Convenient, But Not Conscious

Afterglow wipes are perfectly good for quick and convenient clean-up after partner sex or fun with a toy. However, they are not as safe as one might get from the packaging, the main offender being propylene glycol, a skin irritant and carcinogen. Also, they are not made of recycled materials and most of the packaging cannot be recycled. Convenient, but not conscious.
Smell, convenience.
Not body-friendly, not earth-friendly.
Rating by reviewer:
useful review
Editor's Note:
The author of this review is not a chemist and did research on the internet on the information she provided. If you have concerns regarding the ingredients in this or any product that comes in contact with your body, you should consult your gynecologist or dermatologist for safety information.

When my partner and I moved into our respective college housing, we were faced with a problem: there was no longer a bathroom attached to the bedroom. Clean-up had just become far more difficult than before, and my beloved after sex snuggle time would have to be impinged on by dressing, fixing my sex hair, running down the hall to the bathroom, running back, undressing, and jumping back into bed. So not cool! What's more, I had no way to clean my sex toys after a good solo romp, since I really didn't want to bring them into my dorm bathroom!

These wipes were a good solution. They smell very nice (do I detect a hint of bergamot?), they're ultra-effective, but when I looked into the body safety, I wasn't thrilled. Here are the ingredients, their purposes (when I could figure them out), and their safety.

Water- Self explanatory, I think
Propylene Glycol- Supposed to be soothing and cleansing, but apparently (according to the cosmetics safety database) it is a mild skin irritant at concentrations over 2% and a possible carcinogen. What a turn-off.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice- Aloe leaf extract, basically. Skin soothing and body safe.
PEG 14M-a polymer of ethyl oxide, not safe for use on damaged skin. So maybe these aren't good for those with herpes?
Polysorbate 20-A mixture of some compunds. Body safe.
PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil- Similar substance to propylene glycol, and not safe on injured or damaged skin.
Bergamot-A fragrance. Very safe, unless you have a fragrance allergy.
Chlorhexidine Digluconate- Basically a salt. Moderate skin irritant, carcinogen, and toxin.
Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate-environmental toxin and human toxicant.

Yeah, so all that turns me off quite a bit, and when I looked into it, many natural baby wipes are considerably more body-safe. To be fair, my partner and I experienced no irritation, but I could certainly not guarantee the same for you.

So if you're someone who minds about product toxicity, these are probably not for you, and hopefully you can make an informed decision no matter what.

Another thing that gets me is just the principle of wipes. I mean, they're disposable, and seemingly not make of recycled fiber, so these aren't so environmentally conscious. Especially not the individually wrapped ones. I mean, I'm sure it's handy, but if you're using these every time, that might really add up in the trash, and the above chemicals will end up in the ground. Ick.

Overall, these are not the most superior products, but definitely nice if you're set on getting wipes and like the scent of bergamot. I advise against them a bit more on principle than by the fact that they particularly lack quality. Hopefully you can decide from yourself from the ingredients and your general rules about environmental concerns.
Follow-up commentary
I only bought these once, and when my pack ran out, I didn't replenish. I think that these are less body friendly than other, less expensive brand. Also, warm water works just fine for most body situations, and toys should be sterilized or washed with soap and water. I still would not recommend these.
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  • Who / How / What
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Any couple
    • Couple foreplay/after climax play
    • Long / extended session
    • Relaxation/alone time
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    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Dorm room/campus living
    • Home
    • On the road/travel friendly
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    Thanks for the review
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    Yay for environmentally conscious reviewers!
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    thank you for the review
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    thank you...
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    Thank you! I'm sad to hear they aren't all that.
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