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Durex Hails the Joy of Foreplay in Playful Pleasure Gels Campaign by Havas London

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The new work aims to break the stigma around lubrication and challenge the myth that only penetrative sex is good sex

Durex Hails the Joy of Foreplay in Playful Pleasure Gels Campaign by Havas London

Durex has today launched a playful, pro-foreplay marketing campaign for its Pleasure Gels lube collection. Foreplay Forever, which runs across multiple European markets, aims to normalise lube usage for pleasure – not just for problems – while simultaneously busting the myth that only penetrative sex is good sex.

Two-thirds of sexually active adults don’t use lubes – with the most common reason being a belief they don’t need to. Yet despite the fact lube is viewed by the majority as a solution to a problem, not as something that enhances pleasure, sexual satisfaction is higher among those that use it. This, coupled with the fact that 70% of people have tried to improve their sex lives, sees Durex reprise the message ‘Sex feels better with lube’, first introduced earlier this year in its Ladies, Let’s Lube campaign.

Created by Havas London, Foreplay Forever centres around a playful TV spot depicting a couple caught in a never-ending loop of foreplay passion. Each time, they grab a different lube from Durex’s Pleasure Gels range, including massage, warming, flavoured and tingling varieties; each time, the scene glitches and the couple end up back where they started, bemused, slightly flustered, but excited to do it again. Reflecting the different experiences provided by the different lube variants, the film ends with the line ‘With so many new sensations to try, you’ll never want to finish getting started’. It was directed by Simon Cahn through Pulse Films.

The campaign launches on TV across Spain, Portugal, Russia, Poland, Italy, Hungary, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and is supported by an extensive range of digital and paid social activity.

It aims to get non-users of lubes to consider Durex Pleasure Gels by helping them realise the added pleasure it can give to any day sex – challenging the convention that lubes are just for people who experience problems with natural lubrication or for those whose sex life is dull and needs spicing up. It also attempts to remove the stigma around pulling out lubes during sex, normalising the conversation around the category and making people unashamed to say they love and use lubes on a regular basis.

Domenika Praxmarer, Spain’s marketing director at Durex, says: “At Durex, we know sexual satisfaction is higher for those that use lubes. Despite this, a certain stigma persists around the category – which is why we’re seeking to attract a new, younger audience, both single and in relationships, who haven’t used or considered lubes before; 25-34-year-olds who are confident and comfortable in their sexual preferences, but open-minded and optimistic that their sex life could always get better. And with our Pleasure Gels range designed for extra stimulation during foreplay, it felt like a great area for this campaign to play in.”

Lynsey Atkin, creative director at Havas London, adds: “This work is about dragging flavoured (and tingling, and lots of other things) lubes out of the dusty drawer of ‘let’s-spice-things-up-shall-we-dear?’ and reminding people of what they actually do - make sex better. As every advice column will tell you, foreplay can be the most fun part, so we wanted to heighten this and make a film about what it might feel like for it to be so good, you wanted to do it over and over again. Like a sexy Groundhog Day.”

Simon Cahn, who directed the film through Pulse Films, adds: “One of the crucial elements in this Durex film for me was to capture an authentic couple. We did an extensive search and finally found the perfect real-life couple in Jane and Eliot. They have a distinctively cool glamour and an iconic feel that I was looking for in this campaign. It was really fun working with them, and I hope they continue to play forever and ever.”

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Project name: Durex Foreplay Forever

HKX companies involved: Havas London

Client: Durex – RB

Deputy ECD: Elliot Harris


Creative Director: Lynsey Atkin

Copywriter: Sam Turk

Art director: Paul Robbins

Account team: Nick Boyle, Sophie Amodio, Camille Le Senne

Content team: Business Affairs

Agency producer (film): Charlotte Lonngren

Agency assistant producer (film): Nikola Oksiutycz

Agency producer (print): Claire Leveille

Agency producer (digital): Claire Leveille

Strategy Director: Chantelle Begley

Planner: Rosanna Owen


Media agency: Arena Spain

Media planner: Gemma Arnella Gomez, Rosa Farre Torrents


Production company: Pulse Films

Executive Producer: Lucy Kelly

Producer: David French

Director: Simon Cahn

DoP: Jaime Feliu-Torres

Editor: Sam Jones @ Cut and Run

Designer: Nik House (TVC Graphics)

Post Production

Post-production: Colin Oaten at The Mill


Soundtrack composer: Sir Bald Diddley (library track)

Narrator: English VO Artist

Audio post-production: Deborah Whitfield @ Factory

Sound engineer: Jack Hallett

Havas UK, Mon, 23 Sep 2019 10:48:59 GMT