Initially established as a starch, soap, and candle factory with the name Colgate and Company in 1806, the company would later be incorporated in 1928 after merging with Palmolive-Peet. The company has since grown to become one of the top 100 most valuable brands worldwide with total net sales of more than 15 billion U.S. dollars in 2016. Colgate-Palmolive employed around 36,700 employees as of 2016.
The company sells its oral, personal and home care product segment across five geographical regions. In the United States, the oral, personal and home care segment generated close to three billion U.S. dollars in annual revenue and the majority of its global sales come from oral care products. Colgate-Palmolive’s products for oral hygiene include toothpastes, toothbrushes and mouthwashes. The company has continued to be amongst the leading toothpaste vendors in the United States. Colgate Total, Colgate Optic White and Colgate Max Fresh are among some of the leading toothpaste brands in the United States. The company also produces pharmaceutical oral heath products for dentists and other oral health professionals.
The company's personal care products list includes: shower gels, deodorants, antiperspirants, shampoos and conditioners. Its products for the home care products include dishwashing liquids, household cleaners and fabric softeners.