Review of the System JO Agapé Glycerine Free Water Based Lube
As well as the System JO Gelato Flavoured Lubes range, I was sent the System JO Agapé Glycerine Free Water Based Lube to test & review. Thanks System JO.
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I’ve tried some System JO Agape Lube in the past, but the one I’m reviewing here is a brand new formulation. I’ll get to what makes this formulation different to the previous one in a little while.
Packaging & Presentation
System JO Agapé Glycerine Free Water Based Lube comes in a cylindrical little tube with a depress-cap lid. My bottle has 30ml, you can also buy 60ml & 120ml bottles.
The presentation is professional and elegant, with all the info you need clearly marked on the label.
This formulation of the System JO Agapé Glycerine Free Water Based Lube is different to the previous one.
There are a few ingredients:
Propanediol – also known as propylene glycol, used in many skin/beauty products
Gluconolactone – a natural substance that can often be found in creams and serums
Hydroxyethylcellulose – a plant-derived amino acid used as a preservative, emulsifier, binder and thickener in beauty products
Sodium benzoate – a preservative which is recognised as safe to ingest in small doses (the lube is topical, not for ingesting)
Citric acid – an organic acid commonly used as a preservative & emulsifying agent (again, not advisable to ingest in large doses but the lube is for topical application)
I’m ok with all of those ingredients – the ones where slight concerns have been raised is in regards to eating it (where those components are usually food preserves). I am not planning on drinking pints of this lube (or any of it, at all).
You’ll notice there’s no parabens or glycerine – a good thing for body safety and those who are sensitive to glycerine in their intimate lubes.
Something I don’t like about this particular lube is how it’s dispensed.
Sure, the depress-cap looks neat and all that, but (as you can tell in the mini-video coming up) it’s pretty hard to squeeze a good amount out. You need to squeeze the little bottle pretty hard.
A minor annoyance perhaps; but one which could be avoided with a different type of dispensation. It may not be as much of an issue on the 60ml and 120ml bottles, I can’t comment on that.
How It Feels: First Impressions
Trying some between my fingers, early on in the testing, I was really pleased with the first feel. Slippery – always good in a lube! – with no discernible scent. Crystal clear. My thoughts were that it seems a bit thin for anal sex (and anal sex toy use), but I’d be using this lube vaginally in any case.
Washing my hands it washed off quickly and easily with warm water and soap. That’s one of the main reasons I prefer water based lube to silicone: I don’t have to have a hot soapy shower to get rid of the lube glide. Silicone lube seems to stay with you for ages afterwards, and I don’t really like the feeling once the sexy moment has passed.
Short video showing dispensation of the System JO Agapé Glycerine Free Water Based Lube, and its slipperiness on my fingers
I don’t personally don’t suffer with irritation after using lubes containing glycerine, nor do I contract UTIs afterwards. That said, I do prefer to use a personal lube vaginally which doesn’t contain that ingredient. The lack of parabens was also high in my consciousness as I used this lube.
It might seem a small thing, but knowing that those components weren’t a part of the Agapé Lube helped me to enjoy it more. I felt free to use it where and as I wished, without worry of or even thinking about potential irritation during or after.
I’ve used the System JO Agapé Glycerine Free Water Based Lube several times now, for masturbation with sex toys and during foreplay and sex with my partner, and it’s sublime. For everything except anal – which I have other, specific lubes for anyway – this lube is brilliant.
It’s slippery, cushioning, scent-free, lasts until you’re ready to wash off – then washes off completely, without hassle.
The System JO Agapé Glycerine Free Water Based Lube is an excellent example of what a personal lubricant for women should be. It does not contain glycerine, so no worries using it vaginally. There’s no parabens, making it even safer to use intimately. The lube is nicely presented with full product details on the label, crystal clear, super slippery and easy to wash off.
I just wish it were easier to dispense from the 30ml bottle; that’s really the only niggle I have with it.
Right now this System JO lube is living by my bedside for any and every masturbation or sex session that might occur – and there it will stay until it runs out. Then I might just have to buy some more.
Where To Buy
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