Product Review: The History of Whoo Hwa Hyun Cream

The History of Whoo Hwa Hyun Cream
The History of Whoo Hwa Hyun Cream

When I was using Gongjinhyang: Seol Brightening line, I find that it didn’t hydrate my skin enough, despite the 6 layers I put on, so after a couple of weeks, I added the Hwa Hyun Cream on top (layer #7!) and it seems to do the trick. The Whoo saleslady strongly recommended this Hwa Hyun line since it is anti-wrinkle in addition to whitening, but the price tag is really steep and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to commit yet. Thank God there is also a miniature jar size, 10ml, at just US$25.95 (available at and from select ebay sellers), a very low price to try out such a grand product (the full size, 60ml, is about US$300).

I used this for about a month, on top of the Seol products, and for 5 days substituting the Whitening Cream. The texture of this cream is very much like butter – it is very creamy, but once it goes on my skin, it spreads very easily and my skin stays moist. It’s so hydrating that it has an immediate plumping effect – my dehydration lines on my forehead (my main skin concern) disappeared. However, I still woke up with somewhat dry skin, so I had to layer it up a little thicker and I noticed minor flaking (from the cream) in the morning. It does its job of hydrating the skin, but as far as the anti-wrinkle benefit goes, so far, my dehydration lines are still there. Given that it has only been one month, I think it needs a little longer for the lines to be smoothed out. As for whitening, I had used the Seol line 2 weeks before I started to add this cream on top, and I did not really feel that this cream contributed to the whitening at all.

If I were to compare this to Sulwhasoo’s Extra Refining Cream (CAD$399), I think Sulwhasoo does a little better in terms of hydration. It keeps my skin moist through the night into the next morning. You will still need all your layers of course (toner, essence, emulsion first), but if I were to compare the two, Sulwhasoo’s hydrates longer and visibly refines the skin over time. This one does a fairly good job, because my skin got more supple, but still not my perfect cream yet, especially given the hefty price tag.

I was also given the Hwa Hyun Essence, Balancer and Lotion in miniature sizes, and once I used them I will post my reviews. It could be one of those products that has to be used in conjunction with the entire line to see results, who knows? Still, I am not sure if it is worth the price.


2 comments on Product Review: The History of Whoo Hwa Hyun Cream

  1. Korean Skin Care
    January 4, 2011 at 5:10 pm (6 years ago)

    I am loving your blog Joseibi!!!!!

    The Hwa Hyun line is very luxurious isn’t it? I would expect more from it too! I can’t believe it FLAKES? Hmm, I would expect that more with Western brands!!!

    I agree with you that Sulwhasoo’s Extra Refining Cream is much more better in keeping the skin moist and hydrated! (The whole line is – I did a review of the Extra Refining and Jinyul line, I highly recommend the Extra Refining!) The Hwa Hyun cream really has a buttery-texture (I will review the full line after a few months!). I did not see whitening effects, rather radiance within the skin (whitening should be replaced lol). The price for this cream is so expensive – and I was actually tempted by the Korean lady to purchase the full set too!!! But I purchased the Seol line instead haha.

    Since it goes with many treatment creams, I think its best to see results from these products for about 3 months (I find you see results at least a month, but full in two/three months). I can’t wait for your review using the rest of the products! 🙂 I have heard raves about this line, I guess it just takes time!

    Amazing blog my dear! <3

    • Joseibi
      January 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you thank you, Korean Skin Care!!! I actually read your review on the Sulwhasoo Extra Refining v. Whoo’s Jinyul, but because I didn’t try out Jinyul yet, I couldnt’ comment.

      I was surprised the Hwa Hyun cream flakes too! What I used underneath didn’t change, but the cream definitely flakes because the Seol Whitening Cream didn’t. I am on another cream (over Whitening Cream) right now, it’s HERA’s Kathano Cream, and that one flakes as well!!! If anything, I would expect Soo Yeon to flake since it is a gel cream texture, but to my surprise, it didn’t. The Hwa Hyun cream didn’t really do much for me, but moisturizes. I personally prefer Sulwhasoo’s Extra Refining Cream over the Hwa Hyun cream – it was much more moisturizing and it didn’t flake.

      So far, it’s still hard to say whether Whoo or Sulwhasoo is better, because each of them has some really great products!! But as far as whitening goes, definitely Whoo! 🙂

      Your blog is fantastic as well! It’s great to see blogs discussing and reviewing Korean and Japanese brands!!!



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