Lube 101 Definitions

Zanthoxylum Alatum

An extract made from a tree commonly found in China. It is also known simply by its genus name Zanthoxylum or by colloquial names such as winged prickly ash.

The fruit of Zanthoxylum is used to make Sichuan pepper spice. It has pain-relieving, anti-oxidant, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Lubricants sometimes use Zanthoxylum extract to create a pleasurable warming or tingling sensation.

While it is a fairly well-tolerated substance, Zanthoxylum may cause irritation or unpleasant burning sensations in some users. Despite this, it is generally considered to be safe and non-carcinogenic.

Zinc Sulfide

Zinc Sulfide Luminescent Zinc Sulfide is a colorant containing a copper additive. Luminescent Zinc Sulfide imparts a color to cosmetics and personal care products.

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Parthenolide

A chemical commonly found in the feverfew plant, a medicinal herb used to treat migraine headaches, infertility, and various other conditions. Parthenol appears to have anti-inflammatory properties, and it is generally well tolerated.

However, people with ragweed allergies may react to feverfew, and pure parthenol may cause nausea or irritation when applied to the skin. Most lubricants and sexual enhancement products use a very limited amount of parthenol and should be safe for everyday use.

Lube 101 Definitions