Daniel Vaudd - BSc (Hons) Cosmetic Science
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what made you want to study on the BSc Cosmetic Science course?
When I was discovering the world as a child in my native Caribbean, my back garden was a tropical rain forest, filled with exotic plants and aromas. Natives used the forests as a source of food, medicine and topical remedies. As I grew up I became curious about how these topical elixirs interacted with the living skin, I realised that the study of cosmetic science would reveal the invisible subtleties of physical beauty and to better understand the topical effects of ethereal oils on skin.
Did you go on any work placements or get involved in any industry projects as part of your degree?
Yes I did. My first internship was at Procter & Gamble where I was an EL1 Researcher in Colour Technology. My second was with Master Perfumer Roja Dove, where I was his personal researcher for 'The Essence of Perfume' (black dog publishing). Both experiences were invaluable in informing my decision to set up Daniel Vaudd, but for very different reasons.
How much practical work did you do on your degree?
I would say that on the BSc Cosmetic Science degree about 50% of the taught work is practical and the remaining is theorectical.
What did you do straight after your degree?
After my degree, I was very fortunate and became a consultant product developer and then after a few months I landed a position as the Product Development Manager for a multi-million pound luxury spa brand based in London.
Can you tell us a bit about your own business?
Daniel Vaudd was set up in 2009. It is a perfume brand specialising in rare and exotic aromas. One of the keynotes of the Daniel Vaudd range is the idea that by layering products you can achieve a perfume blend that is unique to you and your mood.
Why did you decide to create your own line in the tough economic climate of 2009?
Passion. I wanted to wake up every morning doing what I love and believe in, and now I am. For me, this comes first and the desire for a great lifestyle with good prospects is way down the hit list. The recession has only served to fuel my need to make the brand succeed.
How long did it take for you to develop the collection?
To create works of art in scent requires dedication and years of training. Each creation has taken over a year to complete.
- For more information on Daniel's collection visit www.danielvaudd.com