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Avon started out as the California Perfume Company when founder, Mr. David McConnell, 28 of New York, NY, USA discovered that the rose oil perfumes he was giving away were the reason people were buying his books.

The company was named Avon in 1939, after the river that runs through Stratford-On-Avon in the English Midlands. The name is a tribute to McConnell's favorite playwright, William Shakespeare, who hailed from the town.

Women have been selling Avon since 1886 - 34 years before women in the US won the right to vote! Mrs. P.F.E. Albee of Winchester, New Hampshire pioneered the company's now-famous direct-selling method, and her name is still honored today in the company. Avon's sales Representatives - men and women - now number more than four million, and Avon products are sold in over 100 countries around the world.

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1886

  • California Perfume Company (CPC) founded in New York City by David H. McConnell.
  • First Avon Sales Representative, Mrs. P.F.E. Albee
  • First product produced called the Little Dot Perfume Set included five fragrances: Violet, White Rose, Heliotrope, Lily-of-the-Valley, and Hyacinth

1896

  • First catalog issued (text only) Nov. 2.

1897

  • First laboratory built in Suffern, NY.
  • First $500 day (recorded in December.)

1905

  • First print ads published in Good Housekeeping Magazine.
  • First color catalog - CP Book - (October)

1914

  • First international office opened: Montreal, Canada. Manufacturing starts in 1915.

1916

  • California Perfume Company first incorporated in New York State.

1920

  • First time sales top $1 million.

1931

  • First time Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval awarded to 11 CPC products. In subsequent years, guarantee extended to all applicable products.

1939

  • California Perfume Company name changed to Avon Products, Inc. (10/6/39.)

1942

  • First war contract: 40 percent of Suffern's output devoted to military manufacturing, expanded to 50 percent in 1943.

1946

  • First OTC (over-the-counter) offering of stock to public.

1950

  • First cream sachet featured in To A Wild Rose fragrance.

1953

  • First television advertising launched.

1964

  • Avon listed on New York Stock Exchange, trading starts April 20.

1972

  • First time sales top $1 billion.

1973

  • Computer program first developed to store ingredient formulations (on file for FDA.)

1979

  • Avon's first year as participant in the annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA (participation ends after 1982 parade.)

1986

  • Avon celebrates its centennial: 1886-1986

1987

  • First Spanish-language television commercial begins airing in October.

1989

  • Avon becomes the first major cosmetics manufacturer to announce a permanent end to animal testing in the safety testing of its products.

1991

  • Avon becomes the first beauty company to bring the alpha hydroxy (AHA) technology to the mass market with the launch of a breakthrough perfecting cream, Anew Perfecting Complex for Face.

1992

  • Avon U.K. launches the company’s first women’s health care initiative to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer.

1993

  • Avon launches its first women's health care initiative program in the U.S. with the "Breast Cancer Awareness Crusade" enlisting over 500,000 U.S. Sales Representatives to raise awareness and funds through the sale of 'pink ribbon' products.

1996

  • For the first time in its history, Avon Products becomes an official Olympic sponsor during the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA.

1998

  • First 10K race of Avon Running Global Women’s Circuit (March.)
     
  • First Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day fundraising walk takes place in southern California.

1999

  • Avon names its first-ever female CEO with the appointment of Andrea Jung in November.
     
  • Avon Announces its first ever global advertising campaign. The campaign themed 'Let’s Talk', focuses on Avon’s unique relationships with women around the world as well as its latest beauty product innovations.
     
  • Avon awards first multi-million grants for breast cancer research and clinical care.
     
  • First Global Championship 10K race of Avon Running Global Women’s Circuit (New York City); running great Telga Loroupe finishes first.

2000

  • Avon signs tennis greats, Venus and Serena Williams, to be the company’s first global celebrity spokespersons to promote Avon and its products through Avon’s 'Let’s Talk' advertising campaign.

2001

  • Avon’s Board of Directors elects Andrea Jung as the company’s first female Chairman of the Board. Ms. Jung is one of five female chief executives of Fortune 500 companies, according to the research group Catalyst, and is one of three holding the titles of chairman and chief executive.


    Is there a replacement for my favorite discontinued fragrance?
    Below you’ll find a detailed list of Avon’s discontinued fragrances with suggested replacements. While these scents may not smell exactly the same as the discontinued fragrance, they are in the same fragrance family.

    In some cases, there is no recommended replacement.

    Our Representatives often provide samples to help acquaint customers with our products. Please ask your Representative to help you choose from the wide range of fragrances currently available. We hope you’ll discover a new favorite.


    Women’s Fragrances

    A
    Amber Mist : No Replacement
    Apple Blossom : Replaced by Sweet Honesty
    Ariane : Replaced by Imari, Far Away, Candid

    B
    Beguiling (Breathless) : Replaced by Far Away
    Bird of Paradise : Replaced by Far Away, Mesmerize
    Blue Lotus : Replaced by Candid, Sweet Honesty
    Brocade : Replaced by Sweet Honesty, Candid
    Butterfly : Replaced by Perceive

    C
    C'est Moi!: Replaced by Rare Gold
    California Perfume Co.-Hyacinth : No Replacement
    California Perfume Co.-Lily of the Valley : Replaced by Candid
    California Perfume Co.-Violet : No Replacement
    California Perfume Co.-White Rose : No Replacement
    Carnation : Replaced by Imari, Mesmerize
    Casbah : Replaced by Far Away, Mesmerize
    Charisma : Replaced by Candid, Night Magic, Sweet Honesty
    Celebre : Replaced by Rare Pearls
    Come Summer : Replaced by Perceive, Sweet Honesty
    Comfort Scents -Autumn Breeze : Replaced by Perceive, Sweet Honesty
    Comfort Scents -Clean Cotton : Replaced by Perceive, Sweet Honesty
    Comfort Scents -Delicious Dessert : No Replacement
    Comfort Scents -Spring Showers : Replaced by Perceive, Sweet Honesty
    Comfort Scents -Stonewashed Blue : Replaced by Perceive, Sweet Honesty
    Comfort Scents -Tropical Paradise : No Replacement
    Contrast : Replaced by Rare Gold
    Cote d'Azur : Replaced by Timeless
    Cotillion : Replaced by Peony Soft Musk, Sweet Honesty, Candid
    Country Breeze : Replaced by Perceive

    D
    Delicate Daisies : No Replacement
    Devotee : Replaced by Candid
    Dolce Aura : Replaced by Rare Gold, Haiku

    E
    Earthfire : Replaced by Far Away, Imari
    Elusive : Replaced by Timeless
    Emprise : Replaced by Sweet Honesty
    Everafter for Women : Replaced byTimeless

    F
    Facets : Replaced by Candid
    Fantasque : Replaced by Rare Gold
    Field Flowers : Replaced by Perceive
    Fifth Avenue : Replaced by Perceive
    Forest Lily : Replaced by Perceive
    Forever Amber : Replaced by Mesmerize
    Forever Spring : No Replacement
    Foxfire : Replaced by Rare Gold
    Fragrance Spot - Fresh Lavender : No Replacement
    Fragrance Spot - Sweet Clementine : No Replacement
    Fragrance Spot - Vibrant Orchid : No Replacement

    G
    Garden Pastels - Primrose : Replaced by Perceive
    H
    Hana Gasa : Replaced by Rare Gold, Candid
    Hawaiian White Ginger : Replaced by Sweet Honesty, Candid
    Here's My Heart : Replaced by Imari, Far Away
    Honeysuckle : No Replacement

    I
    Imperial Garden : Replaced by Candid
    Incandessence : Replaced by Rare Gold
    Inspire : Replaced by Candid

    J
    Jamoca Soft Musk : No Replacement
    Josie : Replaced by Perceive

    K
    Kaleidoscope : No Replacement

    L
    Lahana : Replaced byPeony Soft Musk
    Lakeside : No Replacement
    Lemon Velvet : Replaced by Perceive
    Light Accents-Amber Mist : Replaced by Far Away, Imari, Mesmerize
    Light Accents-Tea Garden : Replaced by Sweet Honesty, Candid
    Light Accents-Willow : Replaced by Sweet Honesty, Candid
    Lily of the Valley : Replaced by Candid
    Love Life : Replaced by Perceive

    M
    Magnolia : Replaced by Rare Gold
    Millennia : Replaced by Far Away
    Moonlight Lace : Replaced by Candid
    Moonwind : Replaced by Timeless
    Mystic : Replaced by Rare Gold

    N
    Natori :Replaced by Perceive
    Natural Reactions - Earth Walk : No Replacement
    Natural Reactions - Fired Up : No Replacement
    Natural Reactions - In the Clouds : No Replacement
    Natural Reactions - Still Waters : No Replacement
    Nearness : Replaced by Sweet Honesty, Perceive
    Night Odyssey : Replaced by Odyssey

    O
    Occur! : Replaced by Candid

    P
    Patchwork : Replaced by Far Away, Imari, Mezmerize
    Patterns : Replaced by Candid, Timeless
    Pavi Elle : Replaced by Imari, Night Magic
    Peach Soft Musk : No Replacement
    Pearls & Lace : Replaced by Sweet Honesty, Candid
    Perle Noir : Replaced by Far Away, Imari, Mesmerize
    Persian Wood : Replaced by Far Away, Imari, Timeless
    Personally Yours Birthstone Cologne : No Replacement
    Pro Fitness for Women : Replaced by Odyssey, Perceive
    Provocative : Replaced by Perceive
    Pur Blanca : Replaced by Peony Soft Musk

    R
    Raining Violets : Replaced by Rare Gold
    Rapture : Replaced by Timeless, Candid
    Rare Emeralds : Replaced by Imari, Far Away
    Rare Rubies : Replaced by Pink Suede
    Regence : Replaced by Candid
    Rio : Replaced by Perceive
    Roses, Roses : Replaced by Perceive

    S
    Samaya : Replaced by Far Away, Imari
    Scent Trend : No Replacement
    Serenade : Replaced by Sweet Honesty, Candid
    Sheer Essences –Freesia : No Replacement
    Sheer Essences –Gardenia : No Replacement
    Sheer Essences –Lilac : No Replacement
    Sheer Essences –Patchouli : No Replacement
    Sheer Essences –Peony : No Replacement
    Sheer Essences –Sandalwood : No Replacement
    Somewhere : Replaced by Sweet Honesty, Candid
    Sonnet : Replaced by Far Away, Mesmerize, Candid
    Spellbound : Replaced by Sweet Honesty, Candid
    Splendour : Replaced by Timeless, Candid
    Sportif : Replaced by Mesmerize, Candid
    Starring for Women : Replaced by Rare Gold, Perceive
    Summerset : No Replacement
    Sun Blossoms : Replaced by Perceive
    Sunny Sky : Replaced by Perceive

    T
    Tasha : Replaced by Candid, Timeless
    Timeless Air : Replaced by Timeless
    To a Wild Rose : Replaced by Imari
    Toccara : Replaced by Timeless, Candid
    Topaze : Replaced by Timeless, Candid
    Trailing Arbutus : Replaced by Rare Gold

    U
    Undeniable for Women : Replaced by Far Away, Imari
    Unforgettable : Replaced by Odyssey, Timeless, Candid
    Unspoken : Replaced by Far Away, Imari, Odyssey

    V
    Vanilla Soft Musk : Replaced byPeony Soft Musk
    Velvet Imari : Replaced by Imari, Timeless
    Vivage : Replaced by Candid

    W
    White Lilac : No Replacement
    Wild Jasmine : Replaced by Timeless, Candid
    Windswept : Replaced by Perceive
    Wishing : Replaced by Far Away, Mesmerize
    Women of Earth : Replaced by Rare Gold, Perceive

    Z
    Zany : Replaced by Far Away, Imari, Sweet Honesty


    Men’s Fragrances

    A
    American Classic : Replaced by Perceive for Men

    B
    Black Leather : Replaced by Black Suede
    Blue Blazer : Replaced by Perceive for Men
    Brisk Spice : Replaced by Mesmerize for Men, Black Suede

    C
    Cavalier : Replaced by Black Suede
    CJ : Replaced by Black Suede, Mesmerize for Men
    Clint : Replaced by Black Suede
    Cordovan : Replaced by Black Suede, Wild Country
    Cool Sage : Replaced by Wild Country
    Cool Seas : Replaced by Wild Country
    Crisp Lime : Replaced by Perceive for Men

    D
    Deep Woods : Replaced by Wild Country

    E
    Encontro for Men : Replaced by Wild Country
    Everafter for Men : Replaced by Wild Country
    Everest : Replaced by Wild Country
    Exclusive : Replaced by Wild Country

    F
    Far Away for Men : Replaced by Wild Country
    Feraud Pour Homme : Replaced by Mesmerize for Men, Black Suede
    Friktion for Men : Replaced by Black Suede

    G
    Granite : Replaced by Mesmerize for Men, Wild Country

    J
    Jamoca Musk for Men : Replaced by Paradigm
    JRT : Replaced by Wild Country

    L
    Legacy : Replaced by Black Suede, Wild Country
    Light Musk for Men : Replaced by Wild Country
    Loverboy : No Replacement

    M
    Maxx : Replaced by Perceive for Men
    Modern Balance : Replaced by Perceive for Men

    O
    Oland : Replaced by Wild Country

    P
    Pro Fitness for Men : Replaced by Wild Country
    Power 3000 - Deep Woods : Replaced by Mesmerize for Men, Black Suede
    Power 3000 - Rich Amber : Replaced by Mesmerize for Men, Black Suede

    R
    Rugger : Replaced byWild Country

    S
    SeaZone : Replaced by Black Suede, Wild Country
    Signet : Replaced by Wild Country
    Sigma Sport Line : Replaced by Perceive for Men, Wild Country
    Spicy : Replaced by Mesmerize for Men, Black Suede

    Starring for Men : Replaced by Wild Country
    Styx Forest : Replaced by Wild Country

    T
    Tai Winds : Replaced by Black Suede, Wild Country
    Tempest : Replaced by Perceive for Men
    Trailblazer : No Replacement
    Trazarra : Replaced by Black Suede, Mesmerize for Men
    Tribute : Replaced by Perceive for Men, Wild Country
    Truimph : Replaced by Wild Country

    U
    Undeniable for Men : Replaced by Black Suede
    Uomo: Replaced by Paradigm

    W
    Weekend : Replaced by Mesmerize for Men, Wild Country
    Wild Country Musk : Replaced by Wild Country
    Wild Country Outback : Replaced by Wild Country Windjammer : Replaced by Wild Country



   
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