We know that our skin absorbs many of the chemicals found in the facial moisturizers, body lotions and other personal care products that we use daily and according to studies, approximate 60% of what we apply topically onto the skin can be absorbed into the blood stream.
Mucosa (mucous membranes) which are found on the mouth, eyes, vagina, rectum and penis tip are especially vulnerable, as they do not have the stratum corneum which is the protective layer of skin. As a result, without this protective barrier, chemicals can more easily be absorbed into the bloodstream.
Many women have allergies and sensitivities to mainstream intimacy products and would prefer not to put the chemical ingredients of traditional personal lubricants in their bodies. Some of these ingredients include:
- propylene glycol: a popular lubricant ingredient also found in brake fluid and anti-freeze, paint solvent & plastic.
- paragons: used as preservatives
- glycerin: drying to the tissues
Which brings us to the topic of Vaginal Dryness - a topic that women do not want to discuss however, the reality is that most women will experience vaginal dryness and discomfort at some stage in their life.
Between 50-80% of menopausal women will experience vaginal dryness caused by declining estrogen levels which can result in painful intercourse, in elevated vaginal pH which can lead to thrush and in atrophic vaginitis where even sitting down can hurt. It is however not exclusive to menopausal women. Women who are pregnant, breast-feeding, on the birth control pill, anti histamines, anti depressants, women undergoing breast cancer treatment, a hysterectomy, chemically induced menopause or women dealing with stress can also experience this problem. As a result, most women have a need for additional lubrication at some point.
We want to feel comfortable on a daily basis and during sexual intercourse, however we don’t want to use lubricants with nasty synthetic chemicals. Traditionally, women have resorted to using petrochemicals like Vaseline and mineral oil. However, healthy alternatives which offer exceptional performance without compromising purity for everyday moisture retention as well as for maximum lubricity and long-lasting glide are now available.
YES is a certified organic, plant-based natural range of lubricants available in water-based (condom compatible), oil-based and fertility-friendly versions. They are:
- free from hidden synthetic chemicals (harmful or not)
- free from all known mucosal irritants
- contain only natural ingredients (plant based and occurring in nature)
- beneficial (using plants that are known to benefit the mucosa and skin)
- feel really good on skin and work really really well
- look good, no smutty images or demeaning language on the packaging
- are transparent about their ingredients and benefits
So what is the difference between the various types of lubricants?
Water-based lubricants are condom compatible yet offer a dual purpose. Formulated from water-retaining plant polymers, they treat vaginal dryness and discomfort by rehydrating delicate tissues. As a sexual lubricant, water-based lubricants provide realistic lubrication and they are pH balanced to maintain the typical vaginal environment and to combat thrush & irritation.
Oil-based lubricants are not condom compatible yet offer a natural alternative to synthetic chemical lubricants such as silicone or vaseline. They contain sweet almond oil, shea butter and cocoa butter which act as a strong, long-lasting lubricant. Although oil-based lubricants protect the tissues, they will not rehydrate dry and sensitive vaginal tissues. They are suitable for use as an intimate massage oil or all over the body.
Fertility-friendly lubricants enable couples trying to conceive to use lubricants that are pH and osmolality matched to semen during ovulation and to typical vaginal pH after ovulation. Semen is neutral to alkaline, so using an acidic lubricant at ovulation may damage sperm motility. The vagina is typically acidic, which maintains a healthy defence against infection, so using a neutral to alkaline lubricant all month may impact vaginal health. The typical acidic vaginal environment protects against infections such as Bacterial Vaginosis and Thrush.
Sex? YES but love organically.