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Chamonix eye cream and gynostemma

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May 26, 2010 Reviewed by Marta 7 Comments
I have just come across a new brand, a new eye cream and a new antiaging ingredient. This all-too rare hat trick was achieved by a company called Chamonix, which has just sent me some samples of its products, including potions majoring on Matrixyl and vitamin C. It was the eye cream that grabbed my attention, however, with something called gynostemma.

Apart from the fact that it sounds more like a procedure than a cosmetic ingredient, gynostemma was completely new to me. I immediately went for a forage and discovered that it is a plant that looks like a vine, but is in actual fact a member of the cucumber family and it also answers to the name of jiaogulan. You can make a tea from its leaves and drinking enough of it, as do the people of Guizhou Province in China, will ensure that you live to a very ripe old age.

Unfortunately (unless, I suppose, if you grow the stuff), gynostemma is becoming a little burdened by hype, being heralded as a "miracle herb" and "southern ginseng", a cure all for everything from erectile disorders to altitude sickness. It is supposed to have the same saponins as ginseng and is attributed antioxidant powers. Fortunately, there is some research (although not a great deal of it that I could find) to back up that it is an antioxidant.

Gynostemma had better be good because there isn't much more to Chamonix Jeunesse Eye Creme and at $79 it is not inexpensive. Chamonix says that Jeunesse uses a patented Relaxoderm Technology and is the only product in the world proven to work in five minutes. The only ingredient that might qualify as "relaxoderm technology"is gamma aminobutyric acid. This goes by the name of GABA and is a muscle relaxer (it works in a different way to other ingredients that inhibit expression lines such as Argireline).

I'm not very keen on the presence of eugenol, which makes up 78% of clove oil and in an in vitro test on human fibroblasts was “highly cytoxic at concentrations as low as 0.03%”. On the other hand, there is antioixant sesame oil near the top of the list, rich in vitamins E and B1, manganese and copper.

I'll be giving this eye cream a try over the coming weeks and will let you know how it works out.

Ingredients

Water, glyceryl stearate, sesame oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, PEG-150, distearate, cetyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, gynostemma, bismuth oxychoride, gamma amino butyric acid, ethoxydiglycol, eugenol, polysorbate 60, butylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, natural fragrance.
  • March 30, 2015

    by Melissa

    This product is the biggest rip off I've ever encountered. They say you get your money back, but they charge shipping + 9% fee to get your refund. A total SCAM. I've gotten better wrinkle creams at the local dollar store!

  • February 5, 2015

    by Emily

    I bought Chamonix eye cream with the genucel stem cell therapy and had the Worst skin reaction. My skin remained discolored afterward and swollen. I have tried many different products from everyday drug store brands to Mary Kay and Lancome this has never happened to me before. I do not mind spending extra money on my skin if it works. These products Do Not and are a rip off considering how much you pay for such a small amount. Their 'Money Back Guarantee' is a sham when I called about my issue I was told that I could only get credit back to my account. If you sign up for their 'Preferred Program' good luck getting anything back. They were so rude over the phone and sounded like she was doing me a favor. Do not bother with the hassle of dealing with Chamonix.

  • May 29, 2010

    by Lori

    Julie Kay, Thanks so much for the tip. I do have dark circles and crows feet and that aging crinkly under eye skin. The dark circles bother me the most I suppose because I would love not to wear concealer (I am a minimal make-up person) I'll keep trying!

  • May 28, 2010

    by Julie Kay

    Lori, what are your eye issues? Mine were dark circles followed by crows' feet. I wasn't sagging nor did I have bags, although I didn't begin working on my eyes till my mid 50s. I began w YBF Correct (and continue w it to date). At night I go for a heavier eye treatment that can soak in. Overall I've achieved a lighter look, a definite tighter eye all around. My wrinkles are probably 75% lessened. I'll always see dark circles, to an extent, but they're more my issue. Try Hydro-Peptide Anti'Wrinkle Dark Circle Concentrate ($60 in TIA Shop). This is what I'm using at night, although you can use it both day and night. I'm seeing results. Good luck. I know how it feels when your eyes are less than bright. ~jk

  • May 28, 2010

    by Lori

    I'll look forward to your report. I'm still in search of an EYE creme I SEE results with. Unlike all other TIA fans, I did not see a difference using YBF's Correct. With all the adoration this cream has received here, I TRIED to love it and really searched for some visible difference. Makes me think maybe I'm too far gone for improvement!

  • May 27, 2010

    by marta

    Junko, I tried it on my left eye this morning. It's really wierd. For a start it stings. But after about five minutes it really does make the muscles harder to work - eg squinting. I don't whether its impressive or plain scary.

  • May 27, 2010

    by Junko

    Relaxoderm sounds corny/silly. They should of put more thought into the naming of their technology. However, name aside, I'm always interested in new eye creams and I'll be interested in what you have to say about this of one too Marta, although it'll have to be pretty good to overlook the eugenol.

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