“ Brand: FemFresh / Dosage Form: Wash / Type: Feminine Powders, Cleansers & Deodorisers „
I hate feeling really icky round the time of the month when aunt flow is round and so from time to time I do use some feminine hygiene washes to help me feel clean and fresh! Especially with the really hot weather we have been having as of late I am much more conscious of this and so using femfresh once is something I have turned to.
It comes in quite a basic white bottle which isn't fancily designed but has the brand across the front and in orange font and a flip top lid. Through this there is a hole where it can be squeezed out and so this makes it easy to use and get the product out.
The wash is a thick liquid, which smells quite neutral and does not smell perfumed so smells and gives the idea if it very gentle and soft. Using it, only a small amount is needed to do the job and it slightly lathers but not too much and it doesn't irritate. It is pretty much what it says on the bottle, soap free so doesn't sting or irritate downstairs which I prefer as I have quite sensitive skin so I have to find a mild wash which is suitable.
I do find this wash has longevity as it makes me feel fresh for long period of the day and I feel less sticky, sweaty and unhygienic when mother nature is in town! In terms of "re-balancing" PH I can't say that I feel much difference as I'm not sure as how you would feel the difference to be honest!
I have tried other brands and find the femfresh brand to be the most ideal brand of feminine hygiene products anyway and this wash does not disappoint. I managed to get this in a shop near me called Sam's 99p for - you guessed it - 99p! However it does seem to be discontinued but it seems just as good as the other washes in the femfresh range. I would recommend it for anyone who is after a feminine hygiene wash that soothes and keeps you fresher for longer.
Femfresh Re-balance Soothing Wash for Intimate Comfort is a gentle and natural way of keeping things fresh and comfortable in your delicate nether regions. It's part of a range of Femfresh products, which all aim to help in the same way.
Because you only need to use a very small amount of the product each time, a 200ml bottle should last you a good long while. The bottle itself is white, with a peachy-coloured pull-up lid, and you then need to squeeze the bottle gently to release the product. The creamy wash is a soft and pretty pearly cream colour. There is just a hint of fragrance, which is pleasant and natural and also very subtle. You can use the wash either with wet hands or on a damp flannel. It lathers well but not too much, and, as it says on the bottle, you should 'Rinse thoroughly with warm water'. I found it easy to use and easy to rinse away.
The label on the back of the bottle states that 'Femfresh Re-balance Soothing Wash contains natural moisturisers that work with your body to provide extra comfort in the intimate area. Specially formulated with extracts of white lily and calendula to help limit the development of odour leaving you fresh and comfortable'.
It goes on to say that 'The low pH of the intimate area [I love this description!] helps to protect it against irritation and this can be upset by ordinary soaps. This gentle formula is pH balanced and hypoallergenic and can be used as a normal shower gel'. I decided to experiment with using the product as a shower gel, and was very impressed. It gave a lovely soft lather, and didn't dry out my (very dry) skin the way shower gels usually do.
Putting my blushes to one side here, I have to say that I found the wash really does help control odour, and keeps you fresh for quite some time. The skin in my 'intimate area' did not suffer any irritation - just the opposite, in fact. It really was quite soothing.
I also use the Femfresh Natural Balance Wipes, which come in packs of 20, and which resemble cleansing wipes. You can also buy them as boxes of 16 Individual Wipes, which are individually wrapped sachets, and which are really useful when you're out for the day or travelling - and especially good if you're going away on a hot summer holiday. The little sachets are small and discreet, and are easy to tuck away in your purse or handbag. I was given advice recently by someone who said that the wipes could also be used as deodorant wipes, and they are extremely effective for that purpose. They're cleansing and gentle, and help freshen you up.
All the products in the Femfresh range are dermatologically and gynaecologically tested, so before I used them I had every confidence that they would do what they're supposed to, and without causing any irritation. There are all sorts of reasons for getting some discomfort in your nether regions, ranging from a long walk, a hot day out, to mild itching (the sort that doesn't require Canesten!) after a course of antibiotics. I'm in the unfortunate position of needing to take antibiotics on a fairly regular basis, so I'm grateful to have found a way of making things more comfortable.
There is a wide range of Femfresh products available, which I have listed below. The prices I've quoted are those I've just found (19th April) on boots.com.
Soothing Wash, £3.05 for 200ml
Intimate Wash, £2.65 for 200ml (£2.54 at Superdrug)
Deodorant Spray, £2.65 for 125ml
Individual Wipes, £2.34 for pack of 16
Cleansing Wipes, £3.16 for pack of 20 (special offer at Superdrug, £2.53)
Talc-free Powder, £2.54 for 200g
Re-Balance Moisturising Gel, £3.56 for 50ml
It may be worth thinking about keeping yourself fresh and comfortable during the warmer months ahead. I shall certainly be taking a supply of the Cleansing Wipes as well as the Individual Wipes when I go on holiday this summer.
I'm very glad to have discovered Femfresh recently, and wouldn't be without it now. A big thumbs-up from me, as well as five stars.
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)
Since I've already discussed body hair today, why not delve a little deeper into the TMI realm and talk about something which I have only recently tried out - a feminine wash.
I heard about the Femfresh range a while ago but finally picked up a bottle a few weeks ago after feeling a little itchy and irritated "down below". Of course every woman likes to feel fresh but I couldn't help thinking that this product was just a way to get more money out of us girls for our "feminine issues" - just like those period pain tablets that are nothing more than overpriced paracetamol. Despite the fact that I acknowledged that we use different products for our hands and feet and nails and hair, so why not our lady bits, let's just say I wasn't expecting miracles.
As I suspected my discomfort had been brought on by bubble baths which did not agree with my southern region, I opted for the "Re-Balance Soothing Wash", hoping it would cause things to calm down a bit. There is also a regular wash. At the time I didn't compare the two very well, but having looked online I kind of feel this was a mark-up ploy. Both washes claim to be pH balanced and hypoallergenic (more on that later)...the difference being...?
Anyway, enough of my reservations, let's get on to how it ACTUALLY was. The packaging is a little weird, you don't actually remove the cap, rather lift it up and squeeze the product through a small hole. This makes it easy to use in the bath or shower, much easier than say a flip-top, but occasionally you'll get a surprise by opening it up and having it spurt out.
Scent-wise I'm not impressed. It's quite mild and vaguely floral, but somehow to me it still manages to be quite musty smelling...which is really NOT what you want when you're purchasing a product specifically designed to freshen you up downstairs. I would much prefer a totally unscented wash, as let's face it if the wash has made you clean, you shouldn't need to mask that with perfume. Nobody's bits and bobs are supposed to smell like flowers.
The wash lathers slightly and rinses away easily. I definitely felt refreshed and clean afterwards, except for the odd smell of the wash. Unfortunately after a few days of using the product the itching got too much and I decided to discontinue and take a Canesten tablet, presuming it was thrush.
I am not at all blaming this product for that - it was obviously on its way and you can't expect any relief from a wash when what you really need is an anti-fungal medicine. However, a few days after taking the pill and feeling better, I decided to resume using the Femfresh in order to keep things "balanced", as the bottle suggests.
Bad idea. I immediately became itchy, uncomfortably dry and generally miserable. I stopped using it and the symptoms cleared up within a couple of days. That's when I decided to do some research online.
And guess what I found out? A lot of people actually think these washes are a horrifically bad idea. Okay so they're pH balanced, but everybody's pH is slightly different so that really doesn't count for much at all. It's probably not much better than any mild soap. What's more, a lot of people wrote that nothing besides plain water should be used, as your body has a way of cleansing itself which you can upset by using products like this, actually leading to thrush.
Well, I'm not saying it's an evil product but it sure made me sore and, although many people use it daily, I wouldn't recommend it personally as you never really know how sensitive you are down there until you do something to irritate it, which is never pleasant!
If you're still adamant you want to give this a go, the bottle is £2.99 for 200ml. The normal, ie not "rebalancing" (read into that what you will) is cheaper at £2.49, however they are often on offer at Boots for buy one get one free. I have used the wipes in the past especially when travelling without problems, but I will not be working this into my daily hygiene routine. Incidentally, if any doctors or nurses are reading, please do enlighten me as to whether they are *really* a good idea or not.