NEW YORK — It was a banner week for the Lauders.
On Tuesday, the Skin Cancer Foundation bestowed its first Skin Sense Award on Estee Lauder and her family, while on Thursday the American Society of Perfumers conferred its first Living Legend award upon the founder of EstÄe Lauder Cos. for her contributions to the fragrance industry.
While Estee Lauder herself was unable to attend either ceremony, on Tuesday she sent a letter expressing her appreciation to the Skin Cancer Foundation, which was read by her son Ronald, chairman of Estee Lauder International and Clinique.
Aerin Lauder, Ronald’s daughter and a marketing executive in Lauder’s Prescriptives division, and William P. Lauder, son of Estee’s other son, Leonard, and vice president and general manager of the Origins division, also made brief acceptance speeches.
Nearly 400 people jammed into a ballroom at the New York Palace Hotel for the event, which raised close to $300,000 for the foundation.
At the Perfumers Society event in the Pierre Hotel on Thursday, Ronald also read a short speech written by his mother, in which she said she is working on a new fragrance.
Leonard Lauder, president and ceo of the Lauder Cos., noted that his mother “never liked to use scented blotters,” when promoting Youth Dew, one of the first major American fragrance launches. “She liked to pour it on in some way.”
Earlier in the day, Dr. James Adams, president of Haarmann & Reimer, a fragrance supplier, had spoken of Estee Lauder’s achievements during the ASP’s 40th annual meeting.
“Estee says God is in the details,” he said, noting that Youth Dew was instrumental in creating the U.S. perfume industry. “And no one pays more attention to details than her.”