The two ingredients I look to avoid more than anything else in lubes are parabens and glycerin, though one or both is unfortunately included in most of the well-known lube brands. There are plenty of other chemicals as well that are included in lubricant that should be avoided such as antifreeze and lye, but the most potentially harmful ingredients are parabens and glycerin. Why do lubricant makers put such things in their lubes? Quite honestly I don’t know. Probably the same reason that any sorts of companies use toxic and harmful ingredients: it’s more cost-effective.
Since the tissue of the vagina and anus are mucous membranes they are extremely sensitive, and essentially a gateway for chemicals to get into the bloodstream. They are especially dangerous in lubricants for that reason. Personally I try to avoid the following ingredients in every sort of product that I use, but even if you are not ready to be that hyperconscious of chemicals elsewhere please at least consider using lubricant that is mostly or completely chemical-free.
Parabens are listed on the label as methylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben, benzylparaben, isobutylparaben, and propylparaben. While methylparaben is the most common in lube I’ve also seen propylparaben included. These are usually near the end of ingredients lists as they are small additions. In addition to lube they can be found in shampoos, commercial moisturizers, shaving gels, topical/parenteral pharmaceuticals, spray tanning solution, and toothpaste. They are also used as food additives. They are used as preservatives because of their bactericidal and fungicidal properties.
While that all sounds well and good, after all they’re used in just about everything, right? Well, that doesn’t mean they’re actually good for you. Although they’re widespread in the US several nations in the EU have outlawed the use of parabens in consumer products.
Parabens are endocrine-disrupting chemicals, which means they mess with your endocrine system or the hormone producing parts of your body: the hypothalamus, ovaries or testes, thyroid, etc. They disrupt the reproductive system by mimicking estrogen and affecting the secretion of testosterone. Why is this so bad? An excess of estrogen has been proven to lead to reproductive cancer and especially when you use a lubricant with parabens in it you are putting these harmful chemicals right into your reproductive center.
They are also associated with liver toxicity because parabens build up in your system but take a long time to actually leave. We don’t simply flush out whatever parabens are introduced into our bodies in a short amount of time so a buildup of parabens along with other chemicals can lead to body burden.
Parabens also often cause allergic reactions and skin rashes in those sensitive to them
More information about parabens:
The Estrogen Receptor Relative Binding Affinities of 188 Natural and Xenochemicals: Structural Diversity of Ligands
The Problem with Parabens
The Truth About Parabens
What Are Parabens And Why Should You Avoid Them.
Parabens Info from the FDA (just so it’s not completely one-sided)
Glycerin is extremely genital unfriendly. While it is safe to ingest orally and in other manners it should be it is a sugar derivative and any sugar on or in the cunt can lead to yeast infections and UTIs, especially in those prone to them. Yeast feast on sugar, so the more sugar there is the more likely While it may not work this way for everyone, as there are plenty of people who use glycerin lubes without a problem,
It is also used as a suppository to prevent constipation, in other words it can give you the runs when used anally. Definitely not a great addition to an otherwise sexy encounter. Granted, this doesn’t happen immediately, but the anus is actually one of the fastest ways to introduce chemicals to the bloodstream, which is why suppositories are so effective.
Better known as Antifreeze, classified as toxic in Canada, classified as an irritant, and linked to cancer and reproductive, brain, and nervous system issues.
A derivitive of Propylene Glycol. Classified as an irritant by the EU, linked to endocryne system disruption, and an immune system toxicant.
Polyethylene glycol (PEG)
Classified as toxic in Canada, is a known irritant, and linked to cancer and reproductive problems.
Classified as an irritant by the EU, restricted in Japan, and linked to cancer, organ issues, and brain and nervous system issues.
Commonly known as Lye, classified as an irritant and extremely damaging to the skin.
Linked with kidney, liver, and other organ damage. Proven to cause cancer in rats when applied to the skin. It can react with other ingredients in cosmetic formulations to form carcinogens that are readily absorbed through the skin.
Chemicals derived from petroleum. Eww.
Synthetic menthol as well as natural Peppermint Oil can be irritating and drying to a woman’s genitals and damages mucus membranes. The same goes for cinnamon and clove oils.
Unsafe Sex Products and Sex Toys
Harmful Chemicals in Personal Lubes and Body Burden
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (Warning: video auto-starts on this page but it’s a good video to watch!)
Cosmetics Database (ranks all ingredients on a scale from 1 to 10)
Read Your Labels
Chemical Body Burden