Founded in 1935 by Armand Petitjean in France, as originally an fragrance house. Petitjean’s motive was simple: to create a beauty brand that would deliver French elegance around the world. The name "Lancôme" was inspired by the ruins of a castle, Le Château de Lancosme, while the roses in the area inspired the company’s symbol of the single golden rose.
Lancôme launched its first five fragrances in 1935 at the World's Fair in Brussels: Tendre Nuit, Bocages, Conquete, Kypre and Tropiques. Petitjean entered into the luxury skincare market, launching his first all-purpose repair cream in 1936, followed by make-up, cosmetics, and skincare products. Lancôme was acquired by L'oreal in 1964, and quickly became part of its luxury products division; today it is one of the most successful international brands and well-known cosmetic beauty company's in the world and celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2010.