Today I’m reviewing a product on a sensitive subject we don’t talk a lot about, but is pretty necessary if your spoonie condition comes with some gastrointestinal issues, such as those of us with Celiac, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), crohn’s, or gastroparesis who frequently deal with sticky stools and bouts of diarrhea or constipation or both. I’m sure many of us think back on better bathroom days fondly. The product I’m reviewing today will help bring some of those better days back, or at least make your bathroom trips more pleasant and easier to manage.
The product is called Fohm and it aims to replace the bathroom wipes you currently use that are environmentally hazardous and putting your plumbing at risk. Rather than a bathroom wipe, Fohm is a gentle foam cleanser you can apply directly to toilet paper, saving your plumbing from expensive clogs and our oceans and marine life from being polluted by them.
Fohm comes in an easy to use motion sensor activated automatic dispenser that sits right on the back of your toilet. I received one to try out in exchange for sharing my honest opinion about the product.
The cleanser itself provides a pleasant cleaning experience that helps to protect and moisturize the skin. As a person with mast cell activation syndrome, of course I was concerned I may still have a reaction as I can react to some of the most gentle cleansers on the market. I needn’t have worried. I had no problem tolerating it at all, probably because if their pH balanced sensitive skin baby wipe formula. It even helped to sooth my sensitive, normally irritated skin, since it contains lanolin and aloe leaf juice. It feels soft and silky and leaves the skin well conditioned without using any perfumes or dyes. After two weeks, I actually noticed less irritation than normal, which surprised me, given that I’ve been dealing with some serious tummy upset of late because of MCAS and gastroparesis.
It also did its job quite well. There was little difference in effectiveness between using Fohm and “flushable” wipes, but it did take some getting used to before I got a new “wiping routine” I was happy with. One thing that didn’t take getting used to is the fact that it’s a lot more comfortable than wiping with a cold, wet, harsh cloth that leaves you feeling damp. And there’s no guilt over sending it down the pipes or stuffing it in the trash can.
The cleanser seems pretty prefect, but I felt like the dispenser hasn’t quite been perfected yet. I love the idea of a hands-free dispensing unit, particularly for the role this cleanser plays, however it would be nice to have a bit more control over the unit’s settings, as well. A manual operation mode might be nice for some of the more cramped apartment bathrooms and guest baths of the day, and I personally would love the ability to adjust the sensor’s sensitivity. If these things are possible, they weren’t included in the instructions, which were delightfully tongue-in-cheek:
Of course Fohm is a new product, so I’m sure the feedback they’re receiving now will help to make this an even better product in the future. Of course as is, it makes for a pretty great product and an ingenious way to solve for one of America’s most modern ecological problems; how to eliminate toilet wipes and still come out of the bathroom confident that you’re clean.
You can buy Fohm outright or sign up for a subscription service to ensure you never run out. For details and to get your Fohn dispenser to start saving the environment and enjoy a more pleasent bathroom experience, visit Fohm’s website: https://fohm.co/