WHY INTAMO? WHY PLANT-BASED?

WHY INTAMO? WHY PLANT-BASED?

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As a sexual self-care company, it’s incredibly important for us here at Intamo Pleasurables to promote mental and physical safety prior to, during, and following intimacy (whether alone or partnered, etc.). We also feel the responsibility to do our part in taking care of the planet and that means offering to you, products that are environmentally conscious from a company that you can feel great about supporting. We, therefore, have avoided all non-vegan ingredients, and those with the potential to pollute, such as Parabens. We have mindfully formulated 100% plant-based lubricants for the health conscious and environmentally conscious consumer that only have 4-5 (clean) ingredients derived from nature, specially chosen to relieve pain, protect and restore tissues and increase pleasure.

As the saying goes, don’t put something on your skin unless you would put it in your body! Because our products go both in and out of your body, it’s doubly important to use ingredients that don’t irritate your skin, and instead that provide you with health benefits. Many of our leading and smaller competitors, which will remain nameless as it is not our policy to name and shame, have ingredients in their products that may irritate the skin, never mind what they can do internally. Many products are made with ingredients like Parabens, which negatively impact the environment and can even be harmful to your health.

One of the biggest problems with most lube formulas isn’t the main ingredients themselves, but is the likelihood of certain ingredients, such as Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) and Glycerine, being contaminated with other, more harmful ingredients. It is also important to keep in mind that while certain ingredients, like GSE or Citric Seed Extract, may seem like beneficial and natural ingredients, that the contaminants that may be contained are often harmful chemicals – that’s a no for us! The other main concern with common lubricant ingredients, such as Mineral Oil and Glycerine, is their impact on the skin. The suffocating property of Mineral Oil (while beneficial for maintaining moisture), can result in occlusion (what people typically refer to as skin being unable to breathe correctly), which leads to blocked pores. As for Glycerine, the hydrating effect stems from its ability to draw moisture from the closest source, which is often lower layers of skin. This can actually lead to dehydration which, let’s be honest, isn’t very useful in a lubricant! Many of the ingredients that we have mindfully listed in our chart such as Glycols, Mineral Oil, GSE and Parabens, can not only cause problems for the skin but can also result in organ problems, interact poorly with certain medications and disrupt hormone production. Probably most shocking though is that parabens have been linked to breast cancer. Point being, we weren’t prepared to take any chances with any of these potentially harmful ingredients if we could make equally (we would say superior, but we’re biased ) effective products that you can actually feel good about putting on your body.

In case you’re interested, the button below is an amazingly informative resource that gives you information on virtually every chemical and ingredient that you will see in cosmetics. We encourage that you not only look up our ingredients, but that you also look up the ingredients in your other cosmetics. We believe that knowledge is power and that you should feel empowered to make conscious and informed decisions about what you put on and in your body.

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REFRENCES

American Academy of Dermatology: Small changes in skin care routine can significantly improve skin affected by acne and rosacea

Berkeley Parents Network: Advice About Yeast Infections

Beverly Hills MD Cosmeceuticals: The Fascinating Science of Glycerin in Your Skincare

https://www.britannica.com/technology/mineral-oil

CDC: Biomonitoring Summary, Parabens.

Claire Philippat, PhD, post-doctoral researcher, the University of California at Davis

Cosmetic Ingredient Review: Safety Assessment of Glycerin as Used in Cosmetics

EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database: Glycerin

FDA: “Parabens.”

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/propylene-glycol#section6

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vegetable-glycerin

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/propylene-glycol

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/grapefruit-seed-extract

Robin Dodson, ScD, a research scientist at the Silent Spring Institute, Newton, MA.

Environmental Health Perspectives, Oct. 27, 2015.

Ruthann Rudel, MS, co-director of research, Silent Spring Institute, Newton, MA. The

Government of Canada: Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist: Prohibited and Restricted Ingredients