Safe n’ Simple Ostomy Pouch Deodorant – REVIEW

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I contacted Safe n’ Simple (SNS Medical) after reading about their barrier rings on a forum.  Unfortunately, the rings contain gelatin (animal product), so I passed on those and instead requested samples of their Safe n’ Simple deodorants (which are vegan).

They sent me several sachets of both their lubricating deodorant gel and the regular deodorant drops.   I’ll cover both in this review.

Safe n’ Simple Lubricating pouch deodorant gel

Part #’s
SNS40508 – 8oz bottle
SNS40502 – 2oz bottle
SNS40518 – 1/8oz sachet (approx. 3.7ml)

Ingredients: Purified Water, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Polysorbate-20, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Methylparaban, Propylparaben

Safe n simple lubricating gelMany ileostomates have liquid or loose output, so they rarely have a need for a lubricating product.  But some ileostomates (like me) and many colostomates have thick output which can take some effort to drain out of a pouch. In some cases, thick stool can “pancake” and not drop to the bottom of the pouch, but instead it spends time collecting outside of the stoma or top of the pouch like a naughty boy.  The goal of a lubricating product is to help stubborn, thick output to drop easily to the bottom of the pouch.  At least that’s the idea….

The lubricating deodorant comes in a clear gel and has the consistency of KY-Jelly (a personal lubricant that you’ve likely seen at your doctor’s office).  I didn’t notice an odor, but this product isn’t suppose to be scented, so I wasn’t surprised.

On my fingers, the product seemed pretty slippery, but didn’t work as expected in my pouch.  That was using a single 1/8oz sachet, which I found difficult to dispense.

Unfortunately, after several attempts, this product failed to reduce or eliminate odor.

Safe n’ Simple Non-lubricating pouch deodorant

Part #’s
SNS40208 – 8oz bottle
SNS40202 – 2oz bottle
SNS40218 – 1/8oz sachet (approx. 3.7ml)

Ingredients: Water, Copper Complexes, Citrates, Propylene Glycol, DMDM Hydantoin,
Iodoproynl butylcarbamate, Yellow #6, Red #33

Safe n simple pouch deodorantAfter a disappointing set of tests using the lubricated deodorant, I started to use the non-lubricating version.

This product is quite a bit different, in pretty much all aspects. The non-lubricated deodorant is a blue, odorless liquid.  On my fingers, it was like water and has zero lubricating properties.  Because this product is dyed blue, you need to be careful not to get any on your clothes or it will stain.

Once again, I emptied an 1/8oz sachet into my ostomy pouch and waited until the next time I had to empty the pouch.  Wow! Unlike the lubricated product, this one took care of odors, even after overnight pouch fills. That’s pretty impressive and I’m willing to say that it’s one of the better deodorants I’ve tried to date, certainly compared with other “blue” deodorant liquids I’ve tried.

Conclusion

At the time of this writing (Aug 2014), you can order both the lubricating gel deodorant and the regular deodorant for US$18.24 (8oz bottle) or $5.95 for the 2oz travel size.  Sachets are listed in the company brochure, but I don’t see it on the Safe n’ Simple website.   This product is available in the United States through the Safe n’ Simple website or through medical suppliers, but there is limited availability outside of the US.   The company does offer samples upon request through their website, and most insurance will cover these products.

Pros (lubricating deodorant only)

  • Available in a large bottle and travel size
  • Clear gel
  • Reasonable price

Cons (lubricating deodorant only)

  • Ineffective odor control
  • Ineffective lubrication
  • Limited availability
  • Sachet is difficult to empty into pouch

NOT RECOMMENDED


Pros (non-lubricated deodorant)

  • Available in a large bottle and travel size
  • Very effective odor control
  • Reasonable price

Cons (non-lubricated deodorant)

  • Blue liquid can stain if you’re not careful.
  • Sachet is difficult to empty into pouch, can be messy
  • Limited availability (this makes me sad!)

RECOMMENDED (IF YOU CAN GET IT!)

While the lubricated gel was a flop, the deodorant drops were a real winner! It works well and is available in several sizes at a lower-than-average price.  I wish this product was available outside of the US as I’d be more than happy to use it regularly both in the home and while out in public.

For more information or to request samples, please visit http://www.sns-medical.com/

Have you used either of these Safe n’ Simple products? How did they work (or not) for you?

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4 thoughts on “Safe n’ Simple Ostomy Pouch Deodorant – REVIEW

  1. I use assura 14602 ac convex light for the base plate and sensura 11515 flex ostomy pouches. I also use the eakin rings glad they are animal free. I am going to change my powder to the brava fortunately I dont use powder much. I j6st became vegan almost 2 years ago. Have had my ostomy for almist 4 years. Friends in my support group dont understand how I can eat fresh toods w/ogetting a blockage sibce going vegan I have had 1 partial blickage. Do you have any information on how our digestion changes when we stop eatibg animals I believe my digestion has chanced for the better glad to know that I am not the only vegan with an ostomy.

    • Hi Debbi,

      I don’t have any information that I can easy share on hand, but that might be an interesting topic to write about. I’ll certainly try to look into it.

      I think that a lot of people have complaints about eating more plant-based foods because they suffer from very short-term side-effects from eating more bulk and fiber – namely gas. Those problems tend to go away and your digestive system adjusts. Your gut bacteria also adjusts to a plant-based diet over time.

      Blockages can be a challenge for anyone with IBD or bowel problems, but there are ways of lessening those risks. Getting help from a dietitian who knows a lot about plant-based diets can be a huge asset. I wrote about tips that any ostomate can use to get more nutritious, plant-based foods into their diet. https://www.veganostomy.ca/2013/10/ibdostomy-nutrition-tips.html

      If you can find this book at your local library (mine had it), it might be of interest to you: Digestive Tune-Up by Dr. John McDougall. Dr. McDougall has been using a plant-based diet to heal his patients for decades and he gives some great information through his newsletters, website and forum.

  2. I never thought of checking to see if my ostomy products were non animal. Do you have a list of products that are animal free? I use Coloplast and eakin .

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