What is Vabbing? One TikToker Explains But, We’re Not Sure You Really Want To Know.


I love the internet, I really do. There are so many wild things to learn, like time-saving cleaning hacks and weirdly cool rabbit holes about history and mysteries. But, be forewarned – googling what is vabbing may leave you regretting your google history.


But then there are also the things that leave me wondering what the hell is wrong with people, like those gross pimple popping videos and now…vabbing.

What is vabbing?

Oh, GAWD. Are you sure you want to know? Seriously, as your internet friend, I am giving you an out. DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER if you don’t want to feel like your brain will need a damn shower after you learn this information. 

Also – this post is NSFW.

OK, you asked for it; here it goes.

Vabbing is vagina juice perfume. I shit you not.

“Ok, let’s talk about vabbing,” TikTok and Instagram influencer @karen.disapproves, whose real name is Chelsea, says in her hilarious hot take video.

“Apparently, vabbing is when you take your vagina juice, and you put it on like perfume in order to attract a mate, something about pheromones or some bullshit.”

I’m sorry…WHAT!?

“So, the trend is girls are going to like the gym and to the club or girl’s night and having vabs as an experiment. And my brain goes…like you do you girl, you do you. But it also goes, I don’t want to be on an elliptical after someone who was on it just vabbed and they sweat out their new perfume all over the elliptical.”

I feel like I would have an anxiety attack if I found out that some person who used the gym equipment before me was sweating their vabs all over it.

I may just be a workout-from-home gal from now on. OMG. 

“Or what about being in the back of a uber pool with a girl whos club-bound and the windows are up, and it’s a hot day (gagging noise), or what about just like a low-key girl’s night at Outback?” Chelsea asks.

“And your sharing a bread basket!? A BREAD BASKET. All I gotta say is, if the pandemic wasn’t enough for you to carry Purell wipes around, I think this might have sent us over.”


? original sound – Karen Disapproves

Of course, the comments took this new trend of vabbing and ran with it.

One hysterically TikToker wrote, “I’ve been wearing it in my beard for decades. Luckily, I haven’t attracted any dudes.”

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Anothertaylor added form friendly life advice, “Don’t go to any black light parties,” Good God, can you imagine what you would find if everything one was vibing in their vabbing? I would neve leave my house again thankyouverymuch.

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And Lindsay pointed out something that I cannot stop thinking about, “me looking at all my girlfriends reaching to give me hugs like…your vabbing need to also become mine.” This makes me want to yell SIX FEET! 

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KatiaLove13 says she knew about this vabbing trend already.

There’s always that one who has to let you know they were way cooler than you before you even knew it was cool. Or, in this case, way more inappropriately personal. 

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But Jenna is giving me strong breath-into-this-paper-bag vibes with her comment.

She wrote, “I work in healthcare, best not to think about the bodily fluids about in the world or you won’t leave your house. Trust.”

Ma’am, I trust!

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According to Healthline, vabbing became popular in 2019 after noted sexologist Shan Boodram said that she practices vabbing before a night out.

There is little science to back up the claim that vabbing would be effective for humans.

The experiments that folks like to point to demonstrate that pheromones play a central role in mating behavior, but they actually came from animal studies.

“In contrast, there’s little research showing that pheromones affect human mating behavior. In fact, depending on how it’s defined, it’s not clear whether humans even possess pheromones,” Healthline reported.

Whether pheromones are real or not, just the act of believing vabbing could work might be enough.

After all, the placebo effect is very real and very powerful.

Healthline notes that Shan Boodram wrote an article for Refinery29 that included this gem, “Regardless of if vaginal pheromones truly make a person irresistible or not, the fact that you think it does will cause you to act in a bolder, more confident manner.”

We reached out to Chelsea for comment, and she hilariously told us,

“Look… Gen Z can take away our skinny jeans and the lower half of our shirt, but for the love of god, they will not take away our base level of hygiene.”

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go bulk order more Purell. 


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