Product Review: The History of Whoo Jinyulhyang Gift Set

The History of Whoo Jinyulhyang Gift Set
The History of Whoo Jinyulhyang Gift Set

The History of Whoo’s Jinyul line is created for women 40 years and up, and is an ultra nourishing line perfectly suited for more mature, dry skin.

Included in this 6-piece gift set are:
• Jinyul Essential Foam 40ml
• Jinyul Moisture Balancing Toner 20ml
• Jinyul Hydrating Lotion 20ml
• Jinyul Essence 5ml
• Jinyul Eye Cream 4ml
• Jinyul Hydrating Cream 10ml

The History of Whoo Jinyul Essential Foam
The History of Whoo Jinyul Essential Foam

Jinyul Essential Foam is a rich foam cleanser that cleanses the skin without stripping it of moisture. It foams easily as it contains SLS and leaves my skin very moist without being greasy afterwards. It actually reminds me of Sulwhasoo’s Gentle Cleansing Foam, with a similar fragrance, texture and color. Although the Jinyul line is created for 40+ age range, this foam is suitable for younger skin, providing it is not sensitive towards the heavy fragrance and/or SLS, which I find a bit off putting since most Korean cleansers (cheap or expensive) I use do not usually contain SLS anymore.

As noted in my last review with the Bichup Ja Seng Gift Set, Jinyul Moisture Balancing Toner is a semi-thick toner best used with just your palms instead of wasting it on a cotton pad. Of all the Jinyul products, I must admit I like this one best. I find that it hydrates nearly as well as a real moisturizer does, but without any feeling of greasiness.

Jinyul Hydrating Lotion is the ‘emulsion’ or moisturizer in this series. It is a bit hard to get it out of the little bottle because this is not runny – it has a texture of a very light cream and it hydrates very deeply. If you don’t have very dry skin, you can get away with just this product after using the toner. For day time, I used this very sparingly under my sunscreen and makeup and it did a good job of keeping my skin hydrated throughout the day. The texture is light and absorbs very easily and quickly although I am not sure how this will feel if you have oilier skin.

The History of Whoo Jinyul Essence
The History of Whoo Jinyul Essence

Jinyul Essence is a thicker serum (more like a serum than a thin, runny essence) to be used AFTER the Hydrating Lotion as the instruction says. It does remind me a bit of Sulwhasoo’s First Care Serum in look, smell and feel. It is emollient and quite rich, which seals in the moisture from the steps before. I find that with this essence, unless you have very dry skin, you are set for the night without needing another layer. It warms my skin a little as well, when I apply it, since it contains red ginseng. You only need a drop or two for the entire face, because it is very concentrated and rich. Since I only had 5ml of this essence which lasted me a few nights, I cannot say whether this has any effect on my skin, other than the immediate warming sensation. And if you have sensitive skin (that reacts to heat easily), this may be a potential problem for you, as this made my skin look a little flushed.


The History of Whoo Jinyul Eye Cream
The History of Whoo Jinyul Eye Cream

Jinyul Eye Cream is another rich product in this series, with a texture of whipped butter. It nourishes the eye area though sensitive eyes beware, this is, along with the rest of the Jinyul line, heavily fragranced. It is so rich that it gave me some milia on my eyelids and under my eyes as well. If you have very dry skin and eyes and are not allergic to fragrance, this is a very good, rich eye cream.

The History of Whoo Jinyul Hydrating Cream
The History of Whoo Jinyul Hydrating Cream

Jinyul Hydrating Cream is the richest in the entire lineup. It is thicker than the eye cream, and you actually need to scoop it out, and warm it by rubbing it between your palms to melt it, and it will turn into a thick oil (it won’t drip) to be applied on your face and neck. You will need to cover your face/neck with your palms and the heat from your palms will help the cream penetrate your skin. It is ultra rich, and I would only recommend it if you have truly dry skin (that lacks oil, not moisture). It is definitely not for combination or oily skin. Since this is so emollient, I ended up using it mostly on my neck.

List of Ingredients (click on pictures to enlarge):





My thoughts on the entire Jinyul line: this is heavy duty stuff for very dry and mature skin. The scent is extremely heavy of all The History of Whoo products and not my favourite. It lingers a long time so if you have sensitivity towards fragrances, this is not the line for you. Apart from the toner, everything else is too rich for my dehydrated combination skin, and because I am not 40 yet, I find that this is just the wrong product line for me. I can see something in their mid to late forties with no allergies enjoying this line though, provided that they are not in a humid environment (this will feel very oily and sticky). The line contains mineral oil which I find a very cheap ingredient for a high end line.

*This gift set was provided by for review purposes only. My opinion is my own.

6 comments on Product Review: The History of Whoo Jinyulhyang Gift Set

  1. yu
    March 24, 2015 at 12:37 am (2 years ago)

    So do you find this cleanser better than sulwhasoo?

    • Joseibi
      June 4, 2015 at 9:12 am (2 years ago)

      Hi yu,

      I have used all the cleansers from Sulwhasoo (including the cleansing oil, cleansing foam, and the herb soap)…the only product I recommend was the herb soap. The rest are nice but not a must have. I find Jinyulhyang cleansing foam contains mineral oil (I believe the Sulwhasoo foam does too), so if you have more mature skin (I would say 45+) it will be good for you. Or if you have very very dry, non sensitive skin. If I were to compare Sulwhasoo to Jinyulhyang I will take Sulwhasoo though. 🙂

  2. Fanny
    August 29, 2015 at 9:45 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi…I just want to make sure…is the mineral oil harmful for our health? Or maybe any negative side effect from this mineral oil? I’m using both sulwhasoo and whoo products right now. Thanks 🙂

  3. Anny
    November 30, 2015 at 2:21 pm (1 year ago)

    I love your blog, it’s truly very helpful. So I’m considering buying the mini set which I saw on amazon, it contains : bichup ja saeng essence, the Hwa hyun lotion, Hwa Hyun balancer, and Hwa hyun cream. Then for addition, the mask nok Yong pack and Concentrated Ginseng Cream Sulwhasoo.
    That what I choose after reading your review but I still want to ask you to make sure that’s okay. I can use mix like this or should I use all set Hwa hyun or bichup?
    I’m 26 years old with very dry skin but also the T zone oily. Now I don’t suffer ance or pumps unless I use some strong treatment that break me out but my forehead I can se many mini wrinkles and huge pores.
    I’m considering shisedo ultimune and ohui first cell also. But I want to try Whoo and Sulwhasoo first.
    I live in Italy so it’s very difficult to order these products so I just want to much sure before order any thing.
    Thank you so much in advance.
    Have a nice day.

    • Joseibi
      December 1, 2015 at 11:51 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Anny,

      Thank you for your kind words!

      Personally, 26 is a bit young to be using most of these products which might feel very rich, but if you have truly dry skin (lacks oil) then you might be ok. If you try Sulwhasoo the basic line (Balancing Emulsion and Toner) will do. However these all contain alcohol so it might dry out your skin further…

  4. Hester
    October 31, 2016 at 12:09 pm (5 months ago)

    Hi ,

    I saw that you mentioned that Jinyul Essential Foam contains SLS. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (commonly known as SLS) is a harmful chemical or harsh surfactant that contains in many others personal care products.

    However, if you read the ingredients name properly under Jinyul Essential Foam, the ingredient name is Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES). Despite the name similarity, SLES is not the same as SLS. SLES can be derived from coconut. It’s considered as gentle and effective as typically used in cosmetics products. SLES is milder cleansing agent due to higher amount and different chemical structure of the fatty alcohols required to manufacture this cleansing agent. The safety of SLES has been reviewed by numerous industry experts and deemed safe as used.

    I’m not a worker nor any representative from this company. I just want to tell out what I know. You can even google these 2 different chemicals name on the website to find out the truth.


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