Jessica New, Copywriter
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Herbal Essences

Rebranding

H E R B A L   E S S E N C E S

How do we take Herbal Essences' history of proudly celebrating young women's individuality and bring it into the modern age?


STRATEGY

The task: Reinvigorate the Herbal Essences product line.

The problem: We discovered that Herbal Essences is not currently targeting the people who are actually buying their products.

  THEIR TARGET:  Spontaneous, optimistic, confident young women

THEIR TARGET: Spontaneous, optimistic, confident young women

  THEIR BUYER:  Reserved, quiet, self-conscious young women

THEIR BUYER: Reserved, quiet, self-conscious young women

Our new target: Meet our "Fearlessly Unique" girl:

 

She is:

  • Focused on making current trends her own
  • Inspired by art, books, time periods
  • Buying a variety of unique products at a lower price

She is not:

  • Focused on adopting current trends
  • Inspired by pop culture and fashion designers
  • Buying a couple of select high-end products
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She is always switching it up with new products and styles on a daily basis
She is playful, but not girly and quirky, but not edgy
She embraces not only who she is, but whoever she might want to be.
She looks for experimentation, customization, and thoughtfulness in the products she buys

 

THE CAMPAIGN

For the ever-evolving you: Herbal Essences enables every young woman to express her inner self — whoever that self may be from day to day.

TAGLINE: Create Yourself

 

MANIFESTO

 

NEW PACKAGING

 

THE NEW DESIGN:

  • Stackable, interlocking bottles save space in the shower
  • Slightly smaller 8 oz size allows for mix and matching different scents to create whatever essence our girl is feeling that day
  • Smaller bottles also mean they can customize their ratio of shampoo to conditioner, since some women use more of one than the other
  • Renaming Body Envy to Body & Soul reflects our new messaging

THE NEW SCENT:

    In addition to redesigning the already-existing scents, we'll also release playful new scents to create even more options for the ever-evolving girl.

    Wild & Freesia combines honey, freesia and black tea for a healthier scalp.

    Our experience designer Margaret actually made this scent for our presentation. You can learn more about her process here

     

    NEW ESSENCES

    Not only did we revamp the bottles — we revamped the scents themselves to give each of them a unique, distinct "essence." Each scent has its own voice, personality, and female artist representatives.

     woodsy, fruity, warm, sun

    woodsy, fruity, warm, sun

     tropical, fun, summer, beach

    tropical, fun, summer, beach

     romance, fantasy, sweet, floral

    romance, fantasy, sweet, floral

     fresh, mint, earthy, tranquil

    fresh, mint, earthy, tranquil

     spontaneous, adventure, imagination, tart

    spontaneous, adventure, imagination, tart

     optimistic, youthful, carefree, honey

    optimistic, youthful, carefree, honey

    LABELS

    These essences are reflected in the whimsical illustrations on each label.

    Shampoo:

    Conditioner:

     

    Every bottle label also features writing from emerging female artists, from song lyrics to poems to short stories, so young women can be creatively inspired by amazing role models while in the shower.

    Writers are chosen for each scent based on the scent's essence, and Herbal Essences can rotate in new writers from time to time to mix it up further.

     

    WEBSITE

    To help push out the new rebrand, the ever-evolving girl can also order her own customized packs of shampoo and conditioner from the Herbal Essences website.

     
     
     

    MAGAZINE TAKEOVER

    Herbal Essences will celebrate emerging female writers by using ad space to feature their work in a magazine like Teen Vogue, transforming an entire issue into a literary magazine.

     

    SOCIAL MAKEOVER

    Finally, on social media Herbal Essences would expand beyond #BadPickUpLinesPertainingToHair and #ShampooIsFunny...

    ...to feature inspiring female artists and their advice to young women.

     

    Creative Brand Manager: Rian Chandler-Dovis
    Strategist: Emy Theodorakis
    Art Director: Jessica Sugerman
    Copywriter: Jessica New
    Copywriter: Dennis Chen
    Experience Designer: Margaret Karles