August 19, 2021 3 min read
It’s quite amazing how crazy and strange ideas come out of thin air, this is exactly what happened with the Wogey Wand. I always remember when our girls were little how horrid it was when they had a cold or mucus build up in the nose and they were crying and unhappy. We tried every nasal aspirator going and we found that no matter which one, either electric or sucker systems they never quite fully reached the spot. Plus they were always incredibly hard to clean the little tubes of muck and gunk and pretty much always ended up using either my finger or a cotton bud (yes don’t shout at me I know I shouldn’t have!!)
Now fast forward a few years and we just happen to have a company making and designing new baby products and my youngest daughter (now 8 years old) whilst suffering from a classic common cold was driving me mad, she had dried bogey crusts on her nose and an itchy ear – begging me to use a cotton bud to clean her ear, now a few years on I am much wiser and more knowledgeable and I know not to use cotton buds in the ear and so began the life of the Wogey Wand.
I did thorough research (well searched amazon high and low!) and couldn’t find any kind of ear cleaning stick – so it suddenly hit me, we needed a stick that had an end big enough to not go too far in the ear, with some kind of loop on it to clean out the wax at the top of the ear, and whilst I am at it, what about a scraper to clear the sticky bogey from the nose, much better than using my finger!
So with my 25 year old GCSE grade E art qualification I sat down with a sharp pencil and started to draw out the wand, it didn’t take too long (lets face it my grade E didn’t get me far but also it wasn’t the Taj Mahal blue print I was drawing!)
We scanned in the artwork and sent it out to a factory we know to start the ball rolling, like always costs start to escalate with the need for UK and EU testing and a proper artist to draw up the artwork for packaging but we still went ahead to first base – the first sample was fab, worked a treat, just enough of a lip to pick out the gross stuff but not too long to cause any harm or damage and the best bit was run it under the tap and drop it in boiling water and hey presto its clean again!
The last bit we needed was the name, this was more of a struggle and then on a family bike ride though the woods I told the girls to start thinking what we could call it, lots of crazy names came up, but none of them felt right (including Bogey stick man!) then I said to the girls to me it looks like a wand, a magic wand that removes the Bogey and just like that my youngest daughter shouted ‘Wogey Wand, the wand that removes wax and bogeys – so after months of testing and samples, a dozen more grey hairs and a little more stress – I am very proud to bring to the UK market for the very first time …
Ladies and Gentlemen please welcome ….
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