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 (nine years ago) link
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 (nine years ago) link
* 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
* 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.
― The Great Jumanji, (La Lechera), Saturday, 16 October 2010 04:32 (nine years ago) link
I mean, Intimately Beckham and Intimately Night is not fucking around
― The Great Jumanji, (La Lechera), Saturday, 16 October 2010 04:33 (nine years ago) link
* 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 (nine years ago) link
^^^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 (nine years ago) link
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 (nine years ago) link
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 (nine years ago) link
i thought about this thread today when i put on some face powder
― The Great Jumanji, (La Lechera), Sunday, 7 November 2010 05:14 (nine years ago) link
(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 (nine years ago) link
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 (nine years ago) link
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 (eight years ago) link
Oops her name is Aftel, not Aftels. This is the book:
― heartbreak beet (La Lechera), Monday, 20 June 2011 16:35 (eight years ago) link
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 (eight years ago) link
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 (eight years ago) link
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 (eight years ago) link
All of the Wal-Marts around here sell Airspun, too.
― Christine Green Leafy Dragon Indigo, Monday, 20 June 2011 19:21 (eight years ago) link
Look what I saw at a little (but free and quite interesting) perfume museum above the Fragonard store in Paris
― Fa la la (La Lechera), Monday, 25 July 2011 18:50 (eight years ago) link
saw this and couldn't resist1972
― and that sounds like a gong-concert (La Lechera), Wednesday, 20 March 2013 04:20 (seven years ago) link