Vivalis today is wholly owned by Graham and Sue Lynch-Staunton. Graham has worked within the Vivalis business since 1990 and Sue from 2005-2009 and from 2011 onwards. They purchased the business outright in 2011. 

As with most long established businesses Vivalis has a vibrant story of brand creation, mergers, acquisitions and disposals. The ownership of Vivalis has changed over the years, starting as two privately owned businesses, merging into one business and becoming a PLC, a distressed equity purchase and now returned back to private ownership with Graham and Sue’s purchase. 

Over time, Vivalis has operated across many categories including; Prestige Fragrance, Gifting and Gift Toiletries, Mass Fragrance, Colour Cosmetics, Haircare, Dry Shampoo, Hair Colourants, Hair Sprays and Styling, Skincare, Deodorants and Body Sprays and Male Grooming. 

Here is more detail of our history:

   

  • CC

    Late 1970s

    Peter and Geoff Wilkinson purchased the Constance Carroll brand which included colour cosmetics, fragrances and body sprays.

    The brothers created Constance Carroll Cosmetics Ltd.

  • FF

    1982

    Fine Fragrances and Cosmetics founded by Doug Fawcett. Fade Out created.

  • FF

    1984 - 1993

    Prestige Fragrance distribution including Parfums Caron, Jacomo, Bal a Versailles created.

    Sold in 1993.

    Graham Lynch-Staunton joined FF&C in 1990.

  • CC

    1987

    Collection 2000 Cosmetics created.

  • FF

    1992

    Taylor of London Gift Toiletries and Mary Chess Fragrance purchased.

  • FF

    1994

    Beauty Without Cruelty Colour Cosmetics purchased.

  • IWP

    1998

    Constance Carroll Cosmetics sold to IWP.

  • CC

    2004

    MeMeMe Colour Cosmetics created.

  • FF

    1998

    Yardley Fragrance division comprising of Tweed, Panache, Lace, White Satin and Chique purchased.

    Graham Lynch-Staunton became Managing Director.

  • IWP

    1999

    Fine Fragrances and Cosmetics purchased by IWP International PLC.

  • FF

    2001

    Batiste Dry Shampoo and Jerome Russell Hair businesses purchased.

  • FF

    2002

    Van Gils and Dutch / Prestige Fragrance division integrated into FF&C.

  • IWP

    2002 - 2003

    Founders of Constance Carroll and Fine Fragrance and Cosmetics leave IWP.

  • V

    2004

    Constance Carroll Cosmetics Ltd renamed Vivalis.

  • V

    2006

    IWP Plc delisted from the London Stock Exchange after purchase by private equity syndicate led by Strategic Value Partners.

    Graham Lynch-Staunton became Managing Director of the UK business and a minority shareholder.

  • V

    2007

    Fine Fragrance and Cosmetics merges into the Vivalis business, located at the Skelmersdale site.

  • V

    2007 - 2009

    Business restructured production outsourced within UK and Asia and four brand divisions established; Haircare, Skincare, Colour Cosmetics and Fragrance.

    Asia sourcing office established.

    Van Gils fragrance division sold to Royal Sanders in MBO.

    MeMeMe Colour Cosmetics and two smaller brands; Prevense Skincare and Control Hairspray sold.

  • V

    2010

    Fragrance division including ex Yardley Fragrances and Taylor of London sold.

  • V

    2011

    Batiste Dry Shampoo and Collection 2000 Cosmetics sold.

    Graham and Sue Lynch-Staunton purchased 100% of Vivalis shares.

  • V

    2014

    Constance Carroll Cosmetics sold.

    COLAB Dry Shampoo created.

  • V

    2015

    Jerome Russell Haircare sold.

    Below the Belt Grooming created.

  • V

    2016

    Purple Tree Multi-Purpose Skincare created.