I met Nicola at the recent Get Your Belly Out Ball who is the owner of Vanilla Blush and we got talking about the brilliant work she has done in the field of Ostomy Underwear. As an ostomate herself, Nicola has created a range of beautiful underwear specifically designed for people with an ostomy bag. Nicola kindly sent me some of her products to try and I am so impressed!
There are ranges for both men and women and they go from hernia support wear to swimwear to beautiful but practical underwear. They look like any other high waisted underwear from the outside but have an internal pouch that houses your ostomy bag, keeping it off your skin and close to your body.
I tried them out and I can’t believe how great they feel, I have never worn specific ostomy underwear before, always choosing everyday pants but now I have tried these, I am a bit in love. I think originally I felt that they were trying to hide the ostomy bag away and I wasn’t comfortable with that, but having tried them, they are so practical and cleverly designed and make me feel awesome.
What I love most about them is they are not medical, they don’t look any different to beautiful lingerie, the website doesn’t scream “SICK PANTS FOR SALE HERE!” Buying and wearing these knickers just felt like a great experience. I don’t want reminders of my illness, especially not when Im trying to wear something to feel good and Vanilla Blush get it so right.
Going from a UK size 6-8 up to a 20-22, there is a good range of sizes so most people should be able to find something for them.
I wore the hernia support vest and I felt really held in and like my hernia was well supported, and it looks like any other vest. This allowed me to do some gardening and housework, something I had been struggling with before. (Although after taking this photo, I realised I had it on backwards!!!)
I love that all the models on the website are real people with real ostomies.
I also tried the other knickers and just fell in love with them, I felt in control, beautiful and awesome. My sister saw them and wanted a pair for herself and she doesn’t have an ostomy! They feel very well made, as good as any high end underwear I have bought before and wash well. I have to admit that I put them through the washing machine before reading the website which advices hand washing, but they did survive a 40 degree wash with no ill effects.
Warning… If you are my mother or child or don’t want to read about sex, step away from this post now!
Still here? OK, so Vanilla Blush do some crotchless knickers. I loathe to use that term as it sounds so tacky and creepy. The underwear is the same shape as the other pants but has a split gusset that looks like normal knickers when together or when separated it is open. I wasn’t sure about these, we got them out and had a giggle and talked about the connotations of crotchless knickers. Then I tried them on out of curiosity more than anything.
As you know, I don’t like talking about my sex life on here, but I have to say, they are a very clever design. It’s not that I want to hide my ostomy bag or that it shouldn’t be seen, it’s more that the presence of it can sometimes be off putting, the rustle of it is a subtle reminder that it is there and so these pants mean you can be intimate whilst your bag is safely in the pouch and flat to your body. The pants looked classy and like beautiful lingerie, it didn’t feel seedy or weird but just that someone had actually thought about the sex life of people with an ostomy, which is something hospitals and doctors simply aren’t doing.
OK, enough sexy talk!
- UNDERWEAR: 6 pairs per-year (these have an internal Stoma-support pocket).
- SUPPORTWEAR: 3 items per-year (Level 2/3 flexible Hernia Prevention Support inbuilt).
If buying yourself, prices for underwear go from £13 -£20. Not cheap I know, but they are of such a great quality and certainly compare positively to more expensive lingerie, I think it is well worth the money and will certainly be buying more.
Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review, but I was sent the underwear for free from Vanilla Blush. From time to time, I work with companies who sponsor me in some way, either though payment or products. I will only work with companies that I believe have something positive to offer my lovely readers.