Green beauty was one of the first areas that I started exploring in my quest for a healthier lifestyle. Things that were important to me included non toxic and preferably organic ingredients, cruelty free (no animal testing), and of course products that performed well. Major additional pluses for anything packaged and produced in a sustainable manner. As with the entire directory the beauty section is ever growing, whenever we come across a brand with quality ingredients and cruelty free practices we give them a trial run. Although Vapour Beauty has been on our radar for some time, we just recently sampled a selection of their goods. They check all the boxes.
Vapour beauty is made in Taos, New Meixco, produced in the companies own USDA approved organic facility. They use solar power in their lab, offices and warehouse, plus a flood fill system to reduce waste. Additionally product boxes are made from post-consumer recycled paper printed with soy ink. None of their raw ingredients are irradiated and there is no animal testing on these or their finished products. Plus they avoid ingredients like toxic chemicals, parabens, preservatives, nanoparticles and fillers. I spent over a week sampling a range of their products, applying them daily and below I discuss my favorites. Click photos to shop.
Essence Restorative Night Treatment
I love face oils, but many of them only work for me during the day. My skin gets super dry at night and I tend to wake up feeling parched, unless I use a heavy cream moisturizer. However this restorative treatment is rich enough that it kept my skin hydrated, but was neither heavy or pore clogging. Ingredients include camellia seed, olive, jojoba, pomegranate, sea buckthorn and myrrh oils, along with a list of other natural extracts. Designed to help with cell renewal, to brighten skin tone and nourish stressed skin.
Light and dewy, use it to highlight your cheekbones, brows or cupids bow. I tried some in the photo of the Aura Multi-Use Stain (scroll down to view), it brightens up the face a bit without being too shiny or glossy. Ingredients like tulsi, vitamin E, lotus and frankincense help to nourish the skin, encouraging a natural glow. One of the best things about natural beauty products is the potential for ingredients that actually benefit your skin, Vapour uses many of these in their makeup and skincare line.
AER Next Level Deodorant |Palo Santo Blood Orange
I just recently got my drivers license, up until a few months ago I could count on one hand the amount of times that I had driven. Aside from extreme heat, stress is one of the major factors that makes me sweat. Getting comfortable behind the wheel has had its fair share of stress to say the least. Add to that the 80+ degree weather that we've been having and the AER Deodorant has truly been put to the test. Happy to say that I love the results, I thought for sure all the running (driving) around town in this heat would have had me smelling pretty funky. But this deodorant saved me! I tried the Palo Santo Blood Orange scent but it also comes in Lavender Myrrh and Ginger Grapefruit. A sampling of all three is available on their site, if you're looking for a natural deodorant I highly recommend giving it a try.
Lux Organic Lip Conditioner
One of my absolute favorites, so smooth and moisturizing. The lip conditioner uses ingredients like coconut and jojoba oils, plus calendula to help nourish and hydrate. I love using this before bed as an overnight treatment, but its perfect for anytime. My daughter says it smells like strawberries and loves trying it on, which is fine by me because of the all natural ingredients!
Replenish Organic Nail & Cuticle Oil
Another one that I've been using at night, I keep it by my bed and apply the oil to my hands and nails before sleep. As it sets in the oil has kind of a soft matte feel, light and non greasy. Its not a heavy moisturizer and is aimed more at healing nails and conditioning the skin; with ingredients like reishi mushroom, horsetail herb and tulsi. I haven't been using this long enough to notice a major difference in my nails, but I like the way it makes my hands feel, also a big fan of the gentle citrus scent.
Aura Multi Use Stain | Enchant 211
Multi use stains are one of my favorite makeup items. I'm typically fairly low maintenance, a touch of concealer to hide my dark under eye circles, mascara and a dust of powder to combat shine. But when I'm feeling fancy I love a stain that works on both the lips and cheeks. Not only do I like the look of a stain over a powder blush or lipstick, but it keeps the makeup bag clutter free. I tried Enchant, a warm red with brown undertones and loved the way the color worked on both my lips and cheeks. It glides on smoothly and blends in easily, natural oils help to hydrate and protect. Click the slideshow arrows to see a shot of the color in action. Aside from my mascara, I used only Vapour Beauty products for this look. A light layer of the stain on my lips and cheeks, the Illusionist concealer in 030 and the Halo Illuminator. I really like the Illusionist concealer as well, it blends in smoothly and didn't crease even after a full day of wear, check out the product here.