Crabtree & Evelyn is an American retailer of the body and home products with stores internationally. According to its website, Crabtree & Evelyn uses over 160 “natural botanical ingredients” in its skin care products. It is wholly owned by Khuan Choo International Limited, as of July 2012.
Crabtree & Evelyn founded in 1972 by Cyrus Harvey. The name Crabtree & Evelyn inspired by John Evelyn, a 17th-century botanist, and the English Crabapple tree, known for its beauty and use in home apothecary. Initially a small, family run business, the first store specialized in fine soaps sourced from around the world and was opened in 1977 at the Montgomery Mall in Pennsylvania by Stephen A Miller.
One man’s passion for travel coupled with an inherent desire for natural products set the foundation for creating an international brand renowned the world over for its fragrances, body care products, fine foods and beautifully packaged gifts.
Cyrus collected soaps and lotions made by small manufacturers around the world. What started as a vacation soon became a strong business proposition with customers delighting in the exciting and unique products available. From this one small shop selling an eclectic collection of fine soaps, Crabtree & Evelyn now has a strong retail presence in more than 65 countries including over 200 wholly owned branded retail stores.