Is Frankie On To Something With Her Yam Lube?

Indeed, this could be a "big moment in the history of the vagina."

Apparently Gwyneth Paltrow thinks she is! The actress recently popped in on Chelsea Handler's new Netflix talk show Chelsea, where she shared what inspired her to produce Goop's first issue devoted exclusively to sex: It was the fictional organic yam vaginal lube from Grace and Frankie. Life imitating art?

"It was inspired by another Netflix show called Grace and Frankie," said Paltrow, "where Frankie makes her own homemade [vaginal] lube," she explained. "We started thinking about, 'Is lube toxic? Why is she making homemade lube?'"

After doing some research, Paltrow and her team decided to create their own brand of lube.

The inspirational lube is one of the main story threads in the recently released Season 2 of Grace and Frankie, which stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. The primary ingredient in it is yams, organic of course -- and not just because Frankie is nibbling around the edges of a romance with the organic yam farmer!

As the story line goes (spoiler alert!) Frankie backs away from a deal in which she expects to make $9 million after she learns of the plan to add unsavory chemicals to her formula. (No more "Yam Bam, Thank You Ma'am" for this purist.)

But seriously, folks. As Paltrow's Goop notes, "We’d never considered what went into lube, and that it’s actually super toxic (the most popular options contain parabens for one), and that we are in theory putting it into the most vulnerable and permeable part of our bodies." 

Goop's right. The vagina and anus are highly permeable parts of the body and anything that's applied topically in those areas can be absorbed into the body. Parabens, a commonly used preservative in many cosmetics, are included to prevent bacterial overgrowth. But exposure to parabens has been linked to cancer, reproductive health issues, fibroids, endometriosis, and infertility.

So, maybe Frankie was onto something when she called her yam-lube invention “a big moment in the history of the vagina.” And while you're shopping for your vagina on Goop, be sure to check out the $15,000 gold dildo.

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