Dora Jean Cosmetics gets its name from my amazing grandmother, Dora Jean. I had 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 notion 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 end up being the last time. She was 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 got 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. Thus, Dora Jean Cosmetics was born.
As a vegan and makeup artist myself, the goal was to create quality beauty products that aligned with my beliefs. I knew going into it that the line had to be vegan and cruelty free, as well as sustainable, eco-friendly, and of course, handmade with love.