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Sebamed attempts to show the ‘reality’ behind celeb-endorsed beauty bars

It launches Filmstars kee nahi, science kee suno campaign.

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NEW DELHI: German personal care brand Sebamed, with the aim to urge customers to make informed personal care choices based on science, has launched a disruptive evidence-based Film stars kee nahi, science kee suno (Listen to science, not film stars) campaign. Created by The Womb and produced by Good Morning Films, the campaign features actress Ahana Kumra.

Launched in the 1950s as a body-cleansing solution for eczema patients, with a mild pH suitable for sensitive skin, Sebamed has had an image of a doctor-prescribed skin care solution for the longest time now. However, it seems like the brand is trying to make a bold move now, willing to directly compete with leading beauty bars. The films openly call out soaps such as Lux, Pears, and Santoor on their pH values, which are shown to be similar to detergent bar Rin.

Sebamed India head Shashi Ranjan said, “We stand for truth and transparency. During these unprecedented times, our wide portfolio of skin & haircare products with unique pH 5.5 benefit offers the new gold standard to the consumers. We remain  strategically committed to investing in attracting the best talent, creating engaging brand stories and driving  rapid distribution expansion across channels.”

The Womb creative partner said the brand is building a connection with its consumers through  demonstration-based advertising with an honest approach. “The personal care industry has always been conditioned to follow standard beauty practices in order to make it appealing to the consumers. However, when we came across Sebamed and what the brand wanted to convey to its consumers, we decided to communicate the product truth through our campaign, without any silver coating.”

Additionally, the brand has factored in the aspect that Indian customers today are re-evaluating their choices when it comes to skincare products.

Sebamed India head of marketing Konark Gaur said, “Consumers today are looking for brands that deliver on their promise. Sebamed, a brand that stands for honesty and authenticity, wants to empower the consumers with the right information so that they can choose the best. We believe that product is always the hero and days of gimmicky advertising are counted.”

However, the campaigns yet haven’t tried to compete with this set of aware and influenced urban customers, who in the past few years have started moving towards the organic category for their skincare needs.

Interestingly, the price range for Sebamed bends more towards these premium organic brands like Biotique, Kama Ayurveda, and Forest Essentials while it is almost two-five times more expensive than the likes of Lux, Dove, and Pears.

It will be interesting to see in the coming times how this move on the part of Sebamed will impact its brand value among Indian customers.

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