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.

Jun 202010

Babeland’s aptly named BabeLube is a new, high-quality personal lubricant that avoids chemicals that may be bad for your body (such as glycerine and paraben) and is water-based to be condom and sex toy-safe.  Though it’s water-based, the BabeLube offers a nice, thick gel consistency that will last a long time and provides lots of slickness to your pleasure.

  • Toy:  BabeLube (sent by for review)
  • Type: lubricant, water-based, gel consistency
  • Manufacturer: Babeland
  • Material: Water-based
  • Price: $8
  • SMT rating: N/A

Babeland's new lube is healthy, thick, and condom-safe

BabeLube is a thick, slick water-based lube by Babeland. BabeLube is a high quality lube with no scent or taste that is perfect for a variety of uses. Since it is paraben and glycerin free, it is perfect for sensitive vulvar and G-spot use, masturbation and anal play. Specially formulated not to interact with any materials used in the making of male and female sex toys, it can also be comfortably used directly on all body parts.

To be high-quality, a personal lubricant needs to be: glycerin-free, to discourage yeast growth and infections;  paraben-free to avoid some unfortunate reactions to that preservative; very little taste, odor and sugar, which could also distract from the enjoyment of natural fragrances and support yeast growth.  Thankfully, BabeLube meets all these criteria!  BabeLube has a rich, thick consistency as well as being easily spreadable, for long lasting, desirable coverage, and is sold in amounts that will last many sensual sessions. This lubricant meets all the necessary standards to support the very finest intimate experiences.

Aug 102008

the wetter the better

The wetter the better

Explorer’s Blog regulars are well aware of my love of lubes. Juicy, thick, water-based lubes that stay slick without turning gloppy are the perfect gift for yourself, your lover, friends, whoever. As a sexuality educator I am always impressed by the potential of a good lube, or a lube upgrade, to improve intimacy. Women who have difficulty orgasming during sex, or by themselves, suddenly have a wider range of options for pleasurable exploration and stimulation. Lovers of anal stimulation absolutely must use a good lube for pleasure and health. Lube can even help keep condoms intact and provide more stimulation for the wearer!

We’re lube snobs, and we want you to be one, too.

With that in mind, I’m proud to offer you The Explorer’s Slick Guide To Lubes, the first in our series of lube snobbery.

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