Bourjois is a French cosmetics company currently owned by the American group Coty Inc. Bourjois creates make-up, fragrance and skincare products, which are sold in approximately 23 000 points of sales in more than 50 countries worldwide, as of 2015.
In 1863, Bourjois was born on the great boulevards of Paris in the theatre district, at a time when France was the world’s second leading economic power. The actor Joseph-Albert Ponsin was the company’s first creator; he prepared makeup and perfumes for actors and actresses in the comfort of his own home.
In 1868, Ponsin entrusted his entire activity to Alexandre-Napoléon Bourjois. The company blossomed in the hands of Monsieur Bourjois, who made it internationally known.The first creations were waxy makeup sticks in many colours, with amusing names like Jealous or Lovesick, specially created for theatre, by Joseph-Albert Ponsin, a genial visionary, part actor and a great cosmetologist.
His cosmetic palette broadened rapidly; the refinement and variety of his makeup brought success that extended beyond the circle of actors and actresses. His “Supplier for the Theatre” title on the makeup boxes gave way to a new tagline: “Special Manufacturer of Products for Feminine Beauty”.
The brand was born in 1862 into the world of Paris’ scene of theater and performing arts with the creation of the round-shaped face powder by Joseph-Albert Ponsin. More than 150 years later, Bourjois continues to innovate and create tasteful and accessible products in order to allow the modern women express her inner style and personality.