Every year the trade magazines put together a list of the biggest cosmetic companies in the beauty industry. If you are just starting, you should be familiar with these companies. There might be future employment opportunities if you have been working for a while in cosmetics. These companies hire lots of cosmetic chemists.

List of the Top 20 Global Beauty Companies as compiled by Beauty Packaging magazine:

Companies below are ranked by yearly sales in US Billions.


    1. Procter & Gamble – $26.3

Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G) is an American multinational consumer goods corporation headquartered in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. British American William Procter and Irish American James Gamble founded it in 1837.


From beauty and health to home and beyond, P&G brands make every day used cosmetics.


  1. L’Oréal – $25.8

L’Oréal a French cosmetics company is headquartered in Clichy. It has its registered office in Paris. Loreal has developed activities in the field of cosmetics. It concentrates on hair color, skin care, sun protection, make-up, perfume and hair care.

  1. Unilever  – $16

Unilever is a British-Dutch transnational consumer goods company headquartered in London, United Kingdom and Rotterdam, Netherlands. Its products include food, beverages, cleaning agents and personal care products.

  1. Avon  – $7.6

Avon ProductsInc. founded by David H. McConnell in 1886.


It is a direct selling company in beauty, household, and personal care categories.


  1. Beiersdorf  – $7.5

Beiersdorf AG is a German personal-care company based in Hamburg. It manufactures personal-care products and pressure-sensitive adhesives.

  1. Estee Lauder  – $7.3

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc is an American manufacturer. It is marketer of prestige skincare, makeup, fragrance and hair care products.

  1. Shiseido  – $6.9

Shiseido Company, Limited is a Japanese multinational personal care company. It is a skin care, hair care, cosmetics, and fragrance producer.

  1. Kao  – $5.9

Kao Corporation is a chemical and cosmetics company established in 1887 by Tomiro Nagase. It is headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. It is a manufacturer of domestic toiletry soap.

  1. Johnson & Johnson  – $5.6

Johnson & Johnson is an American multinational medical device, pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods manufacturing company founded in 1886.

  1. Henkel  – $4.4

Henkel Company is a German chemical and consumer goods company headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany. It is a multinational company active both in the consumer and industrial sector founded in 1876.

It turns out that 182 beauty companies fall under the massive umbrellas of seven huge manufacturers.

Inspired by a similar graphic, insider created their own infographic. These illustrate all the major beauty brands and the parent companies.


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