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Avène History

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  • 1736

    Discovery of the Thermal Spring

  • 1743

    First Patients Arrive

  • 1772

    The Montpellier Faculty of Medicine

  • 1826

    Avène is Recommended

  • 1871

    America Discovers Avène

  • 1874

    Source of Public interest

  • 1975

    Pierre Fabre Laboratories Acquisition

  • 1990

    Birth of the Brand

  • 1990

    Avène Hydrotherapy Center Opened

  • 2005

    Avène Hydrotherapy Center Expansion

  • 2010

    20 Year Anniversary

  • 2013

    Discovery of Aqua. Dolomiae

  • 2015

    Launch of Sun Care

A Rich History

in the heart of a natural park

The legend started in the small town of Avène, a lovely old picturesque village in the south of France whose houses are built along the banks of the Orb River. Let us tell the story from the beginning...

1736

1736

discovery of the thermal spring

The discovery of the medical quality of the Saint Odile spring in Avène:
A horse belonging to the Marquis of Rocozels was turned loose to roam the slopes of the Black Mountain in the southwest of France due to a severe skin disease. It found a thermal spring near Avène. After drinking from the spring and rolling in its waters, the horse's coat became shiny again and soon its skin disease was completely cured.

1743

1743

first patients arrive

The Marquis of Rocozels, who was then the owner of the site, builds the first thermal spring facility in Avène to treat patients suffering from atopic dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and burns.

1772

1772

The Montpellier Faculty of Medicine

The therapeutic properties of Avène Thermal Spring Water rapidly attracted the attention of doctors at the Montpellier facility which became the authority in Europe. The greatest dermatological authorities recommended Avène Thermal Spring Water, thus confirming its efficacy and contributing to its reputation.

1826

1826

Avène's thermal spring facility is recommended by many scientific leaders in dermatology such as Jean-Louis Alibert.

1871

1871

America discovers Avène

The USA discovers the virtues of Avène Thermal Spring Water which is sent to soothe burns victims from the Great Chicago Fire.

1874


1966

1874

Source of Public interest

The reputation of the Avène Hydrotherapy center quickly grows, and Avène Thermal Spring Water, known for its soothing properties to treat skin diseases, is acknowledged by the French government to be of "public benefit".

1966

Avène Hydrotherapy Center is approved for reimbursement by the French Social Security System.

1975

1975

Pierre Fabre Laboratories Acquisition

Avène Hydrotherapy Center is purchased by Pierre Fabre Laboratories (the 2nd largest private pharmaceutical company in France today).

1990

1990

birth of the brand

A full line of skincare products is created using Avène Thermal Spring Water as the key ingredient to bring the benefits of Avène to the rest of the world.

1990

1990

Avène Hydrotherapy Center Opened

Not far from the old baths, a new Avène Hydrotherapy Center is opened with modern day facilities to accommodate up to 2,000 patients. The Hydrotherapy Center is connected directly to the source of the spring to ensure the quality of Avène Thermal Spring Water.

2005

2005

Avène Hydrotherapy Center Expansion

Expansion of the Avène Hydrotherapy Center to accommodate up to 4,000 patients at one time.

2010

2010

Eau Thermale Avène brand celebrates 20 years.

2013

2013

Twelve years of research reveals the discovery of a unique microflora in Avène Thermal Spring Water, Aqua. Dolomiae, which is responsible for calming itching sensations and irritations on the skin. This unique biological property, together with the mineral properties, create a double signature in the Avène Thermal Spring Water that does not exist anywhere else in the world.

2015

2015

Eau Thermale Avène launches a new sun care line exclusive to the U.S. audience.

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