K-Y® YOURS+MINE® Chemistry

Jul 08 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

After seeing all those commercials for K-Y® Brand YOURS + MINE® couples lubricants on TV, my curiosity got the better of me and I just had to find out.  What chemicals are behind all that sexual chemistry hype?   My research started at the K-Y® website...

Figure 1

In the product description for K-Y® Brand YOURS + MINE® (Figure 1), I am going to let slide the two most chemistry-sounding phrases.  "It takes two lubricants to make chemistry.." - gets a pass as I'm sure they mean the colloquialism "sexual chemistry".  Also getting a pass is "catalyst for exploration", as it seems clear K-Y® doesn't mean their lubricants are catalysts by a chemistry definition.

Having dealt with the chemistry-sounding stuff, it's time to get down to the chemistry.  Specifically, the chemicals behind what YOURS will do ("An invigorating warming sensation for him") and what MINE will do ("A thrilling tingling sensation for her").  What chemicals responsible for the "warming" and "tingling".  What makes this product different a "plain" lubricant such as K-Y® Brand Liquid personal lubricant?

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K-Y® Brand YOURS + MINE® has chemicals for "warming" and "tingling" (cooling), or rather K-Y® MINE® does.  One can think of K-Y® MINE as a sexy IcyHot.  Cooling agent menthyl lactate is for "tingling" and methyl salicylate is for "warming".   Yes, the "warming" promised by K-Y® YOURS is in K-Y® MINE.  Interestingly, K-Y® MINE looks a lot like K-Y® Brand TINGLING® Jelly (Figure 3).

Figure 3


...and K-Y® YOURS looks a lot like a plain K-Y® lubricant (K-Y® Brand Liquid; Figure 4) and K-Y® Brand WARMING® Liquid (Figure 5).


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Figure 5

In regards to K-Y® YOURS "warming", perhaps a plain lubricant is warming enough?  Or maybe by adding in glycerin and honey, both more viscous than propylene glycol, K-Y® YOURS is a stickier (and worse) lubricant thus providing a feeling of warmth?  [I look your comments! ;) Oh-uh..]

There's a little sexy science for you!  Plus, perhaps knowing more about the chemistry of K-Y® Brand YOURS + MINE® will help potential users calculate if it's worth the purchase.



Figure image attributions:
Figures 1 & 2: Screen capture of the K-Y® Brand YOURS + MINE® website http://bit.ly/qYd6Wi
Figure 3: Screen capture of K-Y® Brand TINGLING® Jelly website http://bit.ly/qjhYrB
Figure 4: Screen capture from K-Y® Brand Liquid website http://bit.ly/oLARbl
Figure 5: Screen capture from K-Y® Brand WARMING® Liquid website http://bit.ly/pNpuof

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