Thanks to Sarah’s sleuthing , I’ve just become acquainted with a makeup that uses organic ingredients called Vapour Organic Beauty and I’ve trying out the 3-in-1 moisturizer, primer and no-color foundation called Stratus Instant Skin Perfector ($44). This multitasker performs well, is full of good things and puts most so-called BB creams to shame.

Stratus comes in stick form and the idea is to rub it on the back of your hand to warm it up, then apply the stick over the face and finish by smoothing and blending with your finger tips. You can use it all over the face, or target it where some subtle camouflage - for acne scars, fine lines, uneven skin tone - is needed. I am using it all over the face and without foundation over it. Foundation addicts can use it as a primer.

Although the shade (902) is a bit too light for my ruddy summer complexion (Vapour makes Stratus in two other tones), it will be perfect in winter. In any case, I am loving the no shine, light reflecting, skin tone smoothing results. And  just as good is knowing that I am putting mostly useful and nourishing ingredients on my skin. (If you do wear a foundation with iffy chemicals in it, then Stratus would be a useful barrier between them and you).

The bases are organic evening primrose and sunflower oils. Evening primrose is rich in (omega-6) fatty acids, including linoleic acid (LA) gamma linoleic acid (GLA). The human body uses LA to produce GLA, which helps maintain stratum corneum cohesion and reduce transepidermal water loss. Sunflower seed oil is a good source of vitamin E. There are several botanical extracts including elderberry, which is supposed to be good for boosting the immune system. Pumpkin extract is full of beta-carotene, one of the plant carotenoids that is converted to vitamin A in the body. Pumpkin is also a good source of thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin C, vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), riboflavin, potassium, copper and manganese. Meanwhile, papaya delivers beta carotene and vitamins A and C

The only thing that I have slight reservations about is titanium dioxide, but this is overwhelmingly a nice product from a natural makeup brand – that prides itself on recycling, minimizing waste and donating to breast cancer charities - that I am interested in getting to know better.

Ingredients: Organic/Bio Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Organic/Bio Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Silica, Organic/Bio Cera Alba (Beeswax), Lysine, Sambucus Nigra (Elderberry) Fruit Extract, Organic/Bio Lecithin, Organic/Bio Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil & Organic/Bio Lecithin & Organic/Bio Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil & Organic/Bio Papain (Papaya), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Essential Oils & Natural Fruit Essences, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense)*, Organic/Bio Ocimum Sanctum (Tulsi/Holy Basil), Organic/Bio Nelumbo Nucifera (Lotus) Flower Petals