To celebrate introducing Vapour Organic Beauty to our store, I was very excited to catch up with Krysia Boinis, Vapour's inspirational co-founder, product developer and cancer-survivor to find out what inspired her to create Vapour and what sets it apart from other natural makeup brands.
I grew up just outside of Washington DC with a lot of international families as neighbours. I became friends with children from all over the world and I loved introducing them to American culture through the American holiday of Halloween. I would create Halloween costumes for my friends including makeup and my mom allowed me to use anything in the kitchen as long as it was edible. From that time forward it has always made sense to me to use food grade ingredients on my skin.
For over a dozen years we’ve* been designing and manufacturing award-winning natural and organic skincare for major brands. There were tons of great choices for clean skin care but a serious lack of great organic colour cosmetics. There was nothing ‘natural’ that we enjoyed using but continuing to use chemical-laden conventional brands became unacceptable. So Kristine and I stepped into our R&D lab and began creating colour formulas that would meet our expectations for sophisticated textures, depth of colour and luxury performance. We soon realised we were creating products that could replace the prestige brands that we had been using.
*Vapour co founders Krysia Boinis and Kristine Keheley
We are the experts in natural cosmetic formulation so the integrity and purity of Vapour is unparalleled. Since we design and manufacture our own products in our USDA organic facility and we are intimately involved in ingredient sourcing and vetting. A great example is the quality of the mineral pigments we use in Vapour. When most mineral pigments are prepared for cosmetic use they are irradiated to kill micro-organisms. Mineral pigment suppliers do not advertise this information so is not a well known fact. It took some rigorous investigation on our part to discover this. As a cancer survivor I go out of my way to avoid any radiation so we went out of our way to source mineral pigments cleaned with high heat rather than irradiation. This is just one example of what makes Vapour a cleaner and healthier cosmetic choice.
Winning 2 Allure Best of Beauty awards for our Aura Multi Use Blush and Atmosphere Luminous Foundation is has been such a beautiful affirmation from the mainstream beauty world that our natural cosmetics really perform.
With have many celeb ambassadors including Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow, Benedict Cumberbatch, Shailene Woodley, Jessica Biel, Kate Bosworth, Amber Heard, Britt Robertson and Natasha Lyonne.
Stratus Instant Skin Perfector paired with Atmosphere Foundation is my absolute can’t-live-without duo. Stratus goes on clear to hydrate, blur lines and color correct uneven red pigmentation. Topped with Atmosphere my complexion is even, luminous and unbelievably flawless. The real magic of Vapour is that these two products perfect while letting skin show though. The makeup is invisible and skin looks incredibly healthy and radiant.
We are surrounded by chemicals that simply did not exist before our grandparents time so longterm effects are not understood. Sixty to 80% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into the skin and contributes to the toxic load our bodies must process. It just makes sense to use non-toxic beauty products on our skin every day; especially when there are choices that perform beautifully on every level.
Moisturising skin with plant oils rather than creams. Pure plant oils are super compatible with skin and provide moisture and nutrients without any fillers. A typical cream is about 70% water; that’s water that does not penetrate to hydrate skin so it is just filler. Plus, creams require aggressive preservatives and pure oils do not.
Plant oils are versatile. They can help normalise over active oil glands in those with oily skin and at the same time nourish and moisturise dry skin. Vapour’s Essence Restorative Night Treatment is all active ingredient and is my go-to choice.
Getting out in nature is always uplifting and refreshing. When I feel overwhelmed I know I can recalibrate and find my centre on beautiful Taos mountain with a hike in summer or downhill skiing in winter.
Coconut Milk Chia Seed Pudding...Mmmm. This delicious healthy desert satisfies my sweet tooth with protein and vitamin packed wholesome ingredients.
How To: Combine 1/4 cup Chia Seeds with 1 cup Coconut Milk and a few tablespoons raw Honey or Maple Syrup. Refrigerate overnight. Enjoy as is or with a dollop of pureed raspberries.
I take care of my skin with whole food ingredients right out of my garden and kitchen. One of my favourite masks is this Antioxidant & Skin Nourishing Cacao Avocado Honey Facial Mask.
Who it’s for: The Cacao Avo Honey Mask is amazing for treating dry, parched, irritated and inflamed skin.
Why it’s great: Cacao contains powerful anti-aging polyphenol anti-oxidants. Honey calms inflammation, softens and rejuvenates skin. Avocado is rich in Minerals, Vitamin A and skin nourishing fats.
How To: Mash ½ avocado, 1-2 Tablespoon Cacao powder and 1 Tablespoon Raw Honey together with the back of a fork or blend in a small food processor. Smooth the paste on skin and let it work its magic for 20 minutes. Rinse skin well. Pat dry. Enjoy your velvety soft, smooth complexion.
This recipe makes enough for 2 facials, or one facial and one great dessert. Seriously. Try it!
Drink plenty of water, get quality sleep and cultivate an attitude of joy. I believe these three practices allow our natural beauty to radiate from within.
I am loving a no-makeup look that shows off healthy radiant skin. Vapour offers just the right products to quickly achieve this look.
Inner joy, confidence and humor. Oh and good posture never hurts!
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By Nina Weston