Vicks has always been a family of brands for your entire family. Originally named “Vicks Family Remedies” our most sought after product was Croup & Pneumonia Salve. Later named VapoRub, it was created by Lunsford Richardson out of love and concern for his sick son.
Young Smith Richardson had a severe case of croup. Lunsford combined unique ingredients into a salve that when heated by the body would release soothing vapors.
The boy soon recovered.
Illustration from an 1894 print advertisement
Vicks expanded the new product to help other families provide relief for their loved ones. Years later, the very boy who inspired the salve would change its name to Vicks VapoRub and sell it in the familiar blue jar.
Instructional video for applying VapoRub 1957
Vicks continues to be inspired to create products that allow families and friends to care for one another. Our family of brands create products with each person of your family in mind.
Vicks VapoRub - Trusted Remedy for 125 Years
VICKS FAMILY OF BRANDS IS
THERE FOR YOUR FAMILY
OUR LEGACY OVER
Vicks has a century long history of innovating for all types of ‘sick days’
129 YEARS AGO
Vicks Croup & Pneumonia Salve was first sold and sought for its unique vapors.
125 YEARS AGO
Vicks started as the Vicks Family Remedies Company.
112 YEARS AGO
VapoRub is named by the very boy who inspired its creation.
98 YEARS AGO
The Blix and Blee storybook helps moms care of their sick children.
92 YEARS AGO
Vicks pioneers portable care with Vicks Cough Drops.
82 YEARS AGO
VapoInhaler brings the soothing vapors of Vicks in your pocket.
72 YEARS AGO
Vicks Cough Syrup is sold and preferred over other nationally advertised syrups.
65 YEARS AGO
Formula 44 is introduced.
64 YEARS AGO
Sinex Nasal Spray introduced and delivers fast relief.
63 YEARS AGO
Vicks’ red triangle logo would be a symbol of our care and commitment into the 1990s.
57 YEARS AGO
NyQuil, the 1st multi-symptom liquid was named for its “nighttime tranquility.”
47 YEARS AGO
DayCare is created and relieves more symptoms than competition without drowsiness.
44 YEARS AGO
“The nighttime sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy head…medicine” was first used.
35 YEARS AGO
Children’s NyQuil is introduced to relieve symptoms that keep sick kids awake at night.
32 YEARS AGO
DayQuil renamed with LiquiCaps, the first OTC liquid colds medicine in a swallowable capsule.
30 YEARS AGO
Vicks familiar triangle logo is updated, but doesn’t last long.
29 YEARS AGO
The current Vicks logo is introduced. Interestingly, it’s the same shape as the 1930’s cough drops.
19 YEARS AGO
BabyRub is made for babies’ to pair with a mother’s loving touch.
11 YEARS AGO
ZzzQuil provides its first night sleep, and becomes the best-selling non-habit forming sleep-aid.
10 YEARS AGO
For your toughest colds, DayQuil and NyQuil Severe are introduced.
5 YEARS AGO
Vaporize your cold with VapoCOOL as it relieves your worst symptoms.
4 YEARS AGO
We celebrate 125 years of Vicks with the introduction of the Vapo-family.
Heritage of Care & Trust
Vicks has helped relieve cold and cough symptoms for over 125 years. It started in 1894, when a young pharmacist named Lunsford Richardson opened a store in Greensboro, NC to address the needs of his community.…
Pioneering Solutions for Over a Century
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