Single-person households driving alternatives in homecare | PDD


March 30 2017
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Single-person households driving alternatives in homecare

Here at PDD we love exploring the intersection between trends and key sectors. So we’ve put together a short snap-shot series looking at trends within homecare and what they could mean to the fragrance and packaging sectors.

This Homecare series is designed to provoke thought; rather than presenting you with lots of information and data we start off by briefly presenting the main aspects of the trends, followed by some consideration points in the form of questions designed to kick-start exploration. We’ve topped this off with ‘sensory directions’ to add extra food for thought.

In this first instalment we focus on the global growing middle classes and the opportunities this poses for fragrances & packaging in homecare products.

Single-person households driving alternatives in homecare

Sensory Direction: Home Terrain

  • Warm, earthy, woody
  • Distinct yet subtle
  • Cologne inspired
  • No-nonsense
  • Universal to all areas
  • Longevity of scent
  • Scent evolving over time

There has been a rise in single-person households, particularly in developed markets, partially due to an increase in divorce rates as well as a rise in the average age of marriage and cohabitation. This is pushing demand for smaller package sizes to reflect different consumption needs and space requirements, in addition, many of these single-person households are headed by men who may desire different attributes from their homecare products.


  • What scents may appeal to men / different life stages within the context of homecare?
  • What aspects of scent can reflect different homecare routines and needs? (i.e. longevity of scent, rate of scent release, scent that evolves over time, etc.)
  • How can scent reinforce efficacy in smaller size packaging? (i.e. strength of scent)

Read more from this series:

  • Millennials demanding eco products but not willing to compromise on quality & efficacy
  • Homecare: Working families demanding speed & convenience

If you would like to find out more about how Design Insight and Human-Centre Design (HCD) can drive innovation within your company contact Sarita on:

e. [email protected]
t. +44 (0)20 8735 1111

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Posted by Sarita
Principal – Design Insight

Languages spoken: English.
The last thing that inspired me: Chinese teacups from a small café in Camden Town, London - the most amazing collection of colours and textures.
My dream project: Something multi-sensorial.
My obsession: Stationery - retro inspired, Asian influenced, graphically intriguing, sensorially indulgent and the 'unique'!

Image credit Clockwise from top left - The Motley + life/after/denim 'Woodsmoke' Candle, Buckler’s White Pomelo Candle by The Motley, #0020 Soaked Earth perfume – CB I Hate Perfume and, White Wood 3 - Soy Wax Scented Candle, Aesop Body Petitgrain Hydrating body gel 120ml, Elbow Grease packaging student project by Jaclyn Merk