• Lube 101 Definitions


    A type of synthetic rubber that is extremely flexible and durable. Neoprene is used to make some sex toys and accessories, particularly accessories associated with BDSM (bondage, dominance, and submission).

    Unlike some other rubbers, neoprene is made from tightly woven microfibers, and it cleans easily with soap and water. Neoprene allergies are very rare, but they can occur; common symptoms include redness, irritation, and itching.

    Apart from sex toys and accessories, neoprene is used to make diving suits and sportswear.

    Neem Leaf / Melia Azadirachta

    A tree commonly found throughout India and Pakistan. It produces the fruits and seeds used to create neem oil, a substance prized for its purported skin-friendly benefits. Neem is said to treat a variety of skin conditions, but there is currently limited scientific evidence for these claims.

    Neem leaf and oil are generally safe for short-term use. However, pregnant women should not use products with this ingredient, as neem can cause a miscarriage. People with diabetes and auto-immune disorders should also check with their physicians before using products with neem.

    Nuru Massage

    Nuru Massage is a full body-to-body sensual massage(FBSM) that is performed between two nude people with a unique type of massage gel often called nuru massage gel, nuru nuru or simply nuru gel. Before the Massage begins, the masseuse pours generous amounts of the special nuru gel all over the body of the massage recipient. The masseuse slides his or her body along the other body, which massages muscles and relieves tension. Often, both parties switch the roles of masseuse and Massage recipient to make the session really interesting and arousing! The feeling of the remarkable Nuru Gel is sensational and makes both bodies feel extra sexy. The word nuru originates from the Japanese language, which means “slippery.


    A liquid used to reduce the surface tension of a cosmetic, lubricant, or another product. Nonoxynol-15 and other nonoxynols are often used to help ingredients dissolve; nonoxynol-9, a related substance, is frequently used as a spermicide.

    While nonoxynol-15 is similar to nonoxynol-9, it contains more ethylene oxide and has different chemical properties as a result. Nonoxynol-15 is not used as a spermicide.

    It is considered a safe lubricant ingredient.

    Nettle Root Extract

    An extract made from the urtica dioica plant, commonly known as nettle. It is included in some lubricants for its purported effects on libido; in traditional medicine, the root of the nettle plant is used as a powerful aphrodisiac.

    Nettle is also used to treat asthma, hay fever, and a number of other conditions. It may work as an anti-inflammatory agent. While it is fairly safe and effective, it can cause serious side effects for some users. Nettle root extract is thought to be unsafe for pregnant women and for people who take blood pressure medications.

    Numbing Agents

    Ingredients designed to numb sensitive tissues. The most common use for lubricants with numbing agents is to delay ejaculation and to extend sexual pleasure. Numbing agents are also known as analgesics or anesthetics, and the most popular agents are benzocaine and lidocaine.

    Both of these substances are safe in small amounts. However, you should exercise extreme care when using lubricants with numbing agents, particularly when having penetrative anal or oral sex. The numbing ingredients can decrease your sensitivity to pain, increasing the chances of accidental injury.


    Niacin is a form of vitamin B3. Niacin is used in bath products, shampoos, and personal lubricants to add a tingling effect to the product. Many stimulating lubricants include Niacin in their ingredient lists.

    Natural Flavors

    Natural Flavors The term natural flavor or natural flavoring means the essential oil, essence or extractive, or any product of heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit, vegetable, whose significant function in products is flavoring rather than nutritional


    Nonoxynol-9 is an ingredient found in many different spermicides, such as commercial contraceptive foams, diaphragm jellies and the solutions used to lubricate certain brands of condoms. As a spermicide, N-9 or Nonoxynol-9 attacks the acrosomal membranes of the sperm, causing the sperm to be immobilized

    Nonoxynol-9 is mostly effective at preventing pregnancies, with a failure rate somewhere between 10 and 20 percent; however, the organic compound offers no protection against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases. In 2007, the FDA began requiring products containing nonoxynol-9 to carry warning labels to this effect.

    Despite its use in condom lubricating solutions, nonoxynol-9 is not an effective personal lubricant. The compound has an irritating effect on vaginal and rectal tissues.




    Thermoception is one’s perceptive sense of temperature. Personal lubricant gels used as an aid in allaying the pain caused by friction during sexual encounters will induce heat thermoception when made with ingredients used to create this sensation. These warming lubes typically contain glycerol or propylene glycol and may also have capsaicin or other herbal extracts added. A warming effect is felt upon skin contact.

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