If you know me, you’ll know that adhesive remover products are part of my ostomy care routine.
In this review, I’ll be looking at a unique adhesive remover from the compay Eakin called Release. I received this product for the review as it’s currently not available for purchase in Canada.
About the Eakin Release Spray
Release comes in both wipes and a spray. This review will cover the spray since that’s what I’m using, but I expect the wipes to work just as well.
Like other adhesive removers, Release comes in an easy to use aerosol can which can quickly dispense the product over your skin in a matter of seconds.
The spray can is 50ml, which is perfect for travel and can last over a month depending on how often you change your appliance.
One of the great features that makes Release stand out is that it’s a scented product.
The smell reminds me of spearmint flavored chewing gum, and it’s actually quite pleasant. But this fragrance really helps to cover any odors you’d normally have when changing your appliance.
For people who are concerned about ostomy odors (nearly all of us, right?), this can make appliance changes far less stressful, especially if we share a bathroom with others.
This product also incudes Vitamin E, which is supposed to help to “sooth and moisturise the skin”, but I haven’t noticed any difference with my skin’s health while using this product. That’s not to say that the vitamin E won’t offer benefits, I just haven’t noticed any.
Does it Work?
Release works just as well as any of the other spray adhesive removers I’ve tried. It’s been effective at removing various brands of wafers, as well as medical tape and wafer extenders.
I find that the spray actuator requires a bit of effort to engage, but it’s easy to control the flow and it doesn’t overspray like other products.
Most people will be happy to know that this spray is a no-sting product, so even those with sensitive or broken skin can use it without worry of being burned by it.
This product also leaves no residue on the skin, so it won’t interfere with the next appliance you put on. Most other adhesive removers are residue-free, but I have encountered at least one that leaves an oily residue.
It does work better on appliances that use full hydrocolloid wafers instead of those with tape borders, but it works nonetheless.
The scent is effective without being offensive like room deodorizers can be. The beauty of this product is that you simply use it as intended – you don’t have to spray it in the air to freshen up the room (and I do not advise that you do this!).
I’ve complained about some adhesive remover sprays being too aggressive when it comes to how much they spray, and I really had no trouble getting the right amount to come out of the Release can.
If I were to make any complaints about the product, it would only be concerning the cap, which I find comes off quite easily. This may not be a problem at home, but if you travel then it may come off in your luggage. I would suggest taping it if you are travelling with this product (or keep it in the box it came with).
Another minor “issue” (if you want to even call it that) is that I find it difficult to tell when the can is near empty since you don’t hear any liquids in it. This is similar to the Brava Adhesive Remover spray I reviewed a few months back.
At the time of this writing (June 2016), Release is available in the following countries:
- South Africa
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
I’m hoping that Eakin brings this product to North America as it’s definitely something I’d continue to use.
If you can get your hands on this product, go for it! Even if you use other effective products, but still have the need to cover up some of the odor associated with appliance changes, then I’d still recommend this.
For more info, visit: http://www.eakin.eu/