As we celebrate our anniversary and 135 years of beauty, we honor our founder David H. McConnell – a pioneer, a visionary and a champion of empowering women through economic opportunity. And his mission is as relevant today as it was in 1886. From the first bottle sold by the California Perfume Company 135 years ago to the newest super-trending makeup and skin care, take a look at the Avon story and how we continue to make life beautiful.
Leading The Way
Founder David H. McConnell started Avon based on the revolutionary concept that women could earn an independent income, run their own business and contribute to their community.
Avon played an active role in war-time efforts, awarding the Avon Medallion of Honor to service women and nurses, and calling for action and support. Like many industries, Avon retooled half its factories to produce products for the war effort including insect repellent and gas mask canisters. Avon supported the Red Cross and made supplies and first aid kits during World War II and Avon was an official sponsor of the Statue of Liberty’s centennial makeover in 1986.