About the vulva
Intimate anatomy and care
The term "vagina" is often used broadly, but what we typically mean is the vulva. The vulva is the external part of the intimate area, while the vagina is the inner canal leading to the uterus.
The vagina is self-cleansing, maintained by helpful bacteria that keep it moist, healthy, and slightly acidic. These bacteria, like any others, carry a natural scent, unique to each individual. If the scent becomes strong or fishy, it might signal bacterial imbalance.
Just as our scent is distinctive, the appearance of the vulva is too. Picture it like a flower with two sets of unique petals – the "labia," or lips. Between these layers, build-up of dead skin cells, discharge, sweat, and menstrual blood can lead to odor and infections if not properly cleaned.
nurturing your vulva
A guide for optimum care & health
"Soap-based products are the primary culprits behind intimate health issues. Even mild soaps can break down the natural protective layer, making it easier for harmful bacteria and yeast to stick to the skin and cause problems. Anything that lathers should be avoided in the vulva area.” Dr. Rebecka Kapland
Dr Rebecka Kaplan emphasizes, "Proper vulva care reduces the risk of infections, bacterial imbalances, pain during intercourse, eczema, and other concerns."
The importance of vulva care
The vulva is a sensitive part of a person's anatomy, deserving of proper care and attention. It's crucial for maintaining hygiene, preventing discomfort, and promoting overall well-being. Harsh soaps and chemical-laden products can disrupt the natural pH-balance, the microbiome, and moisture levels, leading to irritation, dryness, and infections.
Cleansing Oils: Nature's Solution
Our cleansing oils offer a gentle and effective alternative to traditional soaps and cleansers. They are formulated with natural and organic plant-based oils and extracts that are rich in nutrients and antioxidants. Here are some key reasons why our cleansing oils are an excellent choice for vulvar care:
1. Maintains pH-balance
Helps to preserve the natural acidity of the vulvar region. This is crucial for preventing the growth of harmful bacteria and maintaining a healthy environment.
2. Preserves the healthy microbiome balance
The microbiome consists of beneficial bacteria that protect against harmful pathogens. When this balance is disrupted, it can lead to irritation, infections, and discomfort. Our cleansing oils help support this delicate ecosystem, promoting overall vulvar health and well-being.
3. Preserves moisture
Unlike many conventional cleansers, cleansing oils do not strip the skin of its natural oils. This helps retain moisture, preventing dryness and discomfort.
4. Reduces irritation
The oils have soothing properties. They help calm any irritation or redness, making them ideal for sensitive skin.
5. Gentle cleansing
Our cleansing oils work by dissolving impurities, making them easy to rinse off without the need for harsh scrubbing.
How to use
Start by rinsing the vulvar area with lukewarm water. Gently massage a small amount of the cleansing oil onto the outer and inner labia using your fingertips. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
Apply Lip Balm to your inner labia to lock in moisture and to avoid chafing.
To care for your outer vulva and bikini area, use The Illuminator.
Before applying any product to your vulva for the first time, perform a small patch test to ensure there are no adverse reactions.