Clinique Laboratories, LLC.
Type Division of holding company (Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.)
Industry Consumer goods
Founded 1968
Headquarters New York, United States of America
Products Cosmetics & beauty
Parent Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.

Clinique (pronounced /klɨˈniːk/) is a manufacturer of skincare, cosmetics, toiletries and fragrances, owned by the Estée Lauder Corporation.



In 1967, American Vogue magazine published an article called “Can Great Skin Be Created?”, written by beauty editor Carol Phillips with Dr. Norman Orentreich, discussing the significance of a skin-care routine. Evelyn Lauder, daughter-in-law of Estée Lauder, read the article[1], and brought it to Estée’s attention. Both Carol Phillips and Dr. Orentreich were recruited to help create the brand, and in August, 1968, Clinique premiered as the world’s first allergy tested, dermatologist-driven line at Saks Fifth Avenue.[2]

Evelyn Lauder, an executive at Estée Lauder and member of the Lauder family, created the Clinique brand name and developed its line of products.[3] Lauder worked as the training director for Clinique.[3] She was the first person to wear the trademark white lab coat, now worn by Clinique salespeople at cosmetic departments worldwide.[3]

Allergy tested

Clinique formulates their products avoiding known allergens; they test each product for allergic reactions by applying it to 600 people 12 times, with a standard of zero reactions.[4]

Skin care

Clinique's most notable product is its 3-Step System. The product combination varies depending on the skin type of the user. The basic assumption behind the Clinique method is the maintenance of hygiene and cleanliness as the foundation of caring for all skin conditions. [5]

Product Differences

While the product names are consistent[6], the formulations of each product can vary across different countries. Each formula is regularly re-evaluated and assessed for potential improvement, resulting in changing of ingredients.[7]

General cosmetics

Although mostly known as a skincare line, 52%[citation needed] of revenue for Clinique is derived from their makeup, 25% from foundation alone. Clinique also carries a line of makeup brushes coated with an antibacterial solution.


Clinique's original fragrance is Aromatics Elixir. It was created in 1971 and is classified as a chypre-floral fragrance.

Happy, Clinique's best-selling women's fragrance, was introduced in 1997. It features notes of ruby red grapefruit, bergamot, Hawaiian wedding flower, and spring mimosa. The fragrance was named after the creative director at Clinique, Jim Nevins, was watching a biography of Judy Garland on the A&E channel one night and the song came on, "Come On Get Happy.". Nevins claims he thought to himself, "Who doesn't want to be happy?"[8] For trademark purposes however, the single word Happy could not be used and as a result the perfume is called Clinque Happy, a name that combines the house brand name and the product name in what the industry refers to as a "lockup."

Wrappings is a special product which is sold only around the Christmas season.

Global Locations



Clinique Medical

In 2008, Clinique announced a partnership[9] with Allergan, the maker of Botox and former cosmeceutical partner of Elizabeth Arden, with the result being a new line called Clinique Medical. The line is only available in physician's offices. The 5-product set is designed for pre- and post-operation skin care, and targets complications such as redness, tightness, burning, irritation, discoloration, among others that "slow the healing process."[10] The regimen includes a probiotic cleaner, skin conditioner, recovery complex to treat redness and discoloration, a treatment cream for lines and wrinkles, and a moisturizer with SPF 38.

Clinique in Hong Kong


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  • clinique — [ klinik ] adj. et n. f. • 1586; lat. clinicus, adj. et n.; gr. klinikos, de klinein « être couché » 1 ♦ Didact. Qui concerne le malade au lit; qui observe directement les manifestations de la maladie, au chevet du malade. Médecine clinique.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • clinique — CLINIQUE. adj. des 2 g. Il se dit de ceux qui recevoient le baptême au lit de la mort. [b]f♛/b] On dit, Médecine clinique, pour désigner particulièrement Celle qu exercent les Praticiens auprès du lit des malades. [b]f♛/b] Il se dit aussi Des… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Clinique — Cli*nique , n. [F.] (Med.) A clinic. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • CLINIQUE — adj. des deux genres Qui a lieu auprès du lit des malades. Observation clinique. Leçons cliniques. Médecine clinique. On dit souvent, comme nom féminin, La clinique, L’enseignement qui se fait auprès du lit des malades. Cours de clinique. Chef de …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • CLINIQUE — adj. des deux genres Qui appartient au lit. Il se dit D une secte de chrétiens qui recevaient le baptême au lit de la mort. Dans ce sens, on ne l emploie guère que substantivement. La secte des cliniques.   Médecine clinique, Celle qui s exerce… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • clinique — (kli ni k ) adj. 1°   Terme de médecine. Qui se fait au lit du malade.    Leçon clinique, celle qui est donnée dans un hôpital près du lit des malades.    Médecine clinique, celle qui s occupe du traitement des maladies considérées… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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  • Clinique makeup — is the personal care line of Clinique, a company owned by Estee Lauder. Clinique makeup is known for providing cosmetic users with gentle makeup and effective skincare .[1] The makeup one of the top brands known for women worldwide. Clinique… …   Wikipedia

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