This first product review starts a section on testing commercial products to improve xerostomia or dry mouth.
The first product we tested is XeroLacer oral spray for dry mouth. Prior to reviewing I used the spray for one week on a regular basis.
It is important to highlight that this review is not sponsored by any brand. I bought this product in a drugstore and I’ve tried it myself. In my daily routine, I usually use various products for dry mouth and I am always looking for new products that will improve my condition.
In my case, xerostomia is caused by the permanent malfunction of the left parotid gland. The parotid glands are the largest salivary glands which produce saliva, so in my particular case the feeling of dry mouth is continuous and quite significant, especially when talking, eating or sleeping. When getting up in the morning my mouth is especially dry and my throat burns.
XeroLacer spray belongs to a range of everyday products for the care of dry mouth by Lacer, a Spanish company specializing in healthcare and personal hygiene. The XeroLacer range of products consists of a mouthwash, a topical gel, a toothpaste and a mouth spray. I have tried every product except the gel because I do not like the unpleasant feeling of stickiness left in the mouth by oral gels.
As the packaging says, the spray calms the sensation of oral dryness, refreshes the mouth, remineralizes enamel and strengthens gums preventing occurrences of buco-dental disorders caused by decreased saliva. Also, it has no alcohol.
XeroLacer oral spray is small, handy and contains 30 ml. Despite its small size it is bigger than other oral sprays.
You have to apply 2-3 sprays in the mouth and then can not rinse your mouth, eat, or drink for 15 minutes after the application. The spray can be used as many times as desired according to the needs of each case and the instructions warn that the use must be topical. That is, the product should not be ingested.
After a week of use, I have to say that it is true that the product relieves dry mouth immediately.
In the morning, my xerostomia is more pronounced and the spray moisturizes and soothes my mouth quickly, providing a feeling of immediate comfort.
When using the spray during the day, hydration lasts for about half an hour.
It is larger than other sprays. I think the format is not discreet enough to use in public or on the street and the spray can draw attention. This usually happens with all the sprays, but in this case because it is larger the packaging is more noticeable.
Although the packaging indicates that the spray has mild mint flavor, the taste is not too nice. It’s the same flavor that the XeroLacer mouthwash has.
Both spray and mouthwash at once?
This is something that caught my attention. The instructions indicate that when the spray has been using up, it can be filled with XeroLacer Mouthwash. The composition of mouthwash and spray is exactly the same, indicating that the product is moisturizing and soothing. However, this spray does not seem to stimulate salivary secretion like other sprays.
In addition, both the mouthwash and the spray contain a warning stating that the product should not be swallowed, but when it is used as a spray it is is easy to liquid. A couple of days during the week I used the spray more intensively and I had some heartburn, though I cannot attribute it to spray with certainty.
Since the composition, functions and properties of the mouthwash and spray are the same and it can be filled, the price of the spray is exorbitant: 30ml spray costs 5.20 euros (173 eur / l), while mouthwash 500 ml costs 8.50 euros (17EUR / l). Ultimately, the price of spray is 10 times more expensive than the mouthwash.
Will I buy it again?
Absolutely not. Why? For several reasons I have outlined during the review:
-The first and most obvious reason is the exorbitant price of a product that is exactly like another item which is much cheaper. The format (plastic spray) does not justify the cost in any way.
-A different use for two identical products? Since the liquid of the mouthwash and the spray is the same, it is incomprehensible to be used in different ways. The mouthwash is kept in the mouth for one minute and afterwards you spit it, but the spray does not get spit out and it is easy to swallow some of the liquid.
-The flavor “soft mint” is the worst mint flavor I’ve tasted in my whole life. But I still have many sprays to try… and there are tastes for everyone.
-Besides, in cases of partial xerostomia, the sprays that promote the production of saliva are more useful. Increased saliva production is an interesting feature of everyday oral sprays.
In conclusion, XeroLacer spray is a product that actually does hydrates and sooth dry mouth. The effects last an acceptable time. If you try XeroLacer mouthwash and you like the taste, you can fill a standard spray and use it throughout the day.