Lots of people love glitter and while cosmetic grade glitter seems safe enough for a variety of makeup applications some enterprising person who goes by Madam.Butterflie on Instagram is packaging it up as vaginal “Passion Dust”.
Because it is 2017 and this is where we are.
Why would a woman want to do this you ask? Well to make herself “magically delicious” of course. I guess the name Lucky Charms was taken?
What is in this gyno glitter? Who knows as there is no ingredient list, but it looks like unicorn ejaculate. Apparently it tastes like candy.
Given all the pussyfooting around the ingredients it is hard to offer specific advice (beyond don’t use it), but I will do my best because I know you all want to know. The glitter could be cosmetic grade glitter (tiny pieces of plastic) suspended in some unknown goo of unknown osmolality. It also could be “edible glitter,” which is sugar.
This is what the minds behind Passion Dust have to say:
What does a GYN think about the safety?
Could the plastic be a nidus for bacteria? Sure. I’ve seen a nasty inflammatory vaginal discharge from sand so this could be a similar set up.
Might the little flakes of plastic produce vaginal wall granulomas ? (A granuloma is walled off inflammatory mass produced by tissue in response to a foreign body). They could.
If it isn’t plastic and it’s sugar, well, depositing sugar in the vagina lets the bad bacteria go wild. Studies looking at treating bacterial vaginosis with vaginally administered probiotics were halted because the glucose keeping the probiotics alive made the bad bacteria go wild.
Could the vehicle be an irritant and cause a vaginal contact dermatitis? Yes and ouch. Think vaginal sunburn!
Is it possible the goo might damage the good vaginal bacteria leading to infections as well as in increased risk of STIs? You bet. Given how tacky it looks it is unlikely an intimate lubricant (or a safe one anyway).
What impact will this have on vaginal pH? Unknown.
Surely no one is buying this you say as you cross your legs in horror. Well the makers of this shameful slime claim they have sold out.
Just because something is safe for your lips, for example glitter lip gloss, doesn’t mean it is safe for the vagina. After all one can remove lip gloss and lip bacteria doesn’t control your gastrointestinal track or protect you from gonorrhea or HIV. Is it safe to gargle might be a better first step in the quest for vagina glitter, but even then the mucosa and anatomy are so different it is really best to not put an untested substance vaginally.
Vaginal injury and granulomas aside the point of the vaginal glitter appears to be “for him,” you know because a vagina au naturel just isn’t enough. I hate, hate, hate the messaging behind this (and all other vaginal “enhancement” products). Why do we have to shame women inside and out?
What if you are really into glitter but you get that a vagina isn’t a craft show? Applying cosmetic grade glitter or a starch sugar based glitter to your thighs is probably fine as long as you haven’t reacted to it elsewhere. If you have recently waxed or shaved your vulva then you might be at higher risk of developing an irritant reaction so proceed at your own risk. If you really need to try this on your vulva I would do a patch test first for safety.
I just don’t get the point of inserting glitter vaginally. It is not as if anyone will see it until, surprise, a coitally induced glitter penis! Dudes, I gotta ask. Is this a thing?
Ladies, if you want to spread a little glitter on your man why not put on some glitter lip gloss and apply it the old fashioned way! You could also paint his penis with it directly as long as his urologist says this is okay, obviously I am a gynecologist and I have no idea if the glitter could irritate the urethra or cause a urethral granuloma (obviously this could be an issue with vaginal-penile application as well).
I just don’t think people are being literal when they say they want to add some sparkle to their sex lives.
At least I hope not.
July 4, 2017 Update
Someone has included the ingredient list below and this is supposedly edible glitter, so a sugar. I would want to see studies showing it has no impact on vaginal flora before anyone used this. I would also want to see the osmolality, as products with a high osmolality can irritate the vaginal mucosa.