A few readers have suggested recently that I write about some of the products I use. I thought this was a great idea. Though everyone is a bit different in what products they prefer for their ostomy, writing posts on this subject would still help introduce people to some of the available products.
Just as I was thinking of doing this, Vanilla Blush, a wonderful ostomy lingerie company based in England, sent me some of their underwear to try out. The underwear they provided were the Grace and Beth styles, and those are the two models I’m reviewing here. Though this review describes their women’s styles, Vanilla Blush makes undergarments for men as well.
Right after receiving the underwear, I tried both styles out for everyday wear. Most of the time, I wear regular low-rise underwear and just let my pouch flop over the top of it because this is what I find to be comfy. If I am going to wear ostomy underwear, it must be as comfortable as my regular panties. After trying out the Vanilla Blush undergarments, I am so impressed! These undergarments feel great and are not too tight or restrictive. The fitting chart on the website is accurate, and the size I requested based on my measurements fit perfectly. One of the things I love most about these underwear is that they are not unnecessarily high-waisted. They are exactly the right height to cover my pouch from bottom to top with no extra fabric. I love how I can see my belly button with the Vanilla Blush underwear.
The white “Grace” style is made out of a 93% cotton and 7% spandex fabric that feels very soft and is a perfect weight. The black “Beth” style is made out of a polyester/elastane fabric that is stretchy and comfortable. It also has some pretty sparkly threads on the front. Both styles have an inner pocket to hold a pouch. I happen to not use the pockets in any of my ostomy underwear or wraps. Due to the lower placement of my stoma, pockets tend to cause my pouch to bunch up more than if I just let my pouch hang freely in the underwear. Still, I don’t mind that the pocket is there. By not using it, I actually have a nice double layer of fabric over my pouch which covers it nicely. Whether you use the pocket or not, the underwear fit beautifully.
The Vanilla Blush underwear also holds my pouch in place and conceals it well, even under my tightest pair of low-rise jeans. The part of the underwear that sticks out above the waist band of my jeans is very flattering. If my shirt rode up as I went about my day, and the top of the undies were inadvertently exposed, I wouldn’t care. The bow and trim make them super cute!
I knew I loved these underwear for day-to-day wear, but how would they perform during an outdoor adventure? I decided to give them a try during a day of rock climbing at the North Table Mountain climbing area in my home town.
As I hiked up the trail to the crag, the underwear didn’t ride up or bind and felt pleasant to wear. The temperatures were really cooking on the south-facing cliffs, but the underwear was cool and breathed well.
When I do any strenuous activity, such as climbing, I always wear a six-inch-wide Nu Hope hernia prevention belt. Over this, I usually wear a pair of ostomy underwear to hold it in place. If I don’t, the hernia belt tends to ride up to the narrow part of my waist and does not provide the support I need. One thing I was a bit concerned about was whether these underwear would work with my hernia prevention belt since they have a lower rise than the ones I usually wear. Any ostomy briefs I wear for my outdoor activities must fit over the hernia belt.
When I put the Vanilla Blush underwear on, an inch of the belt stuck out at the top. However, this was not a problem. They still held my hernia belt in place wonderfully through the whole afternoon of climbing. It never shifted once, even when doing high steps and stems on the rock and hanging in my harness as I was being lowered on the rope.
As late afternoon approached, I realized I had one more workout to complete. I bid my climbing partners farewell and drove over to the gym to do the core and upper body weight routine that was on my schedule for the day. I have been really disciplined in doing the workouts recommended by my personal trainer and only miss them if absolutely necessary. I knew I could still squeeze them in before the facility closed. As I did planks, stability ball work and lifted weights, the Vanilla Blush underwear continued to feel great.
Finally, it was time to head home. When I got there, I took off my hernia prevention belt and climbing pants and threw my jeans back on. From trail to cliff, and from gym to jeans, the Vanilla Blush underwear performed just as I had hoped they would.
7 thoughts on “Vanilla Blush ostomy underwear review”
You look so good and healthy! Great post. Really like the jean and hat pics. You’ll see them again in my Fb friends album. I have this thing for wanting to show off my friends 😉 Got a bit dizzy seeing you hang from that ledge though. I’d cycle along its rim, but hanging by a rope–you got me there. As always, you’ve kept the wonderful OO theme shining brightly through this post: inspiration and motivation, by showing how one can adapt to and what can be done living with an ostomy. Many thanks and many spoons. ~C~
Glad you liked the post. Ha, ha… I feel the same when I see pics of you biking. I will take the rope any day:) This is a popular place to mountain bike, but I am completely chicken when it comes to that sport. Last time I tried to bike up there, I tipped over on the trail. I just can’t get the hang of it. Recently traded in my mountain bike for a hybrid comfort bike. Love biking on pavement or easy mountain bike trails/dirt roads with few obstacles;)
is there a place to order the underwear that you are modeling in the US? You are an inspiration to us all- both of you!
Thank you! The undergarments are from England, but they are available online and the company ships overseas. I don’t know how much the postage is, but if you follow the link in my blog entry, it will take you to the Vanilla Blush page and you can contact them directly. The staff there is super nice and would likely have a good idea of how much it would cost in US dollars to purchase the item and have it shipped. I know they sell to a lot of US customers.
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Where did you find the cotton white midrise Vanilla Blush ostomy ladies underwear– I cannot see them on their online list?
Sorry it took me so long to reply. It has been a busy week.
The white underwear on Vanilla Blush’s website can be found here: http://www.vblush.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=78_81&product_id=135