PORTLAND, Maine — When contemplating amorous, late-night moves, slimy plants from the bottom of the sea probably isn’t springing into most lovers’ minds. One Maine woman hopes to change that.
She’s perfecting a seaweed-based, all-natural sexual lubricant made especially for Mainers planning on heading, uh, “Downeast.”
“This is a personal and massage lubricant that can be used for any sort of sexual activity,” said Mariah Curtis, 26, a Portland woman who grew up mostly in Orono. “It’s safe to rub it all over your body. It’s totally absorbable — or you can wash it off. It’s for any part of your body you want to have slick or wet for any reason.”
Curtis is calling her new formula, which still needs FDA approval to be sold commercially, Sea ME Lube. It’s made from Irish moss, a local seaweed well known for its gelling properties. The crinkled, dark brown plant is abundant on the Maine coast. It thrives in water between three and 20 feet deep.
In other personal lubricants on the market sometimes Irish moss as a minor ingredient, but Curtis said hers will be the only one made primarily from the slippery aquatic plant.
“I wouldn’t call this an invention so much as a personal formula. I just have a unique approach that is more natural and sustainable than what’s currently available,” said Curtis.
Sea ME Lube has just three ingredients: Irish moss, water and a small amount of preservative to make it shelf stable. It’s almost colorless, with a slight yellow tinge, and has no discernible whiff of the ocean.
Someday, If customers want her product without the stabilizing preservatives, Curtis already has an idea for that: Frozen “lube cubes” to be thawed as needed.
That idea is still far in the future. For now, Curtis is experimenting with natural scents or flavorings to add to the formula.
“I’m currently in the market research phase for that,” she said.
Troy R. Bennett
Troy R. Bennett is a Buxton native and longtime Portland resident whose photojournalism has appeared in media outlets all over the world.
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