As World War I finally ended, Mieczyslaw Rychlicki returned after his graduation in Berlin to his hometown Poznań, where he began to work as a chemist in a laboratory manufac-turing the herbal essence ARGOL, sold in Poland and exported to Germany and the Netherlands. The enterprise was managed and later purchased by Mr. Rychlicki, who re-named the company to Alba, which additionally crafted also holistic cosmetics and natural veterinary products.
With the onset of World War II, the company fell under German control. Mieczyslaw Rychlicki managed to salvage his formulations and recipes. Unfortunately during the liber-ation of Poznan by the Red Army, the factory was destroyed. Mieczysław and his wife Ma-ria began to rebuild, however in 1953 the company was nationalised and closed. As a re-sult ARGOL disappeared from Polish drug stores for many years.