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 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). Its acquisition of J.B. Williams 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, based in New York, sells its personal care products worldwide.
Leveraging one of its more popular brands, Combe partnered with Elder Pharmaceuticals Ltd. to launch Vagisil feminine personal products in India in 2013.
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 and Clearasil, purchased Combe's Cepacol, Hemoal, Lanacane, LiceMD, and Scalpicin businesses.
Alliances have helped to stretch Combe's 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.
Combe Incorporated was once known as Eastco Chemical Company.
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.