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The case of a geo-specific beauty brand name: necessary or not?

The skincare brand Olay originated in South Africa in the early 1950s.  Invented by an ex-Unilever employee, the original product went by the name of Oil of Olay, chosen as a spin on its key ingredient “lanolin”.  The thick pink liquid was marketed as an anti-aging ‘beauty fluid’ and in the 1970s the range expanded to include other types of skincare products.

In the 1980s, Oil of Olay was acquired by Proctor & Gamble and in 2000 the group decided to take it global.  So the name was modified in each country to sound “pleasing to consumers”: Oil of Ulay (UK and Ireland), Oil of Ulan (Australia) and Oil of Olaz (France, Italy, the Netherlands and Germany).

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P&G eventually streamlined the brand under a global name, removed the possibly misunderstood word “oil” and eliminated many of the name variations. According to P&G, “the original name no longer fit with what women have come to expect from Olay — a light, greaseless formula.

Today, there’s just “Olaz” (in German-speaking countries) and “Olay” (everywhere else).

Drop us a note, if you’d like to share other similar stories of geo-specific brand names in the field of beauty! We’d love to hear from you!

MEET OUR CLIENT: Naobay

Eco-chic and eco-conscious Naobay – which stands for ‘Natural And Organic Beauty And You’ – is one of our favorite brands (and clients).

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The family-founded business based in Valencia, Spain makes skincare and bath products almost entirely out of natural biodegradable ingredients (no GMOs or plants grown with synthetic fertilizers or ionizing radiation. All products are also free of parabens, petrochemicals, silicone, formaldehyde, and other compounds that research suggests might pose a health risk.

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In keeping with brand philosophy, the packaging is made from recycled or recyclable materials from sustainable sources, and both the wood and cardboard used are endorsed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

If you want effective eco cosmetics designed to look after both people and the environment, Naobay is your brand.

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MEET OUR CLIENT: Institut Karité

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Who says it doesn’t pay off to go to trade shows?  We’ve recently been hired by a new up and coming brand, Institut Karité – all thanks to our relentless efforts to spread the word about our services.

Many thanks to Agathe Mikaeloff, who found time to have lunch with one half of the Beautyterm team on the super chic Rue Saint Honoré!