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.






A group of viruses that can cause sores to outbreak on the lips, genitals, and anus. Two herpes simplex viruses, commonly known as HSV-1 and HSV-2, cause most symptoms.

Herpes sores can be painful and unpleasant, and there is no known cure for the condition. Most people contract herpes from a person with an active outbreak; more of the virus is present when symptoms are present. Other names for herpes outbreaks include “cold sores” and “fever blisters.”

People with herpes may not see symptoms for extended periods of time, but they still carry the virus. You can decrease the risk of contracting herpes by using condoms when having any type of penetrative sex.

Lube 101 Definitions