If you’ve ever shopped the skin care aisles, you have seen one of the iconic skin care brands, Palmer’s, on the shelf. E.T. Browne Drug Company, the makers of Palmer’s, originated in 1840. Mr. Edward Thomas Browne partnered with Doctor Palmer to co-found the company, originally creating creams and ointments. Current ownership took over in 1971 and began reviving the company by creating soaps, fade creams, and more.
Today, Luigi (Lou) Fata, vice president of sales at E.T. Browne, says it is an “ingredients first” company. Arnold Neis purchased the company in 1971 after working for other pharmaceutical companies. Neis’ background was chemistry, and he grew up in his dad’s pharmacy, where he watched his father create products to meet patient needs. One of the ingredients his father used was cocoa butter because it blends and absorbs easily. Neis started experimenting with it and developed Palmer’s iconic cocoa butter jar. Neis is still active in the company. His son is the current president, and his grandson recently joined the company, bringing in the third generation to continue the family legacy.
The cocoa butter jar is one of Palmer’s most well-known products, but few realize that hair care products preceded it. “Our expertise is multicultural hair – all textures beyond straight,” said Fata. He continued, “Just like with our skin care products, we started out serving the multicultural community.”
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