The History of Whoo

Gongjinhyang Soo Vital Hydrating Sun Fluid SPF50+/PA+++

The History of Whoo – Gongjinhyang Soo Vital Hydrating Sun Fluid SPF50+/PA+++

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Product overview

Brand: The History of Whoo
Product Name: Gongjinhyang Soo Vital Hydrating Sun Fluid SPF50+/PA+++
Korean Product Name: 공진향:수 수연 수분선 SPF50+/PA+++
UV Protection: SPF50+/PA+++
Water Resistance: Not water resistant.
Capacity: 60ml
Formulated by: LG Household & Health Care
Manufactured by: LG Household & Health Care
Distributed by: LG Household & Health Care
Country of Manufacture: South Korea
Functional Cosmetic Certifications: UV Protection
Original Retail Price: 48,000 KRW
Date of Release: May 2019
Shelf life: 3 years before opening. 12 months after opening.

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Sunscreen type: Hybrid (organic + UV inorganic filters)
UV filters:
Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Isoamyl p-Methoxycinnamate, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid.
Notable allergens
: Alcohol, Essential Oils, Fragrance.

Water, Alcohol Denat., Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Dipropylene Glycol, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Isoamyl p-Methoxycinnamate, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Silica, Angelica Tenuissima Root Extract, Bupleurum Falcatum Root Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, Platycodon Grandiflorus Root Extract, Schizonepeta Tenuifolia Extract, Cornus Officinalis Fruit Extract, Velvet Extract, Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Polygonum Multiflorum Root Extract, Asparagus Cochinchinensis Root Extract, Polygonatum Officinale Rhizome/Root Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Germ Extract, (Red) Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Tocopherol, Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Rehmannia Chinensis Root Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Root Extract, Poria Cocos Sclerotium Extract, Achyranthes Bidentata Root Extract, Allium Tuberosum Seed Extract, Angelica Gigas Root Extract, Epimedium Koreanum Extract, Eucommia Ulmoides Bark Extract, Lycium Chinense Fruit Extract, Polygala Tenuifolia Root Extract, Tribulus Terrestris Fruit Extract, Tromethamine, PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Butylene Glycol, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Stearic Acid, Behenic Acid, Myristic Acid, Sorbitol, Lecithin, Polysorbate80, t-Butyl Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool

정제수, 변성알코올, 에칠헥실메톡시신나메이트, 에칠헥실 살리실레이트, 다이프로필렌글라이콜, 메틸메타크릴레이트크로스폴리머, 비스-에칠헥실옥시페놀메톡시페닐트리아진, 하이드로제네이티드레시틴, 디에칠아미노하이드록시벤조일 헥실벤조에이트, 이소아밀P-메톡시신나메이트, 페닐벤즈이 미다졸설포닉애씨드, 글리세린, 폴리솔베이트20, 실리카, 고본뿌리추출물, 시호뿌리추출물, 인삼추출물, 천궁뿌리추출물, 도라지뿌리추출물, 형개추출물, 산수유열매추출물, 녹용추출물, 왜당귀뿌리추출물, 타임추출물, 하수오뿌리추출물, 천문동뿌리추출물, 각시둥굴레뿌리줄기/뿌리추출물, 연꽃배아추출물, 홍삼추출물, 토코페롤, 소엽맥문동뿌리추출물, 지황뿌리추출물, 연꽃추출물, 연꽃뿌리추출물, 복령균핵추출물, 우슬추출물, 부추씨추출물, 참당귀뿌리추출물, 삼지구엽초추출물, 두충나무껍질추출물, 구기자추출물, 원지뿌리추출물, 남가새열매추출물, 트로메타민, 피이지-10레이프씨드스테롤, 폴리아크릴레이트크로스폴리머-6, 부틸렌글라이콜, 피 토스테릴/옥틸도데실라우로일글루타메이트, 스테아릭애씨드, 베헤닉애씨드, 미리스틱애씨드, 솔비톨, 레시틴, 폴리솔베이트80, T-부틸알코올, 1,2-헥산다이올, 카프릴릭/카프 릭트라이글리세라이드, 잔탄검, 향료, 알파-아이소메틸아이오논, 벤질벤조에이트, 시트랄, 시트로넬올, 제라니올, 하이드록시시트로넬알, 리모넨, 리날룰

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Product description

“Gongjinhyang Soo Vital Hydrating Sun Fluid” : an airy and hydrating sunscreen fit for a queen.

“Gongjinhyang Soo Vital Hydrating Sun Fluid” is a fluid sunscreen that supplies hydration to sun-damaged skin. The sunscreen has a lightweight, hydrating formula that dries with a matte finish.

The formula was enriched with Yeonhwa Saenggidan (연화생기단), an ingredient that harnesses the vitality of lotus flowers, to achieve a clear and lively complexion fit for a queen.

Experience the beauty of hydrated skin with the revitalising power of “Gongjinhyang Soo” hydrating care.

“Gongjinhyang Soo Vital Hydrating Sun Fluid” is enriched with Gyeongokbidan and Cheongiksoodan.

⬥ Gyeongokbidan (경옥비단, 琼玉精萃)

“Gyeongokbidan” (경옥비단, 琼玉精萃) is a modern reinterpretation of “Gyeongokgo” (경옥고, 瓊玉膏), one of the 3 main restorative remedies recorded in the Donguibogam2. “Gyeongokgo” is also known as “Noblemen’s medicine”4 because in the past it used to be a prescription reserved for nobles and members of the royal court.

“Gyeongokgo”, also known as “Precious Jade Paste” is originally used to treat chronic fatigue and emaciation related to Lung Qi and Yin Deficiency3.

In Oriental Medicine, Lung Qi regulates the preservation or excretion of fluids through the skin, and consequently the opening and closing of the skin pores. As a result, when Lung Qi is deficient, pores appear excessively open. On the other hand, Yin deficiency manifests through a generalised dryness across all vital organs, skin included.

Through the application of a proprietary technology, LG Household & Health Care developed a cosmetic ingredient based on the original prescription for “Gyeongokgo”: “Gyeongokbidan”.

“Gyeongokbidan” rebalances Lung Qi and Yin and helps smooth skin texture by replenishing moisture and reducing the appearance of pores.

The formula is composed of: Cultivated Ginseng + Rehmannia Glutinosa + Wolfiporia Extensa (Peck) Ginns + Liriope Muscari.

The History of Whoo - Gyeongokbidan

⬥ Cheongiksoodan (청기익수단, 清氣益壽丹)

“Cheongiksoodan” (청기익수단, 清氣益壽丹) is a modern reinterpretation of “Changshou Yishou Dan” (장춘익수단, 長春益壽丹), a famous beauty herbal prescription used by Chinese Empress Dowager Cixi of the Qing Dynasty6.

Empress Dowager Cixi

Empress Dowager Cixi was known to have an extensive beauty routine that allowed her to maintain her youthful appearance even in mature age. American portrait painter Katharine Carl, who lived in the Chinese Imperial Court for nine months and became a close acquaintance of the Empress, argued that Cixi had a “wonderfully youthful appearance”8.

Photographs of Empress Cixi in her 70s caused a sensation in the West as they showed the sovereign having a perfect smooth complexion with no visible wrinkles. However, critics later argued that official portraits were retouched to enhance the Empress’s beauty9.

“Changshou Yishou Dan” was known to rejuvenate skin and promote a luminous complexion by supplementing the deficiency of the four meridians of the Heart, Kidney, Spleen and Stomach and promoting the flow of Qi (energy)6.

LG Household & Health Care applied modern dermatological theories to create an ingredient with the same properties of Changshou Yishou Dan: Cheongiksoodan. Cheongiksoodan is composed of traditional herbal ingredients that are naturally rich in Germanium, a mineral that helps supply oxygen to the body and combat free radicals. In Oriental Medicine terms, the ingredients work by supplying skin with Clear Qi (청기, 淸氣), the vital essence the body inhales from the natural environment and that helps promote blood circulation.

As a result, “Cheongiksoodan” makes skin radiant, clear and compact. The formula is composed of: Cultivated Ginseng + Tuber Fleeceflower + Goji Berry.

The History of Whoo - Cheongiksoodan
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Before applying make-up, take an adequate amount of product evenly spread it over your face. Make sure to apply an additional layer to the areas most exposed to UV rays, such as cheekbones, nose and forehead.

Recommended order of use:
Gongjinhyang Soo Vital Hydrating Foam Cleanser > Gongjinhyang Soo Vital Hydrating Balancer > Gongjinhyang Soo Vital Hydrating Essence > Gongjinhyang Soo Vital Hydrating Emulsion > Gongjinhyang Soo Vital Hydrating Cream > Gongjinhyang Soo Vital Hydrating Sun Fluid

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  1. General precautions:
    • Immediately consult a dermatologist if symptoms such as red blotches, swelling and/or itchiness appear while using the product, or in case such symptoms appear when the skin is exposed to direct sunlight after use.
    • Do not use the product on open wounds.
    • Storage and handling precautions:
      • Keep out of the reach of children.
      • Keep away from direct sunlight.
  2. Be careful to avoid the product going into your eyes. In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with clean water.
  3. Use only for the intended purpose.
  4. Do not mix with other substances.
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  1. 김은진. (2003). “나도 한번쯤 써보고 싶다! 피부 보약, 한방 화장품.” 레이디경향.
  2. 김태인. (2020). “Gyeongokgo Is Known to Rejuvenate Our Body and Strengthen Immunity – 월간파워코리아.” Power Korea
  3. Sunwoo, Y.-Y. et al. (2019) “Hematologic and Serological Investigation of Effect on Gyeongokgo in Healthy Individuals : a Randomized, Subject-assessor-blind, Placebo-controlled, Single-center Pilot Study,” Journal of Physiology & Pathology in Korean Medicine. Korean Society of Oriental Pathology. doi: 10.15188/kjopp.2019.
  4. Haejuclinic. (n.d). “Haeju Gyeongokgo.” Retrieved 25 May 2022 from 
  5. 오주희, 신재석, 이성준, 이종철, 임준홍, 안은석, 홍시갑 and 홍준기. 2009, “한약재 포제 가공의 현대적 연구 현황”, Journal of Pharmaceutical Investigation, vol.39, no.4 pp.275-297.
  6. Baidu Baike. (n.d.) “长春益寿丹“. Retrieved 25 May 2022 from
  7. 中药方剂 (n.d.) “长春益寿丹_【中药方剂】中医药方,中药方.” Retrieved 25 May 2022 from
  8. Chen, D. (2013). “The Western Perception of Empress Dowager Cixi”. Master of Arts. University of Victoria.
  9. Peng, Y. (2013). “Lingering Between Tradition And Innovation: Photographic Portraits Of Empress Dowager Cixi.” Ars Orientalis, Vol. 43.
  10. 더후(The Whoo). (n.d.). 더후: The whoo. 더후(THE WHOO).
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Source: The History of Whoo official website and official product packaging
Translation: © 2024 Odile Monod. You may not reproduce the above translation for commercial purposes without the express written consent of the translator.

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