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Kronos K-Charge Volumizing Shampoo- tested and rejected

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September 16, 2009 Reviewed by Marta 2 Comments
There are a few ways to get red eye: the overnight flight from Los Angeles to New York, have your picture taken with a flash that's too close to the camera lens or wash your hair with Kronos K-Charge Volumizing Shampoo ($35). Given that I've had good results with Kronos Phyx and no adverse reactions, I was surprised by the painful experience of sudsing up with Kronos and the shock of seeing my swollen bloodshot eyes when I looked in the mirror.

Like Phyx, K-Charge Volumizing shampoo looks as if its been made by someone who has swallowed a chemical and botanical dictionary. Unlike Phyx, a serum for overnight use, the shampoo thankfully doesn't have behentrimonium chloride, which at very low concentrations can damage the eye. In this case, the culprit was likely mineral oil, which is derived from petroleum and is a well known irritant of the eyes and skin. As is, for that matter, acrylates copolymer. In the meantime, I don't really want to think about the PEG-150 distearate. This can contain harmful impurities and should never be used on broken or irritated skin.

Most of the rest of the ingredients are a good mix of antioxidants such as green tea and pear and vitamin E. I can't work out why there is acetyl hexapeptide-3 and what it can do for hair - it is the peptide that stops facial muscles from causing expression lines.

Apart from being uncomfortable to use, K-Charge didn't do the volumizing job that was promised. In fact, my hair hung limp and lifeless, which along with red eye just isn't a good look for me.


Water (Aqua), Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, PEG-150 Distearate, Sodium Lauryl Sarcosinate, Lanolin Alcohol, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Trimethylsiloxyamodimethicone, Oryzanol, Tocopherols, Tocotrienols, Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Cudrania Tricuspidata (Mulberry) Bark Extract, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Lycium Chinensis (Chinese Matrimony Vine) Fruit Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Prunus Mume (Ume) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Communis (Pear) Fruit Extract, Rubus Coreanus (Wild Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Uuron Cha Ekisu) Leaf Extract, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Fullerenes, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Phytosphingosine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Urea, Butylene Glycol, C11-15 Pareth-7, C12-16 Pareth-9, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Trideceth-12, Propylene Glycol, Steareth-2, Steareth-21, Stearic Acid, Betaine, Carbomer, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Fragrance (Parfum), Isohexadecane, BHT, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone, Limonene.
  • September 16, 2009

    by Michelle

    Okay, I guess they're called Collyre Bleu de Laiter (maybe this is the original version?). I've also read about some French websites that say an ingredient in these eyedrops may be bad for the eyes because they constrict the blood vessels? But isn't that what Visine does too?

    Oh, and here are some of the links for the Rhoto V., the Collyre Bleu, and the Innoxa eyedrops if anyone's interested.

    Rhoto V. COOL redness relief:

    Rhoto V. Artic Ice:

    Innoxa French Blue Eye Drops Gouttes Bleues:

    Collyre Bleu (I'm not sure if this is the same version from Quebec cause it says it's by Verseo):

  • September 16, 2009

    by Michelle

    Hi Andrew,

    To remedy the red eyes, you can try Rhoto V. COOL eye drops. They're pretty good at reducing the redness. Or you can try the Rhoto V. Artic Ice eyedrops which also help with redness, but they're more for relieving eyestrain. This one is pretty cool because it gives your eyes a MINTY sensation. Yeah, I know, it sounds weird that your eyes can "feel minty," but you just have to try it to know what I'm talking about. They take some getting used to. They always seem to be sold out at CVS, but I think you can get them at Amazon Walart, or Walgreens.

    I noticed that my eyes tend to become dry, and the sclera is filled with redness (or more like red veins) when I wear my contacts for an extended period of time, so I was looking for eyedrops that would whiten my eyes, and also be compatible for contacts. But since I can't seem to find a good one, I settled for ones that would do the same thing without being meant for contacts. Then I looked into eyedrops that make the sclera (the whites of the eyes) whiter, and came across two brands that make "blue eyedrops" that claim to whiten and brighten your sclera very well. It's supposedly a Hollywood secret that celebrities use these eyedrops to whiten their eyes for a film or show. It's called Collyre Blue. However, they are expensive at $35 a bottle, and are seemingly difficult to find because they are made and sold only in drugstores in Quebec.

    There seems to be another brand that imitates the Collyre Blue called Innoxa French Blue Gouttes Bleues . They had a few good reviews on Amazon while the Collyre Blue had mixed reviews, but maybe it's because the version on Amazon isn't the original Collyre Bleu from Quebec, but a version made by Verseo? I'm not sure. Can TIA look into the ingredients of these blue eyedrops, please? I mean, for $35 a piece, there better be some worthy ingredients, or at least live up to their whitening claims! Squirting blue eyedros into the eyes sounds interesting. Below is one of the reviews/recommendations I found while searching for these eyedrops (it might be cheaper if ordering from the referenced rep):

    "I have the best solution. It took me 35 years to find it. Apparently it is a hollywood stars secret. You need to buy eye drops that are called "Collyre Bleu". The only place I could find them was: Groupe Services Pharmactifs, 345 Av. Marconi, Ste-Foy, Qc. G1N 1A5. The company is in Quebec, Ca. The woman I ordered them from gave me her e-mail which is : and her phone # is 418-682-8275. Her name is Melanie Desormeaux and she is a sales rep for the company. I ordered 5 bottles in late 2005 and with shipping it came to about $45.00 total. I remember that they did not accept credit cards and I had to send a check or money order. These drops will make your eyes look like the teeth you see on movie stars. Really white. It doesn't affect your eyes in any other way. Just don't get the drops on your clothing because they are blue and will stain. This was a dream come true for me and it took many years of my life to find something that works. Enjoy, Paula"

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