Seven companies that control almost every single beauty product you buy
As consumers, we like to think that we’re making a conscious decision when we buy products from a certain brand, especially when it comes to beauty products.
But it turns out, over 182 beauty companies fall under the massive umbrellas of seven huge manufacturers.
INSIDER recently created an infographic that illustrates all the major beauty brands and the parent companies that they fall under.
These seven mega-companies — Estée Lauder Companies, L'Oréal, Unilever, Procter and Gamble, Shiseido, Johnson and Johnson, and Coty — employ thousands of people across the world and make billions of dollars in revenue every year. They also are responsible for controlling advertising and the way we all think about beauty every day.
Estée Lauder Companies
Estée Lauder as a whole made an estimated $11.3 billion in beauty sales in 2016, according to Beauty Packaging. They also have quite a few well-known beauty brands such as Aveda, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, La Mer, and MAC Cosmetics.
L'oreal has the most brands on this list with a total of 39 beauty brands including major staples like Lancôme, Maybelline, Garnier, Essie, and The Body Shop.
They also have very expensive skincare and hair care brands, including Pureology, La Roche-Posay, and SkinCeuticals.
In 2016, it was estimated they made $27.6 billion in beauty annual sales, according to Beauty Packaging.
Unilever has 38 total beauty sub-brands and many of those are staples in drugstores in the US, including Ponds, TIGI, Dove and Vaseline.
Unilever made an estimated $58.2 billion in corporate sales last year, according to Beauty Packaging out of which $22.3 was from beauty sales.
Procter & Gamble
Procter & Gamble has 9 total beauty brands with an emphasis on some of the biggest brands including Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences, Olay and Gilette.
The company made an estimated $76 billion from corporate sales in 2016, according to Beauty Packaging.
Coty has over 33 new brands, after acquiring many brands from Procter & Gamble. The company now owns OPI, Rimmel, Covergirl and also celebrity toiletries like David Beckham and Katy Perry.
Coty made an estimated $4.3 billion in beauty sales, according to Beauty Packaging.
Known for its skincare products- the brand also has over 30 other beauty brands under it. Some of them are also make-up brands including Nars, Laura Mercier and bareMinerals.
The company made an estimated $6.3 billion in beauty sales in 2016.
Johnson and Johnson
Johnson and Johnson has about nine brands under it, including Aveeno, Neutrogena, Lubriderm, amongst others.
The company made over $7.1 billion in 2016 according to Beauty Packaging.