AYER – exclusive world-wide cosmetics – can look back with more than a touch of pride on its successful past. The founder, Mrs Harriet Hubbard Ayer , was born in Chicago in 1849. She was a beautiful and remarkable woman, who would today be described as “emancipated”  in the positive sense of the term.

Portrait of Harriet Hubbard Ayer by William Merritt Chase in 1879


Extremely unusual for those days, she led an outspoken, active life, which encompassed journalism, social criticism and the bastion of female beauty.

 During a trip to Paris, she obtained the exclusive formula for an expensive beauty-cream from a French apothecary which had once been used by Madame Récamier, a famous Napoleonic beauty.


Portrait of Harriet Hubbard Ayer by William Merritt Chase in 1879


Shortly afterwards she founded her cosmetic company and sold “Récamier Cream” in America  and many countries across Europe. Her ideas and her activities were so sensational  that an entire range of cosmetics was developed from the basis of this cream.

Conditioning products for the face and body, decorative cosmetics and perfume.


skincare line Recamier


This unusual and avant-garde project of Mrs Harriet Hubbard Ayer was to lay the foundations for today’s cosmetics industry.


Today, AYER cosmetics are recognized world-wide as a guarantee for reliable, highly effective skin-care and includes many specific treatment products for the eyes, the neck and the body and is constantly being extended and updated in order to keep pace with the latest developments in cosmetology.