• Lube 101 Definitions

    Sodium Saccharin

    Sodium Saccharin is an artificial sweetener used in many popular lubricants as well as in many other industries. There is some data that says these can lead to yeast infections for those who are already prone to them, and some people can have an allergic reaction. But it’s present in other foods, like canned fruit, diet sodas, and candy, so if you haven’t had an allergic reaction to these foods before, you’re probably safe to ingest it. Just keep it away from any sensitive mucous membranes if you’re prone to yeast.


    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.


    Hydroxyethylcellulose is a derivative of cellulose and is often used as a thickening agent.  This is a great ingredient that is used in many of the more popular gel lubricants on the market.  Hydroxyethylcellulose is found in many skin and hair products as well.

    Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride

    Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride is a water soluble organic compound which is a derivative of guar.  Guar is also known as Cluster Beans.  Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride is a great skin and hair conditioning agent which is why some manufacturers put this active ingredient in to their lubricants.


    Gluconolactone is a white, odorless crystalline powder which is often used as a skin-conditioner.  Gluconolactone is used to keep skin youthful and healthy.  Many lubricant manufacturers use Gluconolactone to keep a smooth and even consistency in their water based lubricants.

    Gingko Biloba

    Gingko Biloba is an ancient Chinese herb pulled from the Gingko Biloba Tree.  This product is a common treatment in Chinese medicine.  When added, it is believed that a Gingko Biloba can increase cognitive awarness, sex drive, and memory.  Gingko Biloba is widely used in supplements in the USA.  Gingko Biloba has been used to treat erectile dysfunction for thousands of years.


    Ethoxydiglycol also known as diethylene glycol monethyl ether.  This product is a commonly used solvent used in lubricants and the cosmetic industry.  Ethoxydiglycol is used to dilute and thin out liquids that may be of thicker consistency.  It’s found in a lot of personal care products, including make-up, bath soaps, and skin-care products. It does have ether in it, which is considered a carcinogen, and can cause some people to have allergic reactions.

    Disodium EDTA

    Disodium EDTA is a common preservative used in many industries including medical and commercial.  Disodium EDTA is found in many of the most popular sexual lubes and creams to keep a longer than usual shelf life.

    Damiana Leaf

    Damiana leaves is a shrub or plant used by Mayans and other native people of Mexico to boose sexual potency.  Damiana leaves are known to be used as an aphrodisiac and sexual attractant.  This shrub has been used in lubricants, gels, creams, and even perfumes to boost sexual attraction.





    A common abbreviation for diethanolamine, a compound used in some personal lubricants to achieve a creamy texture. Several ingredients may contain DEA, including oleamide DEA, cocamide DEA, DEA-cetyl phosphate, and lauramide DEA.

    Some studies suggest that diethanolamine could be a carcinogen, and while lubricants use a fairly small amount of DEA, it is an extremely controversial ingredient. Many lubricant manufacturers offer DEA-free products.

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