In the event you occur to go onto TikTok right now, there is a excessive probability you may see any person posting their response to the most recent pattern on the app: “vabbing.” It’s, some individuals are saying, the best new alternative to fragrance. In a now-viral video that has greater than three million views, TikToker @jewlieah excitedly exhibits off a bunch of items that males received for her after she tried the approach as proof that “vabbing” works. However precisely does it entail?
“Vabbing is a time period coined with the mixture of the phrases ‘vagina’ and ‘dabbing,'” Sue Phillips, chief govt officer of Scenterprises and Sue Phillips Fragrance, tells POPSUGAR. “It’s the act of taking your vaginal fluid, secretions, or discharge and dabbing it behind your ears and on the neck to act as perfume.”
From an evolutionary standpoint, this might make sense. “Traditionally, people used to depend on scent to provide them details about an individual,” Dr. Belisa Vranich, psychologist and creator of “The Breathing Class,” beforehand advised POPSUGAR. “Now, folks masks scent with issues like fragrance, so we’re lacking out on scents that we could be in any other case drawn to.”
Studies have also shown that your pure aroma performs a job in the way you select companions, so theoretically talking, utilizing your personal . . . ahem . . . pure musks rather than fragrance is not so far-fetched. However does vabbing truly work in 2022? The reply is not so reduce and dried.
“The issue with the thought of utilizing pheromones to attract the opposite sex is that there’s little or no proof to counsel people use pheromones the way in which different mammals do for mating, marking territory, or to change the habits (on this case, attraction) of different folks towards us,” Funmi Monet, fragrance and wonder content material creator and licensed skilled psychological well being counselor, tells POPSUGAR. “Vabbing rather than fragrance has extra of a placebo impact on the wearer. They consider they’re extra fascinating because of the ‘pheromone’ they’ve utilized to their physique, so because of this, they unconsciously behave in methods which are extra assured and alluring to the folks round them. That is extra seemingly what attracts folks in versus vabbing itself.”
Whilst you’re fully free to type your personal opinion, neither Monet nor Phillips suggest vabbing often, if in any respect. “The analysis is flimsy, and there is little or no information to help whether or not vabbing itself works,” Phillips says. Monet provides that it is not significantly hygienic, both.
Nonetheless, if you need to check the idea for your self, Monet has just a few suggestions. “First begin by washing your palms completely,” she says. “Then insert one to 2 fingers into your vagina, and dab the fluid in your neck and on the interior aspect of your elbows, or any factors in your physique the place you usually apply fragrance.”
Must you need to partake within the magnificence pattern, that selection is totally yours — simply make sure you be secure and apply good hygiene, as your vagina generally is a delicate space. In the event you do determine to YOLO and take a look at vabbing, there isn’t any time like the current (effectively, besides after a bathe, anyway).