• Lube 101 Definitions

    Ylang ylang

    An aphrodisiac made from the flowers of the cananga odorata plant, which grows in Indonesia, the Philippines, and other parts of Asia. Ylang-ylang may appear on lubricant ingredient lists as cananga odorata or ilang-ilang.

    The plant is known for its powerful aroma, and it is a common folk remedy for inflammation. Ylang-ylang is also said to improve libido, but there is no scientific evidence to directly confirm this claim. Some personal lubricants use an extract made from the oil of the flower; side effects and allergic reactions are rare.

    Yeast Infection

    A common type of inflammatory infection. Yeast infections occur due to an overgrowth of the fungus Candida albicans; vaginal yeast infections are relatively common. Men can also get yeast infections, although women are much more susceptible. Symptoms include itching, burning, an unpleasant odor and genital discharge. Most yeast infections can be easily treated with antibiotics.

    Some lubricants may increase the chances of a yeast infection, although most major manufacturers use preservatives and other ingredients to prevent candida overgrowth.


    Yohimbine is an herb naturally found in the yohimbe plant and commonly used in lubricants as a sexual stimulant.

    The herb works by stimulating the body to release neurotransmitters associated with sexual arousal. Studies have shown yohimbine as a potentially effective treatment for both female and male sexual and orgasmic disorders, as well as a potential treatment for the sexual side effects of some medications.

    Lubricants with yohimbine are safe and are available over-the-counter.


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    Grapefruit Seed Extract

    An extract created from the seed of the grapefruit plan. It is also known simply as GSE.

    Marketed as an antimicrobial (a substance that destroys harmful microorganisms), grapefruit seed extract may kill some bacteria by affecting acidity. Scientific research does not fully validate this claim; some studies have found that GSE does not significantly affect the growth of harmful bacteria. However, there is ample evidence demonstrating the antioxidant properties of the extract.

    In lubricants and other sexual health products, grapefruit seed extract is used to prevent yeast infections and other microorganism over growths.

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