Oct 202011

Babeland.com is doing a wonderful October fundraiser called Pink October: Come for a Cause.  For each qualifying purchase, 10% will go to the Young Survival Coalition, which helps women under 40 with breast cancer.  One of the best ways to have fun while making a Come for a Cause purchase is by checking out the Power to the Pink kit.  This kit contains a delicious bottle of Sliquid Pink Lemonade flavored lube, a Babeland Buzz vibrator, and the ever-popular pink Mystic Wand.   Check out the reviews for all three products in these videos!

The Power to the Pink Kit is a fun way to support breast cancer survivors

Sliquid Pink Lemonade flavored lubricant is one of the most high-quality flavored lubes I’ve encountered.  It has a strong fruity lemonade scent, but only light to moderate flavor, so it isn’t overwhelming or sickly sweet.  It works quite well as a lube, especially considering it’s flavored (most flavored lubes tend to be stickier and less useful for actually lubricating).  It has a body-happy formula, a quality Sliquid products are known for.  And its pink lemonade flavor is unique and refreshingly different from the usual strawberry/cherry flavors of most flavored lubes.

The Babeland Buzz is a waterproof and easy-to-use bullet vibrator.  It has a simple one-button control, and provides strong buzzy vibrations.  It has all the convenience and fun of a good bullet vibe, plus it comes in a cute sparkly pink color!  Note: be careful to tap the batteries all the way down when putting them in, as I found it was easy to get them not-quite-all-the-way in by accident and think the toy was breaking (see video).

For the full scoop on the Mystic Wand, you can check out my review of it from last year.  In short, the Mystic Wand is a portable, battery-powered vibrator.  It has a variety of settings with powerful vibrations, and is nice and lightweight.  Plus, the button panel has a really bright blue light, so you can pretend you have some strange piece of alien technology between your thighs (if that’s your thing)!

Mar 292011

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is pomegranates.  No joke!  I buy them by the half-dozen and enjoy eating each little tasty jewel one at a time in the evening.  So I’m proud to say that I’m part of the recent trend of pomegranate-happy consumers.  As such, I was overjoyed to see a pom-strawberry flavored lube from one of my favorite brands, Sliquid.

  • Toy: Swirl Strawberry Pomegranate (sent by Babeland.com for review)
  • Type: Lube, water-based, flavored, glycerine-free, sugar-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, vegan
  • Manufacturer: Sliquid
  • Material: Purified Water, Plant Cellulose (from Cotton), Cyamopsis (Guar Conditioners), Aspartame, Natural Flavoring, Potassium Sorbate
  • Price: $14 for 4 oz.

Sliquid Swirl Strawberry Pomegranate is sweet and tasty

Those familiar with Sliquid products won’t be surprised to hear that their Swirl Strawberry Pomegranate is a lube that works great and is body-happy.  It’s free of glycerine, sugar, parabens, gluten, and is vegan, so it’s just fine to use for whatever intimate purposes you intend.  It has a strong, enticing fruit smell that isn’t overpowering.  Its taste is sweet without being syrupy, and it blends well with the natural intimate taste of a woman, which makes it an excellent lube to use if oral sex is on the menu.  Plus, since it’s more high-quality than many flavored lubes, it’s adequate for other types of sex beside, as well.  Finally, the bottle is cute and nicely packaged, so you can leave it on your bedside table without scandalizing the babysitter.

Those who like a thinner, lighter lube will be pleased as pomegranate punch with Sliquid Swirl.  Those who enjoy thicker, more ultra-slick lubes, however, may want to use Sliquid Swirl for oral play and add a gel water-based lube for penetration.  Sliquid Swirl does pretty well, but most flavored lubes tend to have a thinner consistency and are better at tasting than lubricating, and that rule still applies somewhat here.

Still, Sliquid Swirl is a sweet-smelling and -tasting lube that is great for oral sex, and those who tend toward thinner lubes will find it also appropriate for penetration, as well.

Mar 012011

Being a lube snob, I understand how important it is to have a variety of options from which to choose the lube that’s right for you.  I’m also aware of how sensitive some people’s bodies can be to many of the ingredients common in sexual lubricants today.  That’s why I’m always glad when there’s more body-safe lubrication options put on the market. Blossom Organics’ Natural Moisturizing Lubricant is an all-natural water-based lube that is great for the average lube user and avoids using icky chemicals that are bad for your bits.

  • Toy: Natural Moisturizing Lubricant (sent by Babeland.com for review)
  • Type: All-natural organic lubricant, water-based, paraben-free, glycerin-free, artificial frangrance, dye, and flavoring-free
  • Manufacturer: Blossom Organics
  • Material: All-natural ingredients including aloe
  • Price: $14
  • SMT rating: N/A

Blossom Organics' Natural Moisturizing Lubricant is a body-safe, slightly sweet water-based lube

Blossom Organics’ Natural Moisturizing Lubricant comes in a 4 oz. squeeze bottle that is fairly easy to open with your fingers and, in a pinch, can be popped open on a table edge.  It’s water-based and, as you might guess from the name, made from all-natural ingredients.  That means it’s free of parabens, glycerin, petrochemicals, hormones, and artificial perfumes and flavors.  It has aloe to help with moisturizing, and is stated to be pH-balanced specifically for the vaginal environment.

So, that’s all the stats about what it’s made from; just as important, of course, is how well it works.  Blossom Organics’ lube is totally clear and slightly viscous.  It’s got a little bit more thickness than some water-based lubes that are totally runny, but it doesn’t have the more hefty thickness of gel-form lubes.  There’s little if any smell, but the lube does have a lightly sweet taste to it (probably due to the natural stevia, which is an all-natural sugar substitute).  It’s got decent staying power, and is fine for the typical lube user.  As a water-based lube, it’s condom-safe.  It’s not thick or sustainable enough for more demanding forms of sex, such as fisting or rough anal sex, but it’s an excellent lube for more day-to-day lube usage.  Our testers here at EI didn’t report any troubles with the lube getting crumbly or tacky, but we’ve seen other reviews around the web that have had this problem.

Unless you want a totally flavor-free lube (in which case the lightly sweet taste of this one may not be your desire), Blossom Organics’ Natural Moisturizing Lubricant is a fine water-based lube that won’t put any nasty chemicals in your body or leave your delicate bits irritated.

Nov 232010

You all know that I am a lube snob, and that I advocate using a good, high-quality lube whenever things get hot and heavy.  But I admit that sometimes it’s not too convenient to carry around a bottle of your favorite slick stuff just in case the mood strikes!  Vacation travel can also be difficult, especially with airport security reducing the liquids people carry with them and airlines raising prices for checked luggage to make it more and more difficult to bring your sex supplies with you.  Luckily for all of us, Babeland is offering the Goodie Bag, a collection of high-quality, travel-ready lubes and condoms, for that spur-of-the-moment intimacy or vacation lovin’.  Plus, until the end of the year, $2 of every Goodie Bag purchase goes toward GLBT causes!

  • Toy:  Goodie Bag (sent by Babeland.com for review)
  • Type: 6 lube packets (3 different types), 2 sheer latex condoms
  • Manufacturer: Babeland
  • Material: Lubes are all glycerine-free and water-based, other ingredients vary
  • Price: $6.50

Perfect for intimacy on-the-go

Nothing makes the act of giving a gift to yourself feel even better than knowing that you’re doing something worthwhile for others at the same time.  That’s why I’m pleased that Babeland has been donating $2 from every purchase of a Babeland Goodie Bag to three GLBT causes (the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse, and the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project), and will continue to make these donations for any Goodie Bag purchased before the end of the year.
Of course, there’s more to the Goodie Bag than social outreach; you’re also getting the perfect set of travel-sized lubes and a couple condoms!  So many people share with me their interest in spontaneous intimacy with themselves or their partners; sneaking some quick loving into everyday situations gives a titillating sense of taboo, and sharing it with a partner can make one feel seductive and irresistible.  The problem with such spontaneity is, of course, that you might not always have the supplies on-hand to facilitate your intimacy.  That’s what makes the little one-shot lube packets provided in the Goodie Bag so perfect!  Tuck a couple into your purse or briefcase with the sheer latex condoms that also come in the Goodie Bag, and you’ll be prepared when opportunity knocks for spur-of-the-moment intimacy.  Or you can put the lube packets into your carry-on for your holiday travel without needing to worry about exceeding TSA’s guidelines for liquids.
The Goodie Bag contains 6 lube packets (2 each of 3 different brands) and a pair of sheer latex lubricated condoms.  All three brands of lube–Entice, Babelube, and Babeland Naturals Naked Lube–are glycerine-free, water-safe, and high-quality.  I’ve previously reviewed Babelube and the Naked Lube (you can find those reviews here and here), and found them both to be delightful choices for intimacy enhancement.  This is my first time encountering Entice, but I was pleased with its slickness, which made it almost feel like a silicone/water hybrid (though it’s all water-based and so safe for use with silicone toys).  The condoms are Babeland-brand lubricated sheer latex condoms, and are high-quality and ready for use.
Overall, the Goodie Bag is an excellent purchase to prepare yourself for that perfect situation to get some loving on without premeditation, or to set yourself up to go home for the holidays without giving up all your lubes or moving them to tiny bottles.  In addition, these one-use lube packets also lend themselves well to safer sex play with multiple partners, since you won’t be using the same lube bottle with several people and so don’t have to worry about inadvertent contamination through something touching the bottle.  And again, until the end of 2010, $2 of every Goodie Bag purchased will go to worthwhile GLBT causes, so it’s the perfect time to treat yourself to the chance at spontaneous intimacy!

Oct 102010

Rumor has it that sometimes when people get married, one or more of them could be virgins.  And even if not, perhaps they’re new to vibes, cock rings, edible lubes, and so on.  For the rest of us, why wait for that once, twice, or thrice in a lifetime event to enjoy exploring ourselves and the love of our lives (at least for now)?  Take a gander at the Honeymoon in a Box and see if the delights inside might just have you blushing with delight.

The Honeymoon in a Box has a lot of options for intimate play

    Babeland’s Honeymoon in a Box is a delightful little kit.  This collection of toys, lube, and oil offers a lot of variety for a reduced price than buying all the individual components, giving you the chance to try some fun new intimate activities.

    The Ophoria Finger Vibe is a small bullet vibrator covered in squishy silicone, with a somewhat stretchy loop on one end that is meant to fit over a finger.  This toy would be particularly good for women who enjoy delicate vibration or who like insertable toys that are narrow and not too long.  The Ophoria V-Ring is a stretchy silicone cock ring with a vibrator on top.  This toy is meant to provide clitoral stimulation on a female partner who is being penetrated, but has some other fun uses that are discussed in the video.  The Babelicious Lube has already been previous reviewed here at Exploring Intimacy, so you can check out the video there for the full scoop on this delicious and body-safe lubricant.  Babeland Body Lickable Oil is an entrancingly scented and yummy lickable massage oil (that is not condom safe), perfect for some nighttime seduction.  And the Dirty Dice are a pair of six-sided dice, one with different actions (e.g. Squeeze, Lick, Blow) and the other with body locations (e.g. Lips, Below the Waist) that partners can roll to give some sexy ideas of activities.

    This kit has a lot of variety to offer, and is perfect for those who would like to experiment with different toys and to add some sexy new activities to a fun night with their partner.

    Aug 282010

    From the Babeland Naturals line of products, Naked Organic Lubricant is a great, all-natural and body-safe lubricant for all your intimate needs. This moderately thick water-based lubricant has a unique, pleasant smell and taste, and got the thumbs-up from testers of both genders. Read on to find out more, and watch the video to see the pretty glass bottle it comes in!

    • Toy:  Naked Organic Lubricant (sent by Babeland.com for review)
    • Type: Lubricant, paraben-free, glycerine-free, vegan, organic, cruelty-free
    • Manufacturer: Babeland
    • Material: Water-based, all-natural ingredients (including aloe, vegetable glycerin)
    • Price: $12 for 4 oz.
    • SMT rating: N/A

    Babeland's Naked Organic Lube Has an Enticing Aroma

    From the moment I saw the bottle for the Naked Organic Lubricant, I was ready to love it. It comes in a beautiful clear glass bottle that uses a pump (my preferred method!) to dispense the gel-like water-based lube, so this lubricant immediately sets itself apart with its presentation. As one might guess from the name, it’s made from all natural, cruelty-free ingredients, and is free of nasty things like parabens and petroleum-based products.

    Naked Lube is water-based, but has a moderately thick gel-like consistency that lasts awhile without rubbing off or soaking in. Since it’s not silicone or oil-based, it can be safely used with all toys and condoms. Both male and female reviewers reported finding the lube enjoyable for intimate use, whether solo or partnered.

    What makes Naked Organic Lubricant unique, other than its presentation and body-healthy ingredients, is its smell! Naked has a smell that isn’t so strong as to be overwhelming, but is definitely noticeable. Unlike most lubes, it doesn’t go for an overly flowery smell, nor a sicky-sweet sugar scent. Instead, it has a pleasant green, herbal smell, as well as a mild sweet taste. So for people who enjoy lubes that have a nice smell and taste, Naked Lube is a great choice.

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