- Floris established in London by Juan Famenias Floris.
- Potter & Moore founded by John Potter (a physic gardener) and James Moore.
- Chiris founded by Antoine Chiris in Grasse, France.
- Soap and perfumery business that will become Yardley established by Samuel Cleaver.
- L. T. Piver Company founded by Pierre-Guillaume Dissey in Paris.
- Jean F. Houbigant opens a perfume shop in Saint-Honoré, Paris.
- Swedish druggist, Dr Karl Wilhelm discovers glycerine.
- Pears Soap founded in England.
- James Atkinson, the elder, sets up business in Gerald Street, London.
- Abel Porter & Company (a button shop) established by Abel Porter that will become the Scovill Manufacturing Company (U.S.).
- Roger & Gallet founded (France).
- William Colgate starts the Colgate company in New York making soap, candles and starch (U.S.).
- William Colgate partners with Francis Smith to form Colgate & Smith.
- Abel Porter & Company sold to Leavenworth, Hatden & Scovill.
- Colgate & Smith becomes William Colgate & Company.
- Merck & Company established (Germany).
- E. Pinaud founded (France).
- William Yardley gains control of the Cleaver soap and perfumery business.
- House of Guerlain founded by Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain at 42 Rue de Rivoli, Paris.
- House of Rimmel founded by Eugene Rimmel in London.
- Procter (English candle maker) & Gamble (Irish soap maker) open factory in Cincinatti.
- Guerlain moves to 15 Rue de la Paix, Paris.
- Charles Yardley takes on a partner to form Yardley & Statham.
- Ed. Pinaud acquires the title to the business of Mr. Besançon from his successor M. LeGrand ‘A la Corbeille Fleurie’.
- Boots, The Chemists founded by John Boot (U.K.).
- Charles Pfizer & Company established by Charles Pfizer and Charles F. Erhart in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
- The T. T. Pond Company formed by Theron Pond, Alexander Hart, and Edmund Munson.
- John Tetlow purchases a soap business from a Philadelphian who went to the gold rush.
- Scovill Manufacturing Company incorporates.
- Beecham Ltd. founded (U.K.).
- C. B. Woodworth founded in New York by Chauncey B. Woodworth.
- William R. Warner forms William R. Warner Pharmaceuticals..
- William Colgate & Company becomes Colgate & Company.
- Robert Augustus Chesebrough begins manufacturing petroleum products.
- E. R. Squibb & Sons founded by Dr Edward R. Squibb.
- House of Roger & Gallet founded by Armand Roger and Charles Gallet.
- Joseph-Albert Ponsin establishes a business to create make-up and perfumes for performers (Paris).
- A. H. Wirz established (first business in the U.S. to make collapsible tubes).
- B. J. Johnson Soap Company formed in Milwaukee (will later become Palmolive).
- Milner established to make professional stage makeup.
- J. Walter Thompson Company founded by William James Carlton (U.S.).
- Meyer Brothers Drug Co. established in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
- Florence Manufacturing Company founded.
- Parke-Davis founded in Detroit by Harvey C. Parke and George S. Davis.
- Alexandre-Napoléon Bourjois purchases Joseph Ponsin’s cosmetic business.
- Dr. Charles Browne Fleet opens pharmacy in Lynchburg (U.S.)
- John H. Woodbury Company established by John H. Woodbury in Albany, New York
- Benjamin Levy founds Ben Levy Company of Boston to make LaBlache face powder.
- Kimberly, Clark & Company founded in Neenah, Wisconsin, by John A. Kimberly, Charles B. Clark, Frank C. Shattuck, and Havilah Babcock.
- Yushin Fukuhara, opens the Shiseido Pharmacy (Japan).
- Peet Brothers Manufacturing Company founded in Kansas City by Jesse, William and Robert Peet to manufacture soap.
- Pond’s Extract Company Limited established in London.
- Leichner founded by Ludwig Leichner to manufacture greasepaint.
- Samual Colgate & Company agrees to distribute Vaseline products.
- C. W. Briggs & Sons Company (Marcelle Toilet Preparations) founded.
- Chesebrough Manufacturing Company established by Robert Chesebrough.
- Lehn & Fink founded in New York by Louis Lehn and Frederick Fink.
- A. S. Hinds Company founded in Portland Maine.
- J. Walter Thompson Company renamed as the James Walter Thompson Company.
- Pond’s Extract opens a branch in London.
- Mennen Company founded.
Recamier Manufacturing Company
- Paul C. Beiersdorf opens pharmacy in Hamburg, Germany.
- Burroughs Wellcome & Company founded in London by American pharmacists Henry Wellcome and Silas Burroughs.
- Chesebrough Manufacturing Company incorporates.
- Franz Ströher-Rothenkirchen (later Wella) founded by German hairdresser Franz Ströher.
- Richard Hudnut begins selling perfumes from a New York pharmacy owned by this father.
- Western Soap Company started by Andrew Jergens.
- Chesebrough Manufacturing Company becomes majority owned by Standard Oil.
- Dr. Joseph Lawrence sells his formula for Listerine to Jordan Wheat Lambert.
- Jordan Wheat Lambert founds the Lambert Pharmacal Company.
- Andrew Jergens Soap Company founded by Andrew Jergens Sr. and Charles H. Geilfus.
- P. Beiersdorf & Company founded to manufacture to produce gutta-percha medical plasters.
- Bronnleys, makers of fine soaps, founded (U.K.).
- Potter Drug & Chemical Company formed from the Weeks & Potter Drug Company.
- J. A. Pozzoni Company formed.
- Frederick F. Ingram Company established by Frederick F. Ingram.
- Monsieur Guillaume Lenthéric opens first salon and laboratory at 245 St Honoré.
- Lever & Company (Lever Brothers) founded by William and James Lever (U.K.).
- Recamier Manufacturing Company founded by Harriet Hubbard Ayer.
- California Perfume Company founded by David H. McConnell.
- Albert Plaut becomes a partner in Lehn & Fink after the retirement of Louis Lehn.
- Johnson & Johnson founded by Robert Wood Johnson, James Wood Johnson and Edward Mead Johnson.
- Pond’s Extract launches its first national advertising campaign in the U.S. using the services of the J. Walter Thompson Company.
- Potter Drug & Chemical Company (Cuticura) commence first international advertising.
- William R. Warner & Company founded by William R. Warner.
- Eli Lilly & Company founded by Colonel Eli Lilly in Indianapolis, Indiana (U.S.).
- Clinton Pharmaceutical Company founded by John R. Myers, William M. Bristol, John Clark and Lafayette Moore (will later become Bristol-Myers).
- Johnson & Johnson incorporates.
- Kao Soap Company Ltd. founded (Japan).
- Recamier Manufacturing Company incorporates; introduces its skin creams into England.
- M. Stein Cosmetic Company founded to make theatrical creams and greasepaint (U.S.).
- Dow (Midland) Chemical Company founded (U.S.).
- Martha M. Harper starts a business in Rochester N.Y State.
- Richard Hudnut Pharmacy established (N.Y.C.).
- Potter Drug & Chemical Company incorporates.
- Eugene Rimmel incorporates as a limited liability company.
A. Bourjois & Company
- Beiersdorf sold to Oscar Troplowitz.
- Clinton Pharmaceutical Company reorganises and becomes the Bristol-Myers Company
- Alexandre-Napoléon Bourjois builds factory in Pantin.
- Daggett & Ramsdell established by Volney Chaplin Daggett and Clifford Ramsdell.
- Harriet Hubbard Ayer founded by Mrs Lillian Dodge, widow of B. P. Thomas.
- Kimberly & Clark Company incorporates.
- Lehn & Fink begin importing the disinfectant Lysol from Schulke & Mayr of Hamburg, Germany.
- Lever & Company becomes a limited liability company, Lever Brothers Ltd.
- Proctor & Gamble incorporates.
- Yardley becomes a Joint Stock Company.
- A. Bourjois & Cie formed by Alexander Bourjois and Emile Orosdi (France). Factory built at Pantin.
- Maurice Lévy founded by Felix Lévy.
- Peet Brothers Manufacturing Company incorporates.
- Proctor & Gamble start national advertising campaign in magazines.
- Beiersdorf signs agreement with the American company Lehn & Fink.
- German Oil & Chemical Company founded by Francis W. Jones.
- Martha Matilda Harper founded.
- Andrew Jergens takes over the manufacture of Woodbury products.
- Californian Perfume Company opens first laboratory in Suffern, New York.
- Beecham Ltd. opens an American subsidiary.
- House of Givaudan established in Zurich by Leon Givaudan.
- Klytia Institute founded in Paris by Marie Valentin Le Brun.
- Lever Brothers established in the United States.
- Frances Forsythe opens a beauty business in Mayfair using the name Mrs. Frances Hemming (U.K.).
- Hoffman-La Roche, Inc founded (Switzerland).
- Recamier Manufacturing Company goes into receivership.
- Cyclax founded (U.K.).
- D. Weeks Company formed by Deyet Weeks in Iowa.
- Denney & Denney founded in Philadelphia
- Monsanto Chemical Company established (U.S.).
- California Perfume Company establishes its own laboratory in Suffern, New York.
- Emile Orsosdi (Bourjois et Cie) enters into partnership with Ernest Wertheimer.
- B. J. Johnson formed.
- Lehn & Fink acquired by the Albert Plaut.
- Benjamin Brooke & Company acquired by Lever Brothers Ltd.
- Eleanor Adair establishes salon in London.
- Beiersdor branch established in London.
- Californian Perfume Company opens its first laboratories in Suffern, N. Y.
- Clinton Pharmaceutical Company incorporates as the Bristol-Myers Company.
- Charles Pfizer & Company incorporates.
- Yardley begins trading in Canada.
- Andrew Jergens Company acquires rights and trademarks to sell manufacture and sell Woodbury toilet articles, including Woodbury soap.
- George Westmore opens a hair dressing salon in Newport (U.S.).
- The American Safety Razor Company formed in Boston by King Camp Gillette.
- Helena Rubinstein opens her first salon in Melbourne, Australia.
- Rexall Drug Company established in Boston.
- Coty founded in Paris by François Spoturno.
- Alfred H. Smith Company (importers of Djer-Kiss) incorporates.
- Marinello Company founded by Ruth D. Maurer in La Cross, Wisconsin.
- Pompeian Manufacturing Company incorporates.
- Theodore Welcher and Lowell M. Palmer buy E. R. Squibb & Sons after the death of Dr Edward R. Squibb.
- Vick Family Remedies Company established by Lunsford Richardson.
- Yardley opens their first wholesale outlet in Australia.
- Beiersdorf establishes its first overseas affiliate in London.
- American Cyanamid founded by Frank Washburn.
- Daggett & Ramsdell retire from the retail trade.
- Elmo founded by Mary and Margaret Elmo.
- Harriet Hubbard Ayer Company established by Vincent Benjamin Thomas.
- Helena Rubinstein Pty. Ltd. founded.
- Helena Rubinstein opens her second salon in Sydney, Australia.
- Lehn & Fink acquires the A. S. Hinds Company, makers of Hinds’ Honey and Almond Cream.
- Princess Pat Ltd. established by Max Martin Gordon and his wife Fannie Gordon.
- Coty opens his first shop at 23 Place Vendôme, Paris; moves business centre to Suresnes.
- Helena Rubinstein opens London and New Zealand salons.
- William R. Warner Company acquired by Henry and Gustavus A. Pfeiffer & Company.
- California Perfume Company moves headquarters to New York.
- Charles Nessler opens a shop in London after leaving his barber-surgeon job in Switzerland.
- Florence Graham and Elizabeth Hubbard open a salon in New York.
- Helena Rubinstein purchases Paris salon from Madame Chambaron.
- Max Factor opens a store on South Central Avenue, Los Angeles; Max Factor & Company founded.
- Société Française des Teintures Inoffensives pour Cheveux (L’Oréal) founded by Eugène Schueller.
- Orosdi and Wertheimer open ‘Galleries Lafayette’ (Paris).
- Madame Walker starts business selling hair treatments (U.S.).
- Bourjois, Inc. established in the United States.
- Charles Ritz opens a hairdressing business in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, New York.
- Colgate moves to Jersey City, New Jersey.
- Coty opens London and Moscow subsidiaries.
- Elizabeth Arden opens her first salon in New York.
- Institute Marie Earle established in Paris by Marie Earle.
- Lehn & Fink incorporates.
- L’Oréal established in Italy.
- Beiersdorf patents for Eucerit skin cream.
- Chesebrough Manufacturing Company becomes an independent entity after the breakup of Standard Oil.
- Harold F. Ritchie & Company Ltd. founded by Harold F. Ritchie.
- Lashbrow Laboratories started by Benjamin Ansehl (U.S.).
- L’Oréal established in Austria.
- Louis Philippe established by Louis Onesime Philippe in New York.
- Roger & Gallet, New York established.
- Seligman & Latz founded in New York by Sidney Seligman and Edwin Latz.
- Wildroot Company established in Buffalo.
- Coty opens a New York branch on Fifth Avenue.
- Melba Manufacturing Company incorporates.
- Rights to Chapstick sold to John Morton who establishes the Morton Manufacturing Corporation to market it.
- House of Bourjois opens in U.S.
- Dorin cosmetics introduced to England and America from Paris.
- Harper Method founded by Martha Matilda Harper.
- Houbigant starts business in New York.
- Lady Esther founded by Syma Cohen.
- L’Oréal established in the Netherlands.
- Northam Warren Company founded (Cutex) to make manicure specialties.
- Andrew Jergens Company, Cincinnati incorporates.
- A. Bourjois & Company, New York incorporates.
- Beiersdorf establishes an affiliate in Vienna, Austria.
- Colgate opens new offices in Montreal, Canada.
- Elizabeth Arden opens a second salon in Washington, D.C.
- Department stores begin to stock Arden’s Venetian line.
- German Oil & Chemical Company incorporates as Melba Manufacturing Company.
- Guerlain opens new premises at 68 Avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris.
- Helena Rubinstein begins wholesaling in the U.S.
- Lever Bothers acquires interest in Pears Soap.
- V. Vivaudou Company, Inc. established by Victor Vivaudou and a group of investors in New York.
- California Perfume Company, New Jersey incorporates.
- C. B. Woodworth & Sons acquired by the State Securities Company which then incorporates.
- Charles Nessler leaves England and opened a shop on East 46th Street, New York; Nestle Company organised by Charles Nessler in New York.
- Elcaya Company, New York incorporates.
- Helena Rubinstein opens New York salon.
- Louis Philippe incorporates.
- Northam Warren Company, New York incorporates.
- Pepsodent Company, New Mexico founded by Edward Springer & George E. Remley.
- Maybell Laboratories (Maybelline) founded by Tom Lyle Williams.
- Armand Company incorporates.
- B. J. Johnson Soap Company incorporates as the Palmolive Company.
- Elizabeth Arden opens laboratory.
- Dorothy Gray opens her first salon in New York.
- Helena Rubinstein Beauty Products Manufacturing Company, New York incorporates.
- Max Factor moves to larger premises on South Broadway, Los Angeles.
- Peggy Sage established by Peggy Sage in New york.
- Perfumeria Myrurgia Ltd. established in Barcelona, Spain.
- Potter Drug & Chemical Company (Cuticura) open laboratory in England.
- J. A. Pozzoni Pharmacal Company and Richard Hudnut acquired by William R. Warner & Company
- V. Vivaudou acquired by the United Drug Company.
- Helena Rubinstein opens salons in San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago, and Toronto.
- V. Vivaudou begins manufacturing in Montreal, Canada.
- D’Orsay Perfumeries Corporation, New York incorporates.
- Marie Earle opens her first U.S. salon in New York.
- Morny begin to export cosmetics (U.K.).
- American Safety Razor Corporation formed and will take over the Gem, Ever Ready, and Star companies.
- Bourjois opens London office.
- Charles Jundt buys the hairdressing salon at the Ritz-Carlton and starts what will become Charles of the Ritz.
- Inecto, Inc. founded by Neal R. Andrews (U.S.) to sell Inecto hair dyes created by M. Gaston Bardou of Paris.
- Potter Drug & Chemical Company (Cuticura) open a laboratory in Australia.
- V. Vivaudou sold by the United Drug Company to a New York syndicate that included Victor Vivaudou.
- Aziza founded by Nina Sussman in Paris.
- Barbarsol Company established.
- Paul C. Beiersdorf changes its name to P. Beiersdorf & Company GmbH.
- Boots acquired by the United Drug Company (U.S.).
- Cellucotton Products Company established by Kimberley-Clark.
- Elizabeth Arden opens Paris salon.
- Lever Bothers absorbs Pears Soap.
- Noxzema Chemical Company, Baltimore opens first factory.
- House of Tangee founded by George W. Luft.
- Plough Chemical Company founded by Abe Plough in Memphis Tennessee.
- La Société des Savons Françias (Monsavon) founded on Rue Martre, Clichy (France).
- D. Weeks Company and the D. C. Leo Company purchased by Armand Company.
- William R. Warner & Company incorporates.
- Yardley converted into a Public Limited Liability Company.
- Barbasol Company founded (Indianapolis).
- Beiersdorf establishes an affiliate in the U.S.A.
- Bourjois begins manufacturing in the Britain.
- Max Braun establishes an equipment manufacturing workshop (Firma Max Braun) in Frankfurt, Germany.
- Maurice Lévy Company incorporates.
- Potter Drug & Chemical Company (Cuticura) open laboratory in Canada.
- Yardley opens a New York branch.
- P. Beiersdorf & Company GmbH becomes a public company and changes its name to P. Beiersdorf & Company AG.
- Celma Company established in Toledo, Ohio.
- Coty, Inc. formed in New York.
- Elizabeth Arden opens a London salon.
- Frostilla Company incorporates.
- Lady Esther incorporates.
- Zonite Products Corporation founded in New York.
- Bristol Myers (owners of Ipana toothpaste) begin radio advertising (U.S.).
- Gemey founded in France.
- Maybell Laboratories renamed Maybelline.
- Pacquin Perfumers N. Y. formed.
- Fabergé et Cie begun by Alexander and Eugène Carl (Paris).
- Johnson & Johnson opens first overseas company in the U.K.
- Le Mur Company organised in Cleveland.
- Société Anonyme Française Alfred Dunhill (S.A.F.A.D.) formed (France).
- Parfumerie Rigaud, Inc. established (U.S.).
- Henry Tetlow incorporates as Henry Tetlow & Company.
- Société des Parfums Lucien Lelong established (Paris).
- V. Vivaudou acquired by D. A.Schulte.
- Yardley purchases the French perfumery Viville, which operates as Viville-Yardley until the 1930s.
- Coty, Inc. (U.S.) becomes a publicly traded company.
- Elizabeth Arden opens a Paris salon.
- Lehn & Fink and A. S. Hinds acquired by Lehn & Fink Products Corporation.
- Marinello headquarters moved to 72 Fifth Avenue New York and begins manufacturing operations in NYC.
- Richard Hudnut opens factory and laboratory at Suresnes, Paris.
- V. Vivavidou acquires Alfred H. Smith Company, importers of Djer-Kiss.
- Académie Scientifique de Beauté founded by pharmacist Georges Gay (Paris).
- Charles Jundt adopts Charles of the Ritz as a trademark for his cosmetics.
- Celma purchases Marie Barlow.
- Coty acquires Rallet.
- Dorothy Gray acquired by Lehn & Fink Products Corporation.
- I. G. Farbenindustrie founded (Germany).
- Mary Dunhill Ltd. founded in London; opens hairdressing salon in Bayswater.
- Marie Barlow opens new salon and product line in New York.
- Martha Matilda Harper incorporates.
- Northam Warren Corporation acquires the Elcaya Company, Inc.
- Palmolive Company and the Peet Brothers Manufacturing Company merge to form the Palmolive-Peet Company.
- V. Vivavidou acquires the Melba Manufacturing Company (name changed to Parfumerie Melba).
- Bonnie Bell founded by Jesse Grover Bell in Cleveland, Ohio.
- Campana Company founded by Ernest Morgan Oswalt (U.S.).
- Cellucotton Products Company becomes the International Cellucotton Products Company after numerous name changes.
- Erno Laszlo opens the Institute of Scientific Cosmetology in Budapest.
- Glyco Chemicals, Inc. founded.
- George W. Luft Company founded by George W. Luft.
- Inecto, Inc. acquires the Marinello Company and the National School of Cosmeticians.
- Lenthéric acquired by E. R. Squibb & Sons.
- Lucien Lelong, Inc. established (U.S.).
- Luxor Ltd. appointed sole agents for Lucien LeLong of Paris.
- Marinello Company acquired by Inecto, Inc.
- Maurice Lévy Company renamed as the Hygienol Company.
- Max Factor begins nationwide distribution of Max Factor cosmetics.
- National Mineral Company (Helene Curtis) established by Gerald Gidwitz and Louis P. Stein.
- Pompeian Manufacturing Company acquired by Colgate & Company.
- Pond’s Extract opens its first foreign plant in Canada.
- Richard Hudnut opens new shop in Paris.
- William Waltke acquired by Procter and Gamble.
- Académie Scientifique de Beauté opens Paris salon.
- Charles of the Ritz incorporates.
- Coty, Inc. acquires a substantial interest in Marie Earle.
- Dorothy Gray salon opens in the new Dorothy Gray building.
- Harold F. Ritchie & Company acquires J. C. Eno Ltd.
- Helena Curtis Industries founded in Chicago.
- Helena Rubinstein sells her American business to Lehman Brothers.
- Kimberly, Clark & Company becomes the Kimberly-Clark Corporation.
- L’Insitut Jeanne Piaubert established by Jeanne Piaubert (Paris).
- L. Leichner’s London Ltd. founded.
- Marie Barlow severs her connections with the Celma Company and forms a new company Barbara Haynes, Inc.
- C. Nestle Company and the Le Mur Company merge to form Nestle-Le Mur.
- Northam Warren (Cutex, Elcaya) purchases the Odorono and Glazo Companies.
- Palmolive-Peet and Colgate merge to create the Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Company.
- Perfume Associates founded in New York (Duke Laboratories (Nivea) and Lady Esther).
- Potter & Moore becomes a limited liability company.
- Sales Builder, Inc. awarded the contract to advertise and distribute Max Factor products throughout the U.S.
- La Société des Savons Françias (Monsavon) acquired by Société Française des Teintures Inoffensives pour Cheveux (L’Oréal).
- Yardley opens a plant in New Jersey.
- A Bourjois (Paris), Bourjois (New York) and Woodworth, Inc. merge to form the International Perfume Company, Inc.
- Bristol-Myers acquired by Drug, Inc.
- Coty, Inc. acquires a majority interest in the five European Coty companies.
- Daggett & Ramsdell acquired by the Standard Oil Company.
- Dorothy Gray opens a new Paris salon; begins radio advertising (U.S.).
- Frederick F. Ingram acquired by Bristol-Myers.
- Kirkman & Sons merge with Colgate-Palmolive Peet.
- Klytia Corporation formed (U.S.) to sell products of the Insitut de Beauté of Paris.
- Lesquendieu (including Tussy) acquired by Lehn & Fink Products Corporation.
- Lever Brothers and Dutch Margarine Union merge to form Unilever.
- Lucien Lelong incorporates with Lucien Lelong as the largest shareholder.
- Marinello Company discontinues selling their products through Harold F. Ritchie & Company and establishes their own sales force.
- Neet, Inc. formed to acquire the assets of the Hannibal Pharmacal Company, manufacturers of a depilatory.
- Pacquin Perfumers N. Y. changes their name to Pacquin, Inc.
- Plough Chemical Company changed to Plough, Inc.
- Pola founded in Shizuoka, Japan by Shinobu Suzuki.
- Sales Affiliates, Inc. established to sell the products of Marinello and Inecto Inc.
- Andrevan, Inc. established by Neal R. Andrews and Ralph L. Evans, acquires the stock of Sales Affiliates, Inc., Inecto, Inc., and the Marinello Company.
- Alexandra de Markoff incorporates in the United States; establishes a salon in New York.
- Coty begins radio advertising (U.S.).
- Dorothy Gray opens first European salon in Paris.
- J. S. Kirk acquired by Procter & Gamble.
- Mary Dunhill products introduced into the U.S.
- Northam Warren acquires a substantial interest in Peggy Sage.
- Natone (Neutrogena) founded by Emanuel Stolaroff in Los Angeles.
- Payot opens salon in Paris.
- Pompeian Company and the Frostilla Company sold to a consortium comprising of Harold F. Ritchie & Company and the Shoemaker family, owners of the Frostilla Company.
- Rudemar Products Corporation established by Ruth D. Maurer and a group of backers.
- Almay Cosmetics founded by Alfred and Fanny May Woititz.
- Beauty Counselors founded in Detroit.
- Clairol founded by Lawrence and Joan Gelb (U.S.).
- Clinique La Prairie founded in Montreux, Switzerland by Dr Paul Niehans.
- Helena Rubinstein buys back her American business.
- L’Oréal uses a ‘jingle’ in their radio advertising.
- Merle Norman started in Santa Monica, California by Merle Nethercutt Norman.
- Mum Manufacturing Company acquired by Bristol-Myers.
- Parfumerie Ed. Pinaud Paris incorporates as Pinaud S.A.R.L.
- Pond’s opens its first foreign plant in Canada.
- Dana Perfumes Corporation founded (Spain).
- Douglas Collins & Company Ltd. established in 1932 by Douglas Collins and Buzz Stevens.
- International Laytex Company founded which later became known as International Playtex, Inc.
- Mary Chess founded by Grace Mary Chess Robinson.
- Revlon Nail Enamel Company founded by Charles Revson, Joseph Revson and Charles R. Lachman.
- P. Beiersdorf & Company AG establishes its first South American affiliate in Argentina.
- Dorothy Gray opens salons on the ‘Santa Rosa’ ship of the Grace Line.
- Louis Philippe Inc. sold to American Home Products Inc.
- Pond’s Extract opens first overseas factory in Britain.
- Revlon Nail Enamel incorporates.
- Rudemar Products Corporation goes into liquidation.
- Shulton founded by William Lightfoot Shultz.
- United Drug Company sells Boots to British investors including John Boot.
- Elizabeth Arden opens Maine Chance beauty spa in Maine.
- Lalique severs ties with Coty.
- Peggy Sage establishes a salon at 130 New Bond Street, London.
- Shulton incorporates.
- AR-EX Cosmetics founded by chemist Julius Kahn.
- Lancôme founded by Armand Petitjean and Guillaume d’Ornano.
- Max Factor opens the Max Factor Make-up Studio in Los Angeles; establishes manufacturing operations in Britain.
- Guerlain replaces the Rue de la Paix shop with one at Place Vendôme.
- M. Stein Cosmetic Company acquired by Anstin Alexander and Leon Kutzer.
- Ern, Perc, Mont and Wally Westmore establish the House of Westmore in Los Angeles.
- Cyclax of London established in New York.
- Douglas R. Collins Ltd. (Goya) founded by Douglas Collins (U.K.).
- Germaine Monteil Cosmetiques Corporation established.
- Helene Winterstein Cosmetics founded by Helene Winterstein Kambersky to market La Bella Nussy waterproof mascara (Austria).
- Hirestra Laboratories, Inc. founded by Robert Rheinstrom.
- Lancôme opens Paris salon.
- Mary Chess opens a London branch.
- Max Factor opens London beauty salon.
- Petalskin Toiletries formed in N. Y.
- Prince Matchabelli sold to D. Lizner & Company and Parfums Weil Paris.
- Yardley opens London beauty salon in Bond Street.
- Cyclax opens a salon in New York.
- Fabergé, Inc. founded by Samuel Rubin who purchases the brand name from Fabergé et Cie.
- Gatineau founded in Paris by Madame Jeanne Gatineau.
- Helena Rubinstein opens new flagship salon in New York.
- J. C. Laboratories change their name to Jacqueline Cochran.
- Max Factor established in France.
- Miners Cosmetics founded (U.K.).
- Pompeian sold to Laco Products, Inc.
- Pond’s Extract begins sponsoring radio programs (U.S.).
- Potter & Moore Ltd. open new London factory.
- Revlon adds a style department to promote style and fashion in manicure items and begins to sell in stores as well as salons.
- Schiaparelli forms a U.S. company.
- Gala of London founded (U.K.).
- Glazo, Inc. formed from the purchase of the Glazo manicure line and Elcaya cosmetic line from Northam Warren.
- Gouband of Paris starts in New York.
- McLeans acquired by Beecham.
- Peggy Sage nail polishes, formerly only sold in department stores and specialty shops, now sold through some beauty salons.
- Potter & Moore established in the U.S.
- Alfred D. McKelvey Company founded by Alfred D. McKelvey.
- Beecham acquires County Perfumery Company Ltd., manufacturers of Brylcreem.
- California Perfume Company renamed Avon Products, Inc.
- Charles of the Ritz acquires the Doraldina Company; forms a new English company, Charles of the Ritz Distributors Ltd., London.
- Coty, Inc. split into a U.S. based company and Coty International based in Panama.
- Guerlain opens a Beauty Institute at its Champs-Elysées store.
- Erno Laszlo opens the Laszlo Institute in New York.
- Pompeian sold to Laco Products, Inc.
- Revlon Nail Enamel Corporation changes its name to the Revlon Products Corporation.
- Société des Teintures Inoffensives pour Cheveux renamed as L’Oréal.
- Aziza Eye Cosmetics Company established in New York to market eye make-up.
- Dana Perfumes starts in the U.S.
- F. W. Hampshire & Company Ltd. purchases Mrs Pomeroy Beauty Preparations.
- Max Factor registers the Max Factor trademark and establishes operations in Canada.
- Benson Storfer and Parfums Corday acquires Katherine Mary Quinlan, Inc. from the Pond’s Extract Company.
- Helena Rubinstein opens the House of Gourielli in New York.
- Vick Chemical (Vicks vapor rub) acquires Prince Matchabelli and the Alfred D. McKelvy Company (Seaforth).
- Charles Pfizer & Company, Inc. becomes a public company.
- Germaine Monteil gives up the fashion business and concentrates on cosmetics.
- Peggy Sage launched in France.
- Proctor & Gamble creates a drug division to sell its toilet goods.
- Johnson & Johnson lists on the New York Stock Exchange.
- Mary Dunhill Ltd. acquired by Alfred Dunhill Ltd.
- Max Factor opens New York buying office at 730 Fifth Avenue, NYC.
- Pepsodent Company acquired by the Lever Brothers Company.
- Toni Corporation founded by R. N. W. Harris.
- Divapharma pharmaceutical laboratory (Juvena), founded in Zurich.
- Cosmair becomes L’Oréal’s agent in the U.S.
- Lehn & Fink Products Corporation acquires Schulke & Mayr and its worldwide rights for Lysol.
- Peggy Sage buys the building at 54 East 57th Street, New York to house the Peggy Sage Salon.
- Revlon acquires Graef & Schmidt, Inc., New York.
- Courtley, Inc. purchased by Hudnut Sales Company, Inc.
- Elizabeth Arden opens second spa in Arizona.
- Estée Lauder founded by Estée and Joseph Lauder.
- Gala of London incorporates.
- Katherine Mary Quinlan, Inc. acquired by William E. Weiss, Jr, will operate under the name Natcor Industries, Inc.
- Lancaster established in Monaco by Georges Wurz and Dr. Eugene Frezzati.
- Mary Chess purchased by Saunders P. Jones.
- Max Factor buys Sales Builders, Inc., the distributors of Max Factor in the U.S.
- National Industries, Inc. becomes Helene Curtis Industries, Inc.
- Revlon opens a Chicago office at 55 East Washington Square.
- Vicks Chemical Company purchases Sofskin Company.
- Wella Hairdressing Requirements GmbH founded in Berlin by Karl and Georg Ströher.
- Charles of the Ritz buys Cosmo Chemical Laboratories.
- Colgate-Palmolive-Peet acquires Kay Daumit, Inc. (makers of Lustre Creme shampoo).
- Elizabeth Arden opens second Maine Chance farm in Arizona.
- Estée Lauder establishes its first department store account with Saks, New York City.
- Eylure Cosmetics established by David and Eric Aylott (U.K.).
- Guerlain opens a factory in Courbevoie to replace the one at Bécon-les-Bruyères destroyed in the war.
- Harriet Hubbard Ayer acquired by Lever Brothers.
- Henry Brooks buys the Alexandra de Markoff Facial Preparations Company.
- Orlane founded by Guillaume d’Ornano and his two sons Hubert and Michel.
- Parfums Christian Dior of Paris founded by Serge Heftler.
- Revlon enters the market in Great Britain.
- Daggert & Ramsdell purchased from Standard Oil by a New York investor group.
- Hazel Bishop, Inc. formed (U.S.).
- Jacqueline Cochran incorporates.
- Lancaster opens a factory in Monaco.
- Lever Brothers buy Luxor from Armour & Company.
- Revlon opens first foreign factory in Mexico.
- Richard Hudnut purchases Chen Yu, Inc.
- Toni acquired by the Gilette Safety Razor Company.
- Delettez line of beauty products purchased from Universal Laboratories by Associated Brands, Inc.
- Schieffelin & Company buys Almay, Inc.
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- Armand merged into the Weeks & Leo Company.
- Biotherm skin care established.
- Wella Hairdressing Requirements GmbH renamed as Well AG.
- Pond’s Extract Company stops distributing its products through Lamont, Corliss and Company and sets up its own selling organisation.
- RoC founded by Jean-Charles Lissarange (France).
- All the subsidiaries of Warner & Company and Richard Hudnut realigned into newly formed corporation, Warner-Hudnut, Inc.
- Pond’s Extract sponsors its first television show (U.S.).
- Adams National Industries (Olay) established in South Africa by Graham Wulff and Jack Lowe.
- Biotherm founded by a group of dermatologists from Molitg-Les-Bains.
- Douglas R. Collins Ltd. (Goya) amalgamates with J. C. & J. Field Ltd. to form the Fields-Goya Cosmetic Group.
- E. R. Squibb & Sons acquired by Mathieson Chemical.
- Gillette Safety Razor Company renamed the Gillette Company.
- Revlon opens new factories in England and France.
- The Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Company renamed as the Colgate-Palmolive Company.
- Cosmair, Inc., New Jersey created; becomes the exclusive licensee of the L’Oréal products in the United States.
- Coty buys a controlling interest in Lucien Lelong, Paris and Lucien Lelong, Inc. Chicago; operations will be conducted by a new corporation, the Lucien Lelong Company.
- Lady Esther acquired by the Lansing Foundation who then on sold it to the Zonite Products Corporation.
- Mathieson Chemical (including Squibb) acquired by Olin Industries to become Olin Mathieson Chemical.
- Aziza Eye Cosmetics Company sold to Mauvel Ltd.
- Institut Clarins founded by Jacques Courtin-Clarins on the Rue Tronchet, Paris.
- Coty, Inc. organises Beauty Products, Inc. to distribute Lucien Lelong, Marie Earle and Lily Dache cosmetics in the U.S; opens a subsidiary in Germany.
- Harriet Hubbard Ayer, Inc. sold by Lever Brothers to Nestle-LeMur Company; Lever Brothers kept some European parts of the company.
- Lady Esther, Inc. acquired by Zonite Products Corporation from the Lansing Foundation.
- Mary Chess takes over distribution of Peggy Sage in the United States.
- Max Factor starts manufacturing in India.
- Chesebrough Manufacturing Company merges with the Pond’s Extract Company to form Chesebrough-Pond’s.
- Daggett & Ramsdell take over the manufacture, sale and distribution of Primrose House cosmetics.
- Fabergé, Inc. buys Julliette Marglen, Inc., manufacturer of nail care preparations.
- Lakmé Cosmetics launched in India with talcum powder and lipsticks.
- Lee Ltd. buys the Courtley line of men’s toiletries from the Warner Lambert Pharmaceutical Company, Inc.
- Max Factor establishes a Pharmaceutical division.
- Milkmaid, Inc. acquired by Harriet Hubbard Ayer, Inc.
- Revlon sponsors the television program ‘The $64,000 Question’; Revlon Products Corporation renamed as Revlon, Inc. and goes public; also establishes a Pharmaceutical Division.
- Warner-Hudnut merges with Lambert Pharmacal to form the Warner-Lambert Pharmaceutical Company.
- Zonite Products Corporation changes its name to Chemway Corporation.
- Colgate-Palmolive-Peet moves headquarters to New York.
- Helene Curtis becomes a public company.
- Lehn & Fink Products Corporation acquires Ogilvie Sisters.
- Lenthéric and King’s Men Toiletries acquired by Helen Curtis Industries.
- Max Factor establishes the Project Development Division for the creation of new products, and acquires Sales Builders, Inc.
- Peggy Sage assumes distribution of their products previously distributed by Mary Chess.
- Guerlain opens a third Paris store on Rue de Passy.
- Plough, Inc. buys the Coppertone Sales Company of Miami.
- Revlon acquires Princess Marcella Borghese.
- Shiseido begins international operations.
- Campana Corporation acquired by Allied Laboratories.
- Chesebrough-Pond’s, Inc. acquires Prince Matchabelli and Simonette perfumes and cosmetics, Seaforth and Black Watch men’s toiletries and Sofskin hand creams from Vicks Chemical.
- Ingram Menthol Company established by James Field; acquires the Ingram name and goodwill from Bristol-Myers.
- International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (IFF) formed from the merger between Polak & Schwarz and van Ameringen-Haebler.
- Mary Chess buys Parfums Schiaparelli.
- Max Factor merges Pharmaceutical Specialties Division and the U.S. Cosmetics Division.
- Parfums Christian Dior acquired by the Möet-Hennessy group.
- Plough, Inc. acquires Lanotan, Inc.
- Revlon, Inc acquires an interest in Schick, Inc.
- Adrien Arpel founded by Adrien Arpel.
- Amway Corporation founded.
- Avon enters the British market.
- Bristol-Myers acquires Clairol.
- Chesebrough-Pond’s, Inc. acquires Aziza Eye Cosmetics Division of Mauvel Ltd.
- Colgate-Palmolive purchases the Wildroot Company.
- Gala of London starts manufacturing in India.
- L’Oréal opens its first international subsidiary in Brazil.
- Revlon acquires Bressard Hair Products Corporation and Bressard Distributors, Inc.; and opens the House of Revlon salon in New York.
- Bourjois, Inc. acquires Helene Pessl, Inc.
- Chesebrough-Pond’s acquires Northam Warren (Peggy Sage, Cutex, Odorono, Keen Edge Cutlery).
- Dow Chemical Company acquires Allied Laboratories including Campana.
- Estée Lauder commences international operations with an account at Harrods.
- Fields-Goya bought by Reckitt & Sons, a division of Reckitt & Colman Ltd.
- Kanebo acquires Kanegafuchi Chemical Industries.
- Lehn & Fink Products Corporation acquires Noreen, Inc.
- National Toilet Company of Paris, Tennessee acquired by the Chattem Drug and Chemical Company.
- Noxzema Chemical Company announces they are going to make cosmetics.
- Revlon acquires Les Parfums Pierre Balmain S.A. Paris and Realistic Company of Cincinnati; establishes Revlon Professional aimed at the professional salon industry.
- Studio Girl Hollywood and Studio Girl California acquired by Helene Curtis Industries, Inc.
- Vicks Chemical Company buys Clearasil, Inc. and changes its name to Richardon-Merrell, Inc.
- Charles of the Ritz becomes a public company.
- Charles Pfizer purchases the Thomas Leeming & Company Ltd. and Pacquin, Inc.
- Germaine Monteil becomes available in the U.K.
- Hazel Bishop, Inc. and Lanolin Plus merge to form Bishop Industries.
- Helena Curtis enters U.K. market.
- Max Factor acquires Parfums Corday, Inc. and its subsidiaries, becomes a public company and lists on the New York Stock Exchange.
- Monsavon acquired by Procter & Gamble.
- Redken Laboratories, Inc. launched by Paula Kent Meeham.
- Braun becomes Braun AG, a publicly traded company.
- Charles Pfizer acquires the Barbasol Company.
- Chesebrough-Pond’s acquires Q-Tips, Inc. and all its subsidiaries.
- Daggett & Ramsdell, Inc. sold to Exquisite Form Industries, Inc.
- Helene Curtis Industries Ltd. creates Studio Girl division to sell door-to-door.
- Innoxa opens first beauty salon abroad in Cyprus.
- Natone renamed Neutrogena Corporation.
- Mary Chess, Inc. acquires Seaforth from Chesebrough-Pond’s
- Revlon begins selling in Japan.
- Hazel Bishop, Inc. and Lanolin Plus merge to form Bishop Industries.
- Purex Corporation Ltd. buys Campana Corporation from Dow Chemical Company.
- American Cyanamid acquires Breck.
- ChapStick rights sold to A. H. Robbins Company.
- Coty and Coty International acquired by Charles Pfizer, Inc.
- Estée Lauder begins national advertising.
- Lanvin Parfums Ltd. acquires Jean Naté.
- L’Oréal lists on the Paris stock exchange.
- Marinello Schools purchased by Scope Industries with headquarters located in Los Angeles.
- Mary Dunhill Ltd. becomes Dunhill Toiletries Ltd.
- Mary Kay founded by Mary Kay Ash in Dallas, Texas.
- René Guinot establishes René Guinot Company (France).
- Revlon establishes Revlon Research Centre, Inc.
- Charles of the Ritz merges with Lanvin to form Lanvin-Charles of the Ritz, Inc.
- Fabergé, Inc sold to Rayette, Inc. which changed its name to Rayette-Fabergé, Inc
- International Flavors & Fragrances (I.F.F.) becomes a public company.
- L’Oréal acquires Lancôme.
- Nestle-LeMur buys Lucien LeLong, Marie Earle and Seaforth from Mary Chess, Inc.
- Revlon acquires Belvedere Products, makers of salon equipment and Belmont Laboratories (Mazon dermatologicals).
- Beecham acquires Margaret Astor.
- Clairol announces they are entering the cosmetics business.
- Hazel Bishop acquires Raymond Research Corporation.
- L’Oréal acquires Garnier.
- The Polly Bergen Company established by Polly Bergen.
- Richards & Appleby Ltd. appointed as distributors of Maybelline.
- House of Westmore Hollywood beauty salon closes.
- Shulton acquires Jacqueline Cochran.
- Dart Industries acquires Vanda Products.
- Erno Laszlo acquired by Chesebrough-Pond’s.
- Noxzema Chemical Company changes its name to Noxell Corporation.
- Orlane opens its first Beauty Institute in Paris.
- Revlon acquires the U.S. Vitamin & Pharmaceutical Corporation and Raphael Parfums SA France.
- Shulton buys J. Warren Kane, Inc.
- Sterling acquires Lehn & Fink Products Corporation.
- Beecham Group acquires Lancaster, Monte Carlo.
- Bristol Myers and the Mead Johnson Company merge.
- P. Beiersdorf & Company AG changes its name to Beiersdorf AG.
- Gillette acquires Braun A. G.
- Hazel Bishop acquires Veri-Tone of Newark N.J. and Beadmore, Inc.
- Lavin-Charles of the Ritz acquires Dureen Soap Corporation.
- Maybelline acquired by Plough, Inc.
- Revlon acquires the U.S. Vitamin and Pharmaceutical Corporation.
- Shiseido cosmetics established in America.
- Yardley bought by British-American Tobacco.
- Beech-Nut Life Savers merges with Squibb (part of the Olin Corporation) to form the Squibb Beech-Nut Corporation.
- Dart Industries acquires Beauty Counselors and House of Romney.
- Dell Laboratories (formerly Maradel Products) acquires Mary Chess, Inc. and Schiaparelli, Inc.
- E. C. De Witt & Company Ltd. Acquires Potter & Moore Ltd.
- Eve of Roma acquired by American Gillette.
- Goya sold back to Douglas Collins by Reckitt & Colman Ltd.
- Jovan, Inc. formed, Chicago
- Max Factor acquires the Denver Chemical Manufacturing Company, Stamford, Connecticut.
- Orlane acquired by Morton-Norwich.
- Revlon’s Professional Products division moves to New York; adds Cosmetics and Fragrances and Revlon Development Corporation divisions.
- Rexall Drug and Chemical acquires Beauty Counselors, Inc.
- S.A.F.A.D. (French subsidiary of Dunhill) acquires Les Parfums de Molyneux S.A.
- Carmen Cosmetics buys Rose Laird Cosmetic Company.
- Germain Monteil acquired by British-American Tobacco.
- Harriet Hubbard Ayer, Inc. acquired by Unilever.
- Mary Kay acquires Goodier, Inc. and Rachel York Pty. Ltd.
- Rayette-Fabergé, Inc renamed as Fabergé, Inc.
- Minnetonka Laboratories buys Milkmaid cosmetics of New York.
- Adams National Industries acquired by Richardson-Vicks, Inc.
- Andrew Jergens acquired by American Brands.
- British-American Tobacco (B.A.T.) creates cosmetic division, British-American Cosmetics (BAC).
- Charles Pfizer & Company is renamed Pfizer, Inc.
- Cyclax acquired by Lehman Brothers on behalf of private investors.
- Elizabeth Arden acquired by Eli Lilly.
- Les Parfums de Molyneux S.A. sold by S.A.F.A.D.
- L’Oréal acquires Biotherm.
- Revlon acquires Mitchum Company of Tennessee, makers of antiperspirants and other toiletries.
- Shulton acquired by American Cyanamid.
- Smith & Nephew acquires the Myram Picker Group (Gala, Outdoor Girl, Miners, Mary Quant).
- Warner-Lambert acquires Schick and Parke, Davis.
- Dart Industries amalgamates Vanda Products, Beauty Councillors and House of Romney.
- Goya sold to International Chemical Industries (I.C.I.).
- Lanvin-Charles of the Ritz acquired by Squibb-Beechnut which then changes its name to Squibb Corporation.
- Plough merges with Schering to become the Schering-Plough Corporation.
- Polly Bergen acquired by Gulf & Western Industries.
- Revlon closes the House of Revlon salon in New york.
- Rimmel acquired by I.T.T. from Carlton Industries.
- Guinot acquired by Jean-Daniel Mondin.
- Coty and Coty International unite.
- Gemey acquired by L’Oréal.
- Dunhill acquires controlling interest in Richards & Appleby Ltd.
- Guerlain opens a new factory in Chartes.
- Helena Rubinstein, Inc. acquired by Colgate-Palmolive.
- Jafra Cosmetics acquired by Gillette.
- Max Factor merges with Norton Simon, Inc.
- Neutrogena becomes a public company.
- Polly Bergen sold to Fabergé.
- L’Oréal signs agreement with Nestlé and introduces the Lancôme brand into the United States.
- Hazel Bishop becomes a division of Toiletry Products of America.
- Anita Roddick opens the first Body Shop in Brighton (U.K.).
- Clinique La Prairie acquired by Armin Mattli.
- Dunhill opens new cosmetics and toiletries factory in Lancashire.
- Ricils acquired by L’Oréal who attaches it to Gemey.
- Sea & Ski sold to Smith Klein and French.
- Revlon acquires Carlos Colomer, a Spanish professional beauty supply distributor.
- Shulton (American Cyanamid) sells their CornSilk line to the Chattem Drug and Chemical Company.
- Avon acquires Tiffany.
- Chattem Drug and Chemical Company changes its name to Chattem, Inc.
- Frances Denney acquired by William Fine and a group of investors.
- House of Westmore, Inc. acquired by Syntex, Inc.
- Rimmel U.K. acquired by Schering-Plough.
- Beecham acquires Jovan, Inc.
- Colgate-Palmolive sells Helena Rubinstein to Albi Enterprises, Inc.
- Frances Denney was acquired by Delalande S.A., a French pharmaceutical company.
- L’Oréal acquires Vicky.
- Max Factor (Norton Simon) acquires Gala Cosmetics, Mary Quant, Outdoor Girl and Miners from Myram Picker (Smith & Nephew).
- Neutrogena expands into hair care products.
- Shiseido begins marketing cosmetics in China.
- Laboratories La Prairie SA established.
- Wella AG acquires Rene Garraud S.A. a French cosmetic manufacturing firm.
- Zotos purchased by Conair Corporation from R. L. Evans, Jr.
- Almay Cosmetics acquired by Playtex International.
- Norton Simon (includes Max Factor) acquired by Esmark.
- Wella AG becomes a public company. Acquires the remaining stock in Wella USA, Wella Canada and Wella Puerto Rico.
- British-American Cosmetics acquired by Beecham.
- Esmark merges with Beatrice Foods. Max Factor put into the Playtex beauty division.
- Fabergé, Inc. sold to the McGregor Corporation.
- Kao enters the cosmetics market (Sofina cosmetics).
- L’Oréal acquires Ralph Lauren Fragrances.
- Make-up Art Cosmetics Ltd. (M.A.C.) founded in Toronto, Canada by Frank Toskan and Frank Angelo.
- Jurlique founded by Jurgen and Ulrike Klein in South Australia.
- Revlon acquired by Pantry Pride, a subsidiary of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings and becomes a private company.
- Richardson-Vicks (includes Pantene, Olay, Clearasil and Vicks) sold to Procter & Gamble.
- Unilever sells the German business of Harriet Hubbard Ayer to Imperial GmbH.
- Dermalogica founded by Jane Wurwand.
- Lanvin-Charles of the Ritz, Inc. acquired by Yves Saint Laurent.
- Pantry Pride changes its name to Revlon Group, Inc. Revlon acquires the Playtex beauty division (includes Max Factor and Almay).
- Chesebrough-Pond’s acquired by Unilever.
- Elizabeth Arden Company acquired by Fabergé, Inc.
- Lanvin-Charles of the Ritz, Inc. (excluding Yves Saint Laurent Beaute) sold to Revlon.
- Laboratories La Prairie SA acquired by Georgette Mosbacher.
- Revlon Group, Inc. goes public; and acquires Halston Enterprises.
- Wella AG acquires Parfum Rochas S.A.
- Andrew Jergens acquired by Kao.
- Braun acquires French hair remover manufacturer Silk-Epil.
- Procter & Gamble acquires Noxell Corporation, makers of Noxema products and Cover Girl.
- Rigaud acquired by Perigot Limited.
- Sterling Drug acquired by Eastman Kodak.
- Yves Saint Laurent fragrances and cosmetics, Charles of the Ritz, Germaine Monteil, and Alexandre de Markoff acquired by Revlon.
- Zotos International purchased by Shiseido Co. Ltd from Conair Corporation.
- Beechman merges with SmithKline to form SmithKline Beecham.
- Bristol-Myers merged with Squibb to create the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.
- Betrix, a German make-up and fragrance maker acquired by Revlon.
- Helena Rubinstein (U.S.) acquired by L’Oréal.
- Kao gains controlling interest in Goldwell GmbH.
- L’Oréal acquires La Roche-Posay.
- Revlon Group, Inc. acquires Betrix Cosmetics GMBH.
- Unlever acquires Calvin Klein Cosmetics, Fabergé, Rimmel and Elizabeth Arden.
- Beiersdorf AG acquires Juvena.
- Frances Denney acquired by Colonia, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Mulhens Parfumerie-Fabrik, Cologne, West Germany.
- Lancaster acquired by Joh. A. Benckiser GmbH.
- Maybelline, Yardley, Cyclax, Monteil and Lenthéric acquired by the investor group Wasserstein Perella & Company from Schering-Plough and SmithKline Beecham to be operated through the Old Bond Street Corporation.
- Shulton (American Cyanamid) sells their Old Spice line to Procter & Gamble.
- Beiersdorf AG acquires Laboratories La Prairie SA.
- Bobbi Brown established by Bobbi Brown in New York.
- Make-up Art Cosmetics Ltd. (MAC) opens first store in the United States.
- Max Factor and Betrix acquired by Procter & Gamble from Revlon. Max Factor products will be removed from the U.S. due to poor sales.
- Revlon Group, Inc. sells the U.S. rights to Germaine Monteil to John A. Benckiser GMBH (West Germany); sells its Clean and Clear skin care range to Johnson & Johnson Products, Inc.
- Colgate-Palmolive acquires the Mennen Company.
- Coty and Quintessence acquired by Joh. A. Benckiser GmbH (German household-products giant) from Pfizer.
- Revlon sells Princess Marcella Borghese and Halston Enterprises to a Saudi investment group.
- Unilever establishes the Prestige Personal Products Group, which included Elizabeth Arden and Calvin Klein.
- Benckiser GmbH merges Coty with Quintessence, Inc.
- Estée Lauder signs a global licensing agreement with designer Tommy Hilfiger.
- Frances Denney acquired by The Stephan Company from Mulhens Parfumerie-Fabrik.
- L’Oréal acquires Redken 5th Avenue.
- Revlon announces the formation of Revlon Professional Worldwide.
- RoC Skincare sold by LVMH to Johnson & Johnson.
- Warner-Lambert acquires Wilkinson Sword.
- Wella AG acquires Sebastien International.
- Guerlain acquired by Möet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (L.V.M.H.).
- Estée Lauder acquires majority equity interest in Make-up Art Cosmetics Ltd. (M.A.C.).
- International Classic Brands established by David Reiner.
- Jane Cosmetics was founded.
- L’Oréal acquires Cosmair.
- Neutrogena Corporation acquired by Johnson & Johnson.
- Quintessence (owners of Jovan and Aspen) acquired by Coty U.S.
- Wella AG acquires Müelhens KG.
- Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Company acquire Kolynos Oral Care.
- Erno Laszlo sold by Elizabeth Arden (Unilever) to Mana Products, New York. Unilever had acquired it when they bought Chesebrough-Pond’s.
- Estée Lauder acquires Bobbi Brown, luxury skin care brand La Mer, and signs a global licensing agreement with Kiton, an Italian fashion house, for beauty products.
- Lehn & Fink Products Corporation acquired by Reckitt & Colman from Eastman Kodak.
- L’Oréal acquires Jade (Germany).
- Peggy Sage purchased by Collomb family.
- Revlon becomes a public company again.
- Coty renamed Coty Beauty (Benckiser) and acquires Unilever’s European make-up brands including Rimmel.
- Helene Curtis acquired by Unilever.
- L’Oréal acquires Maybelline, Unisa (Chile).
- Revlon becomes a public company again.
- Unilever sells the North American Helene Curtis professional haircare line to Shiseido.
- Beiersdorf AG acquires the Polish company Pollena-Lechia; completes repurchases of the Nivea trademarks it lost after the Second World War.
- Cutex acquired by Carson, Inc. from Unilever.
- Estée Lauder signs a licensing agreement with American fashion designer Donna Karan, acquires Aveda Corporation and jane, a make-up brand.
- Proctor & Gamble acquire Tambrands (Tampax).
- Revlon sells Princess Marcella Borghese and Halston to Halston Borghese International Limited, a Saudi investment firm.
- Unilever sells the Japanese Helene Curtis professional haircare line to Shiseido.
- Wella consolidates in the holding company, Cosmopolitan Cosmetics GmbH.
- Braun AG is transformed into a private company.
- Estée Lauder completes acquisition of Make-up Art Cosmetics Ltd. (MAC).
- Gemey and Maybelline enter into a business agreement.
- L’Oréal acquires Soft Sheen Products (makes products for ethnic hair-types).
- The first M.A.C. Pro Store opens in SoHo, New York.
- Playtex acquires Personal Care Holdings which includes Dorothy Gray and Tussy.
- Estée Lauder acquires Stila Cosmetics, Inc.
- Coty introduces Rimmel make-up line into the U.S.
- Cutex nail polish remover business acquired by the investment firm, The Shansby Group.
- Cyclax acquired by Richards & Appleby Ltd.
Updated: 10th March 2014
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