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Who owns what?

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

dior beauty holiday 2015

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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    Christine Northrop
    October 28, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    very interesting article thanks for all the info Dave

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    Beth Fralix
    October 28, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    That was very interesting!! A lot of it makes sense but there were some real surprises in this article! Thank you for sharing it with us! God Bless You! @BethandWilliam

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    Katarina Gratton
    October 28, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Wow, L’Oréal is a true powerhouse!

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    October 28, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Very interesting.

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    Connie peixoto
    October 28, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Oh wow very interesting and I had nooooooo idea

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    Christine Smith
    October 28, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Is it just me who finds this vaguely depressing?

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    September Dee
    October 28, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Wish I owned some stocks. lol

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    gloria patterson
    October 28, 2015 at 11:43 am

    did not know so few companies owned so much

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    Kimberly Wood
    October 28, 2015 at 10:51 am

    very cool, thanks for sharing! I knew some of them, but I had no idea the lists were so long! I thought some of those brands were independent!

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    October 28, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Very interesting !! How the money finally gets back to the same bosses … Thanks for sharing

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    October 28, 2015 at 10:31 am

    amazing how it’s changed over the years

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    October 28, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Interesting read! Thanks for the info Dave! @daydream4beauty

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    October 28, 2015 at 9:21 am

    interesting information, learned something………Thanks Dave!!

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    October 28, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Very interesting. Great topic choice Dave!

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    Edith Thurman
    October 28, 2015 at 9:06 am

    I knew L’Oreal owned a lot of products but wow!

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    christine campbell
    October 28, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Its a changing landscape with all of the mergers going on these days.
    I am up of my technology ones but not the Beauty Industry.
    Very interesting.

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    October 28, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Yes, interesting read & bookmarked for future reference.

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    Cat Forsley
    October 28, 2015 at 7:37 am

    <3 beauty industry is fascinating

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    Shelley N
    October 28, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Like most industries they have merged to get bigger. Amazing who owns what. Always an interesting read for every industry actually

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    Eli Dumas
    October 28, 2015 at 7:24 am

    Thanks for posting this, it was just what I was looking for!

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    Louisa Santoro
    October 28, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Good morning Mr.Lackie, I was shocked when I read who owns what. That was a very interesting read?

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    Gloria Tretiak
    October 28, 2015 at 2:54 am

    love to try one of Coty’s new fragrences

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    Panagiota Ntanou
    October 28, 2015 at 2:36 am

    Dave they are my favourite brands too i love all of them..@Notanota1011 ?

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    Panagiota Ntanou
    October 28, 2015 at 2:34 am

    Very interesting i think ESTEE LAUDER conpanies here in Greece have and “Pupa Milano”

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    Melanie E
    October 28, 2015 at 12:29 am

    It is interesting to find out which large companies own which cosmetics brands! Thanks for the info, Dave! @MaraMel

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