4 Harmful Lube Ingredients You Should Avoid At All Costs
Glycerin, a sugar alcohol, increases the osmolality of the lube (a technical way to describe the measure of how much of one substance has been dissolved in another substance), and the bottom line is that a high level of glycerin isn't good, says Strgar. Too much of this sugar alcohol can lead to bacterial growth and unpleasant side effects like yeast infections and UTIs.
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Try:. It contains organic peppermint oil to enhance sensitivity and increase blood flow, and organic avocado oil and shea butter to keep things slippery. Fun fact: Each year the Sinclair Institute donates over a third of their profits to DKT International, an organization that has provided millions of men and women with family health and HIV/AIDS prevention programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
"Most flavored or warming sensation lubricants are made with petrochemicals," which are chemical substances derived from petroleum, and may be found in products like antifreeze, says Strgar. "There is a common misperception about warming lubes, which is that it is sexy to feel burning, but good sex should never burn," she says. "True arousal causes engorgement and a natural warming of sexual organs, so you don't need to pour chemicals on there to make it burn."
Try:. This water-based lubricant is is glycerin and paraben-free and made from 95% organic ingredients, like aloe vera. It also has a similar consistency to saliva and natural vaginal secretions.
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"Many people have had bad experiences with lubes that burn or itch, or feel really sticky during or after use, and that's because of preservative ingredients like these," says Strgar. "Natural products don't have those side effects."
Try:Wet Organics. This aloe-based lubricant is 100% natural thanks to organic ingredients like quinoa, hemp, flax, green tea, and oat extracts. It's long-lasting, nonsticky, and easy to clean up.
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"Benzocaine is an irritant that numbs you and can be found in lubes targeted for painful sex or for making anal play less scary," says Dangerous Lilly, a sex toy critic. "This is just a bad idea, because pain is your body's way of saying HEY STOP. If you keep going you can end up with injuries, microtears to the delicate tissue, and major problems."
Try:, which is made with organic ingredients like sunflower seed oil, coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter. This hypoallergenic lube is also gluten- and fragrance-free.
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