Chosungah22 Mineral Toning Essence Review

The problem with shopping for things from Korea is sometimes I don’t realize how much stuff I’ve ordered until I receive everything. This is how I ended up with all these Chosungah22 products. I’m usually very cautious about ordering too many things from a single brand, especially one I have ZERO experience with, because things can go south quickly!


The wonders (Juice and Milk) of the Chosungah world + the Mineral Toning Essence (MTE). Not pictured: Chosungah22 Mint Sun Essence

Luckily this hasn’t been the case with Chosungah22 for the most part.

Packaging & Appearance

This “essence” comes in a simple but stylish plastic bottle. All of Chosungah’s products come in plastic, even though some of it looks like glass. This is actually a very good thing if you think about it. Glass things get easily shattered in cross-oceanic transit. I LOVE the design of this bottle. It’s minimal and looks like it could belong in either a laboratory or a Scandinavian kitchen.

This essence is clear and very fluid, only a tiny bit thicker than water. It is not sticky at all and has a very faint fragrance that I love! To me, it smells of cleansiness with a hint of lavender.

chosungah22 MTE 2 swatch


I honestly don’t think the folks at Chosungah22 know what an essence is. First of all, they named this product the confusing name of “toning essence.” In addition, they also categorize Wonder Juice as an essence, but seems to be, from my experience, a pretty straightforward hydrating toner. MTE to me is a toner. It is, after all, composed primarily of onsen-sui (spa water), and water.

I apply this MTE after my second cleanser, either on a cotton square or by patting it on my face with my hands. It is not a powerhouse hydrator nor does it contain a significant concentration of active ingredients, but my skin does react positively to it. After cleansing, I tend to have a lot of redness around my nose and on my cheeks. MTE is just soothing and hydrating enough to make my skin feel normal again, removing any tightness, if any, and noticeably reducing some of the redness.

chosungah22 MTE 1

I also like to use MTE to prime my skin before applying serums and ampoules. It makes ampoules easier to apply and allows me to use less product. This is particularly useful for sticky ampoules like the Scinic AIO honey ampoule, because using less product means that my face is less sticky after application.

The full ingredients are below. Cosdna identifies butylene glycol (1) as the only acne trigger.

Onsen-Sui, Water, Glycerin, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Mesembryanthemum Crystallinum Extract, Betula Alba Juice, Ceramide 3, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot Fruit Oil), Geranium Maculatum Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Rose Flower Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Commiphora Myrrha Oil, Styrax Benzoin Gum, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin

The Takeaway

This is a good, basic, non-irritating toning product. That doesn’t sound super exciting, but like cleansers, finding a toner that doesn’t suck sometimes takes a lot of effort. However, I won’t be repurchasing this because at the end of the day, this product just doesn’t excite me.

I purchased this from Koreadepart. It is also available on Chosungah22’s website but for a lot more. 

Final Score (2)

Disclosures: This product was purchased by me. There are no affiliate links in this post. 


10 thoughts on “Chosungah22 Mineral Toning Essence Review

  1. Moi Sanom says:

    Chosungah makes such weird products sometimes. But most of their packaging is so pretty like that “essence” bottle. I feel like the wonders are both weird multi use products for example that one can use for different things. I at least use the wonders as toners, essence or serum depending on my routine. I also have one of their toners (the jazmin one I think) and find it quite underwhelming. But so are most toners for me. I am very happy with the wonders though. I am looking forward to reading your wonders reviews if you review them

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    • V. Rex says:

      I got the wonder juice after reading your review! I haven’t started using it though because my skin has been annoyingly sensitive so I’ve been extra slow in introducing new things. I’m a little saddened to hear the Jasmine toner is underwhelming because that’s probably my favorite looking of their products.


      • Moi Sanom says:

        oh heheh. Well I am looking forward to hear what you think of it once you try it. To be honest the Jasmine toner looks a lot less pretty in real life than it does in the promo pics. Less luxurious 18th century princess and more plastic filled bottle with dead flowers inside. I have a pic of it on instagram if you wanna see.

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      • V. Rex says:

        I’ll take a look. I saw the picture you posted in your post about Johnny’s routine but it looks nice there, but that could just be your photography skills!


    • V. Rex says:

      The scent was enough to keep my using it every day for a long time but then another toner came in the mail and I was immediately itching to be done with it. I’ve developed a really bad case of skincare ADHD I fear lol.

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  2. Maya says:

    I don’t know what to think about the packaging design, kind of boring ..? Well it seems like a nice toner but nothing special. Thanks for the honest review. I have yet to try some products from the brand

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