Skin-care product company Clarisonic, also known as Pacific Bioscience Laboratories, plans to permanently lay off 92 employees effective Dec. 31 as part of a facility closure, according to a notice filed by the company under the federal WARN Act.
The Redmond-based company makes and sells a sonic skin-care device, called the Clarisonic face brush, as well as related skin-care gels and lotions. The sonic devices sell for $99 to $269 (with brushes, a charger and supplies) while the specially designed skin-care gels and lotions sell for $19-$39, according to the company’s website.
Company officials recenlty provided the following comment on the layoffs:
"Effective January 1, 2020, the Clarisonic brand headquarters, currently based in Redmond, Washington, will be relocating closer to L’Oréal’s U.S. headquarters, and its centers of excellence in research & innovation and operations, in the Greater New York City area. ...This change will further enhance Clarisonic’s ability to deliver innovative beauty devices to consumers around the world.
"Clarisonic employees have been informed of this decision and will receive comprehensive relocation and severance packages, as well as the opportunity to apply for other positions within L’Oréal if in good standing. Clarisonic is very grateful for the contributions of these employees and is committed to supporting them throughout the transition period."
Pacific Bioscience Laboratories was acquired by French cosmetics giant L'Oreal in 2011. Pacific Bioscience maintained its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Redmond after the acquisition, according to a statement announcing the deal.
Press reports at the time of the acquisition indicated Pacific Bioscience employed 300 and its Clarisonic product was sold in the U.S., the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Asia through a network of dermatologist, cosmetic surgeons, spas, retailers, television shopping and online ― producing sales in fiscal 2010 of $105 million. The company was co-founded in 2001by David Giuliani ― the entrepreneur behind the SoniCare electronic toothbrush ― and has sold some 15 million devices since it was started, according to its website.