How long will my Secret Ceres last?

With regular use (1x per week), The Secret Ceres will last for 6 - 12 months. However, it does not expire after that time. This amounts to an investment of $10/month. With each use, the healing herbs and Kaolin clay slowly dissolve and are absorbed by the body causing the wand to gradually reduce in size. With frequent external use on larger skin parts it will be used up faster.

Is The Secret Ceres a rock or stone?

No, The Secret Ceres is neither a stone nor a rock. We sometimes refer to it as a “stone” because it has a stone-like appearance and feel to it. It is made with Kaolin clay, minerals and many potent ancient medicinal herbs.

Does The Secret Ceres dissolve?

Yes, with each use the healing herbs and kaolin clay will dissolve and be absorbed causing it to gradually reduce in size. Your Secret Ceres will last from 6 to 12 months, depending on the frequency of use.

Can I use The Secret Ceres in the shower or bath?

No. Please do not use The Secret Ceres in the shower or bath, as the water will cause the wand to dissolve quickly. After each use, always carefully dry The Secret Ceres with a towel.

Should I wash my vagina with soap or shower gel after using The Secret Ceres?

No. Please DO NOT use any soaps or washes in conjunction with The Secret Ceres as the pH inside the vagina is now being rebalanced and chemical substances may have the opposite effect. Once pH is balanced, odor-causing bacteria and microorganisms cannot grow and you will feel fresh and clean for the next few days.

Is it necessary to stop using soap and washing liquid when using The Secret Ceres for intimate hygiene?

We generally recommend that women abstain from chemical or artificial washing solutions in their intimate area. The Secret Ceres naturally balances the flora and eliminates dead skin as well as any odor, leaving the yoni cleansed and fresh after the shedding of the dead skin cells. We recommend women only use water and a washcloth to remove any dead skin cells between the inner and outer labia and the prepuce surrounding the clitoris. If a woman does not feel comfortable without using a wash lotion, she may continue to do that but should make sure it is a natural and soap-free product, to maintain her rebalanced flora.

Will using natural ointments, oils, essential oils in my vulva interfere with the effect of the Secret Ceres?

It is ok to use natural oils and ointments in between the labia and mild oils such as coconut oil may be used inside the vagina.

What is vaginal odor?

Vaginal odor is defined as an unpleasant smell, usually resulting from a pH imbalance which has allowed for proliferation of odor-causing microorganisms in the yoni. Vaginal odor may be fishy, sometimes signifying Bacterial Vaginosis, or yeasty, signifying a yeast infection.

What is causing my bad vaginal odor?

Odor is often the result of a pH imbalance and not necessarily because of lack of hygiene but wrong hygiene (see our detailed section on intimate hygiene). At times using the wrong products or chemical ingredients in products can cause the imbalance and result in unpleasant odor. The optimal range of pH is 3.5 to 4.5, and yet when imbalanced, it allows odor-causing microorganisms to flourish. This may lead to an unpleasant odor and if recurrent, maybe even to yeast infections.

Can I use The Secret Ceres to get rid of vaginal odor?

Yes. The Secret Ceres can help eliminate and prevent unpleasant odor. Maintaining a healthy pH can help ensure that the bacteria that is naturally present in your yoni is balanced and odor-causing microorganisms will not be able to flourish. 

What does pH balance mean?

pH is a measure of how acidic or alkaline a substance is. The pH of a substance is signified by a number from 0-14. The lower the value, the more acidic the substance. Distilled water is neutral, with a pH of 7.

What is the normal pH balance for the vagina?

The ideal pH level in the yoni is between 3.5 - 4.5 (slightly acidic) and important for maintaining good internal health. At this optimum pH level, your feminine center contains a balance of necessary bacteria and some yeast cells. This delicate balance can be easily disturbed by poor diet, chemical soaps, chemical douching, etc. A healthy pH can be maintained by using The Secret Ceres once a week or when an imbalance is most likely to occur.

What is a Microflora?

The word “microflora” refers to the live microscopic organisms that populate different areas of the body, for example in the vagina, the mouth and  the gut. The beneficial flora act as protective agents and strengthen the immune system. There are also destructive strains which can weaken the body. It is important to maintain a properly balanced microflora where the beneficial organisms are dominant. This will keep the intimate area free from infections, inflammation and other imbalances.

My doctor says my vagina is self cleansing and there is no need to wash inside of my vagina.

Your vagina is self-cleansing but your vulva is not. Culturally, hygiene routines and body care regimes vary. In Middle Eastern, African, Asian and South American cultures it is common to use floral vagina washes to wash inside of the vagina as well as herbal steams and clays to nurture, purify and tone the feminine center and sexual organs. In western cultures, it is proclaimed to not tamper with the mucous environment of the vagina, whilst oral hygiene on the other hand is widely propagated and practiced. The mucous membrane in your vagina is very similar to that inside of your mouth. While the mouth produces saliva to cleanse itself, we still have developed tools to support a clean oral environment and cleansing our mouth on a regular basis. Before the invention of the toothbrush, ulcers, bad breath and bacteria in the oral mucous environment were common. In the same manner, various issues are common among women today due to the lack of care of their most precious environment, often because it is taboo and often surrounded by shame. Ultimately, every woman must decide for herself what feels most natural and comfortable to her. 

My doctor says that it is normal for the vagina to have a certain smell to it and that recurring infections and discharge are normal for women to experience from time to time.

It is true that over 50% of women suffer from Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), recurring yeast or bacterial infection and many of bacterial vaginosis (and as a result a pungent-smelling vagina). Many doctors write this off as normal because the majority of women especially in the western world have these symptoms. However, just because these symptoms are common does not mean that they are normal and should be accepted or maintained as such.

Can I use The Secret Ceres more than once a week if I experience a vaginal mycoses or candida? 

We recommend that women use The Secret Ceres 1-2 times per week when experiencing imbalances. The Secret Ceres can help stabilize and balance the natural flora which can lead to a resolution of these imbalances. 

Is it possible to use the The Secret Ceres when a woman uses vaginal medication, antibiotics or antifungal ointment – and how affect the treatment? 

We do not recommend using The Secret Ceres in conjunction with artificial substances. You may use The Secret Ceres after the duration of your treatment to avoid any interference. 

Can I continue to use my Secret Ceres after using it during a bacterial imbalance or will the bacteria be on the wand?

The wand is alkaline and bacteria cannot survive in an alkaline environment. Therefore it is safe to continue using the same The Secret Ceres wand  that you used during your imbalance.

Should I disinfect my wand after each use or rinse it with hot water?

Due to the alkaline composition of The Secret Ceres, bacteria do not grow on the wand. The Secret Ceres is a 100% natural product and should never come in contact with harsh solutions or chemicals. The crystals contained in the wand are sensitive to extreme temperature fluctuations. Thus please do not rinse The Secret Ceres under very cold or hot water as this may cause the crystals to expand or contract, which can cause it to crack.  

Who Is This Is Not For?

Virgins and women with a prolapsed uterus, who had a hysterectomy or any other severe medical condition are not recommended to use this product without consulting a doctor. 

Is The Secret Ceres approved by the FDA?

The Secret Ceres is not approved by the FDA. In fact, neither are the majority of food and vitamin supplements or cosmetics that you find at Whole Foods or your local health food store or pharmacy. We select only the purest and most potent ingredients and manufacture The Secret Ceres under the highest quality standards. All ingredients are regularly tested by state of the art labs in Germany to meet international regulations and guidelines.

Can it be used by pregnant women? 

We have had a lot of happy customers who used The Secret Ceres during pregnancy, especially to help them overcome infections and other imbalances. However in the western world pregnancy is considered a ‘high risk condition’, therefore every woman has to decide what is best for her during this time and if in doubt should consult with her gynecologist. We cannot officially recommend The Secret Ceres to pregnant women or women with medical conditions. Each woman uses the product at her own risk and assessment. 

Can I use The Secret Ceres after child birth? Does The Secret Ceres support a better cleansing and regeneration of the uterus? 

Women and midwives report that the female organs such as the uterus regenerate faster with the support of The Secret Ceres. We cannot make any specific recommendations as we have not conducted any clinical studies in this regard. We base our information on empirical evidence and narrative experiences from women that used The Secret Ceres after childbirth as well as birthing centers that reported these observations. 

How soon after childbirth is possible to start using The Secret Ceres?

It is our understanding that women resumed using The Secret Ceres approximately 4-6 weeks after childbirth. Since pregnancy is a very special time for a woman and the body of each woman is unique, it is up to each woman to listen to her intuition to decide what is best for her. 

Are there any contraindications or known side effects? 

No known contraindications or side effects have been reported to us.

Are there any experiences with menopause?

Women report experiencing relief of the typical symptoms, which include vaginal dryness and heat flashes. However, we have not conducted any studies and are therefore unable to make any claims in this regard. It is in no case harmful, yet the customer has to decide if she feels better using The Secret Ceres or not.

Is it possible to use The Secret Ceres during menstruation?

We do not recommend to use The Secret Ceres during menstruation, as this is a period of cleansing and releasing for every woman. After menstruation The Secret Ceres is a great way to cleanse the vagina of any menstrual residue.

Is it possible for women with intrauterine contraceptive devices to use The Secret Ceres?

Yes, as The Secret Ceres is only introduced into the opening of the vagina it does not interfere with any intrauterine device. 

What can I do if the Secret Ceres wand breaks inside of me while inserting?

In the unusual event of The Secret Ceres breaking inside of the yoni, please flex your pelvic muscle to push out the remaining piece. This is best achieved in a squatting position, while simultaneously pulling the piece out with your fingertips. Alternatively you may wait until the piece has dissolved and softened into a paste, after approximately 24 hours, which you can wash out with plenty of warm water using your index finger. The Secret Ceres will melt into a softened paste by absorbing moisture from your mucous skin. it is recommended that you drink 2-3 liters of water throughout the next 24 hours to ensure maximum hydration during this process. Taking a hot bath can help you to relax your internal muscles and will accelerate the process of dissolving The Secret Ceres inside of you. 

Can I repair a broken The Secret Ceres?

Yes, if you accidentally drop your The Secret Ceres and it cracks or breaks you can wet the two halves in room temperature water and press the broken parts together while smudging the outside with your fingers as if you were modeling clay, until they fuse back together into one piece. Thereafter you should stand it upright into an empty glass to allow it to dry overnight. After this, you may use your wand again. After repairing, handle with extra care.

Are there counterfeit The Secret Ceres products out there?

Yes, unfortunately there are imitation “herbal sticks” being sold that are of poor quality and we cannot vouch for the safety or efficacy of those products. Some retailers have even copied information word for word from our website and are imposter resellers that sell lower grade products on their site. Be sure that you are ordering directly from Awake Your Inner Body or from a reputable reseller.