a long time, you may as well use it with the rest of the line to reap the maximum benefits.

The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang: Seol Brightening Water

This is a primer/exfoliator. IOPE’s Whitegen line had one and I had used it before, but didn’t notice much of a difference with or without it. This one I find did help the subsequent products absorb better, and has a mild exfoliating effect. But after this runs out (I used it 2-3 times a week), I did not purchase the full size version and my skin didn’t seem to suffer or show much of a difference without it. Of all the products in the line, I think this one is the most expendable.

The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang: Seol Brightening Peel Off Pack

I used this long before I started trying the rest of the products, and gave a review here. This gave me an immediate result after each use, and I have since purchased a full size version!

The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang: Seol Skin Balancer List of Ingredients
The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang: Seol Whitening Skin Balancer List of Ingredients (Click to enlarge)

The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang: Seol Whitening Skin Balancer

This is one of the items I ended up purchasing full size, even though the sample still didn’t run out yet. I bought the Skin Balancer and Lotion set, which comes with an extra 8ml of whitening essence, 10ml of the whitening cream, BB cream and sunscreen (these will be reviewed separately). The 20ml sample I have of the balancer still hasn’t run out after a month by the way, and I have finally kicked my habit of using a cotton pad with a toner because of this product! Anyway, this is a toner, and I use it with just my hands to apply. It’s a runny, milky texture that absorbs very quickly. It’s more moisturizing than a regular toner I find. I took a picture of the list of ingredients – you can click to see the full size version of the photo.

The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang: Seol Whitening Essence

This essence is quickly absorbed without stickiness, and I do find that regular use of this really polishes the skin. I know the Seol line has a distinct aroma which can be an acquired taste for many, but I have largely gotten so used to it that I no longer react to the scent. It’s really not that bad, although not as pleasant as Sulwhasoo’s. Anyway, this essence is an essential product to maintain freckle-free, brighter skin.

The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang: Seol Whitening Jinaek Program

You don’t need this all year round, but it was good to have this to give your skin an intensive treatment for a month. I consider this the star product of the line. After using this for just a week, I already noticed the tone of my skin had improved, and after a month, it is much more even. I had enough of it in the sample packets to last until last night – that’s one and a half months – and I enjoyed and savored every drop of it! The texture of this is a little more creamy than the essence, and more hydrating.

The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang: Seol Whitening Intensive

I had a miniature jar of this and after a month and a half, there is still about 15% left. The texture of this is like L’Occitane’s pure shea butter – not at all balmy (the balms I used were slick and oily) and goes on the skin very smooth, leaving a velvety, non shiny but not dry finish. At first I didn’t think it did anything, but after seeing the before and after pictures, it did quite a bit! Not sure if it’s the Jinaek program or the Intensive that did the trick, but I am sure using the entire line like that really has great synergy.

The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang:Seol Whitening Lotion list of ingredients
The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang:Seol Whitening Lotion list of ingredients (click to enlarge)

The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang: Seol Whitening Lotion

A moderately hydrating emulsion, this absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave a sticky film on your face. The first time I used this and the balancer was 2 years ago, and just these 2 products alone actually gave me results. I had 15ml each back then. I started out with 20ml bottles for the balancer and the lotion, and after 1.5 months, I still have a little bit left. Initially I only used these at night, but after 3 weeks, I started using them during the day too (and only these two during the day – the rest of the whitening products I reserved for nights only), and I saw more results when used twice daily.

The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang: Seol Whitening Cream

Even though this cream isn’t hydrating enough for me (I still need to top this off with another cream), I think this cream did wonders for my skin. Because for about 5 days, I went without it, and substituted with Hwan Hyun’s cream, which is more expensive, supposedly anti-wrinkle as well as whitening, my skin got more plump, but less brightening results. So I am pretty convinced that this cream is essential! (I used the rest of the products consistently without fail all this time, with the exception of the Whitening Cream)

Now, with all that out of the way, let’s see the before and after pictures! The Before one is quite scary – my freckles were more dense than I thought – and to be fair and honest, the pictures were not retouched or altered in anyway and  I was not wearing any makeup. Both were taken with flash, except the Before picture was taken the same night before I tried the entire line, and the After picture was taken this morning.

Before and After pictures: After 1.5 months of using The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang: Seol line
Before and After pictures: After 1.5 months of using The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang: Seol line (click to enlarge)

As you can see, in the before picture, I did not only have freckles, but also an uneven skin tone – with redness and yellowness. This is the right side of my face with the most freckles; the left side is almost freckle free after 1.5 months of using Seol. How soon did I start seeing results? With the Brightening Peel-Pack, instantly. My skin tone was much whiter and brighter after one use. But of course, I needed all the other products to keep it that way, and to fade out the freckles.

With the entire line, I can honestly say that after a few days I noticed a difference, and after one month, some of the freckles faded. There are still quite a few freckles left, mind you, but considering I used the whitening products only at night (with the exception of the skin balancer and lotion, which I started using twice a day starting the 4th week), the results are amazing. I don’t believe I had used anything that actually gave me visible results after just one month! My skin tone had improved, much more even, and brighter.

I can’t really say I would recommend one single product to get, because I think all of these products worked together to yield results. If you are on a budget, there are options – you can buy samples on ebay. The essence, lotion, cream and jinaek program are available in packets or miniature size jars and they are much less than the full size versions if you can’t afford to buy the full size products all at once.  I saw that sells the same starter kit set that I used, for about US$60.

Something you should know: when I went to buy the Skin Balancer and Lotion gift set, the Korean sales clerk told me that the Seol line isn’t hydrating enough for my dry/dehydrated skin, and she is right. She tried to get me to buy the Hwa Hyun line instead, which is much more expensive than the Seol line. It is anti-aging and whitening. I tried the Hwa Hyun cream for a month but apart from the hydration, I did not find Hwa Hyun cream to have any whitening properties. I personally think that multi-tasking products usually end up here nor there, so I will stick to the Seol line until my freckles are all gone, and will probably switch to the anti-aging lines like Hwayun later!

By the way, I received a email from Emma asking where to buy Whoo in the Greater Toronto Area. I tried to email her but it bounced back so I will answer it here. You can get Whoo at the T&T supermarket at Warden & Steeles (close to Pacific Mall), and another one I know is at the P.A.T. (Korean) supermarket on Bloor in Koreatown. If anyone knows about other locations please feel free to post. Thanks! πŸ™‚

**Edited to add: Sometimes you don’t even realize the products were working because the results are so gradual, so it’s best to take pictures of your skin before and after for comparison! πŸ™‚

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116 comments on Product Line Review: The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang Seol (With Before & After Pictures!)

  1. Beautiful Canvas
    January 3, 2011 at 4:32 pm (6 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi,

    May 2011 bring you lots of love and good fortune.

    Wow, the before and after pictures are remarkable. No wonder you rave about this line so much.

    • Joseibi
      January 4, 2011 at 1:03 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear Beautiful Canvas, Elly, Dee and Korean Skin Care,

      Thank you thank you!!!

      Elly: I used Kose Sekkisei before too – the entire line – I find that the toner (Medicated Sekkisei cosmetic lotion) polishes the skin, and as a mask, it’s nice, but even used together with the creams and emulsion I didn’t see any results. That was several years ago before I had all these freckles (I had only a few back then before my pregnancy). With Whoo, especially if you take before and after pictures, you will see results rather quickly.

      Korean Skin Care: I like your blog too! Great blog and great reviews!!!! πŸ™‚ I left a comment on yours. I agree with you over the Seol products. They are the best I have used and I have used a lot of whitening stuff with almost no visible results! πŸ™‚

  2. Elly
    January 3, 2011 at 8:31 pm (6 years ago)

    Hey Joseibi,

    Your blogs keep me motivated to invest in the best of the best skincare/makeup! Please don’t ever quit! πŸ™‚

    I can’t wait until my Kose Sekkisei finishes so that I can move onto the Gongjinhyan Seol line.. hope I finish them this year! ^^;

    Hope you have a smashing 2011!

  3. Dee
    January 3, 2011 at 10:09 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh wow, that’s such amazing results! I’ve been searching for brightening/whitening skin care that actually works and this has me sold. I must save up after I finish my current products to try this out. Thank you so much for taking your time to review this line. May you have a wonderful 2011 Joseibi!

  4. Korean Skin Care
    January 3, 2011 at 10:41 pm (6 years ago)

    Hello Joseibi,

    The History of Whoo Seol Whitening line is so amazing huh? Look at your results!!!!! I’m blown away! I also used this line (not the Brightening Water, Whitening Intensive, Brightening Peel-Off Pack, or the make-up series, but the rest) and it produced results instantly! I would also say my star product was the Jinaek Program – feels hydrating! The packaging is very lovely! I saw the same results as you!!!

    If you don’t mind, I have a blog about Korean skin care if your ever interested, and did a review on this line too:

    You’re blog is fantastic! And I admire you for using great skin care (the best thing is how these samples last forever!!! πŸ™‚ haha)

    Happy New Year! πŸ˜€

  5. nance
    January 7, 2011 at 5:53 am (6 years ago)

    Hi, i’m justing learning about korean brand skincare. I am Asian but was born in the US and only know the Western skincare culture and brands. Can you tell me where i can buy or order History of Whoo Seol Whitening line. I prefer ordering within the w/in the States. I love your blog and come to it when my skin needs help.

    • Joseibi
      January 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear nance,

      Welcome! (to the world of Korean skincare and to my blog! πŸ™‚

      There are several places you can order The History of Whoo online from US sellers. If you live in California, there are LG (the same LG that makes appliances, phones, etc.) beauty stores that sell their cosmetics and skincare brands such as The History of Whoo, O HUI, Sooryehan and Isa Knox. I have been to some of them close to LA before, and I know some of the posters here purchased from those areas as well.

      Online – there is,,, etc. I only bought from out of the three though. If you purchase from international sellers, kgoodshop on ebay is a good seller, some of us (including me) have purchased from him before and he’s very reliable to deal with. However it’s easier if you live in the US to order from within the US. If you live in California I would suggest you try going to find those stores in person to try the products out – they also give out samples (even without purchase, depending on the sales staff).

      thank you for dropping by and taking the time to post!!! Hope you will find what you are looking for πŸ™‚

  6. Aiko
    January 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm (6 years ago)

    Dear Joseibi,
    Happy New Year! Your daughter is such a beautiful little princess!!! πŸ™‚
    Thank you for your great review on whoo. Inspired I have even ordered whitening cream to put on top of laneige perfect renew line. Not sure though if it alone will produce any results…

    • Joseibi
      January 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear Aiko,

      Thank you!!! πŸ™‚ Happy new year to you as well!!! My little princess is into the whole Tangled (Rapunzel) thing now! And we just bought her everything Belle (from Beauty and the Beast) for her birthday 2 months ago!!!

      You never know – when I first tried The History of Whoo I only used the Skin Balancer (toner) and Lotion (emulsion) and they gave me results. The Whitening Cream does work so hopefully it will be highly complementary to your laneige perfect renew products!!! πŸ™‚

  7. Nguyen
    January 8, 2011 at 6:21 am (6 years ago)

    IÒ€ℒm currently using the Whitening line of the history of Whoo. IÒ€ℒve just begun to use it, but I just wonder can I use the cleanser, the balancer and the Whitening Jinaek program and donÒ€ℒt use any other things (such as whitening water, essence ect.) I have oil skin, so IÒ€ℒm afraid itÒ€ℒs gonna make my skin oilier if I use lotion and cream. Also, itÒ€ℒs really expensive.
    So, again, can I just use those three alone? or do I need to add anything else to the line? like lotion or the cream to see the results. I have quite a lot of red dots btw.
    Thank you!

  8. Aiko
    January 8, 2011 at 11:19 am (6 years ago)

    Belle, so sweeeeet!!! )))

    btw, i have finally received my SKII FTE, using it for 10 days evening only. it is really good, THANK YOU for advice

    • Joseibi
      January 13, 2011 at 12:31 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear Aiko,

      Sorry I missed your comment!!! Glad you like SKII FTE! πŸ™‚

  9. JC
    January 11, 2011 at 12:50 am (6 years ago)

    I’m can’t believe I stubbled onto your blog! I work for the company that sells HoW products at T&T (what a coincidence). I’m quite surprised that the Hwa Hyun cream made you flake, however, it doesn’t shock me that the whitening effects are not as strong and instant as the Seol line. I say that because the Seol line’s main function is to whiten as for Hwa Hyun’s it’s anti-aging, moisturizing, and brightening so it doesnt have a main focus, it’s more of those all in one products. Also, the concept of the Hwa Hyun line is like JinYul’s except with the texture more like InYangs, with an added function of brightening. If you have any questions regarding the HoW products, feel free to ask =)

    • Joseibi
      January 11, 2011 at 1:30 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear JC,

      Are you from Jasper Cosmetics? (JC?) Welcome!!!!

      The Hwa Hyun cream flaked…I checked it several times but because what I used underneath didn’t change and I had tried another cream on top just to see, it was definitely the Hwa Hyun. I completely agree about the Hwa Hyun line not being specific, right now I am using the Seol line, but I also combine the lineup with the Ja Saeng Essence and that seems to do the trick (whitening plus moisture). I didn’t try Jinyul yet, but have massage mask samples. That’s among my next things to try! πŸ™‚

      I appreciate your store so much! The sales ladies are always nice and generous with the samples. That’s the main difference I find between the Amore stores and your stores – your stores hand out samples without purchase because you know the products work and the customer will come back; the Amore stores only give you samples with purchase. If one of the salesladies at the HoW counter didn’t give me free samples to try I would never have tried the brand and subsequently have these great results. Definitely a great strategy!!!

      Thanks again! πŸ™‚

  10. JC
    January 11, 2011 at 3:40 pm (6 years ago)

    Yes, I am an employee at JC (love them!!). I’m glad you like the products! Have you tried using the whole Hwa Hyun line in sequence? I haven’t tried the cream on my face before, however I do notice that the cream is quite light even though it looks like shea butter. I have tried the toner, essence, lotion, and eye cream with the InYang cream on top and I love it. If I remember correctly I think someone told me the essence (or the whole line, I can’t clearly recall) contains micro pearl granules for its whitening factor and a lot (over 200 kinds) of medicinal herbs to help your skins natural barrier become more independent in terms of its renewing function.

    Anyway, have you tried O Hui The First line yet? It’s one of the newer lines we carry. That line is certified by the Stem Cell Association to boost up skin renewal. I do have to warn you though, you might be misled if you only use the toner and lotion because of the consistency. I’ve noticed all the products of LG, maybe even all korean skin care products, require you to use the WHOLE line in the right sequence to see the results intended. There isn’t even one product that is useless and doesn’t have it’s own function/benefit.

    Thanks again for shopping at JC and mentioning us on your site!

    • Joseibi
      January 11, 2011 at 5:08 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks, JC! I believe you because when I used the whole Seol line the results are amazing! Even though just the toner and lotion gave me good results, I was so encouraged that I now have the whole line (except the Jinaek program, which I used up after a month). After I use up Seol I will move onto another line in the Whoo lineup because I am so happy with the brand!!!! πŸ™‚ Just love how you ladies are so generous with the samples. I was given the Hwa Hyun toner and lotion, plus an eye cream from the Jinyul line to try too, will try them out soon!

      I can definitely see the pearl in the Whoo products, very shimmery and goes on nicely, not cheap tricks like mica in cheaper products!!!

      I bought my Whoo products at the T&T at Warden & Steeles. I was so disappointed when I went to the one at McCowan & Steeles and it was gone! At least there is still one left. I don’t know what I would do without your store.

      I have O HUI The First samples, haven’t opened them yet but will do soon! πŸ™‚

      Several posters from this blog actually bought from Jasper Cosmetics counters on Bloor too. They are always happy with their purchase! πŸ™‚

  11. JC
    January 11, 2011 at 11:20 pm (6 years ago)

    I actually work at the Warden and Steeles location. Also just to let you know our company has 5 locations atm.

    1. Warden and Steeles – Scarborough (T&T)
    2. Bloor – Koreatown (PAT)
    3. (I can’t remember the exact road) – Missisauga (T&T)
    4. Finch – North York Koreatown
    5. Yonge and Finch – North York Koreatown (Beside the BMO. By the way, this location has a spa!)

    • Joseibi
      January 13, 2011 at 1:01 pm (6 years ago)

      You could be the same girl that sold me the Whoo products!! If you look at my picture from my profile page (About Me) you may recognize me! I am the one that came with my French husband!!!

      Oh the spa!! Can you tell me more about it? Is there a website? I am very interested in going to a Korean spa!!! thanks!!

  12. JC
    January 18, 2011 at 11:33 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh I dont think it was me =( Do you still shop with JC often? If you do there will be a chance you’ll see me.

    Anyway, the spa/JC doesn’t have a website at the moment. However I can tell you a little bit about it. It’s on Yonge and Finch, right beside the Bank of Montreal. All the estheticians are trained in Korea, so it will be a little different from “Western” style. The facial/massage is approx. 2 hours long. They massage your head, neck, back, and arms while you’re getting the facial done. I’m not too sure with the exact facial/massage prices, but I do know you can purchase a package.

    • Joseibi
      January 19, 2011 at 11:38 am (6 years ago)

      Thanks, JC!

      The lady that I usually deal with at the JC counter isn’t as fluent in English as you, but she had told me she’s 34, that’s all I know about her. She’s very nice and knowledgeable about the products, and she was the one that gave me Whoo samples to try and now I am hooked!

      Wow, 2 hours, that’s a good service! I am very interested. Will definitely check it out, thanks! πŸ™‚

  13. JC
    January 18, 2011 at 11:39 pm (6 years ago)

    I hope that helped! If you have anymore questions regarding the Spa or JC, I will try my best to answer or find out the answer for you. Just feel free to ask =)

  14. Berfin
    January 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm (6 years ago)

    hello Joseibi,
    may i ask did you purchase your Gongjinhyang Seol line online or at the actual store? Is there any website that sell Whoo’s gift set?

    • Joseibi
      January 25, 2011 at 1:07 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear Berfin,

      Welcome! πŸ™‚

      Initially, I got the whole line (as pictured) online. sells the exact same giftset I got; but after I finished the samples, I moved on to buying the full size, this time in person (I live in Toronto) at the local company, called Jasper Cosmetics, which carries The History of Whoo products. They didn’t have the peel off pack though, so I got that one from kgoodshop on ebay. πŸ™‚

  15. Lala
    January 23, 2011 at 12:01 am (6 years ago)

    Joseibi!!!!!!!!!! πŸ˜€ How are you?! πŸ™‚

    First and for most, I AM SO HAPPY to see so much reviews!!!

    I am so sorry for not even trying to come to your blog to leave comments. I have been so busy with assignments and midterms are coming soon! Hahaha

    I don’t want to burden you by commenting on all your reviews haha so I will write it all out in this comment! I seriously can’t believe the results, a clever idea to take a picture before and after! Your skin looks AMAZING Joseibi!!! Your freckles are like… gone! So happy for you!

    Last week I was able to go to The History of Whoo here in Bloor (P.A.T Supermarket) and purchase the Hwa Hyun set! I am loving it Joseibi, its keeping my skin SO PLUMPED!!!! And very radiant, with a natural glow within the skin. I can even see the gold in the products!!! The Hwa Hyun Cream, hmm I haven’t noticed that it flakes, but I really need to warm up the cream with my fingers in order for it to spread over my face smoothly, if it is kinda cold, it will leave what seems to look like a film on my face (that may have been the flaking you noticed when it dried up!!!).

    I also purchased the Coreana Nokdu Peeling Gel, I LOVE IT!!!!!!! I have never felt my skin so dewy before!!!! I realized that I don’t need to apply so much for it to start forming into balls. The lady was kind enough to give me samples of the Jinyul Essential Massage Mask, Qi & Jin Eye Cream, Qi & Jin Cream, Jinyul Essence, and some from Charmzone. I really love the Jinyul mask, although my skin is normal, she said she would not recommend it to oily skin. She gave me a few samples of the Qi & Jin Eye Cream and honestly, no exaggerating, this eye cream has reduced my puffiness and dark circles!!!!!!!!!!! I call this a miracle eye cream, its so hydrating and moisturizing, and great for the lips too!!!

    I also took a look at the Su:m37 ingredients you have posted, isn’t it amazing? I mean there aren’t no preservatives, parabens, fragrances, or colourants!!! I hope it works though considering its price and that you are loving it too!!!

    Ohh and about the Soo Yeon Cream (and line) I can see why you didn’t find it hydrating. At first when I purchased it, I asked the Korean SA if it would be fine for my mom to use (age 39) and she said that she will not like the texture of the cream! The line is more suitable for late teens and early 20 age group. People over the age of 30 need products more moisturizing. She highly recommended the Gongjinhyang line for my mom! My mom is loving this line! She used the Jinyul Balancer and Lotion, and the Qi & Jin Cream and Qi & Jin Eye Cream, and it leaves her skin looking and feeling so supple, firm and glowing!

    Joseibi, what are you currently using if you don’t mind? Is it still the Whitening Seol line? Or have you moved onto other products? πŸ™‚

    I’m so happy that you are loving these products!!! BTW, the Korean SA told me that the Whitening Intensive is like a cream medication for concealed freckles, she guaranteed that it will remove freckles in a month! I can definitely see that with your results!!!

    Oh and an update on my dry scalp. You are A SAVER Joseibi! I purchased the Kiss My Face Whenever Conditioner (since I needed MAJOR hydration) and it officially has calmed down my flaking, with the past help of apple cider vinegar (gosh, my sibling was irritated with the smell on my hair LOL!!! It even spread throughout the house hahaha!). I would just like to THANK you for suggesting this line, I never would have come across it!!! <3!

    I will do my best to drop by more often!!!

    P.s, I am in need of a facial too! Hahaha πŸ˜›

    LOVE your updates!!! I hope you are doing absolutely GREAT Joseibi!!!! πŸ˜€

    • Joseibi
      January 25, 2011 at 1:18 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear Lala,

      Always such a pleasure to hear from you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚ Missed you!! But I can understand – even at my age (35), I still dreamt of writing finals back at uni once in a while!! LOL

      The Hwa Hyun line is definitely a lot more hydrating than Seol, though Seol whitens dramatically! I find that Seol, compared to Hwa Hyun, polishes the skin very well, even if not for whitening, it definitely smooths the skin and makes it very even toned. Taking out the freckles is an added bonus!!!

      The saleslady recommended Hwa Hyun to me as well, so she gave me generous samples of the toner and lotion, essence, etc., which I have been using for the past week. I am about to go back to using my full size Seol balancer and lotion, but for the rest of the products, I am still on samples here and there. I am using the Seol peel off pack, AmorePacific Restoring Masque (which is just ok compared to Whoo or Sulwhasoo in my opinion). And you are so right about the flaking! It is definitely due to the cold and when it dries up it leaves residue, so warming it up is a great idea to make the Hwa Hyun cream work!! πŸ™‚

      Wow, your mom is really young! I am 35 and my daughter is 3!!!

      The Whitening Intensive – you know what, I honestly didn’t think it did anything when I used it, but pictures don’t lie! It really did fade the freckles. I am still using it! And the rest of my more persistent ones have faded quite a bit, though they are still there. They are not really noticeable though. It’s so expensive!!

      I am so glad the KMF conditioner works for you! I even use the KMF line on my daughter and she’s totally fine with it! It beats the junk like Johnson & Johnson’s stuff, full of SLS and added fragrances. My husband loves that green tea and lime smell, and the shampoo never leaves my hair greasy!

      Thank you so much for coming and I hope you will drop by and give us your reviews too! πŸ™‚ Take care and stay warm! (wasn’t it just extreme this past Sunday and Monday?!!)

  16. Alice
    January 23, 2011 at 10:57 pm (6 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi!! First of all, Happy new year to you! Sorry I didn’t have time to check out ur blog…i’ve been too busy lately. I’m so glad for you that these products work so well for u…now i’m tempted to give it a try….but not sure if it’s a good match for my oily skin.

    I must say your skin looks absolutely beautiful….just from that picture, no one could have guessed u’re in your 30s!!

    Please keep this blog up, you’re doing an amazing job for all the ladies out there =)

    • Joseibi
      January 25, 2011 at 1:31 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks, Alice!!! I do have fine lines on my forehead…from dehydration but I think they may become real wrinkles! πŸ™

      The Seol line is ok to use on oily skin – it is not hydrating enough for me and it does a good job polishing my skin even though my skin is dry. Only if you have it in your budget of course! These things cost a fortune! (I am now on a spending freeze! LOL)

  17. Jasmin
    January 29, 2011 at 8:08 pm (6 years ago)

    hi joseibi, i’m so intrigued by this line of products. sounds like a dream come true, very tempted to try. i’m wondering why does this line not have anything for the eyes? wouldn’t it be funny that the face gets whiter/brighter but our eyes remain dull and dark?
    what eye care did you use to combat this issue?

    • Joseibi
      January 31, 2011 at 12:27 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear Jasmin,

      This line is great at whitening but not hydrating enough; but if you add a cream on top of the whitening cream (only if your skin is dry like mine though) you will be fine.

      For eye cream, there is none in this lineup, but the Hwa Hyun line has an eye cream and that one brightens. I haven’t tried it yet though – I still have a lot of samples to go through but I will post a review if I get around to it! πŸ™‚

  18. Berfin
    January 30, 2011 at 12:02 am (6 years ago)

    thank you for your response Joseibi,

    JC said in her response that there’s is a Jasper Cosmetics location in Missisauga. may i ask do you know the address of that location? if yes, that would be really helpfull πŸ™‚

  19. Angel
    January 30, 2011 at 10:28 am (6 years ago)

    To Berfin,

    T&T Supermarket

    715 Central Parkway West
    Mississauga, ON L5B 4L1
    (905) 848-8113

    The History of Whoo located at beauty section, in front of the cashiers!!! πŸ™‚ They are super nice too, ask for some samples hehehe πŸ˜›

    • Joseibi
      January 31, 2011 at 12:23 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks, Angel, you are so kind! πŸ™‚

      Hope you get some freebies, Berfin, they are pretty generous with samples without purchase!

  20. Lisbeth
    February 5, 2011 at 2:02 am (6 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi, I just bought this seol line (but havent tried it yet). I have a dry skin, so if the seol whitening cream is not hydrating enough, i can just use any moisturizer to top it off right? Also, the top-off moisturizer should i use it at morning and night or just at night? Thank you.

    • Joseibi
      February 7, 2011 at 12:43 am (6 years ago)

      hi lisbeth,

      Yes, any cream will do! I do it only at night though, because my sunscreen (IOPE Sunblock White) is hydrating as well so if I use another cream after the whitening cream it will be too oily for me. It really depends on what your skin is like, for myself, I don’t even use the whitening cream during the day because using the treatment products (e.g. essence) at night is more beneficial when you sleep. πŸ™‚

  21. Lisbeth
    February 5, 2011 at 3:43 am (6 years ago)

    Hi again, so do you use all the seol whitening products to the neck also or just the face? thank you so much. love your blog btw.

  22. Vlada
    February 8, 2011 at 9:50 pm (6 years ago)

    Hello Joseibi, I have been following you for a long time, but haven’t left a comment.

    I read your review of The History of Whoo Whitening vs. Sulwhasoo Snowise Whitening, and was intrigued by The History of Whoo’s whitening line especially its concept and because I needed to lighten some freckles. Thanks to your review and what one of your readers, Lala, said about this line, I decided to purchase it!

    I am really happy with this line, and have been using it for about four months now since last year. I find this line very effective in whitening the skin. I have fair skin, but I want to keep my skin fair and not go tan. I find that, the Whitening Cream makes my skin dewy, but that is ONLY when I apply it. When it is washed off, my skin is not dewy anymore? I find that with most skin care products, and I wish it just stayed dewy-looking. Although it does treat the skin, it fails to keep the skin looking the way it is when all the products are on.

    Is this just the way skin care products work?

    I also decided to give the Snowise line a go, but this line just keeps the skin matte, although it is much more moisturizing for my dry skin. I just have a problem with skin care products. When you cleanse your skin, it literally cleanses everything away. Wish it was not like that.

    I am also very happy with your results, its really dramatic. You are a beautiful woman Joseibi! Keep up the great work πŸ˜€

    Best regards,

    • Joseibi
      February 14, 2011 at 12:52 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear Vlada,

      Thank you so much for your kind words! πŸ™‚ I am so happy that the Seol line works for you too! The whitening effects are amazing (and very fast), but my only complaint is that it’s not hydrating, that’s why when you wash off the Whitening cream your skin doesn’t stay dewy. in comparison, su:m37’s White Award line actually leaves your skin dewy longer and has better hydrating functions.

      Neither Snowise nor Seol hydrates enough for my dry skin, but I usually top off with a hydrating cream at the end. If you want dewy skin, su:m37’s White Award line does that very well! I am using it right now and my skin gets very dewy and well hydrated. πŸ™‚

  23. JC
    February 8, 2011 at 10:51 pm (6 years ago)

    Hey Joseibi! I just wanted to inform you we have just received stocks for the Seol Peel Off Pack once again! We now also carry the Secret Court Lip Balm, O Hui Dual Fit Concealer + Eye Brightener, and O Hui Illuminating Pearls.

    C of JC =)

    • Joseibi
      February 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you, JC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So glad to hear you go the pack again!

      I am starting to use OHUI The First Cell Revolution Cream (small jar sample), very impressed so far, it will be the next cream I purchase!

  24. JC
    February 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm (6 years ago)

    O HUI’s The First Cell Revolution Cream is a wonderful product! Very moist and the scent is quite mild. JC also carries The First line, if you are ever interested you can purchase through the Warden and Steeles location.

    Anyway, have you tried the whole The First line in sequence? Although the texture is quite runny for the toner, lotion, and serum its very moist and penetrates deeply into the skin.

    • Joseibi
      February 16, 2011 at 12:01 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear JC,

      Indeed, it moisturizes very well and even for my very dry and dehydrated skin it stays moisturized overnight! I like the cream so far. I have another night treatment (the one with an oil and mask) I haven’t tried yet. Will do soon, because so far I enjoy The First! πŸ™‚

  25. Vlada
    February 17, 2011 at 11:52 pm (6 years ago)

    Thank you so much Joseibi!!!!

    I will definitely look into the White Award Line, which unfortunately is not available here. Maybe online? I just love dewy looking skin, and dewy feeling skin as a matter of fact!

    I am in need of a whitening range to help with whitening and dewy looking skin! I have a few more months to go with the Seol line though haha. I am afraid though because I have had it for 5 months now. The cream is done, but the essence, toner, and lotion are still full and I really don’t want to throw them out if they reach about 6 months. How long do these products last when opened?

    Thank you so much Joseibi, I appreciate all your efforts! πŸ™‚


    • Joseibi
      February 18, 2011 at 12:03 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear Vlada,

      You are welcome!

      You can get su:m37 in gmarket like several posters suggested, or if you don’t want to go through the trouble using that site (it’s not very user friendly for English speakers), you can email kgoodshop[at] and ask him for the price of the products you are interested in. I bought from him several times already and he’s very good.

      Don’t worry, if the products contain preservatives (which Seol does), they can last up to 12 months after opening. Cream jars are iffy – if you don’t use a spatula to take out the product everytime, I think 6 months would be the limit. Unopened products from Korea brands are safe within 3 years of the date of manufacture.

      I have written an article on shelf life years ago when was an online store, that article can be accessed here if you are interested about shelf life of various common skincare/makeup products:

      I am happier with White Award so far, since it is more moisturizing, I can’t wait to compare the two on my next review! πŸ™‚

  26. Vlada
    February 22, 2011 at 6:41 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh wow! Thank you so much Joseibi!

    It is an expensive line, the White Award line. I think I will give it a go after my Seol line! I read the ingredients on one of the reviews you gave on the Su:m37 Secret Programming Essence, and I can’t believe how amazing the ingredients are.

    I went on their website, and it states the two main ingredients for the White Award line: Acai Berry, which is high in anti-oxidants and a whitening compound called N-Acetyl Phytosphingosine. I did some research on the latter ingredient and found that it inhibits melanin production and breaks up stubborn spots in the skin.

    I am looking forward on your review Joseibi. The Seol line is truly a great whitening range; keeps skin fair, translucent and ‘clean’ looking.

    I appreciate your hard work on this blog!!! Keep it up Beautiful πŸ™‚


    • Joseibi
      February 23, 2011 at 12:48 pm (6 years ago)

      You are so sweet, Vlada! πŸ™‚

      I think I will try mixing up the Seol and White Award line a bit. I like White Award for the hydration – it also makes my skin glow; but Seol really whitens the skin and gets rid of those stubborn freckles! It’s a tough call but I think I will mix in the White Award Radiance Cream with the rest of Seol and see how that combination works. <3

  27. Jayie
    February 23, 2011 at 11:37 pm (6 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi,

    I’m trying to look for a good whitening product for my mum who has dark spots. She tried SKII and Lancome but there was no effect. I’m from Singapore, our airport sells Sulwhasoo but not The History of Whoo. After reading your review, I’m very tempted to buy the History of Whoo products for my mum to try but I will have to buy them online. Is there any product from Sulwhasoo that’s worth buying for whitening? Is the Sulwhasoo whitening spot patch better or the History of Whoo whitening cream?

    Thanks much!

    • Joseibi
      March 1, 2011 at 4:24 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear Jayie,

      thank you for coming! πŸ™‚

      Personally I find Sulwhasoo’s Snowise similar to su:m37 in effects – it brightens but if you want the freckles or sunspots faded, The History of Whoo’s Gongjinhyang:Seol is much better (at whitening).

      As for the History of Whoo Whitening Intensive, you would use this after essence, before emulsion and cream. If your mom has dry/mature skin, she will probably need a moisturizing cream over the whitening cream, because the Seol line isn’t very hydrating (I have dry skin and I am 35), which is the only drawback of this line. But the whitening effects are so good I am willing to work around it! πŸ™‚

  28. Jayie
    February 24, 2011 at 12:07 am (6 years ago)

    sorry, another question: is the history of whoo whitening intensive supposed to be used after the whitening cream? Thanks!

  29. cindy
    March 27, 2011 at 6:41 pm (6 years ago)

    Dear Joseibi,
    Your reveiw on history of whoo gonjinhyang: seol raised my curiosity to try the product.
    I am 33 and was previously using shiseido bio performance line. Unfortunately, taking poor advise to try estee lauder whitening complex/ pore idealist/ day cream product my skin has deteriorated over the past 2 months.
    I previously used the sekkisei line which si wonderful but it does not do much for skin repair.
    I have normal/ combination skin with early sign of freckles. I would like to try a korean product (which i find my skin more suited with oriental herbs base product). I am interested in whitening as well as skin repair/ anti aging appropriate for age.
    I wonder if I would be suited to use history of whoo gongjinhyang: seol for management of uneven skin and freckles and an additional essence/serum to use at night for skin repair/anti aging. And could you recommend a regime.
    I live in Ireland which I will need to buy the products online.
    Your advise is much appreciated.

    • Joseibi
      March 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear Cindy,

      Oh I feel for you…the amount I spent on mediocre western brand products I could have used towards great Korean or Japanese skincare! I made that mistake last summer with L’Occitane (which has great body care but not so much with their whitening). The only Estee Lauder product I didn’t mind was the Advanced Night Repair, which neutralizes redness, but even then, not comparable with most of the J- or K-brands I normally use.

      It’s a hard call, Seol is really good at whitening – skin tone, freckles, but not very hydrating. Since your skin isn’t dry you will be ok with it though. Su:m37 White Award is a great brightening line (gives your skin radiance but don’t hold your breath for freckles to go away quickly) and is more hydrating. From my experience the multitaskers end up not good at anything so I think you will have to mix and match. If your primary concern is freckles, you can try Seol, and add an antiaging cream at the end. Seol works fast, so you can always alternate – focus on whitening for the next few months, and once you get the results you want, switch to a more anti-aging regime.

      Antiaging isn’t easy to recommend because you really need to use at least 3 months to see some visible improvements, unless it’s something very fast acting. SKII’s Facial Treatment Essence and Mask are very good at plumping the fine lines and rehydrating the skin (which will prevent wrinkles). Just be sure to use a sunscreen, minimum SPF30 every day even indoors, otherwise the freckles will only get darker, especially if you are on whitening products.

      Actually, some of Shiseido’s Benefiance products are pretty good at softening fine lines if you want to add a cream at the end of the whitening regime. Seol isn’t antiaging. The History of Whoo has a line for antiaging and whitening called Hwa Hyun but I had used it without any results so I think it’s better to use Seol plus an antiaging cream. πŸ™‚

  30. vivian
    March 27, 2011 at 11:50 pm (6 years ago)

    dear joseibi

    i have used seol whitening line for a week, also with sun cream spf 50 of history of whoo the same time. i don’t know why my skin was break out little big, do you think it because cream line or sun cream ( sun cream was too hydrate for my skin). my skin is normarl skin type.
    thank you.

  31. cindy
    March 28, 2011 at 5:47 pm (6 years ago)

    Dear Joseibi,

    Thank you for your reply.
    I will take the advise here to buy the started kit for history of whoo: seol line. Afterall summer is coming, would love to be freckle free.
    You mentioned advanced night repair with estee lauder. That’s the one I am using but the asian version with whitening complex. It makes my pore bigger when i used it at night and idealist pore minimiser which i use during the day makes my skin dry.
    You have suggested to use antiaging cream. I think its a great idea. I wonder if you have any experience with sekkisei excellent emulsion/cream and is there a repair serum/essence you would recommend to go with the history of whoo: seol line? I remember you mentioned its best to use a single line product for it synergistic effect. this is where I am confused with what to buy.

    • Joseibi
      March 30, 2011 at 11:08 am (6 years ago)

      Dear Cindy,

      You are welcome, the Asian version of the Estee Lauder ANR isn’t as good as the regular version – I don’t know why but the regular version is much more hydrating and won’t enlarge your pores…that version didn’t do too well on the market.

      I had used Sekkisei Emulsion and Cream excellent (I used to sell them so it’s easy and tempting for me to try everything!), they are much more emollient than the regular Sekkisei creams and emulsions. There is a repair serum (a few actually) from the Woo brand, one is the Ja Seng (Bichup line) essence, when my skin gets itchy, red, bumpy I used it and it recovers overnight. But I have dry skin though, and I wasn’t sure if you were allergic to honey (sorry, been preoccupied fighting that darned splog copying my site) and I think the Ja Seng might contain honey.

      ebay and gmarket sellers usually sell packets of the samples, like Ja Seng, you can always buy some to try out because the full size is pricey. I just don’t want you to have a reaction to it after committing to full size! So a few samples (there are variety sample packs available) may help you determine whether your skin can tolerate it. The Sekkisei (excellent version) is good but I wouldn’t rely on it for anti-aging purposes. I find that most products are only good at one thing they are focused on – if it’s whitening, then if it claims to also fight aging, I am not sure if it’s as good as its whitening. Some are too ‘distracted’ – e.g. Hwa Hyun line from The History of Whoo is like that, too unfocused and claims to be anti-aging, whitening, etc. and then ends up nowhere.

      As for synergistic effect for whitening, I saw results even just using the Toner and Lotion from the Seol line, if you add the essence and cream you will see results, so you can add an antiaging cream on top and you can’t go wrong. I think it’s best to take out one concern at a time, freckles first, and then focus on something else. It’s just my experience, of course. The Seol line is not hydrating enough so you will definitely need a richer cream at night. πŸ™‚

  32. nami
    May 13, 2011 at 2:34 am (6 years ago)

    hi joseibi ypu know is history of whoo available in china…if anybody know then do reply asap bcoz my uncle is going there and i want to make full advantage of his visit..plz give me the complete address

    • Joseibi
      May 13, 2011 at 4:02 pm (6 years ago)

      Sorry nami I don’t know whether HoW has counters but I thought Maria said she bought HoW in Moscow so maybe there is some in China. I remember some posters said that it is harder to get The History of Whoo than Sulwhasoo (which is more widely available in Asia). Good luck!!

  33. shelly
    May 24, 2011 at 10:06 am (6 years ago)

    Hello Joseibi,
    I have ordered for all the H of W products. I understand that the whitening line product should be used in the same order in which the above review is given. Could you tell me if all these products should be used twice a day or its fine to use only once in the night before going to bed? The mask should be used only twice a week, am I correct? Please tell me which are the products that should be washed off before applying the next serum/lotion/cream. Also, is it okay to sleep with all these products on face in the night, wont it clog the pores?

    Sorry to shoot so many questions but the desire to lighten my complexion and the money that I have spent is making me to do so….. πŸ™‚

    • Joseibi
      May 25, 2011 at 4:21 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear Shelly,

      I only used the whitening treatment products at night (balancer and lotion are ok to use during the day) only because at night the skin absorbs it better without having to battle free radicals, UV, stress, etc (and also I had a one month supply so I had to stretch it out! :P) The mask which is a peel off mask can be used up to 2 times a week which is true, the rest doesn’t need to be washed off. It may sound like a lot of products, but believe it or not, the products aren’t that hydrating so even though you had put them all on, your skin will still breathe, don’t worry! πŸ™‚

      The Whitening Intensive which is the little balm is to be used on the spots only, the essence should be used all over the face. With the Intensive, you need to ‘rub’ in a circular motion to break up the spots according to an expert Seol user name Lala (who used to post here a lot). She said the sales staff at Jasper Cosmetics, where she bought the whole line, taught her this trick. I had done that myself and it does work.

      If you don’t have any spots or freckles otherwise, you dont’ need the Whitening Intensive. Just remember that you need a minimum of SPF30 during the day, even indoors, while using whitening products. πŸ™‚

  34. shelly
    May 24, 2011 at 10:15 am (6 years ago)

    Sorry to put one more question….. πŸ™‚

    Is there any product among these that have to be applied only on blemishes/dark spots or all of them can be used on overall face? I do not have any mark on my face , so do I have to avoid any of the products?

  35. Lolita
    June 26, 2011 at 7:13 pm (6 years ago)

    Dear Joseibi

    I am using obagi right now for6 weeks but so far is ok.. do you think I can stop and swicth with the history of whoo seol line? do you know anybody are using obagi and switch with this line? any comment?..

    • Joseibi
      June 29, 2011 at 8:24 pm (6 years ago)

      @Lolita–Is Obagi working well for you? Seol can be started anytime but I havent tried Obagi so not sure if it is some kind of synergistic system. Seol gives rapid whitening results when the whole line is used together but it is not cheap. Maybe you can finish Obagi before you start Seol?

  36. souda
    July 24, 2011 at 3:02 pm (6 years ago)

    I just order this kit! I hope it works! do you know of any whitening soaps for my body???

  37. jas
    August 10, 2011 at 10:06 pm (6 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi,

    I have always had freckles and after reading your blog. I want to buy the history of whoo essence, jineak whitening kit and whitening intensive after reading your blog and am using the samples for the rest.

    I have some questions that I will like to seek your advice.

    (1) For the whitening kit, do you use the program cleansing gel first or put the balancer and essence first. I thought it was strange to put balance, essence, then cleansing gel and the whitening program kit

    (2) I am 37 years old starting in a perpetually sunny state. My skin is a bit dry and sensitive and I think I am starting to have some fine lines on forehead. I intend to buy buy full set of h&w seol line. Can you recommend me a sulwahsoo moisturer to put after whitening lotion

    (3) Do you have any good korean bb cream that has spf to recommend for me.

    Many thanks & I love your blog

    • Joseibi
      August 12, 2011 at 10:16 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear jas,

      Thank you and welcome! πŸ™‚

      Definitely use the cleansing gel first!! And using an additional moisturizer is essential since Seol wasn’t hydrating enough for me either, esp. At night.

      I dont use base makeup or BB creams normally but there were a few posters who recommended Missha Real Signature BB cream but I dont know if it has sunscreen. I hope so because it will save you an extra step!

      Have a good summer!! πŸ™‚

  38. Kev Jang
    August 12, 2011 at 10:21 pm (6 years ago)

    Hey Joseibi, I use Missha Signature Real BB cream myself, and it has SPF 25 PA++. I find that the texture sits on the skin during the summer and might suit winter better. The coverage is generally good, and also, has a moisturizing effect. If the skin tends towards the oily side in spring and summer, it is perhaps good to leave it for winter. A few Taiwanese friends whom I met when in Taiwan(we always meet when in Korea) told me that they found the BB cream texture somewhat too thick and rich for humid climes.

    • Joseibi
      August 19, 2011 at 2:16 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks, Kev! I don’t use BB cream myself so your opinion is more accurate than mine. πŸ™‚

  39. Sisca
    August 15, 2011 at 5:46 am (6 years ago)

    Hi… Joseibi

    I really want to try the whoo after read your blog, anyway I already bought online for the starter kits.but can I ask you something, I’m using laneige renewal right think I can mix them? I stil have the renew emulsion and the essence. but I prefer that work for the best of course. what do you think?

    Thank you

    • Joseibi
      August 19, 2011 at 2:21 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear Sisca,

      I have mixed and matched lots of times, no worries! I just happened to have the whole sample set of Seol so I used the products as a set, but normally I do mix and match. I usually choose the most effective product (usually a treatment essence or program) and mix with another cream. Usually whitening products are not hydrating enough for me anyway so I tend to have to add a rich cream on top even after 4-5 layers! πŸ˜›

      So in short, it’s ok to mix! πŸ™‚

  40. jas
    August 15, 2011 at 11:50 am (6 years ago)

    Thanks all.

    Was in Korea so I bought the cleanser, balancer, whitening intensive, jineak whitening kit, whitening lotion, whitening cream.

    Have used it for a week and i like the texture. Hopefully, it will help me tone down my freckles.

    • Joseibi
      August 19, 2011 at 2:22 pm (6 years ago)

      @jas – lucky you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      My experience with Seol is that it whitens the whole face very fast, takes a little longer to ‘fine tune’ the freckles. You will need a strong sunscreen though – some of my freckles returned when I was not using a waterproof sunscreen during the day, and I sweated and was outside for about an hour and I noticed some freckles came back! πŸ™

  41. azhezha
    November 5, 2012 at 7:34 pm (4 years ago)

    can you tell me the order on using this line? is it night or day?
    is that the same with the order your reviewed above?

  42. Joseibi
    November 15, 2012 at 11:28 am (4 years ago)

    Hi azhezha,

    You can use this day and night but I personally save the treatment (serum/essence) for night use only. it also depends on your skin type too; if you wear makeup, all these may be pretty thick under your base makeup (especially if your skin isn’t dry). During the day I usually use the toner, emulsion and leave the rest for night use.

    The order is cleansing, toning, essence, emulsion, cream. The intensive is treated as a serum/essence but can be used after emulsion (the emulsion is very light anyway). The Program is also treated as an essence (use before emulsion).

  43. Cath
    November 20, 2012 at 12:17 am (4 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi,

    Thanks for the thorough review. I’ve been wanting to try korean skincare for sometime now. I’m torn between the sulwhasoo snowise line and the history of woo whitening line. I need your advice πŸ™‚ I’m 28 with oily skin and I live in an extremely humid sunny Singapore. I have huge open pores. Though I no longer suffer from acnes, I used to have lots of them when I was younger hence now I’m left with those unsightly acne marks n uneven skin tone. I used to use prescription creams and did lots of aggressive treatments by dermatologist which made my skin pretty sensitive somehow. I’m really looking for something gentle yet effective for my skin. Please recommend for me on the products i should use? Thankssss Joseibi. Xoxo πŸ™‚

    • Joseibi
      November 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Cath,

      Sorry for some reason your comment landed in the spam section!

      For your skin type I think The History of Whoo’s Gongjinhyang:Seol (whitening) line will work better. It is not as heavy and I personally found that it worked faster and better on my skin when it comes to freckles and other hyperpigmentation. If you cannot afford the whole line the basics like toner, emulsion, essence and the cream are very good. The Program worked for me too but it is expensive. I recommend trying out the samples to make sure your skin won’t break out or react to the line or it will be a terribly expensive waste! You can get samples from Gmarket or ebay for less $$$.

      Keeping the skin hydrated also helps with the healing too. When skin is dry it doesn’t bounce back from scars so it is also important to hydrate! πŸ™‚

  44. Renuka
    November 30, 2012 at 10:20 am (4 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi
    I am thankful that I accidentally came by ur blog….I have been looking for skin whieners for so long and was not sure which one I should go for. I have medium to dry skin and am dark skinned so want to try and get lighter πŸ™‚
    I live in Melbourne and is there any place here that I can buy the ‘The History of Whoo’s Gongjinhyang:Seol whitening line from? and also how do I use the products as in what cream follows what….am a little unsure. Plssss Help

    • Joseibi
      December 5, 2012 at 10:20 am (4 years ago)

      Welcome Renuka!

      Gotta warn you the Seol line isn’t the greatest for dry or dehydrated skin. It wasn’t moisturizing enough for me, but you have to give a little just for the whitening effects I suppose.

      I bought mine from a local store here, but you can get it on ebay, best to get a small sample set. Places like Gmarket, royalbeautycosmetics also sell them, along with many other online stores. I always encourage to buy a sample set just to see whether your skin tolerates it, otherwise, quite expensive to waste if it doesn’t work out! πŸ˜‰

  45. julie
    December 24, 2012 at 10:31 pm (4 years ago)

    Hello Joseibi
    thank you for an awesome review. I definitely have to try this line. should i start with the program kit first?

    • Joseibi
      December 26, 2012 at 3:56 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Julie,

      If you can afford it…but I have to warn you, the line works best when you use all the products together. The regular products in the line will help maintain the results you get from the program. I personally find that when I stopped using Seol my freckles came back VERY quickly and easily! I will have to get back to it soon… πŸ˜‰

  46. ANNA
    February 28, 2013 at 3:58 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi,

    I am a big fan of your blog and this is definitely the best source of info on History of Whoo Seol Whitening I’ve found online. However, I have one question. I am currently using Retin-a for past acne scars. I’ve purchased the entire Seol line (samples through ebay) and was wondering about how to incorporate the Retin-a (which I would like to continue, my dermatologist is fine with this.) Between which two steps in the Seol morning and night routine should I add the Retin-a?

    Also, have you heard any anecdotal evidence of Seol being comedogenic?

    Thanks so much in advance!

    • ANNA
      March 12, 2013 at 10:25 pm (4 years ago)


      • Joseibi
        March 21, 2013 at 1:42 pm (4 years ago)

        Sorry Anna, I haven’t been on the blog for a while…just replied to your previous comment! πŸ˜‰

    • Joseibi
      March 21, 2013 at 1:36 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Anna,

      Sorry for the late reply! If the Retina-a is like a treatment product, you would treat it as an essence/serum and incorporate into your skincare regime accordingly. If you are using something from Seol that is also a treatment product, I would use whichever is lighter (not as thick) first before applying the Retin-A. I am no expert in this though – you may want to ask your dermatologist for the right order of usage.

      I don’t have any anecdotal evidence of Seol being comedogenic…however some people can react to products that are perfumed and contain alcohol which Seol products do. It depends on your sensitivity and tolerance for such ingredients. I don’t have any reaction to the line but I can’t say for certain that it won’t cause any reaction to you. I think the best thing to do is to try out samples before you commit to buy full size products.

      Good luck! πŸ™‚

  47. Sesilia
    April 2, 2013 at 7:05 am (4 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi,

    I currently using the seol line and it works for me but I’m breastfeeding right now and wondering if it is safe to continue the seol line?


    • Joseibi
      April 3, 2013 at 12:03 pm (4 years ago)

      Dear Sesilia,

      I didn’t see any ingredients that can be harmful for the baby via breastfeeding, but if you are concerned you can stop using until you are done with breastfeeding. πŸ™‚

  48. Christine
    April 3, 2013 at 8:53 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi!

    I’m new to your blog and I’m so happy to have found it seeing that you’re from Toronto!! Makes it so much easier πŸ™‚

    I need your advice regarding mixing products. My skin is fairly clear, normal-combo skin with a few scars and a bit of an uneven skintone. I recently purchased sample sizes of the the Seol Line (Whit. Toner, Whit. Balancer, Whit. Lotion, Whit. Balm, the Jinaek Program, Whitening and Moisture cream, and Whitening Cream). There’s so many products and I don’t know where to start. In what order should I use them and should I be using all of the products? Which products should I use regularly?

    I am currently testing out the sample sizes of SK-II products (clear lotion, fte, cellumination essence, cleansing oil, and the melting rich cream–which I absolutely love,so creamy yet so light). I’ve been using it for a week now and I haven’t noticed big changes in my skin yet although it doesn’t feel so dry anymore even though it’s sort of winter like still. How should I incorporate the Seol whitening into my current skincare regimen? And in which order should I use them?

    I hope you can help me!:) Thanks!!! πŸ™‚

    • Joseibi
      April 5, 2013 at 10:27 am (4 years ago)

      Hi Christine,

      Usually I go by the texture of the products when you mix in different brands/products – essences will go together but between 2 essences you would put on the lighter one first. Usually, unless otherwise instructed by a product, you do cleanser (cleansing oil/cream first, followed by foam cleanser), toner/balancer/softener, essence/serum (or any other ‘treatment’ products), emulsion, cream (plus your day time stuff like sunscreen, foundation, powder, etc.) in that order. Between two creams or essences or same type of products go with the lighter one first (more liquid) and seal it with a heavier/richer product at the end.

      If you have any sensitivity however I would not advise using so many different products all at once – sensitive skin should start with the LAST step of the regime (e.g. cream) and work your way towards the first step (e.g. cleanser) giving your skin 2-3 days in between adding a new product, so in case of a reaction you can isolate the culprit. πŸ˜‰

  49. UT
    April 4, 2013 at 6:31 pm (4 years ago)

    hi Joseibi,

    I just bought the whole line of whitening line after reading your blog but the lady sold to me told me to use it in the day time and still continue using my iope line at night. Is it logically to use the whitening product during the day/sun instead of using it at night? OR should I used it both the get the faster result and put my iope for later use? please advise.

    • Joseibi
      April 5, 2013 at 10:22 am (4 years ago)

      Hi UT – I personally would use the whitening products at night – then your skin won’t have to fight the UV rays and the products will be much more beneficial. πŸ™‚

  50. UT
    April 5, 2013 at 10:59 am (4 years ago)

    I have eye bags showing and have been using Rejuvenating Eye Cream from Sulwhasoo for months but no result :-(. Can you please recommend me a good eyecream and it does the work for this problem. Many thanks!

    • Joseibi
      April 16, 2013 at 1:53 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi UT,

      I have no luck with eye creams either…I just bought Fujifilm’s Astalift eye cream so I am excited to test it out! Will review it in a few weeks! πŸ™‚

  51. Cynthia
    April 11, 2013 at 11:23 am (4 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi ! Just found your blog and I love love love it !
    I have tried the sulwhasoo and Re:nk whitening lines but I just love Whoo’s Seol line the most. I think it works the best. What do you think is the appropriate age range to use this line? My youngest sister wants to try it but she is only about 18. She usually uses products from low-mid end brands like The Face Shop or Laneige though. I am afraid this line can be too strong for her skin since she has sensitive skin (not very though). She has quite dark, uneven skin tone but no freckles at all. Can you please give some advice ? Thanks a lot.

    • Joseibi
      April 25, 2013 at 10:39 am (4 years ago)

      Hi Cynthia,

      Sorry, again, some comments were caught by my spam filter!

      There is no age suggestion for The History of Whoo’s Seol line, it is not very hydrating so even younger skin can use it. However, if your sister has sensitive skin, the alcohol and fragrance could irritate her skin. If she has no freckles she can try su:m37’s White Award line, which has no fragrance, colorants and is better for sensitive skin. It will give her skin a nice glow but the whitening effects aren’t as dramatic as Seol, just milder on the skin and more hydrating. πŸ™‚

  52. Iqbal
    April 12, 2013 at 8:36 am (4 years ago)

    I do have this sample pack, but the essence only XD cause I do not use another ones (* not suit with my skin) I don’t have tried it yet but hope it will work on me, thanks for review πŸ™‚

    • Joseibi
      April 24, 2013 at 8:59 am (4 years ago)

      Hope it works for you! πŸ™‚

  53. Kevin J.
    April 15, 2013 at 3:58 am (4 years ago)

    I got a full-size tube of this Seoul cleansing foam along with the Soon Hwan Essence which I had bought then in its full size(more than 100ml), just a month ago in Seoul at the Shinsegae Department Store, and your review of the Seoul foam and line makes me want to try out the foam, although I am thinking of giving the foam to my younger sister who has some pigmentation problems because of childbirth and sun exposure.

    • Joseibi
      April 16, 2013 at 1:54 pm (4 years ago)

      I envy you…I do miss this whole line! πŸ˜‰

      • Kev J.
        April 16, 2013 at 6:03 pm (4 years ago)

        Well, the foam is a gift for my sister. The Soon Hwan starter essence is the one which I got for myself.

  54. Kev J.
    April 16, 2013 at 6:11 pm (4 years ago)

    The really amazing thing are those starter sets which they sell in the department store outlets, where you normally get some other products in full-size along with the purchase of a single product. It was the same even at the tax refund counters….I am just impressed with Korean service standards….

    • Joseibi
      April 24, 2013 at 8:59 am (4 years ago)

      ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I want to go to South Korea right now! πŸ™‚ That’s despite whatever nuclear threat they are facing and that says a lot! πŸ˜‰

      • Kevin J.
        April 25, 2013 at 11:20 pm (4 years ago)

        Hahaha, Joseibi, I am taking a ferry next weekend over the long weekend to Busan(from Fukuoka)….well, technically, the North always uses such threats to ask for more aid to their ailing and malnourished population, so I would not take much credit in the false flag tales created by American media to distract its people from some other issues. Media always loves to hype up stuff like this for the most part. As far as I know, life in South Korea still goes on as usual. By the way, I noticed that the new Su:M 37 Skin Regenerating serum was selling for the same price as a single bottle, but comes along with a large sample size of the cream as well(25ml) and small samples of other stuff in the same box at the Lotte Duty Free counter in Samseong COEX Mall….I can totally imagine you getting hooked lol…….I have actually been switching over to LG cosmetics and find that they are really great for my dehydrated skin.

        • Joseibi
          May 22, 2013 at 11:23 am (4 years ago)

          Very true – the hype seems to have died down as US had their shares of tragedies these days.

          I find it harder to get su:m37 products on eBay. Everybody is selling just the samples and the full size products seem to have a very high markup! I do envy you to get to go there πŸ™‚

          • Kevin Jang
            July 11, 2013 at 11:26 pm (4 years ago)

            You can always ask me to buy and send over to you in Toronto. Posting from Korea is actually very cheap, and I go there at least a few times every year. Am going there this early September from 13 -23 September, so if you want anything , do ask! πŸ™‚ You can pay me back via paypal as always.

          • Joseibi
            July 12, 2013 at 1:57 pm (4 years ago)

            You are so nice, Kevin! πŸ™‚ I don’t have much $$$ in revenue from the blog these days so I have to save up πŸ˜›

          • Kevin J.
            July 12, 2013 at 9:45 pm (4 years ago)

            No worries, Joseibi. Alternatively, I can send samples to you for trial and testing, especially since I assume that you are on the quest for a HG essence and cream in any case. I do get a lot of those samples when I buy something and sometimes I seriously have to give them to friends instead of waiting for a trip to use them!

          • Joseibi
            July 25, 2013 at 10:41 am (4 years ago)

            I am so envious πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for the offer. It’s really very kind of you!

  55. Jasmine
    May 28, 2013 at 11:42 am (4 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi,

    I am newbie in Korean cosmetics and skincare, but really in love when i read your blog and others.
    I am 27years old and I am planning to have a good skincare program for myself. I am a Southeast asian with a fair skin tone, but also dry. I’ve been living in Europe for the past two years. Before I used to have a regular salon and spa treatment back home (since my high school time) and it’s impossible to afford those again here.

    I am totally in love when I read about Sulwhasoo and The History of Whoo. My big question is just are those two brands, Sulwhasoo and Whoo, safe to be used for my age now? I have asked my Korean girlfriends and some of them told me that those two are actualy for a more mature women.

    I am planning to run with the Seol Whoo from now until autumn. And from winter/autumn I plan to continue with the Sulhwasoo’s Snowise line. I am planning to brightened my skin more, but also need a good hydration since my skin is dry and whitening skincare mostly drying your skin more πŸ™

    However, after hearing what my Korean friends said, I am bit worried, so please kindly suggest or advise me with something.

    Thank you Joseibi πŸ™‚

    • Joseibi
      June 3, 2013 at 10:09 am (4 years ago)

      Hi Jasmine,

      Sulwhasoo is indeed for 35+ age group, but the whitening line can be used on younger skin (it is not heavy at all). The basic line like the Herb Soap, Balancing Water and Emulsion can be used on 30+ age group or younger if your skin is a little dry. By no means these 3 are heavy though.

      Whoo has a lot of different lines but not all of them are for older skin. The Soo Yeon and Seol lines, for example, are very light and not age specific. The Soo Yeon line is better for younger skin since it is not heavy or has anti-age properties. So there is a distinction between Sulwhasoo and Whoo – Sulwhasoo as a brand is designed for 35+ skin.

      In Korea there is also Mamonde, which is between Laneige and Iope, when you are past 25 but before 30 sort of phase. For some reasons Amore never seems to market Mamonde as heavily as Laneige or Sulwhasoo though. Mamonde would be more moisturizing than Laneige but not as heavy as Iope or Sulwhasoo. Personally if I have to choose between IOPE and Sulwhasoo I would choose the basic line from Sulwhasoo instead of IOPE. I had used and also sold IOPE before and it’s not as good in terms of quality as Sulwhasoo, and even the salesladies at Amore stores here always recommend Sulwhasoo over IOPE.

      You can also try the Water-full line from su:m37 which is a great water-based line. It is fragrance, colorant free and mild on even sensitive skin. su:m37 is made by LG. Once you reach 30 you may want to start some anti-aging care. For now, cleanse thoroughly, hydrate well, use sunscreen, and you are laying a good foundation for your future! πŸ˜‰

      • Jasmine
        June 4, 2013 at 4:29 am (4 years ago)

        Dear Joseibi,

        Thankyu so much..very sweet n kind of you with all these details πŸ™‚ Guess I would be lost, if I hadn’t found your lovely blog.

        Speak frankly, I have already ordered some Whoo products (though some doesn’t mentioned as Seol:
        1. Gongjinhyang 2 Set (Balancer+Lotion), all two bottles are white so I guess they are Seol
        2. Gongjinhyang Seol Whitening CC Sun Cream (SPF46,PA++)
        3. Brightening Cleansing Foam, also comes in White pack.
        4. Gongjinhyang Gi & Jin Eye Cream
        And also 1 Sulwhasoo product: Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil

        From what you’ve said, I am glad to know that both Sulwhasoo and Whoo’s whitening line can be used for all ages. So for the Seol I will use them, but for the Qi & Jin eye cream and SUlwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil, should I just return them since it could be to heavy for me now? (but I think I would need Oil for one of my Cleansing steps, should I get some from Mamonde, since there aren’t any in Seol or is Gongjinhyang Soo Yeon Mist could replace Oil?). Further, is eye cream should also be in my list now or leave it until 30s?

        I ordered all from (hope they are trusted online shop:), glad they also have lots range of Mamonde)

        Anyway, I have put the Seol Essence and Seol Whitening&Moisturizer Cream in my wishlist, should I also used them or is it enough only with the Cleansing products, which I have ordered above? Also, I guess from what I have read, it would be much better to put second layer of cream after the Seol Whitening&Moisturizer Cream (night only for me, or any whitening night cream esp. for dry skin type), could I used Soo Yeon cream to keep it moist? Before, I put Qi&Jin cream in the wishlist, but it would be too strong.

        Happy to know about Mamonde from you. I will check all products from them. Noted also about IOPE. I myself, more comfortable about Sulwhasoo of course.

        Secondly, for su:m37 products, I want to order All Riseup Whitening Body Lotion. This’s also what I want to ask you, can you suggest me some brands and their line that is targeted for whitening Body Care, not just face. I found su:m37 Body lotion, is that brand ok for my age now (27yo)? And for body scrubs and essence, I also look into Skinfood and The Faceshop (guess they ok for my age), they both have products for body whitening. I am still looking for body mask now and good sunscreen body lotion. I found many good sunscreen is face based only, not for all over body. What I mostly used now are L’occitane, England’s Soap n Glory, or Korres (Greek brand).

        Lastly πŸ˜€ oh my I am sorry for my too-many-too-much questions, stuck in Germany without anyone reliable to be asked about Korean skincare. Could you tell me good hair care products for me now? the best from Sulwahsoo and Whoo are they also for 30s? I am using Kerastase since in Europe (since I can’t have hair spa/mask in saloon), and thinking of shifted to Moroccanoil, but still want to have them all from Korean bodycare cosmetics.

        I am sorry again Joseibi I have loads of questions to be asked..hope won’t troubling you so much..

        Danke schon πŸ™‚

        • Joseibi
          July 4, 2013 at 2:18 pm (4 years ago)

          Hi Jasmine,

          By now you might already have received the products – sorry for the late reply! Haven’t had time to blog for about a month now.

          Qi & Jin eye cream – depends how dry your eye area is. Cleansing Oil you can always use regardless of age as long as you are using any waterproof sunscreen and/or base makeup so it’s good to keep. If your skin isn’t particularly dry you can get away with the Seol essence and cream; if it is on the dry side you can seal it with Soo Yeon Cream at the end at night.

          I haven’t tried much body cream for whitening so unfortunately I can’t really recommend any. I have tried some of the Happy Bath line from Amore – it’s just ok, not anything special, so not necessarily better than what you can find locally (western brands). I use mostly L’Occitane body creams as well. As for hair, it depends what type of hair you have. I am using Shiseido Tsubaki and I like it, it’s mild and doesn’t dry out my hair. The L’Oreal professional lines are good as well (not the drug store ones). I have tried some of the Korean shampoos and what not, and it’s really a personal choice and depends on the condition of your hair. If your hair is pretty normal you can go with anything. πŸ™‚

  56. PT
    June 18, 2014 at 1:18 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi,

    I recently came on to your blog and really liked your review so I decided to try out the starter kit. I ordered through the website you mentioned in your blog, and it’s been two weeks since placing the order. I haven’t heard when my order will ship out but I’m hopeful it’s on it’s way. I’ve been contacting them but no one replies.

    Is it expected to see my order not come in for more than two weeks? Or not to hear from them? How reliable is the seller?
    I live in the U.S and not sure if that’s why it’s taking longer. Some help answering the these questions would really ease my mind.

    Thank you, <3 PT

  57. Adel
    May 24, 2015 at 10:43 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi! Nice Blog. Gonna follow this (:

    I’m 23 this year. Acne prone skin, with some combination skin as well.

    have some dark spots/scars due to bad cyst earlier and i’m looking at Kose Sekkisei White Liquid Wash. Would it help to make my dark spots/scars lighter? or would you suggest Whoo?

    Thank you!

  58. Mia65
    June 3, 2015 at 3:09 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi, Is this site still active? Are you still answering comments? If not where can we send our questions? Ty

    • Joseibi
      June 4, 2015 at 8:57 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Mia65, so sorry I have not been on the site for 5+ months!! My apologies.

  59. Angie
    July 27, 2015 at 11:58 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi,
    It’s very nice to read all your knowledgable and detailed reviews about Whoo/Ohui products. We do sale Whoo and Ohui products( one of the distributors of their Head office). Our store is at 40 Bristol rd East, Mississauga.

    • Joseibi
      July 28, 2015 at 11:00 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you Angie! πŸ™‚

  60. mayuri
    July 14, 2016 at 12:01 pm (9 months ago)

    Hi joseibi u r a grt blogger.i read all ur posts,u hav so much knowledge abt skin care products so i thought maybe you will be able to help skin has become very thin by applying a lot of creams,especially the under eyes part hav thinned a lot n veins can be seen through.pls suggest me some ways to thicken my skin.m waiting for ur reply


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