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UK Fragrances market report

Everything you need to make the right decisions

Providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and analysis of the Fragrances market, its consumers and the major players who make up that market.

Market

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Market Size

How big is the market today and what is our 5 year forecast? Includes both best & worst case scenarios

Market Segmentation

What are the different segments within the market and how are those individual segments performing?

Consumer

Consumer behaviors

What are consumers looking for, what drives their buying habits and what are their main purchase influencers?

Demographic breakdown

From iGen & Millennials to Baby Boomers & beyond. Who is spending money and what are they spending it on?

Representative sample

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Players

Company strategy

What are the key players doing, what has been successful for them and what was their marketing spend?

Product innovation

Using data from our Global New Product Database, what products were launched and how well were they perceived?

Opportunities

What happens next, which areas are likely to experience growth and what opportunities exist within the market?

Expert analysis from a specialist in the field

Written by Roshida Khanom, a leading analyst in the Beauty and Personal Care sector, her extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.

After two years of disappointing sales performance, the fragrance sector is estimated to see modest growth in 2017. NPD in both the fragrances and body spray sector has encouraged people to spend more, however, consumers remain price-savvy and high-end fashion brands increasingly face competition from beauty and high street fashion brands. With high interest in fragrances with added benefits, further driving innovation could encourage greater spending as well as introducing new usage occasions in the sector. Roshida Khanom
Associate Director - Beauty & Personal Care

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This report discusses the following key topics:

Products covered in this Report

This Report examines the UK market for men’s and women’s fragrances, including parfum, eaux de toilettes (EdT), eaux de parfums (EdP) and colognes:

  • Parfums or perfume extracts have a 15-40% concentration of essence.
  • Eaux de parfum (EdP) have a 10-30% concentration of essence.
  • Eaux de toilette (EdT) have a 5-20% concentration of essence.
  • Colognes, often referred to as eaux de cologne (EdC), have a 3-5% concentration of essence.
  • Also included within this Report are body sprays (fragrances in a spray can format) for men and for women.

Unless otherwise specified, throughout this Report the term ‘fragrances’ refers exclusively to perfumes (eg eaux de toilette, eaux de parfum, parfum), eaux de cologne and aftershaves. This includes perfumes, eaux de cologne and aftershaves in solid, oil and gel formats, but excludes body sprays.

Excluded

  • Line extensions of fragrance brands, including bath and body products, deodorants, shaving products, shower gels and shampoos, conditioners and styling products have been excluded from the market size.
  • Duty-free products bought when travelling are not included in the market size data.

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Table of contents

  1. Overview

    • What you need to know
      • Products covered in this Report
        • Excluded
        • Executive Summary

            • The market
              • Fragrances set to bounce back
                • Figure 1: Best- and worst-case forecast for UK retail value sales of fragrances and body sprays, 2012-22
              • Companies and brands
                • NPD drives value sales in fragrances
                  • Figure 2: Manufacturer shares in fragrances only, top four and other, 2016
                • Unilever leads market share in body sprays
                  • Figure 3: Manufacturer shares in body sprays only, top five and other, year ending April 2017
                • Increase in NPD in 2016
                  • Figure 4: New product development in the fragrances category*, by launch type, January 2014-June 2017
                • The consumer
                  • Body sprays see a rise in usage
                    • Figure 5: Usage of fragrances only, June 2016 and May 2017
                  • No change in scented toiletry usage
                    • Figure 6: Usage of scented toiletries, June 2016 and May 2017
                  • Beauty brands are popular
                    • Figure 7: Fragrance brands used, by gender, May 2017
                  • Pulse points are popular areas of application
                    • Figure 8: Areas of application, May 2017
                  • Consumers like to smell their fragrances
                    • Figure 9: Fragrance behaviours, May 2017
                  • Purchase is on the rise
                    • Figure 10: Purchase of fragrances, June 2016 and May 2017
                  • Interest in skincare benefits is high…
                    • Figure 11: Interest in fragrance benefits, May 2017
                  • …as well as interest in emotional benefits
                    • Figure 12: Interest in mood/emotional benefits, May 2017
                  • What we think
                  • Issues and Insights

                    • Blurring the lines with BPC
                      • The facts
                        • The implications
                          • Competing for the middle-income shopper
                            • The facts
                              • The implications
                              • The Market – What You Need to Know

                                • Fragrances see growth in value
                                  • Gender perceptions impact value sales
                                    • Department stores drive prestige sales
                                      • Teenagers are a growing market
                                        • Fragrance is a daily routine
                                        • Market Size and Forecast

                                          • Fragrances set to bounce back in 2017
                                            • Figure 13: UK retail value sales of fragrances and body sprays, at current and constant prices, 2012-22
                                          • Consistent growth estimated
                                            • Figure 14: Best- and worst-case forecast for UK retail value sales of fragrances and body sprays, 2012-22
                                          • Forecast methodology
                                          • Market Segmentation

                                            • Gender fluidity continues to be on trend
                                              • Figure 15: UK retail value sales of fragrances only, by sector, 2015-17 (est)
                                            • Body spray continues to fall in favour
                                              • Figure 16: UK retail value sales of body sprays, by sector, 2015-17 (est)
                                          • Channels to Market

                                            • Spending in the prestige sector boosts department stores
                                              • Figure 17: UK retail value sales of fragrances only, by outlet type, 2015 and 2016
                                            • Retailers offer seamless multichannel experiences
                                              • Bringing digital to retail environments
                                                • Low price drives sales of body sprays at discount stores
                                                  • Figure 18: UK retail value sales of body sprays only, by outlet type, 2015 and 2016
                                              • Market Drivers

                                                • Teenagers are a growing market
                                                  • Figure 19: Trends in the age structure of the UK population, 2012-22
                                                • Focus on ingredients
                                                  • Figure 20: Attitudes towards hand/body/footcare products, January 2017
                                                • Fragrance is a daily routine
                                                  • Figure 21: Daily beauty and grooming priorities, December 2016
                                                • A luxury sector
                                                  • Figure 22: Brand types bought, October 2016
                                              • Companies and Brands – What You Need to Know

                                                • NPD impacts brand value
                                                  • High-end fashion brands target a wider audience…
                                                    • …whilst high street fashion brands become more competitive
                                                      • Traditional claims see a decline
                                                        • Digital advertising sees investment
                                                          • Beauty brand fragrances are caring
                                                          • Market Share

                                                            • L’Oréal and Estée Lauder show strong growth in value sales
                                                              • Figure 23: Manufacturer shares in fragrances only, top four and other, 2015 and 2016
                                                            • NPD limits value decline in body sprays
                                                              • Figure 24: Manufacturer shares in body sprays only, years ending April 2016 and 2017
                                                          • Launch Activity and Innovation

                                                            • High-end fashion brands innovate in 2016
                                                              • Figure 25: New product development in the fragrances category*, by launch type, January 2014-June 2017
                                                              • Figure 26: Examples of fragrance launches from high-end fashion brands, 2016
                                                            • High street fashion brands become more competitive
                                                              • Figure 27: Babe power by Missguided, May 2017
                                                            • Body mists blur the line between skincare and fragrance
                                                              • Figure 28: Examples of body mist launches in 2016
                                                            • NPD from beauty brands
                                                              • Figure 29: New product development in the fragrances category*, by top ultimate companies and other, 2016
                                                            • Traditional claims see a decline
                                                              • Figure 30: Top fastest-growing and fastest-declining claims in the fragrances category*, 2016
                                                          • Advertising and Marketing Activity

                                                            • Digital advertising sees a rise
                                                              • Figure 31: Recorded above-the-line, online display and direct mail advertising expenditure on fragrances and body sprays, by media type, January 2014-May 2017
                                                            • Going back to the founder
                                                              • Figure 32: Gabrielle, a rebel at heart, Chapter 18 of Inside Chanel, February 2017
                                                            • Coty and L’Oréal lead advertising spend
                                                              • Figure 33: Recorded above-the-line, online display and direct mail advertising expenditure on fragrances and body sprays, by leading companies, 2016
                                                            • Lynx sees a rebrand
                                                              • Figure 34: Lynx rebrand, January 2016
                                                            • Nielsen Ad Intel coverage
                                                            • Brand Research

                                                                • Brand map
                                                                  • Figure 35: Attitudes towards and usage of selected brands, June 2017
                                                                • Key brand metrics
                                                                  • Figure 36: Key metrics for selected brands, June 2017
                                                                • Brand attitudes: Premium fragrances are worth paying more for
                                                                  • Figure 37: Attitudes, by brand, June 2017
                                                                • Brand personality: Celebrity fragrances are unappealing
                                                                  • Figure 38: Brand personality – Macro image, June 2017
                                                                • Beauty brands have a caring image
                                                                  • Figure 39: Brand personality – Micro image, June 2017
                                                                • Brand analysis
                                                                  • Chanel has strong associations with luxury
                                                                    • Figure 40: User profile of Chanel, June 2017
                                                                  • Gucci appeals to high earners
                                                                    • Figure 41: User profile of Gucci, June 2017
                                                                  • Huge Boss appeals to men
                                                                    • Figure 42: User profile of Hugo Boss, June 2017
                                                                  • Lancôme appeals to younger women
                                                                    • Figure 43: User profile of Lancôme, June 2017
                                                                  • Tom Ford has a quirky image
                                                                    • Figure 44: User profile of Tom Ford, June 2017
                                                                  • Clinique is accessible
                                                                    • Figure 45: User profile of Clinique, June 2017
                                                                  • DKNY has a youthful image
                                                                    • Figure 46: User profile of DKNY, June 2017
                                                                  • Jennifer Lopez Fragrances set to see a relaunch
                                                                    • Figure 47: User profile of Jennifer Lopez Fragrances, June 2017
                                                                • The Consumer – What You Need to Know

                                                                  • Body spray usage is on the rise
                                                                    • Beauty brand fragrances are popular
                                                                      • Pulse points are popular areas of application
                                                                        • Women are experimental with their fragrances
                                                                          • Fragrance purchase is on the rise
                                                                            • Interest in added benefits is high
                                                                            • Usage of Fragrances

                                                                              • Body sprays increase in popularity
                                                                                • Figure 48: Usage of fragrances only, June 2016 and May 2017
                                                                              • No change in usage of scented toiletries
                                                                                • Figure 49: Usage of scented toiletries, June 2016 and May 2017
                                                                            • Brand Preferences

                                                                              • Beauty brands are as popular as fashion brands
                                                                                • Figure 50: Fragrance brands used, by gender, May 2017
                                                                              • Millennials show preference for high street fashion brands
                                                                              • Application of Fragrances

                                                                                • Neck and wrists are the most popular areas of application
                                                                                  • Figure 51: Areas of application, by gender, May 2017
                                                                                • NPD opportunities for beard fragrances
                                                                                  • Hair fragrance usage remains low
                                                                                  • Fragrance Behaviours

                                                                                    • Fragrance should be strong
                                                                                        • Figure 52: Fragrance behaviours, May 2017
                                                                                      • Masking bad smells
                                                                                        • Women are more experimental
                                                                                          • Figure 53: Statements related to experimentation with fragrances, by gender, May 2017
                                                                                        • People prefer variety
                                                                                            • Figure 54: Statements related to having a signature scent and a few favourite brands, by age, May 2017
                                                                                        • Purchase of Fragrances

                                                                                          • Purchase of fragrances is on the rise
                                                                                            • Figure 55: Purchase of fragrances, June 2016 and May 2017
                                                                                        • Interest in Fragrance Innovations

                                                                                          • High interest in skin benefits
                                                                                            • Figure 56: Interest in fragrance benefits, May 2017
                                                                                          • Fragrances is an emotional sector
                                                                                            • Figure 57: Interest in mood/emotional benefits, May 2017
                                                                                        • Appendix – Data Sources, Abbreviations and Supporting Information

                                                                                            • Abbreviations
                                                                                              • Consumer research methodology
                                                                                                • Forecast methodology