Thanks to Secretly Sensuous for this fantastic review of the free samples of Sliquid lubricant sachets I sent, as well as her experiences with Sliquid lubricants in general. A huge thanks goes to Lucky Bloke Condoms for providing the samples in the first place, for people to review.
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Secretly Sensuous awarded the Sliquid Sassy lube a 9 out of 10 and the Sliquid Sea lube an 8 out of 10.
– Cara Sutra
A Sea of Sassy Sliquid
~ I’ve already shared how my two encounters with Sliquid’s customer service department left me less than enthused. Though I was unable to purchase individual samples, Cara Sutra has graciously provided some to me free in exchange for sharing my honest opinion of them. Thanks! ~
I tried Sliquid when I didn’t even like the idea of lubricants in general, which is always a tough place for a product to start from. I like my naturally produced lubrication ThankYouVeryMuch and I don’t want the scent or feel altered. It’s an impossible standard for any lube to live up to, so I instinctively had misgivings from the start. But I needed something, so I took a deep breath and tried it out.
Simply put, Sliquid lube has impressed me. Why? Because 1) it works, 2) I don’t need much, and 3) I don’t react to it. There are very few formulated products on the face of this planet that check all three boxes, especially that last one. I’m far from alone in my appreciation of it, though. When a blogger implores their Twitter friends to dish about favorite lubes other than Sliquid, you gotta know there’s something good going on. As a bonus, in addition the the actual contents I find their labels delightfully interesting. Sliquid really made an effort in aesthetics and has done an incredible job.
My preferred way to use this stuff is just a drop or two spread over an insertable item right before my own natural lubricant takes over. I find that even if I’m wetting the sheets with my own fluids, a big matte silicone surface goes in a whole lot easier with even a pea-sized bit of Sliquid Sassy spread over it. Really doesn’t take much at all. What I don’t know is how long it lasts, or how it compares to other types of lubricant; all I really care about is that it does its job so I can carry on being my gloriously sensuous self.
Sliquid lube doesn’t entirely get out of my way, though. Contrary to others’ claims, none of the ones I’ve tried are completely odorless. I am unusually sensitive to smells, however. Catching an accidental whiff of Sassy is a definite turn off; it’s slightly reminiscent of floral but in an off kind of way. I’m not absolutely repelled by the odor, it’s just distracting and it isn’t me. So, there’s that. My sample of Sassy seemed fairly odorless, but when I purchased a whole bottle of it what I got was definitely much stronger smelling. Further complicating the matter: Sliquid apparently changed their formula, either with the presence or absence of citric acid as the final ingredient. I gathered this from discrepancies in various official ingredients listings on the Sliquid site and elsewhere. I was unable to reach Sliquid for comment, so, cannot confirm which is the old formula and which is the new.
Due to my sensitive nose I was super excited to try Sliquid’s Sea lubricant. My hope was the salty scent of the ocean would waft up through it and I’d enjoy it for its own sake as I was whisked away to the dreamland of the seashore and the crescendo of crashing waves. Disappointment — this doesn’t smell anything like the ocean. Maybe I’m spoiled because I live near the coast and know what the bite of real sea air smells like. Or the olfactory experience of putting my nose right up next to some good ol’ seaweed and inhaling deeply. The ingredients seemed to leave room for the possibility of this stuff creating a seashore mood, but instead the goo smells like it came out of a medicine cabinet. It also made my insides almost imperceptibly tingly when applied. Considering my history of reactions as well as repulsion at the smell I don’t foresee buying a bottle of this stuff, which means the sample did its job and I’m really happy I had the chance to try it.
The Sassy sample did seduce me to ordering a bottle of it, though. Thing is, despite a few disappointing factors Sliquid is still the best lube out there for me. Much as I admittedly begrudge the concept of using lube I never want to be caught without it again. Well done, Sliquid — you have a repeat customer. 🙂
- Purified water — all formulators recommend purified water for any product, even non-natural ones. It’s normally listed amongst the ingredients as simply “water”.
- Plant Cellulose (from Cotton) — in the real world this is called Hydroxyethylcellulose or HEC (click for more synonyms). I know, I know it just doesn’t have that same ring to it. HEC is the same stuff that’s the defining ingredient in KY Jelly, it’s just here under a prettier name. The only difference is that HEC is most commonly made from wood pulp.
- Cyamopsis (Guar Conditioners) — The proper term is Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (synonyms found on this page). It’s a processed derivative of guar gum. It is not the same as Guar gum powder, which would have been a more natural choice.
— “Cyamopsis” is listed purely to sound nice. It’s actually the genus the guar plant falls under, along with a variety of other plants to which the term would equally apply. The equivalent would be a cooking recipe listing Vaccinium instead of just saying blueberries or cranberries or huckleberries, or their leaves or roots for that matter. I get the thing about dressing up words for sensuality, but there’s a line between that and being deceptively vague and this interpretation comes dangerously close to crossing it.
- Potassium sorbate — preservative. This one is known to be pretty safe, though can cause irritation in some individuals.
- Citric acid(?) — If included, it’s most likely used to balance pH or as a preservative or both. Safe, common ingredient, the same thing responsible for citrus fruits tasting tart/sour.
– Secretly Sensuous