"Chemicals have replaced bacteria and viruses as the main threat to health. The diseases we are beginning to see as the major causes of death in the latter part of (the 1900's) and into the 21st century are diseases of chemical origin."
Dr. Dick Irwin, Toxicologist, Texas A&M University
Many liquid lubricants are very chemical in composition, have an unnatural oily feel, can stain and most importantly, may even have an unhealthy side effect.
- If an ingredient has a number after it, it's very likely a synthetic chemical and possibly petroleum derived.
- Watch out for the claim "all-natural lubricants". Yes, they might contain vegetable glycerine and Xanthan extract or Vitamin E or Aloe Vera but they can also include ingredients from the "Chemicals We Won't Use" list - see below.
- Vegans and vegetarians should be aware that glycerine/glycerol is sometimes of animal origin. The glycerine that Sylk uses is only from plant origin.
- Ingredients such as herbal extracts and vitamin E do not in themselves amount to a personal lubricant, so if a product contains these and does not list other ingredients, it's fair to assume the base and preservatives are probably synthetic and/or petrochemical.
- Some lubricants contain menthol or similar ingredients to create a warming or tingling sensation which may irritate.
And for herbal additives such as Horny Goat Weed or Damiana to have have any claimed aphrodisiac effect, a controlled oral dose of these products needs to be consumed regularly over time - as your naturopath, homeopath or herbalist will likely confirm.
We won't use artificial flavours, colours and synthetic fragrances in Sylk as they may cause adverse reactions and allergies.
Click here for CHEMICALS WE WON'T USE in personal care products
You'll find these posted on many sites worldwide. Reference for this section has been researched from links on our Resources page. And naturally, when we use the term Chemicals, we are referring to petro-chemicals (chemical derived from petroleum products) and synthetic chemicals.
It's your health - and your decision
Yes, these "Chemicals We Won't Use" might be used in small amounts in personal care products but many are bio-accumulative and many people use several of these layers every day, hence the growing concern by research endocrinologists, oncologists and other scientists.
While it's difficult to give up some of our favourite cosmetics, fragrances and body care products that contain these chemicals, it does make sense to lessen their impact by choosing a good natural alternative when one is available. In personal lubricants, Sylk is gentle and effective for such a sensitive, internal area.
But don't these chemicals just ‘wash out of the body'?
Ingredients are always at least partially absorbed through the skin - especially in the case of lubricants, where internal use means easier absorption through mucosal cell walls into the bloodstream. If they were washed out of the body as some manufacturers claim, or indeed washed off the skin, why would trans-dermal patches, used in hormone replacement therapy, be in such wide use? Or for that matter, moisturisers?
Knowledge is empowering! Take control and make an informed choice
While ignorance may once have been bliss, the increasing rate of cancers and other diseases puts the reponsibility on those interested in good health to become better informed. If you're interested in a pocket-sized reference to take shopping with you, the Australian handbook "The Chemical Maze" is an excellent guide to food additives and cosmetic ingredients and can be found at pharmacies and health stores or purchased on-line.
You care about what you eat and drink, so ...
Many of us now actively prefer fresh foods and have reduced our intake of pre-prepared food containing preservatives. Then why are we so particular about healthier food, organic products and the wine we enjoy when we don't read the labels on skin and bodycare products?
It's now more important then ever to read labels and be aware of what's in the product you're purchasing, remembering that you usually get what you pay for. Just because a product is made by a big brand or multinational company, it doesn't mean these chemicals are not used.
This is why purely natural products for beauty, health or therapeutic use, are usually more expensive. Synthetic and petrochemicals are readily available, cheap and offer the manufacturer a bigger return - while this might be attractive to some, Geneva Marketing uses only quality natural ingredients in Sylk.
And when performance matters, Sylk lubricant holds its own compared to other sexual enhancement lubricants. It's the intelligent choice for those with sensitivities and allergies wishing to limit the number of chemicals they internalise.
WHEN YOU CAN CHOOSE A NATURAL LUBRICANT, SOLD WORLDWIDE FOR OVER 20 YEARS, WHY USE ONE THAT ISN'T?
Keep it natural - insist on Sylk