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Value, functionality and ethics top priorities of British people when purchasing beauty products, says Sagentia research

Most British adults (79%) say personal care and beauty brands should put more effort into manufacturing their products in an ethical and sustainable way, according to new findings from Sagentia, a product and technology development consultancy based in Cambridge, UK. The sentiment was shared by men and women, and was consistent across all age groups. However, female respondents felt significantly more strongly about the issue than men, with 85% versus 73% saying more effort should be made.

When people are buying personal care products, ethical and sustainability credentials (34%) are just as important as sensory characteristics, such as fragrance (31%) - Photo: Luis Molinero / © shutterstock.com

When people are buying personal care products, ethical and sustainability credentials (34%) are just as important as sensory characteristics, such as fragrance (31%) - Photo: Luis Molinero / © shutterstock.com

Sagentia commissioned a poll of 2,029 adult Brits [1] to find out what matters most when they’re choosing personal care products such as body wash, cleansers, moisturiser or shaving gel.

Ethics just as important as sensory features

Responses indicate that when people are buying personal care products, ethical and sustainability credentials (34%) are just as important as sensory characteristics, such as fragrance (31%). However, value for money (67%) and functional benefits, such as helping skin or hair problems (54%), are top priorities for most people.

Sagentia spokesperson Matt Herd says the findings show how the growing public discussion about climate change is moving mainstream. It’s changing how people think about the products they use and what they expect from brands. He believes people want personal care and beauty products that they can feel good about using.

According to our findings, most people agree that personal care and beauty brands have a responsibility to do more,” Herd explains. “However, younger people aged 18-24 seem more inclined to take practical steps in this vein. We found that 33% would like to personalise the way packaging is sourced, for instance to make it more environmentally friendly.

Actions rather than words

Herd acknowledges that many leading personal care and beauty brands have published sustainability reports and objectives. However, he says the Sagentia research findings indicate that people want to see practical evidence of change, rather than corporate statements.

It’s all very well having a company ethos that talks about sustainability, but it needs to filter down to the products too,” he says. “Packaging is one part of this. But it’s also important to think about the ingredients used in personal care and beauty products - where do they come from, how they are sourced. This is a complex issue, but consumers expect the brands they trust to tackle it head-on.

V.G.

Footnotes

[1] All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2029 adults in Great Britain. Fieldwork was undertaken between 9th-10th September 2019. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+). For the purposes of the survey, ’personal care and beauty products’ were classified as “any products used on the skin, hair or body (e.g. body wash, cleansers, moisturisers, shaving gels etc.) excluding cosmetics (e.g. makeup, fake tan, etc.)”.

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