About Avon

This is the company that puts mascara on lashes and food on tables, that fights wrinkles with one hand and Breast Cancer with the other. That knows the value of a perfect lip, but still opens its mouth and speaks out against Domestic Violence and for women’s financial independence. This is the company that not only brings beauty to doors, but also opens them. The company that supports 6 million Representatives in over 100 countries. This is Avon. The company, that for 125 years, has stood for beauty, innovation, optimism and above all for women.


Interesting Facts About Avon

  1. Avon was founded in 1886.
  1. It was founded by a 28 year old man named David H. McConnell in 1886.
  1. The first products made by Avon were perfumes. In fact, it was initially called The California Perfume Company.
  1. Mrs. P.F.E. Albee was the very 1st Avon lady (in the California Perfume Company). She was 50 years old when she started. She had two children and wanted to earn extra money.
  1. David McConnell chose the Avon name because of his love of play writer William Shakespeare whose hometown was Stratford-upon-Avon.
  1. Avon sells four lipsticks per second.
  1. It sells two Avon mascaras every second.
  1. Avon sells 89,725,000 pieces of jewelry per year worldwide. That equates to three pieces per second.
  1. There are more products that carry the Avon brand name than any other in the world.
  1. An Avon brochure contains 2,000 products . These products include skin care, hair care, personal care, fashion, cosmetics, fragrances, jewelry, electronics, household items, home décor, toys, and more.
  1. Avon announced a permanent end to animal testing of its products and was the first major cosmetics manufacturer to do so.
  1. Avon is among the world’s largest micro lenders to women. This has allowed many women to start their own businesses.
  1. Avon Bubble Bath is the #1 Bubble Bath in the USA.
  1. Skin So Soft is the most recognizable product in Avon history and was introduced in 1961.
  1. Avon purchased Tiffany & Co. in 1979. It sold the company in the mid-1980s to focus on Avon products and branding.
  1. In 1990, both Amway and Mary Kay tried to buy Avon. The CEO turned down all offers.
  1. There were about 25,000 Avon reps in the 1920s. By the 1970s, there were one million Avon reps. Today, worldwide, there are over five million Avon reps.
  1. Sixty percent of all Avon reps are women.
  1. Avon launched Hello Green Tomorrow in 2010 to show their dedication to a greener environment. Because their brochures are printed on paper, Avon endeavored to re-plant 2 million trees in the Atlantic rainforest by the end of 2010. It was awarded the title Best Global Green Brand in 2013.
  2. Avon was THE FIRST company to have an e-commerce site.
  3. Avon has raised over $800 million worldwide in its Breast Cancer Crusade. In fact, through the Avon Foundation, Avon has donated $1 billion worldwide to causes that matter most to women and is the largest corporate supporter focused solely on women’s issues