After decades of misogynistic messaging, dangerous chemicals, and misinformation about vaginal health products, the industry is finally creating space for brands and formulas made to help women. There are condoms sold without creepy penis references and glow-in-the-dark what-have-you. There is lube made without vaginally irritating chemicals. There are tampons, wipes, and underwear that don't shame us for our bodily functions. And there are products made for women who want to remove their pubic hair and for those who don't.
We've come a long way—and there's still a lot of ground to cover. But, for now, we're celebrating the products and brands that have created things just for us. Below, find the best vaginal health products on the market, including natural offerings, feminine washes, and more.
These gynecologist-approved, all-natural cleansing wipes are the first of their kind—they're biodegradable and made with 100% bamboo soaked in a purified water solution. Which means no chemicals or creepy ingredients going anywhere near your vagina. They're meant to help you feel clean while also maintaining a healthy pH balance. Use them to feel fresh midday or post-sex (they're individually packaged so as not to take up too much room in your bag) and safe to use anywhere on your body.
I buy tampons because, well, they're a necessary part of my life. I buy Lola tampons because the labeling of ingredients in the tampons we've been using our whole lives (yes, the things we put inside our bodies) is not regulated. There may be harmful chemicals in the usual drugstore tampon. It's genuinely terrifying. Lola offers 100% organic cotton tampons that don't have pink branding or condescending messaging. Just clean, natural ingredients and helpful products.
Lola's gynecologist-approved formula is a water-based blend of organic aloe leaf juice and a touch of organic vanilla and lemon. It works just as well (if not better, I'd say) than all the usual lubes, and it doesn't use the grossly misogynistic marketing. It maintains a healthy pH balance, mimics your natural vaginal moisture, and offers a pump to keep things easy and mess-free. Plus, it's safe to use with condoms and toys.
Made with natural rubber latex and lubricated with 100% locally sourced, medical-grade silicone oil, Lola's condoms offer clean ingredients without sacrificing sensation.
We're not here to tell you whether or not to remove or grow your public hair. What we are here to do is offer the best products on the market either way. Deodoc's natural pre-shave oil softens your skin and hair before shaving and leaves a protective barrier from the razor. Thus, it reduces irritation and gives a much gentler shave. Just wet the area with warm water, place four pumps into your palm, and massage it into your hair. Wait a few minutes before applying the brand's shaving foam on top (we'll get to that product next). Then shave and revel in how much less irritation occurs as a result.
Specially developed for hair removal along your bikini area, this foam moisturizes, provides a smooth and gentle shave, and leaves everything feeling soft and properly nurtured.
Deodoc's After Shave Balm works to soothe, calm, and moisturize your skin post–hair removal. It reduces itching and red spots and—major bonus—smells like coconut to make the experience all the lovelier.
LoonCup received its funding from a massively successful Kickstarter campaign, raising over $160,000 to create its product. The world's first smart menstrual cup allows you to measure, analyze, and track your period as well as your health. It uses flexible sensors to tell you exactly how full it is and when it's time to refresh; plus it tracks your fluid volume and color and analyzes your cycles. It connects to an app you can download on your phone—one that is both easy to use and intuitive to understand. It's currently on pre-order, but you best believe we'll be signing up.
Grapeseed oil is extracted from grape seeds, which are a byproduct of winemaking. It fights free radicals, prevents breakouts, and tightens the skin.
This essential oil blend is antiseptic, antimicrobial, and inflammation-reducing. If you're not trying to remove your pubic hair, it's the perfect tool to keep everything soft, hydrated, and clean. It contains grapeseed oil (for vitamins A and E), jojoba oil, clary sage seed oil (which reduces inflammation), and tea tree oil (for antibacterial and antifungal properties).
Made from a mineral found in seawater, these suppositories help relieve yeast infections within hours (!!!) by bringing your vaginal pH back to its normal range. The pharmaceutical-grade boric acid is manufactured in an FDA-registered homeopathic facility and can be used for spot treatments when things feel a little "off," as well as for full courses of treatment.
"Women deserve to be clean and feel confident without risking their health, so we decided to take matters into our own hands with our pH Balancing Cleanser," Love Wellness writes on its website. See, like tampons, the washes and wipes that have been marketed toward women for years may be brimming with harmful chemicals. And that's genuinely terrifying. Also, as a gentle FYI, we know we've always been told not to use vaginal cleansers. That's because the vagina (the internal organ) is self-cleaning. This wash, however, is meant for external use (which may decrease irritation and infection risk).
The Perfect V
In that same vein, The Perfect V launched a gentle refreshing mist, a product meant to revitalize and boost the sensitive area by balancing pH and neutralizing scent. It employs the use of natural ingredients (rose water, cloudberry fruit extract, bilberry fruit extract, and sea buckthorn berry) to provide softening, nourishing, and anti-inflammatory benefits to your bikini line and vulva.
Another natural condom option, Sustain's products are nitrosamine-free, fair-trade, and triple-tested for efficacy. They're also vegan, FDA-approved, and ultra-thin for a heightened sexual experience.
Thinx offers underwear for light, medium, and heavy days of bleeding. There are different cuts (my personal favorite is the high-waisted option) that are comfortable, breathable, and overwhelmingly helpful. Whether you feel like free-bleeding or just want some extra protection, Thinx underwear recognizes that you are a person who menstruates, and its team knows that's nothing to feel shame over.
Scent-free and 98% natural, these pH-balanced wipes are a blend of aloe, cucumber, pineapple, and cranberry extract. They're also free of sulfates, alcohol, parabens, phthalates, gluten, soy, and dairy ingredients.
Nutrition and Metabolic Insights. “Grape Seed Oil Compounds: Biological and Chemical Actions for Health.” Aug 16, 2016. Doi:10.4137/NMI.S32910
NHS. Keeping Your Vagina Clean and Healthy. Updated October 18, 2018.