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The Diary of a Day
By Official Vapour Blog
3/7/2017  
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Krysia at home in the garden, a place that rejuvenates body, mind and soul.

Originally published on Mind Body Green.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in her 30s, Vapour Beauty co-founder and botanical expert Krysia Boinis sought action: “I researched from diverse sources, from mainstream medical journals to New Age websites. I was on a mission to educate and heal myself. I began to think of food and personal care as more than simply nourishment and hygiene. Everything I ingested or slathered on my skin became medicine. I sought out foods, herbs, salts, and waters to heal, detoxify, and balance my body. I learned what chemicals and compounds support health and which poison the body.”

From using passive solar and wind power in the brand’s USDA organic certified lab, Vapour’s “no-waste” stick-filling system minimizes landfill waste too. “We use no toxins whatsoever…no carcinogens, endocrine disrupters, xenoestrogens, toxic chemicals, parabens, phthalates, nanoparticles, petrochemicals, preservatives, GMO, dyes, FD&C pigments fragrance, sulfates, glycols, irradiated or animal-tested ingredients.” An avid DIY-er (like most of the mbg office) Boinis caught the bug from her mother. “My mom had one rule: Use anything in the kitchen except what’s under the sink. Anything that was edible was fair game, and a powerful idea was planted: Food is what you eat and what you put on your skin.”

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The morning smoothie! Always something to celebrate.

A.M. Ritual
Each morning brings the opportunity to co-create a new day. I say "co-create" because each day is created with the intentions, attitudes, and actions we bring, as well as the pre-existing situations that we are presented with. It has taken a measure of discipline to create a schedule that allows morning time to be self-care time. I find that if I allow time at the start of each day to nurture mind, body, and spirit I can bring my best, most productive, clear, focused, and creative self to Vapour and to whatever else the day brings.

Upon rising each morning, I consciously set an intention for "pure clarity" for the day. To establish this intention 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. Then I walk out to the aviary through the vegetable garden to feed the chickens. This daily ritual allows me a few precious minutes to be alone with the Earth energy and the plants and animals, away from technology and the call of the modern world. I breathe deeply, taking in the cool Taos mountain air and ground into the Earth energy. The Earth's field has a frequency of ~7.8 Hz, also known as the Schumann Resonance. 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 well-being.

Nourish
A nourishing smoothie is the next essential on the morning agenda. I blend together, water, coconut water, a vegetable-sourced protein powder, 1 tablespoon Nutiva Coconut Manna, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 1 tablespoon local bee pollen (to ward off seasonal allergies), 1 tablespoon The Beauty Chef GLOW Inner Beauty Powder (fermented superfoods and probiotics for gut and skin health), a handful frozen berries, ½ a banana, ½ an avocado and its pit. Yes, avocado pit! These are surprisingly easy to blend and are packed with more antioxidants than avocado flesh, most vegetables, and healing teas. Avocado pits are loaded with more soluble fiber than oatmeal, and they aid in reducing inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract as well as joint discomfort.

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Daily movement exercise alternates between strength training and yoga.

Move
Each morning I alternate Vinyasa yoga one day with circuit training/weight lifting the next. I have been consistent with this routine for about a decade. I committed to this program during a multiyear bout with cancer. It keeps me strong, flexible, balanced, and keeps those positive endorphins flowing!

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The daily assortment of Vapour products for an effortlessly clean, clear look.

Cleanse & Beautify
Exfoliation is the first step to fresh and radiant skin. I exfoliate my face about every other day alternating physical exfoliation (Clarisonic) with chemical exfoliation (using natural hydroxyl acids from fruits like papaya). This time of year I exfoliate my body with my own DIY pumpkin scrub. 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. Applied topically, vitamin C promotes collagen formation and diminishes the effects of free radicals, helping to maintain firm and youthful skin. Vitamin C degrades quickly when mixed with other ingredients, so I prefer to use it straight and mix it on the spot. A capsule of L-ascorbic acid nutritional supplement is a great source of straight vitamin C.

I apply Vapour Essence Restorative Treatment to deeply moisturize, nourish, and feed my skin with 17 of my favorite organic plant oils and algae extracts. This next step is the bridge between skin care and cosmetics: I apply Vapour Stratus Skin-Perfecting Primer, which further moisturizes and feeds my skin while also providing optical skin smoothing and illumination. Last, I apply Vapour Atmosphere Foundation to even everything out and finish with Vapour Halo Illuminator on brow bone and cheekbones.

Time to Focus: Off to work
Emails, Instagram, conference calls, marketing meetings, photo shoots, design meetings, etc. About once a week I splurge on a midday cup of locally roasted coffee with the Vapour team. We enjoy Seven Stones Roasters, which is artisan roasted in small batches with love and attention you can feel.

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Krysia and Vapour staff brainstorm.

P.M. Ritual
Some days are longer than others, but I strive to get home while the sky is still blue. It's back to the sanctuary of the garden and aviary to collect eggs and clear the energies of the day. After expending creative energy all day at Vapour I sit in the garden and just look at the sky. The Taos sky is truly magical; the quality of the light here is inspiring, even intoxicating. I find that staring out at the blue sky beyond the clouds and weather clears all the mental activity of the day. It brings a quiet, expansive, clear, open state of being. I have been sky gazing for over 20 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.

My last beauty ritual of the day is my most treasured beauty secret. I perform this simple ritual every evening when I remove my makeup with Vapour Clarity Organic Cleansing Oil. Lymphatic facial massage will noticeably change the appearance of your complexion. It improves skin's appearance from the inside out by helping stimulate fibroblasts to release collagen and restore skin elasticity, tone, and texture. Lymphatic facial massage removes toxins, increases oxygen and nutrient to flow to the skin, and reduces inflammation and puffiness.

How-To
1. The key is to open the lymph pathways that drain fluid from the face before massaging the face. To begin gently stroke downward from in front of your ears, down neck to collarbone several times.
2. Begin stroking gently from the center of your forehead at the hairline outward to temples and down in front of your ears. Then stroke down your neck to the collarbone.
3. Continue the same series of motions out and down from center of forehead, center of eyebrows, bridge of nose, tip of nose, above lips, and finally your chin and jawline.
Finally, lying in bed with a lavender-scented eye pillow draped across my face, I focus on all that I am thankful for. I make a practice of including one new item to my gratitude list each day. Zzz.

 

-KRYSIA BOINIS, Vapour Co-Founder

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The end of another full day is spent sky-gazing and grounding with gratitude.




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Make the Elixir Smoothie
By Official Vapour Blog
12/14/2016  
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Five superfoods are in Elixir Lip Gloss, and they make a killer smoothie, too.

Originally published on the Free People blog.

“As a young girl I loved creating costumes, which often included makeup. For this, my mom had one rule: ‘use anything in the kitchen except what’s under the sink.’ Anything that was edible was fair game and a powerful seed was planted—food is not only what you eat but what you put on your skin,“ shares Krysia Boinis, Vapour co-founder and DIY enthusiast.

Vapour’s efforts toward being green align with these healthy lifestyle choices. Nestled at the base of Taos Mountain, Vapour operates its own USDA approved organic lab. Vapour is cruelty–free, uses passive solar and wind power, and none of the products contain toxic chemicals to pollute our bodies or the Earth. Packaging is made from recycled materials and is recyclable and since all Vapour formulas are waterless, there is no stress on the valuable fresh water aquifer either. These choices maximize quality and health while minimizing the company’s environmental footprint every step of the way. Vapour Beauty’s approach to crafting high-performance cosmetics includes only the purest, active ingredients from the Earth—and nothing else.

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The magic lighting effects around Taos; An assortment of Elixir Lip Gloss.

“So today it’s only natural that in making Vapour we choose wholesome, organic, whole food ingredients. We’re putting on our bodies what we would be happy putting in our bodies.” 

Vapour’s products are designed with synergy in mind to be dynamically rich in protective antioxidants. Scientists researching antioxidants understand that these free-radical scavengers are most potent in blends. One antioxidant alone is not as effective as the synergy of several. One example, Vapour Elixir Lip Gloss, is packed with five Super Foods that provide antioxidant protection every time you wear it.

Krysia shares a delicious antioxidant super smoothie made using these five Super Foods: green tea, açaí berry, goji berry, apricot and plum.

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Elixir is available in 19 shades for every taste; The finished Elixir Smoothie: Bottom's up!

Vapour Elixir Super Food Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup green tea
  • 1 banana
  • 1 Tablespoon açaí powder
  • ¼ cup goji berries
  • ¼ cup dried or fresh apricots
  • 2 Tablespoon dried plums

Preparation

  1. Start by boiling 1 cup of water and steep the green tea. Allow tea to cool to room temperature.
  2. Meanwhile, slice dried plums into strips.
  3. Blend coconut milk, cooled green tea, banana, apricot, goji berries and açaí powder.
  4. Pour into glass and top with sliced plum strips.
  5. Enjoy and feel this potent blends synergistic magic!



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Pumpkin and Papaya Body Scrub
By Official Vapour Blog
11/8/2016  
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Simple and pure ingredients for healthy skin

Originally published on mindbodygreen.com

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.”

10-MINUTE PUMPKIN & PAPAYA BODY SCRUB

Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

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.

—KAYLA JACOBS, MINDBODYBREEN.COM BEAUTY & STYLE EDITOR




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Getting ready for the day with Krysia Boinis
By Official Vapour Blog
9/10/2016  
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Krysia ponders her next move in the garden

Originally published at BondEnAvant.com

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.”

AS TOLD TO BOND EN AVANT BY KRYSIA BOINIS




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Krysia's September Must-Haves
By Krysia Boinis
9/15/2015  
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Autumn has arrived here in the high desert of the Sangre de Christo Mountains and the change of season (though incredibly beautiful) often means the arrival of fussy sensitive skin. Here are my early fall favorites to keep it all in check... 

Everything pictured above and listed below (clockwise) is available at Credobeauty.com.

1:

Sans [ceuticals] Nourishing Nair Hydrant Ultra is a weekly evening ritual. I comb a dollop through damp hair and leave on overnight. A morning shower reveals soft nourished locks that can take regular heat styling.

2:

I keep my complexion calm and eliminate the look of redness with Vapour Beauty Stratus Instant Skin Perfecting Primer 902.

3:

Fig + Yarrow Rose/Sandalwood/Neroli Complexion Water is a soothing way to get meetings started in my office. Everyone, male and female, enjoys and seems to benefit from the centering aroma of this misting spray.

4:

I’m really excited about Vapour Beauty Halo Illuminator. I'm having fun 'Strobing' with Halo. I love that being 'on trend' can be this quick and easy, thanks to the stick format.

5:

Red Flower NYC Wild Cherry Blossom Rice Buff gently buffs skin for a super smooth refined texture from neck to toe. And it fills your space with the most divine scent imaginable.

6:

S5 Skincare Resilience Mask Advanced Normalizing Treatment is mask that is extra satisfying since it peels off. I’ve noticed I can boost its effects by layering Vapour Essence Restorative Night Treatment on skin before applying.

7:

Captain Blankenship Anchor Balm. I'm using this on elbows and heels. I love its simple ingredients and how honestly it works.

These luscious products are helping me set the tone for fall and the busy, exciting winter to come. I'm feeling hydrated, exfoliated, alert and nurtured.

—KRYSIA BOINIS




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