we (so) get it
Knowing the lady landscape isn’t always common knowledge, let alone something we feel comfortable talking openly about versus other body parts. And we can certainly relate to lady parts insecurity. Being able to label and name the curves, crevices and every unique part of the vulva (AKA lady landscape) is key to your overall health!
The lack of lady parts education can lead to insecurity and discomfort towards a glorious part of the body that deserves heaps of celebration and respect. Our goal is to change the way women care for and think about their bodies, starting with the vulva! In our pursuit of providing quality intimate skincare for ourselves and women across the country, we found that a simple daily skin care regimen can be both empowering and educational. Let’s get started.
There is not a one-size-shape-color vulva. Variety is good. Vulva’s vary in color, size, and scent!
Vulva + Vaginal PH:
The pH of your vaginal area directly leads to your health! A healthy vulva (external skin) pH averages 4.7 and a healthy vaginal pH (internal canal) averages 3.5 and ranges to 4.5 - both are considered “acidic”.
Why does Ph matter?
A healthy vagina will self-regulate, keeping the lady parts ecosystem (AKA ladybiome) balanced n’ fresh. When your vulva pH is healthy, it protects you from infection and irritation!
Our bodies are filled with microbiomes. The vulvovaginal microbiome, aka ladybiome is a dynamic ecosystem of healthy bacteria, fungi and even some viruses!
The ladybiome is influenced by pH. All the bacteria lives together, in harmony to maintain healthy pH levels. Keep your ladybiome in check by using probiotic and pH-balanced products.
the lady garden
Get ready for vulvovaginal anatomy 101
Just knowing how our bodies work on a deeper level can help undo the taboo, boost confidence, and minimize the negative self-talk.
We want to make sure you know the difference between your vulva and vagina!
vulva vs. vagina
THE VULVA: The all-in-one-term for your external parts such as the clitoris, urethral opening (pee hole), inner and outer labia (lips). The vulva skin protects the vagina and it’s important to keep the pH balance levels in check for healthy and resilient skin.
The vulva is a high-traffic area. Think ingrown hairs, grooming, cycling, sex, periods, tight jeans, harsh detergents and skin care ingredients, the wrong underwear, and not to mention, giving BIRTH.
THE VAGINA: The internal passage between the uterus and external genitals leading up to the cervix. This is where penises, tampons or period cups are inserted. PS: the vagina is a glorious entity that is self cleaning and does not need to be cleaned.
THE NEOVAGINA: This surgically crafted vagina does not have a mucosa so intermittent cleansing might be beneficial with a gentle, pH balanced cleanser.
IMPORTANT: everyone’s anatomy is slightly different. Always view diagrams as an example, not the standard.
vulva anatomy 101
The proper name for women's outer genitals is the vulva, which is often mistakenly referred to as the vagina. Just like any other part of the body, vulvas are unique and come in all shapes, textures and sizes.
Full of nerve endings — 8,000 of them — the tip of the clitoris (glans clitoris) is usually the most sensitive area on the vulva. Known as the pleasure spot it's the only organ in the entire body that's sole purpose is sexual arousal. PS: the clitoris is actually a large internal structure. The external, pea-sized part that can be visible to the eye is only the tip of the iceberg.
Known as the "inner labia" or two small folds of skin tissue inside the labia majora. They protect the vagina and provide sensation and lubrication during sex. The inner labia are rarely symmetrical; one side can be longer than the other or can stick out of the labia majora. Color can vary as well. These variations are beautiful, normal and healthy!
Known as the "outer labia" or outer folds of skin surrounding the vagina orifice. These outer lips also protect the vagina, and also vary in color, size and texture.
The passage between the uterus and the external genitals. The only part of the vagina that's visible from the outside is the opening. Most of the vagina is actually on the inside and it leads all the way up to the cervix.
VESTIBULE + URETHRAL OPENING
The vestibule is the vagina opening.
The urethral opening is how we pee.