Lotion play (ローションプレイ, rōshon purei?) is a popular form of Japanese erotica and prostitution involving the use of copious amounts of sex lubricant which in the Japanese language is referred to as "lotion" (ローション). Typically it involves sexual intercourse in a pool or bath filled with lotion, or lotion being poured over the participants during sex. In Japan, lotion is available in concentrated form which can be added to hot water to produce the desired amount. The main component is polyacrylate. A similar effect can be achieved by dissolving powdered methylcellulose in water; this is typically the form used in western attempts to replicate lotion play. Lotion is also often mixed with substances such as milk powder to achieve a semen-like appearance.
After the Japanese Anti-Prostitution Law of 1956, there was a boom in the massage industry. Because massage oil is time-consuming to wash off, at some point lotion was substituted. Lotion play is also a major feature of the Soapland experience..
1. ^ Sinclair, J. Pink Box: Inside Japan's Sex Clubs, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., ISBN 0810992590 or ISBN 978-0810992597
2. ^ Page for a lotion product, listing acrylate as the main component (in Japanese)
3. ^ Western site describing methylcellulose-based "lotion" (warning: contains nudity)
4. ^ 鈴木由加里 (Yukari Suzuki), ラブホテル—現代日本のセクシュアリティ, 廣済堂 (Kōsaidō), 2002. ISBN 4331850137