History of Colgate-Palmolive

Colgate-Palmolive Company, commonly known as Colgate, is a global consumer products company headquartered in New York City. The company traces its origins back to 1806 when William Colgate opened a starch, soap, and candle factory in New York City. In 1873, Colgate introduced its first toothpaste, which was sold in jars. This was a significant innovation in dental hygiene at the time. The company continued to grow and expand its product line throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

In 1928, Colgate merged with Palmolive-Peet to become Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Company, and later changed its name to Colgate-Palmolive Company in 1953. The merger allowed Colgate to expand its product offerings beyond oral care, adding Palmolive soap and other household products to its portfolio. Over the years, Colgate-Palmolive has continued to innovate and introduce new products in both the oral care and personal care categories.

Today, Colgate-Palmolive is a global leader in oral care products, with a wide range of toothpastes, toothbrushes, and mouthwashes sold in over 200 countries. The company also produces a variety of personal care and household products under brands such as Palmolive, Protex, Softsoap, and Ajax. Colgate-Palmolive remains committed to its mission of providing safe, effective, and high-quality products that improve the health and well-being of its consumers worldwide.