Hey y’all! Life definitely has a way of sneaking up and stealing your time… I swore I just made a post like a month ago. Apparently not.
So not much has been going on on my end besides work… and it sucks. I need to get my life back. And that’s exactly what I’ve started to do! Doing things to pamper myself and enjoy my life! For me, if my hormones are off, if my reproductive health isn’t up to par, I’m effed up. It’s not pleasant. So I like to feel pretty all over, including my sacred parts.
To kick off my new revelation, I just thought I would share my arsenal of vulva and vagina health items that help me feel spectacular. And when I tell you these items are fabulous and natural… MAN.
LET ME START BY SAYING…
Ladies, your vulva is NOT made to smell like a bed of flowers, so please don’t think that is supposed to be the goal. Your vulva has your specific particular smell, and we all sweat. It’s normal. (If you have a fishy or foul odor and/or green, grey, or yellow discharge, it could also be bacterial vaginosis or BV in the absence of an STD, but make sure you see your doctor for a diagnosis)
Here we go!
The Honey Pot Feminine Wash in Normal, $5-12
First, we have The Honey Pot Feminine Wash (I reviewed the company before here). I had been using the Preggers one for pregnant women for a while, but I recently ran out so I bought the normal wash this time. The Honey Pot is a foamy wash that is made from vegan ingredients such as non-GMO coconut oil soap (or castile soap), organic lavender water, grapefruit seed extract, apple cider vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide. All of these things are bound to get you extra clean, and there’s even a slight tingle when you wash with it. Not painful, just noticeable. You are supposed to get some of the foam in your hands, and gently clean your vulva (outer genitalia) with your hands. This allows you to get familiar with your lady pars and ensures that you get yourself clean. After using the soap, just rinse off with water. I trust the company and their products, and I’ve been using this soap for a couple of years. There are variations of the soap as well, like one for pregnant women, sensitive women, women that need a little more moisture, and even young ladies. The wash comes in 2 and 6 ounces, and you can now subscribe to have it delivered to your door however often you want!
Lhamo Pantyliners, $5-6 a pack
Next up is the Lhamo Sanitary Napkins (formerly MerryLiving). I truly love this brand and their pads! I wear pantyliners daily and I don’t wear tampons, so I wanted a natural alternative to those as well as the reusable pads because they just… aren’t for me. I found Lhamo pantyliners at my local healthful store and fell in love INSTANTLY. The liners are chlorine free and are packed with all natural herbs and essential oils. There is lavender, mint (which gives you a fresh, cool feeling, especially after a shave or wax), aloe vera oil, rose oil, and houttuynia oil (which is an herb known for fighting the herpes virus). All of these babies are packed into organic unbleached cotton. The liners and pads both have the same ingredients. The pads are beneficial during that dreaded time of the month, because they help you feel and smell clean. There are daily use pads, overnight pads, and liners. You can grab a few packs from The Honey Pot’s website, or go to Lhamo’s site, where you can get starter kits or multiple packs. I went to their site and got five packs of liners, one pack of overnights, and four packs of daily use, and they were a total of $55. I’m set for a good while, and the price was great.
Box Naturals, shown in Rose. About $10 for a 12 wipe box
Box Naturals is a fantastic company who makes all natural intimate wipes. The wipes come in rose and lavender scent, and are scented with organic essential oils of each. They are pH balancing so you don’t get thrown off, and they smell fantastic without being too strong. They are perfect for after the gym, freshening up on the go, after sex, or while riding the crimson wave. To make it better, each towelette is individually wrapped and they’re just moist enough to get the job done. They’re probably my favorite wipes on the planet. As with the last two products, you can subscribe on The Honey Pot or you can buy directly from Box Naturals’s website.
While trying to get my hormones together without taking medication, I stumbled upon Moonmaid Botanicals. She makes hormone free and all natural creams and salves to be absorbed through the skin, our largest organ. The wild yam cream caught my attention, as I know that wild yam is great for my polycystic ovarian syndrome. I often have pain which we think may be due to either the enlarged ovary on the right side, or maybe endometriosis. My periods are also unpredictable, far apart, last for 7+ days, and my ovulation is a mess. I started the cream back in February, and I got my period 2/11. Im usually about 6+ weeks between each period, so I wasn’t expecting my next one until this week. I actually started spotting on 3/12 and my period was over on 3/18! I also had no cramping, no leg pain, no back pain, it was awesome! Her Vital V Wild Yam Salve is a wild yam salve that can go in and around the vagina. The mucous membranes easily absorb the salve, and it’s able to act easily on the reproductive organs. If you aren’t down for that, there is a topical wild yam cream for anywhere else on the body, and even one for men. Moonmaid Botanicals has cream for yeast infections (I want to get that so I can have it on hand), but is not to be used by pregnant or nursing mamas. LoversLube Personal Lubricant is like a creamy salve and it has all types of aphrodisiac goodies in it, such as yohimbe, damiana, muira puama, carob, coffee, and vanilla. It feels amazing due to a small addition of menthol and is actually edible due to a touch of stevia!
That’s all I have for now, and these are by far my must-haves for my vulva and repro health. They have me feeling fabulous and combined with my VCH and labia ring (I will be doing a post on my tragic history with my VCH), I feel spiffy and oh so clean. Be sure to check them out and let me know if you have any faves that you want me to add or try out!