How To Make Your Vagina Smell Good

Your vagina smells fine

You should NOT smell like a rose down there! Blech! | Source: Shutterstock

If you watch almost any TV at all, you’ll see commercials about your vagina–and how it needs to smell better. Ugh, I know, right?! There’s a whole industry built around maintaining our lady parts. There are wipes, douches, sprays and more that promise to help us feel, well, fresher. They have fragrant names like Fresh Garden Dew and Essence of Vanilla Ice Cream Fantasy.

Newsflash! There is nothing on your body that was made to smell like a friggin’ garden–or vanilla ice cream, for that matter. Your vagina, vulva, clitoris and other parts that comprise your reproductive organs are supposed to smell like YOU.

At this point you may be glazing over and thinking, “Homegirl, that’s all good, but you promised tips on cleaning my stinky vajayjay!” Listen up, Buttercup. unless there is something medically wrong, your vagina will not stink if you bathe daily. It might not smell like a grapefruit salad down there, but um, it’s not supposed to!

This is a fact: we don’t need to douche or perfume our privates, in fact, doing so can actually hurt us. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has confirmed that douching is unhealthy. The doctors put it best when they say that the vagina is a “self cleaning oven.” The word douche means to wash in French. You can do just that with good old soap and H20–don’t need to stick some weird plastic thing up there to make it happen!

Okay, so you know you don’t need to douche your vagina, but why is it so bad to do if you want to? Here’s the thing: a healthy vagina has both good and bad bacteria in it. That’s right (hello, science class!) there are microscopic organisms in our private parts. The balance of harmless and potentially bad bacteria maintain a healthy environment in your body. The vagina is a perfect ecosystem with just the right amount of acidity.

And, um, your vag isn’t supposed to GLOW, either! | Source: Shutterstock

When you douche, you can majorly upset this balance and allow an overgrowth of the “bad” bacteria. This can cause medical issues like yeast infections–yuck! If you do have a vaginal infection, douching can push the bacteria up into your uterus, ovaries or fallopian tubes, causing a really big mess.

Yikes — that doesn’t seem so Daisy Fresh now, does it?

To be clear, those perfume sprays and fragrances created for the vag are equally as craptastic. If The Man (ad agencies) convinces us that something is wrong with the natural smells of our bodies then they can sell us ways to fix it and make mega moola. But by changing our scent down there, we’re actually masking the natural scents that make us . . . US, and that our sexual partners are biologically turned-on by. (That’s right, even if it smells like, WHATEVER to you, it probs smells good to your cuddle buddy.) If things seem really smelly or you notice a new and unusual vaginal odor or discharge, see your doctor to make sure that everything is okay.

So, what’s the best way to stay smelling good?

Washing with mild soap is the best way to avoid any perceived crotch funk–stay away from harsh deodorizing soaps and exfoliating bars down there–Youch! In addition, breathable natural-fiber undies allow air to flow to your vagina, reducing sweat and moisture. Drinking lots of water is also necessary for a healthy, functioning body. If you’re fanatical, panty liners can also be worn and then discarded to keep undies fresh. Plus, it hasn’t been scientifically proven, but many women swear that eating tons of fruits and veggies makes them smell better. Bonus? More fruits and veggies are a great way to show your body love either way.

Your body (and yes, your vagina!) is yours and you only get one! Love your gorgeous self with all of your natural functions. You’re beautiful, girl.

Do you ever think your vagina smells? Have you ever tried any sprays or perfumes for your vagina? Are you self-conscious of your down-there area? Tell us everything in the comments!

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  • Ladie Kay

    I have tried eating fruit and feminine sprays to get rid of my vaginal odor. Some things worked for a little while but nothing lasted all day. I starting searching for natural alternatives and I found a great product on Amazon. It’s natural and has
    completely eliminated my vaginal odor. I use it every 3 days and it has changed my life. It is called Clean Coochy. Hopefully this will help.

  • ABBS

    I am a virgin and yes, I’ve gone down there myself. I feel like there might be something wrong. Sometimes everything smells normal and sometimes it smells horrible. For me it’s kind of hard to tell if the smell is weird because I have a horrible sense of smell. I can barley ever really smell things. I did notice that when I stopped doing things down there the smell got a little better. Why is this? Also I terrified that when I do have sex that I will smell/Look weird down there.

  • mimi

    I had infections before lyk itching,peeping pains,smells,then my bf used to complain of d same after we have sex.cuz i was a virgin before we did it.i went to d doctor I was treated and the symptoms sttoped and we had sex and he didnt get infected for like two months then this month five days to my period we had sex and he complained about itching and that my vaginal smells bad.that he just had to tell me .that it was d for first time he noticed d smell..plzz help tell me what to do.

  • M Hussain

    I am young man married my sperm count is very low what can I do

  • trashywilma

    I ride horses a lot and now my vagina smells like a horse.

  • Matthew

    Okay ladies I know a lot of you don’t like when you hear that your vagina isn’t meeting your guys expectations my girlfriend didn’t speak to me for some time when I first told her but she decided to fix it I guess she missed me as much as I missed her we experimented with different what would you call it we tried different ways to solve our little problem we began to give up after awhile into this women posted on our wall she told us that if she eats and drink tropical fruit on the regular basis her vagina will smell and taste better my girlfriend began to do it we where very skeptical at first but as we began to experiment again what can I say I love my girlfriend and this just made me love her even more !!

  • samantha

    I am a surfer and I sWEAR, I makes me stink dwn there. anyone else?

  • Lesedi

    My private part smell bad .what can i do to make my private part smell good

    • Matthew

      One answer fruit basically any tropical fruit make your vaginal area smell and taste better I am a men speaking on this my girlfriends does it and honestly I can’t get enough of her

  • evelyn

    my vagina smells bad and i get ashamed when am having oral sex with my partner what should i do

    • Matthew

      My girlfriend was honestly suffering with this problem I haven’t went down on her for months she began asking me questions I decided to sit and tell her that Iwwasn’t happy with her smell she then began researching ways to get it to smell better we found out that fruit helps a lot we have move on and where happy now I can’t say it works for everyone but I am very satisfied!

  • Clara

    I’m very very self conscious about down there, I don’t like how it looks & I’ve been worried about the smell since I hit puberty. It sucks!

  • clementine

    After having sex with my husband I smell bad

  • Loren

    First thing I’d do is go see your GYN. Make sure that there isn’t a serious issue there first. If everything checks out, I’d look into some natural ways of dealing with this problem.

    For me I started looking into fruits and vegetables that help. Grapefruit and pineapples help a lot. There are also vitamins that help but none really showed any type of change for me.

    Then after spending a few hours on the net I came across this natural supplement for women’s needs and care called balance complex for women.

    I’ve been let down before by supplements promising the world. This type of issue is especially embarrassing and I’m just thrilled this has been working so far.

    Would tell any lady to not hesitate and give this a try, will change your life.

  • Fanny Schmelling

    The most beautiful thing in the world is to taste someone you love, please never spray anything on that part of your delightful body, its wonderful and if healthy there is no unpleasant odor, or taste, and no…. race makes no difference, yummy yummy I like all the flavors nature offers.

    • Anon

      Speak for yourself. If you rub your fingers together until dry, and the smell is like pus, then you may have chlamydia or gonnorhea. I say this because sometimes this is the only symptom. I have given oral to many different women. Some have no smell at all, and it’s awesome. Put a little perfume on the inner thigh, but not on the vagina, and there is not deterrent from giving multiple o’s. If there is a slight odour, then I avoid inserting anything into the vagina – means more teasing and clit action. If there is a strong odour, try having a shower first. If the odour is always strong, especially if it is “fishy” it could be vaginal bacteriosis which is common and is just an imbalance of bacteria. Wear cotton panties and let the area get plenty of air. Wear skirts for a while. Synthetics especially plastics are bad for making it smell. That goes for guys too. Also if your thighs are always together because of weight, it will be harder to keep the odour in check. The area needs to breathe. For foods, both men and women benefit from citrus foods because of the acidity and acid is sweet. Base is bitter which is why many women don’t like to take it in the mouth. Also ladies make sure your partner keeps his penis, hands, and mouth clean. It is very easy to disrupt the natural environment when a man cums in a woman because it raises the pH a little. Have fun!

  • Yukiberry

    I found this article very helpful and reassuring. I actually tried spraying body mist down there and ended up with a horrible bacterial infection. So now I’m going all au naturel, drinking tons of pineapple and cranberry juices from now on. And if a man doesn’t like the way I smell then goodbye to him then!

  • Lo

    I drink diet cranberry juice w/lime all day everyday. Then a day or two before a date, I drink pineapple juice in place of cranberry. I smell and taste great(or so I’ve been told). I’m an athlete so I’m always sweaty and those running shorts with the built-in undies are just torture to my “down-there,” but as long as I keep it clean and drink my juice, I’m golden. Anything that might make my pee or breath smell funky (with the exception of my morning cup of Joe), I don’t eat/drink cause it affects my “lady parts,” too.
    Smelly foods = smelly girl junk.

  • ariana

    Yes i cant wait to try pineapples ,, i actually have some in the fridge im right on that !