Many of you, I’m sure, will be familiar with the famous restaurant scene from the movie When Harry Met Sally featuring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal. Well, this article is not about that movie scene but it is about a range of personal lubricants featured in our store that are so good, they will have you crying out “Yes!” - and not just in the bedroom. While a lot of people use personal lubricants to enhance intimacy, many women turn to personal lubricants - and intimate cleansers - for medical reasons too.
Apparently, between 50-80% of menopausal women experience vaginal dryness as a result of declining oestrogen levels. This dryness can cause pain during intercourse and elevate vaginal pH leading to thrush and a condition known as atrophic vaginitis where just sitting down can be painful.1 Of course, dryness is not limited to menopausal women. Pregnancy, breast feeding, stress and some medications can also lead to vaginal dryness. For some of us, it's simply a case of wanting to use something more when cleansing 'down there' but definitely wanting to steer clear of nasty chemicals.
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So, whether it’s for enhanced sexual pleasure, relief from dryness and general hygiene, there is a demand for personal lubricants and intimate cleansers. The problem with many commercial brand personal lubricants is that they contain synthetic chemicals and ingredients which can be potentially harmful, especially when applied to our intimate areas, which are acknowledged to be more absorptive, vulnerable and highly sensitive. Some of these questionable ingredients include silicone based ingredients, parabens and propylene glycol. That’s why YES intimate care products are such a wonderful, natural alternative and why these items are amongst the best-selling products at Naturally Safe Cosmetics.
YES products are produced by The Yes Yes Company, a business started in the UK in 2003 by friends, Susi Lennox and Sarah Brooks. With a background in the pharmaceutical industry, these clever women were well aware of the health risks associated with commonly used synthetic, chemical ingredients and were determined to create a range of intimacy products that worked really well without the use of toxic, irritating and potentially harmful ingredients.
YES products are:
- Certified Organic by the Soil Association
- pH balanced
- Made with natural, plant-based ingredients that are known to benefit the mucosa and skin
- Free from hidden synthetic chemicals
- Free from endocrine disruptors
- Vegetarian approved – free from animal derived ingredients
- Free from GMO ingredients
- Gynaecologist recommended
Our best-selling YES intimacy products include:
1. YES WB Water Based Organic Personal Lubricant – with soothing Aloe Vera and Organic Flax Extract to benefit the mucus membranes. The benefits of this lubricant are such that it is available on prescription in the UK. It is compatible with natural rubber, latex and polyisoprene condoms and toys.
2. YES OB Plant-Oil Based Certified Organic Lubricant – with Sunflower Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil and Vitamin E. This one doubles as a moisturising and nourishing massage oil but is not compatible with condoms.
3. YES Cleanse Ultra Gentle Intimate Foam Wash – with soothing Calendula and Aloe Vera. This is gentle, hypoallergenic, pH matched and (for the environment’s sake) propellant free.
YES products are recommended by healthcare professionals. Here's what a couple of them have said:
“I have no hesitation in recommending YES products to patients and also to the participants in my Women’s Health courses. I love the fact that they are free of known endocrine disruptors and potential vulvo-vaginal irritants. My patients love them and I love being able to confidently recommend them, for both health and pleasure.”2
“I recommend YES products as the better alternative to many of the products my clients have used previously. In the sexuality education talks that I run, I cover health issues such as endometriosis, hysterectomy, menopause, breast & gynecological cancer survivorship, post-childbirth, pelvic pain (clinical health care settings and more) within the context of sexuality. We discuss the importance of reading the ingredients on the lubricants and vaginal moisturisers that they have, I also go through the nasties that are in some products and what to avoid and why. Women are always surprised at what’s in other products and what is not in YES products. I love that YES gives those with a vagina and/or vulva a choice of a product that is organic, body safe and one that takes care of their vulva and vagina.”3
So, if you’re looking for truly effective natural hygiene, intimacy and personal lubricant products, just say “Yes!”
2 Michelle Lyons MISCP, RPT, Women’s Health Physiotherapist & International Lecturer
3 Jodie Dunne BHSc, GDipPsych, PGDipSexol & MHRM, Sexologist
Disclaimer: The author and Naturally Safe Cosmetics are not health professionals. Any information or advice in this article is of a general nature only and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. For medical advice regarding your own personal circumstances, we recommend you contact your GP or other healthcare professional.