For Ladies Only- Taking Care of your Vajayjay

I don’t usually talk about feminine hygiene but I feel like this is an important topic to discuss. Gynecologists often recommend to avoid the use of any feminine hygiene products such as douche, cleansing wipes, freshening spray or powder, fragrant shower gels or soaps, and instead replace it with a fragrance-free soap or shower gel.

Our lady parts can indeed be sensitive so it’s best to treat it right with something that won’t cause irritation or worse yet an infection. The use of such products may also further upset your vagina’s delicate balance of organisms and it is associated with various reproductive health problems.

According to Cosmopolitan, the vagina should have a pH (or acidity level) of 3.5-4.5, which means there is enough lactobacilli (a “friendly” bacteria that normally live in our digestive, urinary, and genital systems without causing disease) as in good vagina bacteria, and no overgrowth of bad bacteria that can cause odor, irritation, or even bacterial vaginosis (which is actually the most common cause of abnormal vaginal discharge).

A 2006 study found that 27 percent of African-American women and 15 percent of Hispanic women regularly douche, as compared to only 9 percent of white women.

But why do we see so many feminine hygiene products available in stores? it’s advertising after all, isn’t it?!

The good news is that sales on douches has decreased since 2014 according to Consumer Healthcare Products Association also known as CHPA.

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Feminine Hygiene Douches 23 22 20 19

We all have that favorite shower gel like the ones from Bath and Body Works. You wouldn’t think it’ll hurt to try to boost the smell down there by using a scented shower gel…. we’re all guilty of that but little do we know we are ignoring our vagina’s cry for help. The best option is to use a fragrance-free shower gel or soap. I like to use 365 Whole Foods brand for $4.99, it’s a dermatologist tested formula with glycerin, panthenol and aloe vera.

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Here are some more interesting links to check out:

The Effects of Feminine Wash

Are Feminine Hygiene Washes Safe? Science Says You’d Be Better Off Skipping Them

Five things you need to know about feminine washes

Are Dedicated “Vagina Washes” Necessary?

The Dirty Secrets of Feminine Hygiene Products Most Women Don’t Know

 

“Women of America, I promise you, you do not need vaginal deodorant. You need a doctor. If you use simple soap and water and you get out the shower and there’s still a rancid-ish odor, don’t spray perfume on it! That’s crazy! That would be crazy!” -Sarah Silverman

Skinny Dip by Earthly Body

Brought this set for about $24.99 at an adult store. The smell is very sensual and smooth. The massage oil isn’t as scented as the lotion tho, but the candle wax can also be used as a massage oil.

All of these products contain an ultra-moisturizing blend of Hemp Seed and other nutrient-rich oils to help moisturize your skin. Skinny Dip scent is a combination of vanilla and cotton candy.

This set contains: 1oz Hand & Body Lotion, 2oz Bath & Shower Gel, 2oz 3-in-1 Massage Candle, and Lip Balm.

The set I purchased contained a massage oil instead.

Hand & Body Lotion
A non greasy formula that absorbs quickly and contains a nutrient rich blend of Hemp Seed and Argan Oil, leaving skin healthier looking, radiant, and silky smooth.

Bath & Shower Gel
Hemp Seed formula gently cleanses and moisturizes, leaving your skin velvety smooth and conditioned. You’ll never use drying bar soap again!

3-in-1 Massage Candle
Melts into a warm massage oil. The 100% natural blend of Hemp Seed and cosmetic-grade oils absorb to soften and condition your skin.

Lip Balm
Blend of Hemp Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba, Avocado and Vitamin E.

Massage Oil

100% natural blend of essential oils (including hemp, almond, grape seed, apricot and vitamin E) provides a slick, professional glide. This nutrient-rich formula absorbs into the skin for deep conditioning and moisturizing without a greasy residue.

 100% Vegan

 Not Tested on Animals

 Gluten Free

 No THC/Drug Free

 Paraben Free

 Made in the USA

 Phthalate Free

 Petroleum Free

 Free of Artificial Dyes

 Free of Propylene Glycol

 

This set can be found in Amazon for $22.95 and $15.99 on Earthly Body site.

I recently purchased the 16 (473ml) oz body lotion, can’t wait to start using it.

*Earthly Body are on PETA’s “No Test List” and Leaping Bunny certified.

Finding cruelty-free products almost anywhere…..

I walked in Duane Reade to get something I needed and then went to the second floor to check out the beauty products. I found John Frieda blow spray on sale for $2.45, sadly they were bought by KAO which continues to test on animals so I skipped that. It hurt because I was a fan of JF products for a while.

I did find something on sale tho, an Ogx spray half off and it smelled so good.

 

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As I walked around the Duane Reade in midtown, I stopped to look a the Balm cosmetics (who are cruelty-free) unfortunately nothing was on sale so I skipped that, but the makeup was nice. I like how it looks so vintage with pinup dolls.

I’ll get some of their products eventually…

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For All Hair and Skin Types

This is what I like about beauty, you will find cruelty free products for all skin and hair types whether it’s sensitive, dry, or whatever, but are cruelty free.

Here are some of my faves:

 

 

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Nubian Heritage‘s  Honey & Black Seed is the best product you can find, not only does it have a great seducing scent but it softens your skin

 

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Razac has a great scent with perfect shine

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Shea Moisture‘s Raw Shea Butter helps damaged hair

Too Faced gone Two faced

Kat Von D and founder of Too Faced have partnered up to release a palette this month after Christmas, December 26.

Recently the brand Too Faced was purchased by Estée Lauder who continue to test on animals by selling their products in China, since it is illegal to sell products without being tested on animals.

Too Faced still stand by their word in remaining cruelty free even though the parent company continue to test on animals. Perhaps if consumers continue to purchase cruelty free products then maybe Estée Lauder will follow in refusing to sell in China. Then yet if we continue to buy Too Face well Estée Lauder will still make profit out of the brand.

Kat Von D makeup will remain vegan and cruelty free but that’s another brand itself.

I don’t know about you but I will refuse to purchase from Too Face..

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