Lube Ingredients You Should Avoid

Lube can be a lifesaver in the bedroom. But if you pick the wrong one, it can be seriously harmful to your health.

Many of the bestselling varieties contain some of the same ingredients that are also used in coolants, brake fluid, and even rust cleaner.

Not only does thinking about that instantly lower your libido, but those chemicals can also throw off the natural salt balance and pH in the vagina and put you at a higher risk of contracting bacterial vaginosis.

Luckily, not all lubes are created equal, and there are plenty of natural—and effective—alternatives.

The best lubricants are those that are iso-osmotic, which means they match the healthy conditions of the vagina—they don't add or subtract any water from the tissue cells or disrupt the healthy bacteria.

Here, the top 4 scary ingredients to steer clear of.


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.

 Too much of this sugar alcohol can lead to bacterial growth and unpleasant side effects like yeast infections and UTIs.


Petrochemicals like propylene glycol, polyethylene glycol, and petroleum jelly.

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.

Here is a common misperception about warming lubes, which is that it is sexy to feel burning, but good sex should never burn.

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.

 Chemical preservatives and citric acid

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. Natural products don't have those side effects.


Benzocaine is an irritant that numbs you and can be found in lubes targeted for painful sex or for making anal play less scary.

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.

So, if you find any of these ingredients in your lube, stay clear, always go with natural lubes.
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