’I would never want to cover up someone's vagina odour.’
Last week, we reported on two startup dudes who wanted to biohack vaginas to make them smell like.... peaches. Well, the real brains behind the operation, Audrey Hutchinson, has now refuted claims that her intention is to cover up any bad smells. Basically, the two guys who presented Sweet Peach to a confused audience at a San Jose tech conference mistakenly took away a very literal interpretation of her original product.
Speaking to the Daily Dot, Hutchinson explained that her probiotic supplement was still in the early stages of production, but she was forced to take action after people widely misintepreted the intentions of the product when Austen Heinz and Gilad Gome mentioned Sweet Peach at a San Jose tech conference.
Both Heinz and Gome mistakenly launched Sweet Peach without Hutchinson's consultation, something she describes as "walking up to your house, seeing it on fire, and only having one bucket of water". However, she maintains that she's still pleased to have them on board.
Hutchinson explains that Sweet Peach has been somewhat misunderstood. "If your vagina is healthy, it will smell good – I would never want to cover up someone’s vagina odor, its one of the most important indicators of having an infection. It would be bad to cover that up, and live with an infection that they don’t know about.”
She simply wants to help women manage the good bacteria in their vagina, as the bad stuff can give vaginas the wrong odour and lead to medical complications such as UTIs that can, in turn, affect pregnancy.
Sweet Peach works like this: Women send in swabs of their vaginas for analysis. Once done, Sweet Peach will create a probiotic supplement in accordance with the results to help them manage their vagina's health.
Hutchinson's crowdfunding page is still not ready to launch given that the project is very much in its infancy, but it looks as if it will all turn out peachy in the end.