• Lube 101 Definitions

    Role Playing

    The act of changing behavior during intimacy to take on a specific role. Two or more sexual partners may choose to roleplay in order to fill out certain fantasies; for instance, one person may play the part of an abductor while his partner assumes the role of the hostage.

    Sexual roleplay may be basic or extremely detailed. Some people choose to incorporate special toys and clothing into roleplay to enhance the experience.

    Riding Crop

    A type of whip originally developed for horse riding. A riding crop does not have a long lash; instead, the end of the whip usually has a firm rectangle made from leather or fabric.

    Riding crops are sometimes used in roleplaying and BDSM. Crops designed for use as sex toys may use hypoallergenic materials such as faux leather in order to provide a better experience for users.


    A slang term for oral stimulation of the anus. See “Analingis” for more information.

    Royal Jelly

    A substance secreted by honey bees that provides nutrition for the queen bee (hence the “”royal”” name) and the larvae. It is often used in skin care products, as it contains B-complex vitamins that could allow for healthier skin.

    Royal jelly also contains a large number of amino acids, and there is limited evidence to suggest that it has anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties. More scientific research needs to be completed to validate these claims.

    While royal jelly is generally safe, people with severe allergies should check with their physicians before using this product. It may cause mild to serious allergic reactions; some possible side effects include hives and rashes.

    Retinyl Palmitate

    A synthetic vitamin supplement. Vitamin A (also known as retinol) maintains the immune system and allows certain tissues to heal after taking damage. It also appears to support healthy skin and reduce the size of sebaceous glands, reducing the chances of acne breakouts and some other common types of skin irritation.

    Retinyl palmitate is included in some lubricants and massage liquids as a skin-friendly supplement. It is considered a safe ingredient, and side effects are uncommon.

    Rosemary Oil Extract

    The oil of rosemary, a flowering herb used primarily for its slightly bitter flavor and pleasant scent.

    Rosemary oil extract is sometimes added to lubricants and cosmetics; the plant has a number of antioxidants, and it may also have anti-inflammatory properties. It is thought to be an aphrodisiac for men, and the oil can cause a pleasant cooling effect when it contacts the skin.

    While rosemary is a safe substance, pregnant women should avoid products with large amounts of rosemary oil extract. Some people experience allergic reactions, but side effects are uncommon.

    Red Clover

    The colloquial name of the flowering plant, trifolium pretense. Red Clover is often used as a natural anti-inflammatory and as a libido-enhancing agent. See trifolium pretense for more information

    RIPT (Repeat Insult Patch Test)

    The RIPT test is the industry standard safety and efficacy test to determine the potential for skin sensitization and allergy development in a product. Products passing this test have little potential for users having an allergic reaction or developing allergy to our product.


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    A general name for a polymer that has been changed through quaternization, a chemical process that provides a positive charge. This charge attracts the polymer to human skin and hair, which can have a beneficial effect in some hair and skin care products.

    There are over a dozen types of polyquaternium, derived from various chemical compounds to provide different effects. Polyquaterniums can moisturize, condition, and protect the skin, and they are considered safe for regular use.

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