When it comes to holidays, our friends at Lush Cosmetics never let us down — and naturally, Valentine’s Day is no exception. This year, the U.K.-based beauty brand made waves when it launched bath bombs in the form of some of the most sexual emojis across the board, including the undeniably penis-shaped aubergine, the banana, and the peach. As you might expect, fans went wild for the emoji-themed bath bombs, however, some took it upon themselves to point out that people could potentially be inclined to use the dildo-esque treat as just that…a sex toy.
To say the aforementioned would be a dangerous move is putting it lightly, considering any reputable doctor out there would advise against inserting a foreign object into your vagina. And folks, that’s exactly what bath bombs are: foreign, highly fragranced products formulated with ingredients your vagina shouldn’t be exposed to. In fact, Vanessa Mackay, a Scottish consultant obstetrician, gynecologist, and spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists , spoke to Metro UK and warned against the insertion of any bath bomb.
“We would strongly discourage the use of bath bombs internally, as these could disturb the fragile balance of good bacteria inside the vagina,” said Mackay. “This natural flora helps to protect the vagina and disrupting it could lead to irritation, inflammation, and infection, such as bacterial vaginosis or thrush.” She also noted that women are advised to use plain, fragrance-free soaps to wash the surrounding area of the vagina, aka the vulva, and to never use it inside the vagina itself.
That’s due to the fact that the vagina takes care of itself on the cleansing front, Hilda Hutcherson, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center, previously told Allure. “The vagina is a self-cleaning organ; it takes care of itself,” she said. “Of all the things that women have to worry about, washing or deodorizing their vulvas is not one of them.”
This further proves why you shouldn’t be exposing it to any bath and body products that could mess with its bacteria balance. If you do need to clean it, stick with plain ‘ol water.
But back to the bath bombs as sex toys: Can you even fathom the thought of what would happen if the aubergine bath bomb broke off inside you? I think it’s safe to say that is not a trip to the emergency room anyone wants to make. With that being said, take it from us and the experts: Enjoy your Valentine’s Day bath bomb at your leisure — in your tub and not in your body.
With that, check out the brand’s sweet new collection of V-Day-themed bath and body goodies at lushcosmetics.com.
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