What should I consider when choosing a lubricant?
Using a lubricant is a great way to enhance sensation and enjoyment during intimacy, but with so many different products out there to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start. In actual fact, not all lubricants are created equal and there are several things to consider before making a purchase.
Check the ingredients
Did you know that many ‘mainstream’ lubricants actually contain parabens, glycerine, glycols and other concerning chemicals and skin irritants? So, why is that a problem? Mucous membranes (the moist layer of semi-permeable tissue lining the mouth, nose, eyes, vagina and anus) do not have the protective layer found on the surface of the outer skin and so can be damaged, irritated and penetrated by synthetic chemicals much more easily. Rectal and vaginal absorption is, generally speaking, many times greater than oral absorption.
With that in mind, it’s easy to see why making an informed choice when choosing intimacy products is so important.
We recommend that you avoid using lubricants that contain synthetic or concerning ingredients and instead opt for a natural formulation using pure ingredients to reduce the risk of irritation.
Did you know that a product can be labelled ‘organic’, even if it only contains 1% of organic ingredients? To be confident that a product truly is pure and natural, select an intimacy product that is verified by an organic certification, such as the Soil Association. This guarantees that the product’s ingredients and formulation process are regulated to ensure that they are pure, natural and unadulterated.
The pH of a lubricant formulation can also be the cause of irritation. A healthy vaginal pH is acidic, typically around 3.8 to 4.5, whereas a rectal pH is neutral, at around 7.0. The acidic environment of the vagina keeps it protected against the growth of unhealthy bacteria and reduces the risk of infections such as BV, Thrush or UTIs. Using a product that is not pH matched to the relevant area that it is being applied, can disrupt the balance of good bacteria which can increase the risk of infection.
Some of our favourite lubricants include YES WB, a water-based lubricant which works to hydrate and replenish moisture during intercourse; YES OB, a plant-oil based lubricant containing natural oils such as shea and cocoa butter which create a smooth, longer-lasting glide whilst nourishing intimate tissues.