The Avon lady, who hails from Northamptonshire, has had her foot in the door in the UK since 1959. The deep roots have made the country one of the largest direct-selling markets for parent Avon Products. Avon has become one of the top handful of beauty brands in the UK. Some 160,000 independent sales representatives sell cosmetics directly to customers through home parties and work get-togethers. The company's catalog is distributed every three weeks to nearly 8 million existing and potential customers. Avon Cosmetics' distribution center, located in Corby, processes about 10,000 orders each day. The company banned animal-testing of its products in 1989.