Introducing AER, Vapour's potent plant + mineral deodorant.
AER Next-Level Deodorant is almost here
The road to launching AER Next-Level Deodorant has been long and circuitous. We have spent five passionate years on ingredient research and product testing. But we are finally sharing AER with you, and we could not be happier. AER is a game-changing natural formula that offers unparalleled performance. We believe AER will nurture wellness and bring confidence to all who wear it.
Mixing AER. The final product.
The story behind AER
“It was recommended that I eliminate conventional deodorant from my daily routine when I received a cancer diagnosis over 12 years ago,” remembers Krysia Boinis, Vapour co-founder. “I learned that conventional antiperspirants and deodorants are among the most toxic of all personal care products people use on their bodies every day. Since that day in the doctor’s office I have tried every deodorant alternative available. What became immediately apparent was that there was a lot of room for improvement. So began the journey to create an elegant solution that would be effective and pleasurable to use.”
“AER development started with some resistance but I was quickly won over by the creative challenge,” recalls Kristine Keheley, Vapour co-founder. “The constraints were that it had to meet our Vapour mandate of a minimum of 70% organic ingredients and it had to be in conventional packaging for maximum user-friendliness.”
How AER Works
AER’s innovative formula transforms from gel to powder on your skin. It glides on easily and feels silky and lightweight. AER’s plant + mineral complex effectively combats odor and bacteria at the source to deliver lasting results. AER is available in three universally appealing essential oil scent blends for men and women: Ginger Grapefruit, Palo Santo Blood Orange and Lavender Myrrh.
AER's scent ingredients. Get out and get active; AER's got you covered.
About AER Scents
While AER’s essential oils blends smell good, they are also part of the active ingredients, and their intentions run deeper. “In response to my own compromised lymph/detoxification system, I seek not only to reduce the toxic load to my underarm area but to nurture and support my body. I anoint sacred oils on my underarms, breasts, and heart to raise my vibration and honor my body where it has been altered. Some of these sacred plants, including Palo Santo, Myrrh and Holy Basil, have been incorporated into AER,” shares Krysia.
“The scent blends were a joy to make,” says Kristine. “Ginger Grapefruit is a new classic. The Palo Santo Blood Orange combo was one of those creative inspirations that gratifyingly worked in practice. Lavender and Myrrh are a time-honored combination, and adding a burst of sweet Persian Lime ties them together in an uplifting harmony.” Krysia and Kristine agree that launching AER is as exciting as AER itself: “We feel it is Vapour’s biggest contribution to personal health and wellness yet.”
-VAPOUR ORGANIC BEAUTY
The elements of a morning ritual.
Buckle up, Year of the Rooster is a powerful one, we’re in it and its not over yet! Here is an invitation to flow with Rooster’s energy and make the most of this dynamic year.
Rooster is hardworking, committed, self-assured and wrapped in the flare of personal style. Rooster rises with the Sun; his crow is loud and sharp and clears the air, letting us drop old patterns and choose new beginnings. Rooster is dedicated, so tending those nest eggs will yield beautiful results. Rooster’s self confidence propels us to move forward in our lives with focus and integrity. In feathery rooster style impressions count, so stay focused on looking and being your best inside and out. Top it all off with this year’s Fire element, which stokes our flames of passion and keeps them burning clean so we can create the world we believe in.
Vapour's passion is tending the wellbeing of our planet, our community and our selves through our commitment to planetary and personal health. It’s intrinsic to who we are and what we do. We’re dedicated to leaving the world a better place than we found it. Sustainability starts with awareness. Vapour products are created with thoughtfulness and intent and we always source ingredients ethically and responsibly. This keeps everything we make grounded in integrity. “I believe in plant medicine and our ingredients are magical to me,” says Kristine Keheley, Vapour Co-founder. “I am able to free my passion and inspiration through the alchemical act of creating art and cosmetics.”
Dawn on the banks of the Rio Grande. Krysia and her rooster, Bob.
Fire Rooster Morning Ritual
Rooster is up at the crack of dawn supporting us to create a mindful morning ritual. Try lighting a red candle and burning some sage to clear the energy and honor the fire element. Work with Rooster’s energy by setting an intention of clarity for the new day, or gazing upon an egg as a symbol of potential and new beginnings.
“I am ready to take on the challenges of the day when I take the time to set an intention and ground into the Earth. Simple practices, done regularly, allow me to show up, be present, balanced and ready to ‘co-create’ the day,” says Vapour Co-founder, Krysia Boinis.
What is the Rooster showing you? What inner passion is ignited when you connect with the elemental energy of Fire? Keep your flames of compassion, integrity and commitment burning clean. Focus your energy like Rooster and dedicate yourself to the world you believe is possible.
-VAPOUR ORGANIC BEAUTY
Lunar New Year greeting card by one of Vapour’s employees.
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.”
The morning smoothie! Always something to celebrate.
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.
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.
Daily movement exercise alternates between strength training and yoga.
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!
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.
Krysia and Vapour staff brainstorm.
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.
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
The end of another full day is spent sky-gazing and grounding with gratitude.
Aura Multi Use in Artemis, a fearless mid-tone berry, created in collaboration with Kathryn Budig.
Originally published on FreePeople.com
What better time of year to speak to the art of blushing? Vapour’s Shenoa Riegel sheds some light on Artemis…
ARTEMIS is the Greek goddess of light, the hunt and the moon. Only fitting that such an independent spirit served as the inspiration for Vapour’s Aura Multi Use shade collaboration with Kathryn Budig, a warrior for self-acceptance, honesty, and helping others find true balance (who also happens to be an internationally celebrated yoga teacher and wellness author).
Kathryn Budig takes aim; The full moon over Taos Mountain.
Embracing the need for healthy self-expression and authenticity, Vapour is redefining beauty on our own terms. Women want a glow, and we want it to be effortless. Today, multi-tasking beauty tools are essential; they save time in the morning and space in your bag.
Vapour Multi Use Classic Blush is a multi-tasking superhero. One easy swipe of the stick allows flawless application of pigment to cheeks and lips. Just tap to blend. This satin shade can even impart a rosy glow to lids for a polished look. ARTEMIS’ glow allows your untamed spirit to look fresh and rested, even if you aren’t. It’s build-able too; tone it up or down by layering and blending.
“ARTEMIS is the inspiration for my philosophy ‘Aim True’, so it seems only proper to create a color that embodies her fearless self acceptance. I’m hoping everyone who wears it will feel like a goddess; confident and natural.” —Kathryn Budig
Aura Multi Use is available in a wide array of shades to suit every mood; Kathryn Budig at home.
Halo on the high planes of the face, gently blended, gives an easy, healthy glow
The face of beauty is changing. Women are redefining beauty, reclaiming beauty on our own terms. Healthy self-expression and authenticity are prevailing over perfection. A “no-makeup” look starring natural, glowing skin continues to grow in popularity in the fashion industry and with women everywhere.
One flattering beauty technique is highlighting the skin. It gently guides the eye to features that you want to accentuate. It’s about skin looking luminous while enhancing bone structure is a soft and subtle way.
Placement and blending are key in getting the look right. Vapour HALO Illuminator stick gives skin a gorgeous glow that makes you look radiant and rested, even if you aren’t. HALO fans call it a “real-life Instagram filter.”
Where to apply Halo
Apply to moisturized skin for a really quick brightener or over foundation, if using. Apply HALO directly from stick to any of the following areas. 1) forehead 2) brow bones 3) cheek bones 4) inner corners of eyes 5) center of nose 6)cupid’s bow and 6) chin.
Tip: Experiment with the above locations and find your favorites. Remember to choose the areas you wish to accentuate.
Tap product into skin to blend… it should be seamless. You don’t want to see any product after blending. The areas where you have applied HALO will catch the light and you will glow—naturally.
Happy New Year, Vapour Beauties.
-KRYSIA BOINIS, Vapour Co-Founder