Apr 23, 2020

Lockdowns lower personal hygiene standards, says Unilever

Weeks into lockdown, the coronavirus pandemic is starting to lay waste to basic personal hygiene and grooming routines, according to consumer goods group Unilever. Graham Pitkethly, Unilever's chief financial officer, said about a quarter of personal care - such as hair washing, hairstyling and use of skincare products and deodorants - related to people preparing to go to work or school. Unilever makes products including Dove soap, Lynx and Sure deodorants and Toni & Guy haircare and styling products, as well as Ben & Jerry's ice cream. He said Unilever believed people were likely to spend "More time at home, more time cooking - which is good for us - and maybe less personal care occasions, this nesting idea". Unilever reported a boom in sales of household cleaning products such as Cif cleaners and Domestos bleach, both of which reported double-digit underlying sales growth in the first quarter.

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