When you think about safe sex, mint may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But, once you notice a pervasive pattern of mint as a common ingredient in safe sex products, it makes you stop and wonder- just what are the many beneficial effects of mint?
Mint is a perennial aromatic herb which has over 13 subspecies. It is thought that mint was originally used to cure stomach aches and pains through the act of ingestion. It was also used in the Middle Ages as a tooth whitener and a natural insecticide.
Due to its pleasant and invigorating scent, mint is currently a very popular component of food and drinks, cosmetics, and in aromatherapy items, as well as in safe sex merchandise. Whether you’re pairing a lamb chop with mint jelly, drinking a mint julep, using mouthwash, lighting a lavender and mint candle or putting on a mint condom, mint is a sensory delight for the entire mind and body, both inside and out.
The Skinny on Mint and Skin
Mint (also known as menthol and mentha) is well-known for the instant cooling and tingling sensations it creates when it comes into contact with skin. Of course, applications to more sensitive areas of skin result in even more intense feelings. Mint is also responsible for increasing blood flow, which is a key component of arousal for both men and women.
Some fantastic examples of personal lubricant products that both cool, tingle and increase blood flow are:
Wet wOw Gentle O and Max O promote the maximum amount of female climaxes by promoting additional blood flow to the clitoris.
Enjoy a Mouthful of Mint with Flavored Lubes
Some mint lubes are meant to be tasted, while others are intended for topical use. If you want to get a lil’ mint in your mouth, try Trustex Mint Foil Packs. They’re water-based, economical, delicious and are conveniently sized for minty goodness either at home or the go.
Please the Palate with Mint Condoms
Of course, that tasty Trustex lube goes hand in hand with Trustex Mint and Trustex Mint Non-Lubricated Condoms. For a highly textured peppermint ice cream flavored and scented condom, try the super new and fun bright blue hued LifeStyles Fun Bumps.
Get a Modicum of Mint with Dental Dams
A lot of people talk smack about dental dams, simply because they’ve never used a good one. Lixx Dental Dams come in a delectable mint flavor and are ideal for use for use with an incognito mint lube on the receiving side, such as the ones mentioned below. These can greatly enhance the pleasure of cunnilingus and anilingus, while staying safe and smelling great– so stop talkin’ smack and get to lip smackin’ and smilin’!
Incognito Mint in Non-Flavored Lubes
All of these fine lubes have one hidden powerhouse ingredient in common with each other. You guessed it, it’s mint! For purely female gratification the mint laden Swiss Navy 2-in-1 Just For Her is the ticket to climax country. If you and your partner both want to join in on the must-have-minty-sensations, try Wet Together or Swiss Navy 2-in-1 His & Hers. These dual lubes are designed with partner’s needs in mind.
Other and amazing personal lubricants which are not advertised as containing mint, but do have mint as an ingredient are:
- Durex Play Assorted Temptations- Play Tingling
- Wet Ecstasy Silicone Gel
- Wet Ecstasy Water-Based
- Wet Synergy + Cool Tingle
- ID Pleasure Lubricant
Obviously, mint is where it’s at when it comes to lube, whether these companies choose to specifically market these products as such or not.
Add a Spritz of Mint to That, Please
Pjur makes some incredible sprays for male enhancement and for anal sex. If you have never tried one, I highly recommend them. They work best when used with other non-mint Pjur products, like Pjur Analyse Me! Anal Glide, but can also be used on their own.
Both of Pjur’s anal sex sprays Pjur Backdoor Anal Comfort Spray and Pjur Analyse Me! Comfort Spray contain a soothing and cooling mint ingredient. This helps ease and combat the burning feeling that can be associated with anal sex.
Pjur Superhero Performance Spray is made for men who want to last longer in bed, without using a numbing agent like lidocaine or benzocaine. And, since it is condom safe, it can be used with a traditional condom like the Caution Wear Mission 701 or paired with a climax control condom such as the Durex Performax Intense.