May 13, 2021 4 min read

One of the most common confusions regarding vulvo-vaginal care is healthy cleaning habits.

There are three main vaginal wash products that might come to mind when discussing this topic: intimate wash, feminine douche, and freshening sprays/mists. So, what makes these products different from each other and how do you determine if they are even necessary? And is there one specific type of product that’s best for freshening up while on the go?

In this article, we settle all of these points of confusion as well as our recommended vaginal wash product for proper feminine hygiene when you’re on-the-go, at work, or travelling. 

Let’s get started!

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Why Use Vaginal Wash Products?

Before diving into vaginal washing best practices, it’s important to note that the vagina is a self-cleaning organ. But this doesn't mean vaginal wash products are no longer required. 

The vagina is quite remarkable in that it makes use of secretions to keep itself clean. A healthy vagina has a certain pH level and a colony of good bacteria to keep infection-causing bacteria and other pathogens at bay. However, it is important to note that the vagina is different from the vulva. The vagina is a muscular canal inside the body, while the vulva consists of the extremities such as: the inner and outer labia, the clitoris, the clitoral hood, the pubic mound, and the urethra. 

Because the vulva is an external organ, it can naturally create a buildup of sweat, sebum, period blood, and so on; it can also be in contact with unhygienic surfaces. This is why it’s important to keep the vulva clean. However, in keeping the vulva clean from pathogenic microorganisms (with the use of the right products), you are also contributing to keeping the vagina safe from such pathogens.  

Types of Vaginal Wash Products 

  1. Vaginal Douche

    Out of the three main types of vaginal wash products, only vaginal douches make direct contact with the vagina and literally washes the vagina itself – this is why douches are NOT recommended.

    Vaginal douches can be sold as a reusable empty container with a nozzle or one filled with a solution for washing the vagina. This is not just unnecessary but can also be detrimental to the vagina’s natural pH levels. Douches also simultaneously carry harmful pathogens into the vagina – in short, douches are like a perfect storm which leads to infections and possibly even STDs. 

  2. Intimate Wash & Vaginal Sprays or Mists

    These kinds of products are technically used for vulvo-vaginal care, meaning, they are meant to make contact with just the vulva. But while cleansing the external vulva, these products also contribute to overall vaginal health. Both of these products, when formulated well, will not interfere with the pH level of the female genitalia.

    The key difference between the two is that intimate washes are meant to cleanse and should be rinsed with water. Meanwhile, vaginal sprays or mists are meant to be left on. One caveat to remember is that not all vaginal sprays or mists are formulated to fight bad bacteria, some are only designed to impart fragrance. 

Why Vaginal Mists are the Best Option While On-The-Go

If you’re on the go, whether travelling, at work, or just having a day of many errands, the best way to keep your vulvo-vaginal area fresh is with a vaginal mist. This is because such products are easy to use. 

It doesn’t matter if you’re stuck in the office for an extended period or taking a long plane ride, the quick and easy usage of vaginal mists or sprays makes it the product of choice if you’re on the go. 

To use illum’s Vmist, simply do the following:

  1. Shake the Vmist bottle before use.
  2. Spray around the genital area when feeling dry or in need of freshening up.

It really is that easy!

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What Should I Look For in a Vaginal Mist?

To ensure that you’re getting the very best vaginal mist for you, it is important to look at the ingredients. Some vaginal sprays are only designed to give fragrance and can irritate sensitive skin with unnatural ingredients. However, top-notch products like illum’s Vmist, are designed to give an exquisite scent while also cleansing and moisturizing sensitive lady parts. 

Illum’s Vmist is an all-natural powerhouse of beneficial ingredients like the following:

Experience Nature’s Refreshing and Cleansing Power with illum

Illum is a brand that’s passionate about providing women the products they need for optimal vulvo-vaginal care. Our vaginal mist does far more than just leave behind a pleasant scent. 

With carefully selected ingredients, illum’s Vmist can ward off bad bacteria, soothe irritation, moisturize your skin, and more! No harmful ingredients that cause irritation or allergic reactions. You get nature’s goodness packed into a delightful, beneficial, and easy-to-use product. 

Ready to feel lasting refreshment wherever you go? Then check out our online store for more exciting Vcare products! 

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