The internet has exposed us to interesting trends over the years, and there’s a new one that concerns the body (specifically vulva owners): Vabbing.
If you need a new perfume, just do vabbing! Swatch some of your natural juices, then apply on your body as instructed! This odd practice has garnered quite the attention, especially on Tiktok. It came to the point where licensed professionals, such as doctors, joined in to give their thoughts on it. It makes sense why, especially when your vagina is concerned.
In this article, we’ll discuss further on what vabbing is, how to do it properly, and whether or not it should be applied to our daily lifestyles.
What is Vabbing?
Healthline defined vabbing as the act of “dabbing your vaginal secretions on your body”.
Vagina or vaginal fluid + dabbing = vabbing. People would view these secretions like perfume, wherein you can apply them at any pressure point to smell good. It’s said that such secretions can make you become more attractive.
Origins of Vabbing
Let’s keep an open mind here before making a final stance!
There are no direct origins on how vabbing came about in history, but Flo mentions that as early as medieval times, vaginal discharge was a perfume to seduce men as it could awaken their arousal. When more studies came about, it was shown that women nearing ovulation have the strongest vaginal smell that can lure men.
With that in mind and with a grain of salt, the idea of applying vaginal discharge on one’s body was something lurking within books. But it would then be labeled as vabbing, rising in popularity as a dating or love-related trend on TikTok in 2022. It can also be found through tags such as #vabbingtrend and #vabbingtiktok.
TikTok user Jewlieah made it more popular (but no, she didn’t originate the term) as she spoke of her experience on vabbing. She was given free drinks, and the same guy gave her a gift of haircare products from the brand Oribe. In her other videos about vabbing, she mentioned how she was complimented numerous times and even asked on a date.
This user, alongside many others, sparked a debate. But mainly on the negative side because as hygiene and practicality are concerned, who would smear vaginal juice all over their body? It’s something intimate and private and should be kept that way.
Thus ever since, the stance on vabbing mostly led to people concluding to simply stick to perfume to smell good or potentially attract someone. As much as possible, there’s a heavy emphasis on avoiding interfering with your natural vaginal juices when you want to attract someone.
Why are (Some) Vulva Owners Vabbing?
Vabbing may be quite an odd trend, but here are a few top reasons why vulva owners do it.
1 They believe that vaginal secretions hold pheromones.
Let’s first define what pheromones are. Pheromones are chemicals that can attract potential partners. However, pheromones are mainly common and secreted by animals, which can impact the behavior of other animals of the same species. That also includes sexual behavior, as these chemicals can leave a trail and then capture possible mates.
For humans, it’s unclear whether or not pheromones affect sexual behavior. Some studies in the ‘70s suggest that there are pheromones present during period-syncing or when people live or spend time together often would eventually get their periods simultaneously. With that said, there’s weak evidence of the existence of pheromones in humans.
Regardless of this, people still hold on to this theory if there is a chance they attract men when they engage in vabbing as shown in the previous section.
2 It gives one self-confidence.
Vabbing may not have any scientific backup, although another result from it is focused more on the psychological and mental aspects. If you believe that vabbing can help you attract your type of partner, then it can give you that instant boost of self-confidence. You’d feel much better about yourself when you do whatever feels good and comfortable with you (without hurting anybody in the process).
3 You interact with people differently.
Back on the psychological and mental aspects of vabbing, believing that it affects how you attract partners or great opportunities with said partners can shift your mindset. You’d be able to freely approach whoever you fancy and have a conversation. Flirting comes naturally too when you vabbed beforehand, trusting in its power to attract while you also do the work of engaging in substantial conversations with potential people.
Vabbing 101: How to Do It
Whether you’re interested in trying this or how it works, we listed down the step-by-step instructions for vabbing. It can vary per person, but these basic instructions must be covered.
1 Take a shower or bath beforehand.
Before doing anything as physical as this, you must be clean from head to toe. Not only is that general proper hygiene but being fresh from a shower or bath makes you feel good physically and mentally. It awakens you to get on with your day and accomplish whatever needs to be done. In the case of vabbing, this first step motivates you to act, look, and smell your best.
2 Wash your hands.
In line with proper hygiene, don’t get all touchy towards your intimate area just yet. Patiently wash your hands with soap and water, diligently cleaning each finger as well. If your nails are short, that should be easier to clean since your nails won’t store any dirt inside. But if your nails are longer, it’s important to clean behind the nail so that no bacteria interacts with your vulva area.
Each hand should be cleaned for 20 seconds, or sing the happy birthday song twice before switching. Afterward, dry them off with a clean cloth nearby.
3 Position yourself properly.
It’s key to find a comfortable position to swab your vaginal secretions. You can either stand up or sit down with your legs wide apart so it’ll be easier to dab your fingers through.
4 Carefully insert your fingers inside your vagina.
Onto the main agenda! With clean fingers and your chosen position, lightly dip your index finger and/or middle finger together into your vagina. Give it a few seconds while you can also move your fingers around to get more secretion. Afterwards, gently remove your fingers then slather them on certain parts of your body like perfume.
5 Apply the discharge on your body.
There are certain places on your body where vabbing can be applied. Since the concept of it is like applying perfume, the most common examples of pressure points would be on your neck, behind the ears, and on your wrists.
6 Don’t let the areas where you vabbed interact with other people or things.
Out of hygiene and respect, you wouldn’t want your secretions to get onto someone else or their things. It’s like you’re staining them without them knowing, and also even when they don’t know that you’re into vabbing, it’s in your moral conscience that you did something wrong. Hence, those mentioned pressure points above are the best places to apply vabbing as they rarely interact with other things and people.
Anywhere else outside of those points, don’t do any vabbing unless you want your companion to pick up on the secretion.
Extra Tips Before Vabbing Etiquette
Oops, stop right there! To know if you’re a candidate for this act, check out these extra crucial tips before trying out vabbing for the first time.
1 No vabbing if you have an STD or any contagious disease.
Pretty self-explanatory. Having an STD or any contagious disease is something private to you and also your responsibility to handle. With vabbing, you don’t want to spread those germs, especially on contagious diseases. As for STDs, it’s just wrong to slather vaginal juices on yourselves and then go along with your day with unsuspecting people. Let’s be mindful and try not to cause more harm to ourselves.
2 Get checked by a medical professional if there’s a weird scent.
Most of the time, vaginal secretion has no fragrance. So the last thing you’d want is an odd vaginal smell like it’s fishy because nothing about it is attractive. It could also be a sign of a vaginal illness, so as much as possible, get your vulva health checked so you can instantly get to the heart of the problem and combat it.
3 Cuts or any injuries on fingers are not allowed when vabbing.
Open cuts without any remedy give access to bacteria, causing an infection around the affected areas. It can even affect your immune system. With that, you shouldn’t engage in vabbing even if the finger isn’t your dominant finger. The same goes for any injuries (bruises, scratches, etc.), wherein even if they are bandaged and healing, vabbing is discouraged as it may cause more pain to the affected fingers and damage your vaginal and immune health more.
4 No vabbing on your period!
Nobody wants to see any trails of blood on your pressure points when you’re out and about in public. Most likely, people wouldn’t know what vabbing is and its purpose as an alternative to perfume. Instead, you’d just encourage bad hygiene, making it less likely for anyone to approach you. Plus, period blood often doesn’t smell good.
So as much as possible, avoid vabbing on your period especially when it’s your strongest days. Vabbing is a discreet act, so let’s keep it that way.
5 If you go to the gym, clean up after the things you use.
This tip is basic gym etiquette! But especially with vabbing in place, wherein it can mix with your own sweat, it’s the respectful and sanitary thing to do before letting anyone else use the tools you used. Your vaginal secretions are your own and shouldn’t stain anything else when you’re done.
Foods and Drinks to Sweeten Your Vaginal Scent
Before you engage in vabbing, you would want a great-smelling vagina. With that, we listed some vagina-rich foods and drinks that can do just that.
Healthline shares that yogurt is rich in probiotics, which can also contain certain Lactobacillus strains. These strains can avoid any overgrowth of bad bacteria and reduce the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis. Ensure you get a pack of yogurt with live or active cultures!
Simple, yet very effective. Hydrating is key to keeping our entire bodies healthy and running. In terms of your vagina, it’s a self-cleansing organ so it’s going to need all the water it can get. If not, it might disrupt your vagina from secreting properly and even mess with your pH balance. So if you haven’t drank water all day, here’s your sign to do so!
3 Cranberry Juice
Fresh, unsweetened cranberry juice can enrich your immunity due to the presence of antioxidants and acidic compounds. These would help fight against bacteria, UTIs, and other illnesses, vaginal-related or not. This also applies to eating just fresh cranberries to widen your options!
4 Sweet Potatoes
Hello Beautiful shares that sweet potatoes are packed with Vitamin A. This vitamin strengthens our uterine walls and produces hormones to increase our energy levels.
Now, don’t be fooled by its strong smell, especially when you can detect it on someone’s breath. Garlic has microbial and antifungal properties that can stray you away from yeast infections and vaginal problems such as itching, pain, and foul odor. Keep your consumption of this at a moderate limit.
Frequently Asked Questions
Still eager to learn more about vabbing? Check out this section to read through some answered queries about this rather unique practice.
1 Is vabbing safe?
There’s no research regarding its safety, although its sanitation is questionable. According to this Tiktok from Aeva Specialty Pharmacy, fingers can pick up bacteria everywhere you go, then if you insert it without cleaning, you’re prone to bacterial and fungal infections. For the latter, it can make you prone to pelvic inflammatory disease.
So for now, the key point is to wash your hands before and after vabbing as mentioned earlier.
2 Are there any risks or side effects with vabbing?
There’s none so far as there’s a lack of research. It’s more of following precautions beforehand, such as washing your hands, which can avoid infection.
3 Are there alternatives to vabbing?
Finding a perfume that you find has an attractive, seductive scent is an instant alternative to vabbing.
4 Can we apply any external scent or use feminine washes on our lady part so it smells good?
We get the intention of maybe wanting to add an extra push to the subtle scent of your vaginal secretions. However, the vagina is a self-cleansing organ, meaning that it cleans itself. There’s no need to use any external scent or feminine washes to make it feel and smell better to avoid harming its main function. Plus, we don’t want to mess with our pH balance and get infected.
So anything that advertises to make your vagina smell like a flower? Avoid it immediately.
Rely on our food and drinks section above instead.
5 So is vabbing worth a try?
It’s a 50/50, and it depends on the person. On our end, we wouldn’t recommend it because of possible infections, and overall, the hygiene here is questionable.
And that wraps up our beginner’s guide to vabbing! This odd practice holds insufficient research regarding its safety and hygiene, usually sparking a debate on whether or not it should be done. Despite this, vabbing is meant to attract potential partners and boost your self-esteem. Practice responsibly if you’re into this, dear reader!