We were challenged to design a new, intriguing deodorant package that upset the consumer perceptions that all Old Spice scents smelled the same and that Old Spice scents were old and musky. The proposition had to be relevant to young people within Old Spice’s key markets of North America, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.
“Procter & Gamble’s Old Spice brand was plagued by negative consumer perceptions that all the scents smelled the same, old and musky. Working as a part of a cross-functional project team, Landor Associates Cincinnati along with Steven Noble’s illustrations were able to deliver packaging that clearly communicated a range of unique fresh fragrance experiences from Old Spice.”
Describe the brief from the client:
Old Spice first hit shelves in 1937 and quickly became a top selling shave soap and aftershave. In the 1990’s, P&G purchased the brand and relaunched it as a male high performing deodorant. While the deodorant was offered in various scents, the early technology forced them all to have similar base note characteristics. By the mid 2000’s, Old Spice had lost its positive scent equity to the Axe brand, and was losing relevancy among young men, an important consumer target. We were asked to reinvigorate the brands fragrance heritage by developing packaging for a new line of four unique experiential deodorants based on the concept, ‘Scents inspired by the freshest places on earth.’
Description of how you arrived at the final design:
Following qualitative research, full colour imagery was identified as the best way to bring to life destination-themed fragrances. Steven Noble’s classic hand etched style of illustration common to 19th century nature books was leveraged to communicate Old Spice’s 70+ years of heritage. Delightful surprises, including sharks and bears were added to each illustration, enhancing the consumer’s emotional connection with the fragrance as well as updating the traditional illustration style. Red, traditionally the brands dominant colour, was used sparingly after it was identified as a signal of heavy, musky scents.
Indication of how successful the outcome was in the market:
Early sales results indicate that the initiative is expected to exceed expectations
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