‘Tis the Season for Febreze

NEW YORK With the holidays in full swing, Procter & Gamble has introduced a Febreze limited edition seasonal line, backed by a campaign that promotes the products as an affordable decorating alternative.

The effort consists of in-store ads, public relations, new packaging and a Web presence on Febreze.com. The scents include Vanilla Bean, Cranberry & Frost and Winter Evening & Warmth. Home and lifestyles expert Laura Dellutri is the spokesperson for the collection, which P&G is marketing as a value buy in a down economy.

P&G also has launched a sweepstakes as part of the effort, which will award $3,000. To enter, consumers must share their favorite holiday traditions.

“Given the state of the economy, many people are looking for cost-effective ways to pull off a grand gathering for family and friends this holiday season,” Dellutri said in a statement. “Febreze’s limited edition scents are offered in a variety of products to help invoke a warm and fresh seasonal atmosphere at home without breaking the bank.”

The move is part of P&G’s ongoing strategy to make its products relevant in tough economic times. Most recently, the company began airing commercials touting its Pantene hair-care product as a value alternative that works just as well as salon brands.

But with a suggested retail price ranging from $2.99 to $7.99, Febreze’s holiday line isn’t really a “value buy” compared to other home decor accessories, said Adrienne Weiss, whose firm, Adrienne Weiss, has worked with clients such as Coca-Cola and PepsiCo. “It’s a seasonable strategy. It’s about advertising the right products at the right time,” she said, adding that the holidays allow companies to play up merchandise that otherwise wouldn’t sell well throughout the year.

P&G spent $190 million advertising Febreze in 2007 and $90 million through September 2008, excluding online, per Nielsen Monitor-Plus.