Biafine would not have been invented if in 1971, a model from the Yves Saint Laurent house, Catherine Wennemaekers, didn't burn herself severely with an iron.
Her father in law, a chemist by trade, created a lotion to soothe the pain and reduce the burns. She found it so efficient and hydrating that she decided to use it as an everyday cream, so much that she convinced her husband, a medical representative to introduce it into an hospital near Marseille. A few years later, the product was launched on the market for burns post radiotherapy.
In the most recent years, Johnson & Johnson bought Biafine and extended the range beyond burns for everyday hygiene and care. Today Biafine is still a staple in all French pharmacy cabinets, mainly used for minor burns or sunburn in summer.