Georgette Klinger’s 1915 beauty pageant victory was marred by a problem with her prize – the beauty products she received irritated her skin. Instead of wallowing in self-pity or resigning to a life of irritated skin, Klinger set off on a mission to offer women an alternative. In 1938, she opened her first salon in her native country of Czechoslovakia, filled with knowledge she gained working with cosmeticians and dermatologists from Zurich, Budapest and Vienna.
A year later, the Nazi regime invaded her beloved country and Klinger, only 22 years old, fled to New York City. Making products in her own kitchen, Klinger opened a spa on Madison Avenue. In 1969, Klinger brought the iconic New York experience to California and opened a second salon in Beverly Hills, meant to cater to her already growing clientele of Hollywood starlets.
Always dedicated to the brand’s roots of filling holes in the beauty industry, Klinger launched a revolutionary men’s skin care line in 1972. A continual grow in demand led Klinger to launch multiple salons, as well as, develop a laboratory and factory.
Although the founding matriarch passed away in 2004, her namesake brand never strayed from the simple belief that clean, healthy skin is the beating heart of a glowing complexion. While products may offer different solutions, they’re all packing the power of natural ingredients. Made from fruits, vitamins, flowers, essential oils and herbs, Georgette Klinger’s products fight acne, aging and everything in between.
Volcanic Mineral Scrub
Scrub away dead skin cells and redefine the texture of your complexion with the Volcanic Mineral Scrub. The secret ingredient to the non-abrasive scrub is the finely pulverized sand caused by volcanic explosions. Laden with antioxidants, Argan Oil that’s high in Vitamin E and Aloe Vera Gel, skin is hydrated and left velvety soft.
Acne Spot Relief
Waging war on acne shouldn’t leave battle scars on your skin. The acne spot relief fights breakouts where they begin – deep in your pores. After Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acid unblock your pores, Tea Tree Oil’s powerful healing properties penetrate deeply into your skin, killing the bacteria that causes acne. But, the added inclusion of Alpha-Bisabolol, Witch Hazel and Chamomile means fighting acne won’t leave your skin red and irritated.
Gardenia Facial Mist
Part of Georgette Klinger’s revolutionary approach to beauty includes expanding where skin care takes place. Once reserved for the confines of one’s bathroom, the Gardenia Facial Mist is designed to be used easily anytime, anywhere. A simple spritz unleashes the power of Gardenia, Jasmine, and Elderflower extracts, giving your skin the necessary hydration it craves.
Dead cells dull skin and hide your glowing, beautiful self. Retinol PM, a reparative overnight serum, absorbs quickly into skin to break down dead cells and deeply moisturize. Apply to clean skin before bed and in the morning, you’ll wake up instantly looking younger.
Before Georgette Klinger brought the best of European skin care to the United States, skin was able to naturally heal itself. Sometimes we all need a little extra boost and the Camphor Mask helps skin’s natural process along. Fortified with Camphor and Menthol, the mask speeds up the removal of harmful waste while bringing restorative oxygen and minerals to the skin’s surface. Thanks to Zinc Oxide, Vitamin E and Sesame Oil, skin is left looking clean and clear.
Rose Clarifying Toner
Tone and balance skin with Georgette Klinger’s Rose Clarifying Toner. Packed with antioxidants and tannins, dirt, debris and is dissolved and skin is deeply cleansed. The added inclusion of Aloe Vera gel maintains a hydrated glow and softened skin.
Vitamin C Cleansing Gel
To achieve a bright, vibrant and youthful look, skin needs a daily dose of Vitamin C. Its antioxidants fight wrinkles, sagging and other signs of aging while visibly reducing inflammation. Combined with fruit extracts and moisturizing olive oil, over time, dark spots are reduced and youthful, clear radiance is unleashed.
Collagen & Elastin Moisturizer
One of the biggest giveaways of age is loose, sagging skin. The Collagen and Elastin Moisturizer packs the power of a cream in a fast absorbing lotion to firm, tighten and tone skin. It’s not just about repairing damage that comes with age, but it’s also designed to fight future aging by strengthening and increasing elasticity.
Almost 15 years after Klinger’s death, her vibrant legacy lives on in the millions of men and women who discover the radiant, beautiful skin they’ve been given.
Jenni, a University of Arizona graduate, had her first fiction novel, Sentenced to Life, published in 2015 and is currently working on her second novel. When she’s not writing, you can find her exploring New York City, doing a DIY project in her apartment, or re-watching her favorite rom-com, When Harry Met Sally.