How a simple Vogue article revolutionised skincare and led to the creation of Clinique products…
Did you know that the idea for Clinique came from a Vogue editor?
The year is 1967, and the question on everybody’s lips is: Can great skin be created? Norman Orentreich, a New York dermatologist, is advising his patients to use a 3-step skincare system of his own creation: cleanse, exfoliate, moisturise, when he meets Vogue Beauty Editor Carol Phillips. Tired of seeing the same one-size-fits-all creams in stores, together they create a trailblazing Vogue article and the rest, they say is history!
The creation of ‘Clinique’
In a leading article in the August 1967 edition of Vogue magazine – aka THE article – Dr Orentreich explained how great skin can be created. It was a fascinating article, and one that was also read by Evelyn Laude – daughter in law of Estée. A meeting was promptly set up between Carol Phillips, Dr Orentreich and Estée Lauder, and ‘Clinique’ was born.
The idea that great skin could be created with the righ products marked a new era in skincare, and in 1968 the world famous 3-Step Skin Care System was introduced. Barely a year later, Clinique opened its first UK beauty counter, and has since become on of the most trusted prestige beauty brands in the world.
The science behind the brand
The first ever dermatologist-developed prestige beauty brand, all of clinique’s skincare products are 100% fragrance-free and allergy tested. They debuted with 117 products, of which, the 3-Step System – cleansing with facial soap, exfoliating dead skin cells with the clarifying lotion, hydrating and balancing the skin with moisturiser – will forever be the star of the lineup.
Cult Clinique products
Every prestigious beauty brand has it’s cult favourites, and none more so than Clinique. Here’s our star buys:
Clinique Liquid Facial Soap
Step one of the 3-Step System, it gently cleanses skin and leaves it ready for exfoliating without harming the skin. Allergy tested and 100% fragrance free – use twice daily for best results. allbeauty price: £14.75
Clinique Clarifying Lotion
Step two of the 3-Step System, this award-winning exfoliator leaves skin looking and feeling healthier, reduces excess oil and pores are unclogged. Simpyl apply with a cotton ball twice daily after cleansing and before moisturising. allbeauty price: £22.95
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+
Step three of the 3-Step System, this lightweight moisturiser is easily absorbed to help keep skin hydrated and looking healthy. Easily their best-seller, one of these is sold in the world every 3.7 seconds. allbeauty price: £26.35
Launched in 1988, Clinique Happy is a cool, modern, floral scent that contains top notes of apple, blood grapefruit, plum, bergamot, Indian mandarin and orange. Middle notes of rose, lily-of-the-valley, freesia and orchid, and base notes of musk, amber, magnolia, lily and mimosa.
allbeauty price: £38.45
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm
This award-winning soft-solid cleansing balm melts into a soothing, lightweight oil upon application, gently dissolving eye makeup, dirt, oil, suncreen and impurities.
allbeauty price: £19.95
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