Lube 101 Definitions


A product made from non-synthetic ingredients and materials. Some people avoid heavily processed or manufactured substances, and organic personal lubricants offer these users a natural alternative to common over-the-counter lubes. Organic lubricants are not necessarily safer or more effective than synthetic lubricants.

Some organic lubricants have official certifications, which indicate that their ingredients meet the United States Department of Agriculture’s requirements under the terms set by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).

Oil Based Personal Lubricant

Oil-based personal lubricants can use a number of lubricating oils, sometimes with fragrances and other ingredients. Oil-based sex lube is hydrophobic, non-allergenic and provides longer-lasting performance than water-based lubricant. It is typically less expensive than silicone lube, and unlike silicone lubricants, oil-based lubes do not damage silicone toys. The use of oil based personal lubricants is not recommended for vaginal or anal sex. A major concern with oil based personal lubricants is the ease at which a person can develop a yeast infection or like problem. With the oil repelling any water it comes in contact with, inside your body the same problem is happening, it repels any water your body tries to clean it out with, thus it is impossible for your body to expel the oil. Oil based personal lubricants are also deemed not safe for use with latex condoms as the oil will break down any latex it comes in contact with.

Oral Sex

The sexual act which involves the stimulation of the genitals using the mouth. Oral sex is also referred to as Cunnilingus and Fellatio. Cunnilingus refers to oral sex performed on a woman whereas Fellatio is oral sex performed on a man. Flavored Lubricants make oral sex more enjoyable.


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Lactic Acid

An acidic compound produced in muscular areas of the human body. The vaginal canal naturally produces some lactic acid.

Lactic acid affects the acidity (pH) of the vagina, which can in turn affect the growth of vaginal flora. Some studies suggest that lactic acid can promote growth of lactobacilli, and that healthy amount of lactic acid can reduce the risk of yeast infections. Some sexual health supplements and lubricants contain lactic acid as an active ingredient for this reason.

Lube 101 Definitions