Lube 101 Definitions

Maltodextrin

Maltodextrin is a white powdery substance derived from different products such as potato starch, rice, corn, and even wheat.  Maltodextrin is a very common additive in the food industry as this ingredient is considered safe to eat by the FDA.  Maltodextrin is used as a thickening agent in many cases such as the lubricant industry.  This is a harmless ingredient added to many popular lubricants and sexual stimulants.

Medical Grade

Indicates that a product is safe for use in medicine. It often refers to medical-grade silicone, a hypoallergenic substance used in various medical and medicinal applications.

Many lubricant manufacturers use medical-grade silicone. Medical-grade silicone is tested to ensure safety, and these tests are implemented and regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Testing helps to show that the silicone doesn’t contain any potentially unsafe additives or contaminants.

Macadamia Nut

The nut of the macadamia tree. It is a popular food, and some products include macadamia nut oils or other parts of the plant to support sexual health.

Macadamia nuts contain vitamin B, which helps to regulate the reproductive system. Like many nuts, they also contain a high concentration of protein and monosaturated fatty acids, and they may lower cholesterol when eaten as a part of a healthy diet.

Macadamia nuts are safe in health supplement formulas, although some people may experience an allergic reaction.

Methyl Nicotinate

A chemical that soothes the skin while acting as a mild vasodilator, drawing blood flow wherever it is applied. It is used in some lubricants as a skin conditioner or as a sexual enhancement ingredient, depending on the compound’s strength in the formula.

Methyl nicotinate is a safe ingredient when used in fairly small quantities. It has a low incidence of side effects, which can include itching and mild irritation; discontinue use if these symptoms occur.

Male Masturbator

A type of sex toy. The user inserts his penis into the toy to enjoy pleasurable sensations.

Male masturbators often use materials that mimic the feel and texture of the vagina, anus, or mouth, allowing for more realistic sex. As male masturbation toys are not self-lubricating, a personal lubricant can greatly enhance the experience.

Depending on the material used to create the masturbator, users may be able to choose from water, silicone, or hybrid water-silicone lubes (oil-based lubes will often break down the soft materials used to make these toys). Many high-end male masturbators use Cyberskin, a material made from silicone, and they may break down and become tacky when used with a pure silicone lubricant.

Microcirculation

The circulation that occurs in the body’s smallest blood vessels, including the capillaries and arterioles in the genitals and in other organ tissues. Microcirculation regulates blood flow, inflammation, and swelling.

Some lubricant ingredients can affect microcirculation, typically by dilating the blood vessels and allowing more blood to pass through. This can support capillary exchange, which can in turn improve sensation for the user or allow for improved sexual functionality (specifically, it can allow men to achieve erections more quickly, or in some cases to achieve larger erections due to the increase in microcirculatory blood flow). L-arginine is a common example of this type of ingredient.

Mentha Piperita

Another name for peppermint oil, commonly used in lubricants as a cooling agent. It creates a pleasant tingling sensation while drawing blood flow to the site of application.

While it is fairly well tolerated, some people are allergic to mint and should avoid products with this ingredient. See “”peppermint oil”” for more information.

AKA Mentha Balsamea or Mentha Pipenta

Mentha Balsamea

Another name for peppermint oil, commonly used in lubricants as a cooling agent. It creates a pleasant tingling sensation while drawing blood flow to the site of application.

While it is fairly well tolerated, some people are allergic to mint and should avoid products with this ingredient. See “”peppermint oil”” for more information.

AKA Mentha Piperita or Mentha Pipenta

Mentha Pipenta

Another name for peppermint oil, commonly used in lubricants as a cooling agent. It creates a pleasant tingling sensation while drawing blood flow to the site of application.

While it is fairly well tolerated, some people are allergic to mint and should avoid products with this ingredient. See “”peppermint oil”” for more information.

AKA mentha piperita or mentha balsamea