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    Good Clean Love (Discount Included)

    [fa icon="user"] Cassidy Randall [fa icon="folder-open'] Spouses, Girl Talk, Feminine Care

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    Psst. Over here. We need to talk about those products in your nightstand: Lube. Feminine wash. Sexual well being. Actually, forget the whisper.  The taboo around talking about products like lube and feminine wash is likely what’s allowed the industry to get away with using toxic chemicals for so long. So let’s raise our voices, huh? 

    Specifically, let’s talk about a woman who is breaking the taboos. Wendy Strgar has been making safer products for women, talking openly about healthy sex lives, and teaching women to be advocates for their sexual well being for years.  Wendy Strgar - a loveologist and  a pioneer in the organic personal care product industry - conceived of (pardon the pun) Good Clean Love after 16 years of marriage and the birth of her fourth child out of determination to enjoy her sex life again. She tried the big-name lubricants on the shelves, but they all left her in pain.

    Why? Because it turns out that conventional lubes contain some chemicals that can actually upset the balance of a healthy vagina, and some that are harmful to our health in the long term. 

    Wendy began researching the effects of these chemicals and others on women’s health. She discovered that the common petrochemicals in lube that make them heavily concentrated can actually suck the moisture out of vaginal cells.

    A Few Common Chemicals of Concern:

    Propylene/propylene glycol and synthetic glycerin: ingredients derived from petroleum. Not all petrochemicals are linked to human health harm, but these two can contribute to damaging rectal, cervical, and vaginal tissue. 

    Chlorhexidine gluconate: This disinfectant chemical has been shown to kill off many strains of lactobacillus, a type of bacteria that, when in balance, are necessary for a healthy vagina, according to a new fact sheet from Women’s Voices for the Earth.

    Parabens: these preservatives are hormone disruptors that are linked to breast cancer.

    According to Good Clean Love’s website, “they disrupt the salt balance and cellular integrity of the delicate tissue there and dilute the effectiveness of the natural lactobacilli which fight infection. Result: an inhospitable vaginal condition that allows unhealthy bacteria to grow.” So what does that mean? It means that a single use of lube can leave women with a 13x higher risk of contracting bacterial vaginosis (BV). And from there, studies show 60% of women who have BV are more likely to contract a sexually transmitted infection.

     

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    A Quest For Good Clean Love 

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    So Wendy set out to make her own lubes that actually work without all of those nasty side effects. She based her formulations heavily in science, and Good Clean Love’s line of personal lubricants was named one of the safest on the market in a recent National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded study.

    In addition, Good Clean Love’s Almost Naked and Restore personal lubricants were the first lubes to receive MADE SAFE certification which means they’re made without chemicals linked to known human health harm. Good Clean Love expanded to cover women’s sexual health needs, and now makes feminine wash and wipes, and aphrodisiacs like Love Oils, perfumes, and a Coconut Pleasure Balm.

    Thanks to Wendy, Good Clean Love goes beyond making products to educate women about sexual wellness using a holistic approach. Her Make It Good blog covers healthy relationships from emotional topics to physical ones, and what it means for women to take control of their healthy sex lives.

     

    Good Clean Love Loves Savvy Women's Alliance Members:

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    Cassidy Randall

    Written by Cassidy Randall

    Cassidy is Director of Marketing and Business Development for Nontoxic Certified, America’s first nontoxic certification program for consumer products, and writes about finding wild in the everyday on her blog Directional Detour. Her previous experience includes running social media marketing for Harris Mountains Heliski, working website magic for the ShiftCon Social Media Conference, and working with Women’s Voices for the Earth as Director of Outreach and Engagement. Her writing has been published in Prevention, Huffington Post, Backpacker Magazine, and other outlets, and she’s the author of Fighting for the Dream: Voices from a New Generation of Maya Women. Cassidy holds an M.S. from the University of Montana in environmental studies, and a B.A. in American Literature from UCLA.

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