Review: Etude House Soonjung 10-Free Emulsion

Plastic bottle

Can be purchased on Yesstyle (affiliate link): HERE

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Or you can purchase from the Etude House website: HERE

Volume: 120ml

Price: £9.05 (without discount)

Who is it good for?: Sensitive / Oily / Acne Prone / Dry. NOTE: I think those with oily skin in very hot and very humid environments may still prefer a gel/water-based moisturiser.

Also, I don’t think this Emulsion is sufficient for very dry skins and would require this Emulsion and then a moisturiser on top. So this can be a ‘topper’ for those who like lots of layers of moisturisation.

Description: A Lightweight Moisturiser that should suit sensitive skins.

Contains Panthenol (closely related to Vitamin B5) to provide hydration in the skin and squalane too. Madecassoside (from Centella asiatica) helps with skin damage.

Free of possible irritants

Also contains low pH to help prevent irritated skin becoming further irritated.

How to use it: use after cleansing, toning and serums. Use an SPF after during the day or as a last step in the PM.

How I use it: I have been using this for my body and my face. I use it as a moisturising cream and as a hand cream. Once it dries down it is seamless into the skin (no oily or sticky residue) so that is why I have been able to use this as a hand cream. Also I have very sensitive hands/arms and this cream, because there are no irritants in this product, works really well with my hands and arms. If I use this, I prefer to use it on my face during the AM as this would be too much using in conjunction with a sleeping mask.


Texture: Very thin but still emollient. It does disappear into the skin once it has dried down (which takes a little while depending on how much you apply).

Note: Free of Sulfates, alcohol and fragrance. It’s even EU Allergen-Free.

Key Ingredients: Squalane, Panthenol, Madecassoside, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Green tea – antioxidant). As you can see, this is a product made to moisturise and soothe the skin.

NOTE: Skincarisma has a break down of the product’s ingredient list if you want to see HERE

Full Ingredients list: Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Squalane, Panthenol, Madecassoside, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Bis-diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/vp Copolymer, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Butylene Glycol, Disodium Edta


What I like:

  • Good for moments when you don’t want a watery gel but an actual cream THAT IS STILL VERY LIGHT
  • For someone like me who isn’t a fan of thick creams / moisturisers, this is a very good light compromise for me.
  • Free of allergens/ irritants – so should be good for all skin types, even sensitive skins
  • No itching / burning
  • No fragrance
  • Multi-purpose i.e I can use it on my hands and arms (which are very sensitive) and dries down so it barely feels like I have any cream on which is great.

What I don’t like:

  • Take a while to sink in (depending on how much you apply)
  • Might not suit humid weather (due to the emollient ingredients – but I’m not too sure about this point. It could still sit comfortabley on the skin).
  • I had to pull out the little plastic nozzle inside the bottle because it was annoying me how little product would be dispensed each time I wanted to use. So I would encourage etude house to change the packaging to a pump or tube.
  • If Etude house wanted to add some ingredients with anti-ageing or brightening effects, that would have been cool HOWEVER I understand that those probably would have made this product irritating to sensitive skins.

Overall Rating / Conclusion: 3.5/5 – I still prefer my watery/gel creams however I think this is so good for sensitive skins and people who have allergic reactions to many products. It doesn’t do anything amazing except moisturise the skin, however it does not moisturise very dry skins enough so should be used as an emulsion product i.e. as an under-layer to a moisturiser. Oily skins might enjoy this or still prefer watery/gel creams depending on if you want some fatty ceramides or oils in your product. I would recommend to very sensitive skins. For someone like me who isn’t a fan of thick creams / moisturisers, this is a very good light compromise for me.

Would I repurchase?: I do think I prefer watery/gel creams for the face however I would repurchase this as a great non-scented, non irritating hand cream.


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