By  on August 10, 2012

Dabur India, the only Indian company to make it into this edition of WWD Beauty Inc’s Top 100, manufactures personal care products under brands including Vatika, Uveda and Gulabari. It began in 1884, when Dr. S.K. Burman set up a small Calcutta-based pharmacy specializing in ayurvedic products. Now based in Ghaziabad, it has become India’s fourth-largest fast-moving consumer-goods company. In its most recent fiscal year, ended March 31, it achieved record sales of 52.8 billion rupees—allowing it to crack the $1 billion mark for the first time—up 28.5% against the prior-year period.

Ayurveda, a Hindu system of alternative, holistic medicine, is still central to many of Dabur’s products. Its Amla hair oils are formulated with ingredients such as white flowers, coconut and almond, while its Uveda skin care line in- cludes red sandalwood and the herb neem. Dabur has an in-house nursery where it grows the active herb ingredients. The company says it aims to “offer the benefits of ayurveda in modern, ready-to-use formulations, a move that has been appreciated by consumers.”

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