Hoo-boy. Let’s do this.
According to the website, Yoni’s Bliss is a water-based lubricant. It also contains aloe, which they describe as “the base on which Yoni’s Bliss was created”. Aloe gel is mostly water, so that fits, but I can’t tell what percentage aloe is in the final formulation. Aloe is not an uncommon ingredient in vaginal lubricants, especially those marketed as “natural” – in this case, that seems to usually mean without glycerin, paraben and with a minimal amount of additives. I found a ton of personal anecdotes about the use of raw aloe from fresh plants as lubricant.
The Mayo Clinic describes aloe allergy in some people, but the Yoni website claims that chance of you being allergic to their product (even if you have a history of allergy!) is “minimal to non-existent”. That strikes me as pretty dismissive, but without knowing the concentration of aloe in the formulation or the incidence of aloe allergy in their target audience it’s hard to evaluate this claim.
Yoni’s Bliss also contains these ingredients. I have italicized Yoni’s descriptions, and my responses or notes are in bold.
Carageenan Derived from seaweed, carageenan gives the gel its body. I found “gives the gel its body” to be a vague statement. Wikipedia says that carageenan is a moisturizer that doesn’t leave a sticky residue after evaporation. I also learned that carrageenan may inhibit HPV infection, but no one is making claims that Yoni confers any protection in that arena.
Citric Acid. Brings Yoni’s Bliss into alignment with the vagina’s natural pH balance. Awfully flowery language for “used to adjust pH of the lube.” But that’s marketing for ya.
Chamomile 6C. Soothing to irritated tissues. Homeopathic. Doesn’t matter what they say it does.
Natrum Muriaticum 6C The homeopathic element in Yoni’s Bliss, Natrum Muriaticum promotes water tissue balance and the energetic freedom of “letting go.” Blarg on your energetic freedom. Actually, it’s nice when the prep is homeopathic; that cuts down on my research time a LOT.
EDIT (6/28/12 – 0840 CST): Holy SHIT. I got curious about from what plant Natrum Muriaticum is derived. Get this: it’s TABLE SALT. Not a plant. Salt water. Well, water that once had salt in it. Un-frickin’-believable.
Sodium Benzoate and Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate – No description provided by Yoni’s Bliss, but these are both preservatives that inhibit the growth or reproduction of fungi and bacteria.
This gel is probably a decent lubricant – the base is moisturizing and non-sticky and there’s nothing in here that I recognize as a yeast promoter.
Let’s look at cost, then. I grabbed the list price of Yoni’s Bliss from their website since I couldn’t find any distributors via a quick online search. Data for AloeCadabra I obtained from Amazon.com. I gathered the rest of the data from buzzmillions.com, a review website. Lowest listed price was used. Data was standardized to calculate $US per fl.oz. (cost per fluid ounce in USD).
These are all estimated values, and do not take into account differences in list price and what you can find them for in any given store. But as you can see, that doesn’t really matter – Yoni’s Bliss is above and beyond the most expensive personal lubricant. It’s even TWICE the price of the other aloe-based organic lubricant, AloeCadabra.
I did a search for “homeopathic personal lubricants” and came across one more option that actually exceeds Yoni for price. I found Puremedy from Bioceuticals starting at $9.33/fl.oz. (the Puremedy website offers it for $13.95/fl.oz.), but Puremedy is oil-based and thus not good for sex with a latex condom (oil breaks down latex). It also “contains”:
- Sambus nigra (1x) HPUS (elderberry)
- Organic calendula officinalis (1x) HPUS (marigold)
- Pinus lambertiana (2x) HPUS (pine resin)
- Abies blsamea (3x) HPUS (balsam fir)
For those playing at home, a 1x is a 1:10 ratio, a 2x is a 1:100 ratio and a 3x is a 1:1000 ratio. These are actually fairly high compared to other homeopathic preparations I’ve seen that use the 6C (1:1,000,000,000,000) – this is what Yoni’s Bliss uses – and 30C (1: 1 with 60 zeros after it) dilutions, so there is a chance that some elderberry and marigold are getting into this lube. But only a chance and only a very small amount.
Homeopathy – there’s nothing in it, but they sure charge you like there is, don’t they? I think I’ll stick with the non-homeopathic, non-organic water and silicone-based lubricants.