On the illuminated streets of Manhattan, a young Estée Lauder sold her home-made products from a dilapidated counter. She learned from and worked with her uncle, a synthetic chemist and skin care specialist, developing a small range of at-home cosmetics and beauty products. Estée believed all women can be beautiful. In 1953, she released her first fragrance, Youth Dew, which became a world-wide best-seller. Momentum continued to grow, and Estée Lauder Companies Inc. now holds more than 25 companies that continue to compose and develop some of the most luxurious fragrances on the market.