Summer’s Deceive

UPDATE (3.4.21): Summer's Eve Removes 10 Toxic Ingredients!

For years, WVE supporters have raised their voices through our #SummersDeceive campaign that has included online action and call-in days, participation in protests outside the company’s headquarters, and have signed on to our letter from scientists to the company.

We are pleased to report these efforts have paid off! Because you demanded it, Summer’s Eve has removed 10 toxic ingredients from their products. This is definitely something to celebrate, but the makers of Summer’s Eve still have work to do in addressing harmful practices that can jeopardize our health. LEARN MORE!

We have a new name for Summer's Eve...

Summer's Deceive

Summer’s Eve is a popular personal care brand markets its wipes, washes, and more as “must-haves” for both health and self-image. They capitalize on the blatant and absurd underlying message that vaginas are dirty and in need of cleansing. What’s worse: with names like “Island Splash” these products may sound refreshing, but they could contain hidden toxics.

WATCH and SHARE these spoof ads that call out harmful marketing and toxic ingredients in Summer’s Eve wipes. Then TAKE ACTION to add your voice to the growing coalition of activists, organizations, researchers & healthcare providers to tell Summer’s Eve toxic and hidden ingredients are not ok!! 

Toxic Talking Box

Did you know that some Summer’s Eve feminine wipes contain a spermicide?
SHARE NOW on Twitter and Facebook.

Fairy Fem Wipes Mother

Summer’s Eve: We’re sick and tired of being told our bodies are dirty. And we’re not falling for it. SHARE NOW on Twitter and Facebook.

Toxics to Go!

“Hiding toxic chemicals linked to allergies, fertility issues and cancer, just got a whole lot more convenient!” SHARE NOW on Twitter and Facebook.

The Problem

Use of intimate wipes is on the rise largely due to stepped up marketing by brands like Summer’s Eve, which promotes wipes as a ‘must-have’ for both health and self-image. The chemicals used in their wipes products, however, belie marketing messages that tell women they need wipes in order to feel fresh, clean and confident.

Summer’s Eve wipes contain many ingredients that put people’s health at risk, including:

  • Octoxynol-9 is a potent contraceptive drug that effectively kills sperm. However, wipes containing octoxynol-9 are not considered contraceptives, nor are they required to have any caution labeling to their potential effect on fertility.
  • 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol and Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate (IPBC) are preservatives used in several Summer’s Eve wipes, including one product labeled ‘Simply Sensitive.’ 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol releases formaldehyde, a human carcinogen. Exposure to formaldehyde can cause allergic reactions for those who are sensitized to it. IPBC is also a well-known skin allergen, making the use of wipes containing these chemicals a painful experience for many women. (UPDATE 7.11.2019: because thousands of you took action, Summer’s Eve has reformulated and have removed these preservatives from their new products! But read labels: Products on the shelves may still contain 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol and Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate (IPBC))
  • Fragrance is used in all Summer’s Eve wipes, but labels offer no fragrance ingredient information. Instead their website only lists ‘Clinically Tested Safe Scents’ as one of the benefits to using their wipes products. And now they are marketing a “fragrance-free” product that actually contains a number of fragrance chemicals. This is vague marketing language that fails to provide people the ingredient information they need to make their own purchasing choices — and in the case of their “fragrance-free” products, this marking is at best misleading and at worst, deceiving. Fragrance can be made up of potentially hundreds of different ingredients, many of which are linked to serious health problems from skin irritation to hormone disruption and breast cancer.
  • Neutresse®, a trademarked odor-control technology used in many Summer’s Eve wipes. It is the only wipes brand that has such technology, and like fragrance, the ingredients in Neutresse are also withheld from consumers.

Women of color are disproportionately impacted by the harmful and unwanted chemicals in wipes. Data compiled by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) indicate that Black and Latina women use wipes, douches, washes, and sprays at higher rates than white women. Companies continue to market products like washes, wipes, douches, powders and sprays more aggressively to women of color, putting their health at heightened risk of toxic exposures and adverse long-term health impacts.

Bottom line: Taking care of your body shouldn’t put your health at risk! Raise your voice and demand that Summer’s Eve remove toxic chemicals from its wipes, washes, douches, and sprays and come clean about all ingredients, including fragrance and Neutresse®.



Summer’s Eve “Fragrance-Free” Products are Full of Fragrance Ingredients?!

Nearly 1/2 the ingredients in Summer’s Eve “Fragrance-Free” products are actually fragrance ingredients. Just what the heck is going on here and WTFragrance?!

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Open Letter to Summer’s Eve: Add Your Voice, Today!

Join the growing coalition of environmental, health, justice organizations — and researchers, scientists and healthcare providers — to tell Summer’s Eve toxic and hidden ingredients are not ok!


Harmful dyes removed from vaginal washes

Victory! Summer’s Eve Removed Dangerous Dyes from Vaginal Washes

Thanks to your continued demands, Prestige Brands (makers of Summer’s Eve) has taken three harmful colorants out of vaginal washes. Learn more!

Protesting toxic chemicals in Summer's Eve

We Shook Up Summer’s Eve!

In sizzling New York heat, we protested toxic products & body-shaming outside of the makers of Summer’s Eve. The corporation is definitely taking notice, so keep raising your voice!!



Detox the Box Advisory Committee

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Special Thank You to…

Summer’s Deceive Film Credits: Women’s Voices for the Earth in collaboration with Sprout Films

Production company, Sprout FilmsDirected by: Katy-Robin Garton
Written by: Beth Conway and Sarada Tangirala
Produced by: Beth Conway and Paige Sparks
Featuring: Meshayla Cox, Kylie Paul, Shane Rooney and Rachel Garton DePuy

Edited by: Paige Sparks and Katy-Robin Garton
Special Thanks to: Inner Harmony Yoga Studio, Pattee Creek Market, Nina Alviar Makeup
Director of Photography: Jake Hanson
Lighting Engineer: Krist Hagar

Additional Resources

Menstrual Care and Personal Care Products
What’s in Period Products? Timeline of Chemical Testing
Nanosilver in Period Care Products
Quats and Other Chemicals of Concern in Antibacterial Sex Toy Cleaners
Period Care – Hall of Shame Products
Vaginal Douching Linked to Higher Levels of Phthalates – Study
Always Pads Testing Results
2018 Tampon Testing Results
Slippery Slope: Potential Hazards of Lubricants for Women

Menstrual Products Right to Know Act (HR 2268)
Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act (HR 4296)
Menstrual Equity for All Act
Robin Danielson Feminine Hygiene Safety Act
Tampon Tax Litigation Actions
Opposition: California’s AB 1989


Add your voice to the growing coalition of activists, organizations, researchers & healthcare providers to tell Summer’s Eve that toxic and hidden ingredients in their wipes, washes, douches and sprays are not ok!!
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