Lube 101 Definitions

Bees Wax (Cera Alba)

Naturally produced by honeybees, cera alba is a waxy substance commonly used in lubricants and cosmetics to add texture. Beeswax has a shiny gloss, and after it has been bleached and purified, it is considered a safe ingredient. However, some people are allergic to beeswax and related ingredients. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include mild itching and irritation.

Beeswax can enhance the moisturizing properties of personal lubricants and massage creams by creating a water-insoluble barrier on the surface of the skin.


A large domain of microorganisms, potentially consisting of millions of different species.

Bacteria can affect human life in positive or negative ways. Some bacteria cause sexually transmitted infections (STIs); common examples include chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Other strands of bacteria play a beneficial role in regulating the pH levels of the vagina, which helps to limit the incidence of yeast infections and other conditions.

Many lubricants include ingredients that prevent or limit bacterial growth. This allows for a long shelf life and ensures that the lube is safe for internal use. To prevent bacterial STIs, you should always use condoms when having penetrative sex.

Benzalkonium Chloride

Benzalkonium Chloride is a disinfectant used for its spermicidal qualities. Like many over-the-counter spermicides, benzalkonium chloride (often referred to as ADBAC) affects the surface tension of liquids. This prevents sperm from moving freely, greatly reducing the chances of conception.

While benzalkonium chloride is a safe ingredient, it can cause adverse reactions in some users. It is commonly used in spermicidal creams, sometimes in conjunction with nonoxynol-9. In sexual lubricants, it is often used as a preservative rather than as a spermicide. ADBAC is also found in pharmaceuticals, cleaning agents and other household products


BDSM stands for Bondage Dominism and Sadomasichism.


Benzocaine is a white odorless and tasteless ester of para-aminobenzoate. This is a very popular and highly effective topical numbing agent used across many industries including medical and dental.  Benzocaine is used in many anal lubricants, male prolonging products, and other topical solutions as a numbing agent or anesthetic.  It is generally safe to ingest Benzocaine in small doses.  Some deep throat numbing sprays use Benzocaine to numb the throat thus avoiding any gag reflexes.






A class of drugs used to treat and prevent allergic reactions.

Histamines are a type of neurotransmitter that the body releases when encountering an allergen (a substance that causes allergic reactions and inflammation). Antihistamines essentially prevent histamines from triggering a reaction.

Many antihistamines cause or contribute to vaginal dryness. Women who experience dryness as a result of their medications can alleviate the condition by using personal lubricants.

Lube 101 Definitions