Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Winter 2014


Ron Khormaei

Course Title

Engineering & Technology Management

Course Number

ETM 555/655


Personal beauty -- Japan -- Equipment and supplies, Personal beauty -- Marketing research, New products -- Development, Procter & Gamble Company -- Case studies


In today’s busy lifestyles, consumers are finding a need for beauty products that will give them the flexibility to use anywhere on a moment’s notice. Providing them the ability refresh they facial appearance. These products must provide the consumer with portability without sacrificing functionality and effectively. Carrying some of the products required to maintain this look is either impractical or impossible, as most are either found in professional beauty salons or are large and bulky requiring them to be placed on desks or tables for use. The growing demand for portable easy to use beauty devices in Japan led to the trending term, Moba Beau. This term has been made popular by working women in Japan and refers to small beauty devices, both electronic and non-electronic, that are designed to be on the go with a purpose to be used on the face of body.

With a notable increase in the popularity of portable beauty devices, Procter and Gamble (P&G) Japan KK has identified a market need for a hot portable facial steamer because of the popularity of home and professional use of hot facial steamers and the increasing trend for portable beauty devices. This combination of hot steam and in a portable form factor does not exist in the beauty market today.

The portable facial steamer will be used by women who are on the go and want the ability to look fresh in all occasions without the burden of packing around bulky pieces of equipment. It will be sold at SK-II counters and the SK-II online website. It will be under P&G Japan’s SK-II brand, which is P&G’s premium line for beauty products in the Asia markets.


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