Arthritis Foundation supported by Clarins

Clarins and Fondation Arthritis: a special connection

At the heart of Fondation Arthritis is a love story. Disheartened by the suffering his wife endured due to rheumatoid polyarthritis, Clarins Founder Jacques Courtin-Clarins established the Association for Polyarthritis Research in 1989. In the 1990s, his energy and faith made a profound impact on the research being conducted in the field of chronic inflammatory rheumatic diseases.

30 years of working together...

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In 1989, Jacques Courtin-Clarins establishes the Association for Polyarthritis Research.

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Dr. Olivier Courtin-Clarins

In 2006, the Association for Polyarthritis Research becomes Fondation Arthritis

Photo Claire, Jenna, Prisca and Virginie Courtin-Clarins


A Family Commitment

Every year since 2012, Claire, Jenna, Prisca and Virginie Courtin-Clarins have paid tribute to their grandmother by supporting and featuring the products benefiting the Fondation.

More than €100,000 has been raised since 2012!

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The MIRIAD project

In 2016, Clarins begins supporting the MIRIAD project sponsored by Prof. Maxime Bréban from Hopital Ambroise-Paré Paris (France).

*MIRIAD stands for Microbiome Research Initiative on Spondyloarthritis and Dysbiosis.

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More than €250,000 is raised through the sales of Tonic Body Treatment Oil in 2016 and through the Clarins group.

In 2017, this commitment was enriched even further, as it was co-funded and/or promoted by all of the Clarins group subsidiaries.

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For every Tonic Body Treatment Oil sold, Clarins will make a donation to help fund the MIRIAD project.
The goal is to raise as much funding as possible to allow the teams to continue their research in hopes of finding treatments that ease the suffering of rheumatic diseases, which affect more than 100 million people in Europe.

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2019: 30 years of partnering together!

In 2019, Clarins is proudly celebrating 30 years of partnership with Fondation Arthritis.

In the words of Dr. Olivier Courtin-Clarins

Arthritis a disease
that’s as old as the world…

but, over the past 40 years, these degenerative auto-immune diseases are being diagnosed more effectively. Some appear in childhood, some during the teen years and others in adulthood. They develop as the years go by and get worse, eroding joints and eroding one’s ability to find relief, well-being and peace with one’s body.”

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Clarins and the Arthritis Foundation are proud to support the Cure RA* project

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Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune osteoarticular disease. It destroys the joints of the hands and feet to the point of deforming them, resulting in severe mobility impairments. It is also characterised, in part, by the presence of autoantibodies which are abnormally produced by the immune system.

Unlike other treatments that only act on inflammation and not on its origin, the Cure RA project aims to develop one that directly targets the disease, before the inflammation stage. The goal? Long-term remission or even a cure.

*Cure Rheumatoid Arthritis

Caroline Wozniacki, Ambassador of the Arthritis Foundation

Tonic Body Treatment Oil: An Iconic And Charitable Product

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The first Clarins Beauty Institute opens on Rue Tronchet in Paris’ 8th arrondissement.


Clarins Treatment Oils are launched. They were commercialised at the request of customers who wished to incorporate the benefits of these pure plant oils into their beauty routines at home.

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Every year, with each purchase of Tonic Body Treatment Oil, Clarins will make a donation to Fondation Arthritis to support research programs for inflammatory rheumatic diseases.

*This oil is a cosmetic product. It does not have any therapeutic action nor is it a treatment for arthritis.

You too can support research with your Tonic Body Treatment Oil purchase!

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Clarins & Arthritis

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