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Cosmetic Valley: First worldwide cluster dedicated to the perfumery-cosmetics sector

Set up in 1994, designated competitiveness cluster in 2005, Cosmetic Valley is today the hub of the national French perfumery-cosmetics sector. Charged by the State to set up a tricolour strategy for a sector which gathers 3,200 companies. 80% of which are SMEs and about a hundred major brands, representing all areas of cosmetics: ingredients, processes, packaging, tests, finished products, etc.

With 45 billion euros in turnover and 246,000 jobs, Cosmetic Valley embodies the values of the "Brand France " regarding to perfumery and cosmetics: innovation, performance, product safety, environment’s respect, ingredients’ authenticity.

Cosmetic Valley coordinates the sector on a hexagonal scale to consolidate the place of those companies in a growing global market. Their turnover should reach $716.6 billion in 2025, with an average annual growth rate of 5.9% over the period.

Driving force in a sector that occupies a place of world leadership in an increasingly competitive market, Cosmetic Valley has been able to create a real "industrial fabric" between major groups and SMEs, private and public stakeholders, laboratories, universities and training institutions. It benefits from a European and international dimension through the metacluster Global Cosmetic Clusters, coordinated by Cosmetic Valley for several years. This unique ecosystem is also the first global network for cosmetology research.

Chartres Métropole, capital of Cosmetic Valley

Chartres Métropole is a skills’ territory in the sector of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals for more than 30 years.

Thanks to the dynamism of the Chartres’ agglomeration, major international groups have chosen to develop their activities, contributing to the reputation of the city in the whole world.


Within those activities, a lot of subcontracting activities have been developed (packaging, logistics, maintenance of production & packaging lines, design of special machines) and the presence of perfectly trained workers in the requirements of this sector, thus guaranteeing to these companies a major pool of skills adapted to the needs of their development.

As a testimony of the Perfumes-Cosmetics sector’s dynamism in the Chartres’ agglomeration, Chartres welcomes the headquarters of Cosmetic Valley, “sciences of beauty and well-being” competitiveness’ cluster.

Chartres Métropole federates all the economic and institutional actors who can help a project to set up and develop a business, through the “Maison des Entreprises et de l’Emploi” and people from the Department of Economic Development. Thus, each project benefits from personalized support.