Clarins‘ history starts in 1954 on rue Tronchet in Paris. In his beauty spa, Jacques Courtin-Clarins developed a massage oil with essential oils and slimming properties designed to increase the effectiveness of skin-firming massages. At the request of his customers, he decided to sell it. And that was the beginning of the relationship marked by trust and dialogue that continues to this day.
Supported by the motto of its founder, „Do more, do it better and enjoy doing it,“ the address in Paris transformed into an internationally renowned group, the world leader in cosmetics, skin care, makeup and perfume.
At the close of 2012, the Clarins brand was ranked first for high-end face skin care products in Europe* and body skin care products in the world**.
In France, Angel by Thierry Mugler is the best-selling perfume by volume. As for Azzaro pour Homme, it is one of the best-selling colognes in Brazil.
In 2008, Christian and Olivier Courtin-Clarins initiated a takeover bid following which the Clarins group was delisted from the Paris Stock Exchange. Going against the grain set by the market, the Courtin-Clarins brothers decided to go with a long-term vision. The group’s spirit of independence and sustainability were reaffirmed.
True to the philosophy of its founder, the Clarins group has its own Research and Development laboratories. Here, in three years and leveraging the wealth and resources of plants, a new product is developed. The group produces its skin care products and perfumes exclusively in France, and exports 87% worldwide.
The Beauty Division includes the Clarins and My Blend brands, as well as the Spa business. All fragrance brands (Thierry Mugler, Azzaro Parfums) and the one that is sub-licensed (Swarovski) are grouped under the Clarins Fragrance Group entity. In certain areas, the group also manages the distribution of other brands.
In 2010, Virginie, Claire, Jenna and Prisca Courtin-Clarins, the daughters of Christian and Olivier Courtin-Clarins, joined the group’s Supervisory Board. They embody both renewal and continuity.
*2012 Data concerning high-end face skin care products. Sources: France, Great Britain, Italy & Spain (NPD), Germany (IRI), Switzerland & Netherlands (Nielsen).
**2012 Data concerning high-end body skin care products. Sources: USA (NPD), Canada (CeRoy), France, Great Britain, Italy & Spain (NPD), Germany (IRI), Switzerland and Netherlands (Nielsen), China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan (Beauté Research).