Updated: Feb 3
It's one thing to look at a product label and feel enticed by all the feel-good terms used to describe it. It's another matter though entirely to fully appreciate the health impacts a product can have as a whole. Meaning, there is a big difference between the warm-fuzzies on the front of a bottle or jar, and the reality check on the back. This is our number #1 beef. We don't like the bait-and-switch.
Admittedly, if the truth about the actual ingredients were advertised, then of course, they wouldn't sell. So, then we say, if the truth won't sell a product, then it shouldn't be sold in the first place.
If you look at the actual ingredients used in personal lubricants (and most other body and skin care products as well), and then consider their affect on human tissue, (especially down there!) it's easy to wonder if the manufacturers simply don't understand women's health, or if they just don't care.
Well, we care.
Below, we snapped an infograph from womensvoices.org which illustrates the slew of disruptive chemicals used to make personal lubricants, highlighting that there are many, and that, in varying combinations, the same ingredients are basically used over and over.
Secondarily, albeit peripherally, they are packaged in plastic which has its own implications since plastic chemicals are known to leach into the products with which they interface and cause disruptions to the endocrine system and natural estrogen balance.
You may also enjoy reading, The Lowdown On Lube Ingredients, where we review how these chemicals actually alter human tissue and upset the homeostasis of the female reproductive system.