Estee Lauder

One of the world's leading brands of skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care.


Retail and Consumer Goods  




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Estée Lauder began as a homemade skincare business that evolved into one of the world’s leading brands of skincare, makeup, fragrance and haircare sold in a hundred and fifty countries and territories worldwide. The exponential growth is attributed to its growing portfolio of acquired brands that align with its values.


One of the world's leading skincare- cosmetics- fragrance- and hair care brand began in 1946 when Estée Lauder and her husband Joseph Lauder retailed four skincare products developed in the kitchen based on a simple premise: every woman can be beautiful. Armed with that philosophy, plus perseverance, creativity and passion, she changed the face of the cosmetics industry.

The business took shape when Estée started selling skin care and makeup in salons. In 1946 she and Joseph Lauder officially launched the company, and a year later they got their first major order: $800 worth of products from Saks Fifth Avenue, New York. Estée believed in the mantra, “Telephone, Telegraph, Tell a Woman.” Estée had innate instincts for what women wanted and was the consummate saleswoman and marketer. She believed that to make a sale, you had to touch the consumer, show her the results on her face and explain the products. That was the start of the company’s personal service: High-Touch.

Once the Estée Lauder brand began to advertise, Estée insisted that the print images be both aspirational and approachable and selected one model to represent the face of the brand at any given time. She picked the pale turquoise color for the brand’s jars, believing it conveyed a sense of luxury and matched all bathroom decors. Estée attended the opening of virtually every new store and stayed for a week to instruct her beauty advisors on sales techniques and merchandise display.

Over the next decade, the duo expanded the range and in 1960, opened their first overseas store in Harrods, London. The following year, they opened an office in Hong Kong. In 1964, Aramis was introduced: a line of fragrance and male grooming products. As a visionary, Estée Lauder was honoured with several awards during her career including France’s Legion of Honor and Gold Medal of the City of Paris. In 1968, Estée Lauder was awarded Spirit of Achievement from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. That year, the company expanded further, and opened Clinique, a dermatologist-guided, allergy-tested, fragrance-free cosmetics and skincare brand. It became the first women’s cosmetic company to introduce a line for men in 1976, titled “Skin Supplies for Men”.

“Our portfolio strategy includes growing existing brands and discovering new high-potential acquisitions that align with our values and offer a long-term outlook for success," says Fabrizio Freda, President and CEO. "To maintain our leadership position, we nurture and preserve each brand’s distinctive identity and purpose. At the same time, we leverage our global distribution, creative resources and operational expertise across all our brands.”

In 1981 the products were being retailed in the Soviet Union. In the nineties, brand acquisitions and licensing agreements contributed to its growth as the company transformed from a family-owned business to a public family-controlled organization. Brand acquisitions began with an investment in M•A•C Cosmetics in 1994, which the company acquired in 1998. Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and La Mer were acquired in 1995. The company ventured into hair care and holistic beauty brand with Aveda in 1997 and renowned fragrance house Jo Malone London was acquired in 1999.

On November 16, 1995, The Estée Lauder Companies went public on New York Stock Exchange. The company’s sales in 2003 were reportedly $5.12 billion. Estée Lauder passed away at her home in Manhattan on April 24, 2004. The company continued with its acquisitions full steam in the following years and bought a majority interest in Bumble And Bumble haircare salon.. a exclusive global licensing agreement was signed with fashion designer Michael Kors and fashion designer Tom Ford inked a deal to develop and distribute fragrance and cosmetics under Tom Ford Beauty. Diversification was a top goal across price points and product categories. On July 1, 2010, the company acquired Smashbox Beauty Cosmetics, Inc. On October 28, 2011 Aramis and Designer Fragrances- a division of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.- and Tory Burch LLC collaborated for the global license of Tory Burch fragrance. This alliance marked Tory Burch’s debut in the beauty industry. In 2012, the company launched Aerin Beauty: a luxury lifestyle beauty and fragrance brand.

In 2014 the company acquired two beauty brands, Rodin Olio Lusso, a skin care brand acclaimed for its “Luxury Face Oil,” and Le Labo, a fragrance and sensory lifestyle brand. That year, the company made its first investment in India with a minority stake in Forest Essentials, a luxury cosmetics brand specialising in Ayurvedic products. In 2015, the company acquired Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, a fragrance brand, and GlamGlow, a skin care brand. The following year, it acquired Becca Cosmetics, its first color cosmetic group acquisition since Smashbox. In November, the company made its largest acquisition, acquiring California-based cosmetics company Too Faced for reported US$1.45 billion. And in 2019, Dr. Jart+, which pioneered the invention of BB Cream, setting the standard for multifunctional beauty.

However Estée Lauder’s winning streak was curtailed due to the pandemic and profits declined by a reported 14 per cent in the first quarter of 2020 due to store closures and declines in travel retail. Jane Hertzmark Hudis, Executive Group President, is focusing on reforming Estée Lauder into a digitally empowered beauty brand and expanding online marketing and services. The company has increased emphasis on its skincare products, which remains the fastest growing category in beauty, as people are focusing on self-care with the ample me-time. But the core values she embodied are more relevant and more inspiring to women of all generations than ever before. Today the Company engages with women in more than 150 countries and territories and at dozens of touch points — both in stores and online. And each relationship consistently reflects Estée’s powerful and authentic convictions and unique point of view.

Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

In October 1992, the Breast Cancer Awareness campaign was launched by Estée Lauder’s daughter in law, Evelyn Lauder, who co-created “Pink Ribbon” with SELF magazine as a symbol of breast health. Since then, millions worldwide have become aware of the importance of breast health and how early detection potentially saves lives. The Estée Lauder Companies’ annual Breast Cancer Awareness campaign involves all of the brands in Estée Lauder Companies. Since 1992, the campaign has raised reported $89 million for lifesaving research, education and medical services.


"Infusing creativity and innovation, inventing the future of beauty from product development to packaging, sampling to selling, marketing to merchandising, to meet the evolving needs of consumers."


Inspired by founder Estée Lauder the core team is passionate about serving women and therefore commit to developing high quality products that perform while giving back. The visionary luxury brand strives to meet the needs of women of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds and accordingly their programs and grants focus on health and education that impact millions. The Estée Lauder Emerging Leaders Fund's vision is to redefine leadership by supporting a new generation of emerging leaders and challenging the gender stereotypes of leadership. The Fund invests in global organizations that provide opportunities for leadership development, cultivate supportive communities and advocate for emerging leaders who have a daring vision for change.

Key Team

Leonard Lauder (Chairman Emeritus)

Fabrizio Freda (Chairman and CEO)

Jane Lauder (Executive Director)

William P. Lauder (Executive Chairman)

John Demsy (Executive Group President)

Carl Haney (Executive VP: Research, Product and Innovation Officer)

Recognition and Awards
As a visionary businesswoman, Estée Lauder was honored with many awards during her career. Receiving the French Legion of Honor, Gold Medal of the City of Paris and Spirit of Achievement from Albert Einstein College of Medicine were some of the high points in her life.

Products and Services

Leading brand of skincare, makeup, fragrance and haircare

Estee Lauder
Leadership team

Jane Lauder (Board Member)

Leonard Lauder (Chairman Emeritus)

Fabrizio Freda (President and CEO)

William P. Lauder (Executive Chairman)

John Demsy (Executive Group President)

Carl Haney (Executive VP: Research, Product and Innovation Officer)


Retail and Consumer Goods

Products/ Services
Skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care
Number of Employees
Above 50,000
General Motors Building, New York City, New York
Company Type
Public Limited Company
Company Registration
Net Income
1B - 20B
Above - 1B
Traded as
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