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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!

Get SliquidÜberlube from my fave shop SheVibe or directly from Sliquid (get 10% off with code DIRTYTHOUGHTS). Note: This post is not sponsored but does contain affiliate links, meaning I may make a small commission if you purchase through them (at no extra cost to you)–thanks for your support.

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

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

Review: Sliquid Oceanics

Sliquid OceanicsAfter 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.

Thanks to Sliquid, you can now get 10% off of Oceanics, H2O, or whatever else you want at the Sliquid Shop when you use my discount code DIRTYTHOUGHTS!


Purified Water

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.

Potassium Sorbate,

Citric Acid

* UDSA Certified Organic


Review: Sliquid H2O Lubricant

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.