Mintel: Consumers interested in fragrances with unique benefits, new forms

CHICAGO — Interested in a fragrance that can be worn at night to help you sleep? If so, you’re not alone. According to new Mintel research, there is a growing demand for more distinct, non-traditional uses on the fragrance front. To that end, 64% of women and more than half of men who use any scented item would be interested in fragrances that can be worn at night to help them sleep or refresh the sheets.

“A search of popular fragrance blogs also reveals that it’s not an uncommon practice for people to spray themselves or their bed linens with fragrance prior to going to bed. There could be a variety of reasons that people spritz themselves with fragrance before bedtime, but helping to decompress before sleeping is definitely a key objective. As consumers may be seeking more natural alternatives to sleeping pills or medication, fragrances that are designed to help aid with sleep could be an opportunity for the category. There are very few fine fragrances positioned as 'night specific,' but there definitely appears to be an opportunity for brands to capitalize on an existing consumer behavior,” said Shannon Romanowski, beauty and personal care analyst at Mintel.

In addition to nighttime fragrances, consumers are increasingly expressing an interest in other added value fragrance benefits as well:

  • 60% of consumers would like to try a scent that could help relieve colds and headaches;
  • 52% of men ages 18 years to 34 years are interested in mobile apps to help them choose a fragrance;
  • 48% report interest in fragrances that offer a cooling or heating sensation; and
  • 35% of respondents are interested in fragrances specifically made for hair, but that number jumps to 90% among the target group (those who buy scented powder or lotion, make spur-of-the-moment purchases, splurge on themselves and agree that private labels work as well as branded ones).

“New forms and benefits attract interest from consumers, primarily driven by women and younger consumers, which stands to reason as these groups tend to be more engaged in the category overall. However, since fine fragrances in particular tend to be viewed as occasional use items, added benefits could help to increase usage. Future growth will likely come from users 'trading up' to more expensive variants, ancillary items, and innovative new product formats and benefits,” Romanowski added.

 

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