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Vagina-Care Products So Pretty You Won’t Mind Having Them On Display

They’re safe and effective, too.

By: Katie Becker

There is a mini-boom of cool-looking vaginal care and cleansing products that are as #shelfieworthy as Korean skin care and as chic as a jar of La Mer. (Finally!) Before you start thinking about how douches are bad for you (we were on the same memo), note that these new products work differently. None are intended to go up in there, and we’ve shopped through to find a selection of carefully formulated cleansing wipes, moisturizers, and ingrown hair preventers that meet the criteria of one of our favorite gynecologists, Dr. Maria Sophocles, medical director of Women’s Healthcare of Princeton in New Jersey. “In general, I recommend the same rules of thumb as you would use elsewhere: avoid dyes, perfumes, irritants, and try a small amount first to be sure [theres] no skin reaction,” she says, also reminding us that “douching is never a good thing, as it disturbs natural bacterial balance and pH.”

That pH part—which you’ve probably heard before—is critical, as your vagina is naturally more acidic than your skin in order to keep its balance of good and bad bacteria (i.e., no yeast infections). The trickiest part is finding products without fragrance. While perfumes arent necessarily terrible for you, most doctors suggest you avoid them as they can be irritating and, let’s be honest, a pretty subjective benefit. Click through below to see what’s up for down there.

The Perfect V: Can this company also please design some handbags? Aside from the pretty packaging, what you’ll find inside is a pH-balanced cleansing wipe you can easily tote around for things like post-gym, period days, and overnights. A high level of aloe keeps it soothing.

Lady Suite: This millennial-pink oil uses organic jojoba oil, meadowfoam seed oil, and carrot seed oil to help you take care of your vulva as well as you take care of your face. It also helps condition skin and prevent ingrowns no matter what kind of ladyscaping you are or aren’t into.

Momotaro: This certified organic blend of oils made in Oregon has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and pH-balancing properties to help keep your vagina healthy. We also love the salve from this brand, but this bath oil is so unique—add four full droppers to your tub.

Fur: If you shave or wax and struggle with ingrowns, this blend of natural oils helps soften hair (coconut oil) and inhibit bacteria and inflammation (tea tree oil and chamomile extract). Apply it once a day after gently physically exfoliating with a mitt or washcloth.

Sustain Naturals: How clever is the name Post Play Wipes? Sustain originally hit the market with healthy, toxin-free lubes and condoms, so a wipe for afterward makes a ton of sense. What we like about this pack is a) it’s large, and b) the soft 100-percent cotton wipes are devoid of many problematic ingredients: alcohol, fragrance, bleach, rayon, parabens…. The list goes on.

The Honey Pot: This brand makes a nice range of cleansers and wipes, including these extra-hydrating pump foam cleansers for pregnant women and new mothers. The big benefit of the pump is it makes the cleanser foamy without having to use foam-creating chemicals.

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