Product *Sample* Review: The History of Whoo Hwa Hyun Line

The History of Whoo Hwa Hyun line (gift set)
The History of Whoo Hwa Hyun line (gift set)

I have been using The History of Whoo’s Hwa Hyun line samples for about 3 weeks after my trial period with the Seol line is over, and I used them up already! I will be returning to the full-size Seol Skin Balancer, Lotion, Cream and Peel-Off Pack after that, with of course su:m37 Secret Programming Essence, and possibly a new cream (the Seol whitening cream is not hydrating enough for me). I will be reviewing new samples separately from time to time, since I have more than 7 creams, each at more than 10ml, to try next!

I have previously reviewed The History of Whoo Hwa Hyun Cream, so this time I am reviewing the Balancer, Lotion and Essence in the line, which almost completes the whole Hwa Hyun lineup (I haven’t tried the eye cream).

I want to add that Lala posted that the Hwa Hyun Cream needed to be warmed before applying to the face, which is probably the trick to making it stay without flaking. I did find that the cream somehow dried up on me and left some flaky residue, but I do remember that the cream is like butter, and if I had warmed it in my palms before applying, it would not have flaked. Thanks Lala for your tip!! 🙂

The History Of Whoo Hwa Hyun Balancer

If I were to compare the Seol Skin Balancer to the Hwa Hyun Balancer, I would say that the Hwa Hyun Balancer is richer and much more hydrating. The texture is less runny than Seol’s Skin Balancer, and the fragrance is actually much more subtle and pleasant than Seol’s. The Hwa Hyun Balancer is similar to Sulwhasoo’s Balancing Water (basic line) but more fluid. It is hydrating and absorbs into my skin very quickly, and without leaving a strong scent that lingers.

The History Of Whoo Hwa Hyun Essence

I find a lot of the essences in Korean brands more like a thick serum rather than essences in terms of texture. This one is no exception – it reminds me of one of Sulwhasoo’s serums (I forgot whether it is First Care Serum or the Herblinic one – it’s a thick light beige creamy paste). It goes on more like a cream than an essence, and it is very emollient.

The History Of Whoo Hwa Hyun Lotion

Compared to the Seol Whitening Lotion, the Hwa Hyun Lotion is more hydrating, and again, the fragrance is very pleasant. It does not feel oily at all, although for my dry skin, after the balancer, essence and lotion, I still needed a rich cream to keep my skin moist overnight.

Whitening: Hwa Hyun v. Seol

Since the Hwa Hyun line is less function-specific than Seol, it is not fair to compare between the two; but because Hwa Hyun claims to have whitening properties, I will compare the whitening aspect. Seol is definitely much more efficient in brightening and fading the freckles, but it is not hydrating enough. For my age, the Korean saleslady recommended Hwa Hyun to me, although the whitening effects are almost non existent. However, it’s not a fair claim since Hwa Hyun is more for anti-aging but with whitening benefits, and that obviously I have not used it long enough, even though with Seol I saw results even after a few days.


As far as hydration goes, the Hwa Hyun line is a very pleasant moisturizing line for my age group (30s). However, for my particular dry and dehydrated skin, I had better experience with Sulwhasoo’s basic line (Balancing Water, Emulsion and Lifting Cream) than Hwa Hyun. Sulwhasoo’s Balancing Emulsion, for instance, was more hydrating for my skin type than the Hwa Hyun Lotion.

As for the anti-wrinkle benefits, 3 weeks are not enough to really review that, and I did not notice much of a difference in terms of my fine lines (on my forehead), though my skin is soft and supple from using Hwa Hyun nonetheless. I think if Hwa Hyun were to add some treatment products (e.g. mask, massage, Jinaek program, etc.) it will be better.

Overall, I like Hwa Hyun, and I do have the feeling that although the results are not as rapid as with Seol (Seol has intensive treatment products in the line), I think that if you use Hwa Hyun for the long haul, it will keep your skin in very good shape! 🙂


16 comments on Product *Sample* Review: The History of Whoo Hwa Hyun Line

  1. nami
    January 30, 2011 at 6:02 am (6 years ago)

    hi joseibi..have you heard about(
    they offer free international shipping but i was wondering whether its safe or not and the price of

    Ginseng Concentrated Cream is even low than royalbeautycosmetics..suggestions are welcome by any of the members too

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

      Hi nami,

      I have not shopped form, I trust what Kev. Jang says though! 🙂

  2. Elly
    January 30, 2011 at 8:28 am (6 years ago)

    Hi Nami,

    I ordered a few skincare products from that cosme-de justa couple of months ago. It was very cost efficient with free shipping but I live in Australia and it took almost 4 weeks for the products to arrive!

    I bought the Formybeloved whitening masks (x3) and Laneige men’s skincare – I am pretty sure they’re the real deal. Definitely buy from that website but beware the shipping time. 🙂

    Joseibi, what age group does su:m37 Secret Programming products target? I’m only in my early 20s but I’m wondering if I should start using tHoW, Sws or su:m37 products now to get a head start in preventing wrinkles. But I do love whitening products too :d

    I was wondering also Joseibi, do you use organic oils (or skincare with predominantly naturally derived ingredients, no alcohol/preservatives) or have you done in the past? Some people swear by rosehip oil, primrose oil (acne treatment), jojoba, etc. What do you think of these?

    Currently I’m using 100% argan oil on my face as a top-up after my whitening regime and my face is pretty hydrated every morning ! I’ve used rosehip in the past too and found it to work wonders especially during colder, drier climates.


    • Joseibi
      January 31, 2011 at 12:20 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear Elly,

      There is no specific age group for sum37 SPE, I think everyone can use it. The brochure says it’s for hydration and whitening, though I can’t really say it whitens yet. Early 20s may be a little early to use the heavy duty stuff – if you already have something that works I say stick to it. Argan oil is anti-aging too so you are already doing the right thing!

      I used to use HABA’s Squalane which is an excellent pure non comedogenic oil. It has strong affinity to your own skin’s sebum so it doesn’t clog pores and is known to even clear acne. I loved it. It is 100% pure – no additives (HABA is an additive free brand). Argan oil is the latest thing now, good also. I have tried some of Josie Maran’s stuff (available at sephora) and liked it. My skin is dry so oil-based products work well for me.

      Australia! It does take longer for everything to get there. My sister is teaching in Western Australia and it takes almost 2 months for my letters to reach her! Just heard there is another storm coming your way – hope you will be ok! 🙂

  3. Kev Jang
    January 30, 2011 at 11:07 am (6 years ago)

    Hi Nami, as a tip about Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng cream, it retails at US$159 on Korea Air duty-free, if you do ever fly by that airline, or get someone to buy it for you. It is actually much much cheaper than at the retail stores in Korea at this price, so you can check out that means of getting the cream.

    I was surfing websites to make comparisons about how people establish online websites for business purposes and all, and I think the cosme-de website is Hong Kong based. That probably explains why you received things after 1 month. Still, that is really long! No difference from surface mail…..

  4. hopeinablog
    January 31, 2011 at 12:11 pm (6 years ago) had an offer on the concentrated ginseng cream a few weeks back at 120+ usd! free shipping too

  5. kman
    January 31, 2011 at 5:37 pm (6 years ago)

    hee everybody,

    well i ordered once cosm-de i bought the ap cleansing oil and toner but i had no problem with them, but they shipped free but i think they just calculate the costs into the products prices.


  6. kman
    January 31, 2011 at 5:40 pm (6 years ago)

    hi joseibi,

    do you know a store located in hong kong selling the whoo products? i was searching on internet but can not find anything, i will go to hk in three weeks, so i thought maybe i can visit a real whoo store.


    • Joseibi
      February 1, 2011 at 11:13 am (6 years ago)

      Hi kman,

      Lucky you, lots of goodies in HK!

      I don’t know any Whoo stores there unfortunately, but in Causeway Bay you pretty much get all the big Japanese and Korean brands there, close to Times Square. The last time I went was 2006 though so I don’t know much about the landscape anymore…

  7. nami
    February 1, 2011 at 3:01 am (6 years ago)

    thanks everyone for taking out time to reply…one month is a long time cant wait for so long…and Kev Jang thanks for the info..

  8. Kev Jang
    February 1, 2011 at 10:46 am (6 years ago)

    You are welcome, Nami. I used to fly a lot on Korean Air!

  9. Dee
    February 2, 2011 at 2:29 pm (6 years ago)

    This sounds nicely for hydration. Though I’m nowhere in my 30s yet, I’ll be sure to try this line when I do!

  10. Elly
    February 9, 2011 at 8:24 am (6 years ago)

    Hey Joseibi,

    Wow I’m so amazed time and time again that you’ve tried so many different kinds of skincare. Hero. <3

    I'll continue to use cheaper alternatives for now, hehe. :3 Might as well save dosh while I can get away with it!

    • Joseibi
      February 14, 2011 at 12:57 pm (6 years ago)

      Dear Elly,

      Aw…no hero, just a hardcore beauty junkie!! 😀

      Have you read Chizu Saeki’s book? With her special massage techniques you don’t have to spend top dollars to have good skin, some expensive products don’t work for me either! You can get Saeki’s book on amazon, it’s a handy book and you won’t regret learning so much from this great lady! 🙂

  11. Hilary
    March 16, 2011 at 11:03 pm (6 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi,

    I don’t like this line AT ALL. It gave me milia or some crap on my face. I stopped and after a week it went away, thought I go back since I paid a load for this line, and bam there it comes again! I love Whoo products, but this line I don’t like, it didn’t work for me.

    I read your review on the cream and another site that reviewed it and I had the same problem, it doesn’t spread evenly. Whatever, I personally don’t like it. Just mad it didn’t work because it looks so luxurious and feels AMAZING… guess VERY mature skin needs this line.

    Love your blog btw 🙂

    • Joseibi
      March 21, 2011 at 10:58 am (6 years ago)

      Dear Hilary,

      Thanks for your feedback!!!! I appreciate it. Between the Hwa Hyun and Seol I will always vouch for Seol too. JC from Jasper Cosmetics had said it too – Hwa Hyun was not focused. For me Hwa Hyun was ok, it was not horrible but I prefer the other products from Whoo too. 🙂


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