Combe Incorporated


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Combe Incorporated
Founded1949; 72 years ago (1949)
New York, U.S.
FounderIvan Combe
White Plains, New York
Area served
64 countries and territories
OwnerCombe family

Combe Incorporated, based in White Plains, New York, is an American personal-care company founded in 1949 by Ivan Combe. Combe products are sold in 64 countries on six continents. Ivan Combe primarily promotes the brand names instead of the company name. Combe owns the brands Just for Men, Sea-Bond, Vagisil, and Grecian Formula.[1]

Combe was the originator of the Clearasil brand in 1950 but sold the rights to it in 1961 to Richardson-Merrell.[2]

In October 2002, Combe acquired J.B. Williams, thereby adding such longtime names as Brylcreem, Aqua Velva and Cepacol to its brand stable.[3]

In January 2011, Combe sold its cough remedy and skin care business to Reckitt Benckiser, and its foot care business (including Odor-Eaters) to Blistex.[4][5]

Key dates

  • 1949: Ivan Combe founds a company.
  • 1951: Combe introduces Clearasil.
  • 1952: The company's offices move from Manhattan to White Plains, New York.
  • 1961: Clearasil is sold to Richardson-Merrell.
  • 1974: Combe's first manufacturing plant opens in Illinois.
  • 1974: Combe launches Vagisil.[1]
  • 1987: Just for Men is introduced.
  • 2000: Ivan Combe dies.[6]
  • 2002: J.B. Williams is acquired.
  • 2011: Sale of cold remedy/skin care business to Reckitt Benckiser, and sale of foot care business to Blistex.


  1. ^ a b "History of Combe Inc". FundingUniverse. 2014. Retrieved July 7, 2014.
  2. ^ Clearasil : For Clear Skin,
  3. ^ Combe Inc. To Acquire J.B. Williams Company, Inc.,, September 30, 2002
  4. ^ Reckitt Benckiser grows in US with Combe brands, OTC Bulletin, January 21, 2011, p. 1
  5. ^ Blistex Acquires U.S. and Global ODOR-EATERS Brand,, Januar 3, 2011: "Blistex Inc. today announced that it has completed the acquisition of the ODOR-EATERS® line of foot care products from Combe Incorporated."
  6. ^ Ravo, Nick, "Ivan D. Combe, 88, Marketer Of Clearasil and Just for Men", The New York Times, January 17, 2000

External links

  • Company web site