I am a consumer. You know the kind of consumer when new things are in my line of sight and comments like “oh, shiny! the packaging is oh so pretty! and it makes my heart feel tingly!” *WANT WANT* *NEED NEED* *GIMME GIMME*… starts spewing out of my mouth. Product Packaging turn my consumer-driven-eyes into the decision maker which can be possibly a good thing but usually… a bad thing. haha
When it comes to condom shopping, everyone knows the end product inside the fancy packaging is ugly as shit. haha it’s a hunk of a latex that is a barrier with benefits! but kills the joy for penises everywhere. So, when we as consumers shop, we have to rely on the packaging and “info” on it or lack thereof.
Trojan is the popular kid of condoms. They are at all the popular places and have a pretty large variety of characteristics. The packaging is inviting and their condom jargon entices you that this hunk of latex is going to make sexy time way better. So, you can imagine how I felt, as I kept seeing those Fire & Ice condoms fly off the shelves for so long.
I developed a huge FOMO complex.
WHAT IS THIS “DUAL ACTION LUBRICATION” I NEED IN MY LIFE?~ Why is this super hero color scheme on the box drawing my eyes to it each and every time. haha I’ve had a mix of reviews from people and one of my good friends thought it was the jam and gave me one to try out.
I tried it. It wasn’t fabulous. I felt a bit tingly. It didn’t “set me on fire” like a few customers have told me. haha It didn’t feel like “Icy hot was being rubbed on my junk”. “Immediate shower power time” didn’t need to happen. Maybe my lovebox is made of steel but, I just felt a bit uncomfortable. That’s the only way I can describe it, at the moment. It felt like something was brewing inside and my insides were being touched by an alien. haha My love box was irritated, but I couldn’t really grasp the feeling completely since I was in the moment and wasn’t focusing on “Is this condom making the experience better?”.
I usually research things and try it out. But this time I just jumped in head first and BOY, did I regret it. I had an angry vag for a few days later. I don’t know why I thought my love box could handle this since I can barely handle certain lubes but *shrug* I YOLO’d to smack that FOMO out the door.
What makes a condom do fancy things is usually the shape to fit perfectly and the lube that makes it do funky things, like the cooling, warming and delays. Trojan doesn’t tell you what the ingredients to their “Dual action lubrication” is. Their box is pretty basic when you are actually seeking for answers. 0_0… It won’t tell you a damn thing.
I normally don’t recommend getting too crazy with lubricants without doing test runs since you never know how your body will react. Especially, since we don’t have the exact list of ingredients. So us consumers, have to use our own smarts and common sense! Majority of the lubes out there use pretty much the same thing. The first part of the name is FIRE! which implies a warming sensation to stimulate. This usually means that Capsaicin is an ingredient, a chili pepper extract that when it is used in small dosages can create warmth and heat aka that fire they are talking about. The second part of the name is ICE! to give a cooling effect. Menthol is used for that stimulation effect. When air hits your skin that is lubricated it makes a nice effect to make you feel an area that you forgot existed at that point. Their lubricant is water based and I’m pretty sure contained glycerin/glycerol, a sugar derived component that has a tendency to cause yeast infections! yyyyyyyyyyaY!! 0_0
I’ve read multiple places that on top of those goodies they have benzocaine for guys to make them last longer. No big deal…
My biggest and main concern was the fact that nowhere did it say that the dual action lube used was a spermicidal lube with the condoms. Rude much? haha I’ve never been a fan of spermicidal lube after reading the statistics of how ineffective it can be, with 1 out of 5 chances of getting pregnant, I find that almost as fun and nerve racking as playing the russian roulette of pulling out. But some find that it makes sense, so go you?!?
At first, it sounds like a great idea since spermicidal lubricant immobilizes sperm and I’m all about using contraceptives! But spermicidal lube NONOXYNOL-9 has been known to erode the cells in the vagina and rectum. This irritates the lining and can cause micro lesions which may not make you 1 out of 5 pregnant but it can make you have a high percentage to STDs/STIs.