Stock Option Agreement - Avon Products Inc. and James E. Preston


                           AVON PRODUCTS, INC.
                        1993 STOCK INCENTIVE PLAN

                          STOCK OPTION AGREEMENT


                    DATE OF GRANT:  DECEMBER 10, 1997


     1.  Grant of Option.  Pursuant to the provisions of the Avon 
Products, Inc. 1993 Stock Incentive Plan (the 'Plan'), Avon Products, 
Inc. (the 'Company'), on the above date has granted to James E. Preston 
(the 'Optionee') the right and option to purchase from the Company a 
total of One Hundred and Fifty-Five Thousand and Five Hundred and Thirty 
(155,530) shares of Common Stock of the Company at the exercise price of 
$60.50 per share (the 'Option').  This Option is subject to the terms 
and conditions of the Plan and those set forth in this Agreement.  All 
capitalized terms used herein shall have the meaning set forth in the 
Plan, unless the context requires a different meaning.

     2.  Exercise of Option

         (a)  Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, this 
Option shall be exercisable in its entirety commencing May 6, 1999 and 
shall continue to be exercisable, in whole or in part, subject to the 
terms of Section 3 hereof.  The Option may become exercisable at a date 
earlier than May 6, 1999 in the event of the Optionee's termination of 
employment due to death, permanent disability, involuntary termination 
by the Company other than for cause, or voluntary termination with the 
consent of the Company's Board of Directors.  Except in the case of 
death, however, this Option may not be exercisable prior to December 10, 
1998.

         (b)  In accordance with the Plan, this entire Option shall be
immediately cashed out effective as of the date of any 'Change in 
Control', regardless of whether or not otherwise exercisable.  For this 
purpose, the 'Change in Control Price' shall be the higher of (i) the 
highest price paid for a share of Stock as reported on the New York 
Stock Exchange Composite Tape during the 12 month period ending with the 
effective date of Change in Control or (ii) the highest cash tender 
offer price for a share of Stock during such period.  In the event that 
a tender offer for Stock consists of a combination of cash and 
securities, the Change in Control Price calculated under (ii) would be 
based solely on the cash price equivalent of such offer


         (c)  Shares may be purchased by giving the Company's Corporate
Secretary or Assistant Secretary written notice of exercise, specifying 
the number of shares to be purchased.  The notice of exercise shall 
designate one of the following methods of purchase:

         (i)  tender to the Company of a check for the full exercise 
price of the shares with respect to which such Option or portion thereof
is exercised, or

         (ii)  instructions to the Company to deliver all the shares 
being exercised to a broker-dealer with whom an arrangement has been 
made to deliver the full exercise price to the Company.  The Company may 
establish special terms and conditions for this 'cashless' exercise, and 
at any time may terminate availability of this form of purchase.

     3.  Expiration of Option.  The Option shall expire or terminate and 
may not be exercised to any extent by the Optionee as of the first to 
occur of the following events:

         (a)  December 10, 2007.

         (b)  The Optionee's Termination of Employment for Cause (as 
defined below) or the Optionee's voluntary termination of employment
without consent of the Company's Board of Directors; or

         (c)  The Optionee's intentional material violation of any non-
disclosure or non-compete covenant applicable to the Optionee              
as set forth in his employment agreement.

             Retirement prior to attainment of age 66 shall be deemed to
constitute voluntary termination of employment for purposes of this
Agreement.  'Permanent Disability' shall have the same meaning as that
provided by the Company's Long Term Disability Plan regardless of 
whether or not the Optionee is covered by such a plan.

            'Cause' shall have the same meaning as that provided by the
Optionee's employment agreement dated as of November 1, 1995.

     4.  Tax Withholding.  No distribution of shares may be made to the
Optionee until the Company has received all amounts required for 
federal, state or local tax withholding.  The method of discharging such 
withholding


obligation shall be elected with the notice of exercise and may include 
(i) payment by check or (ii) use of a 'cashless exercise' using a 
broker-dealer in a manner similar to that described in Section 2(c)(ii) 
hereof.  The method of withholding shall be subject to such rules as the 
Committee may adopt from time-to-time.  It is recognized by both parties 
that, based on current laws, the difference between the Fair Market 
Value of the shares purchased by an option exercise and the exercise 
price of such shares generally will constitute ordinary taxable income 
for federal income and 'Medicare' tax purposes and for most state and 
local income tax purposes.

     5.  Notice.  Any notices required to be given hereunder to the 
Company shall be addressed to the Secretary or Assistant Secretary of 
the Company at the Company's headquarters offices in New York City, New 
York.  Any notice required to be given hereunder to the Optionee shall 
be addressed to the Optionee at his current address shown on the 
Company's records.  Notice shall be sent by mail, express delivery or, 
if practical, by hand delivery.

     6.  Other Provisions.  The provisions set forth in Section 5 of the 
Plan are specifically incorporated by reference in this Agreement, 
including but not limited to those pertaining to the following matters:

         a.  Changes in Capitalization; Merger; Liquidation
         b.  Right to Terminate Employment
         c.  Non-alienation of Benefits
         d.  Choice of Law

     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Company, by its duly authorized officer,
and the Optionee, have entered this Agreement as of the Date of Grant 
first above written.

                                        AVON PRODUCTS, INC.




/s/ James E. Preston                      /s/ Ward M. Miller, Jr.
James E. Preston                          Ward M. Miller, Jr.
                                          Senior Vice President, General
                                          Counsel and Secretary