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Bartlett Brands’ Packaging for Playground Sexual Wellness Puts the ‘Fun’ in Fantasy

The sexual wellness movement is having a moment with emerging brands coming in hot. But outdated, male-centric legacy brands still dominate the market—which means not everyone is getting worked up.

Playground, a female-founded, female-focused sexual wellness company engaged with Bartlett Brands, a female-led creative innovation agency that specializes in strategic brand development, stylish storytelling and sustainable design. Here's how it went down.

Beauty Space, Meet Returnable Packaging

In the last few years, there has been a lot of buzz in the industry around designing packaging with refills. However, there’s another model that may have the potential to have an even larger impact in terms of waste reduction and carbon footprint—returnable packaging. Here's why it works, how to scale it and some pioneering examples (Ace of Air, we see you 👀).

JLo Beauty Exits Sephora’s US Stores

“We’ve done a lot of research on this segment’s mindset around skincare and consistently see that by 40, the interest in an inspiring brand is replaced by what we call ‘make it burn,’ which is essentially the perception of guaranteed results over anything else, including brand,” says Bartlett. “It isn’t lost on the consumer that JLo’s youthful glow comes from the best dermatologists, doctors, trainers and wellness gurus in the world and not her skincare line,” say Rebecca Bartlett, Principal & Creative Director.

What Does Wellness Mean To Consumers Today?

From skincare to sexual health to sobriety to psilocybin, we are collectively and perpetually reinventing our self-care rituals. The overly ambitious all-or-nothing methods of the past are outdated. Consumers are exploring well-being on their own terms: Resting. Raging. Rejecting perfection. More real life. More in the moment. More achievable. Accepting that you never really arrive at the end goal, but it feels good to keep trying.

In The Post-Girlboss Era, What Role Should A Brand Founder Play?

Consumers are not connected to female-founded brands just because of "girlboss." Strong brands are a manifestation of a human, with a clear point of view, personality and voice. Founders play a critical role in the development of a brand's creative expression and the emotional connection with consumers.

When we create founder brands at Bartlett Brands, we build the brand to be able to stand without the founder as "the face" by borrowing the founder's life philosophy and attributes to give the brand a clearly differentiated and meaningful perspective. Consumer connection to female-founded brands will remain strong when brands successfully embody what resonates most from their founders.

The Idea Shop by Neenah Paper

See how we redefine skincare standards with packaging that is luxurious, effective and environmentally conscious.

Is Beauty Consumer Fatigue Setting In?

As a branding expert who perpetually has new brands pass my desk, I can say conclusively that there is an over-saturation. Given the current challenges of digital marketing, getting "eyes" is more difficult than ever. Brands have returned to hawking celebrities, paid influencers and other tactics from the content marketing playbook—and the relentlessness of it is exhausting. Consumers are inundated with content from brands that doesn't feel relatable or trustworthy. The brands that are winning right now are distributing and marketing creatively through alternative channels where authenticity and trust are everything.

SF Design Week: Designing A Carbon Negative Future

Most designers support efforts to curb climate change, but how does that translate to our day-to-day design practice? In this panel of climate and sustainability design experts, we discuss important issues in the global climate crisis and key opportunities designers can focus on to reduce the impact of our work.

Climate Designers Summit

F*ck Single Use: 90 Minutes Closer to a Zero Waste Future

Turning Refills into Reality

As the personal care industry explores different ways to reduce single-use waste, reusable packaging is gaining traction. Deep dive into why your brand should start thinking about it, how to best design a refillable system and what it takes to overcome challenges in consumer behavior.

Indie Brands with a B2B Side Hustle

B2B and B2C categories have historically been seen as separate entities. But now indie brand owners (a majority with philanthropic and sustainability backgrounds) are reaping the benefits of managing both. Will more brands look to capitalize on B2B avenues? See what Rebecca Bartlett and other industry experts have to say.

Paws on Plastic

Introducing the first-ever Sleep System for Strays made from Amazon’s irresponsible shipping waste. From bags to bitches, we’ve raised the woof on re-use and turned useless trash into bow, meow, wow!

What The Beauty Industry Will Look Like After The Pandemic Subsides?

Beauty Independent asks industry insiders how they believe business will transform in the post-pandemic era in retail, manufacturing, social media, packaging, brand strategy and consumer research. Strategy Director Vannett Li weighs in with insights.

22 Bold Indie Beauty Predictions For 2021

With inclusivity becoming table stakes for beauty brands, brands aimed at women of color will have to sharpen their points of difference. These brands are going to need to find a way to differentiate themselves beyond their product offering.

Sustainable Vendor Cheat Sheet

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