Combe comes to the rescue when a touch of grey or other personal indignity appears. The company's health and beauty aids nix the itch, with below-the-belt Vagisil, as well as color the head turned salt and pepper (Grecian Formula and Just For Men). Combe also combats loose dentures (sold under the Sea-Bond brand) and tough beards (Lectric Shave). Combe's acquisition of J.B. Williams in 2002 added popular personal care brands Aqua Velva after-shave and Brylcreem hair styling cream, among others. Founded in 1949 by Ivan Combe and his wife Mary Elizabeth Deming, the family-owned company created Clearasil in 1950, the #1 acne medication (later sold), and other familiar brands. Combe's products are sold worldwide.
To focus its efforts on more profitable brands, Combe in 2011 divested several major labels in its skin care, foot care, and cough/cold businesses. Blistex, also a private company, acquired Combe's Odor-Eaters brand, and Reckitt Benckiser, owner of Air Wick as well as Clearasil, purchased Combe's Cepacol, Hemoal, Lanacane, LiceMD, and Scalpicin business.
Alliances have also helped to stretch resources. Through an agreement with American Design Group (also a Procter & Gamble licensee), Combe offers a line of Just For Men personal grooming appliances and accessories for worldwide distribution.
Chris Combe, president and CEO, is the son of Combe's founders. Ivan was actively involved in the company until his death in 2000; Mary Elizabeth Deming passed away in 2010.