Let’s get this out of the way – there’s no need for ‘feminine wash.’
I was going to say ‘there’s no such thing as feminine wash’ but I cannot deny the existence of the feminine wash that is currently propped on my desk, and therefore I must defer to simply saying there’s not a need for it.
Your vulva does not require a specific wash in order to be feminine, for you to feel feminine, or to exist as a marker of femininity.
Vulvas are, however, more on the sensitive side sometimes (god knows mine is) and so there is sometimes a need for products which are less abrasive and chemically charged than your conventional body wash or shower gel.
Bath bombs, for example, are terrible for those prone to UTIs or vaginal/vulva irritation and after a bout you’re actually discouraged from using anything like that in your bathing routine to avoid a recurring incident.
The more you know.
The Orethic Feminine Wash
This is where products such as the Orethic Feminine Wash really do come in to your own. Plus, I get it – it’s much easier to market a product if it’s labelled ‘feminine wash’ then if it were called ‘vulva-sensitive wash’ or similar. Sure, it’d be more apt, but it’d also likely be harder to get through any search analytics and likely put people off.
‘Feminine wash’ is basically a euphemism, much like how wand massagers are ‘massagers’ and sex toys are ‘novelty items.’ We all look at them and simply go ‘Suuuuuure they are’ while all knowing that what we’re really going to do is shove them on to our junk and ride them until our brain tingles and our body spasms with joy. But I digress.
What makes the Orethic Feminine Wash particularly good for giving your vuvla (or any genitals, really) a good rinse is that it is completely lacking in most of the nasties that cause a lot of people issues.
There are two ingredients in the Orethic Feminine Wash:
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcus Oil: Basically sweet almond oil. A natural emulsifier often used in cosmetic washes to nourish the skin and add a sheen to any hair that might be involved.
Tocopherol: A form of vitamin E which is easily absorbed by the human body. Vitamin E being a powerful antioxidant and great for repairing damaged skin.
Of these two ingredients 70% is organic, which is even better for anyone who is bio-conscious and wants a product in line with their values.
The emphasis on a very simple ingredient list and two rather non-reactive and easily absorbed components makes the Orethic Feminine Wash great for anyone with allergies or those that struggle with conventional washes. I personally have very sensitive skin and found that this wash was no issue whatsoever for me.
The Orethic Feminine Wash has a slight aroma which is best described as ‘herbal’ and reminds me of attending crystal healing conferences or similar ‘hippy’ affairs – the kind of thing where you leave feeling a little more ‘cleansed’ and ‘enlightened’ despite whether or not this is actually the case.
Objectively, however, the science behind both of the ingredients in the Orethic Feminine Wash is sound and means that this product could really help people who struggle with irritation or friction around their vulva too. It would be great, for example, after a rough sex session to wash away any lube while also making sure that you take care of your skin.
It’s also great for anyone who still uses sanitary cloths and gets that unwelcome and downright demoralizing sting from the entire affair and potential chafing or hair-plucking from the pads.
I cannot stress enough that this is not a product that you put inside your vagina. Instead it is purely for external use, to wash and rinse your vulva area rather then getting anywhere near any internal parts.
Use it externally and you’ll find it lathers up well, leaves the vulva feeling nice and refreshed (as refreshed as any part of your body when you’ve just had a shower or bath), and likely does your skin some good.
Use it internally and you’re disrupting the natural flora of your vaginal canal. Your vagina is smart. It can sort itself out. Don’t go messin’ with mother nature.
I really cannot fault the Orethic Feminine Wash for what it is. A little really does go a long way and if you’re struggling with discomfort of the vulva then this product can potentially do a lot to help you.
It’s not ground breaking, and it does have a slight tingle to it that some people might dislike, but it does offer an alternative way to wash your vulva that isn’t reliant on a chemical bath.
Sure, the price tag is a bit more than you’re 79p Superdrugs shower gel, but that’s because it serves a specific purpose and, as such, you’ll likely be using it in smaller amounts and in a much more localized area, so it doesn’t feel excessive in its price tag.
Overall it’s just a really nice option for those who struggle with sensitive skin or simply want to transition to a more simplistic way to take care of themselves and I really can’t say much against such a beautifully succinct premise.
The Orethic Feminine Wash is a wash that you might not need but it is one that you might want, especially as it does its job pretty well.
I can personally recommend the Orethic Feminine Wash, though I think it’s something I’d only use if I were struggling with a UTI, feeling tender underneath, or using sanitary pads and paying the downsides of that option.
I think it’s a good product for those who meet any of those criteria, even if I’d never consider it an essential item.
What can I say? Sometimes products do what they say and do it well, and there’s not much more to add then that.
- People with sensitive skin.
- Sanitary towel users.
- Aftercare cravers.
Do Not Recommend to:
- People who dislike vulva washes.
- People who find the price to steep.
- People who dislike herbal products.