Dora Jean Cosmetics is named after my amazing grandmother, Dora Jean. I made attempts in the past to create a makeup line, but the momentum just wasn’t there, so I decided to call it quits. Afraid of failing again, I put the idea of having a successful makeup line out of my head. She was never happy about that and would often ask if I ever thought about giving it another shot.

Years later, I decided I would try again, but hadn’t discussed it with anyone except my husband and daughter. We went to visit my grandmother later that week for what would be, unbeknownst to us, the last time. She was alert and in good spirits, and we laughed and joked like we hadn’t in a while. Before we left that day, she pulled me aside and asked if I had given anymore thought to creating a makeup line again. She made me promise I would give it another go, and we all know you can’t break a promise to granny! I received the call later that night that she had passed and I knew right then that I had to follow through on my promise. I was racking my brain trying to come up with a name for the line when my husband simply suggested, “Dora Jean.” There it was! Why not name it after the woman who pushed me to pursue my dream? It was the least I could do for someone who had done so much for me. 

As a licensed esthetician and makeup artist, my goal is to create high quality beauty products that are safe for all skin types and conditions. As a vegan, the priority from the start was creating a line that is vegan and cruelty free, as well as sustainable, eco-friendly as possible, and of course, handmade with love. Thus, Dora Jean Cosmetics was born.