Josephine Esther Mentzer the founder of ESTÉE LAUDER was born in New York to a young Hungarian beauty and a Czechoslovakian businessman. From a young age she was interested in taking after her uncle John Schotz, a chemist. He had taught her to cleanse her skin with oils rather than harsh soaps, and to mix up batches of his unique, all-around skin cream. It was her first glimpse at something that provided “the power to create beauty”. ESTÉE LAUDER believes in the philosophy that every woman is beautiful. The brand has orchestrated itself around this very inspiring belief with a wide range of staple products that still grace the nightstands of many A-listers and skincare fanatics.