In 1838 – when a young Abe Lincoln was getting started as a small town Illinois lawyer and Queen Victoria was still adjusting the height of her throne – C.O. Bigelow Apothecary first opened its doors in New York. Since then, it has built up a range of cleansers, creams and body washes that are as reliable as its Greenwich Village store's 7:30am opening time. Unsurprisingly, the company has a bunch of great stories from its long history. But what we admire most about C.O. Bigelow is its long-held dedication to making high quality products from honest ingredients.