Why glycerin? …And why not?
Glycerin, which is sometimes known as Glycerol, is in many of our everyday personal care products, but what is it? And do I want my intimate lubricant to be glycerin-free 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.
All 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.
Wicked® AQUA products are like nothing you have ever felt before. All products in this collection are water-based and Paraben Free. The entire collection is so silky smooth, you will be surprised that it is not silicone. Wicked Aqua Heat is the best lubricant for those looking to heat things up, and Wicked Aqua Chill is the best lubricant to cool things down. Both lubricants are designed to enhance moisture, be gentle on the skin, and are safe to use with all toys. There is also a fragrance-free and sensitive skin version of Wicked Aqua available. One of Wicked’s most popular water-based lubricants, Jelle, is ideal for anal play, as it contains no desensitizers and is highly concentrated, which means it’s able to last a long time while providing superior glide. Toy Love is great for fans of sex toys, as it has a super thick texture which enhances and conducts vibrations, while allowing the lubricant to stay on the toy, so there’s no running or mess to deal with. Seven flavors of flavored lubricants are available, for those who want a delicious way to enjoy oral pleasures. The flavored lubes are completely edible and come in seven different flavors: Candy Apple, Cinnamon Bun, Cherry Cordial, Mocha Java, Vanilla Bean, Pomegranate, and Salted Caramel. Made from the finest ingredients for superior performance, each product has been designed to be amazingly slick, extra long lasting and never sticky or tacky. Clean-up is easy with any of the Wicked® Aqua products, simply rinse with water and nothing is left behind except your afterglow. It’s sensitive to your needs and encompasses a unique blend of spa quality ingredients, enriched with Aloe & Vitamin E. The lube absorbs completely with no residue, and is designed to heighten sensation & intensify ecstasy. Being Wicked has never felt so good.