Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Pretty Woman, Inc: Cause for Concern?

Pretty Woman Inc released a product called Passion Dust that recently went viral. Passion Dust is a capsule that is marketed to be inserted into the vaginal canal an hour before sex, and it releases glitter and flavor particles. It is designed to add flavor and sparkles to your natural juices. When the product first came into my bubble of existence my initial thought was “I have a problem with this!” and after doing some research on it, I still have a problem with it! Let’s take a second to analyze the website.

The website states “The flavor is sweet like candy but not overly sweet, just enough to make your lover feel that your Yara (water-lady or little butterfly) is what all vaginas are supposed to look, feel and taste like; soft, sweet and magical!.” All vaginas look and taste differently. They are supposed to. If your significant thinks that all vaginas are meant to look like glitter and taste like sugar, you have bigger problems on your hands than the micro-cuts in your vagina you are sure to get from this glitter bomb.

As someone with a vagina this quote: “the flavor is sweet like candy,” raised significant red flags for me. This statement leads me to believe there is sugar in the product. Anyone who has ever had a yeast infection knows that sugars in the vaginal canal, an increase in sugar in your diet, or flavored lubes can cause an infection! The author goes on to state “If you've ever had a yeast infection i'm sure it wasn't caused by glitter, it just happens sometimes (Oh, the joys of being a girl!).”

If you have ever had a yeast infection, you know that there are ways to prevent from getting them in the future. These preventative methods include wiping front to back, avoiding clothing that is too tight, and not using scented or flavored soaps and lubes. Pretty Woman Inc recommends throwing caution to the wind for the sake of having a “pretty” vagina. Even more worrisome, their list of ingredients is vague and confusing! It’s best just to avoid this product altogether.

Another claim found on their website is that their glitter is unlike any other glitters on the market. According to the Q&A, there is “no worry of sharp edges to the woman's vaginal walls,” saying that the manufacturer's glitter is round and not hexagonal, but there is little else to support this claim. They boast that it is made with round “gem glitters” but go on to name their ingredients as vaguely as possible, going as far as “the ingredients we use are FDA approved, but not the product itself.” Pretty Woman Inc just expects you to take their word on it and take the risk in the name of “fun.” The risk of a yeast infection and micro-cuts doesn’t sound fun at all!

Two of my favorite quotes from Pretty Woman Inc is “Any gynecologist would tell you that NOTHING should go in your vagina!” and “If you've ever had vaginal issues, you had them before you used Passion Dust anyway.” These two statements discredit any medical claims they make and absolve them of any injury or illness caused to you from using their product. Not that they have any valid medical claims listed on their website. Or that I trusted their product after they listed it as a “novelty.”

But this does bring me to my next point, “Reasons to Try Passion Dust.” The reasons listed are it is pretty and fun and that your man will love it. The author goes on to put down on men who are not comfortable with their partners using glitter bombs during sex. She even suggests to surprise your partner with a glitter bomb, “surprise baby, I gave you micro-cuts on your penis!” Even more, the website suggests it’s an excellent way to catch cheaters. Not mentioning that communication and trust are important just that “If your lady leaves the house or comes home sparkling and she hasn't been with you, you may have a few questions of your own.”

The entire product website is cringe-worthy, from the typos and grammar errors to the unsupported medical claims. All of the quotes taken from the website are as is and the quality of writing is evident to even an untrained eye. The worst part, for me, is that the editor often refers to the vagina and vulva by pet names like “Yara,” “down there,” “water-lady,” and “little butterfly.” Groan! It was like Fifty Shades of Grey, only more immature. If you are going to sell a product that is meant to be used for genitals, you should be comfortable enough to use the proper terms!

Taking all of these observations into account, I will not be using Passion Dust and do not recommend any one else use the product. Even if you do not want to use it vaginally, I’d suggest going with a different company. Please do not support a company that blatantly lies, does not care about the customer's well-being, and cannot talk about the body parts associated with what they’re selling.

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