Sales: $1.7 billion
Key Personnel: Christian Courtin-Clarins, president, supervisory board; Dr. Olivier Courtin-Clarins, managing director; Jonathan Zrihen, chief executive officer.
Major Products: Clarins—Tonic Body Treatment Oil, Eau Dynamisante, Extra-Firming, Double Serum, Body Shaping Cream, Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, Joli Rouge, Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector; My Blend—Day Essential, Night Essential, Boosters, Skin Perfecters; Mugler fragrances; Azzaro fragrances.
New Products: Clarins—Body Fit Anti-Cellulite Contouring Expert, Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil, Multi-Active Eye, Pore Perfecting Matifying Foundation, Skin Illusion Foundation Powder Free (reformulation); Mugler Amen Kryptomint, Alien Musc Mystéries, Alien Eau Sublime fragrances; Azzaro Wanted fragrance. To be launched: Anti-Aging Serum
Comments: Clarins may be a multibillion dollar global business, but it remains a family business, too. The company is overseen by the founder’s sons, who remain committed to Jacques Courtin-Clarins’ vision, and to their employees.
As managing director Dr. Olivier Courtin-Clarins noted, “Our father used to say: ‘What I want is for all Clarins employees to be happy to come to the office on Monday morning.’ So it’s also about making the lives of our employees as beautiful as possible. And then of course, as players in the beauty industry, our goal is to make women more beautiful, more confident... My brother and I test all the products. It is important for the leaders to know them all.”
Like politics, all cosmetics then, is local. But that doesn’t mean the Clarins Group is against expansion. This year, the company launched its makeup line in India and is partnering with Sanghvi, the largest spa operator in the country.
“India is one of the priorities for Clarins; it is a fast-growing market and is one of the important markets for Clarins globally,” Prisca Courtin, a board member and daughter of Olivier Courtin-Clarins, told reporters. “Clarins is already a market leader in the premium skin care segment here. We realized that makeup is extremely popular in India and keeping that in mind, Clarins is launching its makeup line in India in 2017. We feel that Indians will appreciate that given their inclination towards natural products,” said Courtin.
Back home, last month, Clarins Group moved to its new building located in Paris’ 17th arrondissement on the corner of avenue de la Porte des Ternes and rue Gustave Charpentier. Just like the group’s products, the building takes its inspiration from nature to offer all employees the best possible working conditions. For example, the building relies of biomimcry for cooling operations. Cooling tubes move air underground to recover the freshness of the ground and is modeled on termite mounds.
According to Clarins, this new headquarters represents all of the group’s values: performance using advanced technology, sustainability through its energy and environmental high performance certification, the boldness of its modern architecture, and lastly, respect for both nature and its employees.
The company cafeteria, which opens onto the garden, accommodates a large table so that employees can share their lunch all together. A desire for warmth and friendliness that echoes the feelings of the group’s executives towards those who make a daily contribution to its success.
The seven floors of the building combine cutting-edge technology and environmental awareness, particularly through the automatic control of lighting, innovative and low consumption heating and air conditioning systems, as well as rainwater collection for watering green spaces.