Hand sanitisers have become a necessity in a world that is familiar with the importance of cleanliness. However, they come at the cost of your skin’s health. The AOz Hand Sanitizer will keep you clean and fragrant without the risk of dry skin or sticky residue. Furthermore, it is housed in a small, fashionable spray bottle that is resistant to leaks.
1. What was the most difficult moment when developing your idea?
We have experienced many challenges in the past few years because of the exponential growth our business has undergone. The most difficult part is to find the right team to work with.
2. What are some new things you learned about yourself and the users as you were designing?
A lot of new things have been learnt, especially when we were conducting user studies. For instance, our hand sanitiser was not designed to just be a sanitser as upon conducting more user studies, we have found out that by housing it in such a way, the act of using the hand sanitiser becomes a lot more enjoyable as an experience.
3. What are your future plans?
We plan on expanding our range in our current category by possibly collaborating with other designers to elevate the design experience in the category, as well as innovating more products to expand our product line. We also plan on expanding our brand reach to overseas market to gain further awareness and exposure, while allowing even more people to enjoy.
4. What was the inspiration behind your product/design/idea?
The inspiration behind this was to not only bring a hand sanitiser that is safe for the skin and environment but also to look beautiful and elegant. The AOz Premium Hand Sanitiser was developed to revolutionise the way we sanitise our hands, having it housed in a beautiful spray bottle. This too encourages one to bring around a hand sanitiser with them when they go out.
Innovative elements such as the twistable spray body, streamlined packaging and elegant colors have been incorporated to create a beautiful and functional design that is perfect for a hand sanitiser.
5. Did you experience designer’s block during your work process?
There were a couple of times where we felt we were stuck and was not sure how to move forward. However, this was usually because we hit a barrier and needed to decide whether to go over it or continue on our paths. But we always find a way to solve it when we are stuck in such situations.
The biggest challenge for us was to create a product that has both skin health benefits for the user and convenience for the user at the same time. A lot of hand sanitisers are usually harsh on your hands and I wanted to avoid that from happening. We wanted to create something that would be skin friendly but at the same time, still effective. Hence, we were ecstatic to know along our design journey that the product we have created just a year ago, the AOz Ozonated Olive Oil was the perfect ingredient to infuse into our sanitisers as it contained a plethora of moisturising and skin oriented benefits.
6. How do you unwind after the grind?
I would usually make myself a nice cup of pour-over coffee after a long grind. Fortunately or unfortunately, coffee makes me feel more relaxed and sleepier instead of being more focused. Hence the act of hand-grinding a fresh bag of beans and pouring that fresh cup of coffee has always been therapeutic for me, perfect to end off the day.
7. How do you think your design of the AOz Premium Hand Sanitiser has impacted users?
We’ve realised that the element of hygiene has become a lot more prevalent due to COVID-19. However, they come at the cost of your skin’s health due to the drying effects of most common hand sanitisers. Hence we have designed one where it effectively sanitises and moisturises, while leaving a nice subtle fragrant without the risk of dry skin or sticky residue. Furthermore, it is housed in a small, fashionable spray bottle that is resistant to leaks.