Neutrogena began its success story in 1930 when founder Emanuel Stolaroff started a small specialty cosmetic company called Natone. In the early years, Natone was a supplier to beauty salons usually associated with the glamour of the film industry. By the 1940's, Natone began manufacturing and distributing cosmetics for the retail market.
Stolaroff heard of an unusual soap developed by Dr. Edmond Fromont, a Belgian cosmetic chemist. Fromont's patented formula produced a mild, clear soap that rinsed quickly and easily from the skin, leaving essentially no soap residue. Eleven minutes after washing with this unique soap, skin returned to its normal pH - just one minute more than washed with only plain water!
Stolaroff believed there was a market for such a high quality soap and arranged to import and distribute the Neutrogena® brand product in the United States. Setting the course for future growth, he emphasized the transparency of the soap to clearly communicate its difference. In addition, he targeted sales to new distribution channels-department stores and better drug stores.
Lloyd Cotsen, an integral member of the Neutrogena family, became president of the company in 1967 and made another key decision that would profoundly influence the future of the company—to promote the benefits of Neutrogena® soap to the medical profession. The strong relationship between Neutrogena Corporation and dermatologists gave the company an exceptional competitive advantage.
As the Neutrogena® brand gained a unique acceptance by the medical profession, a new emphasis was directed toward marketing and research efforts to create a line of safe, mild, premium quality skincare products. In 1973, the company went public and by 1980, Neutrogena entered the haircare market.
The respect and credibility earned by Neutrogena Corporation led to its acquisition by Johnson & Johnson in 1994. As a member of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, the makers of Neutrogena® have the opportunity to preserve the "Neutrogenic way" while at the same time drawing on the breadth of Johnson & Johnson resources.
Now, more than ever, consumers equate health with beauty. Neutrogena stands naturally poised for tremendous future growth and an ever-increasing number of satisfied customers.