17 Sep 2017

Review: The History of Whoo Bichup Royal Anti Aging Kit

I am not sure do you guys notice, but The History of Whoo is actually considered more high-end than Sulwhasoo. It is actually quite obvious. Sulwhasoo's most expensive item, if I remembered correctly, should be less than RM 1,000 but The History of Whoo has anti-aging products that retail for more than RM 2,000! That's like double the price! Of course, skincare is not all about price tags so I am NOT suggesting that The History of Whoo products are better than Sulwhasoo, I am just saying that they are pricier!

I am not really a fan of Whoo products, mostly due to the price. I can't afford buying skincare items that will easily cost me my monthly salary. And I seriously do not see the need of doing so. But the high price tag doesn't stop me from feeling curious about Whoo products. I always want to get a hand on some Whoo products so when I see Gmarket (a Korean online retail platform) selling Whoo product miniatures, I quickly ordered some to try out myself.

Among many The History of Whoo products, three particular ones stand out:

  • The History of Whoo Bichup Soon Hwan Essence
  • The History of Whoo Bichup Self-Generating Anti-Aging Essence
  • The History of Whoo Bichup Ja Yoon Cream

They are all in the "bichup" line (密贴), which targets drier, duller and more mature skin to promote cellular repair and to offer intense but lightweight nourishment for the skin. They are among the brand's best sellers and are particularly famous among Taiwanese and Chinese girls!

Let's look at the products individually:

The History of Whoo Bichup Soon Hwan Essence, 85ml

The Soon Hwan Essence is a first serum that you use at the first step of your daily skincare routine. It is similar to Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum EX. The word "soon hwan" means "circulation", which implies that this is a product that will help to improve blood circulation on your skin. It can help to get rid of metabolic waste and bring in nutrients for a clearer and healthier skin.

The essence is a lightweight liquid with little capsules floating inside. These are what I believed to be Whoo's signature "gongjinbidan", a secret formula that Whoo claims to be used in the royal court to keep the concubines young and pretty.

Results-wise, I have been using 2 bottles (15ml x 2) of this essence and is a bit disappointed to say that I don't like them better than Sulwhasoo. I still find Sulwhasoo lighter, more hydrating and works better for my skin. Whoo Soon Hwan Essence feels more nourishing. When I am using Sulwhasoo, I can definitely feel that other products permeate better with also better results. But I don't really see/feel that with Whoo. Whoo feels more like a serum than first serum in that sense. It is more suitable for drier and colder season.

The History of Whoo Bichup Self-Generating Anti-Aging Essence, 50ml

This is one of my favourite anti-aging serums. It is Whoo's year-round best seller that claims to tackle all skin issues, promote cellular regeneration, and nourish your skin. It has wrinkles repairing, rejuvenating, moisturizing and brightening properties. It is even more popular than the Soon Hwan Essence! I couldn't find something in Sulwhasoo that is comparable to this, except for the Sulwhasoo Capsulized Ginseng Fortifying Serum but I think Whoo is better.

The essence has a viscous, honey-like consistency that is surprisingly lightweight and quick absorbing! You won't believe how fast this thing gets absorbed into your skin when you smooth it over. It gets absorbed really well like Cosrx Advanced 96 Snail Mucin Power Essence and Innisfree Soybean Energy Essence despite the slimy and viscous consistency. The smell is quite interesting. It is quite herbal with a sweet undertone.

I can see results within first few uses! My skin is visibly smoother and clearer with a healthy soft glow that I normally get after exfoliation and putting on mask. My skin is also soft and velvety to touch. I think the most thing I get out of this essence is its moisturizing effect. It is so lightweight in term of consistency but super velvety and nourishing at the same time without the associated greasiness or tackiness. It is also several times more effective than Cosrx Advanced 96 Power Essence. The silkiness you feel is immediate. By next day, you will already see a polished and clear complexion. I think the result would be more obvious for those with dull, mature and dry skin.

The History of Whoo Bichup Ja Yoon Cream, 60ml

I think if I were to find something as nourishing as Belif Peat Miracle Revital Cream, but much lighter, then it would be this The History of Whoo Bichup Ja Yoon Cream. This stuff rocks, seriously. It is a velvety and creamy cream that blends beautifully on your skin. My skin drinks it up immediately, leaving a silky soft finish that is neither greasy (emollient) or tacky. I think the only thing I can say about this cream is that it is a great compliment to the Ja Saeng Essence!

Again, this is something you should get for your mom and aunts no matter what skin type they have. As long as their skin is not too oily, they should fare well with this. It contains all the essential herbal ingredients to boost the skin's natural defense mechanism and tackle signs of skin damages caused by aging.


I would strongly recommend all three of these, especially the Ja Saeng Essence. I think the Ja Saeng Essence is something all girls should try out at least once in their lives. It is by far the best moisturizing and anti-aging serums with heavier consistency that I ever had. You can really see a difference in your skin after adding this into your routine, compared to other ones. The downside of these three items is of course their price points. They are retail for RM 200 to RM 800, which is definitely expensive for normal working class like us. You can get them online from trustable retailers, but I notice that Whoo products are harder to buy online. Alternatively, pay attention to their promotions and gift sets which are more "worthy" than individual products.

I think I will continue to buy the Ja Saeng Essence in future, maybe when I go to Korea.

Extended Reading:

Review: The History of Whoo Cheongidan Hwa Hyun Essence and Jinyulyang Jinyul Eye Cream

Overall impression: ★★★★ (soon hwan), ★★★★★ (ja saeng), ★★★★☆ (bichup cream)
Repurchasing: ★★★ (soon hwan), ★★★★★ (ja saeng), ★★★★ (bichup cream)
You can get this from: The History of Whoo Malaysia | Korean airport | Gmarket | Qoo10
[Disclaimer] Product is purchased with my own money. All copyright of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.

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