For over 50 years, Calgon has been dedicated to creating uniquely exhilarating bath and body experiences that stimulate the senses, restore the spirit and take you on a special, fragrant journey to the place you want to be.
Calgon has always been about taking you away on your journey. But, along the way, it has taken quite a journey itself. To find out more about it, check out the timeline and trivia below.
Let the following timeline and trivia quiz take you away on a little journey through our history—in both business and pop culture.
|1933||Calgon, Inc. puts Calgon water softener on the market in 1933. The water softener combines with calcium to reduce unwanted salts in water. It's name comes from CALcium GONe. Hence, Calgon.|
|1946||Calgon launches its first fragrant bath product.|
|1960s||Calgon begins advertising its bath oil beads as an essential indulgent, luxurious experience. Here are some classic commercials from that period:|
|“Calgon Take Me Away” iconic TV and print advertising begins. Here are two of these iconic and beloved commercials:|
|1989||Reckitt Benckiser acquires Calgon and changes the “Calgon, take me away” tagline. (To find out what it was changed to, check out the trivia section.)|
|1995||Calgon is acquired by Coty Inc. “Take Me Away” advertising resumes.|
|1995||Calgon launches body wash—the first significant expansion from bath products into bath and body products.|
|1997||Calgon becomes the #1 brand in the specialty bath category and launches bubble baths, shower gels and body lotions.
|1998||Brand launches takemeaway.com website.|
|New advertising focuses on skin benefits. Calgon launches Silky Skin Shave Mousses and a new line of products targeting girls age 7-13 (For the name of this tween line of products, check out the trivia section.)
|2003||Calgon adds new collections including Blossoms, Brazilian Beauty, Mmmmm and Get Juic’d.
|2007||Ascendia Brands buys Calgon.|
|2009||Ilex acquires Calgon.|
|2013||2013 Calgon is acquired by Parfums De Coeur and the all new takemeaway.com is launched.|