Lube 101

Tips For Women: Increase Your Sexual Satisfaction and Pleasure with Lube

Women who haven’t tried using a lubricant before may be unaware of its benefits beyond addressing vaginal dryness – but a 2010 study conducted by researchers at Indiana University‘s Center for Sexual Health Promotion actually linked the use of lubricant to higher levels of sexual satisfaction and pleasure in women.

 

For the study, 2,400 women were randomly assigned one type of lubricant and asked to assess their sexual experiences for two weeks. Furthermore, regardless of whether the lubricant type, silicone or water-based, an overwhelming majority (70 percent) reported greater satisfaction during vaginal or anal intercourse.

 

Over one-third of the women who used lubricant indicated they did so because it was fun.

 

Wicked Sensual Care’s Marketing Director, Cassie Pendleton, has also noticed this embrasure of lube.

 

In a recent statement to XBiz, Pendleton said, “People are becoming more adventurous in general, they’re experimenting and trying new things. We’ve had amazing feedback on our flavored lubricants. People are looking at this category as simply being fun to use and play with.”

 

Even Refinery 29 wrote about the greatness of lubrication – and included Wicked Sensual Care’s lubes on their list of amazing sex must-haves.

 

“[We’ve gathered five tried-and-tested tips, including unexpected flavors to the bedroom,] from our favorite sexperts and sex-havers to give your intimate activities an instant boost.”

 

So where should a person start with lubricant selection? Wicked Sensual Care offers a wide variety of options to choose from. Water-based to silicone, flavored, warming and cooling sensations as well as lubes to address the specific needs of anal & toy play.

 

Blogger SluttyGirlProblems prefers The Wicked Aqua line of water-based lubes.

 

“Wicked Aqua’s texture is lightweight, silky, and the ideal point between thick and thin. While it is water-based and slightly runny, the consistency is thick enough to where it’s not too messy. And unlike many sweet lubes, it doesn’t leave a sticky feeling. Rather, it absorbs into the area it’s applied making for practically no clean up at all.”

 

So no matter your pleasure, Wicked Sensual Care will have a product that will enhance and satisfy your intimate moments and open up a whole new world of lube for you to love.


Sensitive Skin and Lubrication – Does it Really Matter?

Skin sensitivities affect millions of people. In fact, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, over 50% of people say they have sensitive skin. This is up from 30% in the 1980s! And though this increase may be caused by any number of things, the fact remains – sensitive skin is a real issue that can impact every inch of our bodies.

 

The exact definition of sensitive skin varies depending on who you ask. Generally, there are four distinct types: acne, rosacea, burning & stinging, and contact dermatitis (which refers to the skin’s rashy reaction to allergens and/or irritants). In the most intimate areas of our bodies, burning & stinging and contact dermatitis are the most common types of sensitive skin reactions.

 

During the course of normal everyday life, burning & stinging and contact dermatitis can be caused by fairly commonplace items touching your skin. Ingredients that are known to cause burning & stinging include lactic acid, azaelic acid, benzoic acid, glycolic acid, vitamin C, and alpha hydroxy acids. In terms of rashy contact dermatitis, allergens are things that you are actually allergic to versus irritants that just bother your skin (you may not technically be allergic to them). For example, household bleach is a skin irritant; fragrances, preservatives, and colors are common allergens.

 

If you have sensitive skin, consider avoiding products that containing harsh antibacterial ingredients, fragrances, parabens, and alcohol (including alcohol-based sugars like glycerin). A good rule of thumb is: the fewer the ingredients, the more skin friendly a product likely is!

 

A note about organic products and sensitive skin: many organic products contain essential oils and fragrances that may lead to an allergic contact dermatitis reaction. For example, people with a ragweed allergy could develop contact dermatitis in response to organic products that contain chamomile or calendula (marigold extract) – these ingredients can feel just like ragweed to someone with a ragweed allergy.

 

Wicked Sensual Care’s Sensitive lubricant is water-based and glycerin free. It’s also fragrance free, parben free, and safe for use with latex and all toy materials. But Sensitive’s sensitivity goes even further…organic products that contain chamomile or calendula (marigold extract) – these ingredients can feel just like ragweed to someone with a ragweed allergy.

 

Our Sensitive lubricant is exceptionally formulated, dermatologist approved, and won’t upset a woman’s delicate pH. Normal vaginal pH ranges from 3.8 to 4.2 – Wicked Sensitive is exclusively designed, with a pH in the same range, for perfect balance. It has also been clinically tested to be hypoallergenic, with exactly zero sensitivities reported from a 100 person panel. Plus, we’ve added Vitamin E and a touch of aloe, a natural ingredient known for its healing and moisturizing properties, to help soothe even the most delicate skin.

 

With our Sensitive, you get all the slippery, moisturizing benefits of a water-based lubricant that’s exceptionally gentle!


Water, Silicone, & Oil Based Lubes – Which one is right for you?

Water, Silicone & Oil – what are the differences?

 

Water, silicone, and oil based lubes are not the same thing – that part is obvious, but when should you use a silicone-based lubricant versus a water-based one? And what are the benefits and drawbacks of each? And what’s all this about oil?

 

The most widely used personal lubricants are water-based and water soluble, such as items included in the Wicked® AQUA line. A good rule of thumb is: use water-based products with latex, adult toys, and sexual aids. Water-based products will not harm these materials, are easy to clean up, and help keep your intimate products sanitary and safe.

 

Water-based Wicked® AQUA products are paraben free and safe for all latex products and toy materials. Unlike many other water-based lubricants, our special formulation, using the finest natural ingredients, is extremely long lasting yet absorbs easily into the skin, leaving no sticky residue. And each product is so silky smooth you will be surprised that it isn’t silicone!

 

Silicone-based lubricants, such as items from the Wicked Sensual Care Ultra line, are a little different. These types of lubricants stay on the skin’s surface and are not easily dissolved or dispersed in water. Consequently, they create excellent slip-and-slide, last longer than water-based products and are ideal for intimate moments in the shower, bath, and beyond. Silicone lubes may stain delicate fabrics and require a little more clean up than water based lubes, but using mild soap and water will do the trick.

 

Wicked Ultra’s have a clean, simple formula – 100% pure silicone. They are tasteless, fragrance-free, do not contain glycerin or parabens, and offer an intensely luxurious, slippery smooth feel. And, unlike many other silicone-based products, Wicked Ultras’ are safe for use with latex and are compatible with most high quality toy materials.  We recommend always spot testing your toys  before use when introducing a new lubricant.   (be mindful – other silicone-based products may damage latex and toys!)

 

Finally, there are oil-based lubricants. Oil-based lubricants, such as baby oil, mineral oil, petroleum jelly and vegetable oils, are thicker and heavier than water and silicone based products. While these types of lubricants may be desirable for those hoping to avoid additives, certain preservatives, parabens, and/or glycerin, they may also increase the risk of bacterial infections – remember: oil is not for use inside the vagina! Further, although they can provide excellent glide and cushion and can be suitable for male masturbation, oil-based products are not as easy to clean up as water and silicone lubes and oil can also damage toys and degrade latex.

 

Take a moment to think about your wants and needs. Be honest about your desires, be mindful of health, and – most importantly – enjoy!


Glycerin-Free

Why glycerin? …And why not?

Natural personal lubricant

Glycerin, which is sometimes known as Glycerol, is in many of our everyday products, but what is it? And do I want it in my intimate lubricant or not?

 

Glycerin is a thick, sweet-tasting, colorless liquid. It is a natural humectant, which means it absorbs water from the air. It draws in moisture, helping to seal in softness. This makes it extremely useful in beauty and healthcare products (such as lotions and shampoos). Glycerin also gives certain products their slippery smooth texture and feel…

 

…which makes glycerin the perfect secret weapon in most personal lubricants! And nowadays, since glycerin can be extracted easily from plants, savvy consumers can demand pure, cruelty-free products. The Wicked Sensual Care products that do include glycerin contain only 100% plant-based derivatives, making them vegan and PETA-compliant.

 

On an molecular level, glycerin is a sugar-based alcohol and when metabolized, through digestion, will eventually break down to glucose (a simple sugar). Because of this, there are some people who believe that glycerin in lubes cause yeast infections. However, the body’s reproductive system is not connected to the digestive system so the glycerin never gets the chance to get broken down in order to feed the yeast cells that could potentially trigger an overabundance of vaginal yeast, hence the dreaded yeast infection.

That being said, glycerin still isn’t perfect for everyone. If you or your partner are prone to yeast infections and/or UTIs, glycerin free products may be a better choice. The Wicked Sensual Care Collection includes several products with the glycerin free advantage – hypo-allergenic Sensitive, Jellé, Toy Love and our entire silicone-based Ultra line are 100% glycerin free giving you plenty of excellent options and peace of mind.