The brand’s origins in Brazil
O Boticário, which is the old name for a "pharmacist,” was the name adopted by Miguel Krigsner for his compounding pharmacy, which opened on 22nd March 1977 in the centre of the city of Curitiba in the state of Paraná. The idea emerged after Krigsner attended a course in Porto Alegre, where the art of compounding medicines was beginning to be rediscovered, providing patients with the option of personalised treatment, mainly within dermatology. Rather than a simple chemist’s shop, the aim was to provide a pleasant place where people felt good. Instead of shelves full of medicines, the shop had a carpeted room with a sofa, magazines and coffee for those who wanted to wait while their prescriptions were made up.
The chemist and owners themselves would serve at the counter, rather than the usual assistants, conveying a serious and trustworthy image. Within a short time, mainly due to "word of mouth” recommendations, people began to visit the pharmacy in search of products that were now synonymous with quality. It was in this context that Miguel Krigsner moved from compounding prescriptions to producing merchandise with the O Boticário brand name. The first products were a moisturising cream, a shampoo and a bath foam with a seaweed base. The brand’s first cologne, still famous today, was Acqua Fresca.
In 1979, with several O Boticário brand name products and its special service established, he opened the brand’s first exclusive shop at Curitiba airport, which quickly specialised in perfume and cosmetics sought after by all the other states in Brazil.
Within a few years, the small pharmacy had become a large global perfume and cosmetics network with 3,000 shops in Brazil and around 600 retail outlets in other countries.
The brand in Portugal
In September 1986, O Boticário opened its first shop in Portugal in the Amoreiras Shopping Centre, as a pioneer of exclusive perfume and cosmetics shops. Within a short time, it became a very well-known and well-loved brand among the Portuguese, gradually establishing itself as a household name.
Today, 25 years later, O Boticário has 50 shops in Portugal, around 30,000 fans on its Facebook page and is opening its online shop.
O Boticário is…
O Boticário is a brand that believes in beauty and stands out because of its attitude.
We believe that when people feel more attractive, everything is more vibrant, joyful, and colourful and the whole world is more beautiful.
We offer complete beauty solutions that begin with a personalised specialist advice service, supported by ongoing training, and a line of quality products, technological innovation, accessible prices and irresistible fragrances and textures.
In O Boticário you will find perfumes, face care, body care, and home spa products, the Men range, products for infants and young people, and make-up – a full range of products to make your desires and dreams come true.
With 50 shops in Portugal and now with our online shop, we are always close to you.
We hope you will always be close to us.