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Mermaid Marissa: Beauty Resolutions To Make For 2022

As we near the end of 2021, many are left reflecting on their past while preparing for their future; usually in the form of a “New Year Resolution” list that will statistically be forgotten about not even a quarter of the way through the new year.

However, this year we are challenging our readers to stick with their waste-free resolutions by upgrading their everyday products to more sustainable and eco-friendly solutions. While you are writing your lists, be sure to include one or two of these beauty resolutions to implement into your 2022 routine.

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Beauty Resolution #1: Goodbye Women’s Razors

 
 
 
 
 
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To shave, or not to shave? That is the question. Smooth legs were not considered the “norm” for women until the 1940’s, and a reported 98% of women between the ages of 15 and 44 were noted to have hairless legs in the ’60s.

As beauty standards have continued to be redefined, we are seeing more women take a stand against the imposed standards and share their hair without shame. It’s fantastic for women, as well as the environment. Statistically speaking, 2 billion razors end up in landfills each year… which happens to be about one million pounds of plastic waste.

It seems that multi-blade cartridge razors are the most wasteful products that we use in our bathrooms. But don’t worry, if you are still a person that enjoys the feeling of a smooth shave you can swap your plastic razor for a traditional safety razor – bonus points: no “pink” tax!


Beauty Resolution #2: Switch Out Cheap Hair Products

 
 
 
 
 
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Drugstore shampoo and conditioner may be easy to come by and affordable, but did you know you could be damaging your hair and the environment?

Think of shampoo and conditioner as wine. All wine is made of grapes, and some might say that they all taste the same, but just like a sommelier can tell the subtle differences in many aspects of one bottle compared to another, a professional hairdresser can do the same with hair products. Many popular brands have harmful ingredients such as sodium laureth, sulfate, parabens, phthalates, ammonium chloride, artificial fragrances Methylchloroisothiazolinone, and formaldehyde – yes, the embalming fluid.

Save your hair and the planet in 2022 by ditching the poison bottle for an eco-friendly bar! There are plenty of organic hair products out there that are dedicated to cutting the waste while keeping you looking your best.


Beauty Resolution #3: Throw Away Toxic Makeup

 
 
 
 
 
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How ironic is it that the most popular makeup brands used to cover blemishes may be causing them? That’s big business for you. Luckily, there are beauty brands like Dab Herb Cosmetics ready to fight back! This boutique beauty brand is dedicated to zero waste in creating and delivering their cosmetics.

Although you should never feel pressured to wear makeup, if it is a part of your routine or your creative outlet, consider using a product that comes from an eco-conscious brand dedicated to keeping our earth as beautiful as your faces.


Beauty Resolution #4: Ditch Cheap Smells

 
 
 
 
 
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Perfumes, deodorants and body sprays – oh my! It is hard to believe that so many of our favorite smells can really stink up the environment, but some 3,000 chemicals are used as fragrances and many of them are toxic.

Amongst the most popular chemical, you will see diethyl phthalate (prounced tha-late), or DEP, which is used to make a scent linger. DEP is listed as a Priority and Toxic Pollutant under the U.S. Clean Water Act, based on evidence that it can be toxic to wildlife and the environment – so although you will smell like a daisy all day, you may end up pushing daisies if you are not careful.

If you are looking for a way to smell fantastic without harming the environment (or yourself) take a look at Quw’utsun’Made, a sustainable perfume brand created to help preserve the traditional knowledge of the Coast Salish Nation. The best part? Their sustainable scents are vegan, cruelty-free, locally sourced, have plant-based ingredients, and are BIPOC-Owned!


Bonus Resolution #5: Ignore Unrealistic Beauty Standards

 
 
 
 
 
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Hear me out: NO ONE can define your beauty but yourself. The beauty industry generates approximately 89.5 billion U.S. dollars in revenue (in 2018) which is earned at your expense by making you feel unworthy or less-than.

Guess what? Not only is that total BS, but it is exactly why QUILL was founded! We are a collection of bloggers from various backgrounds that have come together to share tips and tricks to help make you feel and uncover your most authentically beautiful self on YOUR terms and no one else’s. So, for a 2022 resolution, we encourage you to be whoever the heck you want to be, leaving unrealistic beauty standards in the past while holding yourself to your own beauty standard – because that is the definition of beauty, and you, dear humans, are BEAUTIFUL. 

 
 
 
 
 
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We look forward to growing with you and continuing to redefine the beauty industry one blog at a time. Cheers to setting waste-free intentions for waste-free futures! 

Fair winds and following seas, 

Mermaid Marissa Hushaw-Neely (of SV Avocet

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What are your beauty resolutions for 2022? Share with us below.


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