How Do I Choose Which Wouche Away™ to Use?
Our goal for Wouche Away™ was to design a formula that didn’t irritate Dr. E for everyday personal care (including her new quest to reduce and replace TP). We also wanted a product that protected our grandkids from diaper irritation. While reading labels for baby wipes and intimate washes we couldn’t find commercial products free of ingredients reported to harm mucosal tissues. In fact, studies showed that feminine washes kill half of vaginal cells in the lab within hours of contact, making them the MOST irritating of all vaginal care products (Ayehunie et al., 2006). And women who use existing commercial personal care products (including wipes and washes) have THREE times higher rates of urinary tract and vaginal infections (Crann et al., 2018).
Many naturally-derived products and ingredients are also hard on tissues and good bacteria even when marketed as mild (think glycerin and citric acid), and many contain heavy metals (Talbott & Duffy, 2015). Additionally, products for intimate cleaning are “cosmetics” and do not go through FDA review, allowing manufacturers to make broad claims on pH, mildness, and odor control with little testing.
Even though Dr. E is a natural and organic product shopper, we had to rethink product design for Wouche Away™ to find novel ingredients that didn’t irritate a postmenopausal woman with autoimmune sensitivity (“vulvodynia” or “provoked vestibulodynia”), and that optimized healthy bacteria and pH, while cleansing and removing odors.
Our Wouche Away™ adventure resulted in the Sensitive version which our family has been using for over a year, and which both of us use as a personal cleanser and for freshening wet wipe/TP replacement (Learn about our Wouche Away™ ~ from Eww to Ahh™ TP reduction system). Sensitive Wouche Away’s patent-pending prebiotic formula is made primarily from naturally derived ingredients but includes three synthetic ingredients chosen for specific properties, wide use in medical and/or food products, and established non-irritating safety. The extremely mild surfactant Poloxamer 188 is a unique addition to personal washes and is so mild that concentrations over twice that used in Wouche Away™ don’t cause eye irritation (Al Khateb 2016). In addition to its cleaning ability, its properties include moisturization, promotion of cell protection and repair, prevention of inflammation, and ability to reduce unhealthy bacterial attachment and biofilm (Gąsiorowska 2020; Percival et al., 2018; Argenta et al., 2021; Deshkar et al., 2021). The Sensitive formula also includes a unique sugar, lactulose, which is a prebiotic that optimizes healthy vaginal bacterial growth without supporting bacterial vaginosis organisms or yeast (Cardoso et al., 2021; Collins et al., 2018). Finally, we chose Sodium dehydroacetate as a preservative to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi in Wouche Away™. We reviewed hundreds, and tested dozens, of preservatives and preservative combinations before choosing sodium dehydroacetate as a preservative that did not cause Dr. E irritation and that performed well in safety studies. We like it because it is effective at low concentrations, has a long safety record as a preservative in foods, drugs, and cosmetics, and has data suggesting it is non-irritating, non-sensitizing, non-photosensitizing, and non-phototoxic (CIR 1985).
As we started sharing our unique Sensitive Wouche Away™ product, other users requested an all-natural product, resulting in our Natural version. Some folks find this version a bit less mild, so we do recommend the Sensitive version in infants with diaper area irritation, women with chronic vaginal or urinary tract irritation, infection, or discomfort, and in people of any age with sensitive skin. Wouche Away™ Natural combines Glyciome’s patent-pending prebiotic formula, from all-natural sources, with low concentrations of naturally-derived (coconut oil) surfactants. Sodium lauroamphoacetate is a mild surfactant originally created for infant washes. It cleanses and boosts foaming. Sodium cocoyl glutamate is a surfactant derived from a natural amino acid and coconut oil. It is included in Wouche Away™ Natural for moisturization, allowing the product to be rinse-free (leave-on) and quick-drying, without being drying to skin.
None of the ingredients in either Wouche Away™ version are reported to harm mucosal cells, such as that in the vagina or rectum, versus the many common ingredients in other personal care products shown to disrupt mucosal cells and cause irritation.
We have made it easy to try both the Natural and the Sensitive product in our Trial Starter Kit, to see which version works best for you.
Mist or Foam
Every person is a bit different in preference for the Wouche Away™ foam or mist.
Dr. E likes the foam on her favorite bamboo circle wipes for her reusable TP system. Dr. C likes the mist on a reusable wipe for a freshen and clean after exercise, and as an after-shave. Dr. E uses the mist in the shower for a non-foaming clean, and we both use the foam as our hand soap. Most people in our family use the mist for diaper care, and the foam for a travel wet-wipe (using TP or a cloth wipe), skin/wound cleaning or face care.
Our Combo Kit makes it easy to start with both the carry-size foam and mist to determine which works best for you. And we LOVE the DeTox Earth 16 oz amber mist pump and 8 oz foaming soap dispensers! We have them in every bathroom at our house and give them as gifts with the Wouche Away 16 fl oz Home Stock.
Wouche Away Mist & Foam Saver Kit
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