Cosmetics, skincare and fragrance company founded in 1946 by Estée Lauder, who started with several skincare products created by her chemist uncle. She landed counter space at Saks in 1948, and went on to build an empire. Lauder died in 2004; the Estée Lauder company is now publicly traded, but is still run by the Lauder family.
The first fragrance from Estée Lauder was Youth Dew (see reviews of Youth Dew Eau de Parfum and Youth Dew Body Creme), introduced in 1953 as a scented bath oil that could also be used as a perfume. It was followed by Estée in 1968 and Azurée in 1969. Other well known fragrances include Aliage (1972), Private Collection (1973), Cinnabar (1978), White Linen (1978), Beautiful (1985), Knowing (1988), Spellbound (1991), Pleasures (1995), Intuition (2000) and Beyond Paradise (2003).
Recent fragrances from Estée Lauder
The Private Collection fragrances
Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia launched in 2007, and was the first scent in a projected series of "Private Collection" fragrances in tighter distribution (only at more upscale department stores) and at slightly higher prices than the regular Estée Lauder Line. It was followed by Private Collection Amber Ylang Ylang in 2008 and Private Collection Jasmine White Moss in 2009.
The Tom Ford collection
In 2005, Estée announced that Tom Ford had signed on to create new products under the Estée Lauder brand, and to launch his own Tom Ford brand in late 2006. Fragrances under Tom Ford's direction under the Estee Lauder name include Youth Dew Amber Nude (2005) and Azuree body oil (2006). Tom Ford Black Orchid (2006) was the first fragrance under his own name. The 2007 Tom Ford Estee Lauder Collection included Azuree Body Oil & Azuree Soleil Eau Fraiche Skinscent.
Other Estée Lauder Brands
In addition to products marketed under the Estée Lauder brand name, the company also owns and/or markets a variety of other cosmetic & fragrance brand names including American Beauty, Aramis, Aveda, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Coach, Daisy Fuentes, Donna Karan, Flirt!, Jo Malone, MAC, Marni, Michael Kors, Missoni, Origins, Prescriptives, Sean John Fragrances, Tom Ford and Tommy Hilfiger. In 2014, they purchased Le Labo, Rodin Olio Lusso and Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle; in 2016, they added the By Kilian brand.
Where to buy
From the website (see below), or at major department stores or online fragrance discounters.
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