The always-outspoken Emma Watson recently had some advice to share about what she does to her hair down there to keep it soft and healthy. Watson uses Fur Oil -- which is supposedly as luxurious as it sounds. But we wanted to know if we could take Hermione's word for it: Does it work, and is it safe?
What is it?
The product, contrary to what it may call to mind, isn't made from the coats of tiny animals. It's meant for your "fur" and contains grapeseed, jojoba, tea tree, and clary sage seed oils, along with vitamins A and E. It's supposed to do all the magical things you would want it to do: reduce the coarseness of your pubes, and help reduce the amount of ingrown hairs you get by keeping pores clear. Which sounds fantastic, because ingrown hairs in the pubic zone are about as awful as a major pimple in the middle of your cheek, though a little less terrible than a full-blown cold sore on your mouth.
What are people (besides Emma Watson) saying about it?
Shen Beauty sells a 2.5-ounce bottle of Fur Oil for $39, and customers on the Shen site report that it smells great and makes their pubic hair softer. Sounds perfect, especially if you tend to be a "more is more" kind of pubic hair person. Maybe even if you are a hair-hating type, too.
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What do experts think?
"This sounds like a great skin product, but with a steep price tag," says Marina Maslovaric, MD, ob-gyn at HM Medical in Orange County, California. "It can definitely help women prone to razor burn or irritation from waxing. You just want to ensure external use only to help avoid issues with vaginal infection."
Donna Steinman, the vulva beauty care specialist and creator of VMagic Skincare Down There (which helps address dryness, redness, itching, and other vulvar skin issues that come on during pregnancy, menopause, or even from sex), says keeping pubic hair healthy is really important "as it is the first defense nature put in place to protect ... the sensitive intimate skin it covers."
She also advises, "Make sure you look for organic and chemical-free products, that are pH neutral so as not to strip or destabilize your sensitive pubic area."
Fur Oil is in the clear there, and it is also packed with ingredients that benefit your sensitive lady parts. "Oils are essential and the right oils help support a healthy 'V' ecosystem," Steinman says. "Antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties in an essential fatty acid–rich oil carrier is perfectly safe to use daily on your intimate skins."
Do we really need this, though?
Of course not. But I didn't need to have that chocolate chip cookie after lunch either, and it was divine. Sometimes we indulge; sometimes we splurge.
I also can't help but compare this to the oil some of my bearded male friends like, though some of them do think it's a total waste of money and is ridiculous. There is a product for just about everything, and if you want to give a lady hair product a try, Emma Watson's choice seems to be a fine one to give a go.