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Founded in 1946, Lancaster is an industry leader in international luxury cosmetics and the sun care market. The house of Lancaster produces makeup, skin care products and sun care, and is a prominent presence in over 40 countries. The company was started by George Wurz, an industrialist, and Dr. Eugene Frezatti, a chemist who specialized in cosmetics. Together, they founded the Lancaster factory in Monaco, where they produced the signature products Crème Embryonnaire, Serum Tissulaire and le Lait pour les Mains, that gave rise to the company’s success in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Lancaster became the sole supplier of beauty products for Princess Grace of Monaco and developed an anti-aging line called Ligne Princiere. In the early 1970s, the company launched its sun care line with the addition of self-tanners, pre-sun and sun protection, as well as sun makeup. Lancaster further pioneered skin care with the ingredient Retinol, and it was the first to incorporate into its product line.
In 1993, Lancaster began using oxygen in their products, in a therapy called vital Oxygen Supply. It patented RPF 2002, a technology designed to combat aging and the damaging effects of free radicals.
Lancaster began manufacturing fragrances in 1977, working in collaboration with perfumers Emilie (Bevierre) Coppermann and Francis Kurkdjian. In 1997, it launched Sunwater, a feminine scent that combines florals and green apples with woodsy tones. In 2013, Lancaster introduced Summer Splash, a light combination of citrus, floral and musk. As of 2016, the company has six fragrances.