I have been using soap instead of a liquid cleanser for a few years now. This has really helped with my acne and oily prone skin. A good soap should be mild and non-drying. It should contain simple natural ingredients and does not need chemical surfactants. My favourite soap has been the Dermaklear Ance Treatment Soap, which made my skin acne-free. As I do not get breakouts as often anymore, I’m on the hunt for a more mild formula.
Sulwhasoo is a high end Korean skincare brand that produces quite a number of staple skincare products, including this Herbal Soap. I’ve read so many great things about this soap before purchasing it. Some of the claims include, it lightens acne scars, improves skin texture, brightens yellow undertone and reduces acne. I’ll explore my thoughts on this soap in this post.
The Sulwhasoo Herbal Soap comes in a box of 2 soaps and 1 soap dish. Each soap weighs 100g and is individually wrapped with plastic. It appears more of a gift-box-edition instead of a long term regular. However, if they came out with a simple packaging with reduced price, I would happily accept.
The soap itself is a brown square with “Sulwhasoo” engraved on top. I feel it’s a good size, because larger soaps would last a long period and can get quite gross sitting on the counter.
The soap dish is of a simple two piece design with laser cut snowflake pattern on the top. I quite like this simple dish which sits beautifully on my basin and functions really well. It keeps the soap completely dry. It is also very easy to clean. I believe it’s partly because of the material of the soap dish, partly because of the soap.
The Sulwhasoo Herbal Soap has a very strong herbal/ginseng scent. This scent is especially strong when I first opened the soap, it made my whole bathroom smelt like a Chinese medicine store. I like herbal scents and find this scent soothing. I don’t find it lingering on the skin after using.
A good soap should produce soft and dense bubbles that doesn’t easily burst. These bubbles are responsible for taking away the dirt and sebum in the pores without abrasion. Sulwhasoo Herbal Soap does exactly that. It can be lathered into bubbles easily with clean wet hands. When using the soap with my Clarisonic, I like to use a bubble net to create a lot of bubbles to minimise the pulling and rubbing on my skin.
After massaging, the bubbles can be rinsed off easily without any residual, leaving the skin clean and soft.
The Sulwhasoo Herbal Soap cleanses well. It is not drying at all. My skin feels extremely soft and clean after using it. I notice the freckles on my cheeks have faded a little, but I am using a range of products. I also see a general improvement in the radiance of my skin. My skin appears clearer and more radiant.
One other thing that keeps me using the Sulwhasoo Herbal Soap is its ability to keep my skin balanced. Since using the soap, my skin has been producing much less oil. I feel the soap has helped a lot with the water-oil balance of my skin, which is extremely important for acne prone skins. As a result, I have not been breaking out apart from the odd ones every month, even though the soap does not contain effective acne treating ingredients.
I also found the Sulwhasoo Herbal Soap to be very mild on the skin, which is exactly what I was looking for. I had an allergic reaction on the entire side of my face, but this soap did not irritate or cause any drying or peeling. My face always felt so comfortable after using it.
One thing I do not like about this soap is that it contains colouring. The deep red colour is not natural. I don’t feel it is necessary to have colouring to make it feel like red ginseng.
The dual pack retails for 42,000 Won, which equates to $50 AUD. It is not cheap for two bars of soap, but not overly expensive, in fact, much cheaper compared with other mid end department store brands (eg. Shiseido, Clarins). I’ve been using the soap for 2 months now and have been through about half of one bar. The dual pack should last about 8 months for me. I feel it is pretty well priced, especially for Sulwhasoo.
The Sulwhasoo Herbal Soap is a good quality bar soap that cleanses well. It keeps my skin water-oil balanced and improves the overall radiance of my skin. It is mild and non drying. I really enjoy using it. Although it is not cheap, I would consider using it long term.