Debra Lynn Dadd

Gentle body cleanser?

QUESTION:

A bit personal to ask this, I know, but I am looking for an extremely gentle cleanser for the genital area. Everything I have used burns so badly! We only use "natural" soaps without the harmful chemicals. Thanks!

POSTED BY SUSAN :: ARIZONA USA :: 08/06/2007 4:53 PM


DEBRA'S ANSWER:

It's been my understanding that only rinsing with water in the shower is needed.

Debra :-)


COMMENTS:

Try the soapshed.com website..very natural, non-toxic soaps...you can actually speak to the soap maker if you call. Good information if you need to discuss things with him.

POSTED BY DUFFY591 :: MARYLAND USA :: 08/08/2007 11:33 AM


Hi Susan,

Debra has a good thought on that but if you feel like you would like something beyond just water, Miessence has a very gentle body wash that is very good for what you are looking for.

I have a customer who purchases this product specifically for what you have mentioned. It also comes in a sample size so if you don't want to purchase the whole bottle you can try it in a sample.

erinely.mionegroup.com/product/13201

Miessence Sunflower Bodywash:

Ingredients:

Organic Aloe Vera leaf juice, Coco polyglucose, Sunflower Oil, Proprietry Blend of Essential Oil, Non-GMO Xanthan Gum, Organic sweet orange essential oil, Organic Lemon Essential Oil, Organic Lime Essential Oil, Citric Acid

I'm sure there will be other suggestions as well.

Regards,
Erin
Earth Friendly and Organic Products
www.elyorganics.com

POSTED BY ERIN :: MIESSENCE CERTIFIED ORGANICS :: WWW.ERINELY.MIONEGROUP.COM :: OREGON USA :: 08/08/2007 11:36 AM


If natural soaps burn, I think I would do a simple testing of my own body pH level. It sounds like you might be on the acidic side and the alkaline pH of the soap is interacting with it.

POSTED BY BL OLSON :: BC CANADA :: 08/08/2007 12:05 PM


i have the same problem. so far i have only found two soaps that work at all for me. one is dove for sensitive skin, the other is kiss my face pure olive oil soap unscented soap. the last time i looked, the dove sensitive skin had a score of 1 at environmental working group and the kiss my face had a perfect score of zero. be careful with the kiss my face and make sure you get the right one, as they make more than one with olive oil in the title.

POSTED BY SH :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 08/08/2007 12:15 PM


Hi Susan,

If you want to go beyond Debra's excellent "just water" recommendation, you might consider using oat flour (organic oatmeal in the blender) and possibly adding organic powdered herbs such as lavender buds or rose petals for a bit of non-irritating fragrance. If you enclose your powder "blend" in a muslin bag, it makes a good gentle "scrub bag" to cleanse your most sensitive areas. The oats provide a "slickery" feel without the harsh, stripping qualities of most soaps.

It's also great for tender baby skin.

Your skin will love it!

In Joy,

Levitea

POSTED BY LEVITEA CASTLE :: AQUEOUSNYMPH.COM / THE PASSIONATE BATHER :: YHST-73521484691945.STORES.YAHOO.NET/AQNYORBASHPR.HTML :: OREGON USA :: 08/08/2007 12:16 PM


I have found Dove Sensative Body Wash works well for me. I have tried several "organic" body washes and they did not work well with my skin, itching and rashes. It is just a thought however I am wondering if a baby body wash would help such as "Burts Bee". good luck as I know it can be frustrating.

POSTED BY NONNIV :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 10/27/2008 4:32 PM


One of the reasons the organic/natural body washes might be irritating is that they are usually just liquid, or castille, soap, which isn't all that gentle. Maybe Dove has changed their formula, but the last time I checked, they included fragrance in their body wash, which isn't that great if you have sensitive skin, and can cause irritation in sensitive areas.

Although it's not natural (but neither is Dove), I have found that Paula Begoun's All Over Hair and Body Shampoo to be the most gentle I have used. I have used it as an all-over body wash every day, and it's never stung or bothered my sensitive skin in any way.

Another more natural one that I have used is made by a Canadian company called Druide. They have a line called Pur and Pure, and they make shampoo, body wash, etc. without any irritants. It's great too, but doesn't lather quite as much as the non-natural ones. One source I know of for Druide products is a website called Feel Great Organics, www.feelgreatorganics.com and they ship worldwide.

POSTED BY SAMANTHA :: GEORGIA CANADA :: 11/03/2008 4:48 PM


I like the fact that one person pointed out the pH solution. You may need to balance your body or the area in question with a mild acid (diluted vinegar, etc.) or mild alkali (mild soda water, etc.) or check to see if maybe some infection needs to be teated (yeast, etc.) Possibily just drinking more water might be all that is needed or eating more veggies or eating some yogurt...I have heard that you can apply it to the skin (plain, not fruited LOL.)

POSTED BY JULIE :: INDIANA USA :: 11/03/2008 4:58 PM


Hi Susan,

Grandpa's Unscented Baking Soda Bar Soap is our favorite and safest choice. I just ordered shampoo from SunGold Soap in Arizona. They are very basic, no essential oils and have a body wash... might be worth a try.


POSTED BY A. :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 11/04/2008 6:23 PM


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