Founded in 1976 by Adolf (George) Schilke, Continental Cosmetics & Equipment Ltd. was the first, and continues to be the largest national supplier to focus exclusively on the aesthetic industry.
After having worked for various companies, George decided to build a company that would provide the very best products and services to the Salon and Spa industry. By developing a network of contacts throughout Europe and other parts of the world, he scoured the globe to locate well known products that had not yet been exposed to the North American Market, and began educating aestheticians on the benefits of using these products to grow their own businesses. Within a very short time, George discovered both a footcare and skincare line that would become the foundation of Continental Cosmetics for years to come.
The winner of many International awards, Gehwol, has been specializing in footcare for over 140 years and is widely considered the most effective, worldwide, line of products for treating problems with the feet. Gehwol was one of the 1st professional footcare lines to be offered in the market and remains the top selling footcare line in Canada.
Thalgo has been harnessing the riches and extraordinary potential of the ocean to develop its professional products, beauty products and dietary supplements for over 40 years. Thalgo offers an all-natural product with both therapeutic and cosmological benefits for the entire well-being of the body. Thalgo is sold in over 80 countries throughout the world and is used at many of the world’s most exclusive spas.
As the company grew and demand for client support increased, additional sales and training associates joined Continental working primarily in other parts of the country. In 1988 the head office for the company was moved just north of Toronto, changing the name to Continental Cosmetics Ltd and in 1987, a satellite office was opened in Montreal to better serve our French speaking customers, offering additional training facilities.
Continental Cosmetics is proud to have introduced many product lines over the years, and continues to scour the globe, working on behalf of Aestheticians across Canada to identify and provide the very best in products and services to help you grow your business. As the master distributor and educator for Gehwol, Thalgo, Reflectocil, Credo, Nail Source and many other lines available at Continental and through our network of partners, our staff receives their training directly from the Manufacturers ensuring that we can provide the ultimate support for Aestheticians throughout Canada.
Unfortunately George passed away in 2009, but his vision and dedication to the industry continues with his family members as they expand on the traditions that he began over 35 years ago.
Through the hard work of George, his family members and his incredible staff, many of which have been with the company for well over 20 years, Continental Cosmetics has been privileged to witness and assist in the success of our incredible customers from Vancouver to Halifax. We know that relationships are built on quality in both product and service and we are dedicated to providing our clients with the best possible advice, support and training to ensure success in the operation of their Salons and Spas.
At Continental Cosmetics Ltd., we look forward to assisting in the growth and success of you and the generations of Aestheticians that will follow.