Why I Started Blogging: Diamonds and Dames Beauty

Diamonds and Dames Beauty blog was created Spring 2016, after my second child was born.  Two months into my maternity leave, I needed an outlet for myself.  By then, I was going stir crazy as I was sleep deprived and in need of creative inspiration.   

Creative Outlet
This blog became my creative outlet as I was stressed and grew anxious being at home after years of being a career woman.  I was scared of letting go of that identity, not knowing how I'd survive being at home full time with my new infant and four year old.  I didn't know anything about blogging but decided to give it a try.  I utilized my online skills as I worked in the online space after college as an online media planner and marketer.

Diamonds and Dames
It took me a while to come up with the name for this blog as I needed something that conveyed a strong meaning.  I decided to call it Diamonds and Dames Beauty as it sounded glamorous and fun.  The meaning for Dames is, "a woman who has been given a title of honor for something she has done".  It's befitting as women, we wear many hats in our daily lives: working professionals, moms, wives, entrepreneurs or goddess :).

Beauty Niche
Coming up with the niche was a no brainer  for me as I live for all things related to makeup, hair and fashion.  I've worked in the beauty industry over 15 years.  I started out as a makeup artist behind the counter working for Chanel, Christian Dior and Lancôme. I also worked as a freelance makeup artist in New York City working on editorial shoots, music covers, television and New York Fashion Week.  After my time in New York City, I decided I needed to broaden my knowledge and went to cosmetology school.  I'd dabbled in styling hair on photoshoots but felt I needed to be well rounded and learn about cutting and color.  After graduation, I worked as a hair stylist and honed my skills as a colorist.          

Goals for Diamonds and Dames Beauty
As DDB continues to grow, my goal is to share tips, product reviews and how to videos.  In addition to beauty topics, I'd like to discuss motherhood issues as this is a huge part of my day to day.  I hope you stay tuned as I created Diamonds and Dames Beauty as a platform to inspire and connect with other beauty enthusiasts.

First Look at The Fragrance Engineers


I've been holding on to a secret and finally able to share it with you.  I got a preview of The Fragrance Engineers prior to their launch back in July. Boy was it hard to keep this secret as what I learned was so exciting.  The Fragrance Engineers offer a new concept that fill the void for perfume lovers, niche perfumers and entrepreneurs. Here's a first look at The Fragrance Engineers.



had the pleasure of sitting down with Founder Ryan T. Chadwick to learn about his company.  

Ryan is  a perfumer and trainer, which makes it very easy to talk to him.  His passion shows as he shares information about The Fragrance Engineers.  The Fragrance Engineers inspiration is to guide niche perfumers along as they make their dreams into reality.  They eliminate the headaches associated with the financing, sourcing and production process.  Imagine having the A-Team on your side as you translate your perfect scent into your own brand and company.  


The Fragrance Engineers team members, are seasoned professionals with combined work experience spanning over three decades.  Their expertise in the perfumery world are sought after by clients across multiple consumer categories.    Each team member is unique and offer his own style when it comes to designing. Below are some perfumes created by the Fragrance Engineers team members. I was able to try these perfumes and share my thoughts.




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How I'm Learning to Make Perfume and You Can Too



Bronze Goddess, Sensual and Allure, these are some of the fragrances from my perfume collection. In my twenties, my collection was dictated by what advertisers and marketers pushed as the"in" perfume.  As I matured, I developed my own flair and preference; it got harder to shop for perfume.  The perfect perfume for me didn't exist yet.  I decided to learn how to make my own perfume. It couldn't hurt learning something new.  Who knows maybe I'd be successful in creating my own signature perfume.  I enrolled in PerfumersWorld online perfumery course and got the Perfumery Training Kit. Here's what I've learned thus far.



How Perfume is Made


The word perfume derived from the Latin words "per fumen", which means through the smoke. It's been used as personal adornment dating back as early as the Ancient Egyptians. Perfume was made from natural raw materials such as leaves, flowers, herbs and burning wood.  Today, modern perfume is made from essential oils, synthetic chemicals and animal products.  The process of making perfume is similar to music as the ingredients used are described as notes.  All of the notes are blended together to create a masterpiece.  The notes are described as the top, middle and base notes. The top or the head note is the scent smelled when freshly sprayed on your skin.  The middle note or heart note, is the main body of the perfume.  The heart and base note work together to bring depth to the perfume.  "A perfume is a picture painted in smells and has notes and tones like music and art." Before we're able to create that masterpiece; we must first learn the foundation. 


The Foundation


PerfumersWorld was founded by Stephen Dowthwaite, trained perfumer, cosmetic chemist and instructor. Stephen co-wrote the program The Perfumer's Workbook, which led to the first and perhaps only systematic method of odor and perfume description.  With an accomplished career and thousands of perfumery and aromatherapy formulations under his belt; Stephen wanted to share his knowledge with a wider audience. Hence the birth of PerfumersWorld.  PerfumersWorld is an all in one resource for the creative perfumer. PerfumersWorld provides seamless support for those looking to create their own perfume ranging from essential oils, training kits, workshops and education through their perfumery school.


There Are No Limits

Depending on how far you want to go; there are no limits.  PerfumersWorld offers different learning structures for the creative perfumer. There's courses offered online for those who like to learn independently. There's also in class training and workshops if you like the in class environment.  The workshops are intense as it touches upon everything you need to know  about perfume creation, commercial perfumery, lifestyle and spa products, condensed in 2-3 days.  


For those who are interested and curious, there's an option to try out the free 10 unit course. This course is perfect for me as you can go at your own pace. So, far I've enjoyed this course as it's easy to follow along. There's an abundance of information on perfume history, essential oils, aromatherapy information and safety information on handling the materials.  I've been completing an average of one to two units at night after the kids are asleep.  Once you've completed one unit, there's a review and practical exercise.  


Hands on Learning

The practical exercise is very fun as it takes you through various stages of creating perfume.  You can use the essential oils you have or you can start with the Perfumery Training Kit.  The Perfumery Training Kit is based on PerfumersWorld copyrighted system known as the ABC's of Perfumery.  It's kept simple so newbies can learn efficiently and still have fun in the process.  Everything you need to get started is at your fingertips.  The kit comes with 25 concentrated bases, formulation workbook, mixers, non- alcoholic solvent, droppers, stirrers, smelling strips, dropper tops and two perfume bottles for the final master pieces.  


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Night Time Moisturizers

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