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Clinique Laboratories, LLC
Division of holding company
IndustryConsumer goods
FounderEvelyn Lauder
HeadquartersNew York City
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 the New York, USA[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.

In 2008, Clinique announced a partnership[7] 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 5-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."[8]

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.[9]

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  1. ^ a b "Clinique and Qubit Awarded Win for Best Ecommerce Experience in Beauty at Glossy Awards Europe". MarTech Series. 2019-08-09. Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  2. ^ "Can Great Skin be Created? | Vogue | AUGUST 15, 1967". Vogue | The Complete Archive. Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  3. ^ "Everything You Need To Know About Clinique". Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  4. ^ Rita Silvan (2005-03-10). "Clinique, c'est chic". Elle Canada. Retrieved 2015-07-17.
  5. ^ Loda, Ruggero. "Can Great Skin Can Be Created? - A Brief History on Clinique". Orchids and Peonies. Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  6. ^ a b c Dargan, Michelle (2011-11-13). "Service to be Monday for Evelyn Lauder, beauty exec and pink ribbon co-creator". Palm Beach Daily News. Archived from the original on 2012-05-13. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
  7. ^ [1] Archived May 31, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ [2] Archived September 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Meet Emilia Clarke". Retrieved January 30, 2020.

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