When I was in the hospital following my ileostomy procedure I was giving a small “care package” which included, among other things, Coloplast’s Brava Lubricating Deodorant.
I’ve been using it quite often the past
two months several years and I’d like to share my thoughts about it.
About the Brava Lubricating Deodorant Sachets
This product comes in liquid drops, which are available in 8 oz (approx. 240ml) and .25 oz (approx. 7.4ml) sachets. These drops, like the previous deodorant drops I reviewed, are added to your pouch every time you empty it.
The liquid is clear and has a slightly soapy smell. It’s not a strong or offensive smell.
Additionally, this product is free of animal ingredients, which make it suitable for vegans.
One comment that I’d like to make about the bottle is that the top comes off, which means you may be fumbling with a loose cap when you’re using it. I much prefer pop-up tops that can be used with one hand.
How to Use This Product
The instructions say to add 5-10ml to your pouch after shaking the bottle before hand. To be honest, 5-10ml (approx. 100-200 drops if you’re counting) seems REALLY excessive to me for odor control.
I’ve been happily using 1ml (20 drops) and it seems to work with pretty much any output I’ve been faced with. A benefit of using less is that it also lasts longer, but if you start with less and work your way up to an acceptable level for you, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
With 20 drops, I still get a slightly soapy smell from my pouch contents when emptying. I prefer this subtle fragrance over unscented products as it makes things FEEL cleaner (and your bathroom is left with a pleasant smell, too).
I should add that these drops are lubricating as well, so if you have formed output from a colostomy or thick output from an ileostomy, it should allow stool to be cleared more easily from the pouch and help to prevent pancaking.
You might need to use the recommended 5-10ml if lubrication is more of a requirement for you. Test, test, test and see what works best for you.
At the time of this writing (Jan 2017), the cost of an 8oz bottle is approx. CDN$23. This product is sold worldwide and most insurance companies will cover it.
If you’re interested in sampling this product, you should be able to get them through Coloplast without any trouble.
I really like this deodorant. Even using much lower liquid than suggested, it not only eliminates pouch odors, but adds a very slight scent which isn’t bad at all. An 8oz bottle might be a tad too large for an everyday travel kit and the sachets are bit on the pricey side, so if Coloplast were able to offer a 1oz option, that would be fantastic. For now, using a small dispensing bottle that I pre-fill with these drops would work for the time being.
Original Review Published: Nov 6, 2013
Updated: Jan 30, 2017