Natural lubricants are the hottest environmentally friendly item on the market. (Sorry, Leonardo DiCaprio.) Brands like Sliquid Organics, Good Clean Love and Yes Natural Lubricants are replacing potentially irritating parabens and glycerines with ingredients like soothing aloe vera and moisturizing seaweed extract. Just remember: When shopping online, read the ingredient list. “Lubricants that are available in drugstores, grocery stores and sexuality-focused stores need to meet safety requirements for cosmetics as per Health Canada’s guidelines,” says Dr. Robin Milhausen, a sexuality professor at the University of Guelph. “If you purchase something from a source where ingredients can’t be verified, you could be putting yourself at risk for allergic reaction or infection.” And if you’re using condoms, skip oils like coconut – they weaken latex and could cause condoms to break.
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