Decent enough lube, but we expected a sight better from LeloA good, medium thick lubricant. Safe with toy materials, condoms, thick enough for anal play, free of many common irritants. Contains herbs, also contains chemical ingredients. Although this product didn't really "moisturize" any better than any other high quality lube, it did perform admirably well, and protected tissues and held up under heavy friction and marathon love sessions.
It is a decent clear, non staining lube that might be improved by a formulation with fewer ingredients.
This product is a water based lubricant, with a large list of chemicals and herbal additives in it's ingredient list.
We found it usable for PIV sex, toy use and anal sex, as well. It performed well, although thicker than some, was a bit runny for our needs, but did stay in place and provide good glide and protection of tissues adequately.
My main concerns were the addition of a large quantity of chemicals and herbal ingredients, most of which (with the exclusion of one or two ingredients for texture and protection from bacterial and fungal contamination) I doubt have any substantive application in the quantities normally used by sexual lubricant users. (See below for details.)
The inclusion of Aspartame (Nutrasweet) was probably to offset the bitter taste of the Aloes the lube also contains, but many try to avoid the use of this chemical. Although, I usually avoid consuming Aspartame, as it gives me migraines while taken orally in food quantities, I did not find this problem when using this lubricant. My guess is the lube would have been unbearably bitter without it, as Aloe is the fourth ingredient, and high on the ingredient list. In my opinion, this quandary could have been solved by simply omitting the Aloe altogether, as it does not seem to really add any "moisturizing" effects to it's credit.
As a "Moisturizer" this lube doesn't seem to do anything that most good quality, water based lubes do, with fewer ingredients. Although, as a simply sexual lubricant, is performs quite well.
However, in use, once one learns how much to use (we always find we use too much when trying a new lube, which is certainly better than using too little) it is pretty good at staying where you put it, although tends to cause some "squishing" noises that we both found comical at times, and irritating at others.
I was offered this lubricant in the smaller 2.5 oz plastic squeeze tube. The tube has a nice, easy to open flip cap, and the lube is easily dispensed by squeezing the tube's contents into one's hand.
It works well for everything from toy play (perfect with good silicone toys, as it felt right at home with my new Ella G-Spotter Dildo, also by Lelo) to PIV sex and even worked well, with no need to reapply for anal sex. Even longer sessions (lasting up to 45 minutes) the lube was still working and we didn't feel the need to reapply. There was no irritation or discomfort either during or after use.
However, it does leave behind a slightly sticky residue, which did not wipe away with Kleenex and did require to be either washed or bathed away before I felt comfortable again.
It is, as it should be, slippery, long lasting and protective.
My Man could not detect either the sweet or bitter tastes of this lube, but I was able to with no problem. The aroma is very mild, most probably will not notice it and it is not noticeable in most uses, but the taste, in my opinion was stronger than I think "the Perfect Lube" should contain. As we use this mostly for anal play and very occasionally for toy play, there are not a lot of opportunities for this lube to get into my mouth, so it was a livable side effect that does not detract from the sexual experience in most situations.
As I have said before, I like sex to taste and smell like sex. The smell and taste of this lube, however, was not so overwhelming that it bothered either one of us, and we have used it extensively with few complaints from either of us.
It feels slightly cool when applied. There are no "Cooling" "Tingling" or "warming" chemicals in this lubricant, but the high water content may cause the slight, mildly exciting cool sensation when first applied. As soon as friction sex play begins, the lubricant simply glides as it warms to body temperature.
As I mentioned, it does leave behind a slightly sticky residue. I found I needed to nearly always wash it away, either at the sink or in the bath as soon after activity as possible. My Man was not bothered enough by the residue to need to wash until he got into the shower at his appointed time the next morning, or later in the day, if used in the morning. He found that wiping it away with a Kleenex was enough. He only went to the sink for soap and water after performing anal play on me, but that is regular hygiene for us, and for him after these specific activities, not due to this particular lubricant.
As this product is water based, contains no silicon or dimethicone or oils, it appears safe for use with most condoms, whether latex, polymer or animal based and all sex toy material.
Both the tube and the box have the expected CYA warnings ("This is not a contraceptive and does not contain spermicide" as well a both containing a full ingredient list. There are also general directions on how to use the lubricant, which they insist on calling a "moisturizer." The tube also lets you know the product is compatible with "all materials."
The 2.5 oz tube is very discreet and would be at home tossed into a travel bag or overnight suitcase. Nothing about the tube says "SEX LUBRICANT!" and could easily be stored in plain sight.
Guarana also known as palina cupana;
In one study in rats, increased memory retention and physical endurance when compared with a placebo. I doubt there is enough Guarana able to be contained in a single application of this lubricant to actually cause any increase in physical endurance. Guarana is also believed to be an aphrodisiac. This herb contains large amounts of caffeine and is one of the most commonly used additives in soft drinks in many parts of South America, where it is grown. Caffeine can cause blood vessel constriction, which is not good for sexual activity, but as I said, it is doubtful that enough of this herb is contained in each dose to be of any significance.
Panax Ginseng is believed to be an aphrodisiac and an Adaptogen, an agent which helps the body deal with stress. Ginseng is also known to contain phytoestrogens. Which can speed sexual development of female mice and promote sperm production. Some feel, however, that phytoestrogens may also have unwanted estrogenic effects on the body, and try to avoid them. However, Ginseng used in "subclinical doses" does not have measurable medicinal effects. My guess is that the nickle to quarter sized blob of lubricant most people would use does not contain a "Clinical Dose" of Panax Ginseng.
It also contains Avena Sativa bran, which is simply the humble Oat. Although in large quantities Oat can decrease serum cholesterol levels as well as moisturize and heal skin, I can’t quite see what good a small quantity would do in a sexual lubricant. Oat has the effect of of causing mucilage like effect on liquids, helping them to thicken. This could be the one of the reasons this “herb” was placed in this lube.
It also contains Aloe barbadens, whose effects are rumored to be many, and research has borne out it’s helpful effects on minor burns and abrasions of the skin, as well as the alleviation of constipation. However, Aloe has a distinctive bitter taste, which is probably one of the reasons Aspartame was included in the formulation of this lubricant. Not much Aloe is needed for clinical effects and it is possible that some may find this lubricant has the skin protection and softening effects of Aloe. I did feel my skin was protected by this particular lubricant, but as for it's claim to be "Moisturizing" I found it no better in this aspect than lubricants with smaller and less "herbal" ingredient lists. My skin felt no more or less "moisturized" than with any other good quality lube. It left my tissues and skin they way they were, no worse, no better. Honestly, this is fine with me.
This lube also contained a number of chemicals in addition to the herbs; Propylene Glycol, Hydroethylcelluose, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Polysorbate-20, Polyquaternum 5, PEG-45M, Citric Acid. Most of these additives are used for stabilization of texture, buffering Ph levels, preventing the growth of bacteria, mold and fungus in the lubricant, and thickening. Those who are averse to any of the above ingredients may want to avoid this product, but we felt the use of some of these chemicals for protection from contaminated lubricant was not a huge deal for us to sample this lubricant a dozen or so times. Some may have sensitivities to any or all of these chemicals and may feel different about even sampling a lubricant with this many chemical additives.
However, we do own lubricants with much shorter ingredient lists, which also offer adequate protection from contamination of the product and protection from growth of undesirable pathogens while the product in in the tube, as well as excellent tissue protection and good glide properties. If hard pressed, I would choose a lubricant, as "My Perfect Lubricant" with a much shorter ingredient list, with fewer chemicals and I also have no desire for the need to include "herbs" that for all intents and purposes are only going to be used in subclinical doses anyway.
We liked it's performance a fair amount, but most likely will not purchase it any time in the near future. We have found lubricants with better chemical profiles, and perhaps if Lelo could trim the ingredient list, we would give it an other round of trials in our bedroom.
After this review, it will go back into the headboard with the other lubricants, unguents, toy cleaners, cock rings and various and sundry bottles and potions. But I feel, after giving it a good dozen uses or more, we will be reaching for lubricants with a slightly different profile more and more, and this one will be pushed to the back of the cubby with the now forgotten Astroglide Green Cap and several others (although I do feel the Lelo performed better than the Astroglide.)
It isn't the worst lube on the market, but as in my original review, I did expect a bit better from LELO. It works, it doesn't irritate, it is a "good enough" lube.
The size of the small tube is, however, perfect for a quick weekend away (easier to pack than an entire 8.5 oz bottle of Sliquid H2O Ride, our go-to lube) and it could easily fit into a purse or backpack in a pinch, if you suspect an unplanned (or planned) pick up or quick overnight is on the horizon.
The tube looks innocent enough to be taken for a tube of lotion or fragrance, and as long as you have the smaller tube and not the glass bottle, possibility is one of this lube's other strengths.
A little "Walk of Pride" bag would be complete with this small tube of fair enough lube, Along with a few other necessities.