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Lube for all: the ultimate ingredient guide

When it comes to lubricants, what isn’t inside might mean more than what is. Let’s find out more about what ingredients are safe and suitable.

By Giada | 24 September 2021
Flow lubricant ingredients

Choosing a safe lubricant starts by knowing what goes inside it. Quite simply because whatever is in it will end up going inside our vaginas. Vaginas naturally regulate their bacterial flora and maintain their pH balance, which is why products that neither affect nor alter vaginal microbiome are essential. Lubricant aside, no other intimate care product should ever be used internally, soap especially, however delicate. Keeping our vaginas healthy, and happy, involves choosing the safest and most suitable ingredients.

Lubricants have always made intimacy better. They have been around for thousands of years, used around the world, and they aren’t going anywhere. The latest variation comes in the shape of Flow: here is why it might be the perfect formula for you.

Flow: a safe lubricant for all

To make Flow, we selected natural vagina-safe ingredients guaranteed to last and never give you that annoying sticky feeling. So that everyone can enjoy a pleasant and pleasurable experience in every way!

Remember: Flow is a water-based gel. Water-based lubricants are the most versatile of all. They can in fact be used for everything and on any body part you can think of. They also happen to be 100% compatible with silicone toys and condoms. You can read more about it here.

Aloe, it’s Vera! Our star ingredient, aloe vera is ideal for a number of purposes, from protecting to soothing and hydrating. Rich in vitamin C and E, it is a true tried-and-tested essential for delicate skin. On top of that, it also promotes greater elasticity by stimulating the cellular division of fibroblasts, the cells responsible for producing collagen fibres. Anti-ageing, is that you?

Hemp seed oil? Check! Enjoyed for its many benefits and properties, it protects and softens skin. It also provides great anti-inflammatory action. It can help soothe sore pelvic floor muscles and also acts as a natural arousal agent. One of its most widely appreciated properties is in fact its ability to enhance pleasure by helping relieve muscular tension By lubricating the vagina’s walls, the oil is absorbed by the mucous membrane and enters the blood flow, thus making sex more enjoyable and less painful.

Quinoa & Oat. So much more than healthy foods! Quinoa and oat extract comes with amazing antioxidant and soothing properties, which help keep skin soft and healthy. Ready to put your skin on a diet?

Flow: it’s what isn’t inside that counts

When it comes to intimate lubricants, the ingredients that aren’t being used might mean more than those that are. Here are a few you should look out for, the ones we made sure not to use in Flow’s formula.

Glycerin? No thanks! By choosing to use camelia, which works out fantastically alongside those other natural extracts, we were able to not use any glycerin. What is it exactly? Viscous and colourless, it is found in a great number of cosmetic formulas. However, due to its hygroscopic nature, which means it absorbs moisture from the air, repeated and frequent use can actually have the opposite effect and cause skin to dehydrate.

Free from parabens! No doubt have you heard of them, but what are they actually about and what makes them a less-than-ideal ingredient? These chemicals are often used as preservatives. While their fungicidal and anti-bacterial properties make them a cheap and functional ingredient, a number of studies have shown how they might cause a series of allergies when applied to the skin. It might even cause contact dermatitis, which involves redness and rashes. Need we say more?

Other Vajaynemies: fragrance, sugar, alcohol and petrochemicals. Can you smell this amazing fragrance? So can your vagina, and it doesn’t like it so much. Fragrance is often made up of around 14 ingredients, many of which are chemical and synthetic. These chemicals can very easily alter the vagina’s natural pH, potentially causing anything from skin reactions to infections.

Safe sex, safe lubricant

Knowing what you want is important, and so is knowing what you don’t want. Choosing the lubricant that best works for us depends on a number of personal preferences; that being, we are convinced you will enjoy Flow and think you ought to give it a go. With few simple and selected ingredients, we tried to make it as suitable as possible for yourself and your partner(s). Now let the fun begin!

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