Coloplast BravaLubricating DeodorantOur Score: 8 / 10
My regular usage routine, today
Did it meet it’s claims?
The Brava Lubricating Deodorant is the latest product from Coloplast which aims at eliminating leakage from one of the largest nuisances an ostomate may face – the dreaded pancaking. This is a problem where thick and tacky consistency stool clings to the pouch’s side at, or near, the point of exit from the stoma and then starts to build up until it clogs up. This leaves the stool with no exit other than squeezing between the flange’s stoma edge and the stoma itself to making a break for freedom behind the flange and out onto your clothes. Many products from many different companies have come before all trying to eliminate pancaking, some have been marginally successful but from my experience they haven’t eliminated the issue. Will this lubricant product from Coloplast be any more successful and eliminate pancaking once and for all?
After hearing about the product I was curious about the product so ordered a sample pack and awaited it’s arrival with anticipation. It arrived a few days later in a smart folder with four sample sachets of the product and a leaflet explaining how to apply it. On the product’s website page Coloplast says that the Brava Lubricating Deodorant…
Brava Lubricant Deodorising Bottle and Sample
“[…] neutralizes odor and has a multi-lubricating effect. The multi-lubricating effect ensures content is always at the bottom of the pouch and not around your stoma creating a risk of leakage. It also makes it easier to empty your pouch.”
So, these are the claims I’m going to be testing with the samples I have received.
The product is available in two packages. There’s an 8 ounce / 240ml bottle which is ideal for daily home use, or there is a 20 sachet box with each single sachet carrying 0.27 ounce / 7.5ml. These are ideal for travel kits or to take with you when you need to travel outside the house. The sample pack I received included four of these 8 ounce sachets.
As I was also trying to determine the product’s effectiveness against pancaking I slightly tweaked my diet so that my output was as near as I could make it to be liable to pancake. As always with my product reviews I use no other additional products which might interfere with the pouch or it’s security so that we can see how effective the products are in their ideal environment. My everyday pouch continues to be the Coloplast Assura 2 piece system which is handy as in theory the product should work at it’s best with it’s companies own products. I’ve also used the product during the day and the night time to get an idea of what it’s like at all times. My results with the four sachet’s were as follows.
Output: Slightly formed stool initially leading to soft slop by end of the day.
Amount of product used: Full sachet
Results: Stool moved down to the bottom of the pouch with no issues and no pancaking but major ballooning of the pouch as I used far too much of the product.
Output: None 🙁
Output: Thick and mushy
Amount of product used: 4 drops
Results: Stool gathered just at-and-below the stoma’s lower half but did not leak.
Output: Thick and mushy
Amount of product used: 6 drops
Results: Stool collected towards the bottom third of the pouch, not quite at the bottom of the pouch but well away from the flange/stoma.
Output: Was starting to thicken up and looked formed again.
Amount of product used: 8 drops
Results: Stool gathered in the bottom of the pouch After this test I was suitably impressed to want to try the product for longer so I contact Coloplast and asked for some more so I could get a better view of the product over the long term too.
A large portion of this review has focused on the lubricating properties of the product but lets not also forget that this is a deodorising product too. It has a rather sweet smell to it when you open the sachets and its smell reminded me of the old Mr Matey bubble bath that I used to use as a child, so that was a pleasant surprise. The results in that department were far more uniform too. When the pouches with stool in them were changed, the odour was reduced albeit not completely and a faint smell of the product was left behind.
If you find that your pouch is ballooning up more often than normal then you are most likely using too much of the product. This is especially relevant to ostomates who are using the sample packs of the product. The in-pack instructions for the lubricating deodorant currently advises us to pour the whole sachet into the pouch and this is way too much and gives a false impression that the product causes ballooning every time you use it. This is not the case once you’ve balanced out the right amount of product for your output and pouch system. Personally I found 8 drops to be near enough perfect at allowing the liquid to do its job whilst keeping it away from the filter and keeping it from gathering in a pool at the bottom of the pouch.
After the test I continued to use the product and it’s still in my regular ostomy routine a few months later as I really like it. Because of this I’ve had plenty of time to work out the best application methods for me personally. For the best results for me – and I stress for me – I’ve found that 8 drops put on to the inside of the pouch then rubbed over the pouch sides with my fingers where the stoma and output touches gives the best anti-pancaking effect (being careful to avoid rubbing it over the filter hole). This is enough product for me to receive the desired effect without the liquid gathering in the bottom of the pouch and sloshing about where it could potentially clog your filter and cause ballooning.
If you remember at the start of this piece I quoted Coloplast’s claims on this product and I was aiming to test those claims. So, how did they do in this four day test?
Neutralizes odour – Yes. Smells like bubble bath. 🙂
Ensures content is always at the bottom of the pouch – Mostly, yes. It didnt always reach the bottom but it got it into the bottom third with ease.
It also makes it easier to empty your pouch – Definitely. The product appears to “melt” stool which makes it sloppier and easier to get out of your pouch. The more you use the easier it will be to empty. But, be wary of using too much as you’ll risk ballooning if the liquid should get in your filter(s). You can also look at adding some extra product into the pouch when you come to empty it if you find it’s still being persistent and not wanting to empty easily.
The Coloplast Brava Lubricating Deodorant is definitely worth trying if you are experiencing problems with pancaking related leakage. This is the first product I’ve tested since Trio Silesse which I’ve added into my daily routine as a result and I can think of a no more fitting indication on whether or not it is a product I can recommend, and therefore the Coloplast Brava Lubricating Deodorant is a product I can indeed recommended you give a try and thus have no problem giving it an eight out of ten rating.
Do you want to try out the Coloplast Brava Lubricating Deodorant for yourself? If so, check out the sample request page. We’d love to know how you get on with it so feel free to drop us a comment below too!
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