Tuesday, July 14, 2009

GARNIER MEN--Brand Analysis

Garnier Men-Powerlight is the range of skincare products launched by Garnier to exclusively cater to Indian Men & their increased grooming needs. India is pioneering the launch of this brand worldwide.

The Powerlight range currently comprises of Fairness Face Wash, Fairness Moisturizer SPF 15 & 6 hr Oil Control fairness Moisturiser.All these products are completely natural & have Lemon Extract as a common ingredient in them.

The Fairness Moisturizer contains SPF15 agent. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor & is defined as the time taken before Sunburn occurs when the skin is exposed to Sunlight. Typically sunlight comprises of both UVA & UVB rays.However, SPF only measures the protection against UVB & not UVA.There are other methods like Persistent Pigment Darkening (PPD) to measure protection against UVA.SPF has different ratings depending on the level of protection being offered by the Sun Screen. For Instance SPF 15 offers a protection of about 91% while SPF 30 offers a protection of 97%. Owing to consumer confusion over the real degree and duration of protection offered by SPF, labeling restrictions are in force in several countries. In 2007, FDA proposed to institute the labeling of SPF 50+ for sunscreens offering more protection. This and other measures were proposed to limit unrealistic claims about the level of protection offered.

Today, men of all ages are taking a keener interest in their appearance – a Gillette India study indicates that Indian men now spend an average of 20 minutes in the mirror each morning, higher than the 18-minute average for Indian women. If we look at the Men’s grooming sector in India, quite a few FMCG giants have already forayed the category. Recently Elder Pharma announced its plans to launch multitude men grooming products under the ‘FUEL’ umbrella brand which was kick started by the launch of the deodorant. Also, companies like Emami, HUL, Nivea etc have already entered the Men’s grooming category & robed in popular faces to endorse their brands.

Thus, Garnier Men shall undoubtedly face competition from within the industry.However; the success of the brand depends upon the manner in which it tackles competition from other sectors where males spend their discretionary money. According to a report, more than half of the men surveyed said they would rather spend their excess cash on eating out or recreation, trendy clothes and new accessories, ahead of personal grooming activities and related products. Thus the actual challenge for Garnier would be to increase the per-capita spending by men on grooming & to make the product necessary to its target audience.


  1. Fairly in-depth analysis. Interesting to know that Indian men are spending more time before the mirror than Indian women. Might be true given that men in general have to go through the daily ritual of shaving. In any case, good news for Garnier et al.

  2. Good thought UZ..

    brand strategy of lo'real has changed a lot oflate .they rely on a global brand strategy which burns lot of dollars on marketing to work on..When it comes to high premium products indian market eschews but always keeps aspiring to it.Leaving the area of mass products and focussing on niche market is a dire tactic by Loreal.

    I have been talking to many people abt it..trend says the fairness cream segment is degrowing because it sends out a pseudo hypocritical singals and women ( A1) from urban who are dark dont really think its a disadvantage.Look at bipasha basu's and other dark bollywood celebs.Its the dark rulling the show today.So Garnier needed to innovate and look for new products.And the easiest way to do it is use the same cream on men..Metrosexual habits are undercover nobody publicize tht he did manicure but will have perfect finger nails. So its a desperate move but a good one in terms of business strategy..

    Some good points abt the product

    1)Good Packaging -
    2)Decent pricing
    3)Its not a fairness cream its a fairness face wash- getting two diffrnt TGs' in one bucket....