So here we are – the show down of whitening products between Sulwhasoo’s Snowise and The History of Whoo’s Whitening line, Gongjinhyang:Seol. Both are comparable, high end luxury brands and use oriental herbs in ancient Chinese formula, but which one does better?
To start, I have to tell you the extent of my freckles. I have very small and light colored freckles under my eyes and on the bridge of my nose. They are considered to be very minor and barely noticeable. This may give you an idea how the products work. I have fair skin and use shade #21 in the Korean liquid foundations, and equivalent to an NC20 in M.A.C. or OC20 in any Shiseido liquid foundations.
I have used the toner, emulsion, essence and UV protector from the Sulwhasoo Snowise line, but with the History of Whoo’s Gongjinhyang:Seol (whitening line), I have only used the toner and emulsion, so I will only compare the only 2 common items from both lines to do a fair review.
Sulwhasoo uses Mulberry tree roots and CNIDIUM OFFICINALE, which help with skin tranquilization and circulation, mixed with the functional rhubarb extracts to purify and brighten the skin from inside out.
The History of Whoo’s whitening products contain Chilhyang palbaeksan and wild chrysanthemum extract which produce a whitening synergy.
Whitening Lotion (toner):
The History of Whoo’s Whitening Skin Balancer has a slightly lighter texture than Sulwhasoo’s Snowise Balancing Water, the latter equivalent to a rich gel (almost essence-like). While both contain alcohol, Sulwhasoo’s Snowise Balancing Water felt milder on my skin while The History of Whoo Whitening Skin Balancer has a more cooling effect and slightly more alcohol feel.
Whitening Emulsion (Moisturizer):
Sulwhasoo Snowise Whitening Fluid is an essence type emulsion with a light feel. The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang:Seol Whitening Lotion is very similar, except slightly lighter textured than Sulwhasoo.
You can’t discuss Korean products without mentioning added fragrances! Personally I could do without them but Korean products without fragrances are rare. When it comes to the scent, Sulwhasoo is probably the best of them all. It has a very pleasant herbal smell that is not pungent or overpowering.
Between Sulwhasoo’s Snowise and The History of Whoo’s whitening line, I would say that Snowise fares better, which is highly personal by the way. I find that Snowise’s scent is a lot more natural while Gongjinhyang:Seol’s fragrance is very strong in alcohol.
This is truly personal of course and I can’t say which one is ‘better’. Gongjinhyang:Seol’s packaging, like all of The History of Whoo products, is truly grand and looks like ancient Chinese palatial ware, while Snowise has a delicate and simple elegance to it.
First of all, for my skin type, I find that using just the toner and emulsion from either brands was not adequate for hydration. I often felt that many ‘whitening’ products don’t hydrate enough because they are meant for ‘all skin types’ (except a few brands such as Shiseido White Lucent, Diorsnow, which actually give you options between Fresh or Moisture for dry or oily skin) and this is definitely the case here. You will need a cream after applying the toner and emulsion if you have dehydrated dry skin like mine.
Hydration wise – it’s a tie. Neither hydrates enough but a cream to top them off will suffice.
Whitening effects – despite all the favorable comments I made about Sulwhasoo’s Snowise, you are probably surprised to hear that I had more success with The History of Whoo’s Gongjinhyang:SeolÂ than Sulwhasoo’s Snowise.
With Snowise, I had used most of the items in the lineup but didn’t see any results, but with Gongjinhyang:Seol, I noticed that one of my larger freckles – a long standing one – faded a little after using the WhiteningÂ Skin Balancer and Lotion after 2 weeks. The other freckles (more recent) didn’t seem to fade though. I find that Gongjinhyang:Seol smells and feels strong of alcohol and the fragrance isn’t very herbal like, but somehow, the whitening effects were better.
The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang:Seol Whitening Cream is supposed to be highly effective on freckles, but at CAD$160.00 (for 40ml), I will have to put it on my Christmas wish list for now.
*Results vary from individual to individual when it comes to skin care products. While I try to give the most accurate information and unbiased reviews, please keep in mind my skin type may not be the same as yours and these products may have different effects on yours.