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The 20 Biggest Cosmetic Companies in the World

Every year the trade magazines put together a list of the biggest cosmetic companies in the beauty industry. It’s a pretty handy list and if you are just starting or have been working for a while in cosmetics, you should be familiar with these companies. At the very least, you’ll know where there might be future employment opportunities. These companies hire lots of cosmetic chemists.

You can see the complete list of the Top 20 Global Beauty Companies as compiled by Happi magazine.

Here is the quick list. They are ranked by yearly sales.

Beauty Sales (US Billions)haircare1

  1. Procter & Gamble – $26.3
  2. L’Oréal - $25.8
  3. Unilever  - $16
  4. Avon  - $7.6
  5. Beiersdorf  - $7.5
  6. Estee Lauder  - $7.3
  7. Shiseido  - $6.9
  8. Kao  - $5.9
  9. Johnson & Johnson  – $5.6
  10. Henkel  - $4.4
  11. LVMH  - $3.7
  12. Coty  - $3.5
  13. Chanel  - $3.0
  14. Limited Brands  – $2.7
  15. Mary Kay  – $2.6
  16. Yves Rocher  – $2.5
  17. Natura  - $2.1
  18. Alticor - $1.9
  19. Kose - $1.8
  20. Oriflame - $1.7

{ 25 comments… add one }

  • Marcos Valenca 08/12/2014, 6:06 pm

    Hi, Perry:

    I tend to see skin and anti-aging cosmetics as baloney. I think they make people believe their products work by charging a lot of money, then people reason if this stuff costs this much, it must work. Am I right?

    If there are good skin and anti-aging products, which are the top three best companies that produce them?

    Are all fragrances made with synthetic ingredients or are there still perfumes made out of natural ingredients?

    Thank you,
    Marcos Valenca.

    • Perry Romanowski 08/13/2014, 7:55 pm

      You’re right about skin products. The top technology is probably Olay but other products work well too. There is just no reason to spend more money than you would on an Olay product.

      No all fragrances are not made with synthetic ingredients. Most of them are a blend of things obtained from nature and synthetic copies of those molecules.

  • Alice Harvell 06/11/2014, 10:34 am

    Hello Perry, I am a distributor for a new cosmetic product called Dermalol MD. Made for men and women, safe for sensitive skin and zero side effects. Drastically reduces wrinkles and firms skin INSTANTLY. Yes, while you watch it happen! Any suggestions on how to place this unknown, unique product in front of the general public? Or, possibly, retailers? Thank you.

    • Perry Romanowski 06/16/2014, 5:28 pm

      Color me skeptical, but if you could actually reduce wrinkles instantly you shouldn’t have any problem selling the product. I would record a video and put it up on Youtube.

  • ibrahim nutt 05/23/2014, 9:28 am

    i m drawing up a business plan for school to start up my own cosmetic company any info about the process is needed… thank you for info on sales

  • reg 03/07/2014, 12:02 pm

    Where is there a “makeup” school that I can attend in the Boston area or at least in Massachusetts where I can get an intense and in depth knowledge, hands on experience about “makeup” only (applying it, skin tones, ALL shades, face shapes, serums, brushes and their uses, etc, etc).
    Thank you!

    • Perry Romanowski 03/17/2014, 6:50 am

      I’m not familiar with this type of school. Our website is focused more on creating cosmetics not applying them.

  • Nyrin 09/23/2013, 12:42 am

    Does anyone knows someone who is capable to be answer most of question about cosmetic animal testing?

  • Quinntavais 09/17/2013, 6:29 pm

    What is the top 4 commonly used cosmetic product?

    • Perry Romanowski 09/17/2013, 6:37 pm

      Skin products, Hair care products, Color cosmetics and Fine Fragrances

  • Ramli 05/03/2013, 10:16 pm

    Anyone can tell me the most popular and effective cosmetic used by most women/ladies.?

    • Perry Romanowski 05/06/2013, 9:34 pm

      Shampoo is pretty popular.

      • sally hodges 10/26/2013, 7:13 pm

        Soap is not a cosmetic. It is classified under a different product catagory. Since shampoo is soap, it is not a cosmetic. However, hair dyes and hair altering products, such as mousse and gel, are considered to be cosmetics.

        The most popular cosmetics are skin care products.

        • Perry Romanowski 10/27/2013, 5:04 pm

          You are mistaken if you believe shampoo is soap. It is not. See the FDA.gov website for more information.

    • Martisa-Beauty Blogger 05/10/2013, 12:02 am

      One of the best foundations I have ever used is Avon’s Ideal Flawless Loose Powder! It is lightweight, lasts a long time. has great coverage, and looks as if you are wearing nothing! I love it You can wear it over your cream or liquid foundation or you can just wear it! When I wear it over another foundation I don’t need any concealer and I have a dark scar on my face! If you feel you need concealer but want something light apply your concealer 1st, then apply some tinted moisturizer, and lastly apply the loose powder lightly! I wore this for 10 hours while working and sweating I dabbed the sweat off and still looked great! Just go to Avon.com

  • Jo Ann Morris 04/17/2013, 9:50 pm

    Question ~ Not a comment. I am trying to find the name of a cosmetic that uses a script type A in their Logo. Can you help. Thought it might be ArtMatic. The A they use is almost like the one for which I am looking, but not exactly. Could they have changed their or does anyone know of another company that using a A similar to theirs?

  • lastdon 04/16/2013, 12:51 pm

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  • Phyllis Gregory 03/20/2013, 12:03 pm

    I had an idea for a face cream but I don’t know if it would work. I have been told about a type of jellyfish that is known as an immortal jellyfish & I was talking to someone & said wouldn’t it be cool if we could extract some cells out of this jellyfish & replicate what it can do which is regenerate our own cells so we women can look young get rid of wrinkles for a long time. let me know what you think .

    • Perry Romanowski 03/20/2013, 2:54 pm

      An interesting idea but technology is not nearly advanced enough in cosmetics (or medicine) to be able to apply these cells to human skin cells.

  • Wencie Gordon 03/09/2013, 2:20 pm

    I was wondering if a more recent article or statistics following up on what was reported back in 2009; titled “Top 20 Global Beauty Companies” and linked to the Beauty Packaging website is available. I’m very interested in how the cosmetic firms have faired over the past four years.

    Thank you

    • Perry Romanowski 03/10/2013, 8:38 am

      I don’t have any specific numbers but there has been small but steady growth in the industry. (+4%)

  • Narendra nath Mandal 03/07/2013, 6:48 am

    East or west unilever is the best.

  • elina 03/04/2013, 2:50 pm

    thanks i really loved this website. It told me all of the cosmetic companies. I needed this info for my science project on cosmetics.!!

    Sincerely, Elina

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