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 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 022011

Different times of the month, various medical and prescription considerations, or a taste for added zip can all leave a woman wishing for a product that makes her clit stand up and take notice.  Arousal gels and creams dialate blood vessles and wake up nerves to make us more orgasmic, but it isn’t always easy to find one with organic ingredients that is body-friendly (for most women) and works well with condoms.  Thankfully, Blossom Organics is here with just the thing.

  • Toy: Pure Pleasure Arousal Gel (sent by for review)
  • Type: Organic arousal gel, water-based, paraben-free, artificial frangrance, dye, and flavoring-free
  • Manufacturer: Blossom Organics
  • Material: Organic ingredients including aloe and glycerin
  • Price: $18
  • SMT rating: N/A

Blossom Organics gives an organic arousal gel with some good zing

Like the lube by Blossom Organics, Pure Pleasure Arousal Gel is made with body safety and comfort in mind.  Its ingredients are organic and largely body-safe.  Unlike their natural lube, Blossom’s arousal gel does contain some glycerin; on the other hand, arousal gel is made to be used in such small quantities that this will probably only cause problems in people who are severely sensitive to this ingredient.  It’s water-based, and so is condom-compatible.
Pure Pleasure is what I’d term a medium-intensity arousal gel.  It gives a good tingle and makes touch much more intense in the applied area, which could lead to easier orgasms.  This gel has a quite stronger intensity than the Sliquid arousal gel we reviewed last year, so if you felt that the Sliquid brand wasn’t powerful enough, this may be more up your alley.  As an added nice touch, the bottle has a little pump to make it easier to get the gel out and on your fingers.
A couple of important caveats apply to all arousal gels and so should be noted for the Pure Pleasure gel as well. First, arousal gel is not lube.  It shouldn’t be used in place of lube, but rather a small amount should be added to an already pre-lubricated area.  Trying to use this as your sole or main form of lubrication will likely be uncomfortable for everyone involved.  Relatedly, arousal gels should always be applied a little bit at a time, with small extra increments added if the first wasn’t enough.  Since arousal gel gets absorbed to the body in order to work, it can’t be washed off if you end up putting on an uncomfortable amount, so it’s better to start slow.  Finally, women who are very sensitive, who have been treated for cancer (especially abdominal cancer), or menopausal and post-menopausal women may find arousal gels to be too intense or irritating due to the peppermint oils they contain.
Blossom Organics’ Pure Pleasure Arousal Gel is a solid medium-intensity arousal gel that can help stimulate and seduce your body into easier orgasms or just set your hearts and bits aflutter with happy feelings.  Unless you are several sensitive to glycerin or in the list of more sensitive populations above, this product may be just right for a sexy addition to your pleasure.
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 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.

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 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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Aug 082010

Sliquid is back again to prove that just because something is good for you, doesn’t mean it can’t be spicy and exciting!  Their vegan, organic, all-natural Stimulating O Gel is free of paraben, glycerine, and gluten, to make sure it doesn’t introduce anything your body won’t like while still giving you the zing you want.

  • Toy:  Organic Stimulating O Gel (sent by for review)
  • Type: Stimulation gel, organic, paraben-free, glycerine-free, gluten-free
  • Manufacturer: Sliquid
  • Material: Water-based, peppermint and menthol, natural oils
  • Price: $19
  • SMT rating: N/A

Sliquid's all-natural Stimulating O Gel is effective but not overwhelming

Sliquid is a manufacturer that consistently makes intimate lubricants that are body-safe.  Their Stimulating O Gel is no exception; this clitoral stimulation gel is organic and made entirely from natural products (it’s vegan!) to ensure that it doesn’t cause any infections or other problems with our sensitive genital regions.  This means that it is paraben and glycerine free, as well as gluten-free.  The clear gel has a light minty smell that is quite pleasant.

The minty ingredients give Sliquid’s O Gel a mild tingly sensation when applied to the clitoral and vulvar regions.  As always, we recommend that you start small when applying a stimulator gel; it’s better to want more and have to go back for seconds than to feel overwhelmed and have to wait for it to wear off!  Sliquid’s O Gel is actually quite a bit milder than many other menthol-based stimulator gels on the market, meaning that there’s less of a danger of starting too heavy with it.  Its subtler build-up means it is easier to warm up with than some of its non-organic competitors.  The O Gel makes a great intimacy accessory for women with performance anxiety, or who are taking medication or have other medical issues that make it difficult to get aroused, feel stimulation, or orgasm.

An important safety note is that the use of O Gel, or any other stimulator gel, is not recommended if the recipient has been recently treated for cancer.  Additionally, anyone that is allergic or sensitive to menthol or peppermint should likewise avoid this product.  Finally, since it has many oils in its ingredients list, Sliquid’s O Gel is not latex condom safe.

Sliquid’s O Gel is a great body-safe addition to your bedside table to add just a little bit of spicy feeling to intimate play with yourself or your partner.  Since it is subtler than many other stimulator gels, it is particularly recommended as a good starting point because it is harder to overwhelm yourself with too much at once.

Aug 012010

Babeland has done it again, with another high-quality water-based gel lubricant.  Babelicious lubes are sweet, dessert-flavored lubricants that have a light smell and pleasant taste, but avoid bad chemicals and don’t dry out too fast.  They’re just the thing for fun intimate play that lets you switch from massage to oral lovin’ without needing to worry about chemical tastes in your mouth.

  • Toy:  Babelicious Lube (sent by for review)
  • Type: Flavored lubes, water-based, gel
  • Manufacturer: Babeland
  • Material: Water-based (Glycerine and paraben-free)
  • Price: $8
  • SMT rating: N/A

Babelicious Lubes come in a variety of delectable flavors

Following up on their BabeLube, Babeland has also started offering the Babelicious line of flavored lubes for your continued intimate enjoyment.  These lubes, which come in four different flavors, have a light, sweet, desserty smell that makes them excellent for use as massage accessories as well as intimate lubricants.  They have a strong, enticing flavor, making them easy to mix with oral pleasure without unfortunate aftertastes.

Babelicious lubes are water-based and a gel consistency, though not as thick as Babelube.  Since they are glycerine and paraben-free, which makes them safe for your body.  As water-based lubes, they are safe for use with all styles of sex toys and condoms.  They work well as lubricants and stay slick longer than any other flavored lube used by our testers.  They have a pleasant consistency, and are perfect for a variety of intimate uses.  If you’re looking for a body-safe flavored lube that isn’t made from sugars or dries out immediately, Babelicious is just what you’re looking for.