About the product

What Is It:

Perfect for those looking for an introductory assortment of products from Sulwhasoo, the set includes full size Essential Balancing Water EX and Essential Balancing Emulsion EX, two key products to hydrate and balance the skin at the beginning of your skincare routine.

Brand info:

This prestige beauty brand, focused on hanbang ingredients indigenous to Korea, is as highly respected in its native land as it is abroad. Proof? Locals say its Ginseng Cream is something you’d gift to a potential mother-in-law. In its earliest iteration, that ginseng cream was what launched Sulwhasoo over 50 years ago. While helping his mother’s camellia oil business, Sulwhasoo founder Suh Sung-whan came to appreciate the power of traditional Korean herbs. Working with Kyunghee University of Oriental Medicine to blend traditional Korean medicinal herbs and methods with science-backed research, Suh founded the company that would become Sulwhasoo in 1966. All of Sulwhasoo’s ingredients are meticulously cultivated in AmorePacific’s herb farm, from the saponin-rich ginseng to white lily to East Indian lotus. Its signature formula of jaumdan, which consists of five potent herbs, targets the body’s Yin energy to fight dryness, dark spots, and inflammation. In 2004, Sulwhasoo became a best seller in Hong Kong, and in 2010, the prestige skincare line made its North American debut at Bergdorf Goodman.

Reviews & Comments 5


Ok, so each and every time I try a product from Beautytap I think, "What can beat this?!?" and then I drank the Sulwhasoo koolaid. Feeling very curious about what the heck, "hanbang skincare" actually is, I did a little research and found hanbang skincare takes a more holistic approach to its ingredients — rather than target a specific concern, like acne or visible signs of aging, hanbang skincare seeks to treat skin as a whole. It treats the foundation of skin. Sounds good right? To come at my skin from a place of overall care, as... Read more


Welcome to the family, Jenny! I'm so glad you love Sulwhasoo. It's had a firm hold on my ❤️, skin, and wallet for five years, and I stalk and then covet every new release. Better clear out some storage space 'cuz you may find yourself collecting the empties like a lot of us do. 💋


Buy this!! What a deal! Sulwhasoo is by far the best skincare line I have ever used. It's truly magic in bottle. You will see such a significant difference in the way your skin looks and feels once you start to use Sulwhasso. These products have a wonderful earthiness to them and you skin will welcome these products as if you have been missing something in your life all along. Again...buy this!! You will not be sorry!


Hydrating and nourishing your skin is essential at any age, and this is the Sulwhasoo set that turned me into a die-hard hanbang fan six years ago. I know I've paid more than $5 a piece for deluxe minis in the past, so the $75 price for this set is a bargain in my eyes. Sulwhasoo holds the key to my heart, and this is a great way to treat yourself or someone you love.


This set is worth it! Not only does it come with two full-sized products, but all of the products are also beneficial every day. Great for those weekend getaways or an overnight business trip. You can even keep the lotion in your purse!


If you're ready to try premium skincare made with traditional Korean herbs, then Sulwhasoo's Essential Duo is a great way to get started. The Essential Balancing Water (hydrating toner) and matching emulsion (lightweight lotion) have a beautiful warm, spicy scent and both products absorb quickly. This duo hydrates and balances the skin, and the set includes deluxe travel sizes for your gym or travel bag as well as a sample of the iconic First Care Activating Serum, which is my holy grail serum for all ages, and the matching firming cream.