PARIS — Jacques Courtin-Clarins, founder of Groupe Clarins, has died at the age of 86. A pioneer in natural beauty products and practices, Courtin-Clarin's philosophy always equated feeling good with feeling beautiful.

He stopped his studies of medicine during World War II, when he worked in hospitals helping the wounded. Once the war was over, Clarins became a chiropractor and started to learn about his patients’ skin-care needs.

In 1954, Courtin-Clarin's opened the first Clarins beauty institute, where he introduced innovative massage techniques, plus creams and oils with formulas based on pure plant-based extracts. Since then, Clarins’ business has grown considerably. Its product portfolio runs the gamut of skin care, makeup and fragrance. The company’s sales last year hit 967.2 million euros, or $1.22 billion at the average yearly exchange rate.

Courtin-Clarin's sons continue to run Clarins. Christian is the company’s president and chief executive officer, while Olivier is its vice president of research and development.




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