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Discovering nature’s secret ingredient

New Zealand is home to the kiwifruit, well known for its health
giving properties. The kiwifruit grow on vines that when cut secrete
a smooth fluid – the vine gum.

A by-product of the fruit harvest, it was common practice to leave the vines to decompose on the ground. However being very environmentally aware, the New Zealand government commissioned a scientist to conduct a study into the properties and structure
of vine gum.

Amazingly the kiwi vine gum extract is a perfect ingredient for a vaginal moisturiser because as well as being natural, odourless, greaseless, stainless and non-sticky, it even has a pH controlled within the limits of 4.5 to 4.7 which matches the normal vaginal environment. Keeping the pH balance right is important because the slightly acidic environment of the vagina keeps it hostile to bacteria. If the pH balance is upset, infections can take hold.

Prevention is better than cure

It is important to keep the vagina hydrated; if your vagina becomes dry it becomes susceptible to infections.
Just like using hand cream to sooth and replenish lost moisture when we do chores, Sylk is made with your
vagina in mind, keeping you hydrated, comfortable and protected every day, or whenever you need a little
extra help.

Our wonder ingredient

The vine gum is unique – there is no other natural gum that matches if for viscosity (slipperiness) and shear
(smoothness) factors. This unique ingredient makes Sylk as close to your natural lubrication as is possible,
so the only person who will know you are using it is you, unless you choose to tell. Sylk is gentle and natural,
and works in harmony with your own body.

Sylk was launched in New Zealand and the UK in the 1980s and quickly established a reputation, not just among consumers but among health professionals too. Sylk is the only natural lubricant available on NHS prescription and is the first choice for many nurses dealing with women’s health issues.