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Zemaye’s Take: Vaginal Douche.

I went to the supermarket yesterday to buy sanitary pads. And I noticed something.

If you go into any major supermarket in Nigeria, you will see a shelf full of ‘feminine products.’ One of those ‘feminine products’ is the vaginal douche (the most popular brand has the name EVE)

It is a liquid that you put inside your vagina and it is supposed to make you feel ‘clean’ and ‘fresh.’

Women, please stop buying vaginal douche. Stop using vaginal douche.

It is bad for you. It can give you an infection in your vagina. It can give you a very bad infection in your uterus. It can give you an infection in your fallopian tubes. It can increase your chance of cervical cancer. It can make it difficult for you to get pregnant (dear husband-hunters, please take note)

Ask any doctor and they will tell you that vaginal douches are NOT good for you.

All you need to keep it clean is the same thing you need for the rest of your body: water and soap.

Stop thinking that your vagina is a smelly place that you need to attack with scented chemicals aka vaginal douche.

If you have an unusual discharge or smell from your vagina, then you need to see a doctor, because it might be an infection. You do NOT need to use vaginal douche.

And while we are at it, please let us learn to say that word VAGINA. All together now…!

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Zemaye’s Take: Bandwagon imitative fashion babble talk.


PAIR as a clunky verb – Play with texture by PAIRING a velvet skirt with a silk top.

STUN as a verb but oddly without an object – Ada STUNNED in a red dress

Clothes (often poorly-tailored) referred to as PIECES to justify inflated prices – she wore a piece from the Spring/Summer collection

Pretentious jargon that nobody understands – Ada’s new Spring/Summer resort collection.

Biko what is ‘resort’?

And what if we created our own language and let oyibo copy us? What of Harmattan collection? Rainy/Dry collection? Early/Late collection?

Solution: The best language is simple, sincere, and should actually make sense. Be original. Be real.

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A lipstick should never just be about colour. Wearing lipstick should be an experience. Lipstick should give colour that lasts and should feel as soothing as a welcome. Lipstick should brighten the face and the spirit. Even though I always put on lip balm first, all my MAC lipsticks are never smooth on my lips. They feel dry. Sometimes they ball up, and leave ugly little bits of colour behind. They make me long to wipe my lips. In general, my MAC lipsticks are much better on colour than they are on smoothness.

MAC mineralize rich is slightly smoother than others I have. ‘Be a Lady’ is a lovely colour. A sort of coral. I got it as a gift from my friend P. I love the softness of the pink-coral against my NC50 skin (watch out for upcoming posts on my Perfect Foundation Quest) but it is not smooth on my lips. It doesn’t glide on. After two hours, my lips felt rough and unfresh. I’ll keep this, but only for the colour, and certainly not in my Favorites Bag.