Did you know that L’Oreal owns Lancome, Shu Uemura and the Body Shop? And that Estee Lauder owns 29 brands including MAC and Clinique? The beauty industry is dominated by a few corporations owning multiple major brands. There are lots of differences across brands owned by the same company, but there are also lots of similarities.
Those companies often put similar ingredients in both low-end and high-end products to save money. The products have the same active ingredients, but different non-active ones, which give a unique scent, texture, colour… Sometimes high-end products are made using more expensive ingredients and innovative technologies, but the truth is they cost more because people expect expensive products to work much better than inexpensive ones and are therefore willing to pay more for them.
So, before you spend lots of money on luxury product, compare its ingredients to those of their less expensive sister brands. Here’s a list (it’s not complete, but will give you a little insight) of who owns what in the beauty industry:
Also owns lots of brands of perfume including Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez, Kylie Minogue, David and Victoria Beckham, Marc Jacobs and Chloe
Bumble and Bumble
Eyes by Design
Lab Series Skincare for men
Sean John Fragrances
Tom Ford Beauty
JOHNSON AND JOHNSON
Clean and Clear
Shower to shower
L’OREAL (partly owned by Nestle):
Maybelline New York
The Body Shop
Victor & Rolf
Acqua di Parma
La Brosse et Dupont
Make up for ever
PROCTER AND GAMBLE
Head and Shoulders
Also owns lots of fragrances including Boss, Hugo and Valentino
REVLON (owned by MacAndrews & Forbes)
Can you think of any other brand not mentioned here? If so, and you know who owns it, let me know in the comments, and I’ll add it to the list!