With V Day approaching, I thought it was appropriate to talk about taking care of the other V. So, let’s talk about cleansing down there.
Cleansing down there can be a subject that some people don’t want to talk about in person. I have three girls, so most subjects aren’t taboo. Cleansing down there is really just a fact of life and we should use some good products to do so.
The Honey Pot Co.
Made by Humans with Vaginas, for Humans with VaginasTag line from The Honey Pot Co.
First, of all, the name of the company is just cute. I do appreciate the tag line as well. I would rather support a woman owned company because they do understand.
The owner shares why she started and the company:
I suffered from bacterial vaginosis for months. An ancestor gave me the ingredients to heal myself in a dream. I created the formula for an effective, clean feminine wash. It worked!BEA FELIU-ESPADA
The Honey Pot Company Wash(s)
I found The Honey Pot Sensitive Feminine Wash at Target, it is $8.99 for 5.69 oz. You can also find it at Walmart, Walgreens and a variety of other stores. It is a foam cleanser that rinses clean without residue.
I used to use baby soap for cleansing down there. It didn’t rinse as clean. Besides, baby soap and other body soaps don’t claim they are for cleaning down there.
I have had no irritation or adverse effects from using this wash. There may be a slight smell, but I don’t really notice any at all. I don’t really think there should be a lot of fragrance in a product to cleanse in this area. You never know what someone can be sensitive too and less is more in this case.
ingredients water, coco glucoside, pyrus malus (apple) vinegar*, avena sativa (oats) extract*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, lavandula hybrida essential oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower water, althaea officinalis root extract, citrus grandis (grapefruit) seed extract, asparagus racemosus root extract, rosa centifolia flower water, allium sativum (garlic) bulb extract, calendula officinalis flower extract, glycerin, propanediol (less than 1% vegetable based), silver, citric acid, hydrogen peroxide, leuconostoc/ radish root ferment filtrate, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate *certified organic (You can understand what the ingredients are in this product. I think that is what you want in this type of wash).
It is PH balanced and Paraben-free, aluminum-free, vegan, phthalate-free and, dye-free.
I have used The Honey Pot Original Formula Feminine Wash, I don’t remember it having a fragrance either. It was a great wash as well. I just decided to try the sensitive type and I haven’t looked back.
These washes do last a really long time, because you are only cleansing down there. So, you aren’t using a lot of product and it is foaming so you are using even less.
You can use it everywhere if you would like, I don’t think there would be anything wrong with that. You would just go through more.
aqua (water), lavandula angustifolia (organic lavender water), cocoa nucifera (organic non-gmo coconut oil), citrus grandis (grapefruit seed extract), acetum mail (organic apple cider vinegar), althaea officinalis extract (marshmallow root), lavandula angustifolia (organic lavender essential oil), santalum album (organic sandalwood essential oil), rose centifolia (organic rose essential oil), 3% hydrogen peroxide (aqua, 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide)
Now if you have tried these wash(s) and you really don’t like them. (I don’t see how you couldn’t like them, but everyone is different). Or you can’t find this brand any where, there is an alternative.
Made by Women, For Women. Naturally.Sweetspot Labs
Yes, another women owned company. The name is pretty sweet but the packaging is pretty darn cute as well. Not that, that makes a difference if the product isn’t good. But in this case, it is. It is ph balanced and gentle just like the Honey Pot Co. wash(s).
This wash has become quite popular, even for an all body wash. Sweetspot Labs has a few different varieties, Vanilla Blossom, Coconut Lime, Unscented, Grapefruit Verbena and Neroli Mandarin. The one that I can find the most is Vanilla Blossom and I know it is at Target, it for $8.99 for 8oz. Ulta is now carrying it online as well for $12.00 for 8oz. Of course, Amazon carries all of the items as well. So if you don’t want to go to a store to get it or pay shipping. Amazon prime is for you.
water, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, sodium cocoyl isethionate, cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine, sodium lauroamphoacetate, caprylyl/capryl glucoside, glycol distearate, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate, propanediol, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, panthenol, betaine, hydroxypropyl guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, citric acid, xanthan gum, trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate, ethylhexylglycerin, benzoic acid, phenoxyethanol, fragrance.
This one does state there is fragrance in it and if you have sensitivity to fragrance. You may want to try the unscented or just go with The Honey Pot Co. wash(s).
Wipes are also a very effective way of cleansing or just refreshing down there. All wipes are becoming much more popular for all types of cleaning, not just face and body.
The Honey Pot Co. Wipes
The Honey Pot Co. wipes seem to have about the same ingredients as in their wash (which is not a bad thing). The company states “Kiss feeling dry goodbye. Boost moisture levels, reduce irritation, and balance your pH, in one quick swipe with our female hygiene wipes.” I haven’t used these wipes, so I really can’t speak for that statement. I probably would, if my local Target could keep them in stock.
They are $8.99 for 30 count in the pack.
SweetSpot Labs Wipes
The SweetSpot Labs Wipes are $7.99 for 30 count, so around the same price as The Honey Pot Co. wipes. They both claim to be PH balanced. Now, this is a very important thing for cleansing down there, so don’t discount that fact. These claim to be biodegradable as well. I haven’t tried these wipes in the pack packaging, but I have tried them in the individuals and I really like them.
I personally don’t like the pack packaging. It isn’t just these wipes, to me, it is all wipes for the face or body in this type of packaging. They simply dry out. 30 isn’t a lot in a package so they might not dry out as quickly. It would all depend on how much you use them or where you live. If you use them everyday then they will probably be fine, but if it is every third day or once a week, the wipes will probably dry out. Also if you live in a dry climate, they tend to dry out quicker. It is just the nature of this type of packaging.
That is why I like the individuals. They are convenient to take with you. Who wants to carry around a big pack of wipes? The problem is, I know the packaging is wasteful. However, if I am cleansing down there, I would also like it to stay sterile. See my point? We worry about germs in the bathroom already. In pack packaging, I think there would be more of a likelihood of germs getting in the pack.
The Honey Pot Co. does have individual wipes, but the only place I could find them was on their website. They also require you to spend $30.00 to get free shipping. While, I love their washes, I really don’t want to have to go to the website to purchase them.
SweetSpot Labs Individual wipes
You have to admit the packaging is cute, right? It isn’t bad carrying this around in your purse.
It is still PH balanced with all of the great ingredients of their other products. They are made in the USA. You are supporting a small company that is woman owed.
The problem is with these wipes are that, they are no longer carried by Target. So, I have to order them on Amazon. Amazon has them in a package of the three different varieties offered by this company with 7 in each package for $15.00. Not bad for a great product to clean down there. I do have another alternative.
GoodWipes Flushable Down There Shea-Coco Cleansing Wipes
I really like these wipes. They don’t have an overpowering scent. Actually, they are very mild. The packaging is pretty discreet if you want to carry them around in your purse or a wallet. They tear open very easily. They state that they are biodegradable. The wipes also say they are flushable. I think that is subject to a lot of factors. Your plumbing would be a big one, so I don’t know if that would be a good option.
I wish that they were not made in China and I am not sure if the whole packaging is biodegradable. I would hope so, but it is fairly unlikely.
These individual wipes come in rosewater and sensual as well. These ones are $2.19 for 16 count at Target. Any budget you are on, these are affordable. I do like that.
GoodWipes – the Company
It is not a woman owed company. It is a small company that donates 1% of total sales to NEWSTORY charity, a transparent non-profit that transforms tent slums into thriving communities around the world. They seem committed to good hygiene for all.
I hope that I have given you some great options for taking care of the V or cleansing down there. We need to take care of ourselves everywhere and I think products are getting better for that as well. You don’t know about these products unless we talk about them. I think these products are great for anyone that wants a cleanser or wipe that is PH balances with ingredients that you can understand.