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Boticário and AlmapBBDO launch fragrance to spotlight global waste crisis and urgency for conservation

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — According to the UN, every year, over 2 billion tons of waste are generated across the world*; and according to the Brazilian Association of Public Sanitation and Special Waste (ABRELPE)*, Brazil recycles just 4% of the trash it produces every day. That state of affairs — plus decades of work by Boticário, a Boticário Group Brand and a leader in reverse logistics for nearly two decades — was the jumping-off point for the brand to develop Project Extinto, which is designed to warn people about the importance of preserving the environment and proper solid waste management.

Created by AlmapBBDO, the initiative is supported by the Boticário Group Foundation for Nature Protection (FGB). Its first stage involved the release of a brand-new fragrance: a reconstruction of the original, unpolluted smell of Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay, the second largest on the Brazilian coast, stretching across 380 square kilometers, which has 98 tons of waste dumped into it every day, according to ABRELPE.

The scent, dubbed Extinto and inspired by Guanabara Bay, is the first in a limited run of products that will not be for sale and which were developed as an urgent call to action to prevent pollution and incorrect waste management from degrading natural reserves. In Brazil today, just 1.1 million of the 27.7 million tons of recyclable waste produced daily are properly disposed of – coming in far below countries such as Chile, Argentina, and Turkey.


The Extinto Project will now continue to four more continents, warning the world about the scents that may cease to exist if we don’t improve our waste management. Over the months to come, Boticário will release fragrances inspired by the scents of other landscapes across the world that are currently threatened by pollution: Calabria, in Europe; the island of Madagascar, in Africa; New Delhi, in Asia; and East Arnhem, in Oceania.

“Waste management is a global concern. And that’s why we’re keen to get the conversation going internationally, working to make sure that our urgent message, which stems from Boticário’s genuine concern to ensure that natural scents are never driven to extinction, can be spread across the globe,” said Marcela de Masi, Executive Director of Branding and Communications at the Boticário Group.

AlmapBBDO spearheaded the creation of the video manifesto for Extinto, featuring real, shocking footage of Guanabara Bay.

The agency also headed up the design and concept behind the unique, exclusive bottles, which mimic landmarks worldwide, among them Guanabara Bay. Through a painstaking process, the glass was sculpted into the silhouettes of landscapes by Brazilian artist Elvira Schuartz.

To broaden the initiative’s impact and get out the word about the launch, Boticário brought Alok on board as an artist engaged in social and environmental causes through the Instituto Alok to become a part of the project and help humanize the discussion even further.

“This project isn’t just about getting people to engage with environmental causes, but, above all, about showing the real work that Boticário has put into conserving and helping to restore the environment,” explained AlmapBBDO CCO Marco Giannelli.

To create the fragrance without extracting any raw materials from the bay itself, the brand’s perfumers traveled to the area around Guanabara Bay. They used headspace technology to capture samples of aromatic molecules from the environment. Based on a detailed analysis, the team of experts was able to identify the scents present in the better-conserved parts of the region and recreate those natural accords using synthetic materials.

The research and development process that produced the fragrance, with notes that evoke the bay’s cool waters and the vibrant green surrounding forests, took around six months. The product is vegan, made up of 93% natural, traceable, organic, and circular-chain ingredients and a small percentage of synthetic elements. The result was only possible thanks to the perfumers and environmental specialists at Boticário, who worked together at every step of the way.

Just over a hundred units of each version of Extinto was produced. All were sent to prominent figures who influence their circles and have the potential to leverage the visibility of environmental discussions and impact consumer behavior. In addition to the campaign and the limited-edition fragrances, Boticário also launched a project to identify ideas and solutions to help mitigate the problem of improper waste disposal in Guanabara Bay, and has increased its investment in messaging and initiatives to dialogue with consumers about recycling, packaging reuse, and measures that can help reduce the extraction of raw and natural materials.

*Sources for data on solid waste and recycling: ONU News | Abrelpe e Jornal Nacional


Advertiser: O Boticário 
Agency: AlmapBBDO 
Title: Extinto 
Product: Sustentabilidade 2024 
President and CEO: Filipe Bartholomeu 
CCOs: Luiz Sanches and Pernil 
Energy BBDO CCO: Josh Gross
Executive Creative Directors: Rafael Gil and Rodrigo Almeida 
Creatives: Felipe Cirino, Francis Alan, Alexandre Freire, Gustavo Tasselli, Udo Döhler, Vitória Satt, Iron Brito, Bruno Bacci, Gabriel Barrea and Zé Baldin.
AV Production: Diego Villas Boas, Juliana Henriques, Aline Silva 
Liaisons: Camilla Massari, Andressa Duo, Bruna Defelippe, Amanda Lopes Moutinho, Pedro Miranda 
Planning: Rita Almeida and Daniela Ferrari 
Media: Rafaela Alves, Luana Gallizzi, Suellen Kiss, Vitória Soares, Camila Lopes, Patrick Novais and Paula Kurihara. 
Art buyer: Tereza Setti and Flávia Padrão 
Photo: Wendy Andrade 

Production: Paranoid 
Director: Patryck Rhuan 
Executive Producers: Marcel Weckx and Luiz Armesto 
DP: Daniel Primo 
Liaisons: Fernanda Sousa and Karina Vallesi 
Coordination Assistants: Fernanda Hernandez, Camila Aureliano and Dulce Fernandes 
Production Director: Rodolfo Bittencourt  
Post Coordinator: Paula Solano 
Editor: Duda Jiu 
Color grading: Patryck Rhuan 
Post-production: Casinha VFX 
Post-producer: David Cazeli 

Sound Production: Cabaret  
Music Production: Guile Oliveira  
Composer: André Henrique  
Mixing: Gab Scatolin   
Post-Production: Guile Oliveira, Letícia Medeiros and Lucas Comparato  
Liaisons: Ingrid Lopes and Fernanda Crespo  
Coordinators: Verusca Garcia, Chandra Lima, Mavi Capelasso and Débora Mello  
Approval: Renata Gomide, Marcela De Masi, Bruna Buas Pazos, Eduardo Rebola, Maria Augusta Silveira, Duane Kurten 

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