Clarins and Fondation Arthritis: a special connection

At the heart of Fondation Arthritis is a love story. Disheartened by the suffering his wife endured due to rheumatoid polyarthritis, Clarins Founder Jacques Courtin-Clarins established the Association for Polyarthritis Research in 1989. In the 1990s, his energy and faith made a profound impact on the research being conducted in the field of chronic inflammatory rheumatic diseases.

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Over 30 years of working together…

Portrait of Jacques Courtin-Clarins


Dedicated to fighting arthritis

In 1989, Jacques Courtin-Clarins establishes the Association for Polyarthritis Research.

Portrait of Olivier Courtin


Dr. Olivier Courtin-Clarins

In 2006, the Association for Polyarthritis Research becomes Fondation Arthritis.

Portrait of Claire, Jenna, Prisca and Virginie Courtin-Clarins


A family commitment

Every year since 2012, Claire, Jenna, Prisca and Virginie Courtin-Clarins have paid tribute to their grandmother by promoting the sale of products to benefit the Fondation.

They have raised more than €100,000 to date.

Scientific test environment


The MIRIAD project

In 2016, Clarins begins supporting the MIRIAD project—sponsored by Professor Maxime Bréban from Hopital Ambroise-Paré, Paris—a research program that studies the influence of diet and environment on inflammation linked to rheumatic diseases.

With every Tonic Body Treatment Oil sold, the Clarins Group makes a donation to fund MIRIAD research. More than €250,000 is raised.

*MIRIAD stands for Microbiome Research Initiative on Spondyloarthritis and Dysbiosis.

Bottles of Tonic Body Treatment Oil


Second year of supporting the MIRIAD project

In 2017, our commitment to supporting MIRIAD research shifts into high gear—now co-funded and/or promoted by all of the Clarins Group subsidiaries.

Scientists in a laboratory


In 2018, every drop counts

As the popularity of our iconic Tonic Body Treatment Oil continues to grow, Clarins’ mission is to raise as much research funding as possible in hopes of finding treatments that ease the suffering of rheumatic diseases—which affect hundreds of millions of people worldwide, including more than 100 million in Europe.

Laboratory container


2019: A 30 year partnership with Fondation Arthritis

Celebrating a proud alliance in the fight against rheumatic diseases.



2020: The CURE-RA

Clarins is proud to support the CURE-RA project over the next three years.

As an ambitious new research initiative, the CURE-RA project is working to develop a new treatment to target the causes of rheumatoid arthritis, with the goal of improving the chances of long-term remission and, ultimately, finding a cure.

In the words of Olivier Courtin

Arthritis is a disease that’s
as old as the world…

but, over the past 40 years, these degenerative auto-immune diseases are being diagnosed more effectively. Some appear in childhood, some during the teen years and others in adulthood. They develop as the years go by and get worse, eroding joints and eroding one’s ability to find relief, well-being and peace with one’s body.”

Portrait of Olivier Courtin

Tonic Body Treatment Oil: Iconic & Caring*

Reflecting over 65 years of Spa expertise.


The first Clarins Beauty Institute opens on Rue Tronchet in Paris’ 8th arrondissement.


Clarins Treatment Oils are launched. They were commercialized at the request of customers who wished to incorporate the benefits of these pure plant oils into their beauty routines.

Tonic body treatment oil bottle and mint leaves Field mint

With every Tonic Body Treatment Oil sold, Clarins makes a donation to Fondation Arthritis to advance early diagnosis, develop new therapeutic pathways, and to restore hope to millions of patients.

*This oil is a cosmetic product. It does not have any therapeutic action nor is it a treatment for arthritis.

When you purchase Tonic Body Treatment Oil, you help fund arthritis research.

Tonic Body Treatment Oil


Arthritis in images

Fondation Arthritis robot