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French cosmetics company founded in 1954 by Jacques Courtin-Clarins. Clarins products are mostly from plant extracts.

Official Site: http://www.clarins.com

Clarins is a French cosmetics company specializing in skincare products and fragrances.

The family company was founded by the medical student Jacques Courtin-Clarins in 1954. The son of the company founder, Christian Courtin-Clarins, has been the chairman of Clarins since 2000.

At the beginning of the 1970s, the company started to spread internationally with its first exclusive contracts. The first subsidiary company in the United States was created in January 1981. At the end of 2005, the group has 19 subsidiary companies of distribution in more than 150 countries.

The Clarins brand portfolio includes ClarinsAzzaroThierry MuglerMy Blend . A skin care product range for men (ClarinsMen) has also been launched recently.

In June 2008, the Courtin-Clarins family made a $3.6 billion offer to buy out minority shareholders of Clarins SA in order to take the cosmetics company private. The deal was completed in September 2008.

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review by . August 10, 2009
Ladies only!
I first came across this brand of cosmetic when I joined its agent (it was represented by an agent back then, many years ago) for a short stint of work after graduation. It was here that I found out how dirt cheap the true cost of making cosmetics is. The rest of the factored in cost are advertising, transportation and retailing.      So, it is not costly to make cosmetics. However, it is costly to market them! Brand is the essence. Not the ingredients in the cosmetics, whatever …
Quick Tip by . April 29, 2011
I started my working life with Clarins for a few months. Left the company thereafter because of reasons I've since forgotten! While at the company (it was many years ago & at that time it was a local agent representing Clarins) I was in charge of its samples and with staff prices, I got to try most of Clarins products. They are mostly made from plant extracts and have some excellent products like the Doux Peeling and Bust Gel which no one has been able to rival til today! Its moisturizing …
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