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Clinique Laboratories, LLC
Company typeSubsidiary
IndustryCosmetics industry
Founded1968; 56 years ago (1968)
FounderEvelyn Lauder
HeadquartersNew York City
Area served
ProductsCosmetics, skincare, toiletries, fragrances
ParentEstée Lauder Companies

Clinique Laboratories, LLC (/klɪˈnk/) is an American manufacturer of skincare, cosmetics, toiletries and fragrances, usually sold in high-end department stores. It is a subsidiary of the Estée Lauder Companies. As of 2019, Clinique has over 22,000 customer consultants worldwide.[1]


Clinique counter at a Farmers department store

In 1967, American Vogue magazine published an article called "Can Great Skin Be Created?",[2] written by beauty editor Carol Phillips with Norman Orentreich, discussing the significance of a skin-care routine. Evelyn Lauder, daughter-in-law of Estée Lauder, read the article and brought it to Estée's attention.[3] Both Carol Phillips and Orentreich were recruited to help create the brand, and in April 1968, Clinique premiered as the world's first allergy tested, dermatologist-driven line at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, US,[4] launched with 117 products.[5]

Evelyn Lauder, an executive at Estée Lauder and member of the Lauder family, created the Clinique brand name and developed its line of products.[6] Lauder worked as the training director for Clinique.[6] She was the first person to wear the trademark white lab coat, now worn by Clinique Consultants worldwide.[6]

Clinique was the third brand that was "born" from the Lauder Group after Estée Lauder and Aramis.[7]

In 2008, Clinique announced a partnership[8] with Allergan, the maker of Botox and former cosmeceutical partner of Elizabeth Arden, with the result being a new line called Clinique Medical. The line is only available in physician's offices. The five-product set is designed for pre- and post-operation skin care, and targets complications such as redness, tightness, burning, irritation, discoloration, among others that "slow the healing process."[9] In 2022, Clinique launched in the Metaverse and released a new NFT campaign.[10]

In 2024, Clinique formed a partnership with New York’s Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to establish a research dermatology centre.[11]


In 2019, Clinique was "awarded Best Ecommerce Experience at the inaugural Glossy Awards Europe."[1]

In 2020, Clinique publicly announced British actress Emilia Clarke as their first Global Ambassador.[12][13]


  1. ^ a b "Clinique and Qubit Awarded Win for Best Ecommerce Experience in Beauty at Glossy Awards Europe". MarTech Series. August 9, 2019. Retrieved September 25, 2020.
  2. ^ "Can Great Skin be Created? | Vogue | August 15, 1967". Vogue | The Complete Archive. Retrieved September 25, 2020.
  3. ^ "Everything You Need To Know About Clinique". Retrieved September 25, 2020.
  4. ^ Rita Silvan (March 10, 2005). "Clinique, c'est chic". Elle Canada. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  5. ^ Loda, Ruggero. "Can Great Skin Can Be Created? - A Brief History on Clinique". Orchids and Peonies. Archived from the original on December 22, 2020. Retrieved September 25, 2020.
  6. ^ a b c Dargan, Michelle (November 13, 2011). "Service to be Monday for Evelyn Lauder, beauty exec and pink ribbon co-creator". Palm Beach Daily News. Archived from the original on May 13, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  7. ^ "Key Moments". Retrieved February 28, 2023.
  8. ^ [1] Archived May 31, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ [2] Archived September 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Hobbs, Jonathan (June 13, 2022). "Clinique Fashions An Inclusive Look In The Metaverse". Zenger News. Retrieved January 6, 2023.
  11. ^ "Clinique sets up dermatology centre with med school Icahn Mount Sinai". Cosmetics Business. Retrieved February 7, 2024.
  12. ^ "Meet Emilia Clarke". Retrieved January 30, 2020.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "قمرين | وصفات طبيعية للوجه والشعر والجسم بالخلطات".

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