Clinique Skincare, Cosmetics, Toiletries and Fragrances

Clinique is a manufacturer of skincare, cosmetics, toiletries and fragrances, owned by the Estée Lauder Corporation.

In 1967, American Vogue magazine published an article called “Can Great Skin Be Created?”, written by beauty editor Carol Phillips with Dr. Norman Orentriech, 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. Both Carol Phillips and Dr. Orentreich were recruited to help create the brand, and in August, 1968, Clinique premiered as the world’s first hypo-allergenic, dermatologist-driven line at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Clinique tests its product for allergic reactions by applying it to 600 people 12 times, with a standard of zero reactions.

Skin care

Clinique's soap contains tallow and lye as the bases. There are three formulas available in North America and Europe; Extra-mild, Mild, and Oily.

Clinique also has a facial care line called CX which contains products targeted towards specialized needs, such as stretch marks associated with pregnancy.

Clinique also carries a skin care line targeted to men.

General cosmetics

Although mostly known as a skincare line, 52% of revenue for Clinique is derived from their makeup, 25% from foundation alone. Clinique also carries a line of makeup brushes coated with an antibacterial solution.


Clinique's original fragrance is Aromatics Elixir. Happy, Clinique's best-selling women's fragrance, was introduced in 1997. It features notes of ruby red grapefruit, bergamot, Hawaiian wedding flower, and spring mimosa.


Clinique Medical

In 2008, Clinique announced a partnership 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."

The regimen includes a probiotic cleaner, skin conditioner, recovery complex to treat redness and discoloration, a treatment cream for lines and wrinkles, and a moisturizer with SPF 38.

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