Having used ostomy deodorant products for the past several years, I’m surprised that I haven’t used the Adapt Lubricating Deodorant product by Hollister until recently!
This review is based on my experience with using a 236ml bottle of this product which I purchased through my regular supplier.
About the Hollister Adapt Lubricating Deodorant
The Adapt Lubricating Deodorant is a clear, “odorless” (it’s not 100% free of any scent) liquid that’s thicker than water, but not thick like gel. It comes in a 236ml squeeze bottle that has a flip-top spout, and single use sachets (item 75801) containing 8ml of the product.
Hollister says that this product is good for not only to lubricate the inside of your ostomy bag but also to control odor while emptying your bag.
While it’s not listed on the Hollister product page, this type of product is usually aimed to help colostomates prevent “pancaking” since it helps to prevent stool from sticking to the inside of the bag. Ileostomates can also use it for odor control, but this product likely won’t benefit urostomates.
The instructions say that you should use 5ml (one teaspoon) of the product in your appliance every time you empty or change it. This gives approx. 47 uses per bottle, which is not a lot if you empty your bag more than once per day.
The instructions in the box list the following ingredients:
In all honestly, this ingredients list scares me a little, but the ingredients used have been found to be safe (according to the MSDS), so there shouldn’t be much cause for concern.
Note: I’ve inquired with Hollister, but it’s currently unknown whether this product has animal ingredients or not. Deodorants usually don’t, but I will update this review when I hear back from Hollister.
Testing a product for odor control is always really difficult because there are many variables that come into play like what I ate, how often I’m emptying my bag, antibiotic use, etc. While testing this product, I tried to remain as consistent with my diet as possible to avoid any skewed results.
Unlike some products that are scented, this one doesn’t try to mask odor by using perfumes, but instead tried to neutralize odors directly.
While Hollister suggests using approx. 5ml in your bag at a time, I’ve experimented by using the recommended quantity and also more. I would do this for a few days then I would stop using the product for a few days, then I would go back to using it again.
I found no difference in odor, which is really disappointing, so that was a bust.
A lubricating product helps to make the inside of your bag slippery so that stool doesn’t stick and “pancake” to the sides or top of the bag.
When using a lubricating product, it’s really important to make sure that you get it all over the inside of the bag, not just the bottom. This is pretty easy to do with your hand over your appliance, but it’s critical that the product is spread as much as possible for maximum effectiveness.
This product does benefit colostomates who have dry stool, but it may also help ileostomates who tend to have thick output (like me).
Going by the same usage schedule I noted above (using it for a few days, then stopping, then going back to use it), I noticed only a slight benefit. The ideal cases were when I’d empty my bag before it got to 1/3 full – any more than that and I noticed no benefits at all.
This could be explained by the fact that my output isn’t as dry as a colostomates stool would likely be, so take the results with a grain of salt. I will note that I could certainly feel it lubricating the inside of my bag as I spread it around during the application.
Also worth mentioning is that I could certainly feel it lubricating the inside of my bag as I spread it around during the application, but as one reader of this blog pointed out in the comment section of another review, the lubricant runs down the bag and doesn’t stick around for very long.
At the time of this writing (Oct 2016), the Hollister Adapt Lubricating Deodorant can be purchased for approx. CDN$25 (approx. US$14) through various suppliers worldwide. Most insurance companies will cover a product like this, but keep in mind that you may be going through a lot of this product if you empty your bag often throughout the day.
Hollister doesn’t give free samples of the bottled deodorant, but you can request the same product in sachets and they’ll send you samples.
It’s hard for me to recommend this product over many of the others that I’ve tested. It doesn’t seem to work well against odors, and the lubricating properties appear to be short lived.
While this product is covered by most insurance companies, I have concerns over how quickly it gets used up (an entire bottle would only last me about 7 days).