Korean Beauty 4 years ago
DIY Lemon Soju Toner Pads
You guys would not believe the number of questions, comments and DM’s I’ve gotten about these Soju Toner Pads!
This has been a family skincare secret for YEARS now! A while back, I shared a YouTube video about them (watch it here!) but I realized that I never wrote an actual post about them.
So a little backstory- my mom aka Umma Lim is the most skincare obsessed woman I know… which is probably where I get my obsession from. If you remember from this post here, I have so many memories of watching her prep her skin for hours at a time. Now at 60 years young – her skin looks flawless!
These soju pads are something I grew up with in the household. My mom used them every night, and honestly I never thought anything of it because I assumed everyone else’s mom’s did the same thing (in different variations). I remember her mixing soju (which is Korean alcohol made with rice) and lemons every couple of months during my childhood.
Some people have expressed concerns about the level of alcohol, wondering if it would be too strong. However, the glycerin in addition to the soju actually cancels out any of the tightness that the alcohol might give. Plu,s the lemon brings in a ton of Vitamin C!
Here’s the recipe:
1 Cup of Korean Soju
1 Cup of Glycerin
Juice of 1 Lemon
Cotton Pads (I like these!)
Ziplock bag or Small Tupperware
*note- to make in larger quantities, you can up the ingredients! Umma Lim would recommend 2 bottles of soju, 4oz of glycerin and the juice of 5 lemons.
- Mix soju, glycerin, and lemon juice together in plastic bag or Tupperware.
- Add cotton pads, make sure they’re totally immersed.
- Wrap up the container to keep the pads in the dark.
- Keep at room temperature for 3 days.
- Store in the fridge for 1 month before using.
Umma Lim recommends keeping the pads in the fridge while you’re using them! She also says to use the pads on elbows, knees, and feet as well.
I’d recommend using them as a part of your nighttime skincare routine since Vitamin C can make your skin sensitive to the sun! (Speaking of sun, you guys are wearing sunscreen every day… right?) It’s good for all skin types, but especially for combination skin like I have. The toner pads help control the production of sebum in my pores, helps reduce their appearance in size and give my face an overall brightness!
You could also just use this recipe as a liquid toner and just pour it onto a cotton pad as opposed to soaking it, but I really like doing it this way. I think it’s more effective, plus letting the cotton pads soak for about a week in the solution in the fridge really helps! I love the cooling and refreshing sensation it leaves.
So are you guys going to try Umma Lim’s secret soju pads? Let me know in the comments below!
Photography by Drew Scott
What do YOU think?
34 responses to “DIY Lemon Soju Toner Pads”
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That sounds super interesting! I’ll definitely go and try this one out. Thanks for sharing.
lots of love, Miri
do you approximately know how many cotton pads this recipe will make?
Is the Glycerin mandatory into the mix? Can we just do SOJU and lemon?
I’m definitely gonna try this. I think the Vitamin C will help with my dark marks and blemishes. Thank you for sharing.
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Fashion Steele NYC
Yay! Let me know how you like them! xo
I have to try these for sure!
Mireia from TGL
Yay! You’ll love them! xo
YAS!! Making these finally.
chevrons & éclairs
So excited for you! xo
Thank you for sharing I’m super excited about trying this x
Of course! Let me know how you like them! xo
These sound so amazing, thank you for sharing!
Thanks Chloe! xo
Ahh I’ve been waiting for this post for awhile now! 😀 Super excited to try! One more question – so we soak it in the fridge for a week, and afterwards, we can use it everyday for up to how long? And do we put it back into the fridge after each use? <3 Can't wait to try it!
XO, Elizabeth T.
Hi Elizabeth! Can’t wait for you to try them! I like to use them every night to every other night! You don’t have to put them back in the fridge after each use- but I really like to so they’re nice and cold when I use them! xo
Is this safe to use while nursing?
Do they need to soak in the fridge for a week before they can be used or are they only good for a week if stored in the fridge?
You definitely need to store it in the fridge for a week before you use it! xo
Im not familiar with glycerin. Can i get it fr supermarket and which section?
I don’t know what section it’s in, since I usually order it off amazon! xo
what does the glycerin do? I look forward to trying this out!
this is amazing! so amazing
Thanks love! xo
This sounds wonderful! I like that it’s diy so there are no chemicals. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’ll be sure to try it out.
Kathrin | Polar Bear Style
Thanks love! xo
Finally the recipe I’ve been waiting for! When I first saw the lemon-soju combo I thought it sounded super drying like snake peel incoming alert lol but now that you’ve revealed that she adds glycerin it all makes sense. Amazing. Can’t wait to try this one out. Please share more secrets 엄마 Lim!
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Hi Tiffany! So glad you’re excited about this! xo
I was waiting for this so going to do it tonight.😘
Yay! Let me know how you like it! xo
been looking for a new toner to test. Will def try these, thanks for sharing Chriselle 🙂
Thanks love! Let me know how you like them! xo