#TBT: 5 Essential Business Lessons from Avon’s Very First Representative, Mrs. Albee

#TBT: 5 Essential Business Lessons from Avon’s Very First Representative,  Mrs. Albee

Before women had the right to vote of had a true means of financial independence, there was one woman from within Avon’s history that defied conventions – the first-ever Representative, Mrs. Persis Foster Eames Albee.

This New Hampshire lady, born in 1836, was known for her style and savvy, which attracted the attention of Avon founder David H. McConnell. He asked her to be the company’s first traveling salesperson, and the rest is history.

Whether you’re working to rise through the corporate ranks or are an entrepreneur about to launch the next great idea, we can all learn a thing (or five) from this one-woman powerhouse.

1. Take a leap of faith.

Call it the original startup. In 1886, Mrs. P.F.E. Albee took a risk and accepted an offer from founder David H. McConnell (then transitioning out of the book business) to work as a door-to-door salesperson for what was then called the California Perfume Company. “Mrs. Albee was one of the most successful General Agents I had in the book work, and it was in her hands I placed the first sample case, or outfit, in the perfume business,” McConnell wrote in 1903. Known for her genteel nature and voracious ambition, Albee traveled by horse-drawn wagon, train, or by foot, offering perfumes to those she encountered — talk about some serious hustle.CPC Representatives

2. Have a game plan.

Her determination paid off, and Albee was soon hired to take over the daily operations of perfume sales. Of course, she went full throttle with her mission. Capitalizing on the growing popularity of perfume, she expanded her travels beyond her tiny New Hampshire town to the entire Northeast. Albee developed a business plan in which she recruited women to serve as “depot agents,” selling products in their own neighborhoods. “It is, therefore, only befitting that we give her the honorary title of Mother of the California Perfume Company,” McConnell wrote. The strategy was so successful it became one of the key identifiers of the company that’s still used today.

3. Love what you do.

Imagine this: A confident and in-control Albee wraps up one successful sale, and off she goes up the street to greet the next customer and close the next sale. Albee leaned in to her new gig, and the hard work paid off in all sectors of her life. In a letter to McConnell, she wrote, “I know of no line of work so lucrative, pleasant and satisfactory as this.”

4. Always dress for success.

Talk about power dressing! Much like she lived her life, Albee dressed with no fear, making style statement after statement in ensembles such as lavender taffeta gowns with tiered layers, exaggerated sleeves and look-at-me trains. A seasoned and stylish traveler, she saw no reason to dress down while on the road. In 2015 speak, her outfits went viral when the famously elegant attire later inspired a Mrs. P.F.E. Albee special edition Barbie.

1979 Albee Award

5. Spread the love.

Albee’s enthusiasm was entirely contagious. As Avon’s first traveling saleswoman, she recruited other determined ladies to work for the company. In fact, Albee succeeded in empowering women by incorporating them into the mainstream business world 34 years before women even had the right to vote! One of the company’s first employees, Ann Meany, gave Albee a solid endorsement, writing in her memoirs: “She was about 60 in 1985 and was still making trips, working almost entirely under Mr. McConnell’s direction. She was the daughter of a minister and so sweet and lovely she deserves a whole volume just to herself.Today, Avon Representatives have really placed her on a pedestal – literally. Since 1969, the company has awarded highly coveted 10-inch tall porcelain figurines of Albee to the company’s top sales representatives. And yes, it’s still a Very Big Deal to receive one.

The bottom line:

Albee’s story teaches us that no matter how big or small your dreams may be, go after them. In this age of self-starters, who knows where a little Albee-inspired ambition could take you.

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#TBT: 5 Important Life Lessons From Avon Founder David McConnell

#TBT:  5 Important Life Lesson from Avon Founder David McConnell

1. Great things start with ingenuity and a good idea.

David McConnell, a traveling book salesman from Oswego, New York, didn’t initially set out to create a revolutionary beauty company. But as he traveled door to door, his homemade perfume samples emerged as a popular way to strike up conversation with clients and boost sales. This novel strategy eventually grew into a full-time gig once McConnell realized his customers were more interested in his fragrances than his books.

Quote with purple background "Plan your work carefully, then work your plan" - David McConnell

2. Be courageous and seek change.

In the late 19th century, just one in five women worked outside the home. This all began to change when intrepid salesman McConnell challenged the status quo and created the iconic Avon Representative — encouraging the #girlboss of generations to come.

Quote with light blue background "On the great clock of time there's but a single word -- now" - David McConnell

3. Empowerment always wins.

McConnell saw his new venture as an opportunity to offer women a chance at financial independence. During a time when it was practically unheard of for a woman to run her own business, McConnell created the California Perfume Company in 1886, which eventually became the Avon we know today.

Quote with green background "By helping one another, we help ourselves" - David McConnell

4. Conviction conquers all.

For McConnell, the people and the product were the heart of his company, and he dedicated himself to ensure both were tops. His secret? Making sure Representatives were happy, motivated and productive—guiding principles that remain true for any successful venture.

5. True wisdom is timeless.

Many lessons fit for the 21st century can be learned from the salesman and pioneer who advocated achievement for women around the globe. Not only was Avon founded on guiding principles that are more relevant than ever – including the importance of giving back to local communities and recognizing everyone’s unique strengths – but McConnell’s sage advice still feels fresh (could his quotes be any more shareable?).

#TBT: A Look Back At 130 Years of Avon’s Skincare Innovation

#TBT: A Look Back At 130 Years of Avon’s Skincare Innovation

From innovative anti-aging serums and creams to oil-fighting astringents, Avon has been at the forefront of cutting-edge skincare for more than a century. Beginning as the fragrance-only California Perfume Company, Avon soon thereafter became known worldwide for its groundbreaking products to treat, nourish, soothe, and improve skin.

Below, take a glimpse through time to discover the evolution of Avon’s skincare offerings.

1896: The Early Stages

California Extract of Witch Hazel was one of the first skincare products to join the California Perfume Company family. Made from a strong distillation of witch hazel shrub, it served as a cooling and anti-inflammatory agent for the skin. Today, witch hazel can be found in Avon’s Clearskin Pore Penetrating Gel Cleanser.

1905: Cream Of The Crop

Formulated to prevent wrinkles, CP Massage Cream fed the skin and helped “ward off the ravages of time.” The luxurious lotion was later renamed Dermol Massage Cream in 1919.

1927: A Star-Worthy Collection Is Born

The company launched its first skincare collection: Gertrude Recordon Facial Treatment. Avon founder David H. McConnell tapped Recordon, a well-known beauty expert at the time, to help create the formulas for this deluxe four-piece facial line. The collection included an astringent, cleansing cream, peach lotion, and skin food.

1930s: The Great Expansion

Although the country was in the throes of the Great Depression, Avon expanded with the introduction of several skincare products — namely its Hand Cream — in 1933. The ultra-moisturizing lotion has been softening women’s hands ever since.

During the 1930s, Avon made a splash with the release of bubble bath to cleanse and pamper skin. The quaint bottle has evolved, but the quality of its contents remains top-notch. Today, there are countless delightful scents to help wash away stress.

1940s: Sunny Days

Talk about a two-for-one! Avon’s Sun Lotion with Insect Repellent (1947) was a must for balmy beach and poolside days. Providing protection against ultraviolet rays while simultaneously warding off pesky bugs and mosquitoes made this a winning combo that beach bums and sun lovers alike could bask in.

1950s: Scented Skin Sinks In

Avon’s Persian Wood Perfumed Skin Softener (1959) was a richly concentrated, creamy formula that smoothed and soothed dry areas while producing a lovely lingering fragrance. It was the perfect blend and representation of the company’s expertise in fragrance and skincare.

1961: Skin-So-Soft Makes A Smooth Entrance

One of Avon’s most recognizable personal care products, Skin-So-Soft, has been keeping bodies soft and supple for over half a century. Today, the popular line includes a variety of body lotions, shower gels, washes, and seasonal creams.

1970s: Clear Skin Is In

Clear Skin Cleanser Plus 3 oz

During the 1970s Women’s Liberation Movement, many women adopted the less-is-more makeup philosophy — in turn, propelling clear skin into the spotlight. Enter Avon’s Clear Skin.

1980s: Popular Science

While the makeup industry in the mid-1980s was buzzing with bold and bright trends, Avon’s Research and Development team was busy whipping up breakthrough products that would change skincare forever. In 1986, Avon became the first to use stabilized retinol, an anti-aging ingredient, in its patented BioAdvance Beauty Recovery System.

1990s: The Blend Of Science & Skin

Anew Perfecting Complex for Face 5 oz

In 1990, Avon was the first to bring alpha hydroxyl acid technology to the mass market with its launch of the ANEW skincare line. The breakthrough products included Perfecting Complex for Face Cream, which intended to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

2000s – 2016: Flawless Future

 Anew Ultimate Skincare

Avon continues to revolutionize skincare with ongoing advances for the brand. From the Anew Power Serum to the patent-pending Celluvive Complex found in Anew Ultimate, Avon has an unblemished reputation in skincare making it a mainstay brand for women around the world.

#TBT: An Unboxing Of Avon’s Packaging Throughout The Years

#TBTForget the saying that good things come in small packages—good things come in pretty packages. That’s especially true when it comes to beauty. Before spritzing on a delightful scent or applying a deluxe night cream, the attractive exterior draws you in. (In fact, studies have shown that a third of customers make a decision on their purchase based on a product’s appearance.)

Since its inception, Avon has excelled at creating eye-catching packaging that’s just as engrossing as the groundbreaking products inside. Below, take a look back and uncover 130 years of intriguing designs.

1890s: Simple Elegance

shampoo-cream

Charming and pretty, this Shampoo Cream oozed with late 19th-century elegance.

1900s: Beautifully Refined

Triple-Extract-Violet-Water

The lovely purple petals adorning this Violet Water bottle embodied femininity and grace.

1920s: Ravishing Vanities

Dressing-Table-Vanity-Set

The striking contrast between hot pink and bright orange undoubtedly made this Dresser Vanity Set a standout in powder rooms and boudoirs.

1930s: Pretty Playful

Avon didn’t leave out little ones when creating attention-grabbing packaging. This sweet and cheerful sweet and cheerful kid-friendly gift box was perfect for tots of the time.

1940s: Smelling the Roses

Avon’s packaging for Toilet Water and Body Powder were coming up roses, thanks to these chic floral motifs.

1950s: All in the Details

Gold trim and intricate details added polish and glamour to a regal-looking jar of Persian Wood Beauty Dust.

1960s: Scent-sationally Handsome

Women’s products weren’t the only ones with alluring packaging. This handsomely designed Regence Cologne Mist for men sat stately and masculine.

1970s: Cool and Carefree

The electrifying neon “Crystal Lights” emblazoned on this lipstick box exemplified the fast and flashy era of the 1970s.

1980s: Sleek Sophistication

Silver and gold bursts sprinkled across Sequins & Satin lip color carton made a bold statement.

1990s: Minimalistic Elegance

The understated design of Lighten Up Under-Eye Treatment was a prime example of the modern, minimalistic feel of the 1990s.

2000s to Present: Unending Creativity

The ultra-chic and modern shape of the Avon Attraction for Her Eau de Parfum Spray showcases the creativity and dedication Avon continuously puts into its packaging.

#TBT: A Look Back At 130 Years of Avon’s Iconic Advertisements

From charming black-and-white illustrations to today’s striking full-color photography, eye-catching advertisements have been capturing the spirit of Avon for 130 years. To celebrate the milestone, Beauty for a Purpose combed through the archives and caught up with Lynn Catanese, chief curator at the Hagley Museum and Library, to select the most standout ads from the past century-plus—from 1930s Hollywood-inspired elegance to the electric colors of the 1980s to the refined, revolutionary skincare advancements of today.

Below, take a scroll down memory lane to relive 130 years of advertisements the Avon way.

1936: Create A More Radiant You

1930's ad "Create a more radiant you" featuring black and white photos of products and charcoal-style sketch of model

After officially changing its name from California Perfume Company to Avon, the company commemorated its 50th anniversary with “Create A More Radiant You,” one of many iconic campaigns created by the ad agency Monroe F. Dreher, Inc. Amid the difficulties and sacrifice of the Great Depression era, women often turned to a small purchase of cosmetics to lift their spirits — and the company’s sales rose.

1943: Heroines of America

Avon ad from 1940s "for America...for Freedom...for Victory" in color with drawing of woman looking into a mirror reflecting herself in the past

Amid the trials of the World War II era, Avon’s “To the Heroines of America” campaigned debuted as a morale-booster depicting present-day women reflecting on brave female icons of the past. Noting “the brave color of her lips and cheeks,” the series encouraged women to stand strong like their predecessors.

1944: Avon Goes Hollywood

1940s Advertisement for Avon cosmetics featuring Roaslind Russell, a leader in Hollywood Fashion

Hurray for Hollywood. In part an escape during the World War II era, glamorous movie stars and society women of the day graced Avon’s advertisements throughout the 1940s — but even the most recognizable faces touted reliance on the knowledgeable Avon Representative to make them look and feel beautiful.

1955: I Bring You Fragrance News

The “Ding Dong, Avon Calling” catchphrase –still fondly remembered – put the Avon Representative front and center as an expert. Always polished and professional, she heralded the latest in beauty in this time of post-war optimism and prosperity.

1961: Avon Calling for 75 Years
vintage ad featuring iconic Avon ladies through 75 years

Upon Avon’s 75th anniversary, the Representative was the campaign’s icon. Her evolution, from the elegant attire of Lady Albee’s day to a stylish suit, advanced the idea of the independent and empowered woman during a decade when change and equal rights were at the forefront.

1961: Avon Overseas

Avon advertisement in Spanish featuring blonde woman with updo holding lipstick

From Canada and Europe to Latin America, the universal appeal of Avon’s broad global reach signaled quality product and beauty for all.

1966: Table Talk
Avon_Calling

What woman wouldn’t want a fragrance chosen especially for her? For its 80th birthday, Avon celebrated the pleasant and personal experience of a home visit from an attentive Representative, a steadfast presence in her handsome hat and suit.

1975: Oh, That Sweet Honesty Feeling

iconic avon ad for honesty after bath products features woman in pink towel with wet hair

In the early 1970s, industries from beauty to music and magazines appealed to the growing teen market. Avon gained loyal fans in that age group with fresh and clean products like the cheerfully named Sweet Honesty.

1987: Look How Color Touches You

From shoulder pads to oversized costume jewelry to fabulously inflated hair, everything in the ‘80s was bigger and bolder, including makeup palettes. The future looked bright, and the optimism of the decade came alive with vibrant new cashmere tones for lips, eyes and cheeks.

1997: Wake Up to Younger Looking Skin

1990s Avon ad of fresh faced woman with short hair

As beauty and fashion turned toward fresh-faced 1990s minimalism, Avon asserted its place as a leader in skincare with its Anew line.

2008: Going Even More Global

Brazilian woman a bicycle next to Avon Naturals products

With popular products tailored to an expanding global audience, Avon increasingly became known throughout Latin America for its beauty innovations.

2010: More Than Skin Deep

ANEW Avon ad featuring Jacqueline Bisset with youthful skin

With fans spanning across generations, beauty at every age became a hallmark of the Anew line. Actress Jacqueline Bisset modeled the benefits of breakthrough anti-aging technology: envy-worthy skin for women in their 50s and beyond.

2015: Celebrate Good Times

Outspoken Party fragrance ad featuring singer Fergie with female friend at club

Since its early days in the late 19th century as the California Perfume Company, fragrance has been at the heart of Avon. Celebrity ambassadors aligned with the company’s mission of empowering women brought the party to Avon – including Fergie’s Outspoken fragrance line.

2015: Today’s Game Changers

Avon Anew ad from 2015 features bottle with misting nozzle

The research and development behind new product Anew Power Serum is Avon’s present star. Also key in the 21st century: the all-important Avon.com website that connects consumers worldwide.

All images courtesy of Hagley Museum and Library.

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In the beginning of each new Avon campaign, I will be showcasing the best sales and deals found in each new Avon Catalog as well as fan favorites, beauty tips, tutorials and our newest products. So make sure to check this page often as it will change every two weeks with each new Avon Campaign.Click on the Avon Brochure above to Shop Avon and view the Avon Catalog online.

Avon offers you multiple ways of shopping online, sales and promotions to help you save on your online orders.

You can Shop Avon brochures online, so whether you like to take a look at a paper copy, and would like to sign up to have the Catalog to your home, or you like to browse the Avon Catalog online, you get the same deals and discounts as you would if I was visiting you personally. My website switches over to a new Avon Campaign every two weeks.

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