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Review: Swede Silicone Supreme

Up until recently I’ve been a water-based lube kind of person. For the longest time I eschewed silicone lube because of my fondness for silicone toys (since when silicone lube and silicone toys mix there’s a great possibility that there will be a chemical explosion that will destroy the toy forever! By which I mean, it will warp and/or melt the silicone and make it tacky and gross and essentially unusable). However, my acquisition of more metal sex toys recently as well as my love of glass toys and a fondness for longer lasting lube than most water-based lube will deliver has lead me to Swede Silicone Supreme.

I recently reviewed Swede Aqua Comfort which comes in the same bottle that’s nearly the same color but is water-based rather than silicone-base01. While I wasn’t much of a fan of the Aqua Comfort lube itself I was blown away by the bottle. I love pump-style bottles on lube, they’re so much easier to use in the middle of sexing than flip-top or any other styles.

These are especially awesome because they come with not one but two ways to help reduce the risk of spillage: the top turns 90 degrees to lock and there is a cap to put on the top, both of these do not allow the top to be pushed down therefore no lube can come out. Brilliant? I think so. I’ve already lost the cap since it’s a pretty tiny little bit of plastic, but that’s okay because I can still lock it. It’s good to have a backup plan.

swedesiliconesupreme

As for performance, I think it is excellent. However, I don’t have too many other silicone-based lubes to compare it to. Or, two to be exact, only one of which I’ve reviewed02. I’ve used a few different types of silicone lube packets in the past but not consistently enough to give a great comparison. This does seem a little bit thinner than other silicone-based lube I’ve experienced, though not by much, but it works exactly the same as far as I can tell.

However, compared to water-based lube it excels in multiple areas. Although it is thin like many water-based lubes it is silky smooth, lasts for an extremely long period of time, and it will never get sticky. This also means you don’t need as much of it as you would water-based lube so the bottle will last longer as well. It doesn’t feel as natural as water-based lube, which I don’t like as much, but it’s not a deal-breaker. It also doesn’t contain any glycerin or parabens, those chemicals I usually rant about in water-based lube reviews.

Although it doesn’t have much of a smell or taste I would recommend staying with water-based lube for oral sex and primarily using silicone-based for vaginal and anal. Mostly this is because of the consistency. Since silicone lube is long lasting it can be long lasting in your mouth and leave it feeling kind of odd. Again, not horrible, but just kind of awkward and not pleasant. It’s especially perfect for anal, however since you don’t have to worry about it drying out at all.

Overall, it hasn’t become my favorite lube ever, but it’s definitely the first silicone lube I reach for when I’m looking for silicone lube. It hasn’t eclipsed Sliquid as my favorite brand, but it has convinced me that I need to get my hands on more silicone lube.

If you choose to purchase this or anything else from Kama Sutra Closet be sure to use the code Wanton15 when you check out to get 15% off your purchase. Much thanks to Kama Sutra Closet for sending me some Swede Aqua Comfort to review!

Product Specs

Name: Silicone Supreme

Manufacturer: Swede

Type: Water-based Lubricant

Glycerin-free: Yes
Paraben-free: Yes

Organic: No
Vegan: Yes

Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone and Dimethiconol

Smell: None.
Taste: Kinda oil-y (or, really, silicone-y), slippery, not bad.
Sticky? Not at all!

  1. though that was probably glaringly obvious due to the product names. []
  2. I have a little bottle of Pjur Original Bodyglide that I got in an event goody bag []
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Review: Swede Aqua Comfort

I’m always on the look out for other types of body-friendly lube to try, even though I’m pretty sold on Sliquid brand lubes I like to see if there are any products out there that rival theirs. One thing I love about Kama Sutra Closet is that Roylin, the owner, is just as concerned about toxic ingredients and materials as I am, so she only stocks body-friendly lubes as well. I was excited when I discovered Swede Aqua Comfort01 because it’s glycerin- and paraben-free as well as free of any nasty chemicals.

I went through and looked up every ingredient02. Most ingredients are natural and all ingredients completely non-threatening. Based solely on ingredients I would recommend this to anyone and everyone, even those sensitive to chemicals. Unfortunately, this review is not based solely on ingredients.

Aqua Comfort comes in an awesome pump-bottle that has my seal of approval. Seriously, I love pump bottles and more lube makers should use them, they’re so easy to use! The pump top even has a little cap to help prevent spillage as the pump can’t be pressed down with the cap on. Also, if you lose the cap, the top of the bottle twists 45 degrees so you can lock it so it won’t even be able to be pressed. Double protection.

The lube itself is smooth and slick. It’s not as thick as my beloved Sliquid but not nearly as runny as some other body-friendly lubes. It actually is quite pleasant until you’ve used it for a bit. I really don’t understand how it does this, but it gets kind of sticky.

It’s not sticky in the same way that lubes with glycerin in them get sticky, it’s more like… tacky. Or just generally unpleasant. I’m not quite sure how to describe it, it’s just not all wonderful smooth silky gliding anymore. It’s not completely uncomfortable, and I’ve had plenty of sessions using this lube, but there are definitely better body-friendly lubes out there.

Other than getting slightly sticky Aqua Comfort wins in every other respect. It’s practically odorless and tasteless and completely body-friendly. I’m just pretty picky with my lube.

If you choose to purchase this (or a Sliquid lube–hint hint) or anything else from Kama Sutra Closet be sure to use the code Wanton15 when you check out to get 15% off your purchase. Much thanks to Kama Sutra Closet for sending me some Swede Aqua Comfort to review!

Product Specs

Name: Aqua Comfort

Manufacturer: Swede

Type: Water-based Lubricant

Glycerin-free: Yes
Paraben-free: Yes

Organic: No
Vegan: Yes

Ingredients: Deionized Purified Aqua, Hydroyethyl Urea, Guar Hydroxy Propyltrimonium Chloride, Ceratonia Siliqua (carob tree), Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Galactoarabinan, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, and Kalium Sorbate.

Smell: Virtually none.
Taste: Virtually none.
Sticky? A little, unfortunately. I don’t get it!

  1. and also Woman Sensitive and Silicone Supreme, reviews coming soon []
  2. as per usual []
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Review: Aloe Cadabra (Tahitian Vanilla)

I’ve had my bottle of Aloe Cadabra Lubricant for far too long. Embarrassingly long. In fact, I lost it for quite a few months and just recently found it again. The wonderful thing is even after all this time it still works just as well as the first time I tried it. It is quite similar to the other aloe-based lube I tried and absolutely loved in feel, use, and ingredients, but it is easier and cheaper to obtain if you are in the US (you can use the discount code “TOUCH” to get free shipping on your first order).

Aloe Cadabra is mostly made up of the obvious: aloe. It’s basically organic aloe vera gel with a little bit of organic vanilla essential oil and some preservatives. Does this mean you could go out and buy aloe vera gel to the same result? Maybe. If you could find one without added nasty ingredients, which is part of the whole purpose of Aloe Cadabra and why it was created. A lot of aloe vera gels out there include things like alcohol, coloring, parabens, and probably more.

It contains no parabens or glycerin. While the additives citric acid, potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate have been documented as having the potential for negative health effects they only come into play in large doses. They are also all natural ingredients, not man-made chemicals, and I have not experienced any irritation or negative effects from use.

I have the Tahitian Vanilla scented version, Aloe Cadabra also comes in French Lavender and Natural/Unscented. The scent is definitely noticeable but not distracting or unappealing. For the most part it tastes and smells like aloe, so mildly plant-like, but again not distracting or unappealing. It is actually kind of nice, but that might be my inner hippie talking.

I also really enjoy the feel of this lubricant. It feels slick, is quite thick and really does feel quite natural both on the fingers and the vulva. Aloe is an anti-inflammatory and naturally soothes and heals skin making this lubricant especially wonderful should you have any sort of vulval irritation such as razor burn or anything equally unpleasant.

Since it doesn’t contain glycerin it’s not sticky in the least bit. It does absorb into the skin a little bit and does need to occasionally be reapplied, but much less frequently than some of the water-based lubes I’ve tried. Since it’s fairly thick it makes a wonderful anal lube, as long as you keep in mind that it will absorb into the skin a bit and use accordingly.

Overall I really love this lube, it feels great, tastes great, doesn’t get sticky, and is very body friendly. I wish I hadn’t lost it for all those months because I definitely would have been using it that entire time, and would probably need another bottle by now!

Much thanks to Live Well Brands for sending me Aloe Cadabra Tahitian Vanilla to review!

Product Specs

Name: Aloe Cadabra Tahitian Vanilla

Manufacturer: Live Well Brands / Aloe Cadabra

Type: Water-based Lubricant

Glycerin-free: Yes
Paraben-free: Yes

Organic: Mostly (95% organic aloe, organic vanilla essential oil)
Vegan: Yes

Ingredients: Aloe Vera gel*, xanthan, vanilla essential oil*, citric acid, potassium sorbate (food grade), sodium benzoate (food grade)
*indicates certified organic ingredient

Smell: Mostly like vanilla and aloe vera, so slightly plant-like but not at all unpleasant.
Taste: Again, like aloe vera, rather plant-like, not a strong taste at all, not unpleasant.
Sticky? Not at all! Not even a little bit!

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Review: ID Moments

While I’m happy that some of the larger manufacturers like ID and Astroglide are now making glycerin- and parben-free lubricant, I was horribly disappointed with ID Moments specifically. This supposedly hypoallergenic lube has produced a burning sensation on my flesh every time I have used it. At first I thought it was a fluke, so I waited a few days and tried it again. Same result. I used other lubes within this time frame without any burning sensation, but every time I have used ID Moments it has not been pleasant.

While it is glycerin and paraben free it also includes fun ingredients like:
Propylene Glycol – better known as Antifreeze, classified as toxic in Canada, classified as an irritant, and linked to cancer and reproductive, brain, and nervous system issues.
Hexylene Glycol – classified as an irritant by the EU, linked to endocryne system disruption, and an immune system toxicant.
PEG-45M – classified as toxic in Canada, is a known irritant, and linked to cancer and reproductive problems.
Phenoxyethanol – classified as an irritant by the EU, restricted in Japan, and linked to cancer, organ issues, and brain and nervous system issues.

No wonder I was being irritated by this “hypoallergenic” lube! I don’t even understand how ID justifies classifying this as “hypoallergenic” when it includes known irritants and toxic chemicals. Unfortunately there is just not enough regulation on chemicals here in the US, and even less so in sexuality products.

Looking at other reviews of ID Moments it is clear to me that not everyone experienced this lube in the same way I did. Not everyone had a burning sensation on their vulva at first contact that was then made worse with friction. I was not the only one, however, so it’s also not just me. Perhaps my largely chemical-free lifestyle has made me even more sensitive to the nasty chemicals included in this lube.

Either way, however, I can’t in my right mind recommend this to anyone. If you’re looking for a good water-based body-friendly lube, go with Sliquid instead.

Much thanks to PinkCherry sex toys for sending me ID Moments to review. This bad review of ID Moments is in no way a reflection on the fantastic sex toy store PinkCherry.com (and no, they don’t make me say that), but it is a reflection on the company ID.

Product Specs

Name: Moments

Manufacturer: ID

Type: Water-based

Compatibility: Works with all toy types. Latex safe. Body safe.

Glycerin-free: Yes
Paraben-free: Yes

Organic: No
Vegan: Yes

Flavored: Sort of? Not marketed as such, though “flavor” is the last ingredient in the list. Huh?

Taste: Sickeningly sweet due to the ingredient sucrolose (Splenda), a strange almost alcohol-like aftertaste, unpleasant.
Smell: A little sweet, but not unpleasant.
Sticky: Not at all!

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/EAU, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Acrylates/C10-30, Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, PEG-45M, Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylendiamine, Sucrolose, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Flavor.

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Review: Sliquid Organics Natural

Sliquid is by far my favorite lube that I have tried. I recommend it to everyone and anyone because it is: all natural, vegan, glycerin- and paraben-free, hypoallergenic, non-staining, and the Organics line is actually 100% organic (unlike some other companies with “organics” in their name). Sliquid has even gone so far to make the bottles of the Organics line “100% recyclable, and the labels are printed on partially recycled stock.” This makes the eco-friendly hippie in me extremely happy and is just one more reason why Sliquid is awesome.

I’ve gone on before about the evils of glycerin and parabens, basically in every lube review I do, but I find it’s important to mention in case this is the first lube review of mine that you have read. If you’re already well familiar with what glycerin and parabens do feel free to skip the rest of this paragraph. Glycerin is extremely genital unfriendly. It is a sugar derivative and any sugar on or in the cunt can lead to yeast infections, especially in those prone to them. It is also used as a suppository to prevent constipation, in other words it can, well, do the opposite of constipation. Definitely not sexy. Parabens are endocrine-disrupting chemicals and can disrupt the reproductive system and are associated with a number of cancers as well as liver toxicity. There are plenty of other evil nasty chemicals in other lubes, especially commercial ones, and Sliquid lubes are happily free of them all.

The absence of glycerin also ensures that Sliquid lubes will never feel sticky, unlike many other water-based lubes. The Organics Natural version is very similar to the Organics Natural Gel which I’ve reviewed before. In fact they both have the exact same ingredients and in the same order which makes me wonder what makes the gel version thicker, some magic something that I don’t understand, probably. While the Organics Natural version is thinner than the Natural Gel that does not mean it is as thin as some other glycerin-free water-based lubes, which can be extremely runny and unappealing.

Like most water-based lubes it does need to be reapplied on occasion during longer sessions, but it also depends on what you’re using the lube for. Generally speaking I would suggest going with the Gel version if you are wanting the lube for anal play or fisting, since it is thicker and a little longer lasting, but for vaginal or vulval use the regular version works wonderfully. Generally speaking I use lube as an addition to my body’s lubrication and when used in conjunction it tends to last longer than otherwise, which is why the Gel version is better for the non-self-lubricating backdoor.

One strange thing about Sliquid lubes is if you only use a small amount and have a lot of friction going on they do this strange thing where they turn a little opaque white and, should you be rubbing the lube between your fingers, can form peaks when you take your fingers apart. This is somewhat strange and slightly reminiscent of egg whites (though all Sliquid lubes are 100% vegan so they don’t contain any eggs). I’m not really sure what causes this, and it doesn’t really affect the way the lube works, other than being just slightly odd. However, it only happens if you do not use enough lube, and I have mostly only noticed it while rubbing it between my fingers and not actually when it is in use on genitals.

Strangeness aside, I love all Sliquid lubes and recommend them to everyone I can. I think Sliquid lubes are the best lubes I’ve tried especially because they are so body-safe.

A big huge thank you to Trinity Romance for sending me Sliquid Organics Natural!

Product Specs

Name: Organics Natural

Manufacturer: Sliquid

Type: Water-based

Compatibility: Works with all toy types. Latex safe. Body safe.

Glycerin-free: Yes
Paraben-free: Yes

Organic: Yes
Vegan: Yes

Flavored: No

Taste: Virtually none, maybe slightly aloe-like, but hardly at all.
Smell: Slightly plant or aloe-like, which makes sense because that’s the third ingredient. Not unpleasant and not overpowering.
Sticky:Not at all!

Ingredients: Purified Water, Plant Cellulose (from Cotton), Aloe Barbadensis*, Natural Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Cyamopsis (Guar Conditioners), Extracts of Hibiscus*, Flax*, Green Tea* & Sunflower Seed*, Citric Acid (Citrus Fruits), Phenoxyethanol (Rose Ether)
* Organic botanical extracts are independently certified by Quality Certification Services in compliance with the USDA National Organic Program.

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Review: Sliquid Swirl Blue Raspberry

Sliquid Swirl Blue Raspberry is very similar in texture to Sliquid’s Original H2O with one big difference. As one would guess from the name, this Sliquid lube is flavored. Sliquid Swirl only has two additional ingredients that Original H2O doesn’t: Blueberry & Raspberry flavoring and Aspertame. Unlike many other flavored lubes it actually tastes pretty good.

Like all of Sliquid‘s lubes it is both glycerin- and paraben-free so it is completely body-safe. Why should you care about glycerin and parabens? Well, glycerin is extremely genital unfriendly. It is a sugar derivative and any sugar on or in the cunt can lead to yeast infections, especially in those prone to them. It is also used as a suppository to prevent constipation, in other words it can give you the runs. Definitely not sexy. Parabens are endocrine-disrupting chemicals and can disrupt the reproductive system and are associated with a number of cancers as well as liver toxicity. There are plenty of other evil nasty chemicals in other lubes, especially commercial ones, and Sliquid lubes are happily free of them all.

The lack of glycerin also makes sure the lube will never become sticky. All Sliquid lubes are also hypoallergenic, non-toxic, non-staining, vegan, and compatible with all types of condoms and every sex toy material. They even have an Organics line, but do not currently have any flavored organics lubes.

Other flavored lubes I’ve tried either leave a funny aftertaste or smell divine but lack taste, Sliquid Swirl Blue Raspberry, however, actually both smells and tastes good. The flavoring isn’t overly sweet or overpowering, doesn’t have that weird fake sugar aftertaste despite being made with aspertame, and is a pleasant addition to already wonderful lube.

The only other flavored lube I’ve liked the smell and taste of was incredibly thin so you would have to reapply and reapply and reapply it while using it. Granted, most water-based lubes need to be reapplied at some point in long sessions, but the thicker they are generally the less they need to be. Comparitively Sliquid Swirl is more like a gel than a watery lube, though they do have a much thicker self-proclaimed gel lube in both regular and organic (my review) versions.

Flavored lube is excellent for oral sex of any kind, especially if you are planning on any oral to genital contact post or during penetration. There are actually three other Sliquid Swirl flavors, Cherry Vanilla. Green Apple, and Pina Colada. Now I want to try all four!

Much thanks to Kama Sutra Closet for letting me review Sliquid Swirl Blue Raspberry!

Product Specs

Name: Sliquid Swirl Blue Raspberry

Manufacturer: Sliquid

Type: Water-based Lubricant

Compatibility: Works with all toy types. Latex safe. Body safe. Hypoallergenic.

Glycerin-free: Yes
Paraben-free: Yes

Organic: No
Vegan: Yes

Flavored: Yes

Ingredients: Purified Water, Plant Cellulose, Polyquat 007, Blueberry & Raspberry flavoring, Aspertame, and DMDM Hydantoin (100% Vegan)

Smell: Very light, not overpowering, like blue raspberry.
Taste: Again, very light and not overpowering, no aftertaste or yuckyness, only slightly sweet but deliciously blue raspberry.
Sticky? Not at all!

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Review: Kama Sutra Love Essentials Gift Set

I’ve heard all sorts of wonderful things about Kama Sutra products since I started reviewing but I had not yet had the pleasure of playing with some until now. The Kama Sutra Love Essentials Gift Set includes three of Kama Sutra’s most talked-about products which I was happy to get my hands on.

All three products are paraben-free, something I’ve talked about ad nauseum in other reviews, but which I always like to explain in case this is the first review of mine you are reading. Parabens are irritants and can inflame the sensitive tissue of the vulva, they also can disrupt the reproductive system including mimicing estrogen or affecting the secretion of testosterone, and in high levels they have been shown to cause cancer and are generally toxic. Not everyone reacts the same way to them, of course, as our body chemistry varies widely from person to person.

Unfortunately only one of the three products is glycerin-free, the other ingredient I watch out for especially in lubes. Glycerin can promote yeast infections and is also the source of stickyness in most water-based lubricants, turning some of the best feeling lubes sticky through friction.

The set itself comes in an adorable box decorated in an Indian garden of eden fashion. Once opened, the box fills the air with the scent of the Sweet Honeysuckle Honey Dust. The three products are nestled together in a bed of brown corrugated paper with an information card on top of them indicating the purposes of each of the products within. There is a small green vile of Oil of Love, a brown tube of Love Liquid Lubricant, a black satchel of Honeysuckle Honey Dust, and a copper feather applicator.

Original Oil of Love

Kama Sutra Love Essentials Oil of Love

The original flavor is a blend of chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon. It smells and tastes quite unique, very much like a mixture of these three distinct flavors which are usually separate rather than together. It is pleasant to the taste and very easy to lick off of skin without leaving any residue or nasty sticky feelings behind. Due to the cinnamon it does have a bit of a tingling and numbing-type effect to it, but only slightly.

The vile it comes in is adorable, about the size of a regular shot glass. I can get my pinky finger into the hole of the bottle and get a bit out that way, and I have pretty thick fingers (my pinky finger is a ring size 8 if that helps), but for the most part I think it’s easier to apply with either the cork stopper it comes with or by very carefully tipping some out onto a waiting body part.

There are lots of other flavors of Oil of Love to choose from outside of the kit. Despite being called oil it doesn’t have that much oil in it, aside from some Cinnamomum Cassia Leaf Oil which is pretty low down on the list of ingredients (below). Because of this it is actually latex friendly, although I would suggest against use of it internally as it does have glycerin in it.

Product Specs

Ingredients: Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Water, Sucrose, Sodium Saccharine, Fragrance, Cinnamomum Cassia Leaf Oil, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Alcohol, Yellow 5, Blue 1, Red 40.

Love Liquid Lubricant

I’m a big fan of lube in general, though I try to stay away from lubes with glycerin in them as I’ve already mentioned above. The card included with the kit boasts that the Love Liquid Lubricant is “designed with the sensitive tissues of a woman in mind” which, due to the lack of parabens, I would agree with, though the addition of glycerin complicates that statement a little. Not being prone to yeast infections my biggest problem with glycerin is really the stickyness it adds to water-based lubes, and this lube is no exception.

Love Liquid feels wonderful and smooth, not quite as thick as some water-based lubes I’ve tried but also not as obscenely thin as others, it rests pleasantly in the middle thickness-wise. I would say, however, that it is one of the nicest non-flavored lubes in terms of taste. Unlike some non-flavored lubes it doesn’t have much taste at all, only a slight delightful sweetness to it.

It comes in this set in an adorable little sample-size, not nearly as big around as a quarter. It has a flip-top and stands on it’s head which makes squirting just a little on your fingers quite easy. I would easily recommend it to anyone who is not concerned about glycerin, especially if you are looking for an all-purpose lube (oral as well as nether regions).

Product Specs

Type: Water-based lubricant

Compatibility: Works with all toy types. Latex safe. May cause yeast infections.

Smell: Very little, just a slight sweetness to it but nothing overly so.
Taste: Also slightly sweet, but not so much that it is overpowering. Very pleasant, actually.
Sticky? A little, unfortunately, but that is due mostly to the use of glycerin.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Tetradodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate.

Sweet Honeysuckle Honey Dust

This was probably the product I was most excited to try, I thought it would be sensual and fun, and I was not disappointed. It’s basically sweet corn starch sweetened with actual honey and comes within a black satchel as shown above. Within the satchel it is enclosed in a plastic bag and can be kept in that or dumped into the satchel itself.

It comes with a feather applicator which is very cute and soft, though it attracts kitties instantly so beware of that if you have a cat household. The feather easily picks up a small amount of dust on it tips which can then be applied to any available body part for sweet sensual lickage.

The dust itself is only slightly sweet, very pleasantly so, and nowhere near overwhelming. It doesn’t have much other discernible flavor besides “sweet.” Once licked it doesn’t leave any stickyness behind, and no residue is left either aside from saliva. While you wouldn’t want to spill any it would be easily vacuumed or swept up which makes it a pleasant and potentially less messy option than lickable oils. Of all the products in this sample box this is the one specifically I want to try more of and different flavors.

Ingredients: Corn Starch Modified, Glucose, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Honey, Silica, Honey Extract, Sodium Saccharine, Fragrance, Sodium Benzoate, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, Eugenol, Hydroxy Citronellol, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Linalool, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate.

Much thanks to Pink Cherry Sex Toys for sending me Kama Sutra Love Essentials Gift Set to review! You can also find each of these products individually in their full sizes on Pink Cherry: Original Oil of Love, Love Liquid Lubricant, and Sweet Honeysuckle Honey Dust.

Product Specs

Name: Love Essentials

Manufacturer: Kama Sutra

Contents: Sample sizes of: Original Oil of Love (.68 fl oz 20 ml), Love Liquid Lubricant (1 fl oz 30 ml), Sweet Honeysuckle Honey Dust (2 oz 50 g), and a Honey Dust feather applicator.

Glycerin-free: Honey Dust is, Oil of Love and Love Liquid are not.
Paraben-free: Yes

Organic: No
Vegan: Yes

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Review: Sliquid Sizzle

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I thought I would branch out a bit and try a new kind of lube for me: warming lube. After absolutely loving Sliquid Original H2O and Sliquid Organics Natural Gel I knew Sliquid would be the perfect company for my first warming lube.

Sliquid is dedicated to producing glycerin- and paraben-free lubes which works wonderfully for me as I am trying to only use lubes without those ingredients. Glycerin can cause or exacerbate yeast infections in women prone to them, is used as a suppository for constipation so it can *ahem* do the opposite of that if used anally01 and if that isn’t enough it is also responsible for the horrible stickyness that most water-based lubes are known for. Parabens are endocrine-disrupting chemicals and can disrupt the reproductive system including mimicing estrogen or affecting the secretion of testosterone, they’re found in lots of things and I am avoiding them everywhere as much as possible.

Sliquid lubes are also hypoallergenic, non-toxic, non-staining, vegan, and compatible with condoms and every sex toy material. They even have an Organics line and an organic version of Sizzle called Sensation.

The only difference between the ingredients of Sliquid Sizzle and Sliquid Original is food grade menthol which actually triggers cold receptors and creates more of a cooling sensation than a warming one. The cooling is so intense, however, it’s almost like a warming sensation. Technically menthol irritates your skin, which may be (I think) the source of the warming-like sensation.

Friction is supposed to activate and enhance the warming-like sensation, and it definitely does it’s job. It usually only takes a couple seconds after applying Sizzle before I can feel it with no additional rubbing aside from that which is needed to apply it. Due to the lack of glycerin Sizzle is not sticky at all, yet it’s also not thin like a lot of other water-based lubes. It’s quite thick, actually, which helps you get it only where you want it.

Since it does have menthol in it the taste and smell reflect that quite evidently. If licked soon after putting to use before it has the chance to calm down a little bit it can definitely make your tongue tingle, which makes for interesting oral. It also smells like menthol, though I can’t smell it when it is on me I’m sure if your nose was down near it you would be ale to smell it, so if you don’t like minty smelling things you might want to pass.

Personally, I’m not sure how I feel about the warming-like sensation of Sliquid Sizzle. I have only used this on my clit, not internally as I’m not sure I would enjoy that sensation and haven’t gotten up the nerve to give it a try. Though I imagine it feels much like many other warming lubes and I know it feels similar to a few arousal products which employ menthol or peppermint oil to do their “arousing,” I’m just not convinced I enjoy that tingly cooling/warming sensation in general. I do know that it has piqued my interest, and I am definitely interested in trying other warming and cooling products out there.

My own preferences aside, however, this is a wonderful lubricant from a wonderful company and a great way to dive into sensation lubes or to enhance an existing collection.

You can find Sliquid Sizzle, along with other Sliquid products, Dildos and sex toys of every flavor on SexToy.Com.

Product Specs

Name: Sizzle – Warming Formula

Manufacturer: Sliquid

Type: Water-based Lubricant

Compatibility: Works with all toy types. Latex safe. Body safe.

Glycerin-free: Yes
Paraben-free: Yes

Organic: No, but there is an organic version: Sliquid Organics Sensation
Vegan: Yes

Flavored: No

Ingredients: Purified H2O, Plant Cellulose, Polyquat 007, Food Grade Menthol, DMDM Hydantoin

Smell: Like menthol, which shouldn’t be a surprise, but not overwhelmingly.
Taste: Also like menthol, and the fresher you get it from the bottle the more likely it is to make your tongue tingle too.
Sticky? Not at all, of course!

Much thanks to SexToy.Com for letting me review Sliquid Sizzle!

  1. This gem of information is thanks to Tristan Taormino’s wonderful Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women (review coming soon)! []
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Review: Sliquid Original H2O

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In my search to find the perfect lube I’ve tried many different kinds but come to some criteria for what I know I like. I don’t like glycerin in my lubes, it can create yeast infection problems and it’s the source of the horrible stickyness that is associated with water-based lubes.

I also don’t like parabens. I stopped trying lubes with parabens in them when I had a bad reaction to a lube resulting in some burning of my nether regions which was unpleasant to say the least. I’ve not had a reaction to any lube since I stopped using paraben-laced lubes.

Sliquid is one wonderful company whose lubes are all glycerin and paraben free, every last one of them. They boast they are “the only entirely glycerin (sugar derivative) free and paraben free intimate product line available” being formulated with a woman’s safety as their main concern.

All of their lubes are 100% vegan, 100% latex/condom friendly, non-staining, and not tested on animals. They are also “formulated to last longer than most Hollywood marriages,” and if that phrase which is right on the side of the bottle doesn’t make you want to get it just for that I don’t know what will. They won a 2009 AVN “O” Award for their Sliquid Organics line, the only line of theirs I had tried thus far when I reviewed the Sliquid Organics Natural Gel a while back.

The gel was thick, which was great especially for anal, and I’ve been wanting to get my hands on more Sliquid products ever since. I was lucky enough to get my hands on Sliquid H2O Intimate Lubricant and Sliquid Sizzle Warming Lube, though this review is only about the former.

Sliquid H2O is surprisingly thick, especially for water-based lube without glycerin in it, though not as thick as the Organics Natural Gel. Glycerin-free water-based lube tends to be thin and doesn’t last long without having to reapply and reapply and… you get the idea. H2O, however, does not need so many reapplications. It can be “reactivated” by reapplying or adding water, however, should you be staging your own marathon sexcapades within your bedroom.

It has virtually no smell or taste to it, just a slight plant-like twinge to it which doesn’t really take anything away from the lube and is difficult to detect once it has been applied as other scents take over. Since it doesn’t have glycerin in it there is no icky sticky factor like lots of other water-based lubes, so you don’t have to worry about it becoming uncomfortable.

Basically, it works like a dream. If you like thick lube or are concerned with ingredients Sliquid is definitely the way to go. You can find Sliquid H2O Intimate Lubricant, along with other Sliquid products, Dildos and sex toys of every flavor on SexToy.Com.

Name: H2O Intimate Lubricant

Manufacturer: Sliquid

Type: Water-based Lubricant

Compatibility: Works with all toy types. Latex safe. Body safe.

Glycerin-free: Yes
Paraben-free: Yes

Organic: No
Vegan: Yes

Flavored: No

Ingredients: Purified Water, Plant Cellulose, Polyquat 007, & DMDM Hydantoin (100% Vegan)

Smell: Almost no smell unless you put it right up against your nose. It smells faintly plant-like, unable to describe it perfectly, but not unpleasant.
Taste: Practically none, just a faint plant-like taste similar to the smell, but not unpleasant.
Sticky? Not a bit!

Much thanks to SexToy.Com for letting me review H2O Intimate Lubricant!

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Review: Yes Pure Intimacy

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I was first introduced to Yes! lube via a contest on Viviane’s Sex Carnival, in which I technically won a bottle of the water-based kind. Due to the fact I was moving at the time the bottle ended up going to my address in Salt Lake City and I told my ex-roommate Pixie that if it came there she could have it, since once I showed it to her she was ecstatic about getting some and had been thinking about buying some.

She was excited about it because of the company’s values, their mission and their ingredients, specifically the ingredients they do not include. If you think I’m an ingredient/safety nazi you should meet her. She’s quite the hippy, eats organic and basically vegan (which Yes lube is also–organic and vegan), she reads labels and makes sure nothing she owns has parabens, phthalates, DEA, basically any nasty chemical that may do harm of any sort she avoids it.

Her excitement about this lube upon reading the ingredients and going through their website should tell you enough about the product. My excitement about this lube for those same reasons but also because it is my favorite lube to date should also tell you a lot about the product.

I’ve been in search of the perfect lube recently, these two being the seventh and eighth lubes I’ve reviewed in just as many weeks, and specifically the perfect paraben- and glycerin-free lube and these are without a doubt superior to all other products I’ve tried thus far (although there are some that come in a somewhat close second).

The first thing I noticed about the water-based Yes! lube is the consistency. It’s far from the regular lube consistency, rather it reminds me of my own natural lubrication. It’s not completely smooth or watery but has more of a natural feel to it, which is something Yes intended to do.

Because it doesn’t have any harsh chemicals there’s virtually no chance of experiencing irritation, which is wonderful and the reason why I have been choosing glycerin- and paraben-free lubes in general. I have found that the more chemicals a lube has the more likely I will experience some sort of uncomfortable sensation, which is not what I want my lube to do!

The oil-based lube is absolutely wonderful for anal play, which is what I love oil-based lubes for, and has replaced our go-to anal lube because of that. The main thing to keep in mind if using oil-based lube, though, is that it erodes latex so if you want to use a condom with it you need to make sure you are using a non-latex condom otherwise it will not be safe. It can also be used as massage oil, and since it’s completely natural you don’t have to be afraid of it being rubbed into your skin or naughty bits.

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Product Specs

Manufacturer: Yes Pure Intimacy

Glycerin-free: Yes
Paraben-free: Yes

Organic: Yes
Vegan: Yes

Flavored: No (unless you count aloe vera)

Type: Water-based Lubricant

Compatibility: Works with all toy types. Latex safe. Body safe.

Ingredients: Organic Aloe Vera, a renowned skin food; organic Flax extract which is particularly beneficial for the mucous membranes and three synergistic plant based gums ā€“ Guar, Locust Bean and Xanthan, all of which contribute to the deep velvety texture. Food quality preservatives are included and citric acid to buffer the pH. More ingredient information.

Smell: Basically like Aloe Vera, which makes sense since that is the first ingredient. It’s not very strong, either, but is very distinct. The smell lingers after the lube as well.
Taste: Again, basically like Aloe Vera, so very plant-like, natural smelling, not very strong but definitely there.
Sticky? Not a bit!

Type: Oil-based Lubricant

Compatibility: Works with all toy types. Not latex safe. Body safe.

Ingredients: Two rich organic butters ā€“ Cocoa butter and Shea butter ā€“ more skin food, which impart smoothness and body; two fine emollient oils – sweet almond oil and sunflower oil, both organic, which confer a silky texture and skin moisturising benefits; a little white organic bees wax, and lastly some Vitamin E which as well as benefiting the skin, acts as a preservative. More ingredient information.

A big huge thank you to Yes! Pure Intimacy for introducing me to their wonderful lubes!

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