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Another CTONICS review to add to Martaspedia plus a Dare To Try It

Is a Solution for:
Oily Hair, Thinning Hair & Shedding, Dry or Brittle Hair
August 30, 2010 Reviewed by Junko 8 Comments
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Truth In Aging is my Martaspedia, a personal care products encyclopedia. I liken it to Wikipedia in that; registered users expand its content with their reviews and comments. Martaspedia is an expansive database of product reviews, ingredients and commentaries from users that never cease to amaze me every time I put words into its search field. Always 1 step a head, which I really come to appreciate when I find myself, 2 steps behind. Two steps behind is where I was not too long ago as a captive audience to a Chaz Dean’s WEN heads infomercial. Thirty minutes of Chaz’s non-stop continuous hair bouncing theatrics and the only information of value I got was that I’d need to re-grow all my hair (no small task) before a genuine bouncing head of WEN hair could be mine. If you put WEN into Truth In Aging’s search field, it brings up two articles from 2008 and 2009 with information on ingredients, comments from users and no bouncing distractions. With this, I was able to decide in 5 minutes that WEN was not for me. Still, I was interested in the idea of conditioning rather than ‘washing’ my hair and I recalled a positive review once of CTONICS. I typed CTONICS into the search field and voilà! Instant recall! After re-reading our long haired users' review again, I decided that CTONICS was a better product to try.

For an Intro to CTONICS, How To’s, Ingredients for Elixir Milk, Blossom and Passion, see Chris’s review. Or find every instance of this line in Martaspedia by using the search field.

What I used for 3 months was Core, Pulse, Elixir Milk & Elixir Blossom. Please read thru the ingredient lists (below) as that’s what sold me. Except for a couple of silicones here and there the ingredients are exceptional. You’ll notice that clay is present in each of these products, and I’d say it was the clay that added beautiful texture and fullness to the top half of my hair, but it was also this clay that kept the bottom half of my hair in a state of constant tangles. I could always feel clay-coated strands when I ran my finders thru the bottom part of my hair. I appreciate that CTONICS brought forward the split personality of my hair. Significantly drier and more porous is the bottom, compared to the top than what I had ever thought. My decision to stop using CTONICS was due to the tangling, as most certainly this was causing some damage.

I loved what CTONICS did for the top half of my head and if I ever cut off the bottom half, I’d definitely give CTONICS another try. Like Chris, I purchased at BeautyHabit.com (links below), who always had a buy 2 get 1 special. I’d like to give the unused, still in the box BTGO bottles of CORE & Elixir Blossom in exchange for another CTONICS review. A uniform, not so dry, porous head that desires a lot more texture and fullness is where I think CTONICS would perform best. Leave a comment if you’d like 2 free products to get you started!

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CORE Ingredients:

Purified water, camellia sinensis (tea) seed saponin, coco (coconut oil) glucoside, hydrolyzed keratin, stearyldimonium hydroxypropyl laurelglucosides chloride (coconut oil), yucca schidigera (and) quillaja saponaria extract, hibiscus sabdariffa extract, urtica dioica (nettle) leaf extract, dimethicone, cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil, prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil, olea europaea (olive) oil, salix alba (willow bark), montmorillonite (white clay), xanthan gum, illite (red and brown clay), aloe barbadensis, citrus bergamia (bergamot) oil, prunus amygdalus (almond) oil, tocotrienol (vitamin e), citric acid, maris sal (natural trace mineral deposit), astaxanthin.

PULSE Ingredients:

Purified water, camellia sinensis (tea) seed saponin, coco (coconut oil) glucoside, hydrolyzed keratin, stearyldimoniumhydroxypropyl laurelglucosides chloride (coconut oil), yucca schidigera (and) quillaja saponaria extract, urtica dioica (nettle) leaf extract, glycerin, algae extract, cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil, prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil, olea europaea (olive) oil, montmorillonite (white clay), xanthan gum, tocotrienol (vitamin e), salix alba (willow bark), aloe barbadensis, aphanizomenon flos-aquae (klamath bluegreen algae), citric acid, asminum officinale (jasmine) flower oil, geranium macalatum leaf oil, citrus grandis (pink grapefruit) peel oil, guaiazulene (from blue chamomile oil), mentha viridis (spearmint) leaf oil, laurus nobilis (bay laurel) leaf oil, astaxanthin.
  • September 27, 2012

    by Marcella

    Do you happen to know what happened to the ctonics company? I have been using exclusively ctonics on my hair (fine /wavy/colored to cover grays/down to my shoulders) for about 2 years. Because it is expensive and they had free shipping for orders over $100 I would always order four bottles and they would last me quite a while. I just went to order my new batch and cannot find the company anymore. I was able to find a few left over tranquility through a website in the UK but I am, afraid by the time I am done with those it will be impossible to find them anymore..... I am quite upset because I really loved these tonics. I have to say I have read a lot of reviews of people having trouble with them, but it worked wonderfully for me. Do you know if they went out of business? My hair is super shiny and so soft now and I really do not want to have to change! I have tried a couple of other organic shampoos but they feel too much like a shampoo to me and make my hair feel dry... I have tried wen and I love the way the hair feels wet but after a few consequent washes my hair gets a bit greasy. I think the clay in the ctonics was really amazing to get rid of the oiliness. I used to get itchy scalp in between seasons and ever since I started using the tonics it went away but, now that I had to try the new shampoos (rahua and acure) my scalp got itchy again... Then I was able to get the tranquility and the itching has gone away... Would you have any suggestion for something else to try?.

  • November 1, 2010

    by Liz

    I just started using it and I must say it's been a rough ride but my hair looks great. I have curly, frizzy hair but it's "sitting right" now. I was also suffering from hair loss and that has stopped. There's no "slip" in my hair when it's wet but I'm careful when I comb it out (large comb) and let it dry. I have to say, it looks great but I love my big hair. I was using several other high-end brands and none of them worked and my hair was still falling out. It's been about a month now and I wash my hair daily. So far, so good.

  • August 31, 2010

    by Junko

    Virgin (for now), medium strand thickness, naturally dried my hair has waves/body. Top half is pretty healthy, bit straighter than bottom, and not very porous. Non-porous hair (I think is key) that wants additional texture/fullness.

  • August 31, 2010

    by Jaysie

    Junko - what type of hair do you have? Virgin or tinted, wavy or straight, fine or normal or coarse? I've been tempted by this line because of Allure's recommendation, but from Lindsay & Kathy's comments, doesn't sound like it would work for me. A description of your hair type might seal it for me. Thanks.

  • August 31, 2010

    by Kathy

    me too. I have highlighted, wavy hair prone to frizz. I hated this shampoo. and it was expensive to boot.
    sigh

  • August 31, 2010

    by Lindsay

    Sure - I have highlighted, slightly wavy fine hair (but a lot of it). It left the top limp and the ends frizzy unfortunately.

  • August 30, 2010

    by Junko

    Lindsay,

    Please describe your hair, so readers know what kind of hair you have that it didn't work on?

  • August 30, 2010

    by Lindsay

    I had a terrible experience with CTonics. It left my hair unbearably frizzy and limp. I used it for 3 weeks, waiting for my hair to improve like they say it will. It didn't. The sales gal at the Whole Foods where I bought it even warned me against it. Wish I had listened to her instead of Allure's rave review of the brand -- especially since bottles are $25 each.

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