Scents in women's intimate washes, are they safe?

This has 2 do with personal care products, if its off topic I will delete it but I was just wondering if washes for the vulva area are safe because almost all of them have scents. My gynecologist said use scent free cleansers down there. Are scented cleansers for this area safe?


  • Hi Rozy. This isn't off topic at all. Since fragrances are known to contain allergens it makes a lot of sense to avoid using scented products in sensitive areas of your body. 
  • Yeah that's what I thought too. I find it weird how scentless intimate cleansers aren't the default. Major brands such as Vagisil and Summers Eve do not make scent free versions, at least not that I could find at my local stores. There is this brand though though its sometimes not there. I also find it dumb how these washes contain chamomile bc I a lot of people have ragweed allergies.
  • That bothers me too, but then again they're responding to consumer preference. I guess most people who feel they need an intimate cleansing product think they also need to have it scented.
  • As far as I know, you don't really need an intimate wash, warm water will do just fine.
  • What are the brains thoughts on the formulation of that blue skin wash? @Tree I have heard different from doctors and gynos. Some say scent free gentle cleanser is fine every once in a while, some say just warm water. They all agree no scents. @brainy My theory is most of the washes are made in America and going to the doctor is expensive there so instead of going to the doctor when something smells funky they try to cover it up. I learned from the blue skin site the vulva has flora which I did not know. I knew the vagina did.
  • Rozy: If you can post the ingredients we'll take a look at it. 
  • Rozy, I don't think intimate wash will do something bad, I just think it's not necessary and it is a waste of money to buy it at all. You can do just fine without it. Just be careful not to let soap go there.
    No doctor has ever told me to use intimate wash for any purpose. If you don't feel clean enough with water only you need a real treatment, not an intimate wash.
  • I agree with Tree on this one.
    A lot of people have strange, unsubstantiated insecurities about their own personal smell. Usually, no one else notices. I would have to question why anyone feels they need any intimate wash.
  • Weird! The ingredients were right on this site but now I go on it asks for a username and password!
  • Oh well at least I have their email from when their site was up so I emailed them.
  • Now their site is back up but there is no ingredient list. I am sure they used to have one.
  • Aqua/Water/Eau, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate,
    Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate,

    Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, PEG-150 Distearate, Sodium

    Laureth-13 Carboxylate, Glycol Distearate, Laureth-4,

    Sodium Chloride, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel)

    Water, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomille) Flower Water,

    Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone,

    Methylisothiazolinone, Quaternium-15.
  • The surfactants used in this formula are quite mild. In fact, they're very similar to those used in "no more tears" baby shampoos. The only minor concern I see are the preservatives because some people are sensitive to the ones used here.  
  • Probably because people are scared of parabens.
  • Yes, parabens would be a better choice in terms of safety (less irritation)
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