Lube 101 Definitions

Zanthoxylum Alatum

An extract made from a tree commonly found in China. It is also known simply by its genus name Zanthoxylum or by colloquial names such as winged prickly ash.

The fruit of Zanthoxylum is used to make Sichuan pepper spice. It has pain-relieving, anti-oxidant, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Lubricants sometimes use Zanthoxylum extract to create a pleasurable warming or tingling sensation.

While it is a fairly well-tolerated substance, Zanthoxylum may cause irritation or unpleasant burning sensations in some users. Despite this, it is generally considered to be safe and non-carcinogenic.

Zinc Sulfide

Zinc Sulfide Luminescent Zinc Sulfide is a colorant containing a copper additive. Luminescent Zinc Sulfide imparts a color to cosmetics and personal care products.

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Benzyl Alcohol

Benzyl Alcohol is a naturally occurring solvent that is used as a preservative. Benzyl alcohol is produced naturally by many plants and is commonly found in fruits and teas. It is also found in a variety of essential oils, gels, and lubricants.  Allergic reactions to benzyl alcohol can be fairly common, especially topical reactions and rashes.

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