I love trying new ostomy pouch deodorants because I know that effective products can improve the quality of life for many colostomates and ileostomates. In this review, I will be looking at the No-Roma product by Salts Healthcare.
The bottle used for this review was purchased in full through my online supplier.
No-Roma is a clear, odorless ostomy pouch deodorant by the company Salts Healthcare out of the UK.
It does not contain any lubricants, so it won’t prevent pancaking, but it can be used by both ileostomates and colostomates.
No-Roma is designed to kill odor-causing bacteria in your pouch, but I haven’t been able to find an ingredient list anywhere: no MSDS info on the Salts website, nothing listed on the bottle, and my email to Salts was never replied to. I will assume there are no animal ingredients in it, as I’ve never seen a pouch deodorant that isn’t vegan so far, but I would like to know if there are any potentially harmful ingredients in it!
The cap on the bottle of this product is a screw-off, which I found annoying because it means that you can’t open it with one hand. It also means that you have to put the cap somewhere, which may not be very convenient.
I will say that dispensing this product is easy, so it doesn’t leave a mess like some other products can.
One thing I found quite odd is how nasty the label on the bottle can get simply by being exposed to humidity from the shower. I have kept my pouch deodorants in the same spot in my bathroom but have never seen this happen to other products.
Like other pouch deodorants, you add No-Roma to your pouch every time you empty it; if you wear a closed-ended pouch, then you simply add this product to your pouch when you replace it.
The instructions say to add “add one drop” to your pouch, which means the 227ml version of this product should last months. In my experience, however, I’ve needed to use much more than a drop, so a bottle lasted about 3 weeks, using it approx. seven times a day.
Colostomates may get several months out of this product since they don’t have to empty or change their pouch more than a few times per day.
As I mentioned in the previous section, the instructions say to use “one drop”, which I found to be quite optimistic. “Two drops may be used if one is found to be insufficient”… I tried doing that for about a week, but found that it wasn’t really doing much, so I eventually started adding a squirt instead. Unfortunately, not even a squirt was doing much to reduce odor.
Believing that perhaps the liquid wasn’t being distributed in my pouch, I even started to move the deodorant around, making sure to get it smeared along the inside of the pouch. Nothing.
I was pretty amazed by the lack of efficacy of this product, to be honest. I could understand some inconsistencies, but No-Roma seemed to do nothing at all for me regardless of the quantity used.
I’d also like to point out that I’ve tried this product when my ostomy output was thick and liquid, and it made no difference – it just never worked.
At the time of this writing (Feb 2016), a 227ml bottle of No-Roma sells for approx. CDN$15.00, and you should be able to find this wherever Salts Healthcare products are sold. Here in Canada, they seem to be easy to find, but I know that my US friends find it more difficult to find Salts products, so you may have to shop around.
As far as I can tell, samples are not available for this product, but you can purchase the travel size if you want to try it out.
Like with other pouch deodorants, this should be covered by all insurance companies.
Based on my experience with this product, I can’t recommend it considering there are numerous other pouch deodorants available that work better than this.
For more information, please visit the Salts Healthcare site at www.salts.co.uk