What’s in Your Lube?
Every sexy maven should have more than one bottle of lube in his or her nightstand drawer. Knowing what’s in or shouldn’t be in your lube will you help decide which ones are safe and best for particular sexual pleasures and activities.
What’s In Your Lube?
Aloe is nature’s No. 1 skin rescuer. Pluck one of its thick, succulent leaves and it’s great for relieving blisters, burns and chafing. Since chafing can be a major irritant for male masturbation, Gun Oil adds aloe to all of its products.
Benzocaine (or lidocaine) is the same numbing ingredient that your dentist uses on numbing your gums in his office. It’s also what’s used in desensitizing lubes, creams and sprays. Desensitizing lubes, like Wicked’s Overtime, are great for warding off premature ejaculation. However, you’ll want to wait until the cream-based lube is absorbed into the skin before vaginal or anal penetration so you don’t compromise your partner’s pleasure or safety.
Capsaicin, the ingredient that makes chili peppers hot, is often the active ingredient in warming lubes. System Jo Warming H20 Anal Lubricant is a great way to glide into something very pleasurable.
Ginseng may really be an aphrodisiac. Its natural warming properties are an additive in Liquid Sex’s Xtreme Lubricant.
Glycerin is a compound that is derived from vegetable oil or is synthetically manufactured. Glycerin gives lubes a smooth glide, helps seal in moisture, and is component of many flavored lubes. While glycerin does not contain sugar, it can convert to sugar in the vagina and can lead to yeast infections. If yeast infections are a problem for you, Doc Johnson’s Wonderland is a great multi-purpose lube. If you want to avoid glycerin but don’t want to give up the flavor, Sliquid Swirl comes in flavors like pink lemonade and pina colada .
Glycerol is a type of glycerin made from a sugar-based alcohol. This is the type of glycerin you definitely want to avoid. Aside from being a breeding ground for yeast infections, it leaves a sticky mess and is not fun to clean up. This the type of ingredient you definitely want to avoid!
Parabens – usually listed as methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben – on personal lubricant packages – have been shown to lead to lowered sperm count and breast cancer. While the FDA has not concluded that parabens can lead to breast cancer, France and Denmark have imposed bans on parabens in some products. If you’re concerned about parabens, look for lubes that are labeled “paraben-free”. Sliquid Natural Intimate Lubricant as well of all the products in its lubricant line are paraben-free.
Peppermint oil is found in many tingling, cooling and flavored lubes. Since it’s a natural extract, it’s safe to use. Kama Sutra’s Love Liquid Peppermint Lube adds a tingling touch and comes in a water-based, non-staining formula. Swiss Navy Cooling Peppermint lube is tasty and contains no parabens or sugar.
Vitamin E is the ultimate skin rejuvenator. It’s been known to slow the growth of cancer cells, help fight yeast infections, and protect tissues. Vitamin E is included in System Jo’s Personal Silicone Lubricant and H20 Women’s Warming Lubricant.