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Best Essential Oils To Help Remove Odor And Make You Smell Better

Did you know that using essential oils can help you to remove vagina odor and make you smell better instantly?

Essential oils(EO) can be a great booster to your personal hygiene and odor buster collection.

One primary source of vagina odor comes from fungal and bacterial infections.

Vaginal yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis are just two of the most common infections that result in unpleasant smells in our nether regions.

Many essential oils are thought to contain antifungal, antibacterial and/or anti-inflammatory properties that can help combat these pesky vaginal odors.

The presence of natural compounds produced by plants give EOs the ability to deter the growth of a wide array of pathogens.

Not only does it combat the offending fungi/bacteria, and reduce inflammations, using these EOs can also leave behind a lingering scent that is sure to brighten up your day.

There have been growing interest in the use of EOs as an alternative therapy to fungal, bacteria infections, as well as in controlling related odors.

Just go to google scholar and you will be able to find a plethora of research expounding the applications and benefits of EOs!

Here is a list of the top essential oils that are helpful in removing vaginal odors and making you smell better!

Top 10 Essential Oil To Remove Vaginal Odor

1. Tea Tree Oil

Most commonly touted as a multipurpose antiseptic and ability to heal wounds.

You will often find tea tree EO as a remedy to cure feminine odor, and very rightly so.

In a 2006 review on the medicinal properties of tea tree oil found that many studies done in lab now supports the efficacy of tea tree oil for its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and other medicinal properties.

2. Peppermint Oil

Known for its medicinal benefits and long history, peppermint is often touted as the world’s oldest medicine.

One study that looked at the antiseptic properties of peppermint EO, tea tree EO and thyme EO found it to be an effective antiseptic for oral pathogens in intracranial orifices.

These outstanding medicinal properties can be attributed to the active compound, methone which is found to be in high concentrations in peppermint.    

3. Thyme Oil

Also a member of the mint family, Thyme oil had been found to be particularly effective in its antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

One study that looked at the efficacy of commercial EOs as potential antimicrobials to treat skin diseases found that thyme oil is able to destroy gram negative bacteria, which are commonly found in foul smelling wounds.

4. Orange

The lovely sweet orange EO has this uplifting aroma that can brighten up anyone’s day.

Not only does it smells wonderful, it also has anti-inflammatory properties that can quieten down swelling skin effectively.

One study done on cells taken from patients with chronic lung condition showed the active compounds found in orange EO reduced inflammatory markers, supporting its anti-inflammatory properties.

5. Citronella/Lemon Grass

Citronella EO is derived from the leaves and stems of different species of the lemongrass.

Known widely for its insect repellant ability, citronella oil is also effective in combating fungal infections.

Researchers looked at the impact of citronella oil on the fungal Candida Albicans and concluded that citronella oil had potential in eliminating candida in uses for denture cleansing. This fungal species is also the same one commonly found in vaginal yeast infections.

6. Nutmeg

This humble fruit, found commonly in Southeast Asian countries is widely used in traditional medicines in the region.

It has many health benefits that include lowering blood pressure, improving skin conditions and respiratory conditions.

It also have antifungal properties, as evidenced from a recent study that looked at the active compounds found in spices like nutmeg essential oil. The researchers found that 3 active compounds found in nutmeg essential oil are effective fungicides.

7. Eucalyptus

Other than the choice food for koala bears, eucalyptus EO has many health benefits too.

It is widely used as a decongestant, deodorant, and have antibacterial and antiseptic properties.

There is growing research on the healing properties of eucalyptus EO. One showed that eucalyptus EO was effective in killing E-coli and S. aureus (which can cause a range of illnesses from minor skin infections to life threatening diseases like pneumonia!)

8. Geranium

Geranium oil is a sweet smelling oil that is derived from the leaves and stems of the geranium plant.

It is rather popular in aromatherapy, for its ability to promote physical and mental health. Accordingly, the Egyptians used it for skin care purposes - to treat acne and reduce inflammation, to just name a few.

Research wise, scientists perceive the anti-inflammatory properties of the geranium EO could provide a safer alternative as a anti-inflammatory drug, as compared to currently available in market ones. 

9. Rosemary

Rosemary oil is a popular EO for its health promoting benefits. It is regularly used to stimulate hair growth, improve skin, as well as to boost mental activity.

Rosemary EO also have good antibacterial function. One study that looked at the impact of rosemary EO against multidrug resistant clinical strains of E-coli and found it to be effective in inhibiting the growth of all lab tested strains!

10. Clove

Clove EO has great antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. In fact, clove oil is a common ingredient in natural mouthwashes and toothpastes that are designed to help with dental care.

It smells musky and slightly spicy, which can be either be a hit or fail with people.

There are many studies that support the antifungal activity of clove oil. One study that looked at clinically relevant fungi found that clove oil showed considerable antifungal action on the studied fungi samples, which included the Candida family. 

How To Choose The Best Essential Oil?

With so many options out there in the market, how do we then choose the EO that best suits our needs?

The efficacy of the EOs is dependent on a variety of factors, which include the general healing properties of the plant per se, the method in which the oils are extracted, and even the way it is grown and kept!

Your skin sensitivity towards the EO matters too.

A skin patch test with EO of choice in a carrier oil like sweet almond oil, (1 drop in half a teaspoon of oil, apply on inner elbow and wait for 24 hours) is always highly recommended.

Golden Rules For Choosing The Best Essential Oils

  1. Avoid words like fragrance oil,” “nature identical oil,” or “perfume oil.”
  2. Good quality oils are usually sold in small quantities (less than 4oz/120 mls) and in dark colored bottles.
  3. Be prepared to pay for quality. Don’t fall for the same price trap.
Avoid words like fragrance oil,” “nature identical oil,” or “perfume oil.” 

These wordings generally indicate that the EOs are not pure, and are usually a combination of different oils or even chemicals.

Not something you want to put on your skin if you are unsure what’s in it!

What about those that says therapeutic grade, or medicine grade?

Er.. there is currently NO government agency or accepted organizations that does all these grading or certification. It may be more marketing than reality.

Your best bet is actually to look for words like 100% pure essential oil than to look at the gradings.

Good quality oils are usually sold in small quantities (less than 4oz/120 mls) and in dark colored bottles. 

Steer clear of cheap plastic clear bottles. EOs can dissolve plastic easily and go bad quickly.

I know some manufacturers on Amazon package bigger bottles in plastic for ease of shipping and for better value. What you can is to repackage them into dark colored bottles the moment you receive them, for better shelf life and quality. 

Be prepared to pay for quality. Don’t fall for the same price trap.

Not all EOs are made equally, and different EOs cost differently.

For example, even though belonging to the same species family, patchouli EO will cost more than peppermint EO. Similarly, rose EO will cost more than orange EO because more rose petals are needed to produce the same amount of EO that orange peel will take.

EOs that sell the same price regardless of type are a wee bit iffy, so be cautious when you see products like these.        

So there you go, 3 simple rules to follow when you want to get good quality pure EOs to help you remove vagina odor and make you smell better!

How To Use Essential Oils To Remove Vagina Odor

Generally, 100% pure EOs can be very potent and should be diluted before usage. Depending on the characteristics of the EO, you may want to dilute it in water or in good neutral carrier oils like sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil or avocado oil.

As a rule of thumb, the dilution rate should be of a concentration of not more than 2%.

For the usage of washing water to wash your feminine bits, just add about 10 drops of the desired EO into a cup of warm full cream milk, to use topically as a wash.

The reason for milk instead of water is because oil is insoluble in water. You will just get EO floating directly on the water, and direct contact onto your skin! The fats in full cream milk, on the other hand, makes for a moisturizing carrier for the EO.

Wash gently with the EO infused milk around the skins and folds of your vulva but never directly into your vagina. Rinse with water after that.

Although the scent may be more subtle than what you are used to, more often than not, it is because we are so heavily desensitized by the smells around us, so we need more to in order to detect the scents.

Personally, I find that in the application of EOs, less is often better.

And please, NEVER NEVER apply EOs directly into your vagina! In undiluted forms, they are too potent and can burn the delicate mucous membrane that lines your vagina.

Top Picks For Essential Oils To Combat Vaginal Odor And To Smell Better

So if you are now online looking at essential oils and overwhelmed by the selection available, fret not! I will now share with you what I think are great oils you can use.

If you are just starting out with essential oils, and not sure what scents you may prefer, you can always consider getting a starter set!

Best Starter Kit

The NOW Foods Essential Oils 10-Oil Variety Pack Sampler (1 oz each) is a great deal, especially when you are unsure what to get.

The 10-Oil variety pack includes citronella, tea tree, peppermint, eucalyptus, orange, rosemary, lavender, clove, tangerine and jasmine.

Out of the 10 oils, 9 of the bottles are 100% pure oils, with the exception of jasmine, which is clearly labeled as fragrance.

I believe that the price of this variety pack would shoot through the roof if they included pure 100% jasmine oil. Personally I am okay with the jasmine fragrance added to this variety pack to keep the price down.

Depending on your personal preference, you can choose to add the jasmine into your diffuser for a pleasant scent in your living areas, or give it away as a gift to someone who enjoys jasmine scents.

NOW Foods is a reputable company in the natural foods industry that produces a range of products from natural foods, supplements, essential oils to pet foods.

When choosing essential oils, I prefer to go with bigger, more reputable companies for the assurance in quality.

One thing I really like about this variety pack is that majority of the EOs in this variety pack, like tea tree, citronella, peppermint, eucalyptus, orange, rosemary and clove are also in the list for the top EOs to combat against vaginal odor and to make you smell better.  

The others like lavender and tangerine also have antibacterial functions, and are great smelling too!

I also liked that they are all in 1-oz packs, a good size that I get to try every bottle with minimal wastage, and was a perfect size to find out my favorite scents.

Just in case you are wondering, my favourite EOs in this pack are orange and eucalyptus.

The EOs I had in my pack were good quality and does not appear diluted, unlike a few of the other brands which are selling for a bit cheaper online.

For less than $40, although more expensive than many variety packs available on Amazon, I found it to be value for money for the quality that I am buying.

If cost is a consideration, you may want to consider Natrogix’s Bliss Essential Oils - Top 9 Therapuetic Grade 100% pure essential oil set.

For less than $20, you get 9 bottles of essential oils - tea tree, lemon, lavender, sweet orange, rosemary, lemongrass, frankincense, peppermint and eucalyptus.

According to the Natrogix website, their EOs are 100% pure and GC/MS tested, to be free from pesticides, additives, GMOs or herbicides.

For those who are curious, the GC/MS test is commonly used for purity testing, to see if a compound has any additives.

The main problem with this particular set seems to lie in the packaging- one common complaint is that the bottles leak easily, and the oils come out really quickly, rather than in drops.

And the marketing about “therapeutic grade”? I am inclined to believe that the choice of word is to highlight the purity of the oil here.

Reviews of the quality of the oils seemed to indicate its potency, but there are, of course, some people who found the scents of the oils did not match similar oils from other more expensive brands.

That being said, Natrogix’s Bliss Essential Oils - Top 9 Therapuetic Grade 100% pure essential oil set is Amazon’s choice for essential oil sets for being well priced and having relatively high ratings.

In all, I would say that if price is not a consideration, the  NOW Foods Essential Oils 10-Oil Variety Pack Sampler (1 oz each) would be my top choice for a starter kit, value for money for its quality and range.

Natrogix’s Bliss essential oil set would make a great alternative at its price point and variety. 

Best Essential Oil To Remove Vaginal Odor

If you are only want to buy one bottle of essential oil, my recommendation is to just get tea tree oil.

As mentioned earlier, tea tree oil has a wide array of health promoting benefits, and appears to be extremely helpful in eliminating vaginal related odor through its antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties.

So if you are just looking for the ONE essential oil for your vaginal health, I would totally recommend NOW Foods’ Tea tree oil.  

The Pros


This oil is rather potent, and the smell can either be a hit or a miss.

But for what it is meant to do, NOW Foods’ tea tree oil is extremely effective for skin issues like acne, fungal infections and for antiseptic purposes.


You can add this to your bath, laundry, diffuser, even your homemade insect repellent.


Tea tree oil is really many people’s go-to essential oil when they just want to add a little of natural therapy into their daily activities.


Reputable Brand

As mentioned earlier, NOW Foods have been in the natural foods market since 1968, and is a rather reputable brand, churning out quality products.

Especially when you are buying essential oils (where regulations on quality is far and between), I would recommend you to consider the bigger brands for quality control.


And just in case you are wondering,

NO, I am not an employee of NOW foods, I just like their products because I think many of their products are quite good value for money and quality.


If you decided that you really like tea tree oil, you can consider the 4oz bottle, because it is just so much more economical than the smaller bottles.

It is packed in a dark bottle (a plus!), unlike other brands that pack bigger bottle oils in plastic bottles to save cost and prevent breakage during delivery.

The Cons


The only grouse I have with the 4 oz bottle is that I have to use a dropper to extract the oil because the bigger bottles does not have an orifice dropper.


Which can be quite a hassle when i just want a few drops.

Although I should say that using glass droppers to extract EO is actually the best practice, because most orifice droppers are made of plastic, which can dissolve in plastic after a while..

Best Uplifting Essential Oil To Remove Vaginal Odor

For those who cannot stand the herbally smells of the mint family, and want something more gentle and refreshing on your nose, essential oils from the citrus family is always a good bet.

NOW Foods Orange oil is a fantastic choice for those who are craving for an overall refreshing scent with great antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Just drop a few drops into a full cream milk and gently wash the skins and folds around your vulva with the wash. Rinse after that.

Personally, I find that washing while sitting on the toilet is a neat way to do this without getting milk all over the bathroom.

If you have ever lived around or been near orange groves, you would know how wonderfully refreshing that aroma can be.

Orange smells have been linked with improving moods, and orange EOs are often added to aromatherapy concoctions that are meant to be invigorating.

One study that looked at the anxiety and moods scores of patients waiting in dental clinics found that aromas from oranges and lavender can reduce anxiety and improve mood in dental clinics.

The primary problem with NOW Foods essential oils is that the bottles often do not come with a dropper. This makes it hard to judge the amount that you are pouring out, so it can be quite wasteful.

Thankfully, this issue can be easily resolved by just getting your own glass dropper.

Do avoid the ones made from plastics because that may interfere with the quality of the essential oils, especially if you leave it inside the bottle for a long time.

Personally, I use the wash about once a week, more so when I am having my period to help me feel fresh.

The frequency of the wash is really dependent on you.

I would recommend to start with fewer drops first, maybe 5 drops to a cup of warm full cream milk. The wash should feel mild on skin.

However, if you feel any sensation of discomfort like prickly pain or swelling, stop using the wash immediately and rinse copiously with water. The discomfort may indicate an allergic reaction to the particular EO you are using.  

It’s really quite fun concocting different scented washes. Do experiment with a few of the EOs to find out which works/smells best for you!

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