When it comes to personal hygiene, many women are unsure whether they should use deodorant on their sweet spots. The truth is, deodorant is not safe for your vagina. But the vulva is another story entirely. Here’s what you should know about using a deodorant for your private parts.
Remember, the vagina is not the same as the vulva.
Many people use the terms vagina and vulva interchangeably, but it’s important to understand the difference between the two. The vulva is the external part of the female genitalia and includes the labia majora, labia minora, clitoris, and vaginal opening. The vagina, on the other hand, is the internal canal that leads from the cervix to the outside world.
The vagina is not the cause of odor down there - bacteria is.
Contrary to popular belief, the vagina itself is not the cause of odor down there (except in the case of vaginal infections like BV or others). The odor that women experience is caused by bacteria that naturally occur in the genital area. This odor can be exacerbated by sweat and heat, which creates a breeding ground for bacteria.
How to choose a deodorant for your sweet spots?
If you choose to use a deodorant on your vulva, it’s important to choose one that is specifically formulated for the genital area. Using a deodorant meant for the underarms can cause irritation, itching and dryness because many contain harsh ingredients that can irritate sensitive intimate skin. When selecting a deodorant for your private parts, look for one that is gentle and pH-balanced. Avoid ‘feminine’ sprays and deodorants that contain drying alcohols, fragrance, and harsh chemicals that can disrupt the natural balance of your vulvovaginal flora. Look for a formula that is hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested to minimize the risk of irritation.
If you’re looking for a safe and effective intimate deodorant, SweetSpot Labs Microbiome Balancing Intimate Spray is clinically proven non-irritating, hypoallergenic, and free from common irritants and yeast triggers to protect the delicate balance of your intimate skin.
Prevent odor rather than just masking it.
Conventional feminine deodorants and freshening sprays rely on harsh chemicals and fragrance to mask odor temporarily, but don’t address the underlying issue of bacteria. Fragrance-free Microbiome Balancing Spray is made with powerful prebiotics and pre-odorants that neutralize odor-causing bacteria to stop odor before it starts. In turn, it also helps to protect from specific bacterial and yeast imbalances that can lead to intimate breakouts, boils, itch, and irritation.