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  • Doreen

    July 8, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Vaginal suppositories with cosmetic claims?!?! 
    Suppositories, vaginal or otherwise, always have a lipophilic base, (like Witepsol H15) to suspend the pharmaceuticals in. These are solid fats. I only have experience with these. I can’t think of another reason why one would want these lipids in the vagina, than strictly pharmaceutical reasons (inducing labour etc).

  • AVisotsky

    July 9, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Yes. Similar to these:

    I would do OTC but the ingredients are not monographed 

  • Doreen

    July 10, 2017 at 6:03 am

    Products that are intended to be ingested, injected or placed in contact with other parts of the
    human body e.g. the mucous membranes of the nasal passage or the internal genitalia cannot
    be considered to be cosmetic products
    . (Source)

  • AVisotsky

    July 11, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Thanks for your input, I have obtained clarification before asking for help here. Quote is below. I would really appreciate help if you can provide it. 
    And yes, there are more cosmetic suppositories out there (https://www.walmart.com/ip/Norforms-Deodorant-Suppositories-Tropical-Splash-12-Ct/12443615?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=0&adid=22222222227010445928&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=40754415752&wl4=pla-78606536072&wl5=9031934&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=8175035&wl11=online&wl12=12443615&wl13=&veh=sem#about-item)

    Not that I think it is a good product, but since you seem to be concerned about the legality.

    Here is a quote from the email:

    “suppositories as being drugs or cosmetics depending on the associated claims.  If the products are for cleansing, deodorizing, and external moisturizing only, then they would be classified as cosmetics.”

    Section Chief

    California Department of Public Health

    Food and Drug Branch

  • Doreen

    July 11, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    You’re welcome. Until your post I didn’t even know of the existence of cosmetic vaginal suppositories!
    Personally I wouldn’t like a strong ethereal oil like tea tree or ‘tropical splash deodorant’ in this delicate area as our vaginas are lined by a variety of glands that produce the fluids needed to both lubricate and cleanseI can only believe products like these will disrupt the natural present flora.
    I do however believe in using a mild low pH soap on the labia, but I don’t see any use for the vaginal cavity.

    As being a woman, I can imagine names like ‘tropical splash’ can make one enthousiastic, but at the end these brands only jump in on our feelings/insecurities and do not really care about our genital health.

    I also wouldn’t rely on the so called ‘gynaecologist tested’ claim.
    Most gynaecologists strongly advice not to use these products.
    Perhaps it’s an idea to ask your own gynaecologist about his/her opinion on this? 

    I’m sorry that I can’t be of any help to you. Maybe there are other people here who can.
    Good luck anyway!

  • AVisotsky

    July 12, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Thanks Doreen,
    I’m actually working with a naturopathic doctor and the product based on solid published research. Unlike vaginal deodorants the suppositories I am trying to produce actually help to balance vaginal flora. Unfortunately I am having troubles finding a small lab that would add suppository production to their existing facility which would consist of suppository rack and a sealing press that I can purchase myself. I hope somebody around here can give me any pointers.

  • Maryvel

    August 11, 2017 at 4:00 am

    I have tea tree oil in my lab. I am in Mexico.
    Do you need assistance for formulation?
    please contact me to: pure_soap@hotmail.com

  • Derya

    September 17, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    I don’t know if this is useful to you but I used to work in a compounding pharmacy where the chemist manufactured hormonal pessaries and wrapped them in an aluminium like foil all by hand and then kept them in the fridge.

    Why don’t you look at the packages of constipation suppositories and get in touch with the companies to get the lab details of where they are manufactured?

  • AVisotsky

    November 2, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Hi Derya, thank you, I did. Most that I found a quite large and are OTC, making the project prohibitively expensive. But I’m also talking to a manufacturer (who reached out after seeing this forum) tomorrow, so we will see. 

  • Ktbee

    September 15, 2023 at 2:59 pm

    Hello, were you able to find someone to small batch manufacture and formulate the vaginal suppository? I would be interested to learn about the company you used. Thank you

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