Coty, the cosmetics company

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I was just googling to see if anyone had written anything recently (or at all) about my favorite cheap drugstore perfume (Sand and Sable, if you must know) and I found the history of Coty cosmetics and it turned out to be pretty interesting.

Fun facts:
* a company that has changed ownership and identity many times over the > 100 years it has existed
* apparently invented face powder, no small thing
* now in a partnership with Guess? I mean, who could have predicted that? Not me.

I used their very pale face powder in high school and the smell of it is extremely evocative of that time for me. I don't know that much about the history of business in the USA, but this company seems unkillable and prone for a wee comeback, considering that the 90s are back and people are gonna start wanting that super matte look again? I dunno.

Discuss Coty cosmetics and perfumes.

The Great Jumanji, (La Lechera), Saturday, 16 October 2010 04:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coty,_Inc.

Coty, Inc. is the world's largest fragrance company. It is also a beauty products manufacturer whose main businesses are fragrances (65% of revenue), followed by color cosmetics (20%), toiletries (12%) and skin care (3%). It is known for its cooperation with designers and celebrities for the creation of fragrances; prominent among them are Beyoncé Knowles, Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Čech, Céline Dion, Shania Twain, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and Jennifer Lopez.

The Great Jumanji, (La Lechera), Saturday, 16 October 2010 04:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

Coty Beauty

* Adidas
* Aspen
* Astor
* Baby Phat
* Celine Dion
* COTY body fresh
* Chupa Chups
* David and Victoria Beckham (Intimately Beckham and Intimately Night)
* Desperate Housewives
* Esprit
* Ethan James (Clothing)
* ex'cla.ma'tion
* Halle Berry
* Isabella Rossellini
* Jovan
* Kylie Minogue perfumes
* mary-kateandashley
* McGraw by Tim McGraw
* Silver by Tim McGraw
* Miss Sporty
* Miss Sixty
* Petr Čech
* Pierre Cardin
* Playboy
* Rimmel
* Shania Twain
* Stetson
* Vanilla Fields

Coty Prestige

* Balenciaga - not on current website
* Calvin Klein
* Cerruti
* Chloé
* Chopard
* Davidoff
* Jennifer Lopez
* Jette Joop
* Jil Sander
* JOOP!
* Kate Moss perfumes
* Kenneth Cole
* Lancaster
* Marc Jacobs
* Nautica
* Nikos
* Sarah Jessica Parker
* Vera Wang
* Vivienne Westwood

The Calgon and Healing Garden Brands were purchased by Ascendia Brands on 9 February 2007.[3]

The Great Jumanji, (La Lechera), Saturday, 16 October 2010 04:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

I mean, Intimately Beckham and Intimately Night is not fucking around

The Great Jumanji, (La Lechera), Saturday, 16 October 2010 04:33 (eight years ago) Permalink

* apparently invented face powder, no small thing

White face powder has been in use for centuries. Flesh-colored face powder was invented in the 19th Century by a guy with the last name of Rachel (yes, he lent his name to the foundation color). Was he involved with the Coty people?

Christine Green Leafy Dragon Indigo, Sunday, 17 October 2010 00:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

The Calgon and Healing Garden Brands were purchased by Ascendia Brands on 9 February 2007.[3]

^^^how i learned about coty the brand!

i was so convinced this was gonna be a surm thread when i saw it on new answers.

tehresa, Sunday, 17 October 2010 00:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

Fine, so Coty didn't "invent" face powder -- but still, helluva company that I would bet has touched each of our lives in some way. Is it even possible to escape the tentacles of Coty as a female in the USA? You have at least smelled their products on other people.

surm changed his screenname to my irl name so maybe we're sharing one brain these days

The Great Jumanji, (La Lechera), Sunday, 17 October 2010 23:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

btw, i still think sand and sable smells pretty good for drugstore perfume. it's like the poor girl's fracas.

The Great Jumanji, (La Lechera), Sunday, 17 October 2010 23:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

i thought about this thread today when i put on some face powder

The Great Jumanji, (La Lechera), Sunday, 7 November 2010 05:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

(not coty brand -- neutrogena. i would love to smell coty brand face powder again)

The Great Jumanji, (La Lechera), Sunday, 7 November 2010 05:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

Flipping through a Vermont Country Store catalog the other day - they sell 4 Coty scents, including Emeraude which I loved when I was in high school.

Jaq, Sunday, 7 November 2010 13:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

I'm reading Mandy Aftels' Essence and Alchemy and there is a part in the first chapter about how Coty revolutionized the modern fragrance industry by putting fragrances in distinctive vessels. Good book, recommended for anyone interested in scent!

heartbreak beet (La Lechera), Monday, 20 June 2011 16:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

Oops her name is Aftel, not Aftels. This is the book:

http://cb.pbsstatic.com/l/33/5533/9780865475533.jpg

heartbreak beet (La Lechera), Monday, 20 June 2011 16:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

Do you have Walgreens in Chicago? The Walgreens here still sells the Coty Airspun powder. I saw it yesterday. I could always pick some up and send it to you if you really wanted it! :)

\(^o\) (/o^)/ (ENBB), Monday, 20 June 2011 16:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yes, we do! I should go look for it. I wore Sand and Sable the other day and I STILL maintain that it smells really good for drugstore perfume. I like that smell a lot.

heartbreak beet (La Lechera), Monday, 20 June 2011 16:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

Walgreens was founded in Chicago! /misplaced civic pride

phantoms from a world gone by speak again the immortal tale: (Jenny), Monday, 20 June 2011 17:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

All of the Wal-Marts around here sell Airspun, too.

Christine Green Leafy Dragon Indigo, Monday, 20 June 2011 19:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Look what I saw at a little (but free and quite interesting) perfume museum above the Fragonard store in Paris

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6022/5964786185_0011f40c4e.jpg

Fa la la (La Lechera), Monday, 25 July 2011 18:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

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