Jacques Courtin-Clarins founded the cosmetics brand Clarins in 1954 when he was a medical student. The brand name, Clarins, was not part of his surname, but the name of a character he played in a school play several years ago. He changed his surname from Courtin to Courtin-Clarins. Today Clarins produces fragrances for several fashion and lifestyle brands. Among them are Porsche Design, Azzaro, Thierry Mugler, Swarovski, Zadig & Voltaire and David Yurman.
Clarins fragrances were made in collaboration with perfumers Jacques Courtin-Clarins, Nathalie Feisthauer and Raphael Haury.