Sexy Gift Guide
For his sake and yours don't utter those three little words until you read this.
The Right RubsOpt for all-natural, paraben-free lubricants (parabens, used as preservatives, may disrupt hormone activity). We like Sylk (sylkonline.com, $22 for 3.4 oz), derived from kiwi fruit vine extract. And use organic massage oils, such as Earth Botanicals (northernnaturals.com, $11 for 8 oz), which is made of sunflower, apricot, and jojoba oils and contains no artificial fragrances or additives.
Toss Toxic ToysMany soft plastic sex toys are made from PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and softened with chemicals called phthalates. The problem: PVC's manufacture is toxic to the environment, and there's some evidence that exposure to phthalates can increase the risks of birth defects and cancer. Play it safe with toys made of silicone, glass, or metal instead.
Bright IdeaKeep the lights off while you make love and focus fully on the sexy sensations of touch and sound. If you still want to see your sweetie, switch out your lightbulb for an Energy Star-qualified one (you'll save cash, too!).
Condom SenseRoll out the lambskin condoms — the only kind proven to be biodegradable. (But stick with latex if you're concerned about STD prevention, as lambskin condoms are only effective for birth control.)
Mattress MattersGet busy on sheets made from organic cotton (grown without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), or pick bedding made from bamboo fiber, a rapidly renewable resource. Try Bamboo/Cotton Bedding (thecompanystore.com, $112 for a queen set) or Pottery Barn's organic cotton sheets (potterybarn.com, $189 for a queen set).
Carbon DatingSearching for Mr. Right? Check out greensingles.com to meet fellow tree huggers and help the planet while you look for love: Part of the site's profits go to nonprofit environmental organizations. For a racier online experience, log on to fuckforforest.com, an erotic site that donates 80 percent of its profits to nature preservation.
Good VibrationsExchange your vibrator for a rechargeable one to save batteries. Try Lelo's Lily (lelo.com, $129), or Durex's Ellipse Play Personal Massager (condomdepot.com, $70). (For our real-life reviews, check out redbookmag.com/slrt)
Human FrictionWhat's hotter than body heat? Lower your home thermostat this winter and warm things up between the sheets instead.
Green Under ThereGet greener undies and still stay sexy. Slip into g=9.8 Lenpur lingerie (g98.fr, prices vary) — its surprisingly soft fabric is made from pine clippings.
Reprinted with Permission of Hearst Communications, Inc. Originally Published: Your Guy's "I Love You" Wish List