Getting your kids to maintain a healthy, daily hygiene routine is not always easy, especially if your child has sensory triggers. As parents, we know that proper, consistent hand washing for at least 20 seconds with warm water is critical in keeping our kids, family, and community safe. So we, the One Fun Company founders, rethought the whole getting dirty/getting clean scenario from a kid's point of view.
Hi, I'm Alli DiVincenzo. When my son was young, my husband and I struggled to get him to wash his hands properly after school and before dinner. He loved playing with tactile toys such as water beads, slime, and anything popping, but washing up with (boring old) hand soap was a struggle. I knew I wasn't alone. Kids want to have fun, even while doing daily routines. Aha! I couldn't change my kids, but I could change their soap! The idea for SPLATZ was born. This naturally fun hand soap starts with a surprising burst that makes washing up a treat instead of a task.
Since my background is in product design, not soap chemistry, I twirled the ol' Rolodex and connected with Boston-based scientists Jeff Karp, Ph.D., and Yuhan Lee, Ph.D. With young kids of their own, they loved the idea, and together we began developing our unique formula after hours in our kitchens. Though we started from a kid-centric point of view, we knew we wanted a product that worked as hard as it played. It also had to look good, smell good, and use clean natural ingredients. Because we care about the environment (almost) as much as we care about our kids, it had to be biodegradable and packed in reusable or recyclable jars. All told, it was a tall, daunting order. After many fails and quiet lulls, we had a shelf-stable prototype ready to test with kids and families in January 2020.
Skreeeeeech. Halt. Stop. The pandemic hit us all at once in March of 2020. With school moved to online and strict social distancing mandates, the simple act of washing one's hands had taken on a new importance and on a global scale. Our new popping hand soap formula delighted both kids and parents. Kids used sample bottles enthusiastically. Parents gave us feedback. The one thing we knew was that kids wanted "more, more, more!"
Over the next several months, we prepped and opened our own One Fun Lab in New England, hired a fantastic young crew of lab workers, and built this website. On November 21, 2020, we launched made-by-hand SPLATZ! Thanks to customers like you, we continue to iterate and improve the formula with your feedback.
Meet the One Fun Crew
Our first hire was University of Delaware grad Bryce Cushing. With a triple threat major/minor in Mechanical Engineering, Biomechanics Engineering, and Business Administration, we worked on building everything One Fun, from formula to packaging, fulfillment, management, and customer service. Shortly after that, Bryce brought on board one of his closest friends and now star employee - Matt Golden. With a degree in Ocean Sciences from the University of Rhode Island, Matt shared many of our core values, especially protecting the environment. Since Matt and Bryce started making SPLATZ by hand, an arduous process, they were eagerly determined to scale the process. With the help of our next hire, Ian Bellerose, the team put heads together and built a one-of-a-kind SPLATZ making machine. Ian's computer science expertise from Arizona State allowed us to design and 3D print many of the parts right here in the lab.
Now that it's in your hands. We hope when you try SPLATZ and SPLODEZ it makes your whole family giggle and parenting easier!