Do you know what’s in your Lube?

We often care about what we are putting in our bodies but what about what we put on our bodies? Did you know many of the bestselling sex lubes contain some of the same ingredients that are also used in antifreeze and even oven cleaner? 

The feeling of fireworks and sparks during intimacy are to be desired, but who wants a stick of dynamite in their yoni or anus? Glycerin is used in many sex lubes and was originally used to make dynamite. Our genitals have a large concentration of capillaries, which easily absorb what we apply to those delicate tissues.

It is important to read the ingredients on your lubes and body care products. What are all those names you can’t pronounce? Here are some of the most commonly found unsafe ingredients derived from petrochemicals and synthetics that may be in your lube.

  • fragrances
  • propylene glycol
  • polyethylene glycol
  • petroleum jelly
  • parabens
  • methylparaben
  • propylparaben 
  • preservatives
  • potassium sorbate
  • nitrates 
  • benzyl alcohol 
  • isobutylparaben
  • sodium carboxymethylcellulose
  • artificial flavors

Benzocaine, an ingredient found in numbing lubes, is petrochemical derived. While numbing lubes may mask painful sex temporaryily, it but may be more painful the next morning. Pain is the body’s signal for us to slow down or even stop.

Glycerin, an original ingredient in dynamite, is commonly found in the majority of lubes on the market. There are a few issues to consider when choosing glycerin based lubes. Glycerin contains an alcohol sugar molecule which can promote microbial growth, leading to Bacterial Vaginosis(BV) and yeast infections for some folks. Glycerin contributes to the sticky or ‘tacky’ feeling that you may have experienced from these lubes. Glycerin forms a coat over mucous membranes which blocks absorption of CBD or herbal products. It is very difficult to find glycerin that is not derived from petroleum or palm oil or synthetically made.

Propylene glycol is an industrial, synthesized molecule that has woven its way into every aspect of our lives, from our sex lubes to machinery lubes, into our foods, baked goods and ice creams that don’t melt, to plastics and anti freeze, the list is huge. 

Forty-five percent of the propylene glycol produced is used as chemical feedstock for polyester resins in industrial uses and to make plastics. Propylene glycol can be created in two different ways. It is primarily made by treating propylene oxide—a chemical produced from refining petroleum—with water or it can also be obtained from glycerol, a major byproduct of the biodiesel production process. 

Lubricants add quality to our lives by enhancing intimacy, increasing pleasure sensations and slipperiness. They also help prevent micro-tears due to friction from dryness and can offer relief from painful sex. Not all lubes are made from questionable ingredients. Now you know what to look out for and avoid. 

4 Types of Lubes

There are four types of lubes: oil, water, silicone and hybrids. Each one has its own set of pros and cons depending on your needs, desires and preferences. 


Oil based lubes are excellent for massaging and pleasuring yourself as well as others. Oil based lubes are more likely to be made with body safe, edible ingredients, such as coconut oil, but do not work well with condoms as plant based oils weaken them, increasing the chance of tearing from friction. 


Water based lubes use synthetic and petrochemical based ingredients like glycerin, methylparaben and propylparaben to keep the water slippery for a longer time. In general, water based lubes are better for condoms & silicone toys but usually contain the highest number of unsafe ingredients. There are exceptions so take the time to read the labels. Since water is relatively cheap, water based lubes are usually the lowest priced options on the shelf.


Silicone is generally recognized as safe and is used in all kinds of medical applications. The molecules are too big to absorb through the skin and are completely inert. The challenge with most silicone based lubes is they contain many other unsafe ingredients for our bodies in order to distribute and hold the silicone in suspension. 

FEED CBD offers two oil based sex lubes, Euphoria and Tumescence. Both are made from plant based, clean and edible ingredients free from all the types of unsafe ingredients. The experience of FEED CBD’s sex lubes starts as a thick cream, melting into a gliding lotion and finishing as a moisturizing lube. 

Euphoria Massage and Lubricant Cream

The combination of sensual massage with the sweet, delicate smell of marzipan creates a feeling of Euphoria. This lickable lube is hand-crafted with just a few pure, body safe ingredients including culinary grade almond oil - not cosmetic grade. It is certified organic and cold-pressed meeting a higher set of standards. Our emulsifier is eco-certified, food-grade and derived from olives. So don’t be shy. You wont get a nasty chemical taste from this lube.

Tumescence Erectile Cream

Tumescence literally means the condition of being swollen and erect. This creamy textured hard-on cream’s scent tantalizes your senses with aphrodisiac appeal. FEED CBD’s sex lube, Tumescence Erectile Cream is a natural vasodialator and increases blood flow to the areas it is massaged into.

There is a growing movement of consumers paying attention to what they are using and where it comes from. More and more folks are demanding clean, chemical free, body safe ingredients in their body care products just as much as they care about what they are putting in their mouths.

FEED CBD is committed to providing the safest and highest quality sex creams possible using only ingredietns that cause no harm to the planet or people.