All of our PINK and Gun Oil products are made in the USA using the highest quality ingredients under the strictest standard of care. Our aim is to provide our customers with best-in-class personal lubricants while maintaining a steadfast commitment to unmatched customer service and satisfaction.
Choosing the proper personal lubricant can:
Intensify or enhance sensation with or without a partner. With added lubrication, a man or woman can enjoy the pure sensation of touch, foreplay and intercourse, without friction or irritation, leaving the mind free to focus on all the positive aspects of intimacy.
Help extend intercourse because natural lubrication can sometimes diminish during longer periods of intimacy. Lubrication is also essential for certain sexual play that includes toys or anal penetration.
Help eliminate pain and discomfort that stems from vaginal dryness. A woman may experience vaginal dryness due to hormonal changes at varying stages of life, such as after bearing children or during menopause. Dryness may also result from medical conditions such as chemotherapy or diabetes or from using anti-estrogen medications. Added lubrication can be an effective aid to making sexual activity pleasurable again, after consultation with a doctor.
Water-based lubricants – such as our Gun Oil H2O, Gun Oil Gel, PINK Water, Hot PINK, PINK Frolic products – are among the most common types of lubes as they are safe to use with sex toys and contraceptives like condoms, diaphragms, and sponges. Water-based lubricants contain no silicone and have a lighter, wetter feel than silicone-based lubes due to added humectants (moisteners). These lubes are ideal for enhancing natural lubrication and easily wash from skin and fabrics.
Because water is a natural source in which bacteria can grow if not controlled, all of our water-based lubricants utilize a safe and effective preservative system, in the lowest yet still essential percentages, to ensure our products remain safe and stable for use. Water-based lubricants can range from easy to pour liquids to more concentrated gel consistencies, like our Gun Oil Gel, and are relatively long-lasting.
Silicone-based lubricants – like our Gun Oil Silicone and PINK Silicone products – have a more concentrated texture and are longer-lasting than their water-based counterparts. Silicone-based lubes are water-resistant and are not easily absorbed by the skin—resulting in extended glide. This makes them ideal for longer sexual sessions, for use in water, or when there is little production of natural lubrication.
These lubes should not be used with silicone sex toys because of potential silicone-on-silicone reactions, but can be used with contraceptives, and sex toys not made of silicone. Silicone-based lubricants may require a bit more effort to wash from skin, can stain fabrics in larger quantities, and are typically more expensive than water-based lubes.
Hybrid lubricants – such as our Gun Oil Loaded (crème), Gun Oil Force Recon (gel), PINK Indulgence (crème), and PINK Unity (gel) products – are a blend of water, clear or crème emulsifiers, and silicone. Hybrids are ideal for enhancing natural lubrication, are longer lasting than water-based formulas, and have a uniquely soft or velvety feel. Hybrid lubricants easily wash from skin and fabrics, are safe for most toys, and can also be used for light massage.
As a general rule, silicone-based lubricants should NOT be used with porous sex toys such as silicone, cyber-skin, jelly toys or similar materials. These lubes are not usually recommended for use with porous sex toys or other porous materials as silicone may dissolve the surface of the item making it sticky to the touch resulting in disintegration of the item over time. This damage may create a breeding ground for bacteria.
Be sure to use an appropriate personal lubricant with your toys. Water-based lubricants are considered safe for use with all sex toys – and we offer Gun Oil H2O, Gun Oil Gel, PINK Water, Hot PINK, PINK Frolic, and PINK Indulgence (hybrid crème) water-based formulas.
Know your pores!
When comparing sex toys, you'll often see the words "porous" and "non-porous" in product feature lists. Porosity – the presence of tiny, microscopic pores – can be important, particularly if you share sex toys or if you're especially prone to urinary tract infections.
Pores are tiny holes, and if a sex toy is porous, small amounts of liquid (including body fluids and lubrication) can infiltrate the pores, carrying viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms. Obviously, this isn't ideal for your sexual health since you'll be exposed to those microorganisms next time you use the toy.
Before we get into the hygienic benefits of different materials, it's helpful to consider which materials are porous and which aren't. Non-porous materials are solid to the touch, although they're not necessarily hard.
Some common non-porous materials include:
Note that silicone has to be "pure" silicone in order to make this list. Some companies produce silicone blends, which include rubbers, plastics, and other substances that aren't necessarily non-porous. Likewise, ABS plastic is generally considered the standard for sex toy materials and some softer plastics might not qualify.
While the following materials are considered porous, they're not necessarily unsafe; they simply require thorough cleaning after each use, and many health professionals discourage sharing them unless you're using a condom.
Porous materials include:
If you have doubts about whether your toy is porous or non-porous, you can check the packaging, but you might not get a clear answer if it's made from rubbers or plastics.
Can porous sex toys really cause health issues?
Although porous sex toys are not necessarily dangerous, they do require a little extra care – especially if you're sharing. A study from the Indiana University School of Medicine found that 40 percent of sex toys tested positive for human papillomavirus (HPV) 24 hours after cleaning. While the study had a small sample size, it's clear that some infections can be transferred, and there's certainly no reason to take risks.
If you're planning on sharing your toys, you should either use a condom or sanitize them completely by cleaning with a dedicated toy cleaner.
Can Porous Sex Toy Materials Cause Yeast Infections or UTIs?
Even if you don't plan on sharing your toys, porosity can be an important factor. While there's not much scientific research on the subject, it stands to reason that if viruses can live in microscopic pores, bacteria and fungi can also flourish; hence, using a porous sex toy without a thorough cleaning could result in a urinary tract infection, yeast infection, or related condition.
Regardless of your toy's material, we recommend giving it a thorough cleaning after every use following the manufacturer's instructions to protect yourself. Dedicated sex toy cleaners make this process much easier and potentially safer since some soaps can degrade certain materials. Choose a cool, dry place for toy storage, and place them in a case or box to prevent dust and other contaminants from settling on them.
Applying the proper lubricant:
Be sure to use an appropriate personal lubricant with your toys. Water-based lubricants are considered safe for use with all toys – and we offer Gun Oil H2O, Gun Oil Gel, PINK Water, Hot PINK, PINK Frolic, and PINK Indulgence water-based formulas.
Oil-based lubes can break down some materials, so a good rule of thumb is to not use oil-based lubricants with any current toys or condoms on the market. Note: Our Gun Oil Stroke 29 and Jack Jelly masturbation creams for men do contain certain oils and are not recommended for use with toys or condoms. All of our other lubricants are either water-based, silicone-based, or hybrid formulas.
Silicone-based lubricants can damage some silicone toys, creating tiny holes that make the toy unsafe. If you're unsure of the material make-up of your toy, opt for a water-based lubricant as these are considered safe for use with all toys.
With a little care, you can stay safe with any high-quality toy regardless of its material.
Absolutely, resoundingly YES!
If you're having anal sex, you need to use a lubricant. No ifs, ands, or butts (excuse the pun) about it – lube is important for both partners, and you should never attempt anal sex without it.
You most likely realize that lube is sometimes optional for vaginal sex because the vagina provides its own natural lubrication, but the anus isn't biologically designed for sexual penetration. While it produces some fluids, it doesn't really lubricate, so an overabundance of friction can occur. If you have anal sex without an added lubricant, you'll risk damage to the sensitive tissues in that area.
It's especially important to note that when anal damage occurs, infections can be common. There's fecal matter in the colon (duh) and bacteria that help your body break down food matter, so a cut or wound in that area can take a long time to heal. The best course of action is to prepare thoroughly before anal sex—and that starts with lots of lube!
A few tips for making anal sex more comfortable and safe for both partners:
Use a lubricant designed for extended sexual encounters such as our PINK Silicone and Gun Oil Silicone products. These thicker, longer-lasting lubes work better for anal sex because they stay in place and don't tend to easily dry out.
Keep in mind though that silicone-based lubricants are not compatible with most silicone toys. So, if you're including toy play, you should opt for a water-based lube, or more preferably, a hybrid formula such as our Gun Oil Loaded and PINK Unity products. Avoid lubes with added cooling or warming ingredients at first, as these can make anal sex a little too intense for first-timers.
Use more lube than you think you need:
Of course, this depends on the type of lube you're using; silicone-based lubricants last much longer than water-based lubes, so you can generally use less of these products. Still, err on the side of safety by using a liberal amount. Keep extra lube by the bedside in case you need more once you get started.
Start small and go slow!
We strongly recommend using small toys for anal play before having anal intercourse. This prepares your body and gives your muscles time to adjust (relax). Ideally, you should experiment with toys for several weeks before trying anal intercourse, gradually moving up in size as you and your partner become more comfortable.
Look for toys that flare out toward the base as this will prevent the toy from slipping completely inside (if this happens, you could potentially end up requiring an uncomfortable visit to the emergency room!). Use plenty of lube and stop immediately if you feel pain. Non-porous toys are a must, as porous materials can inadvertently cause an infection by trapping fecal material and bacteria.
Keep it clean!
Finally, remember to stay safe when enjoying any type of anal play. Use a condom and clean everything thoroughly, including any toys.
Talk to your partner and make sure you have a plan to go slow. Anal sex can be a fun and surprisingly intimate act with the right partner, but proper preparation and plenty of lube are essential to a rewarding experience.
The answer is YES!
Propylene glycol (also known as PG) is one of the most common ingredients in water-based personal lubricants, and if you've used more than one lube, there's a decent chance you've already had contact with the ingredient. In fact, if you've ever had frozen custard, used cosmetics, or brushed your teeth – you've almost certainly benefited from PG.
In recent years, there's been a backlash against synthetic substances in sexual lubricants despite the fact that synthetic ingredients aren't necessarily more dangerous – they're simply created through industrial processes. Many people avoid products with propylene glycol, but this is largely unnecessary: it's a safe, useful ingredient, and it's commonly found in some of the most popular lubricant formulas.
We use PG in all of our PINK products, except PINK Silicone, as well as all of our Gun Oil products excluding Gun Oil Silicone and Jack Jelly.
What is Propylene Glycol & what does it do?
In order to understand the potential risks of products with PG, it's helpful to understand its function. Propylene glycol is most commonly used as a humectant (moistener), which means that it stops lubricants from drying out. This is important for water-based lubricants, which evaporate more quickly than silicone-based lubes.
The substance is often misrepresented as a harsh industrial chemical, particularly on the Internet, but it's important to note that the glycol used in lubricants typically needs to meets strict requirements for USP, USDA, or FDA approval (sometimes all three). Food-grade propylene glycol is created through a carefully controlled manufacturing process, and it's not identical to the propylene glycol used in industrial applications. In fact, it's created from different chemicals, and while it's structurally similar, it's much safer for internal use.
It's also completely different from ethylene glycol, a toxic substance found in car antifreeze (PG is also found in car antifreeze, but only as a replacement for ethylene glycol, which has a sweet taste that attracts pets). Unfortunately, some websites mistakenly claim that propylene glycol and ethylene glycol are the same substance. That simply isn't true.
The bottom line is that propylene glycol is commonly used in foods, and it's completely non-toxic according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the World Health Organization (WHO). You probably don't need to think twice about using products containing PG.
Will Propylene Glycol irritate my skin?
Just to reiterate: most people can safely use products with propylene glycol without any issue whatsoever. It's considered safe, especially in the relatively low amounts found in personal lubricants.
However, as is the case with most lubricant ingredients, propylene glycol can cause skin irritation for some users. People with sensitive skin may experience burning or itching; symptoms usually subside within several hours. In rare cases, users might show the symptoms of contact dermatitis (think of a poison ivy rash). This is most common with cosmetics that contain PG.
Propylene glycol can also cause vaginal irritation for women with fungal and bacterial infections. However, it doesn't increase the chances of contracting yeast infections, so it's safe to use after you've recovered. If you have eczema or another skin condition, you should check with your physician before using products with PG to play it safe.
Of course, if you're especially sensitive or if you've had a bad experience with PG, you can easily find lubricants that don't contain propylene glycol such as our popular PINK and Gun Oil silicone-based products.
No! These ingredients are not the direct factors that cause most yeast infections. Yeast infections are most common in cases of poor hygiene, weakened immune function following steroid or antibiotic use, as well as hormonal changes (menopause, menstruation, or pregnancy). Glycerin can make an existing yeast infection worsen as it is processed by the body as sugar.
All of our PINK and Gun Oil products are glycerin-free. This does not include our Gun Oil Stroke 29 masturbation cream for men, which does contain glycerin. This product should not be used for intercourse or with condoms.
Silicone cannot be absorbed by the body, and thus it is naturally evacuated from the body. Our special ingredients including Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Ginseng, Guarana, and Hydroxyethylcellulose are utilized by the body to:
Aloe Vera has natural healing and restorative properties. During intercourse, microscopic tears can occur to sensitive tissues. Aloe Vera is a known anti-inflammatory that can rejuvenate skin and even increase skin strength. Aloe Vera will not promote bacterial or fungal growth nor cause silicone breakdown.
Vitamin E is the ultimate skin rejuvenator. It is known to inhibit and slow growth of cancer cells, improve healing, and is used as a topical treatment to fight yeast and other infections while protecting tissues.
Grapefruit Seed Extract has antibacterial characteristics comparable to that of proven topical antibacterials.
Ginseng & Guarana extracts work to stimulate blood flow for heightened reaction and response.
Hydroxyethylcellulose helps increase natural lubrication by triggering moisture receptors within the body.
Under normal use, all PINK and Gun Oil products will wash easily from sheets and other fabrics. Our water-based formulas, which are lighter to the touch, are the easiest to clean from fabrics. Our silicone-based and hybrid formulas offer a thicker consistency requiring a little extra cleaning care.
The most effective way to remove silicone is with regular liquid dish or hand soap applied first then rinsed. For machine-washable sheets and fabrics, spot clean first with soap; then rinse thoroughly. Once you have spot treated the item, wash normally. Do not dry in a machine. Allow the item to air dry. Verify that the silicone spot is gone; if not, repeat. Once the spot has been removed, you may use the dryer where appropriate.
For flooring, be extremely careful as silicone is slippery and spreads easily. Use the same process as with fabrics. Use a liquid hand or dish soap to break down the silicone; then rinse thoroughly. Be sure to clean as soon as possible – especially with porous flooring such as wood or tile.
All of our PINK and Gun Oil products are considered safe for topical use, which means they can be applied to the skin and may also enter the mouth, vagina, and anus. The FDA considers the mouth, vagina, and anus external surfaces as they open to the outside and are self-evacuating.
Some of our PINK and Gun Oil products contain water. The addition of water creates a lighter texture, yet since water is a natural source in which bacteria can grow if not controlled, our formulas utilize a safe and effective preservative system, in the lowest but still essential percentages, to ensure our water-infused products remain safe and stable for use.
Our Stroke 29 and Jack Jelly products are designed for male masturbation only. Because these products have oils present (Stroke 29 also has glycerin present), they should not be used for vaginal sex, anal sex, toy play, or with condoms.
Yes! Our products are shipped in discreet packaging with no mention of PINK and/or Gun Oil. We use basic brown packaging and/or USPS shipping envelopes. Your credit card statement will show a charge from Empowered Products, Inc. and we use Empowered Products, Inc. on our shipping labels.
Yes! Empowered Products can supply product samples for your major events. Please contact our sales office at 800-929-0407 to discuss your upcoming events so we can determine which products will best suit your needs.
Yes! All of our products are manufactured from either natural plant based or synthesized sources. No ingredients are derived from animal sources.