Mates Silky Smooth Light Silky Lube Review
By Pleasure Panel reviewer Minxy Mischief
I’d like to thank Cara for sending over some sachets of Mates Silky Smooth Light Silky Lube from Freedoms Shop to test and review.
I mostly think of Mates to be the brand of condoms that lots of us used when I was a teenager (showing my age here) and I expected their lube to be of a certain standard, just because of the brand name. The Mates Silky Smooth Light Silky Lube sachets come with 10ml in each, plenty for a play or 2 or I thought handy for putting in my handbag for those emergency moments, you never know when you might need some lube.
To start with, only 2 out of 5 of the Mates Silky Smooth Light Silky Lube sachets had that little notch in it so that you can easily rip it open. I had to use a pair of scissors. Not a huge deal but glad I noticed as this might have caused problems in the heat of the moment. I did try rip it open without the notch but it was impossible.
On the front it also says ‘increased sensitivity’. The Mates Silky Smooth Light Silky Lube is a water based formula. I did notice that it had a great shelf life; the use by date is 02/19.
Once I finally got the lube open, I got down to some testing. Had some of my favourite toys ready and was looking forward to some nice chilled out play time. I squeezed some Mates Silky Smooth Light Silky Lube out and I thought that it was great and thick and when I first put some on my erogenous zones I thought it felt very silky until about 20-30 seconds later when it started to get very, very sticky. I also found it really quite greasy too which wasn’t very nice.
When using my glass sex toys with the Mates Silky Smooth Light Silky Lube, I wasn’t able to grip hold of them because of the greasiness. I was also surprised at this, with the lube being so sticky. The Mates Silky Smooth Light Silky Lube didn’t stick to my hands or my body. The stickiness seemed to be more on my skin than anything else or so I thought!
With it being so sticky and greasy I had to clean myself off with a baby wipe and then dry myself off with a towel but this wasn’t enough. At this point I was thinking that I would maybe give it about a 4 or 5 out of 10 if it was lucky.
As I’ve been testing for a while, I know that first impressions are not always right so being the good reviewer I am I thought I would try it a few more times and see if my first impressions would change at all. I really hoped so!
So on to the rest of my afternoon. As well as cleaning myself up after the first use, I had to take any toys I had touched straight to the bathroom to clean. Even the ones I just picked up and put back down and not used. The Mates Silky Smooth Light Silky Lube seems to attract all the hairs and fluff and god knows what, it really is very sticky!
The more I used the Mates Silky Smooth Light Silky Lube the more I started to really dislike it. The only good point I could see about this lube at this point was it was nice and thick. My expectations were crushed.
The Mates Silky Smooth Light Silky Lube got everywhere! Anything that was on the bed or bedside table where the lube was sitting seemed to have some residue on it. I was covered in a sticky, greasy residue even after cleaning with wipes. It was going to take a nice soapy shower to get cleaned up. I had a little lube left in one of the sachets and I gave it to my boyfriend to try and see what he thought of it. He thought exactly the same as me, it was nice for the first 30 seconds or so but then it felt more like he was using PVA instead of lube!
Also, I didn’t notice any increased sensitivity as it promises on the front. It claims for a natural, smooth and silky sensation; all for about 30 seconds. The Mates Silky Smooth Light Silky Lube doesn’t last as it says! It does claim that it doesn’t stain and I’ve not noticed any stains left by it, thankfully!
What did concern me a little was that it says on the back that the Mates Silky Smooth Light Silky Lube is suitable for use with all Mates condoms. Does this mean that is isn’t suitable with other brands? I suspect they are just trying to push their own brand but being curious I thought I’d check their website. I couldn’t see anything about their lube but did find a customer service number so decided to give them a call and find out!
The woman I spoke to put me on hold to find out if it just suitable for use with Mates condoms. She told me it was suitable for use with all Mates condoms like trying to push the brand but when prompted she said it could be used with other brands as well including latex free condoms.
There was no list of ingredients on the sachets either so I asked her about this too. Again she put me on hold. She tried to transfer me to someone else but it wasn’t possible at that time. She did offer to take my number and call me back or I could call at a later date and she would have the information ready for me. I just like to know what I’m putting on or in my body and wanted to know if it was paraben and preservative free.
Overall I really disliked the Mates Silky Smooth Light Silky Lube. It’s sticky and greasy and just an unpleasant experience. I wouldn’t recommend this lube to anyone and it won’t be getting a spot in my bedside essentials box. It only gets a 1/10 because of thickness.
Pros – Nice and thick
Cons – Sticky, greasy, unpleasant
Overall – Unpleasant, not nice
– Minxy Mischief
Where To Buy
Thanks to Pleasure Panel reviewer Minxy Mischief for this review of the Mates Silky Smooth Light Silky Lube. There were x5 10ml sachets which are usually priced at 23p each elsewhere on the web, so this represents £1.15 worth in total.
These sachets were provided free of charge, in exchange for a fair and honest review by the Pleasure Panel, by Freedoms Shop. You can buy 500x 10ml sachets of the Mates Silky Smooth Light Silky Lube at Freedoms Shop for £41.99.
This review does not contain any affiliate links.