This is a subject that gets us heated. There are lubes (substances meant to be put on and in the most sensitive parts of the human body) currently on the market and widely available in the US that are filled with toxins. Why is this allowed? We can’t answer that question, but what we can do is get this information out to the public, and carry only body safe lube in our stores.
Please take a look at the following list of potentially harmful ingredients frequently found in sexual lubricants.
Laxative. Absorbed readily through the skin into bloodstream. May be contaminated with Ethyline Oxide or Dioxane, highly hazardous carcinogens.
Sweetener & historical antifreeze ingredient. May promote yeast infections.
Synthetic parabens are known toxins, known allergens, suspected to interfere with gene expression, and suspected carcinogens.
Known allergen. Suspected carcinogenic.
Known allergen. Releases formaldehyde, a highly hazardous carcinogen.
Known toxin, increases skin absorption of other toxins.
Linked to hyperactivity. When combined with ascorbic acid (sometimes present in the same lube’s ingredient list!), it can form benzene, a highly hazardous carcinogen.
Toxic artificial sweetener. Suspected carcinogen.
A petroleum product. Main ingredient in antifreeze.
See more about Silicone Lube below.
The above ingredients can be found even in some lubes that claim to be body-safe and hypoallergenic. One company even has the audacity to call one of their lubes “natural” when it is almost entirely made out of ingredients on this list! *cough* Shame on you WET Naturals *cough*.
A Word About Silicone Lube
Silicone lube is extensively advertised as safe and non-toxic. However, we think this is questionable. The main ingredient is usually dimethicone. This is the same substance that was once used to fill breast implants (and the public was told those were safe too).
Fact: Some people have very bad reactions to silicone-based lube.
Fact: Dimethicone was classified as “expected to be toxic or harmful” on the Environment Canada Domestic Substance List in 2008.
Suspicions: We suspect that it is not inert to the body. We suspect it may be difficult for the body to expel and may trap germs and/or encourage germ growth. We suspect that (despite claims otherwise) it may actually be absorbed through the skin in some cases.
We recommend erring on the side of caution where health is concerned.