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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

*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!

Jo Class

Do you leave work meetings with a bag full of bottles of lube? I do.

In my latest training class, Jennifer from System Jo told us about the company and its products, answered our questions, and had us feel and sometimes taste various lubricants.  For anyone who is curious about Jo products (and for my coworker who couldn’t make it to the meeting), I would like to share what I learned in Jo class. Please note that this post is not meant to be my personal endorsement of all of the following products, if you want to know more about what I think about them, check back on my blog for individual product reviews that I will post as I try all of the products.

Jo’s beginning
The Jo product line began when a group of doctors asked United Consortium (a nutra-ceutical company) to create a pharmaceutical grade silicone lubricant for women with extreme vaginal dryness.
Jo Premium Silicone Lubricants
-Silicone lubricant is made from sand.
-Not all silicone lubes are created equal; it is important to choose a high quality silicone lubricant.
-Jo Premium is a high quality pharmaceutical grade silicone lubricant
-Evolved Novelties did studies on silicone lube and silicone toy compatibility, and Jo silicone lubes were the only lubricants that did not damage their silicone toys. People who want to use silicone toys and lubes together can use Jo silicone lubes and Evolved (or Tantus) silicone toys (I can vouch for this as well; read my blog about it for more information). There have not been tests on the compatibility of Jo silicone lube with other brands of silicone toys (so don’t mix them unless you want to take the risk of ruining your silicone toy.)
-Other possible uses for silicone lubes: hair smoother, shave cream, skin conditioner, WD 40 replacement
Jo H20 Water Based Lubricants
-Jo H20 water based lubes are designed to be long lasting and feel like silicone
-Jo H20 does contain glycerin but only vegetable based glycerin, which is less likely to be irritating to women than animal based glycerin. If you have a glycerin sensitivity, try Jo’s Agape mentioned below.
Jo Agape Lubricant
-“Agape” means unconditional love in Greek.
-Jo Agape water based lube was created without glycerin, silicone, or oil for sensitive women.
Jo Hybrid Lubricant
-Jo Hybrid Lubricant was designed to combine the best qualities of both silicone and water based lubes so that it is smooth and long lasting like silicone but easy to wash off like water based.
-Jennifer said Hybrid is ok to use with silicone toys.  I am still a little weary of that, to be safe you could try a patch test on the silicone toy you want to use it with.
Jo Lubes’ various viscosities
-The difference between Jo regular lubes, Jo Anal lubes, and Jo Women lubes are their viscosities.
-Jo Women has the thinnest viscosity and is meant to mimic a women’s natural lubricant.
-Classic Jo Premium and H20 lubes have a thicker viscosity than Jo Women.
– Jo Anal Lubes have the thickest viscosity since the anal area doesn’t self lubricate.
Jo Warming and Cooling
-All of the Jo water based and silicone lubes come in both warming and cooling as well.
-The cooling agent in Jo cooling lubes is French Menthol.
-The warming agent in Jo warming lubes is capsaicin (from chili peppers.)
Jo Clitoral and G Spot Gels

– The Jo Clitoral gels are warming and the g spot gels are cooling, but you can use them interchangeably if desired.
-Neither contains L-Arginine, which can cause breakouts in people with Herpes.
Jo H20 Flavored Lubes
– Jo flavored lubes come in a variety of flavors and don’t contain any sugar which can cause yeast infections.
Jo All in One
-Jo All in One can be used as any or all of the following: a silicone lube, massage oil, skin conditioner.
-Comes in a variety of scents (my favorite was Cranberry.)
Jo Foaming Toy Cleanser

-A gentle, body safe foaming cleanser
Jo Pheromone Sprays and Deodorants
-Jo Pheromones are man made
-There are 3 ways to get natural pheromones: from humans (extremely expensive), from pigs (gross), or from coyote urine (grosser)
-Jo Pheromone sprays and deodorants do not have a scent because scents water down the effect of the pheromones when formulated together
-You can layer Jo Pheromones with your normal scents by putting on your normal deodorant or perfume after applying Jo Pheromone deodorant or spray
-Jo Pheromones for Men are the same as Jo Women+Women (but with different packaging)
-Jo Pheromones for Women are the same as Jo Men+Men
-If you want to attract both sexes, you can wear both Jo Women and Jo Men at the same time
Jo Natural Personal Feminine Spray
-For external use only, not a douche
-Meant to help control odor and moisture
-Formulated to help keep women’s pH balance at a normal level
Jo Body Shaving Cream
-Has alcohol to reduce hair growth
-Not a conditioner like many other shave gels (conditioners promote hair growth)
Jo 2 to Tango
-2 lubes that mix together
-The “men’s” lube is a warming, water based lube with some benzocaine for prolonging
-The “women’s” lube is a cooling, silicone based lube
Jo Prolonger Spray
-Contains benzocaine, a numbing agent for prolonging
-Since it is a spray it absorbs quickly so it doesn’t also numb your partner
-No need to rub it in like with a prolonging creamPhotos ©Penny

Meant for Each Other: For Silicone Lovers

evolvedlucky13Lots of people are die hard silicone fans and for good reason.

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!)

JO Premium Cool 2ozHowever, 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!