Tom's of Maine

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Tom's of Maine logo (2010-present)

Tom's of Maine is a brandname and manufacturer of natural-ingredients-only personal care products, a partially owned subsidiary of Colgate-Palmolive since 2006. The company's products are intentionally made without ingredients that are: chemically derived, have a negative environmental impact, or are tested on animals.[1][2] While most of its products are vegan, some contain propolis and/or beeswax sourced from bees.[3]

History[edit]

Tom's of Maine logo (until 2010)

Tom's of Maine was founded by Tom and Kate Chappell in 1970 with US$5,000. The company is based in Kennebunk, Maine, USA and is currently a division of multinational conglomerate Colgate-Palmolive. Tom's of Maine has approximately 150 employees.

Its approximately 90 oral- and body-care products are sold at more than 40,000 retail outlets worldwide. Their product lines include soaps, toothpastes, deodorants, and mouthwashes, among others. Their fluoride toothpastes are the only natural alternatives to common, industrial-ingredient dentifrices to earn the American Dental Association's Seal of Acceptance.

Acquisition[edit]

In 2006, a controlling 84% stake in Tom's of Maine was purchased by Colgate-Palmolive for USD $100,000,000;[4] the Chappells own the remaining sixteen percent. The terms of the purchase stipulate that the policies and company culture of the Tom's of Maine brand, a crucial part of what makes the overall company so valuable, will be retained.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Product Certification - Tom's of Maine". Tom's of Maine. 302 Lafayette Center, Kennebunk, ME, 04043. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ingredients Not In Our Products - Tom's of Maine". Tom's of Maine. 302 Lafayette Center, Kennebunk, ME, 04043. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ingredient Fact Sheet: Propolis - Tom's of Maine". Tom's of Maine. 302 Lafayette Center, Kennebunk, ME, 04043. Archived from the original on December 7, 2008. Retrieved July 28, 2011. At Tom’s of Maine, the propolis we use is harvested carefully, insuring that no bees are harmed in the process. 
  4. ^ a b "Colgate expands reach of quirky toothpaste". USATODAY.com (Gannett Co. Inc.). The Associated Press. March 22, 2006. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 

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