Altoids as Sex Toy: Fact or Fiction?

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This “curiously strong mint” with sexy ad tag lines (“Pleasure in pain”; “These mints have not yet been rated”; “Shrinkage may occur”; “Dental Damn!”) was the subject of a widely circulated 1997 email extolling the mints’ powers as an oral sex aid. (Hmmmm, we wonder who originally sent that email? Could it be…Altoids?!) The faux email reached widespread urban legend status when it was referenced in that noted collection of hot erotica, Kenneth Starr’s impeachment report: Monica Lewinsky handed the prez a printout of the email while she herself was sucking on an Altoid (cheeky monkey). The jury’s still out on whether it’s all hype — Snopes doesn’t know what to think, and apparently Bill rebuffed Monica’s minty advances, meaning even the Starr Report can’t enlighten us. But if you’re going to, er, look into the matter yourself, sensitive vagina owners beware: getting anything with sugars in and around your sensitive bits might lead to irritation or infection. So do your own research — whether with Altoids, Tic Tacs, Fisherman’s Friend, or Hall’s Mentholyptus — at your own risk. Those who throw caution to the wind should report back here.


  1. try french kissing with altoids! me and my bf tried it last night and it’s awesome. you stick one in your cheek or anywhere in your mouth and your partner tries to get it out with his/her tongue. ๐Ÿ™‚ great deep kissing, tastes great, and i guess it could be a subtle way to freshen your partner’s breath if they need it!

  2. I was poking around (no pun… well, maybe) looking for some info on this as last night the lady decided to impulsively pop one into her pie. After a brief ‘uh’ moment, I shrugged and went for it. Very tasty for oral and, if you don’t take too long with the licks, the little mint bounces quite nicely around your fire helmet! A little burn-y, but definitely not unpleasant. The missus enjoyed it, although she also enjoys bites, scratches and reality TV, so it’s somewhat relative.

    It’s now the next night and there are no lingering effects, although I’m still wondering how safe this is to continue as she keeps grinning and shaking the little tin at me… I mean, if you can put an Altoid in your mouth, you can put it anywhere, right? If you can down it, you can pound it? What’s safe for the eat is safe for the meat? If you can… ok, I’m gonna stop now.

  3. this does work. in fact, I used it 2 weeks ago on a whim. Only recently thought to google it. I used a few tic tacs and cold water. have the glass of ice water next to the bed. You and your partner can switch off between mints and cold water while giving each other amazing oral! She gave me an ‘Ice-Cold BJ’ – mind-blowing!! I gave her a ‘minty mouth’-job – also mindblowing!! This is now something we do on the regular – my lover and I. Everyone should try it at least once!! Sex is all about experimenting in pleasurrrrrre ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Needless to say it was a hot experience. Although I would advise like Em and Lo, to be careful. As it may be safest to stick to the clit with this idea

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  6. I’ve never done the Altoids thing but one thing that my boyfriend loves is menthol drops (like Halls). Sadly, it seems to be something that feels good for guys and bad for girls (think cold burning on your lady parts… bad news).

  7. I’ve never tried mints before, but I have tried ice, which my boyfriend found to be a surprising, yet pleasant experience. Though after reading this, I definitely think I need to jump on this mint bandwagon.

  8. I feel the same as Lily above. Skeptical, but curious.

    I personally like minty toothpicks, or as the company calls them, “Australian Tea Tree Chewing Sticks” and am curious about their use on people regardless of their equipment–no sugar to be found!

    (Duh disclaimer: chew on the toothpick for a few minutes before going down. Keep the damn things away from each other’s crotches!)

  9. Yes, this works! I tried it just last weekend. My bf didn’t notice anything at first, but then a few minutes in, he noticed something a little different that he liked. It’s a tad awkward to give head with one still in your mouth, though…

  10. I tried (crunching some in my mouth pre-bj) when the urban legend was first in circulation, and found that the cinnamon ‘toids worked better than mint.

  11. Lol I know this does work from personal experience. My honey woke me one morning with a nice little suprise. He had an Altoid in his mouth and went down town. I didnt know this til I started to feel a tingling, amost hot sensation. Needless to say it was a hot experience. Although I would advise like Em and Lo, to be careful. As it may be safest to stick to the clit with this idea, no need to chance discomfort later for pleasure now.

  12. Yes, this is true. Chew a few Altoids (original) before going down. Some partners may be more sensitive than others, so you are at your own risk!

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