Caution: Slippery When Wet.
Have I mentioned lately how much I love Sliquid?
Pictured: Sliquid H2O
After trying my new love last year, Sliquid H2O, I knew I could never go back to the Dark Ages of sticky, smelly lubes full of glycerin, parabens, and other sketchy and possibly harmful ingredients. Sliquid H2O has a slick, medium consistency that is long-lasting and doesn’t feel sticky, and most importantly it contains only all natural, hypoallergenic ingredients. Since Sliquid has a range of many types of lubricants, I wanted to try more Sliquid products to see how they compare to my new favorite.
Lovehoney sent me a bottle of Oceanics to review, a water based lube in the Sliquid organics line that has added extracts from the sea. Oceanics utilizes the same 2 main ingredients as Sliquid H2O (Purified water and plant cellulose) but also contains Carrageenan, which may help prevent the spread of HPV, as well as other certified organic botanicals with revitalizing and healing properties. Like all Sliquid products, Oceanics is 100% vegan with no animal testing and is glycerin, paraben, & petroleum free.
In use, Oceanics feels almost the same as Sliquid H2O. Like H2O, Oceanics feels great during foreplay and sex, with a medium consistency that isn’t runny, stays where it should, and mixes well with my natural lubrication. Oceanics also works well for hand jobs and the like, as it’s very long lasting, especially for a water based lube. It is also odorless and almost tasteless (I can taste it slightly but it’s not unpleasant,) and it’s easily washed off with soap and water. One of the only differences I noticed with Oceanics is that it’s slightly stickier than H2O, but it’s hardly noticeable and is still a great, long-lasting lube. It also leaves a light, white, frothy residue after awhile, but I only noticed this when I was testing it by rubbing it between my fingers, not in use. This is probably a result of some of the added botanicals, and like I said, it’s hardly noticeable.
Overall Sliquid Oceanics is very similar to Sliquid H2O and has the same great medium long-lasting consistency. The most important difference is probably its added Carrageenan, since it may help prevent the spread of HPV, one of the most common STD’s. If you’re interested in a lube that does this, I would definitely recommend Oceanics since it’s a high quality, long lasting lubricant. If you don’t care about the added Carrageenan and botanicals though, then I would stick with Sliquid H2O since Oceanics is a little stickier and has a slight residue. Also, if you’re very sensitive to lube ingredients then you may want to stick with H2O since it has less ingredients (and therefore less possible irritants,) although I am fairly sensitive to lubricants and haven’t had any issues with Oceanics.
For foreplay and vaginal sex; I definitely recommend either H2O or Oceanics depending on your preferences. For anal play though, I recommend Sliquid Sassy, which I’ve tried recently as well and is the same as H2O but thicker, which is important for safe and comfortable butt play.
Plant Cellulose (from Cotton)
Natural Tocopherols (Vitamin E)- Well known for its healing properties.
Cyamopsis (Guar Conditioners)
Green Tea* & Extracts of Hibiscus*- Well documented for their invigorating & skin elasticity properties.
Flax*- An organic source of Omega-3 fatty acids.
Aloe Barbadensis* & Alfalfa*- Natural skin soothers.
Sunflower Seed*- A rich source of amino acids and minerals.
Carrageenan*- A natural lubricant that has been shown in lab tests to help prevent the spread of HPV (Genital Warts.)
Nori*-A green algae that is an effective natural moisturizer and is also a great source of B Vitamins (Folic Acid) and minerals, including Zinc, Iodine, Iron & Copper.
Wakame*-A red algae often used for its anti-wrinkle & skin revitalizing properties; it’s also a natural source of Vitamins A, B, C and E.
* UDSA Certified Organic
As fun as it to take inconspicuous, funny, or clever sex toy images for Toy With Me Tuesday, this week I feel like sharing a simple, sexy one. So here’s me, using some of my toys, from my point of view…
Readers, I have a confession. I haven’t always been as discerning about lubricants as I am now. When I first started working in sex toy retail, I was too excited about all of the free lube bottles from product knowledge classes to think about looking up the various ingredients in the array of chemical cocktails I received. However, after some bad experiences with generic lubes as well as becoming more educated, I’ve forced myself to become pickier with lube. Even though I have used some lubricants with glycerin and didn’t have a problem with them (they can provoke yeast infections and UTIs), it’s gotten to the point where even just the discomfort of worrying about the questionable ingredients in a lube is enough to kill my mood. Thankfully I’ve found one with an ingredients list that doesn’t confuse or scare me: Sliquid H2O.
When I told Jake I had bought a new natural, vegan lube, he immediately asked, “well does it work?” and after many uses the answer is yes, it works exceptionally well. Even if I wasn’t factoring in the ingredients list, I would still consider Sliquid my new favorite lube. It has just the right consistency for most of my uses; it’s not runny and is easily applied to toys and body parts, but it’s not thick either and mixes well with my natural lubrication. Unlike many lubes that leave me with that “I need to shower now because I’m so messy” feeling, Sliquid doesn’t get sticky, even after the water absorbs into skin and tissue. Sliquid is also delightfully odorless and tasteless, something that can’t be said of most water based lubes.
For vaginal use, I’d say this is without a doubt the best lubricant I’ve tried, and I absolutely love it. I’ve also used it with a few small butt plugs, and it worked just fine, but for anal penetration, I prefer something thicker—and speaking of that I would like to try Sliquid’s Sassy (thicker) lubricant in the near future. For penis masturbation, I couldn’t really tell you how this stuff works because Jake’s too busy using up all of the other lubricants that I have deemed unworthy for penetration (ones with glycerin etc.) I would guess that it would dry out pretty quickly though without mixing with vaginal lubrication and may not be the best choice for hand jobs.
Without a doubt, I love Sliquid H2O. It’s slippery and mixes perfectly with my natural lubrication, and it doesn’t leave me feeling sticky. Unlike many other lubricants, Sliquid’s short list of natural vegan ingredients (Purified Water, Plant Cellulose (from cotton), Cyamopsis (Guar conditioners), Potassium sorbate, Citric Acid) doesn’t make me cringe with worry. The only downsides I see to this lubricant are that it is a bit pricey (but well worth it) and it isn’t thick enough to be ideal for anal penetration. After trying and loving Sliquid H2O, I’d like to try more Sliquid lubricants, like Sassy and the Organics line.
Silicone is an awesome material for toys because it is extremely hygienic because it’s non-porous (meaning germs etc. can’t build up inside the material), and it’s soft and smooth, yet firm and flexible. It can also endure extreme temperatures (so you can boil it to kill germs if it doesn’t have an attached motor,) and it warms quickly to your body.
Silicone lube has quite a following as well because it never loses its slick, slippery feel. It doesn’t get sticky and tacky like water based lube can, you only need a small amount, you don’t have to keep reapplying it, and it’s great for water or anal play, among other things.
So instinctively you’d think, well I’ll just use silicone lube with silicone toys then because of their super awesomeness, but unfortunately, if you use silicone lube with your favorite silicone toy, chances are the toy/lube will start to sort of melt and mesh together, creating a big mess and a ruined toy (and silicone toys are expensive!)
However, I recently learned a tip at a product knowledge seminar: you can use certain silicone toys with certain silicone lubes. In particular, you can use Evolved & Tantus silicone toys with System Jo silicone lubes (it has something to do with the quality of the silicone in the materials.)
I decided to test out this claim at home with some of the free sample products I received and was delighted to find it’s true. I used the Evolved Lucky 13 Roulette vibe with Jo Premium Cool, and they work well together. Both products are great for shower play because the Lucky 13 is waterproof (as are all Evolved toys), the silicone lube never lost the slippery feel even under water, and the cooling effect felt great in contrast to the warm water.
The only disadvantage to using these toys together was that the cleanup afterwards took a few minutes longer than normal. At first I tried just using soap and warm water like I usually do, but the silicone did not come off easily, so I squirted Jo foaming toy cleaner on a towel and wiped down the toy a few times and then used the soap and water as well, and that worked out fine.
So, for all you silicone lovers out there, I hope this little tip helps; it sure helped me!