Closeup is the original youth oral care brand of Unilever Arabia and Middle East. It is one of the first brands targeting youth in the oral care market globally, with an edgy and youthful image which stays relevant till date.
Unlike the typical opaque, mint-flavored toothpaste of the time, Closeup debuted in 1967 as a clear red gel with a spicy cinnamon taste and mouthwash right in the toothpaste. A unique brand identity was developed, with Closeup positioned as the toothpaste that gives people confidence in those very "up close and personal" situations.
Couples with bright smiles in very "close" situations were featured on the packaging, and commercials depicted youthful adults blowing kisses at each other.
The idea of a toothpaste that could give them fresh breath, white teeth and, subsequently, a little extra self-confidence and sex appeal provided instant appeal to consumers. Over the years, Closeup briefly flirted with a few variations, from a green mint-flavored version to a trendy clear gel.
In 2006, Closeup Limited Edition launch in Arabia redefined the toothpaste market with its unique new flavors: Choco-loko, Tangerine Burst, and Lychee. It brought excitement and life into the rather boring toothpaste category and helped the brand achieve record sales and shares. One thing remains constant: Close-up is still symbolized by attractive white smiles in very close situations.