A douche is a device used to introduce water or other liquid preparation into the body. The word can refer to the rinsing of any body cavity but usually applies to vaginal irrigation, rinsing of the vagina. Vaginal douching is useful for cleaning the vagina and reducing unwanted odors.
1- Some Current Main Components Used:
- Glycerin: Also known as glycerol, glycerin is a sugar alcohol that can be easily obtained from natural sources. It plays the role of a humectant: meaning it retains moisture in the upper layer of the skin and prevents premature moist from cosmetics. Glycerin has great moisturizing properties as well as it contains cleansing agents.
- Cocamide MEA: It is derived from the fatty acids from coconut oil and monoethanolamine (MEA). It increases foaming capacity and/or stabilizes foam. The CIR Expert Panel evaluated the scientific data and concluded that Cocamide MEA was safe for use in rinse-off products with concentrations up to 10% in leave-on products.
- Boric Acid : Also known as sodium borate, the chemical is made of colourless or white crystals or powders. It is used to prevent or to slow the process of bacterial growth and control pH in a solution. Any product containing boric acid is not 100% safe and should be avoided.
2- Some Current Hazardous Components to Avoid:
- Ceteareth-25: Research from the CIR Safety Review has indicated little evidence of the component toxicity. It concluded that this ingredient should not be used on damage skin. When it was used on burned skin, it shows that it may result in kidney effects.
- Cocamidopropyl Betaine: This ingredient is a very mild and versatile one. Cocamidopropyl Betaine and other related betaines basically act as a detergent. They are surfactants that help cleansing dirt and oils by mixing water with oil and rinse them away. The concentration of CAPB should not exceed 3%.
- Fragrance: Fragrance ingredients in cosmetics must meet the same requirements for safety as other cosmetic ingredients: they must be safe for consumers when they are used according to labeled directions. Some components of fragrance formulas may have a potential to cause allergic skin reactions or sensitivities for some people.
3- Natural Alternatives:
- Natural pH-Balanced Homemade Douche Recipe: Douching really isn’t necessary and can affect the pH of female parts, potentially leading to complications. However, if you really want to use one, opt for this natural homemade douche that will allow delicate parts to maintain the proper pH. All you need is to mix these 2 natural ingredients together: ¼ cup apple cider vinegar and ¾ cup distilled water and use as you would normally use a douche.
- Homemade feminine wash: To begin, brew ¾ cup of chamomile tea and let it cold down. Then, mix ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar with 2 tablespoons of Castile soap added to 1 tablespoon of grape seed oil. You can also use jojoba oil or sweet almond oil instead of grape seed oil. To finish, add to the mixture 5 drops of lavender essential oil before to keep the all in a sealed glass jar. Shake well before every time you use the DIY douche and always rinse well your area after use. Note that vinegar and lavender essential oil can burn if applied directly, so be sure to mix well. Use only once or twice a week to avoid irritation.