Product Review: Coreana Nokdu Pure Peeling Gel

Coreana Nokdu Pure Peeling Gel, 100ml
Coreana Nokdu Pure Peeling Gel, 100ml, US$20.00

Coreana is one of the more popular Korean brands eclipsed by the cosmetics giant AmorePacific (Laneige, AmorePacific, Sulwhasoo, Mamonde, Iope, Hera, etc.), at least internationally. A relative young company (20 years old), Coreana is a less recognizable brand than some other notable Korean brands such as Laneige, Sulwhasoo, Sooryehan, etc. There are times I feel that Amore brands are more hype than anything (with the exception of Sulwhasoo and AmorePacific), and brands like Charmzone and Coreana didn’t get the recognition that they deserve simply because their respective companies didn’t spend as much money on marketing outside Korea (or even inside) the way LG Debon and AmorePacific do (and can afford).

The entire Nokdu line comes with other cleansing products such as cleansing oil, cleansing lotion, pure pack and soap. It is also certified eco-safe – another words, an environmental friendly line that uses natural ingredients. The key ingredient is fermented and enzyme treated Phaseolus Radiatus Seed Extract and it has anti-aging benefits.

Coreana's eco-safe line, Nokdu
Coreana's eco-safe line, Nokdu

When I tried Coreana’s Nokdu Pure Peeling Gel, I was a bit skeptical because it was cheap – I bought it on Mother’s Day at a discount so it only cost me CAD$20 (regular price is about CAD$29 – same price as Laneige’s Strawberry Yogurt Peeling Gel). The Korean sales lady highly recommended it when I told her I was looking for a non abrasive exfoliant/scrub, and after trying it on the back of my hand, I was impressed enough to purchase it on the spot.

The list of ingredients was impressive for such an inexpensive product – main ingredient was not even water but arginine (amino acid), and includes ginkgo leaf extract, tourmaline, polysaccharides, etc. Similar to other peeling gels such as Laneige’s Strawberry Yogurt Peeling Gel, the Nokdu Pure Peeling Gel is a gel peel you massage on your skin after cleansing (on dry face), and after a minute or two, to be rinsed off. The gel forms a cellulose texture so that it rubs dead skin off your face without the use of beads or granules. For this particular gel (Nokdu Pure Peeling Gel), I was advised by the Korean sales lady to leave it on the skin for a miunte or two before massaging off the dead skin cells. I find that the peel works better this way as well.

I have been using this product once a week since Mother’s Day and for 2 months now, and I can definitely feel an immediate difference after each use. My skin became extremely smooth and soft afterwards, moisturized, and very clean, without feeling any tightness or dryness. (I have dehydrated dry skin) I have used Laneige’s Strawberry Yogurt Peeling Gel before and I feel that this Nokdu version is better, with better ingredients (more natural, less chemical fillers) and is much more hydrating.

After this pleasant surprise, I am now interested to try out the rest of the Nokdu products!

22 comments on Product Review: Coreana Nokdu Pure Peeling Gel

  1. helen908
    July 5, 2010 at 3:53 pm (7 years ago)

    I would like to purchase a pure peeling gel by Coreana cosmetic. Please reply me back with availability. Thanks.

  2. Joseibi
    July 7, 2010 at 2:57 pm (7 years ago)

    Dear helen908,

    Sorry I don’t sell products on this blog… used to sell Korean and some Japanese brands but we stopped years ago. sorry!

  3. Kevin
    August 21, 2010 at 12:52 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi Helen908,

    I do sell some Coreana products(via my blog as well as door-to-door sales). You can contact me via
    I do charge for mailing from Southeast Asia though for now.

  4. Joseibi
    August 21, 2010 at 10:46 pm (7 years ago)

    Kevin, I will allow you to post your URL – as long as you only post one URL your post will not be held in a queue for moderation. 🙂

  5. Elizabeth
    December 10, 2010 at 6:18 pm (6 years ago)

    Hello, I bought some of this product on Ebay, but when it arrived i noticed the packaging is completely different. It says Senite Pure Nokdu Peeling Gel, and Coreana is listed on the back. it looks like the picture in this blog

    is it the same product? thanks!

    • Joseibi
      December 13, 2010 at 1:08 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear Elizabeth,

      Many Korean brands upgrade and change their packaging very often, so I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s what happened. I didn’t see the Coreana brand name on the one you bought but it’s also possible Nokdu has become its own brand/line. I found this on the official Coreana site, looks like someone had the same question as you (although this was from a few years back) so I think the best way to find out is to ask Coreana, that way you know for sure whether it’s real or not. The line is here:

  6. Jewell
    December 28, 2010 at 1:46 pm (6 years ago)

    Hello Joseibi, this is “Elizabeth”, but I registered under my real name 🙂

    So I contacted Coreana and this is the reply I got:

    “About your inquiry, we checked the PEELING GEL image listed on blog, and It is exactly authentic Coreana products.

    The ECO 36.9℃ NOKDU PEELING GEL had been renewed, so the product you purchased this time is the newer one.

    (The color or tube had swiched to brighter color than before)”

    So it is authentic. I used it like you said in the review and it’s fantastic. Leaves my skin incredibly soft after and I notice a brightening effect due to the dead skin cell removal. This is going to be a staple product for me!

    • Joseibi
      January 3, 2011 at 3:37 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear Jewell,

      Thank you for the info!!! Isn’t that great? It’s good that Coreana responded to your inquiry too!!!

      I always find it amazing that a $18 product from Korea outperforms many department store brands selling for twice as much. This Nokdu peeling gel is among my favorite because it is so mild and yet does the job. I like the Korean peeling gels in general – the texture is so fine and non abrasive compared to the scrubs in western brands!! Love it! 🙂

  7. epiphany
    February 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm (6 years ago)

    I finally received my Nokdu peeling gel from G-market, but I’m not sure if I was using it correctly. I applied a thin layer waited 2 mins, then rubbed gently & then rinsed. Maybe I applied too thin a layer, but I didn’t really notice it doing anything when I was rubbing it off; It didn’t really seem to be rubbing anything off. Is that normal, or did I just not use enough?
    I’m hoping it was just user error as I am really hoping to experience the same results as all of you. Thank you again in advance 🙂 Your blog and hope’s are always my go-to places for info on Japanese/Korean products 🙂

    • Joseibi
      February 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear epiphany,

      Yay! You got it!

      I find that personally, if I don’t leave it on for at least 5 minutes, the cellulose doesn’t become gritty enough as a peel. I usually layer on a moderate layer (not too thin or thick), leave it on for 5-10 minutes, then start to gently use it like a scrub and you will definitely feel the texture working. I tried it as instructed but it didn’t work that way too, you will have to play around with it a little. Hopefully it works! 🙂

  8. epiphany
    February 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm (6 years ago)

    Thank you so much Joseibi!
    I will definitely try that tonight 😉

  9. Kev Jang
    March 25, 2011 at 1:33 pm (6 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi, I forgot to say that the Repairing Treatment Toner for Nokdu is actually very good. It’s meant for dry skin, as opposed to oily skin when it comes to the Light Toner. When I got the thing the last time from PAT Central, the SA girl said that using it as a toner prior to the emulsion or cream would help alleviate dryness of the Canadian winter. It was quite true!

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

      Hmm I have to try that then! Thanks, Kev!

  10. Anonymous
    April 13, 2011 at 8:40 pm (6 years ago)

    i just picked this up on gmarket – it’s on sale at 2 for $12! (: hope it works well! thanks joseibi for the great reviews!

  11. Kev Jang
    April 14, 2011 at 11:43 am (6 years ago)

    @ Anonymous

    The Nokdu series sell for quite a steal on Gmarket, and that is one good reason to be able to use Gmarket Korea. For example, some stuff from Coreana Nokdu sell for about less than USD$10 too, and so altogether you do save quite a bit compared to getting them from the stores, at least once you know that the product is suitable for your skin type.

    • Joseibi
      April 18, 2011 at 10:36 am (6 years ago)

      Wow that’s cheap! I thought $18 was cheap for Nokdu here. Wow!!

  12. ReY
    May 18, 2011 at 9:08 pm (6 years ago)

    Dear Joseibi,

    I’m kinda torn here,,I’m really interested in Nokdu lines since its all good stuffs in there, but I’m also very interested in Primera,,hv u tried anything from Primera? I’ve ordered the cleansing cream while crossing my fingers that it would be at least a decent makeup remover,,I luv the organic idea since I’m trying to avoid any alcohol or fragrance (other than natural fragrance) I’m lemming towards their Pore Shaping Bubble Soap and Mild Peeling Gel,,wish I could find any review!
    n btw, I know that Paula’s Choice AHA/BHA is very good exfoliator, do u know anything in korean brand that has the same effect? peeling gel was mostly only worked on the outer skin, so I want smth that could work from the inside too (e.g to remove black/whiteheads)
    thx joseibi 🙂

    • Joseibi
      May 20, 2011 at 4:28 pm (6 years ago)

      I haven’t tried Primera. If you are looking for a natural exfoliant that can clear the pores, try Origins’ Brighter By Nature peel pads, they are great and gentle! My skin is super sensitive to AHAs but this one never bothered me. On my 3rd jar already! 🙂 (and Origins is very natural – one of my fav. western brands)

  13. epiphany
    May 18, 2011 at 9:28 pm (6 years ago)

    I don’t think I’ll be re-purchasing this, unfortunately it didn’t really do much for my skin, and I didn’t like having to rub my skin so vigorously. I think I’ll be sticking to what I was using before; Phytomer Peeling Vegetal (enzyme exfoliator).
    I really wish I had the same results you all had 🙁

    • Joseibi
      May 20, 2011 at 4:30 pm (6 years ago)

      @ephipany – the trick with using this Nokdu peeling gel is to leave it on the skin for just the right amount of time (it depends on your skin type and humidity in your room) before using it as a scrub. I had trouble in the beginning and didn’t think it do anything until I experimented to leave it on long enough to scrub it off. Laneige’s Multiberry Yogurt Peeling Gel is less tricky than this if you want to try but I still recommend Origins’ Brighter By Nature peel pads, they work very well for me. (this falls under chemical vs. mechanical exfoliation)

  14. epiphany
    May 20, 2011 at 10:41 am (6 years ago)

    Aha! I take back what I said. I guess I waited just the right amount of time or finally figured out how to put on the right amount, but I finally got the actual ‘peeling’ effect while rubbing and loved the results! I think my problem before is that I let it dry out too much, which is how I’m used to other rubbing exfoliants to work. I thought that rubbing when it was still wet wouldn’t have any effect. I feel so stupid lol. I’m sorry for being slow to understand how to fully utilize this; this was total user error. I am really glad I gave this another shot last night.

    <3 epiphany

    • Joseibi
      May 20, 2011 at 4:41 pm (6 years ago)

      Hey no worries, epiphany! I didn’t see your newest comment and I commented on how tricky it was to leave it on just right!! It took me some time to figure it out too! I went by their instructions and the peel didn’t work; I had to use my own timing!!! 😛


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