The sh*tlist

Ingredients that you don’t want in your body

Our aim is to provide you with the healthiest and most sustainable condom out there. Unfortunately today no latex manufacturer can make condoms from 100% natural latex. To guarantee strength and flexibility of the latex an absolute required minimum of 1-1,5% chemical ingredients need to be added.
 

Many conventional condoms contain other ingredients. These are associated either with health risks or are bad for our planet (including animals). Condoms do not need to include these ingredients to be safe as they meet the CE standards, so why put them in in the first place?

Below you’ll find our “sh*tlist”: the list of ingredients we consciously decided to remove from our condoms to make them more healthy and sustainable.

 

Parabens


Parabens are chemical preservatives that prevent bacterial growth, which can be a good thing, but they can also cause estrogen imbalance in our bodies. If that’s not bad enough already, it’s also known that breast cancer tissue contains parabens. And even though the FDA still categorizes parabens to be perfectly safe if exposed to in low levels, the EU has banned its use completely, saying that cumulative exposure to parabens from various sources can cause serious health problems. Let’s leave it out!




Spermicides


So, spermicides kill sperm and prevent STDs. Not bad, right? Well, most spermicides contain nonoxynol-9, a very nasty chemical that can kill skin cells in the vagina and rectal wall. This actually increases the chances of getting an STD or urinary tract infection in the long run. Yikes.




Glycerine


Many brands use glycerine in condoms as a lubricant. The name might suggest it’s sugar, which it’s not, but glycerine can transform into a sugar if left in the vagina for too long. Eventually, that will throw off your body’s pH balance, increasing your chances of contracting a yeast infection. So why use it, if you can use a harmless silicone oil? Just saying.




Benzocaine


You’ll notice that some brands talk about a “numbing effect” of the condom, saying you can prolong an erection with a condom that includes benzocaine. So it numbs the penis. Say whaaat? Research actually shows that it doesn’t really make a big difference in delaying the man’s climax. What’s even worse, benzocaine reported to cause itching, swelling, sweating and dizziness in men.




Casein


Casein is a powder derived from milk that is used as a binder (thickener) in condoms. Doesn’t it feel a bit weird to put an animal product into the vagina? There is no research that suggests casein is bad for your health, but it’s definitely not fun for the animals. And if that’s not convincing enough yet, did you ever think normal condoms smell weird? It’s the casein that elevates that horrible sour latex odour. Not so sexy, huh ;-)




Plastic


Even though condoms look a lot like plastic, there really is no plastic in rubber condoms. Condoms are made of natural rubber. The juice from the rubber tree is turned into latex, which is the core ingredient of our condoms. Latex is not plastic.





 

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