During her time working at Estee Lauder
she co-created Aramis
, a best-selling men's scent with Estee, while also developing Clinique's iconic fragrances Beautiful, Happy and Pleasures. She received the Fragrance Foundation Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.
While Lauder certainly had a head for business, she was down-to-earth and creative, once admitting, 'You dont sell fragrance on intellect. You sell fragrance on your nose. Its an immediate response. You either like it or you dont. Its like food you either like beets or you dont. Leonard still cant get me to drink beer.'
Aside from working for the Estee lauder company, she fundraised and built awareness for breast cancer. In 1992, Lauder and the then-editor-in-chief of Self magazine, Alexandra Penney, created the pink ribbon as a symbol of breast cancer awareness. October that year she also launched the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign which is still going strong almost 20 years later - to date, more than 65 million pink ribbons have been distributed.
In October 2009 the Evelyn H Lauder Breast Centre opened. 'The doctor who was in charge of the hospital said they were building a breast centre. And I said, Oh, this is fabulous. What are you going to have in the breast centre? So he said, Were going to have oncology and were going to have mammography. I said, Is that it? He says, Well, what else do you want? And I said, Well, I would want physical therapy, psychological counselling, an education centre so that we could pick up information in either leaflets or online, nutritional counselling, a pharmacy so you dont have to go running around the city to get everything, a boutique that might sell all the needs of a woman while shes waiting for recon