Removing a sticky appliance can sometimes be a choir, which is why I love adhesive remover products. I’ll be reviewing the Coloplast Brava Adhesive Remover spray in this article.
The spray used for this review was purchased through my online ostomy product supplier.
Coloplast has a strong showing in their Brava line of products. This adhesive remover falls under the Brava umbrella, and it comes in both a non-sting spray or wipes (this review is only on the spray).
The spray comes in a 50 ml canister, which means you can travel with it under the current TSA rules.
The spray has a removable top that can easily pop off to expose the actuator (the part you press down on). The top is quite secure when it’s on, so you really don’t have to worry about it accidentally falling off.
Like with any aerosol product, you should use caution when using this around flames, and don’t breathe the fumes.
This product is made using silicone (like many other adhesive remover products), and it contains no animal ingredients.
Adhesive remover sprays are pretty easy to use, and this one is no exception. Basically, you’re going to spray a small amount around the edge of your wafer to allow to seep underneath. I tend to continue to spray a little more as I’m peeling the wafer off, but it really depends on how stuck it is.
While you don’t have to shake the can in order to get it to spray, I do like to shake adhesive remover sprays just to see how much is left in it. Unfortunately, you can’t actually tell how much liquid is left in the canister of this product because nothing moves around inside.
That said, you don’t really get much warning when the product is out, and you may find yourself running out in the middle of an appliance change so keep an extra can handy if that’s a problem for you.
The Brava Adhesive Remover Spray works as well as any other adhesive remover I’ve tried so far (including the Niltac/Sensi-Care spray).
Some adhesives are easier to remove than others. and you may find that wafers using tape borders (Hollister, ConvaTec, etc.) may be quite difficult to remove with spray only, and a wipe may be required to remove any residue.
Other than not being able to know when the can is empty, my only other complaint is that the spray coverage can be very wide, which means that it tends to get on more than just the edge of the wafer. It’s annoying, but it doesn’t detract from the usefulness of this product – if you only want it cover a small area, just press down on the actuator very lightly!
A single canister may last a few months, but it really depends on how much you use at a time (do you spray the edge only, or continue to spray?), and how often you use it throughout the week. Because it does spray so much at a time, you will have to be mindful in controlling the amount of spray it puts out.
At the time of this writing (April 2016), the Brava Adhesive Remover spray can be purchased for around CDN$20, and I’ve seen it available worldwide. Most insurance companies will cover the cost of adhesive removers.
I’ve seen Coloplast offer samples on their website, but this may only apply to the wipes, not the spray. It’s best to contact them to find out.
This product, like other adhesive remover sprays I’ve used, works well to remove wafers and other adhesives. If you find that you’re in pain every time you remove your appliance because it’s stuck to your skin or hair, I’d suggest giving this product a try.