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The Almay Brand was originally established in 1931 and was named after the founders, Alfred and Fanny May Woititz. The creation of this cosmetic brand began when Fanny May Woititz was in need of cosmetic products that did not irritate her sensitive skin. Her husband Alfred, who was a professional chemist, started experimenting with makeup to find ingredients that were purer and gentler. With the help of dermatologist Dr. Marion Sulzberger, they developed the first cosmetic brand that uses hypoallergenic ingredients.
Almay was the first brand to introduce skincare safety by producing 100% fragrance-free products, by showing all the ingredients used on its product labels, and by testing for allergy, as well as irritation. It was also the first to create a cosmetic line for consumers with specific skin types and those who wear contact lenses. In 1987, Almay was acquired by Revlon and today, has expanded to a full line of skincare and makeup products.
Almay has products for skincare, face, lips and eyes. The natural ingredients used include Meadowsweet (Spirael ulmaria) for oily skin, Grape Seed (Vitis vinifera) for normal skin and Cucumber (Cucumis sativa) for dry skin. Anti-aging ingredient used in products is Story of Moringa (Moringa oleifera), also known as "The Miracle Tree". Other natural ingredients in the products are Aloe (Aloe barbadensis), Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum), Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Soybean (Glycine max) and Rosehips (Rosa canina).
In 2010, Kate Hudson became the new spokesmodel for Almay.
Almay has not conducted animal testing for over 20 years. The company has eliminated testing in all phases of research, development and manufacturing of all their products. They do not support, nor request that suppliers do animal testing. However, they do obey 'local laws' in which countries may require animal testing in order to sell products to customers.
Some of the actresses and models appear in the TV and print ads including:
- 23x15px Leslie Bibb
- 23x15px Gillian Boudreau
- 23x15px Lisa Butler
- 23x15px Emily Caillon
- 23x15px Karen Duffy
- 23x15px Jennifer Finnigan
- 23x15px Kathie Lee Gifford
- 23x15px Eva Herzigova
- 23x15px Kate Hudson
- 23x15px Lauren Hutton
- 23x15px Elaine Irwin
- 23x15px Milla Jovovich
- 23x15px Vendela Kirsebom
- 23x15px Yasmin Le Bon
- 23x15px Marie-Eve Nadeau
- 23x15px Stephanie Seymour
- 23x15px Fabiana Tambosi
- 23x15px Courtney Thorne-Smith
- 23x15px Carrie Underwood
- Almay Signs Elaine Irwin-Mellencamp as Spokesperson, Business Wire, February 25, 2004