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Who owns what? In the age of corporate mergers, acquisitions and stock deals, you may be surprised to learn who owns what beauty brands and who has the fragrance licenses for certain fashion houses. We’ve pulled out our financial spreadsheets, annual reports and corporate outlines to shed some light on the current state of beauty brands. Here is an overview of some of our favourite brands and who owns them.

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Giorgio Armani models


L’Oreal owns 32 international brands including: Lancome, Kiehl’s, Biotherm, shu uemura,Vichy, La Roche-Posay, Urban Decay, Giorgio Armani Beauty, Yves Saint Laurent Beaute, Clarisonic, Decleor, Viktor & Rolf fragrances, Ralph Lauren fragrances, Giorgio Armani fragrances, Drakar Noir fragrances, Paloma Picasso fragrances, Kerastase, Carita, skinceuticals, Essie, Maybelline New York, Maison Martin Margiela fragrances, Redken, Diesel fragrances, The Body Shop, Cacharel fragrances, Helena Rubinstein, Proenza Schouler, Matrix, L’Oreal Paris, Roger & Gallet, Sanoflore, etc.

YSL lipstick


Fragrance licenses for: Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Bottega Veneta, Miu Miu, Adidas, Astor, Balenciaga, Beyonce, Cerruti, Chopard, David Beckham. Enrique Iglesias, Guess, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lopez, Jil Sander, Joop!, Jovan, Katy Perry, Love2Love, Manhattan, Miss Sporty, Nautica, Playboy, Roberto Cavalli, Stetson, Vera Wang, Lady Gaga, Truth or Dare by Madonna, Tim McGraw, Tonino Lamborshini, Vivienne Westwood, Pierre Cardin & Vespa.

Philosophy skincare, OPI, Rimmel London, Sally Hanson, Bourjois, Lancaster & NYC Colour. Currently in the process of creating a joint partnership with P&G Prestige fragrance brands: Dolce & Gabbana fragrances, Gucci fragrances, Hugo Boss fragrance, Lacoste fragrances, Escada, Art of Shaving, etc.

marc jacobs daisy dream forever

Clarins Group

Thierry Mugler fragrances, Boucheron fragrances, Azzaro fragrances, VanCleef & Arpel fragrances, Swarovski fragrances, Nuxe, Porshe Design fragrances, My Blend,

Distribution deal with Burberry Beauty & fragrances & stockholder in L’Occitane


Shiseido Group

Shiseido, NARS, Cle de Peau, Bare Escentuals, Bare Minerals, Za Beauty, Ipsa, ettusais, d’icilia, Soka Mocka, Benefique, Prior, Revital Granas, Aupres, Urara, Elixir, Haku, d program, The Ginza, 2e, Navision, D-Q Dermal Quotient, Pure & Mild, Aquair, Maquillage, Majolica Majroca, Integrate, sunmedic, Tsubaki, Ma Cherie, Super Mild, Anessa, AG Bodycare, Sea Breeze, Uno, Auslese, & Aqualabel. (Many of these brands are exclusive to Asia)

Beaute Prestige International: Issey Miyake fragrances, Narciso Rodriguez fragances, Ferragamo fragrances, Elie Saab fragrances, Serge Lutens, Zadig & Voltaire fragrances,

shiseido lipstick


Dior, Guerlain, Benefit Cosmetics, Parfums Givenchy, Kenzo fragrances, Acqua di Parma, Loewe fragrances, Makeup Forever, Fresh, Nude & Sephora

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Dior holiday 2015

Estee Lauder Companies

MAC Cosmetics, Estee Lauder, Clinique, Bobbi Brown, La Mer, Aramis, Aerin, Aveda, Darphin LAB Series, GlamGlow, Goodskin Labs, Kiton fragrances, Marni fragrances, Origins, Osiao, Prescriptives, Robin Olio Lusso, Smashbox, Tom Ford Beauty, Tommy Hilfiger fragrancs, , Jo Malone, Bumble and Bumble, Le Labo, Frederic Malle, Donna Karan fragrances, Michael Kors fragrances, Ermenegildo Zegna fragrances & Tory Burch beauty & fragrances

mac holiday 2015


Prada fragrances (excluding Miu Miu), Nina Ricci fragrances, Paco Rabanne fragrances, Valentino fragrances, Jean-Paul Gaultier fragrances (as of 2016), Carolina Herrera fragrances, Penhaligon’s, L’Artisan Perfumeur, Commes des Garcons fragrances, Antonio Banderas fragrances, Shakira fragrances, United Colors of Benetton fragrances & The Essence of a Fragrance


Elizabeth Arden

Elizabeth Arden & Prevage

Fragrance licenses for: Juicy Couture, One Direction, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, John Varavatos, Gant, Mariah Carey, Badgley Mischka, Elizabeth Taylor, Geoffrey Beane, Usher, Halston, Nanette Lepore, Ed Hardy, True Religion, BCBG Max Azria, Hummer, Alfred Sung, Lulu Guiness, Curve by Liz Clairborne & Britney Spears


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    Wendy Lam-Vechi
    April 19, 2023 at 8:23 am

    I thought they were all independent companies too!! I would not have thought Loreal owned so many companies, especially Body Shop

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    Shannon Herrick
    August 2, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    Thank you for this! Coty also owns the Tiffany fragrances

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    Carole Sauve
    October 31, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    So thankful you did this work as it really makes it all the more transparent for us. Definitely saving this article. @CJ_in_Canada

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    Lesa L.
    October 29, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Was very surprised by some of these. Thanks for the info.

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    Ellie Lane
    October 29, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Wow, what an eye-opener! I, rather naively, thought all beauty brands were individual companys!

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    October 29, 2015 at 8:03 am

    That’s helpful !!!now I know why some products are so similar in ingredients

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    Amanda Wright
    October 29, 2015 at 2:02 am

    Interesting!! This actually explains why some brands are being rated so closely together – because they’re owned by the same company! This makes shopping so much easier. Lol

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    Roberta MacQuarries
    October 29, 2015 at 1:49 am

    Great info! We live in a conglomerate world, (sigh).

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    October 29, 2015 at 1:44 am

    Wow this actually changes the way I look at some of these companies and products in a positive away. Amazing @angie7623

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    Stephanie Upton
    October 29, 2015 at 12:58 am

    I never would have guessed!! Thx for the great info Dave!!?

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    Helene Decoste
    October 28, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing this article Dave.

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    Regina Cocco
    October 28, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Great articel. Never knew that so many brands belong to a group of a brand!

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    Rozeena Karim
    October 28, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Wow, thanks Dave for sharing! Some i know, did not expect this, wow great Article, research!

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    Anastasia K.
    October 28, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    what a set!♥

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    Julie-Lynne McCann
    October 28, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    OH MY GOODNESS…..I so want this Guerlain….so F A B U L O U S!!!! Beautiful beautiful set. amazing!!!


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    katerina gian.
    October 28, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Very interesting article Dave..i had no idea!!wow..lots of information…??? @katestratos?

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