Leda Toussaint, owner and creator, helps women with sensitive vaginas find a true cleanse and symptom relief by providing a healthy alternative to feminine care without the harsh ingredients. Leda’s twelve-year background in medical science and passion for women’s reproductive health laid the foundation to help launch GNTLE in 2018.
Who is Leda Toussaint?
First and foremost, thank you so much for having me. I’m so thrilled to be here with you! I am always first a child of the Creator sent here for a purpose and a reason. Outside of being a scientist turned entrepreneur, I am a wife to my wonderful husband, a daughter, a sister to nine siblings, and your favorite homegirl!
Can you tell us more about this amazing company, GNTLE?
Sure thing. GNTLE is an all-natural feminine care company born out of my personal vulvovaginal issues. I created a gentle and sophisticated feminine wash formula with four simple ingredients that aid in a woman’s vulva cleansing and healing process. Every element in the GNLTE products is natural and hand-selected to bring our customers the safest care possible.
GNTLE’s natural feminine washes were created to give a triple vulva balancing effect while eliminating odor as well. Combined, the natural ingredients help balance the vulva’s natural moisture, pH, and good and bad bacteria.
This is the first feminine wash of its kind on the market, and I am so proud of that!
What was the motivation to launch the line?
There are a ton of women out there that feel isolated and trapped by their recurring vulvovaginal issues. I know this because I was one of them. The motivation came from wanting to solve a problem for women like me, women with sensitive vaginas who could not find relief. I was privileged to have open and candid conversations early on that helped me decide to launch.
Did your twelve years of medical science experience help with creating the perfect ingredients when creating the GNTLE line?
Absolutely! Listen, the scientific method never goes away! LOL. I also felt like I had the inside scoop on how different products and ingredients affected the human body, specifically the female reproductive system. This knowledge and understanding assisted me in the selection of the ingredients for the product. I did not create the ingredients; I strategically chose them from the earth for the GNTLE line. GNTLE products are steeped in science and formulated with sophistication and care.
Being that the industry is considered to be oversaturated with feminine products, what makes GNTLE different?
Most of the ingredients in feminine care products include harsh acids, alcohols, detergents, and fragrances. Why is this important to know? These ingredients are infamous for stripping the vulva of her natural oils and breaking down the skin barrier. We experience inflammation, irritation, and possible infection when this happens, and we all know we can’t have that. GNTLE is free of all these hazardous and toxic ingredients. Our focus is to balance your natural oils while cleansing at the same time. Our four all-natural ingredients allow this balancing effect to take place.
Is GNTLE considered safe for all skin types?
It sure is. Even though it was formulated for women with sensitivities like recurring yeast infections to vulvar sclerosis, it is safe for all skin types.
What are the benefits of using GNTLE?
I’m so glad you asked. GNTLE’s natural feminine washes were created to give a triple vulva balancing effect while eliminating odor as well. Combined, the natural ingredients help balance the vulva’s natural moisture, pH, and good and bad bacteria. What more can a girl ask for?!
What advice could you provide to young ladies that are still learning how to maintain better feminine hygiene or care regimens?
To my young ladies, drink your water. Wipe front to back. Use a gentle vulva cleanser like our GNTLE feminine wash. Use your hands to clean your vulva and not a washcloth. Lastly, you are not the only one who has dealt with or is dealing with vulvovaginal issues. It’s more common than you think. So, do not be afraid to ask questions. This is how you learn more about yourself.
What can we expect from GNTLE in the future?
The GNTLE train is moving along and helping and educating as many women as we can. First up, our GNTLE Wellness program will also become available this year to help guide women through a womb healing journey. Soon I’ll be accepting wellness clients who may suffer from vulva/vaginal issues. Over the last two years, I have successfully helped women with vulvar dermatitis, recurring yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, excessive vaginal sweating, chronic vaginal dryness, and more.
Next, GNTLE Getaways. This will help women take self-care to a whole new level. Without giving away too much, just think destination wellness retreat for the GNTLE Lady Tribe. I’m so excited about this. I’ll be sure to keep you posted.
What is it that you would like our viewers to gain from this amazing interview?
I agree. This was such an amazing interview. Thank you for having me.
I want to leave your viewers with this. You are never too old to learn about your body, no matter what age. As we age, our bodies change, and how we treat her must change as well. So, get familiar with her. Build a relationship with her. You’ll be glad you did.
How can people connect with you to learn more about GNTLE?
Yes! Come meet me over on Instagram @gntleladywash to learn about your high-maintenance vulva and how to care for her. I also host a weekly Instagram Live segment called “Girl Talk Tuesday” at 8 pm EST. I’m always there answering questions about our natural feminine washes. It’s an overall safe space for women to come together to talk about all things womanhood. I can’t wait to meet you there.
Photo Credits: Eye-Imagery by Crystale Spearman