Feminine cleansing?

What do you use? I have been using Summer's Eve feminine soap, but I just don't feel like it is getting the job done. Sometimes during the day I don't feel "fresh", I would like to know what you use, to help with that? I remember someone mentioned deodarant crystals, not sure how to use that either? Thanks ladies.
I use Summer's Eve Feminine wash as well. I have heard that it is not so gentle on your lady parts but anything else and I feel gross. One thing that helps me during the day is to use baby wipes or the Summer's Eve individual wipes to freshen up.


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I've had several gynecologists tell me not to use any soap there, as it can be irritating. Soaps, douches, etc. all have the potential to remove the protective oils your skin there produces, and to throw off the balance of the microbes that occur naturally, giving you an infection.

I use my regular body wash to cleanse the area. The real trick though is after you rinse to use a finger to clean yourself out, so to speak.

Douche is a definite no-no as it disturbs the balance of healthy bacteria.

I use my regular body wash to cleanse the area. The real trick though is after you rinse to use a finger to clean yourself out, so to speak.
Originally Posted by CocoaCoily
This is my routine as well.
The vagina cleans itself constantly so I don't worry about that. I use a little Dove unscented soap on all the external bits.
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The vagina cleans itself constantly so I don't worry about that. I use a little Dove unscented soap on all the external bits.
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It's a self-cleanin' machine!
The vagina cleans itself constantly so I don't worry about that. I use a little Dove unscented soap on all the external bits.
Originally Posted by geeky
It's a self-cleanin' machine!
Originally Posted by Munchy
Just like an oven?

I don't use anything, as I also know that you shouldn't be using soaps or anything in or around your lady bidness.
Nothing. I use soap on the external bits, and kinda rinse the rest with plain water. I don't use any special kind of soap, as I hve also heard that they aren't good for you.
I just use my regular castille soap externally. Any sort of deodorant soap irritates me.

I was the one who mentioned deodorant crystals can be used in that area. It's very safe and gentle. Just apply externally...rub it all around there. It will keep you fresh all day. Just be careful not to cross-contaminate from the hiney area. If you want to deodorize the hiney area too, then use 2 separate crystals and keep them separate.

Nothing should ever be used internally to cleanse...no soaps, no douches, no squirting water up there with the shower head. Any of those will upset the natural balance. The vagina is self-cleansing. Just wash externally.
Nothing. I use soap on the external bits, and kinda rinse the rest with plain water. I don't use any special kind of soap, as I hve also heard that they aren't good for you.
Originally Posted by M2LR & Co.
Ok, stupid question, but what are you using the plain water on? I get the external bits part, but when you said "rinse the rest with plain water" I got consfused
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I've had several gynecologists tell me not to use any soap there, as it can be irritating. Soaps, douches, etc. all have the potential to remove the protective oils your skin there produces, and to throw off the balance of the microbes that occur naturally, giving you an infection.

What are you saying? The docs are saying to just rinse the whole vulva with water...no soap? I don't think that would work for most women.
I've had several gynecologists tell me not to use any soap there, as it can be irritating. Soaps, douches, etc. all have the potential to remove the protective oils your skin there produces, and to throw off the balance of the microbes that occur naturally, giving you an infection.

What are you saying? The docs are saying to just rinse the whole vulva with water...no soap? I don't think that would work for most women.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
I don't know what anyone else meant, but I don't wash anything(with soap) other than the outside of the labia majora.
I've had several gynecologists tell me not to use any soap there, as it can be irritating. Soaps, douches, etc. all have the potential to remove the protective oils your skin there produces, and to throw off the balance of the microbes that occur naturally, giving you an infection.
Originally Posted by iris427
Yep. No need for all that extra cleansing, I dont think, unless there is an odour problem? In which case I would think there is some kind of medical issue going on. A shower and proper cleansing down there works just fine. There are certain brands of soap that irritate me too and I dont use body washes because I just dont feel clean enough when I'm done. So a good, nice smelling soap and I'm good to go.

just curious...what are you ladies 'freshening' up for? I recall doing that when I was dating my bf and I knew we might have an imtimate moment if we met up after work, etc and I didnt have a chance to shower...but why do it otherwise? Is it the feel, there a smell? Not sure I understand.
I shower in the morning before work and shower before bed at nights. That works.
Yep. No need for all that extra cleansing, I dont think, unless there is an odour problem? In which case I would think there is some kind of medical issue going on.

Not all odors are medical issues. Many healthy women have a naturally stronger odor than others. We've been socially conditioned to think we stink. The big pharma companies make a fortune selling us sprays, douches and "special" deodorant soaps that just don't work, and which (in the case of douches) actually make the problem worse, and often turn it into a medical problem. That's why I mentioned deodorant crystals. They work very well to deodorize in that area, without being irritating or upsetting the internal balance.
Nothing. I use soap on the external bits, and kinda rinse the rest with plain water. I don't use any special kind of soap, as I hve also heard that they aren't good for you.
Originally Posted by M2LR & Co.
same here







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the salts in crystals can be irritants to people with sensitive skin. i've tried every crystal imaginable and in various forms for my underarms. i've even tried different ratios of baking soda to cornstarch. the salt created a tender rash which left me with discoloration under my arms. it may be a natural alternative to combat odor, but it's not necessarily the gentlest.

i think that keeping your labia hairs trimmed low and rinsing the outer vaginal/labia area thoroughly with warm water alone would be a sufficient cleanser for most women on a day to day basis. i do use a mild soap after my period ends because i have a 6-7 day period and bleed heavily on a few of those days. i only use pads, so cleansing with soap afterward makes me feel better about all the fluid that my skin has been in contact with for a whole week.
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I've had several gynecologists tell me not to use any soap there, as it can be irritating. Soaps, douches, etc. all have the potential to remove the protective oils your skin there produces, and to throw off the balance of the microbes that occur naturally, giving you an infection.

What are you saying? The docs are saying to just rinse the whole vulva with water...no soap? I don't think that would work for most women.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
Sorry if I was unclear. I have problems with skin allergies so I've had to eliminate any perfumed, dyed or deodorized product that might come in contact with the vulva or vagina. Things like body soap, laundry detergent, tampons, and panty liners. As per my gynecologist's instructions, I never directly soap up that area. I just give it a good rinse with water.

Initially I was skeptical that things like dyes or perfumes in my laundry soap and other bath products were bothering me--until I changed to all hypoallergenic products. It really made a difference! If I wash my underwear in normal detergent now, for example, I can tell the difference right away.

That's just me. Obviously not everyone has that problem so soaps might not bother many women.

I would NOT want to put any crystals or anything like that on that delicate skin! I agree, not letting too much hair grow there and daily rinsing and cleaning the outside with a mild soap are all that is needed.
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I would NOT want to put any crystals or anything like that on that delicate skin!

Then don't. But the doctors and nurse practitioners that I worked with in women's clinics recommended it frequently and it helped many women.

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