Lose Those Winter Blues!

December 7th, 2014 by aloe No comments »
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Have you ever wondered if the rumors were true? Does the dark and dreary cold of winter truly rev up the sex drive?

If you look around the internet at the various studies and surveys done you’ll find that the answer is mixed. While about 15% say that they absolutely notice that the weather definitely revs up their sex lives (citing reasons like being cooped up alone together and bored), another 15% claim that their drives dry up a bit.

So, the same amount who see a rise in their desire is even with the amount whose desire dwindles, what does that mean? Mathematically? Nothing changed.

Don’t get us wrong, the endorphin rush one receives during orgasm would probably go a long way toward curing the winter blues that often affects people because of limited access to the sun and the impact on our internal chemistry. That flood of chemicals can be a powerful thing, which may explain the rise in passion for some. It’s a way to combat both boredom and depression during the cold, dark winter.

And despite the fact that most associate Spring as the season of new beginnings, relationships included, it’s actually Winter that holds the record for highest percentage of new relationships according to a poll done by the Associated Press.

So maybe sweaters, coats, slacks, and gloves aren’t the sexiest gear in the world, especially when you imagine beginning a new relationship. Still, an excuse to get out of the house, snuggle a the fire, and drink a heated libation of some sort still has an appeal.

What better way to warm up, after all, than to share body heat, conversation, and company? Why not see where the next great eye contact and smile might lead? What could be the harm?

And if you decide to “warm up” with a little passion along the way, remember to make it both a sexy and memorable experience. Aloe Cadabra, with 95% organic aloe, can help make sure that there is no dryness or discomfort. Just relax, let it do the work, and enjoy the connection.

 

Indulge Your Fantasies & Release Your Inhibitions

October 31st, 2014 by aloe No comments »
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Image courtesy of anankkml at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

One of the best things about Halloween is that it allows us the freedom to get creative and become whomever we’d like to be for a night. We can create fantasy people to project our inner vamps or seductresses….or whatever role we’d love to imagine ourselves in, at least for one night. But why limit yourself to just one night a year? If you are willing, why not let go of your inhibitions and embrace your innermost fantasies?

Despite what some people might say, a sexy imagination is healthy and shouldn’t simply be limited to Halloween. Based on the popularity of books like Fifty Shades of Grey and other erotic romances, along with the rising popularity of erotica books, maybe people are starting to realize the benefits of opening their minds to their deeper, wilder cravings and are becoming bold enough to release their inhibitions. We love it! The desire to explore and understand what drives your passion is to be commended. After all, sexual self awareness leads to healthier mind and body, as well as relationships.

A woman who is confident and comfortable in her own skin is a thing of both power and beauty. People gravitate toward that kind of strength  and fearlessness. Don’t be afraid to discover more about who you are and what makes you tick! As you explore to uncover what works for you and your partner we hope you’ll take Aloe Cadabra along for the ride. Our 100% organic lubricant, made with 95% organic aloe, is both safe and healthy to use as you enjoy exploring your desires alone or with your partner.

Be brave. Be bold. Find your fulfillment. There is no down side!

 

Beauty and the Body

October 17th, 2014 by aloe No comments »

facebook-icon4This month has several causes that are near and dear to our hearts. The two biggest are National Breast Cancer Awareness month and National Bullying Prevention Month.

We want you to love yourselves and your bodies as much as we do. Show it the care and maintenance it deserves. Please do self exams regularly and report any abnormalities to your doctors right away. We want you to live long and healthy lives! Heck, it’s with your body health  and comfort in mind that we have created Aloe Cadabra.

Secondly, know that we think you’re strong, beautiful, and resilient. We want you to know just how lovely you are. Beauty is not about clothing sizes or popularity or any of the other superficial aspects that get so much attention on the covers of magazines. Real beauty is in your ability to laugh. To be a great friend and partner through life. To thrive despite the hardships we all face from time to time.

When we selected our photo, we chose someone who we felt embodied the spirit and beauty of women because we want you all to know just how much adventure and joy you bring to the world. We feel strongly that we’re all here to build each other up, and we hope that by sharing with you how wonderful we think you are, you’ll remember our message, and maybe pay it forward to some other person who may really need to hear that message today. Together we can choose encourage and build up those around us. To help people see themselves the way we see them.

Understanding Osmolality

September 28th, 2014 by aloe 1 comment »

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Image courtesy of Teddybear [Picnic] at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Body chemistry is an amazing thing, but not always easy to comprehend. It’s even more difficult to explain how your body responds to things, both environmentally or taken internally. But as we grow, mature, and experience, we begin to better understand.

For example, we know that a person who stays out in extremely hot and humid weather, maybe hanging out at the beach, needs to drink plenty of fluids or they can become dehydrated or experience heat stroke. And if you’ve ever been to a beach party, you know not all liquids are created equal.

For example, although an ice cold beer may feel and taste refreshing, it’s not. In fact, it’s working against your body chemistry, causing you to dehydrate more quickly. It’s important that you’re replenishing yourself (yes, you’re made of 50 to 70% water…so the sun takes that right out of you through your sweat) with water.

The body responds in a similar manner based on the type of lubricant you choose. How does that work? Well, you already know about your pH balance and how certain ingredients can impact that. But the other is osmolality, which pertains to the moisture you naturally create.

Do you remember your childhood chemistry experiments in class? Remember the one where they took a glass of water and added a tablespoon of salt and stirred until the salt dissolved? You couldn’t remove the salt. In fact, it didn’t matter how small an amount you used, the entire cup became undrinkable because every ounce of water was salty.

Well, lubricants can do the same thing to your natural vaginal fluids. Technically speaking, osmolality measures the concentration of all the chemicals in your blood, which means the body has a set range, but external influences can put them out of whack. The higher the osmolality rating of the lubricant, the more it messes with your body chemistry, spreading throughout your natural lubrication to causing you to dry out unnaturally (and faster), much like alcohol can dehydrate you on a hot summer day!

What does that mean to you? Think about it. What happens to your lips when they get dry? The skin becomes thinner. Weaker. It may chap to the point that it cracks or tears or breaks. Your vaginal area can do the same! And think of how much damage small abrasions can create in such a delicate area? How much more susceptible you can become to all sorts of things….

So, when considering which lubricant to use, remember that although something may feel refreshing at first, it may be causing more harm than good. Remember the deeper impacts your choices may have, and choose wisely. Ingredients DO make a difference. That’s why we feel it’s so important to be all natural and made with 95% organic aloe. And if you’re wondering where Aloe Cadabra stacks up on an osmolality count, CLICK HERE.

September Is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

September 10th, 2014 by aloe 2 comments »
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Women have heard all the stereotypes about men. You know the ones… In general, men have a reputation. Tough guy. Won’t ask for directions. And getting one to the doctor often takes an extreme act or injury. Well, that’s the rumor. But rumors often have a grain of truth to them. It may explain why an acclaimed prostate cancer expert, David B. Samadi, M.D. took to the TV asking women to take an active part in the fight against prostate cancer.Prostate Cancer is actually the second highest leading cancer killer of men, but very few men will voluntarily go to the doctor to get “their junk” checked. Women, on the other hand, have known for years about the value of early detection for breast cancer, uterine cancer, etc. This is why most women, when they hit a certain age, will voluntarily get a mammogram with very little fuss. It’s why women schedule routine gynecologist appointments for pap smears. Is there discomfort involved? Heck, yeah! But it’s better than late detection.

So what should women know about prostate cancer so that they can keep the men they love with them longer?

  • Genetics make a difference. If other members of the family have been diagnosed, get tested.
  • African American men are 60% more likely to get prostate cancer than Caucasian men.
  • Age matters. If you’re over 65, get tested.

Ladies, YOU can be the difference in lengthening your partner’s life. Sure, we’re just a lubricant company in the greater scheme of things, but we want our lovers to be happy in healthy (both physically and otherwise) relationships. If we can help make this happen by raising awareness, then that’s what we’ll do!

By the way, if you or someone you know and love has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, you may want to check out the prostatecancer911 site.

 

September 4th Is World Sexual Health Day! Celebrate YOU!

September 1st, 2014 by aloe No comments »
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Image courtesy of Apple’s Eye Studio at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Sexual health is such an important topic, but one so rarely discussed. Everyone approaches their sexuality (and their self discovery) in different ways. It’s also important people are comfortable within themselves and are offered safe places to explore their understanding and knowledge of what works for them.

World Sexual Health Day is all about celebrating what makes you unique and special sexually. This is about joy and passion, not fear and misconception. If you haven’t heard of it before, HERE are some of the details surrounding the event. We encourage you to check it out for yourself! After all, here at Aloe Cadabra, we’re all about the pleasure and joy of sensual discovery in a healthy, organic sort of way.

If you don’t happen to be in New York, you can still participate online. Live Streaming of the event will be done HERE. We’re also encouraging folks to follow the event on Twitter or Facebook.

What’s the Deal With Vaginal Dryness?

August 11th, 2014 by aloe 5 comments »
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Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Although not exactly a popular topic of discussion, vaginal dryness is an issue most women face at some point in their lives. Because of this, most people don’t realize just how common this problem is (yeah, it actually impacts about 95% of all women) or the joy that can be found working with your body to resolve the issue while maximizing your personal enjoyment when it appears.

Causes of vaginal dryness are fairly common and range from the following:
·      Stress / Emotions
·      Menopause
·      Natural changes in hormone levels
·      Chemotherapy
·      Childbirth
·      Allergies

So here’s the inside skinny. Our bodies function better with regular sexual activity. It keeps our juices flowing both literally and metaphorically. Studies show that natural lubrication keeps our organs in strong working order. But, as stated above, our emotional health is just as important. Making a connection with our partner on a deeper level enhances the sexual experience while helping to lessen our stress levels and strengthen our relationships is just as key. Time spent talking, sharing, and reminding each other of why you enjoy being together in the first place strengthens your bond, and enhances your intimacy. As it leads to sexual intimacy, your body’s natural juices will begin to flow. Of course, using a favorite organic personal lubricant from our fabulous Aloe Cadabra lineup helps enhance pleasure while aiding in the healing process.

When it comes to stressors in life, it doesn’t take much to picture the causes. Whether your stressors are caused by career, family, finances, or some other unlisted issues, it’s important to remember that you are in control and make a change. Take time to breathe, exercise, or relax with people you enjoy. Laugh. Have fun. But whatever you do, when stress starts to impact your mind and body, make a change. It will have an enormous impact on stress induced vaginal dryness, not to mention improve the rest of your life.

So what does this have to do with dryness? A healthy vagina’s made up of many layers of cells, stays lubricated with clear fluid, which keeps the vagina healthy, elastic and is noticeable when aroused. The amount of lubrication that occurs is affected by different factors such as the above list, along with low estrogen, fatigue, medications, pregnancy, drying and chemically based soaps.

Vaginal Dryness causes symptoms ranging from irritation, itching and burning, avoidance of sexual intercourse, lack of libido, and thinning and drying of the vaginal wall. Many women even believe that sex drive/libido go away during menopause. Reality is, studies have shown that’s not necessarily accurate. In fact, 80% of women report symptoms of vaginal dryness during perimenopause and menopause.

Here are a few basic options for dealing with vaginal dryness:

1. Drink plenty of water to ensure hydration. Eat a balanced diet and take nutritional supplements as needed.
2. Be careful about using harsh chemicals, soaps, douches and other products containing allergens, dyes and fragrances. They mess with your pH balance. Common chemicals to avoid are petroleum, silicone, propylene glycol, glycerin, chlorhexidine, phenoxyethanol and parabens.
3. Don’t forget the importance of sex. Natural lubrication may take a bit longer, but it is still there.
4. Use an organic certified personal lubricant.  Make sure it is certified organic not just labeled “natural” and that will help to restore your own vaginal moisture. Aloe Cadabra is a leading organic certified lubricant containing 95% organic aloe. You want to read the labels and be AWARE of what you put in there! A lot of “Natural” ingredients are toxic, drying and well just not what you want on your most delicate parts.

At the end of the day, vaginal dryness is normal. There’s no shame in it, just a lack of discussion and understanding. In fact, it’s highly treatable in the most pleasurable of ways! All it takes is a little attention.

Aloe Cadabra: The Renaissance Lubricant

July 26th, 2014 by aloe No comments »
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Image courtesy of stockimages / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

While Aloe Cadabra is a fantastic lubricant and moisturizer, according to our customers, they’re not limiting themselves.  Without any prompting from us, many of you have been generous enough to share other uses you’ve discovered for Aloe Cadabra.

Probably the least surprising due to the aloe base of our product was from one young women who used it to alleviate her sunburn.  A couple who recently had a baby told us they used it on diaper rash. Yet another person described how they used it on a really bad “road burn,” they’d gotten from biking.  Within a week, the skin was healed.

But Aloe Cadabra isn’t simply being limited to people. One user told us about her dog being bitten in the face by an insect. After giving her pet some Benadryl, she used Aloe Cadabra directly on the bite to soothe away the sting. She’d read online that aloe helped alleviate itching, so she gave it a shot. According to her, it worked swimmingly.

We’ve heard from many that Aloe Cadabra has become their go to hand lotion.  It makes sense.  While Aloe Cadabra may be called a personal lubricant and its great for that purpose, the ingredients we use make it great for a variety of things.  Aloe Vera is widely considered anti microbial and anti fungal.  So, it can be soothing on sensitive skin.

Aloe Vera has also been used in medical centers on burns for a long time. And since we’re made with 95% aloe vera, it’s fantastic for that purpose as well.  Aloe Vera has also widely been considered to have nourishing, healing attributes for the lips since the time of Cleopatra, and there are folks who’ve shared that they use it in just this way!

As interesting as all these stories were, the most surprising one came from a gentleman who told us he used it to get his wetsuit on and off. Like any curious company, we did a marketing study and found that scuba divers were some of the biggest purchasers of Aloe Cadabra! Why? Well, similar to a condom, a wet suit is made from rubber and can be difficult to get on and remove without the help of a lubricant.

So, no matter what you’re doing or what you’re trying to lubricate or moisturize, keep Aloe Cadabra in mind.  When you start with 95% organic aloe vera, despite what the bottle may say or the connotation may be, it might just be the solution you’re looking for.  Share with us how you’re using Aloe Cadabra! We’re on Twitter and Facebook, and enjoy hearing from our fans!

NOTE: please check with your doctor is you have a serious medical condition and are considering using Aloe Cadabra in a way other than its “intended purpose.”

 

Corporate Responsibility and Lubricant

July 13th, 2014 by aloe No comments »
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Image courtesy of photostock / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Lubricants have so many helpful purposes besides the obvious. Unfortunately, those who most need it are often the same people who either don’t have the access or the knowledge that not all lubes are “created equal.” They have no idea that although some lubricants may give them the necessary “slickness” in the moment, it’s actually working to against the body’s natural balances or drying them out.

This is one of the many reasons why we’re so proud to be able to support service providers and not for profit organizations who work so hard to address issues arising from things such as chemotherapy, menopause, child birth, hormone disruption, vulvodynia, and other important health and gynecological issues.

In the past year alone, Aloe Cadabra has committed to providing more than $100,000 in donations of its lubricant – aside from offering great educational resources – to various groups and causes. It is part of our commitment to being a responsible Corporate Citizen and one of the things from which we take the greatest satisfaction.

We always have an eye out for other great organizations to support, and we’ve found that our best sources for outreach are those who already know and love our wonderful Aloe Cadabra products. So if you happen to know of a great cause who could benefit from our support, please reach out to us. We’d love to hear from you!

Rachel Carson- Honoring a Trailblazer

June 19th, 2014 by aloe No comments »

be_the_changeThere’s a strong chance that most everyday people have never heard of Rachel Carson, but there’s no question in my mind that you’ve reaped the benefits of her labor.

Considered to be one of the founders of the Modern Environmental Movement, her book, Silent Spring, drew attention and concerns to the potential damage pesticides like DDT created. Although it was initially met with anger and skepticism, people started to look more closely at the relation between chemicals and the world we live in.

Thanks to her hard work and the efforts of other like minded people, the US Environmental Protection Agency was formed. She was even given the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously by Jimmy Carter. She became the change she wanted to see in this world. She also spawned many groups whose focus on health and safety have improved the quality of both lives and ingredients used in all manner of areas.

In our industry, the ripple effects of her efforts can be seen through Environmental Working Group. They publish a reputable list of body care ingredients and formulas along with their toxicity at cosmeticdatabase.org. as well as publishing a wide host of guides on food, cosmetics and other things that will keep us healthy. For us here at Aloe Cadabra, it was pioneers like her who encouraged us to bring natural, organic ingredients to an often overlooked, but very impactful item; lubricants. By the way, we scored the lowest possible score on their index, which is a very good thing.

We’d also like to recognize the World Health Organization who specifically studied personal lubricants and their health impacts and found that high osmolality and incompatible pH levels in many commonly used personal lubricants could cause secondary health issues including epithelial damage. Aloe Cadabra’s Osmolality and pH are both within the ranges they say make for an optimal lubricant. For more details about this report, click HERE.

We’re proud to be part of the movement to make the things we put on and in our bodies safer.  And, we’re proud to let you know about two great organizations publishing some great information that can help improve your health and well being.