Can We Get Intimate?

by Gio

Can we get intimate?

We’ve known each other for a few years now, so I’m sure we can get all close and personal and talk about our vulvas.

Sorry if that was too direct for you. This is a science-based blog. We call things by their name here.

Anyway, what has that to do with skincare? Well, you know Soft & Gentle, the brand famous for its deodorants? Well, it just launched a new line of feminine care products.

And, yep, there is a deodorant for your vagina, too. Should we start with that?

Fragranced Spray

I’m not sure why someone felt the need to create a deodorant for your vulva. They say it’s to neutralize body odour caused by sweating.

But I usually have a shower when I sweat too much. Never felt the need to spray anything down there.

And, frankly. I’m not sure it’s a good idea. Fragrances, even when they smell like a delicate bouquet of flowers like this one, tend to be irritating.

This one is said to be so gentle, you can use it on underwear or sanitary wear. And, it hasn’t irritated my skin so far.

But, I often forget to use it. I mean, I do use it, but often only on my underarms. It just comes natural to spray deodorant there. On my vulva, not so much.

What can I say? Old habits die hard.

2 In 1 Shower & Shave Mousse

This is the hero product of the line. It’s a mousse that leaves skin soft and moisturized.

One small pump delivers a ton of lather so don’t go overboard. You apply it to wet skin and then rinse it well with warm water. Afterwards, skin is softer to the touch.

That also helps when you want to shave your bikini area. That’s what the shave bit in the name alludes to.

It has a fragrance, too, but it’s very subtle.

This is the most innovative product from this line. I like that.

Daily Shower Wash

This is my fave product from the line. Maybe because it’s pink. Yep, I AM shallow like that.

Anyway, this is your standard shower gel. It’s made with sodium laureth sulfate and cocamidopropyl betaine to cleanse away all the dirt on your intimate skin.

I like it because it’s very gentle yet it gets the job done. And smells like a bunch of flowers that just fell into a basin full of soap. Ok, not the most enticing description in the world, but it smells lovely, I promise you!

I know, not the most throughout review, but there ain’t much else to say about them. It’s a new line of gentle intimate care products that get the job done and look pretty to boot.

I’m a bit concerned that the subtle fragrance may irritate sensitive skin, but it seems to be working well for everyone else.

And it’s not every day you come across a deodorant for your vagina. That piqued your interest, didn’t it?

Price & Availability: Fragrance Spray, £2.99; 2 in 1 Shower & Shave Mousse, £3.99, and Daily Shower Wash, £3.49 at Jan Marini

Soft & Gentle Fragranced Spray Ingredients: Butane, Propane, Aqua, Isobutane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Parfum, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Phenoxyethanol, Glycerin, Globularia Alypum Leaf Extract, PEG-PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Triethyl Citrate, C12-13 Alkyl Lactate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lactic Acid.

2 In 1 Shower & Shave Mousse Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Isopentane, Laureth-4, Isopropyl Palmitate, Isobutane, Sorbitol, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lactic Acid, Parfum, Sodium Benzoate, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Sodium Chloride, Globularia Alypum Leaf Extract, Coconut Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, CI 16035.

Daily Shower Wash Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Globularia Alypum Leaf Extract, Parfum, Glycerin, Lactic Acid, Sodium, Benzoate, PEG-4 Rapeseedamide, Benzophenone-4, Sodium Hydroxide, Coconut Acid, CI 16035, CI 15985.

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LH January 22, 2017 - 4:28 pm

I wonder if they make a testicle spray? No, seriously, vulva sprays are always directed towards people with vaginas- we’re clearly dirty, smelly, and we need to go back to the Lysol days. But there is NO testicle spray. (Cis)men are supposed* to be dirty, sweaty, bacteria-ridden, and gross. No BallBalm, for those days when your underwear chafes. There is NO PiPi’s Perfume, for sweaty, humid days to keep you fresh and dry, smelling like orange-clove-musk-woods-flannel. Doesn’t exist.

The idea that someone came up with to make a deodorant for vaginas just kinda smacks of the ingrained idea that we’re inherently filthy and need to fix ourselves, a shower alone isn’t good enough. It’s an industry dedicated towards making us afraid that we’re disgusting, so we need to pour our (lower) income into being good enough for someone to want us.

I guess someone could make the same argument for makeup, but I don’t wear lipstick for people who can’t tell the difference between wine, burgundy, and cherries in snow. Makeup is for me (whereas once, it was an absolute requirement for a job; the argument mostly no longer holds except for higher-position jobs). But a vulva spray is directly, markedly different. It is marketed and made for one body part and has no equivalent for another sex. We get singled out. If we’re going to be led into using a product that will likely cause irritation and UTIs, I think guys should have to be just as miserable. It’s likely men who came up with the product to begin with.

Gio January 27, 2017 - 9:44 pm

LH, I couldn’t have said it better myself. I love the other products in this line but when I saw the deodorant, my first thought was, “won’t it irritate my skin?” and my second one, “why isn’t there one for men, too?”. It probably was a man who came up with this, although I suspect that if they could sell such a thing to men too they would. But their self-esteem hasn’t been undermined enough by the beauty industry (yet) to make them go out and buy one.


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