Before I launch into my review of The DivaWash, I should probably tell you guys what I thought of The DivaCup. Since Danielle already crossed that bridge, I won’t post an entire review of the little guy, but I do need to make it clear that I am completely converted. After experiencing an entire menstrual cycle with the cup, I can honestly say that I’ve never had a more pleasant period. I didn’t feel like I was plugging a leak (as I often did with tampons) or wearing a diaper (like I always do with pads), and I wasn’t at all worried about smelling like a period. Most conveniently of all, I didn’t feel compelled to take frequent trips to the bathroom for mirror checks. What I’m trying to say is that I love my DivaCup, and I love Danielle for getting me a gift that keeps on giving. Unless the circumstances absolutely require it (and I can’t see that happening), I will never again buy a box of overpriced, unbleached, organic cotton tampons.
Ingredients (provided with product packaging)- water, cocamidopropyl betain, decyl polyglucose, sodium cocoyl isethionate, vegetable glycerin, caprylic/capric tryglyceride, tocopherol acetate, ascorbic acid, retinyl palmitate, citrus officinalis, xanthan gum, citric acid, citrus sinensis.
Since I couldn’t locate this product in the Cosmetics Database, I created a preliminary report for my own use. It hasn’t been verified by EWG, so you guys can’t see it, but it gives this product an overall hazard score of 4. The ingredients with hazard scores above 3 are as follows: cocamidopropyl betain (5), tocopherol acetate (4), and retinyl palmitate (8). Additionally, there was no data on decyl polyglucose or vegetable glycerin, and I couldn’t find citrus officinalis in the database at all (so the database didn’t take that ingredient into account when I was adding the product).
Some great things about this product:
1.It’s paraben, sulfate, and petrochemical free.
2. There are no animal ingredients or testing.
3. The container is made from #1 plastic and can easily be recycled.
Product Description(provided at divacup.com)- ”We recommend that The DivaWash be used to clean The DivaCup. We have formulated The DivaWash as a botanically-based, all natural cleanser that has been specifically designed to protect the integrity of the silicone material.
It is important to use only a natural, non-fragrance soap with The DivaCup. Many soaps leave a residue. These can leave a film on the cup that may cause irritation.”
Price– around $8.00
Performance– It’s true… this cleanser is very concentrated, and I like only needing to use a tiny bit to clean my DivaCup. It rinses away quickly without leaving any residue, and I appreciate that. Since my body wash and facial cleanser have better ingredients than The DivaWash, though, I have and will not use this product to wash my face or body (as the bottle and website suggest).
Scent– It has an appropriately mild and refreshing citrus scent.
Rating– 7/10. I subtracted 1 point for each ingredient with a hazard score above a 3.
Would I purchase this item again? Once I run out of this bottle, I’ll probably just use Dr. Bronner’s to wash my DivaCup. As much as I might like this product’s performance and refreshing scent, I’m not thrilled about putting some of the ingredients in and around my lady parts. You know what I’m saying?
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