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Pumpkin and Papaya Body Scrub
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Simple and pure ingredients for healthy skin

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Founded in the mountains of Taos, New Mexico, Vapour is focused on clean, nontoxic, sustainable products infused with healthy-skin antioxidants, botanical extracts and moisturizers that look as good as they feel. And because testing the entire world of all-natural beauty is co-founder Krysia Boinis’ job, we couldn't possibly think of anyone better to give us a crash course in DIY beauty.

Pumpkin and Papaya are two potent organic ingredients in Stratus Skin Perfecting Primer. Krysia shares how to turn these into an exfoliating, skin softening body scrub.

As it turns out, pumpkins are great for your skin—they're loaded with vitamins A, C and E, plus heaps of beta-carotene, zinc, potassium and antioxidants, which help eliminate redness and spots.

Added bonus: This scrub is incredibly easy to make, and you probably already have the ingredients in your kitchen right now!

Krysia says, “My mom introduced me to DIY skin care. She had one rule: Use anything in the kitchen except what's under the sink. Anything that was edible was fair game, and powerful seeds were planted: food is not only what you eat, but what you put on your skin. Creating meals with organic, whole-food ingredients, she taught me to put on my body what I would be happy putting inside my body.

This pumpkin and papaya scrub is inspired by my mom's love of using seasonal produce in our skin care creations. The first pumpkins are arriving at our farmers market, so now is the perfect time to enjoy this delicious seasonal scrub.”



  • 2 cups of fresh organic pumpkin but canned pumpkin can be substituted.
  • 1 papaya
  • 3 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 cup organic sugar
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Steps 1 and 2: Steam n' Scoop


1: Start by steaming 2 cups of fresh organic pumpkin for 15 minutes or until soft when prodded with a fork. Do not oversteam; vital nutrients are degraded by overcooking.

2: While your pumpkin is steaming, remove the seeds from a papaya and scoop the flesh into a mixing bowl.

3: Once the pumpkin is steamed and cooled, mash it and the papaya with the back of a fork (or in a food processor); add 3 tablespoons raw honey and 1 cup organic sugar. Mix well.

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Step 3: Mix; The final product

Directions for use

1: Spread the mixture on your hands and feet and massage in small circular motions for several minutes to gently release dead cells and rough skin.

2: Try to spend a few minutes on each part of your body using light to medium pressure. The abrasiveness of the sugar will remove dead skin cells.


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Taos: Vapour Beauty's Wonderland
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Krysia stands high above the Rio Grand Gorge during a spectacular sunrise

Originally published on the Free People Blog.

Art and alchemy merge in Taos, NM, where founders Krysia Boinis and Kristine Keheley create Vapour Beauty.  A muse for infinite creativity, Taos has a light and energy all its own that inspires Vapour’s unique formulas. Living close to the elements and being surrounded by the magic of Taos allows us to connect with authentic beauty, both inside and out.

The natural landscape of Taos is both rugged and vast. High-desert mesas and the deep Rio Grande gorge contrast with the jutting mountains and rushing waters. The expansive sky and crystalline light wrap around it all to influence everything and everyone here.

Every mile of land here is saturated with human story. Tiwa-speaking Pueblo Natives have tended the spirit of this place for thousands of years. Some Hispanic families here trace their roots back to the conquistadors who arrived long before the United States existed. ‘Anglos’ first arrived as mountain men, outlaws and adventurers. Taos’ rich history of ancient and multicultural traditions mingling with inventors, free thinkers and artists, results in a distinct creative atmosphere.

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The Milky Way in the Taos night sky; Kristine’s “Cloudbreak”, oil on canvas

Kristine says the movement of weather across sky and landscape has always influenced her painting. “It is a very unconventional and free-thinking person that thrives in Taos. Because of the land, because we know that it’s more powerful than we are. People here really accept that as part of their daily life. It’s important to live a sustainable life here, because of how close we are to the land.”

Taos invites spiritual revelation — the energy here is stimulating, catalytic and awakens clarity. The rugged landscape teaches us that we can thrive in any condition, but only with a willingness and ability to adapt. We think differently when we can see the vast horizon line. It literally opens up new pathways in the brain and allows for expansive ideas and new solutions.

“At the end of the workday I sit outside, become still and expand my awareness to the sky,” says Krysia. “I find that staring out at the blue sky, beyond the clouds and weather, clears all mental activity of the day. It brings a quiet, clear, open state of being. I have been ‘sky gazing’ for over twenty years in Taos and just recently learned that it is a formal Tibetan practice from the meditation tradition of Dzogchen, which aims to cultivate resting the mind in a natural state, free from conceptual elaborations. Wow.”

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The view of the Rio Grande Gorge that greets residents and visitors arriving from the south

Krysia says that Taos empowers us to be unconventional and true to ourselves. “It encourages us to listen to our intuition and trust our inner sense of direction. We are out here on the land, in the elements, steeping in the creativity of the Earth herself, and Vapour is a tangible reflection of this.”

“The magical mix that makes Taos Taos, also makes Vapour different from any other brand.” Kristine sums it up, “It’s a little bit pioneer, a little bit outlaw, a little bit adventurer and a lot of art. I think we’re very much of this place.”


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Meet the Founders: Krysia and Kristine
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Krysia Boinis in her happy place, the garden; Kristine Keheley in her happy place, the easel

Originally published on the Free People Blog.

Vapour founders Krysia and Kristine share how they met, inspirations, challenges and what the word "free" means to them with Free People.

Here is an intimate portrait of two women who have been committed to the pursuance of true natural beauty long before it became the trendy thing to do, thanks in part to the magic of Taos, New Mexico (their base) and their beautiful and genuine talent.

Krysia Boinis understands the power of plants and the alchemy of using simple, potent ingredients to create a product that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Kristine Keheley is an established fine artist and sees color as a language with life force. Her masterful blending of natural mineral pigments creates Vapour’s palette of modern, classic Fine Art Infused Color.

Tell us the story of how you (Krysia and Kristine) came to find each other? 

Kristine: We’ve been working together since 2000. I began in production for Krysia and her partner’s natural lip balm company. After about a year I became interested in formulating and tapped a natural vein of talent there, by experimenting with our product expansion from natural lip care into cosmetics and skin care. In 2008 Krysia and I began what today is known as Vapour. We collaborate on its vision, always infusing our desire to be both an inclusive and progressive company.

Why pursue natural beauty?  

Krysia: Natural beauty is an intangible quality, a state of being that radiates from within. It’s worth pursuing because it’s authentic and it can’t be contained. I’m drawn to cultivate it inside and out with mindful choices and practices, and Vapour is one way I’m able to share it with others.

Kristine: The world benefits from a shift toward organic farming. That reasoning is based on environmental common sense and also a respect for the healing power of plants. The ingredients can be challenging to work with but that effort translates into a soulful creative vibe in all Vapour products.

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"Lava Falls" by Kristine, oil on canvas; Kristine's paints during a session

How has the city of Taos influenced Vapour?

Krysia: Taos is a natural beauty. There is a unique energy and light here. The sky itself is intoxicating. Taos also has a rich history of ancient and multicultural traditions that mingle with inventors, free-thinkers and artists. The result is a creative atmosphere with soulful depth, natural beauty and a sense of place and time. Taos is Vapour’s muse and allows me to be expansive and open to innovation. It is a source of inspiration for all of us.

Kristine: It’s a profound place. The light and landscape inspire me daily. The sustainable and creative values of the community are powerful reminders of the high bar we set for ourselves, as well as Vapour’s products.

What aspect of Vapour has proven to be your greatest challenge? What has been your greatest reward? 

Krysia: Greatest Challenge: Maintaining balance and a smile in a storm of obstacles.

Greatest Reward: Watching people light up from the inside when they feel beautiful.

Kristine: Challenge: Maintaining product consistency using organic ingredients — the character of the ingredients changes from crop cycle to crop cycle.

Reward: Hearing feedback from women who find beauty in themselves as they see their skin improve.

What’s your company’s mantra? 

Krysia: Innovation and Integrity.

Kristine: Quality. We work together to create experiences of quality and integrity.

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Krysia applies Vapour during an in-store makeove; Siren Lipstick in Torrid

Fave Vapour product? 

Krysia: Essence Restorative Night Treatment + Stratus Skin Perfecting Primer Atmosphere Foundation = my best skin. I love all three.

Kristine: Atmosphere Luminous Foundation. It’s what started this for me. Atmosphere Luminous fills in fines lines and makes my skin look perfect.

Your spirit animals? 

Krysia: Spider. She weaves it all together. Spiders have the extraordinary ability to create webs from the inside out. We have the opportunity to co-create our lives with the intentions, attitudes and actions we bring, as well as the existing situations that we are presented with. Spider guides us to deep integration through her relationship with the spiral, a core symbol of universal energy and the figure eight, represented by spiders shape, a symbol for infinity.

Kristine: My spirit animals are plants: night blooming jasmine, artemisia, vetiver and tuberose.

If you could change ONE thing in this world, what would it be and why? 

Krysia: I would open every human heart on the planet. Imagine the possibilities if we were all open-hearted…

Kristine: The treatment of women. Women should feel safe from violence and have greater social and economic opportunities globally.

What does the word free mean to you? 

Krysia: Free is a state of being where we are able to be our true selves. To create, express, love and be.

Kristine: Contact with the Universal flow. It manifests as a thriving, soaring joy and creativity.


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Getting ready for the day with Krysia Boinis
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Krysia ponders her next move in the garden

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Whether you’ve made the transition to green beauty or are just dipping in your big toe, Vapour Organic Beauty needs to be on your radar. Launched in 2009, this brand presents products made with 100% natural and 70% organic ingredients; uses passive solar and wind power at their lab, warehouse and offices; avoids use of toxins in their formulations; and minimizes their carbon footprint by using recycled aluminum packaging. Basically, for those of you who get nightmares from the environmental effects and chemical ingredients of traditional makeup brands, you’ll be able to rest easy using Vapour products. Sounds good to us. 

We wanted to tap into the essence of this earth goddess brand and reached out to co-founder and CEO of Vapour Beauty, Krysia Boinis, to learn about her morning routine and how she cares for her skin:

“Each morning brings the opportunity to co-create a new day. I say ‘co-create’ because each day is created with the intensions, attitudes and actions we bring, as well as the pre-existing situations that we are presented with.

Upon rising each morning I consciously set an intension for ‘pure clarity’ for the day. To establish this I drink a glass of pure water with lemon juice or ginger (depending on the season). Drinking water, especially warm water, first thing in the morning can help flush the digestive system and rehydrate the body. 

I then walk out to the aviary through the vegetable garden to feed the chickens. This daily duty allows me a few precious minutes to be alone with the earthy energy, plants and animals, away from technology and the modern world. I breathe deeply taking in the cool mountain air and ground into the Earth’s energy (Also known as the Schumann Resonance, the Earth’s field has a frequency of ~7.8 Hz). This natural rhythm is also found in the human body and brain. It is inherent to functioning at our most efficient, sustainable and coherent state, and enhances our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.

I exfoliate about every other day alternating physical exfoliation (Clairsonic) with chemical exfoliation (using natural hydroxyl acids from fruits like papaya), since exfoliation is the first step to fresh and radiant skin.

Then in the palm of my hand I mix a small amount of L-ascorbic acid powder (vitamin C) with a few drops of floral water (right now it’s calendula water from flowers from my garden) and massage it into my skin. Vitamin C degrades quickly when mixed with other ingredients so I prefer to mix it on the spot. And applied topically, it promotes collagen formation, diminishes the effects of free radicals, and helps maintain firm and youthful skin.

Next I apply Vapour’s Essence Restorative Treatment to deeply moisturize, nourish and feed my skin with seventeen of my favorite organic plant oils and algae extracts. Then I use Stratus Skin Perfecting Primer, the bridge between skin care and cosmetics. Stratus further moisturizes and feeds my skin while providing optical skin smoothing and illumination. Last I apply Vapour’s Atmosphere Foundation to even out my skin.

I am ready to take on the challenges of the day when I take the time to set an intension, ground into the Earth and beautify my skin before heading out the door. These simple rituals serve me well and allow me to show up, be present, balanced and ready to ‘co-create’ the day.”


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