Shower Soaps and Hair Products: What Works Best for You?

Mar 10, 2024 11:26 pm

I have found certain soaps and/or shampoos and conditioners can loosen pouches during a shower. 

I'm experimenting with different products. Right now I'm using Ivory bar soap for my body, which I detest the smell of, but it's working. Vanicream shampoo. Stopped using conditioner although I have some It's a 10 Lite Leave-In on hand if needed. Dial White or Ivory for the stoma at changing time.

What soaps do you all use for the body, your hair, and stoma? Which conditioner, if any?

Mar 10, 2024 11:45 pm

You will laugh, but it works for me.

Suave Kids 3 in 1 Watermelon Wonder. Shampoo, conditioner,

and body wash. Smells great!

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Mar 10, 2024 11:48 pm
Reply to kittybou

Haha, that's awesome! Do you use it all over?

Mar 10, 2024 11:51 pm
Reply to Hisbiscus

Yes, ma'am, on Rocket too. He rolled in something smelly, then he smelled wonderfully like watermelon! 😹

Mar 10, 2024 11:54 pm
Reply to kittybou

Haha, that's great! I see you're from Missouri. I was born and raised in St. Louis.

Living with Your Ostomy | Hollister
Mar 11, 2024 12:04 am

The white Dove bar soap.

I use Moroccan Oil shampoo & conditioner but wash my hair separately in the sink so it won't affect the bag.

Mar 11, 2024 12:32 am
Reply to Kas

I used Dove Sensitive for years. They changed the formula and things got sticky. Good idea washing your hair separate. I bet that gives you many options for shampoos to use.

Mar 11, 2024 12:45 am

I use Tresemme for hair, body, and stoma. I use a little shower curtain to keep the direct spray off the flange. When traveling, I just use what the hotel provides.

Mar 11, 2024 12:50 am
Reply to xnine

I use Tresemmé products and salt bags - no divert of shower spray - all OK generally.


From UK

Mar 11, 2024 1:50 am

Somewhat new to this and already made the mistake of shaving around my stoma with Edge shaving cream and razor, couldn't hold seal for a week. Are there soaps that I should definitely stay away from?

Mar 11, 2024 2:57 am
Reply to Littlefish

Stay clear of moisturizing soap. Dial White is a good one for around the stoma I've found.

ron in mich
Mar 11, 2024 2:07 pm

Hi all, I use V05 shampoo and conditioner and Irish Spring soap, but only use warm water and a soft cloth around my stoma, then pat it dry with TP.

Mar 11, 2024 2:24 pm

G'day everyone, I use a soap called Wright's Coal Tar Soap. It's perfect for your skin and excellent for people with eczema. Regards, IGGIE

Mar 11, 2024 3:09 pm

When I shower with no bag on, I use liquid Dial body soap and a poof thingy. Rinse and then use Head & Shoulders Basic on my stoma skin. Rinse well, dry, put the new stuff on. When I'm just showering with a bag on, I use Suave Sexy Man Smell soap or my new one is Coco Colada by Tree Hut. It gives me a hot island beach smell mixed with shea butter aroma. 🤭 Whatever soap I use on my body I use on my hair too… I'm a guy, duh. 😁

Mar 11, 2024 4:35 pm
Reply to AlexT

Like! ;-)))

And I'm a [reluctant senior] senior lady... [Not a guy lol]


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Mar 12, 2024 1:09 pm
Reply to AlexT

Sounds like a good routine for you. I tried Head and Shoulders on my stoma, but they have changed the formula and added so much fragrance I could not handle it.

Mar 12, 2024 1:11 pm
Reply to ron in mich

I've often thought about Irish Spring because I love the smell. I may buy myself a bar just to see if it works out for me. I'm a lady who likes change with products and I'm feeling stuck not being able to have options.

Mar 12, 2024 1:12 pm
Reply to IGGIE

Coal tar soap sounds interesting because I too have eczema.

Mar 12, 2024 1:19 pm

G-Day Hibiscus, I have used Wright's Coal Tar Soap for many years. I used to have eczema on the fingers for many years, and after using this soap, it stopped, and I have been free of it for a long time. I use it every day in the shower. Give it a go. Regards, IGGIE

Mar 16, 2024 11:16 pm

Use soaps with no additives—no fragrances, no colors, or anything. Ivory is good. I use natural brands and never have a problem. Should you shower nude and use one of the others, make sure you wash it off very well and dry it well.

Mar 17, 2024 6:23 am
Reply to anyark

Actually, I'm using Ivory on my body now and Dial White around the stoma, but the smell of this Ivory is killing me. They changed it, and it stinks now.

Mar 17, 2024 6:16 pm

Shower soap, etc. I get one of the black bags and use office tape to waterproof it on site. Works reasonably well with the pouch still in place and keeps the adhesive dry.

Mar 19, 2024 6:59 pm

Saw a YouTube video of the Director of Stealth Belt & he uses Cetaphil Extra Gentle Daily Scrub. Feels good on my "little buddy" & peristomal skin. Removes all bits of glue well.

Mar 19, 2024 7:20 pm
Reply to tonybrown777

I invented my own shower barrier. No moisture on pouch, no loose tapes. Silicone waterproof tape & 4 mil plastic. Grainger makes the tape & it lasts a few showers, no leaks. I tape some desiccant packets

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on top of the pouch. Keeps it bone dry.

Mar 25, 2024 1:11 am

Hi, I use Dove, Lever, or Irish Spring. Conditioners are not a problem either. I guess it depends on others, but perhaps changing your brand may be the answer. I have an ileostomy and use Convatec and Hollister with no problems.

Mar 26, 2024 11:25 am
Reply to rlevineia

That is a great idea.

Mar 30, 2024 7:38 pm

I use Ivory. It works just fine.

Apr 09, 2024 6:57 pm
Reply to SCBagLady

I have been recently also, but the new smell it has is driving me crazy. It smells so bad. My husband calls it the BO soap. It's the only one that works with my skin at the moment, though. Hoping to find another soon.