If you’re like us, you’re not all that much into the mainstream. We opt for nitro cold brews over grande skinny vanilla lattes and reconstructed Vetement denim over the passé jegging. The same sense of idiosyncratic, niche taste applies not only to what we wear and sip on, but to how we groom and care for all of our lady parts. That’s why there are a number of products cropping up that are created and curated by like-minded individuals hoping to introduce some quality and value into the lives of the female population. With a selection of products designed to care for our delicate ecosystems and convenience our hectic lifestyles, we’ve rounded up a select number of our favorite feminine-focused brands that will have you ditching drugstores products for good.
Over the years women have been cursed with many burdens. Menstruation is one of those bothers we endure once a month (or less depending on how naturally blessed you are or your excellent choice in birth control). Although we like to believe women should be granted the choice to do what she pleases with her body, when it comes to managing that flow, we weren’t granted all that many. Most of us unknowingly use tampons made from synthetics like rayon and polyester, and though we may not mind wearing garments made from such unnatural materials, it’s hard to accept that we should be okay inserting them into our bodies.
Jordana Kier and Alexandra Friedman, the founders of LOLA, are here to change all that. Made from 100% natural cotton, LOLA tampons are a soft and cozy alternative to the cheap, mass-produced stuff, offering hypoallergenic and breathable reliability. Just select your preferred assortment of light, regular, and super tampons, how many boxes you need, and the frequency of your delivery. That’s right, you can now skip those lulling lines at the drugstore.
We live in a time where women are free and encouraged to embrace and own their sexuality, yet when it comes to sex only 30% of women are able to orgasm from intercourse alone. 30 PERCENT. That’s unacceptable. Luckily, the girl power duo behind Dame are here to satisfy the 70% of us who need a little somethin’ extra. Janet Lieberman and Alexandra Fine are the co-creators of the revolutionary sex toy that frankly looks like a decorative tabletop toy, which, fortunately for you, might devoid questioning from nosey roommates and invasive parents. The world’s first strap-free, non-intrusive couples vibrator stays right in place under the labia, so you can get simulative pleasure entirely hands free, bringing a whole new meaning to “look Ma, no hands” and intimacy as a whole.
We’re always on the go. Busy with seemingly endless work and demanding social lives, we tend to forget to stop and pick up the basics. So we end up buying almost everything online: our clothes, home-goods, food, and more. With the ability to order everything from our phones on our way to grab our first cup of coffee or homeward bound from the gym, Morgans is the latest blessing to our e-commerce obsession. This subscription based, minimalist brand offers you a range of vegan and non-GMO toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, razors, deodorant, toothbrushes and more, as well as tree-free, bamboo-based toilet paper. You’ll be head over heels for their simple, au natural essentials just like we are.
Dr. Michael Apa, celebrity dentist, says that “a great smile is a beauty essential.” But he doesn’t stop there. He’s giving you the opportunity to don pearly whites like the stars he works with. Apa Beauty, a line of oral care cosmetics, was created to offer quality ingredients into your daily dental care. From a sleek and stylish toothbrush, proven to remove 35% more stains than regular bristles, to a nutrient rich oral gel, you can select from a number of smile enhancing products that come with a dashing Jonathan Adler console. Who knew oral care could be so chic?
It’s safe to say our society is in the realm of an organic craze. It seems that now virtually everything we put on and in our bodies is promoted as 100% sustainable and organic. It’s because of this ever-growing movement that we’re not surprised, but certainly still pleased and amazed, that wholesome materials would seep into personal hygiene products as well. Because after all, if we’re concerned about how natural our foods are, shouldn’t we extend that concern to what we insert into our bodies? Kali sure does. From tampons to bath salts and skin care too, Kali is an eco-conscious brand that strives to raise awareness of bettering our bodies and the environment. Not only that, Kali lends you the opportunity to give back in a charitable way: $1 from every Kali Box sold is donated directly to Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s Adolescent Girl Campaign. Go, girl power.
If you live in a gritty city like us then you’ve probably slipped a bottle of hand sanitizer or disinfectant towelettes in your purse at least once or twice. Touching subway poles and opening doors that millions have laid their hands on before you is an unsettling thought and sometimes you simply can’t wait to locate the nearest sink and soap dispenser. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for harsh, generic wipes with a smell reminiscent of floor cleaner. Made from 100% pure, therapeutic grade, steam distilled or cold pressed essential oils in scents like lemon, lavender, orange, and eucalyptus, Herban Essentials Towelettes keeps your hands clean and smelling like Mother Nature, not fried chicken and urban grime.
It’s getting warm out there and if you’re as active as us, that means deodorant is your ultimate sidekick for keeping BO at bay. But with harsh chemicals hidden in mainstream sticks and feeble organic brands, it’s hard to figure out how to keep the sweat and smell away without harming your body. Enter Lavanila Labratories’ The Healthy Deodorant. It’s entirely natural, yet just as effective as those drugstore favorites. With a healthy dose of antioxidants and a moisturizing stick, you can choose from vanilla, lavender, or their latest blend of mango, coconut and Madagascar vanilla to strengthen and nourish that enclave of skin while smelling fresh and sweet all summer long.
If you’re a woman living, well, anywhere, you probably have a period horror story that may include white pants, leakage and humiliation. Thinx is here to save you from repeating said story with their full, period-proof, underwear line. Check out our full review here.
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