Lube 101 Definitions

Cellulose Gum

Cellulose Gum (also called Carboxymethylcellulose) is a thickening agent made from plant fibers.  Cellulose Gum is considered to be hypoallergenic and non-toxic.  Often used in every day items such as food and drinks to give distinct texture.  Lubricant manufacturers have been safely using Cellulose Gum for years as a way to thicken up an otherwise thin liquid.  Can turn liquid lube to a gel lubricant.

Cock Ring

A ring placed around the base of the penis for sexual enhancement (also known as a “couples’ ring”). By limiting the flow of blood, the ring helps men maintain their erections. It can also slightly engorge the penis past its normal size. Some cock rings provide stimulation for the receiving partner with additional features like vibrating motors.

Most users put cock rings on before the penis becomes erect. To stay safe, the wearer should remove the ring immediately after sex or if the ring feels too tight.

Lubricant can help when putting a ring on or taking it off; many rings also have safety releases that prevent the penis from getting stuck. Cock rings are available in a variety of materials including leather, glass, silicone, and plastic.

Clitoral Stimulation

Touching of clitoris intended to enhance arousal. This can include contact performed with the fingers, mouth, toys, or any other touching that occurs in a sexual context.

The clitoris is typically the most sensitive part of the female genitalia, and direct stimulation can lead to orgasm. Clitoral stimulation can be combined with vaginal penetration.

Chinese Foxglove

A flowering plant, also known by its genus name, Rehmannia. Chinese foxglove has a similar appearance to foxglove, but it is not directly related.

The roots and flowers of Chinese foxglove are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat inflammatory conditions, and some research shows that the plant is effective for this purpose. It is used in some lotions, massage lubricants, and cosmetics to promote healthy skin.

Chinese foxglove can cause a mild allergic reaction in some users, but it is typically safe for topical application.

Coral Weed / Corallina Officinalis

A type of red seaweed commonly found around coral colonies. Coral weed may reduce inflammation and promote natural healing, similar to carrageenan. It is used in some lubricants and massage oils as a skin-nurturing ingredient.

Coral weed is a safe substance, although some people are allergic; signs of an allergic reaction include mild skin irritation and contact dermatitis.

Carcinogenic

A substance’s ability to cause cancer.

Carcinogens affect the processes that cells use to heal and replicate, causing mutations that can eventually lead to cancer. Well-known carcinogens include asbestos, tobacco, and alcohol.

Most topical products (including lubricants) do not knowingly use carcinogenic ingredients; however, scientists often have trouble definitively identifying carcinogens due to the large number of factors that can affect carcinogenesis. Parabens, a common preservative, have been suggested as a potential carcinogen, but more research needs to be completed to verify this.

Carcinogenic substances include both natural and synthetic substances.

Circumcision

A cultural practice in which the foreskin of the male penis is removed via simple surgery.

This practice has minor health benefits, as it can reduce the risks of some disease transmissions. Circumcised men may be less likely to contract yeast infections and urinary tract infections than uncircumcised men. The practice can also reduce risks of HIV transmission, and the World Health Organization recommends circumcision in areas where HIV is prevalent (particularly in parts of Africa).

However, circumcision also carries some health risks, as the practice can lead to bacterial infections, especially when performed outside of a sterile environment.

Cervix

In the female reproductive system, the cervix is the narrow passageway that connects the vagina to the uterus. The entire cervix is typically less than three centimeters long and is made up of firm tissue that softens during ovulation. During conception, sperm travels through the cervix to fertilize the egg in the uterus.

Cancer of the cervix is one of the most serious health risks for adult women. Many types of cervical cancer are associated with human papillomavirus (HPV), and women can reduce their risks of contracting HPV by undergoing vaccination. Regular Pap smears can identify cervical cancers in their early stages, drastically improving the chances of a full recovery.

Cornstarch

A powdery starch derived from various species of corn. It is commonly used as a thickening agent in foods. In skin powders and cosmetics, it serves as an anti-caking agent and as a dry lubricant. It can also soothe itchy or irritated skin.

Cornstarch is a safe additive, especially when applied directly to the skin. It can be dangerous for people with corn allergies, however. Allergy symptoms include asthma attacks, swelling, and in extreme cases, anaphylaxis.