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The inventors of Astroglide, Daniel Wray and Erich Drafahl, formulated it while working on the cooling system of a space shuttle at Edwards Air Force Base in 1977. Dan Wray said he was "trying to remove the oil from anhydrous ammonia and I ended up with this substance". This association with aerospace was responsible for the name of the brand. The name "Astroglide" was originally licensed to a small company in North Hollywood (in 1982). When the company failed in 1991, Wray was able to regain the rights to the name.
The bottles are typically distinguished by the vivid purple color of their labels. A new variant of traditional Astroglide was introduced in 2005, using an orange cap and color scheme; this new variety is referred to as a "warming liquid".
Although Astroglide's pH balance (slightly acidic) generally inhibits yeast growth, it is not recommended for use by those with yeast infections due to its glycerin content. Astroglide has a new product in a green colored box which is glycerin and paraben free for those sensitive to such ingredients. Instead of glycerin, xylitol is used in the product, which has been shown to decrease yeast proliferation.
Purified water, Xylitol_plant derived, Aloe Vera, Vitamin C and E, Pectin, and Chamomile Flower Extract.
In April 2007 it emerged that the names and contact details of Astroglide's online customers dating back to 2003 had been published on the Internet. The problem only came to light when someone who had ordered a free sample from the Astroglide website discovered a record of this request in a Google search.
Google has since worked with the makers of Astroglide to correct this issue and all records were removed from Google's index soon after.