An ostomy product that I’ve used for many years is the Coloplast Brava Lubricating Deodorant. I’ve been a fan of their 240ml bottles, but find it quite impractical to use if I’m traveling (as in, I have to leave the bottle at home). Fortunately, Coloplast has a more travel-friendly version of this product in the form of sachets, which I’ll be reviewing today! I purchased all the products used in this review through my local supplier.
About the Brava Lubricating Deodorant Sachets
Brava Lubricating Deodorant Sachets are part of the Coloplast Brava supplies line, which includes barrier rings, stoma powder, and wafer extenders. Coloplast offers both a larger, 240ml bottle as well as these smaller 7.5ml sachets.Both sizes have the same product in it, but their cost and convenience will vary. The product itself is a clear liquid, which differs slightly from blue deodorants or the gel-like consistency I usually see in lubricating products. There’s also a slight fragrance to this product, which reminds me a bit of baby shampoo. The fragrance helps to further cover odor and it leaves the bathroom smelling fresh. I have confirmed with Coloplast that this product is free of animal ingredients, so vegans will be happy about that.
How to Use These Sachets
Each sachet is single use and contains 7.5ml of liquid. This is smack in the middle of what the instructions for the 240ml bottle say to use (between 5-10ml), but it’s a good amount for both lubricating and deodorizing. In my opinion, I think the quantity can be cut in half for using as a deodorant, but once you open the sachet you’ll need to use the entire thing since it doesn’t seal back up. You can watch the video at the beginning of this review if you want to see exactly how I use these sachets, but the following instructions are accurate:
- Make sure that your bag is empty and the end of your outlet is open.
- Tear the top of the sachet where the cut marks are. This will expose a tiny opening in the top of the sachet.
- Carefully turn the sachet upside down while holding it at the bottom of your outlet (keep the outlet face up). The liquid in the sachet should come out freely.
- Discard the sachet packet and close your outlet.
- Move the liquid inside your bag so that it coats the inside of it evenly. Try to avoid getting any on the filter.
If you have a closed bag then you’ll want to add this product through the opening behind the wafer before you put the appliance on your skin. TIP: The lubricant will slide down to the bottom of your bag over time, so spread it around if you haven’t had a bowel movement after a few hours to make sure that it’s coating your bag.
Remember that you’ll want to use this product every time you empty your bag, but you can also use it when needed (like if you were out in public).
Because these sachets cost more to use compared to the bottles (I use way less than 7.5ml at a time with the bottle), I only use the sachets only when traveling or when I’m out of the house. They are small enough to keep a few in my travel kit and convenient enough to use outside of the home. I’ve always found that the Brava Lubricating Deodorant does a good job with odor control, and the sachets are no exception. I haven’t noticed a dramatic reduction in pancaking when using these, but some ostomates (especially colostomates) may find some benefits. It should be noted that ileostomates using this product may want to consider the larger bottles since you could be going through an entire box of sachets in two days if you empty your bag 10 times a day.
At the time of this writing (Jan 2017), the cost of a box of 20 sachets is approx. CDN$12. This has come down a bit over the last few years, and most insurance companies will cover this. You can ask for samples of this product through Coloplast and they can be purchased worldwide.