Personal Cleanliness Products

Personal Cleanliness Products are products intended to clean the body such as soaps and shower gels. Also included are products that help protect against body odors such as deodorants and antiperspirants as well as feminine hygiene products such as feminine deodorants and douches.

For ingredient and safety information on personal cleanliness products, use the links below.

Feminine Deodorants

Feminine deodorants are products that can be used all over the body but are usually applied in the female genital area to reduce the occurrence of unwanted odors. Feminine deodorants are used externally and are commonly found in sprays and powders. They work either by using fragrance to cover up malodor or by absorbing perspiration that leads to formation of malodor. The safety of Feminine Deodorants is established by selection of ingredients that are safe and suitable for this purpose.

Antiperspirants and Deodorants

Deodorants are products applied to the body, most frequently the armpits, to reduce the body odor caused by the bacterial breakdown of perspiration. Deodorants work either by using fragrance to cover up malodor or the absorb perspiration that leads to formation of malodor. Antiperspirants are products that prevent the excretion of sweat which leads to malodor. Products that prevent sweating are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration as Over-The-Counter drugs. As such they must be established as safe and effective according to the standards established by FDA.

Soap

Soap is one of the oldest and most important cosmetic and personal care products. Soap is a product used in conjunction with water for washing and cleaning. It usually comes in a solid molded form (bar soap) but may also come in the form of liquids dispersed from dispensers. Soaps typically contain surfactants that, when applied to a soiled surface in combination with water wet the dirt and effectively holds particles in suspension so it can be rinsed off with clean water.

Douches

A douche is a device used to introduce water or other preparation into the body. The word can refer to the rinsing of any body cavity but usually applies to vaginal irrigation, rinsing of the vagina. Vaginal douching is useful for cleaning the vagina and reducing the occurrence of unwanted odors. When a douche product is used for medicinal purposes, such as treatment of fungal or yeast infections, then the product is considered a drug by the Food and Drug Administration and much be shown to be safe and effective for the intended use.