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Sulwhasoo Liquid Cleansing Foam Review VS. History Of Whoo Foam Cleanser Review February 20, 2011





  • Sulwhasoo Liquid Cleansing Foam


A cleansing foam leaving skin hydrated and looking radiant.

Formulated with clarifying Korean Medicinal Herbs, this cleansing foam removes skin impurities and leaves skin hydrated and looking radiant.

– Japanese Apricot hydrates while Dokudami soothes for soft, hydrated radiantly clean skin.

– Rich, luxurious, non-stripping lathers effectively remove pore-clogging impurities without irritating the skin.



  • History Of Whoo Foam Cleanser


Gentle foaming cleanser contains natural herbal ingredients to create a rich, fine-textured lather. This replenishing cleanser gently removes facial grime, impurities and make up residue. Its highly concentrated and super moisturizing formula keeps the skin moist and supple and helps prevent dryness.

[Gongjinhyang – A secret Royal court formula that presents heavenly skincare to empresses]

Containing “Gonjinbidan” and “Wild ginseng Cordyceps sinensis”. Gongjinhyang helps create a more attractive skin tone. Through the principle of yin-yang harmony to keep skin balanced and the principle of increasing water and diminishing fire to enhance moisture within the skin while soothing it effectively, it gives skin a new radiance and smoothness.







  • Sulwhasoo Liquid Cleansing Foam


Both packaging are very distinctively different. Sulwhasoo comes in a bottle and pump form and contains 200ml of the cleanser. You would need about 2-3 pumps each time.





  • History Of Whoo Foam Cleanser


Whoo’s cleanser comes in a tube form and contains 180ml in comparison to Sulwhasoo. However, while the Sulwhasoo cleanser contains 20ml more, you would need about 2-3 pumps each time. With Whoo, you would only need about two pea size of product each time.







Sulwhasoo’s cleanser is transparent ( slight yellowish teint ) gel while Whoo’s foam cleanser is a yellow white paste which has a pearly color to it.


The whoo foam paste is rather thick in texture, while Sulwhasoo’s has a serum like texture to it. However, compared to the Elisha Coy BB Cleanser which they both have similarities in texture, Elisha Coy’s BB Cleanser is more liquidy and spreads more easily on the face while the Sulwhasoo’s foam cleanser is thicker.


Sulwhasoo’s lather ( i wouldn’t use the word foam because the foaming is very light  and not very noticeable ) is light on the skin while Whoo’s lather is thick and rich in texture.


Foaming Power






Whoo’s foaming power is definitely more superior than Sulwhasoo. Both do not actually ‘foam’ that much but both creates this thick white lather ( Whoo’s lather is thicker and more apparent as seen in the photos ). Sulwhasoo’s whitish lather does disappear after a while that is why it isn’t very noticeable in the 2nd photo, while Whoo’s lather remains dense and thick.



Cleansing Power








Whoo’s cleansing power is also superior to Sulwhasoo. The photo explains it all !



Post – Cleaning Feeling


Both cleansers give very different post-cleaning feel to the face.



Sulwhasoo gives a more moist  and normal feeling after cleaning but the Whoo cleanser gives a very SQUEAKY clean feeling after cleaning. In fact, we usually hate this squeaky clean feeling which comes with a ‘pulling’ and dry feeling on the face. However with the Whoo cleanser, even though it gives a VERY squeaky clean feeling, it doesn’t ‘pull’ the skin and the skin doesn’t feel dry. You can really feel that your skin is very clean.



However, we were rather divided when it came to this. Half of us did not like that squeaky feeling because probably we were used to cream based cleansers and the other half loved the squeaky clean , yet non-drying after-feel it gives.



It really depends on your preference for this one. Unlike the Hada Labo cleanser which also gave the same sort of feeling like the Whoo cleanser, it left the face dry and tight. However with Whoo, it doesn’t give the dry , tight and pulling feel on your skin.



It is the first time we came across a cleanser which gives such a squeaky clean feeling yet not drying, and you can even hear the squeak if you glide your hands along your face after cleaning. This probably explains why the cleansing power of Whoo is more superior to Sulwhasoo.



Apparently, the cleansers of LG ( Whoo, OHUI ) all gives the same super squeaky clean feeling.





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We made a mini table to sum things up, and the winner of each section will be marked with a heart!


Sulwhasoo History Of Whoo
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Texture Red heart
Foaming Power Red heart
Cleansing Power Red heart
Post-cleaning feel Red heart
Scent Red heart
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  • Packaging

We chose Sulwhasoo over Whoo because pumps are more hygenic than tubes and also convenient. All you have to do is pump and you can get started.


  • Texture

We preferred Whoo’s texture because it was more rich compared to Sulwhasoo’s gel like texture which was light


  • Foaming Power

Whoo’s foaming power was more powerful and created more lather compared to Sulwhasoo


  • Cleansing Power

Cleansing power of Whoo was also superior and you can feel that it cleans much better by the super squeaky feeling it gives after


  • Post Cleaning Feel

This was a half-half situation but Sulwhasoo won by 1 vote! However, both cleansers do not leave the skin dry and tight.


  • Scent

We also chose Sulwhasoo’s scent because it was more natural and had a very strong herbal smell which everyone here loves. It smells like the Sulwhasoo First Aid Serum.

The Whoo cleanser has the typical scent of the Gongjinhyang basic line which can be very artificial and empowering. However, the scent is also very pleasant but can be a little too much at times.


  • Value For Money

Sulwhasoo won because it is slightly cheaper. Sulwhasoo costs around 26 – 36 USD for 200ml, while Whoo’s cleanser cost about 49 USD for 180ml !


This will be a general feel for our future Sulwhasoo – Whoo – Hannule – Sooryehan reviews, so leave some feedback of this review format , so we can change it on our next review !



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These two cleansers can be purchased in Ebay or Gmarket.

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History Of Whoo Soo Yeon Pack Review December 3, 2010



History of Whoo (By the LG Household company which has several brands under its name like VoV, Ohui, Su:m 37 etc) is Amore Pacific’s Sulwhasoo biggest competitor. They are both very similar as they use korean and chinese medicine as their main ingredients. Both brands are excellent – i still don’t know which one i like more.

The History of Whoo Soo Yeon Pack is a hydrating facial mask offers you a natural way to fight the visible signs of aging, combining natural herbal ingredients to create a leading Asian skin care product. The moisturizing effect it has on the skin leaves you with a revitalized and refreshed look and feel, while working to eliminate wrinkles. The rejuvenation process leaves you with a gleaming finish to your skin, youthful and beautiful.

This is a wash off type pack which refreshes your skin when applied to it. The pack manages the ‘Yang’ energy and ‘water’ vein of your skin by fulfilling the thirst and releases the ‘heat’ of your skin ( a chinese medicine theory )  which is damaged by various stress and UV and calms the skin.


The Soo Yeon Pack comes in a sleek classy 145ml tube. As i do not have the actual product, i can’t comment much. However, i have ordered the actual size of the product because i loved the sample so much!  All products from the History Of Whoo have excellent classy packaging and i’m sure the same is said for this.


1. Take a sufficient amount of the product on your hands and massage it gently in a circular motion on your face. ( Remember to massage! It is very important to enhance the effectiveness of the product)

2. Leave it for 10-20 minutes until the facial mask is dry rinse it off with lukewarm water


As you can see from above, the texture is rather thick.

I totally did not expect such texture from this pack. It wasn’t like other moisture packs where the texture is either gel-like, or cream-like. The Soo Yeon moisture pack texture is rather unique – the texture of the pack was thick and grainy(maybe its the platinum nanoparticles?) Don’t get me wrong – the pack doesnt contain any sort of grains – but it’s texture was grainy. That is also probably the reason why it requires us to massage the skin after applying the pack.

Once spread on the skin – unlike gel like mask pack where you can feel instant hydration – the hydration feeling is not very obvious for this pack. Be careful not to rub the pack too hard on your skin as small ‘grains’ will form. When i put the pack on the first time, i was disappointed because i did not feel any form of hydration on my skin ,  but you can feel that your skin feels really smooth when the pack is applied, and gives the skin a slight shine to it. However i was proved wrong, this product shines once it is washed off !





Like all Whoo products, ingredients in English is not available so i am not able to comment on it. However i only found the main ingredients of the products.

This moisturizing face pack contains a blend of nano-sized platinum water and eunhasso which is silver-based. The special Korean formula containing Honghwagidan and Cheonggiiksoodan is an ancient formula that was primarily formed for the regal families.

1) Platinum Water – What exactly is platumum water?

Platinum is used in the treatment of cancer and as a base in some chemotherapeutic treatments in conventional hospitals, although not in the proper or natural form. In the early 1970’s, platinum was used in the dye in x-rays of women’s breasts. Breast lumps reportedly began shrinking and even disappearing after using the dye. Since then, the platinum dye has been replaced with radioactive dyes. Platinum may be effective in killing disease-causing bacteria, fungus, viruses, and helping to boost the immune system.

Due to the antioxidant properties of the platinum nanoparticles, they are the subject of substantial research with applications in a wide variety of areas, including nanotechnology, medicine and the synthesis of novel materials with unique properties.


Like i’ve said before, this product really shines once you’ve washed it off. The moisturizing effect of this pack isn’t that obvious – but you really can feel that the skin feels realllly smooth once you wash the pack off – your skin also feels hydrated and doesn’t give you that greasy oily over hydrated effect.

The effect is very subtle, yet effective enough. The more obvious results is that the skin shines right after it’s washed. When i woke up the next day, my skin felt really smooth and amazing too! Smile



Results were rather impressive on the Skin Moisture Analyzer :

Before :

After :

And for the Skin Analyzer :

Before :

After (drastic improvement!) :


Would i repurchase? Definitely. Though the price is rather expensive, you can find good deals on Gmarket. Now that i love this product so much, i am so tempted in getting the other products in this line – the gel cream and the essence! Open-mouthed smile Gotta exercise some self control.

The texture is weird, grainy and thick, but once spread on the skin – it becomes smooth and slippery. Once washed off, your face brightens up, feels hydrated, and feels super smooth. The effect even lasts overnight!

This product will be perfect during summer – especially when you are under the hot blazing sun – getting sunburned. This product soothes your skin by taking off the ‘heat’ of it (by balancing the ‘Yang’ energy since over exposing in the sun increases the ‘heat’ of your skin). At the same time, it makes your skin smooth and instanly brightens it up.

I’m curious how it will compare to the other Whoo brightening pack ( which i have ordered and is on it’s way! Smile ) . This product needs some massaging, so if you’re lazy, forget about getting this product. Though hydrating, you will still need to apply your cream after this as this is just a pack which will be washed off!

And to end this, i’ll be talking about the scent. Like all Korean Cosmetics which are heavily scented, this isn’t an exception. Thank God that the scent isn’t too empowering, it smells REALLY good and has a slight Iris/Lychee smell to it. I’m really loving this right now!


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