I thought about it for a few brief moments. I actually thought about putting glitter in my vagina. A viral Facebook post from a page called "Passion Dust" was hawking a product purporting to make "your natural vaginal fluids… sparkle and be flavored with a hint of sweetness." The product was available for $12-20 USD. A post on the page advertising the sparkly pills to shove in your vag was shared over 40,000 times—It included a meme from Tumblr and a photo of a Fleshlight with sparkles coming out of it.
I messaged the page to ask for a sample to see if this product was for real, because honestly, you've got to be shitting me. When I didn't get a reply, I looked into who was selling the product and who was buying it. After not being able to find a single earnest review on Passion Dust's Facebook page, I tracked down one customer who claimed to have gotten her "intimacy capsules" in the mail but had not yet used them (she sent me a photo). So it does exist, at least for one person. But the following could serve as more reason to not waste your money.
Gynecologists have already been speaking out about this product being a bad idea for an array of reasons (read: yeast infection), but there's more: There's a person behind this product, and they might not be the type you should place trust in, especially when it comes to your health.
The domain "prettywomaninc.com," where Passion Dust has been sold, is registered to a person who goes by the name Lola-Butterflie Von-Kerius. It's the same moniker a Facebook account carries that is emblazoned with the MS-Paint-reminiscent marketing theme of Passion Dust—rainbow-coloured butterflies and cursive text on a black background.
Oddly enough, that Facebook account's hyperlink, "locashres," appears to be a shortened version of the name of a website, Locash Resources (which has since been shut down upon request for comment on this article), that offers fake legal documents such as pay slips, lease agreements, and medical notes. The Lola-Butterflie Von-Kerius account posted advertising the site's services in a number of Facebook groups. These include an array of Houston, Texas-based ones: "Houston Budget Ballers," "Business Networking In Houston," and "Houston offer up sell my stuff."
Authored by the same Facebook account (also since down since VICE's request for comment) carrying the Lola-Butterflie Von-Kerius name, a post advertising Passion Dust was in at least one of the same groups. The capsules are also being offered on 5miles, a Craigslist-like site, in the Houston section.
On the Passion Dust site itself, the Q&A page reads part copy and pasted from Google searches about feminine health, part fairytale language referring to vaginas: "The flavor is sweet like candy but not overly sweet, just enough to make your lover feel that your Yara (water-lady or little butterfly) is what all vaginas are supposed to look, feel and taste like; soft, sweet and magical!"
Buying a product for your vagina from someone who refers to it as a "yara" should be enough for pause, but hopefully the aforementioned evidence of dubiousness makes it a bit more clear the intentions of the seller. I still feel shame for ever being attracted to this product, but understand as someone who has a vagina and loves glitter that I was the perfect target audience.
Passion Dust did not respond to repeated requests from VICE for comment via email and Facebook. When sent information detailing the aforementioned activity involving fake legal documents by VICE, Passion Dust's Facebook page, the Facebook account listed under Lola-Butterflie Von-Kerius, and the Locash Resources website were all deactivated or shut down within hours. The company's Twitter has been set to private; its Instagram has been deactivated. At the time of publish, prettywomaninc.com is still up and lists the glittery vagina pills as out of stock indefinitely.
The site recently added a new section called "Passion Dust in the news." A statement within this section about the backlash in the media ends with:
"Critics will always be there and we cannot (will not) take the time to address them, fight them and debate with them. We are focused and will continue to focus on our customers who support our Passion Dust product and already know that Passion Dust is a perfectly fine, fun and safe product and we will continue to show our appreciation to them by continuing to provide the product that they love!"
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