Colgate-Palmolive Company markets soaps, detergents, and oral hygiene products (including toothpaste and toothbrushes).
- Under its "Hill's" brand, it is also a manufacturer of veterinary
In 1806, soap and candle maker William Colgate opened up a starch, soap, and candle factory on Dutch Street in New York City under the name of 'William Colgate & Company'.
- In 1872, Colgate introduced Cashmere Bouquet, a perfumed soap. In 1873, the firm introduced its first toothpaste, an aromatic toothpaste sold in jars
The first toothpaste in a tube, Colgate Ribbon Dental Cream, was introduced in 1896
- In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the B.J. Johnson Company was making a soap entirely of palm and olive oil, the formula of which was developed by B.J. Johnson in 1898. The soap was popular enough to rename their company after it – 'Palmolive'.
- A Kansas based soap manufacturer known as the Peet Brothers merged with Palmolive to become Palmolive-Peet.
In 1928, Palmolive-Peet bought the Colgate Company to create the Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Company. In 1953 "Peet" was dropped from the title, leaving only 'Colgate-Palmolive Company', the current name.
- Today, Colgate has numerous subsidiary organisations spanning 200 countries, but it is publicly listed in only two, the United States and India.
- In 1890, Madison University in New York State was re-named Colgate University in honor of the Colgate family following decades of financial support and involvement.
- The Colgate-Palmolive Company sponsors an annual non-profit track meet open to women of all ages–the Colgate Women's Games held at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute. Finalists compete for trophies and educational grants-in-aid from Colgate-Palmolive Company at New York City's Madison Square Garden.
- Mennen is now a brand of the Colgate-Palmolive Company. Its most notable product, Mennen Speed Stick, with its fougere perfume and green wide stick, was the market leader among deodorants and antiperspirants for men for many years.
- William Mennen introduced the first American shaving cream tube in 1912.
In 1939, Dr. Mark L. Morris developed a pet food to help save a guide dog named Buddy from kidney disease.This breakthrough leads to the first Hill's Prescription Diet product.
In 1985, antibacterial protection Protex bar soap was introduced.
- In 1996, Colgate launched 'Bright Smiles, Bright Futures' oral health education program that now reaches over 50 million children annually
- Colgate® Smile Talk is the e-newsletter from Colgate Products
- Kids Toothpastes: Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, Shrek Bubble Fruit. Shrek is a registered trademark of DreamWorks Animation. Dora the Explorer & SpongeBob SquarePants are trademarks owned by Viacom
- Sparkling White toothpastes: Mint Zing, CinnaMint, Caribbean Cool
- Ultra brite
- Colgate Bratz battery-powered character toothbrushes–Chloe, Yasmin, and Fianna
Personal care brands
Lady Speed Stick
Home care brands
Murphy oil soap