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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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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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Krysia's September Must-Haves
By Krysia Boinis
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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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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