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Lancôme was founded by Armand Petitjean in 1935 as a cosmetics and fragrance house. Petitjean, casting around for a French-sounding name that could be easily pronounced anywhere, took a variation of Lancosme, a chateau in the center of France.

Petitjean had formerly worked for François Coty, and he began his line with five fragrances: Tendres Nuits, Bocages, Conquête, Kypre and Tropiques. Cosmetics were added soon thereafter, and today, cosmetics and skincare constitute the bulk of Lancôme's business (in the mid-2000s, fragrance made up less than 25%).

Later releases include Magie (1950), Trésor (1952), Ô de Lancôme (1969), Trésor (1990, new version), Poeme (1995), Miracle (2000) and Attraction (2003).

L'Oreal acquired Lancôme in 1964. In 2006, Lancôme opened its first freestanding boutique & spa in New York.

Special collections from Lancôme

In 2005, Lancôme began to reissue some of their classic fragrances under the line La Collection Lancôme. The initial set included Magie, Climat (1967), Sagamore (1985) and Sikkim (1971). In 2006, they added Mille et Une Roses, a reissue of 1999's 2000 et Une Rose. In 2007, Cuir de Lancôme was released, followed by Peut-Être in 2008. In 2011, Lancôme was selling a trio (in some markets) that included Mille et Une Roses, Peut-Être and Balafre (a 1967 fragrance for men). Some of these fragrances are no longer sold on the US website, but can still be found in Paris.

In 2006, Lancôme launched Collection Voyage, a series of travel retail-exclusive scents, with Tropiques (2006). Benghal followed in 2007, Cyclades in 2008.

Recent fragrances from Lancôme

2005: So Magic, Hypnôse

2006:  Trésor Eau De Printemps Sheer, Miracle Forever 

2007:  Hypnose Homme, Hypnôse Sheer, Trésor Sparkling, Trésor Elixir

2008: Hypnôse Homme Fresh, Magnifique

2009: Hypnôse Homme Cologne, Miracle Tendre Voyage, Hypnôse Senses

2010: Trésor In Love, Aroma Blue, Ô d’Azur 

2011: Ô de l’Orangerie, Trésor Midnight Rose, Trésor L'Absolu Desir 

2012: La Vie Est Belle 

2013: L’Autre Oud, La Vie Est Belle L’Eau de Parfum Légère, Trésor Absolu de Parfum & Trésor Eau de Parfum Lumineuse 

2014: La Vie Est Belle Eau de Toilette, La Vie Est Belle L'Absolu, Oud Bouquet 

2015: La Nuit Trésor, La Vie Est Belle Eau de Parfum Intense, Trésor Midnight Rose Elixir D'Orient 

2016: La Vie Est Belle L'Eau de Toilette Florale, Miracle Blossom, Lavandes Trianon, Jasmins Marzipane, Tubéreuses Castane & Ôud Ambroisie, La Nuit Trésor Caresse



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