Whether you just finished an intense workout or you’re a busy momma who hasn’t had the chance to shower in a couple of days, you may start to notice that things smell a bit funky down below.
Most of the time, vaginal odor is very normal. In fact, it fluctuations throughout your menstrual cycle. But there are circumstances (like that killer HIIT workout) that can cause your odor to become more noticeable and unpleasant.
The solution? Feminine wipes.
There are a lot of wipes on the market that are targeting at freshening up your vaginal area, but many of them contain harmful fragrances and ingredients that you really don’t want in such a sensitive area.
In my personal mission to switch my lifestyle products over to more natural solutions, I found the best natural feminine wipes for odor that actually work!
I’m excited to share those with you today as well as give you a run-down of what you should be looking for when it comes to natural vaginal wipes and how to use them.
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Do You Need Vaginal Wipes?
No, you don’t NEED them to keep yourself clean and fresh. Your vagina actually self-cleanses itself and doesn’t require extra soaps or solutions to keep it clean.
These products are intended to cleanse the outer area of the vulva only. This is handy when a shower isn’t an option or when you’ve been sweating and your down-there area isn’t feeling so fresh.
You never want to use these products to clean inside your vagina. Nor should you use douching or excessive washing. Doing so can lead to bacterial vaginosis (BV), yeast infections, or an imbalance in your vagina’s normal pH levels.
It’s also important to note that if your vagina is emitting a strong, fishy, or otherwise foul-smelling odor, that’s a good indicator of infection and that you should visit your doctor ASAP to get it checked out.
What Ingredients Should You Look Out For?
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my quest for natural vaginal solutions, it’s that not all wipes are created equally. And unfortunately, some of these products can do more harm than good if you’re not careful when you’re selecting them.
The safest, most effective vaginal wipes are made of natural ingredients and are free from any fragrances, dyes, and other irritating parabens.
Are They Safe to Use?
Yes, these can be very safe to use if you buy the right ones and you use them only on the outside of your vaginal area.
Feminine wipes are extremely helpful (even life-saving) in certain situations where you’re feeling and smelling a little ripe down below. That said, if you’re someone who’s prone to yeast infections, has any open sores or lesions, or has an STI, you shouldn’t use these wipes until your symptoms have been treated.
Keep in mind, too, that some women may be more susceptible to irritation than others. If you have sensitive skin that’s easily irritated, use these products with caution until you know that you won’t have an adverse reaction. No one wants any kind of rash or discomfort down there!
My Top 3 Best Choices for Female Hygiene Wipes
After trying plenty of options, I found three natural cleansing towelettes to be the best for refreshing my vaginal area. Personally, I use these after intimacy, especially if it’s around the time of my period, after a sweaty workout when I can’t shower right away (#momlife), and every once and a while when I just feel that things down there could use a little boost.
Here are the options that I love the most. I cycle through each of these, usually grabbing whichever ones are on sale or how a discount code.
Overall rating: 9.9 / 10
First, one thing that I love about the Good Clean Love brand is that they allow you to either make a one-time purchase or have your goods delivered automatically. You can choose delivery anywhere from every 4 to every 12 weeks.
These are made with premium, natural ingredients like aloe and soothing botanicals. They are individually wrapped which makes them perfect for slipping in your gym or beach bag. And they are approved for daily use, should you need it. Also, they are completely fragrance, paraben, and petrichemical-free.
I adore these because they are so refreshing. Even without any fragrance, I can totally feel and smell a fresh difference, if that makes any sense. Check out their full line of feminine health products here - they have a ton of natural products for all kinds of female health issues.
Overall rating: 9.6 / 10
Next up, are the On-The-Go wipes from Sweet Spot Labs. They have several different scent options, but I usually stick with the scent-free. These are 98% natural and are pH-balanced for optimal vaginal health.
These ones come in a pack of 30, so they’re usually the ones you’ll find stashed in my bathroom cupboard, not in my bag. I love that these are biodegradable and compostable, so you can feel good about your choice to use these as they help promote a healthy environment.
They are free of sulfates, alcohol, and parabens. These, too, leave me feeling super fresh and clean down there. Sweet Spot Labs also makes a Wipeless Wipe which is a vaginal freshening spray. I haven’t tried this yet, but it’s in my cart!
Overall rating: 9.6 / 10
My third go-to is this option from Queen V Life (another fantastic woman/vaginal health brand!). These flushable wipes are infused with vitamin E and coconut oil, giving them a slight coconutty scent (my fave!). They’re completely natural and pH balanced.
They come in a pack of 32 towelettes and are make the perfect post-sex cleanup. I was introduced to this brand through their Queen V Essentials Kit, which includes these wipes, their vaginal probiotic, a vaginal spray, and a cleansing bar. Honestly, I loved it all. I will say though, that I prefer HUM Nutrition’s vaginal probiotic to Queen Vs, but both are great options and should be a standard in your daily vitamin and supplement regimen.
If you’re looking for feminine hygiene products, you might see a lot of buzz around the internet that says that you shouldn’t ever use them. The thing is, many of the vaginal products on the market contain nasty ingredients that, unfortunately, do more harm than good. This is why it’s crucial that you find all-natural options and you clean only the outer area of your vagina.
The three options that I use are from brands that are dedicated to the empowerment of female health and to making products that we can all feel good about using.
Have your tried vaginal cleansing cloths? What’s your take?
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