HY-ÖL® is introduced and registered for a patent
On March 29, 1955, Dr. Michael Babor registered his »HY-ÖL®« under reference number 684791 at the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) in Munich. The registration became legally binding at the end of the year. As a result, it was possible to start using the registered name as a wordmark on 31 December 1955. The »hydrophilic« (water-friendly) facial cleanser was an innovative product that provided the basis for BABOR’s extraordinary development as a company. The HY-ÖL brand is still protected today.
Relocation of the company headquarters to the Rhineland region
Dr. Michael Babor founded the company under the name Dr. Babor & Co. and listed it in the Cologne commercial register in 1956. BABOR’s path to success started with the company’s first headquarters at Sülzgürtel 38.
The black rose as a sign of rare and absolute beauty
In the 1950s, BABOR chose a unique company logo – a black rose. This symbol is associated with rare and absolute beauty around the world. BABOR has shown its commitment to beauty from the very beginning – by developing effective products made of precious, exclusive ingredients.
The first BABOR trade fair stand
BABOR presented their biomedical cosmetics at a cosmetics trade fair for the first time in 1959.
Dr. Leo Vossen acquires Dr. Babor & Co
Dr. Leo Vossen bought a 90% holding in Dr. Babor & Co. in 1962 and moved the young company to Aachen, the home of the Vossen family.
BABOR recognizes the trend in natural cosmetics
The company became wholly owned by the Vossen family after Dr. Michael Babor left the company in 1965. Even then, Dr. Leo Vossen noticed the growing trend in highly effective natural ingredients in skin care products. The Dr. Babor Naturkosmetik line was used as the basis to launch a series of effective preoperative products on the specialised cosmetic institute market.
The 10 commandments of Dr. Babor Naturkosmetik
The Vossen family was focused on more than just developing innovative products and natural ingredients. It was important to the family to ensure top quality and conduct research and development in-house – a comprehensive concept which continues to shape the company today. Dr. Vossen defined the »10 commandments of Dr. Babor Naturkosmetik« in the 1960s, and they are still valid today. They are an excellent example of his sustainable management style.
The mirror around the black rose
Dr. Leo Vossen added a mirror to the characteristic black rose used to identify BABOR products in the 1960s. Instead of choosing just any mirror as a »beauty advisor«, the company used a golden one. This symbol indicated early on that only the finest and most precious ingredients were used in BABOR's products.
BABOR discovers the ampoule for the cosmetics market
Ampoules are small, usually made of glass, have a fascinating look and store concentrated active ingredients. These tiny glass bottles have a fused tip that is easy to break off. Not only are they the best packaging for BABOR’s concentrated fluids, they are also the most attractive. The Aachen-based company is a specialist in the production of ampoules. BABOR has pioneered this great-looking, high-quality packaging since the 1970s.
The first men's skin care line is launched
The BABOR men skin care line was created in the late 1970s. The product line was well-received.
In 1977, BABOR moved to a large new building in the Aachen-Eilendorf industrial estate – where the company is still located today.
BABOR develops sunscreen with all-natural ingredients
In the 1970s, it became very fashionable to travel to the Caribbean and other sunny destinations. There was a high demand for innovative sunscreen products. The natural ingredients of the sunscreen lotions and emulsions nourish and moisturise the skin to keep it feeling soft and silky.
BABOR commits itself to the highest standards of quality
BABOR’s entire product portfolio was already subject to constant quality control in the 1970s. New developments were thoroughly inspected and quality standards were developed and optimised on a continuous basis. Today, the company produces all of its products in-house – in accordance with global GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) standards.
Opening of the training centre
In 1983, BABOR opened its own training centre at the company's headquarters in Aachen – a milestone in its history. In this way, the company demonstrated its commitment to providing more and more BABOR customers around the world with comprehensive advice and training. This was, and still is, the only way to ensure that these high-quality, natural cosmetics products are always used effectively for the best possible benefits.
Revision of the BABOR logo
In 1987, the BABOR logo was updated in line with the times. This version of the logo was used until early 2008.
Introduction of »Total Quality Management«
In 1994, »Total Quality Management« was introduced throughout the company under the aegis of Managing Director Heinz-Dieter Rietfort. This meant that every employee was required to act in their customers' interests and provide top quality at all times.
The three new product collections from BABOR BODY LINE
BABOR was committed to launching spectacular new developments and continuously improved their existing product lines in the 1990s. The company brought three new product lines to market in mid-1995: BABOR BODY LINE INTENSIVE, BASIC and PURE.
Natural product from Champagne
In 1996, BABOR launched SELECTION – a luxury skin care series featuring beneficial wine yeast. This natural product, from the Champagne region of France, was developed in cooperation with Aachen University using a highly complex technique. BABOR successfully designed a very gentle process which made it possible to carefully extract the most possible glutathione from the valuable wine yeast.
BABOR wins the Beauty Award
In 1997, BABOR won the Professional Beauty Award ‘97 in the category »Skincare Supplier of the Year«.
The anti-aging system HIGH SKIN REFINER
In June 1997, BABOR introduced a very exclusive anti-aging system with a three-letter name: HSR®. The product system features a luxury lifting series to give the skin lasting rejuvenation and a complete skin care system with a unique lifting effect.
Launch of the decorative line
The new decorative cosmetics line MAKE UP SYSTEM was launched in 1998.
BABOR: the confirmed market leader in professional cosmetics
Winning the Beauty Award once again in 1998 confirmed BABOR's position as the leader in the professional cosmetics market. It was also an award for all employees. After all, this success was only possible thanks to the »Baborians’« solid commitment to teamwork and the development, production and sale of innovative products.
The innovative SKIN CARE SYSTEM GOLD
In 1998, BABOR continued to perfect the system concept – one of the brand's greatest strengths and core competencies – by introducing the innovative BABOR SKIN CARE SYSTEM GOLD facial skin care line.
A concept for young customers
In 1999, just one year later, the SUN CARE SYSTEM was launched with innovative formulations and an updated look. The BABOR SKIN CARE SYSTEM BLUE, later renamed BABOR YOUNG, was also introduced for young customers.
New flagship store: BABOR INSTITUT AACHEN
After the BABOR INSTITUT PALM BEACH opened in 1997, the first European BABOR INSTITUTE was opened in the company’s hometown of Aachen. The exclusive day SPA opened in August 1998 as the prototype of the ideal institute, implementing beauty and wellness programmes in line with the holistic BABOR SPA concept.
BODY LINE THERMAL with healing thermal spring water from Aachen
The BODY LINE THERMAL skin care products featuring Aachen thermal spring water, elsberry and zeolite replaced the previous BODY LINE. In addition to the new wellness formulations, the product range was also given a new, modern look.
Award: “TOP BUSINESS SITE”
In March 2001, the BABOR homepage received the “TOP BUSINESS SITE” award as an especially successful and informative website.
The Asian BABOR ScenTao product line
The new Asian wellness skin care line BABOR ScenTao was brought to market in April 2001. This holistic concept for face and body is inspired by beauty philosophies from the Far East. The purely plant-based, Asian ingredients include ginseng, green tea, ginkgo and ginger.
“Be more beautiful every day” with the unique HSR® Lifting Complex
In October 2002, the relaunch of the premium anti-aging line HIGH SKIN REFINER was complete. The new HSR® Lifting Complex has a long-lasting effect highlighted by the slogan "Be more beautiful every day".
BEAUTY INTERNATIONAL 2003
BABOR presented its look for the new millennium with an updated trade fair concept. Visitors to the BEAUTY INTERNATIONAL 2003 trade fair had the first chance to experience the more emotional and animated identity of the brand. This is also visible in the company’s new website, launched in 2004.
ÖKO-TEST gives a “very good” rating
The SKIN CARE SYSTEM GOLD line was relaunched in September 2003, now featuring the new CALMING SENSITIVE system. The newspaper ÖKO-TEST tested the day cream and gave it a "very good" rating.
SeaCreation®, an absolute high-end product
BABOR surprised its customers in October 2003 with a unique luxury cream. SeaCreation®, an absolute high-end product, uses active ingredients from the deep sea to invigorate, regenerate and protect the skin in a truly innovative way.
BABOR takes the lead in the SPA sector
A new series of seminars was launched in summer 2004. The SPA Management Training courses were introduced to supplement BABOR's service offerings in the SPA business. This made BABOR the leader in the SPA sector as well.
Relaunch of the young skin care line
BABOR YOUNG was designed in 2005 for customers ages 20-30 as a replacement for the SKIN CARE SYSTEM BLUE concept. The line features extracts from arctic berries, which have outstanding protective mechanisms to deal with extreme weather conditions. BABOR researchers transformed these mechanisms to create innovative treatment complexes which benefit the skin, increase its resistance and protect it from environmental pollution and stress. This line is targeted towards both the young and young-at-heart
The BABOR E-Shop is launched
The company launched the BABOR E-Shop in March 2005 as a modern sales tool. It gives beauticians the opportunity to conveniently sell BABOR products to customers via the internet.
BABOR BODY SPA specials
In March 2006, BABOR launched the BABOR BODY SPA product range on the market.
BABOR launched the SENSATIONAL EYES cream, gel and fluid in July 2006. This product line provides ideal protection to the delicate eye area, giving it a youthful, fresh appearance.
BABOR developed a gentle alternative to glycolic peels in 2007 with the BABOR DERMA REFINER. After years of research, the scientists at BABOR successfully created a skin-compatible yet effective range of products which regenerate the skin without damaging it.
The new BABOR logo
The elegant new BABOR logo was introduced in March 2008. The thorns on the rose and frame surrounding the logo were removed to better convey the clarity and emotional character of the brand.
SPA AROUND THE WORLD
The SPA AROUND THE WORLD skin care series invites people to take an extraordinary wellness journey around the globe. The BABOR ScenTao series, launched in 2001, was given a new design and renamed ScenTao of asia. Two other travel destinations were added in July 2008 as the basis for new SPA AROUND THE WORLD products: Khanya of africa and Shadiva of india. Authentic treatment rituals from ancient tribes and BABOR's extensive research expertise are combined to bring the body, mind and soul in balance.
BABOR MEN relaunched for new energy and pure vitality
BABOR also set new standards in men’s skin care in July 2008. The BABOR MEN line was given a new design and the product portfolio was expanded in response to the increased demand. BABOR MEN is precisely tailored to the special needs of men’s skin.
HSR Platinum: A dream come true – stay younger looking for longer!
This luxurious anti-aging range based on the revolutionary active complex Telovitin was launched in October 2008. The completely revamped range prevents fine lines and wrinkles and combats all signs of skin aging – with long-lasting results.
SeaCreation Cream rich
The new SeaCreation Cream rich was relaunched in November 2008 as a richer alternative to SeaCreation Cream. Like all SeaCreation products, it is based on one of the world’s rarest and most expensive active ingredients: BABOR thermophilus. Experience the magic of the deep sea combined with the energetic forces of the ocean – for infinitely beautiful skin.
DOCTOR BABOR – from research project to anti-aging miracle
Available since February 2009: The new COSMECEUTICAL product line with two different skincare concepts
The sensational healing results achieved with BIOGEN PLANT extract in the post-operative treatment of wounds and in restoring optimum skin condition make BIOGEN CELLULAR a regenerative anti-aging miracle.
As an alternative to cosmetic surgery, DERMA CELLULAR solves beauty problems such as fine lines and wrinkles, expression lines, bags and dark circles under the eyes and pigment marks.
Your skin’s bodyguard
The most recent development in BABOR research into active substances has brought a innovation to the world of cosmetics. For the first time, plant stem cells can protect the youthfulness of the skin. Highly concentrated stem cells from the “Uttwiler Spätlauber”, a rare variety of Swiss apple, rejuvenate your skin’s complexion in a previously unimaginable way. The special quality of the “Uttwiler Spätlauber” is its almost unlimited storability, which means that its stem cells are highly effective in preventing the aging process.Thanks to groundbreaking biotechnology, plant stem cells can now be obtained for the first time. Staff at BABOR laboratories have succeeded in integrating these cells, which effectively preserve human stem cells, into the NANOCELL products.