Its not often that I make impulse purchases but recently one of my favorite blogger Shalini of BeBeautilicious posted about Kronokares’s huge sale on here Instagram and one thing led to the other and I ended up with a ton of things from Kronokare! (Victim of influencer marketing & my below average will power!)
Kronokare as a brand never really caught my attention for some reason, probably because of their high price point for a fairly simple ingredient list and lack-luster packaging! But since things were on sale I thought I should really test out the products to see if my first impression was right.
Kronokare claims to be “The most French Indian Brand”. The brand derives its name from Chronos, the God of Time in Greek mythology. It is a relatively new brand, founded in 2008 by a French man Cyril Feuillebois. His vision was to create a natural, effective, and fuss free line of products which is a mix of the best from both India and France.
It is made in India, and claims to formulate products with native flora, extracted pure essential oils, rare botanical extracts, and seed oils sourced from France and India.
I am big supporter of the concept of Toner- as an integral beauty step. Learn more about Toners here. So of course the first thing I tried from the products I purchased was the Flower Power Toner.
245 INR for 55 ml
“Made of pure distilled flower water, combining the purifying property of lavender with the repairing property of Neroli and YlangYlang. Your skin texture gets instantly supple, the pores shrink, and the completion is illuminated.”
“Spray directly on your beautiful face, as often as desired and all along your day as you get exposed to pollution and dirt. Dab with cotton. Your skin will get rid of the yucky, making you instantly smiley. (Whaat LOL!!) Also recommended after your daily face wash.”
- Distilled Water (Distilled water is water that has been boiled into vapor and condensed back into liquid in a separate container. Impurities in the original water that do not boil below or at the boiling point of water remain in the original container. Thus, distilled water is one type of purified water.)
- Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender),
- Cananga Odorata (Ylang-ylang),
- Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Bitter Orange Fruit or Flower),
- Kathon CG (Methylchloroisothiazolinone, also referred to as MCI, is a preservative with antibacterial and anti-fungal effects.)
It comes packaged in quite an ordinary looking plastic spray bottle. The nozzle is incapable of throwing a regulated fine mist continuously like those found in pressurized spray cans. It is irregular and goes everywhere so one needs to be mindful of this lest a lot of it might end up in the hair and on clothes. The packaging is really not that great nor is the branding and graphic design of the label. Sometimes a well designed label can elevate a simple plastic bottle like in case of this Kama Rose water.
It has a very strong herbal scent dominated by Ylang -Ylang and unfortunately I don’t quite like it! As I always say scent is a very personal choice so you cant hold it against this product. I personally am not fond of this scent but the fragrance in itself is quite heady and fresh. A few spritzes and it will wake up your senses on the double.
The spray is not moisturizing by itself but when my skin is bone dry and I need to apply a moisturizer I use this toner before for a light spritz and then moisturize over the slightly damp skin for maximum efficacy. I am not a fan of spraying it any time of the day as the brand instructs, because spraying it over skin that is not cleansed doesn’t help with the situation in anyway.
When you are feeling a little tired or really dry this might help to lift up your spirits, of course only if you are on board with the scent. Since this is made out of distilled water I also like to mix it in the dry face packs to elevate the efficacy of the pack.
- Straightforward Ingredient List
- Uplifting fragrance- Feels refreshing on application.
- Versatile applications.
- Made In India
- Some people are known to be allergic to Kathon CG -the preservative used.
- Not available easily in stores.
- Pricey for a relatively simple ingredient list and ordinary packaging.
I understand that new Beauty Startups lack the funds to invest on branding and packaging so keeping that aside, I think its a product that will work well for folks who prefer herbal fragrances. It is a versatile product that can be used not just as a toner but as a medium to mix face packs and to soak cotton rounds to sooth the eyes; also a great pick me up a hot-tiring day!
I would love to know your experience if you have tried this product. Also let me know in the comments what are your favorite Toners. Check out some of the other great toner available in the market here & here; some more facial sprays here & here. Also find me on Instagram here and lets discuss beauty.