Commentary: Who Owns Who in the Beauty Business?

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Elizabeth Arden is one company with many more brands behind it than you might imagine. Photo source Elizabeth

Everyone has it: a favorite brand, maybe a bit of brand bias. (“I won’t use MAC, but I’ll use Estée Lauder!”) Unfortunately, most customers don’t know just how many of their favorite brands are actually divisions of the same company. A special thanks goes out to the sources, Kiss and Makeup (primary source from which the list was derived) and The Beauty Brains, on this one.

Estée Lauder

  • Clinique
  • Prescriptives
  • Origins
  • MAC
  • La Mer
  • Bobbi Brown
  • Tommy Hifiger
  • Aveda
  • Jo Malone
  • Bumble and Bumble
  • Darphin
  • Missoni
  • Aramis
  • Lab Series
  • Kiton
  • Donna Karan
  • American Beauty
  • Good Skin
  • Flirt!
  • Sean John


  • Dior
  • Benefit
  • Fresh
  • Acqua di Parma
  • Givenchy
  • Make up for ever
  • Guerlain
  • Kenzo
  • Sephora


  • All L’Oreal brands
  • Lancôme
  • The Body Shop
  • Maybelline
  • Biotherm
  • Kiehl’s
  • Shu Uemura
  • Cacharel
  • Giorgio Armani
  • Helena Rubinstein
  • Dermablend
  • SkinCeuticals
  • Vichy Laboratoires
  • Kérastase
  • Redken
  • Garnier
  • Softsheen-Carson


  • Rimmel London
  • Lancaster
  • Davidoff
  • Jil Sander
  • Calvin Klein
  • Colognes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez, Kylie and the Beckhams

Proctor and Gamble

  • Max Factor
  • Covergirl
  • Aussie
  • Clairol
  • Graham Webb
  • SK II
  • Olay
  • Braun
  • Gillette
  • Head and Shoulders
  • Herbal Essences
  • Infusium
  • Pantene
  • Physique
  • Hugo Boss Fragrances
  • Sebastian
  • Vidal Sassoon
  • Wella


  • Dove
  • Lynx/Axe
  • Impulse
  • Lux
  • Ponds
  • Sunsilk
  • Vaseline
  • Timotei


  • Bourjois cosmetics (available at Sephora)
  • Chanel


  • Revlon
  • Almay
  • Ultima 2

Elizabeth Arden

  • Elizabeth Arden products
  • Prevage
  • Britney Spears, Hilary Duff and many other fragrances

Alliance Boots

  • Toni and Guy (products only)
  • Kangol (products only)
  • French Connection (products only)
  • Botanics
  • No 7
  • 17
  • Soltan

Johnson and Johnson

  • Johnson’s
  • Aveeno
  • RoC
  • Piz Buin
  • Clean and Clear
  • Neutrogena


  • Clarins products
  • Thierry Mugler
  • Azzaro

Dr. Audrey Kunin, M.D.

  • DERMADoctor

Dr. Fredric Brandt, M.D.

  • Dr. Brandt Skincare

Dr. Howard Murad, M.D.

  • Murad

Dr. Nicholas V. Perricone, M.D.

  • N.V. Perricone Cosmeceuticals
  • oliver

    So I did find a list. How cool. Is there an updated one somewhere. I am off to look at more of this goto site that I just found and love.

  • hhehe

    it doesnt necessarily mean everything’s the same, but these companies were all BOUGHT by the same person. they have different heads and etc. it really doesnt mean that much unless they market and sell products with the same ingredients. because honestly, MAC is different from the “estee lauder” brand that we buy in department stores. how do i know…. one of them carries my foundation shade, the other acts like i dont exist.

  • I believe Philosophy is an independent company, but I’m honestly not sure.

  • cilla

    thank you for posting the list! it;s amazing how many brands relate to each other through one company… do you know who owns philosphy?

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