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Vaginal Mints To Supposedly Make Oral Sex Taste So Much Better

January 30, 2013

I was first alerted to the concept of vaginal mints by a reader, who mentioned “Linger” mints in his comment on my post about the idiocy of labioplasty.  I promised to investigate this curiosity of vaginal mintdom. I came across listings for mints as “feminine hygiene,” and found an article on Mother Jones about it, just as Reader had said. He actually gave me most of the information I found on Mother Jones, but here goes with some of the most salient info:

My tin of Linger looked a lot like one of those tins of mints that are given away at trade shows. And guess what? That’s what it is. A little digging revealed that Linger is made/distributed by a company called Admints, which just happens to make trade show mints. And the Linger samples just happen to have have the exact same shape, taste, and ingredients as Admint’s sample mints. So how does Linger manage to pass off breath mints as vaginal Tic Tacs in $7.99 packs? Despite the salacious creation story and testimonials on its site (“It gets a little warm as it starts to dissolve which took just under an hour. Then, it is SO good!!”), the mint is labeled “for novelty use only.” This is a common practice in the sex-products industry, explains Charlie Glickman, the education program manager at Good Vibrations. It gives manufacturers some cover if something goes awry, he explains. “They could say, ‘It’s just a novelty toy. You weren’t actually expecting to use this were you?'” And if you actually do expect to use Linger to “flavor the woman in a manner that is safe and effective,” be warned: its primary ingredient is sugar, which is not safe for the vagina. It messes up the pH and can lead to a really painful yeast infection, a condition that definitely doesn’t make someone want to “linger.

Mmmm, yummy, minty, yeasty…

 

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