Finding Strength Within
I love stories about ordinary people who transcend life’s challenges and redefine their lives to help others. This story is about Meryl Marshall, co-founder of Hynt Beauty, a line of luxurious color and skincare cosmetics that is free of all ingredients known to be, or are questioned to be, harmful and irritable for the skin and body.
Hynt Beauty offers carcinogen-free makeup for the conscious woman who is seeking a beauty brand that she can fully trust and rely on for honest information and guidance regarding her beauty and lifestyle choices.
Before Co- founding Hynt, Meryl had a very successful career as a Gemologist working in New York City. After being laid off from her job, Meryl became a stay-at-home mom to her son while her husband commuted to New York for work.
Meryl’s first husband passed away in the September 11 attacks in 2001. As a result of that tragedy, she found herself having to raise her young son alone. As a young girl growing up in Brooklyn, Meryl says that her mother and father had always brought them up to be strong and resilient. Meryl describes struggling with some depression after losing her first husband, but through the nurturing and support of her brother and his family as well as her parents, she found strength from within. She wanted to show her son that “we can’t let things overpower us. We have to have a strength within us to persevere.”
Several years later, Meryl met her 2nd husband, Craig Marshall, who worked in the healthcare industry. Mr. Marshall was also a widow with 2 young sons. The families merged and became one. It sounded like a fairytale ending, but Meryl’s story was just beginning. Six months after getting married to Craig, Meryl found out she had breast cancer. According to Meryl, it was early detection of a small lump. However, it was a very aggressive form of cancer. She went through aggressive treatment and chemotherapy which eventually was successful in eradicating the cancer.
Meryl shared with me that even to this day, she has some pain from all of the treatment that she received. Today she is 11 years cancer-free.
Once Meryl recovered from breast cancer, she began educating herself on product labels and the ingredients which went into her beauty products.
She was disappointed when she discovered “other skin-healthy lines failed to fulfill her desire to use luxuriously textured, richly pigmented, and smartly packaged products”.
A lot of the beauty lines offered in the marketplace in 2005 contained ingredients that were not healthy for the skin. For instance, says Meryl, “let’s say you have aloe gel on the ingredient list. Most times aloe gel is preserved with paraben, but it’s not on the ingredient list if it is less than 1%.” Most consumers would not know this fact.
Meryl set out to create her own cosmetics line which is free of parabens, nano particals, petrochemicals, artificial preservatives, and gluten. Additionally, all products are PETA-certified Vegan (except for the mascara, which is clearly identified). The majority of Hynt Beauty’s suppliers are based in New Jersey. This provides Meryl with the opportunity to work closely with her suppliers and really make sure the products meet her standards.
Recently Hynt Beauty’s Aria Pure lipstick won an ICMAD (Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors) award. Meryl would like to see better distribution and the product in more retail locations. Currently the product does very well internationally, specifically Amsterdam, Finland, Norway and Sweden.
Hynt Beauty can be found at the following locations:
Jersey Shore Body Wraps
81 S Main St
Farmingdale, NJ 07727
La Tua Bella Beauty Bar
19 E market St
The Beauty Apothecary
95 Love Lane
You can also visit www.hyntbeauty.com to shop and learn more about the product.