Perfume News

FFI buys Elizabeth Arden from Unilever

by Grant Osborne, 31st October, 2000

Unilever has sold its Elizabeth Arden business to US company French Fragrances Inc for $225 million, as part of Unilever's program to shed operations that don't meet its strategic needs.Unilevers other brands include Calvin Klein Cosmetics, Nautica fragrances, Fabergé, Magnum Ice Cream and Lipton Tea.FFI, based in Miami La…

LVMH Gets Fresh!

by Grant Osborne, 25th September, 2000

LVMH (Moet Hennessey Louis Vuitton) have aquired a majority stake in the cosmetic and fragrance manufacturer Fresh Inc, for an undisclosed sum.Fresh, based in Boston USA makes cosmetics from natural ingredients and sells via it's own stores and via department stores including Neiman Marcus and Barney's.Fresh's fragrances inclu…

Sanofi Beaute becomes YSL Beaute

by Grant Osborne, 27th July, 2000

The Sanofi Beaute group will be changing it's name to YSL Beaute with immediate effect. Sanofi Beaute was acquired by the Gucci Group in 1999, fighting of fierce competition from another luxury goods purveyor, LVMH.Sanofi Beaute includes prestige brands such as Yves Saint Laurent, Oscar De La Renta, Van Cleef and Arpels amongst others…

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Coty-Cardin Collaboration

by Grant Osborne, 13th July, 2000

Coty Inc. and Pierre Cardin have entered into a licensing agreement to produce and distribute Pierre Cardin fragrances in Europe. Cardin is one of the most recognized brand names in the world, and currently sells four fragrances for men (Pour Monsieur, Bleu Marine, Enigme and Centaure). Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, Coty wi…

Gary Farn dies aged 65

by Grant Osborne, 05th July, 2000

Gary Allen Farn died, aged 65 on June 26th 2000 from a brain tumor. Gary Farn was born June 27, 1934 to Eustace and Celeste. He worked for Yardley of London and Coty Inc amongst others. In 1976 He opened Gary Farn Ltd, his own cosmetics business. Gary Farn Ltd's portfolio included brands such as Lolita Lempicka, Jil…

Cosmair to become L'Oreal USA

by Grant Osborne, 26th June, 2000

In a move that launches a L'Oreal corporate brand in the United States, Cosmair, Inc., the beauty leader in the U.S., today changed its name to L'Oreal USA, Inc., announced Guy Peyrelongue, president and CEO."Over the years we have built L'Oreal USA into the leading beauty company in America," said Peyrelongue. "…