Molton Brown

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Molton Brown
Industry Retail
Founded 1973
Products Toiletries
Parent Kao Corporation

Molton Brown was founded as a hair salon in 1973 by Caroline Burstein and has since become one of the UK's leading upmarket personal care firms. Molton Brown’s products are sold within its own network of retail stores and department stores worldwide.[1]

The name Molton Brown is a fusion of the street name South Molton Street (where the first store was based) and the boutique Browns, which was owned by the founder Caroline Burstein’s parents.[2][3]


It was founded as a hair salon in 1973. In the 1990s Molton Brown launched a hotel, travel and leisure division which supplies hotels with skin and beauty products.[4]

Japanese cosmetics firm KAO acquired Molton Brown for £170m in 2005 as part of an international strategy to expand its portfolio of upmarket brands. Kao retains Molton Brown as a stand-alone brand within its prestige cosmetics division.[5]

Each product is still blended in England.[6]

Awards & recognition[edit]

In February 2013 Molton Brown was awarded the BUAV Leaping Bunny stamp of approval by Cruelty Free International certifying all of the brand’s products to be free from animal tests under the international Humane Standards.[7]

In 2013 Molton Brown was granted a Royal Warrant in recognition of their status as "Supplier of Toiletries" to HM The Queen – Master of Household.[8]