Author: Penny

My Favorite (Vegan) Lubes

Lube dripping down a colorful silicone Vixen Mustang dildoLube is a miraculous invention–it can make all sorts of sexy scenarios more pleasurable. I’ve been an avid lube user for as long as I’ve been blogging (about 7 years now!), and I wanted to share this reference post for whenever people ask me about my favorite lubes.

Sliquid Sassy, Sliquid H2O, & uberlube bottles on a white background

My favorite lubes/the ones I’ve bought and used again and again over the years are Sliquid SassySliquid H2O, and Überlube. And luckily when I went vegan a few years ago, I didn’t have to change what lubes I use because my favorites already happened to be vegan!

My first love was Sliquid H2O–I reviewed it back in 2012, and though the photo is a little cringe-worthy, my thoughts on the lube haven’t changed much–I love that it only contains a few (vegan) ingredients, it doesn’t irritate me/doesn’t really have a taste or smell, and it has a light water-based consistency that’s slippery and mixes well with natural lubrication.

Colorful Vixen Mustang dildo with a puddle of lube around itMy second love and all time favorite lube is Sliquid Sassy. Sassy is similar to H20 but thicker, so it checks off all of the things H20 does with the added bonus of being more versatile since it’s thick enough for anal play and convenient to use with toys since it’s less messy and stays where you plop it better. I usually have both Sassy and H20 around, but if I could only order one lube it would be Sassy since it works well for most scenarios.

I’m including Überlube as a favorite in this post as well because though I don’t really use it, Jake loves it for (penis) masturbation since it’s silicone/very slick and works well in the shower. He’s gone through lots of Überlube over the years, and it’s vegan as well! I don’t use it because I prefer water based for ease of cleaning and because I can use it with all of my toys (whereas silicone lube can damage some silicone toys.)

Macro shot of lots of lube dripping on the head of a colorful Vixen Mustang dildo

I’m not a lube connoisseur or anything, and my requirements for lube are pretty basic–I want it to 1.) make things more slippery and comfortable 2.) not irritate me or leave me feeling gross after 3.) be vegan, and Sliquid does the job well. Back when I worked at a sex shop, I tried quite a few different lubes but never found anything I liked as much as Sliquid, and I haven’t ventured out to try other lubes in years because when I find something I love I tend to stick with it (and also I’ve had issues with some lubes irritating me in the past). There are other vegan lubes out there that I haven’t tried though so if you’d like me to try more and write a vegan lube guide, let me know in the comments!

Have you tried Sliquid or Überlube? What’s your favorite lube? Know of any other great vegan lubes I should try? Please let me know in the comments!

A puddle of Sliquid Sassy lube

*This post is not sponsored but contains affiliate links, meaning I make a small commission if you purchase through them (at no extra cost to you). I appreciate your support!

The toy pictured is the Vixen Creations Mustang (in the color Tie-Bright) and the lube is my beloved Sassy!

Why I Removed My Copper (Paraguard) IUD

Disclaimer: Everyone’s body reacts differently to hormones/IUDs/contraceptives, this is just my experience. I’m not trying to dissuade anyone from getting an IUD–they work well for lots of people. Also although birth control pills work well for me, they’re not the right option for everyone–you have to find what works for you.

I decided to get the copper (Paraguard) IUD in the summer of 2016 for a few reasons. Most importantly, I was having trouble remembering to take my birth control pills since I was stressed and going through a lot at the time. I also wanted to try a more “natural” route, and I thought maybe hormones were negatively affecting my body, mood, and sex drive (really though, life/stress was affecting my mood and sex drive more than anything.) I also loved the idea of a birth control method that would last 10 years without hardly any thought on my part–no taking pills or picking up prescriptions.

Having the IUD inserted wasn’t as painful as I imagined. It hurt, but it was quick.1 I had some light cramping immediately after and on and off for a few days.

When I had my consultation for getting the IUD, they warned me my periods might be heavier and my cramps worse–but I figured it was probably worth it. Cramps aren’t fun, but I’m not really bothered by blood and since I use a Diva cup, I didn’t think it’d really affect my daily life much.

Oh, was I wrong.

I’m so glad the IUD is an option for people because it works great for many, but it was terrible for me.

Not long after I had the IUD inserted, I started getting cystic acne on my jawline and on my back. At first I thought it was stress related or from not eating well while traveling, but it never went away. I eventually decided to see a doctor about it, and even after recommended diet changes and topical acne treatments, it didn’t go away. It negatively affected my self esteem and my sex life. I stopped taking self portraits, I didn’t even want to take my shirt off (which is not normal for me–I usually love being naked!) or wear tank tops because the acne would show. I’m not saying acne should be shameful or hidden, but I didn’t feel like myself with this sudden acne all over my back, not to mention that it itched and even hurt sometimes as well.

My periods were also horrific. Like clockwork, on the 7th day before my period, I would wake up with terrible, extremely painful cramps. I continued to have painful cramps on and off the entire week before my period…and then during my period too, which was now much longer and heavier. Before I got the IUD/when I was on the pill, I would bleed fairly lightly for 4-5 days. With the IUD, my periods were 7 days and sometimes up to 10 days. On birth control pills, I could go without my Diva cup at night because I wouldn’t bleed much, and with the IUD/no hormones, I bled a lot more and definitely couldn’t do that.

Honestly I’m surprised I lasted as long as I did with the IUD (a little over a year.) At first I thought I was still adapting and that maybe I’d get used to it, and then after awhile it started to feel like it was normal, even though my pms and periods were far worse than I’d ever experienced. Eventually my partner and even some of my friends commented that they were worried about me because I was always home with cramps, and I only felt ok for 2 weeks or less during each month. Honestly it’s kind of impressive I accomplished anything last year.

Deep penetration was also less comfortable–something I only noticed after a friend was talking about how sex was painful for her with an IUD as well. I had written it off as just my moody vagina–sometimes I’m not in the mood for penetration at all anyways, and my cervix can get finicky around my period, but thinking back I realized I had stopping liking positions that allow for deep thrusting since getting the IUD, and I wasn’t choosing to use any toys bigger than the Mustang either.

I also had a few other minor side effects–like I’d randomly get pains in my vagina. They were mild, but it was a weird feeling, and I also worried about the IUD moving out of place, which I think is rare, but I worry about those kinds of things. I’d check my string with my VagCam and it was still there, but the worry associated with having something foreign in my body always lingered in my mind.

After a little over a year, I’d finally had enough, and I made an appointment to have my IUD removed2, and then immediately got back on hormonal birth control to help my acne (and possibly my cramps as well).

I’ve been back on the pill for a little over 3 months now, and my acne is finally healing. My cramps are much more manageable–they’re much milder and last only a few days as opposed to 14+ days. I’m not sure if my cramps/bleeding were from the IUD itself or from not taking hormonal birth control pills or both because I’d been on the pill before, but either way, my quality of life has improved so much. (Based on what I’ve heard/read, I think most likely my acne was from lack of hormones from the pill and the bad cramps were from the IUD itself.) The only side effect I experienced getting back on the pill was sore breasts for a week or so…and they’re definitely bigger now, all the time.

I admit that it felt kind of defeating taking out the IUD–I really wanted it to work for me and to not have to take hormones, partly because I thought not taking hormones would be more natural/better, but even though the copper IUD doesn’t utilize hormones, it’s not really “natural” either. (The only real “natural” birth control method I know of is monitoring your cycle/not having sex when/around the time you’re ovulating.)

I have a newfound love for my birth control pills, and I could care less if they’re natural or not. By the way–if you know of any cute birth control enamel pins/art, let me know!

PS–It’s possible the Mirena IUD could have worked better for me since it’s hormonal, but I didn’t want that one since sometimes you don’t get periods (I think not having periods sounds great in theory, but not having a monthly reminder I’m not pregnant would worry me.)

Have you had/do you have an IUD? Does it work well for you? Do you prefer the pill or another birth control method? Let me know in the comments!


  1. I also took 400 Ibuprofen before my appointment. 

  2. Thankfully, the removal was even less painful than insertion. 

Who Wants a Slice?

Ever since I went vegan, I’ve been wanting to do an updated sexy pizza photo shoot (to replace the non-vegan one I did a few years ago), and I finally did it!

I’ll probably end up posting some other photos from this shoot on my other Instagram account as well (where I post more self portraits, vegan food porn, beauty stuff, & more), and I’d love it if y’all would follow me there too! If you’re curious, the (super comfy) underwear I’m wearing is from MeUndies, though I don’t think they don’t carry the pizza ones anymore.

 

G Spoon (and an update)

Hey everyone! It’s been a while. I haven’t been blogging as much on here lately, and you may be wondering why. I want to try to explain…and hopefully find my way back to this corner of the internet more often.

Part of the reason I haven’t been sex blogging much lately is that last year I lost both my mom and my partner’s mom, and I went through a period of grief when I didn’t do much of anything other than try to support my family and get through the days. I didn’t talk about it on here at all or even on social media really because I didn’t feel comfortable doing so, but I did eventually write a little about it on my other blog.

When I was finally able to get back into writing and photography, I felt passionately about veganism and health, and I ended up starting a new blog to focus on lifestyle topics like cooking, cruelty free beauty, vintage fashion, travel, etc. It’s not that I don’t care about sex anymore (I do!), it’s just that I found myself going in a different direction, and it felt easier to start anew with a fresh blog. It felt difficult to pick back up with this blog full speed as if nothing happened. Also obviously my sexuality was impacted, and though I do feel more like my old self again, for months the only toy I used was my beloved Hitachi.

I’m still interested in sexuality and sex toys, but I’ve been feeling burnt out, particularly on things like reviews that I don’t feel as passionately about anymore. I still like trying new toys, but I’m not interested in trying new toys just to try them, I only want to try things I’m fairly confident that I’ll love, otherwise my writing will be lackluster, and the toy will end up wasting space in my closet.

I do miss the parts of this blog that were my favorite though, like my (often creepy) self portraits, artistic sex toy photography, and erotic stories (damn, it’s been a while.) I had a ton of fun earlier this year when Ely and I shot nudes of each other at Hippie Hollow. I miss hanging out with my babely sex blogger friends at conferences and having amazing adventures like making our own glass dildos.

I have some ideas on how to get my groove back on this blog and have ideas for crossover topics. For example, I’m thinking about writing about menstrual cups on my lifestyle blog, instead of this one, because I think it’d reach people that may know less about the topic than my readers over here. I also think it’d be cool to bring parts of my other blog over here, and I have ideas for that as well. I’ve already done some with my vegan safter sex barriers and sex toys posts.

I’m also thinking about doing a spooky/sexy photo every day during October, if I can get enough inspiration and content next month.

I’m glad I took a break–I needed it, but I miss y’all! Can anyone relate? If you’re a regular reader, what do you like most about my blog? Any ideas for me? Let me know in the comments!

Also–back to the title of this post–I bought this g-spoon when I saw Epiphora tweet about Fucking Sculptures closing up shop. 🙁 I’m glad I was able to get one before it was too late, and I love this photo I created of it.

Enchantress

Last weekend, my bff Ely came to visit me, and one day while she was here, we went to Hippie Hollow and went skinny dipping, did some spells, and shot some photos, including this Polaroid. It was a magical day, and I love this photo she took of me.

Have you ever been to a nude park or beach before? Do you still shoot with Polaroids? Let me know in the comments! Also stay tuned in the upcoming weeks for more photos from our trip.