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Long lasting, but easier cleanup than many silicone lubes

Wet Platinum Bodyglide is an excellent silicone lube and costs less than many lubes in its class. A jack-of-all-trades lubricant, Wet Platinum will perform well at most tasks. Though its performance under running water is a bit lackluster, women who don't want to use much soap near their vaginas will enjoy the easy cleanup relative to other silicone lubricants.
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Pros:
Long-lasting lube has great slip, is a good value, and is made in America.
Cons:
Does not excel at shower sex; second ingredient has its healthiness questioned in one 2005 study.
Rating by reviewer:
3
extremely useful review

Use

A long-lasting silicone lubricant, Wet Platinum Bodyglide outclasses water-based lubes in cases when the latter would wash away or dry out. This is a great lube for male masturbation, hot tub or shower sex, female masturbation with or without toys, PIV sex with or without condoms, and anal sex with or without condoms. I believe it can also be used to care for latex clothing, but I have not tested this use.

I would not recommend Wet Platinum Bodyglide for oral sex—the silicone would not commingle with your saliva, and your tongue would likely feel funny. Silicone sex toys should be spot tested in an inconspicuous area before lubing them up. It may be too thin for anal sex for some users, but I had no difficulty.

Wet Platinum Bodyglide is a blend of liquid silicones, and as such, it has no L-arginine, no parabens, no glycerine, and no petrochemicals. (There is also no arsenic and no asbestos! The "does not include" list seems long, but each of these items may be unacceptable for some users.) Because there is no glycerine, most women who are susceptible to UTIs will not be bothered by this lube. It is also safe to use with latex condoms due to the lack of petrochemicals.

Dimethicone is a silicone that you may be familiar with as the elastic component of silly putty. It is also commonly used in foods (like chicken nuggets) as a defoaming or anti-caking agent. Dimethicone (or PDMS) has been approved by the FDA as a food additive and is also acceptable for cosmetic use (source) but has been flagged by the CEPA for further testing about possible non-reproductive organ toxicity.

Cyclopentasiloxane is a volatile silicone used as an emollient to provide gloss, improved spreading, and reduced stickiness (Dow Corning, 2005) and is often used in deodorant and hair conditioner. Apparently "moderate" doses have been linked with uterine tumors in rats (source), but I have not been able to find the study to determine what "moderate" means.

Dimethiconol is a proprietary blend of 6% silicone gum in dimethicone. It has not been assessed by cosmetics industry panels, but it's likely very similar to dimethicone itself.

Phenyl trimethicone is used in hair curling products and has not been researched by American cosmetics industry boards. The Canadian authorities do not cite any human health problems, mentioning only that it will accumulate in waste streams. This is true of any product that is not water soluble, though.

Tocopheryl acetate is a chemical product of vinegar and vitamin E (aka tocopherol). It is used in many skin products for its antioxidant properties—if vitamin E were used alone, not as much would make it into the skin (source). It is "Generally Recognized as Safe" by the FDA (source).

Personally, I am a bit startled by cyclopentasiloxane's possible health risks, but until I find out what "moderate" means (depending on the study, it could be mixed in as 5% by weight of the subject's food, which is not similar to my use), I will be content to use this silicone lube on an occasional basis.
  • Who / How / What
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Masturbation
    • Sex
  • Where
    [ ? ]
    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Bath / shower
  • Body / part areas
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    What areas on the body can this product be used / what areas does it stimulate best?
    • Good for anal

Texture / Consistency / Thickness / Viscosity

Wet Platinum Bodyglide is the first and only lube I've ever owned, so I can't make comparisons very well. However, I was surprised by how low the surface tension was. Wet Platinum is definitely a liquid, not a gel. Here are three pictures showing my NobEssence Smooth S Shape without lube, as lube is applied, and six seconds after application.


As you can see, Wet Platinum Bodyglide will not add cushioning. It does, however, coat whatever you're applying it to with the perfect amount. If you add it to a dildo, it will coat the surface of the dildo two or three strokes after insertion; but it won't keep spreading, so your hands won't get sticky. If you apply it to a phallus, you'll get the same complete but not excessive coverage.

The lube feels slicker than natural, but it does not feel greasy, sticky, or oily. If I've masturbated with it and walk around for a while, I will not feel any difference while walking.
    • Slick
    • Smooth

Taste / Aroma

I have a sensitive nose, and I can barely smell anything even when I put my nose directly into a patch of Wet Platinum Bodyglide. Even though it has no smell, I would not recommend tasting it for fear you'd have to wash off your tongue with soap.
    • No smell

Performance

I found Wet Platinum Bodyglide to be extremely long lasting. When I first bought it, I masturbated with it and went about my day; seven hours later, my boyfriend and I had PIV sex. The lube was still active and slippery, and it felt amazing. My boyfriend asked about the sensation even though I hadn't mentioned I'd used lube several hours ago.

Impressed and eager to try out all the possibilities of my first lube, we applied a fresh dose and headed to the shower. Wet Platinum did not hold up quite as well as the hype led me to believe, and it definitely performed better when it was not under running water. Still, it made sex in the shower possible, and usually running water strips all my natural lubricant. So while Wet didn't hit a home run here, I will still reach for it before I hit the showers.

To fully clean it up, I need to apply a little bit of mild soap to my labia majora. I am sensitive to UTIs so I'm wary about getting soap much closer to my vagina than that. Luckily, I have felt that just a small bit of soap coupled with running water cleans the lube up very effectively. On the whole, I am happy to balance an easier-than-expected cleanup with less-than-expected performance during shower sex, and other women who need to take care of vaginal pH may agree. I am also happy to mention here that despite two weeks' semi-regular use, I have not developed BV, a UTI, or any other issue.

My boyfriend was impressed with the quality of Wet Platinum Bodyglide as a masturbation lubricant, as he said it did not dry up during use. He didn't like the feeling of lube left behind though, so he did wash it off afterward, which might be a hassle for men on the go.

During anal sex, we found this to glide quite a lot. Usually we use saliva or natural lubrication, so this felt very slick for me. I found out that I actually prefer a slightly drier experience, but I believe I'm in a significant minority. This is not a dedicated anal lubricant, but if you want a well-rounded lube to keep by your bedside, Wet Platinum Bodyglide will slicken up the experience.
    • Long lasting
    • Needs to be washed off with soap and water
    • Not compatible with all materials

Packaging

The flip-top of Wet Platinum Bodyglide in the two-ounce size is well thought out. It can be opened easily with your fingers, but if your fingers are slippery, it can still be easily opened with the side of your hand. The small spout emits small drops to help you apply only as much lube as you need. A little bit of Wet Platinum goes a long way, so it's nice that the packaging makes proper dosing simple.
Follow-up commentary
I've stalled on this follow-up review for a long time. I simply cannot find the publication that talks about toxicity of cyclopentasiloxane. Since I can't find it, and the study apparently wasn't repeated anywhere, I'm going to go with the assumption that it's not actually a problem.

In addition to that, I asked a representative of Wet Lubricants at this community Q&A session, and she said that all their ingredients are on the FDA Generally Recognized As Safe list.

Furthermore, I looked through all the silicone lubes Eden offers, and they all contain cyclopentasiloxane---this was actually one of three where it's the secondary ingredient instead of the primary. So even if you're still concerned, Wet Platinum is a better bet than many of the other options you might weigh.

All of that said---I've started to use silicone toys more and more, so I don't reach for silicone lube as often. Even if I'm using metal or glass on a given day, I can never really tell if all of the silicone has washed out of me by the next time I want to insert something silicone. Because of my sensitivities to lots of products in water-based lubes, I was really glad to be able to settle on Sliquid Ride as my lube of choice.

I'm definitely not tossing out my bottle, and it has been coming to very good use for anal in the shower, but it's not my go-to lube. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to others, though, if you're not a frequent silicone toy user.
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  • Miss Voluptuous
    Miss Voluptuous  
    Wow, great materials breakdown!
  • Antipova
    Antipova  
    I actually learned a lot while doing the research, Silvi! And good materials lists is something I really appreciate in lube reviews, so I thought I'd do unto others and give the best info I could find.
  • Antipova
    Antipova  
    *Headdesk.* Materials lists are something I appreciate.
  • Jenni Shelton
    Jenni Shelton  
    GREAT REVIEW THANKS!!
  • Antipova
    Antipova  
    My pleasure, Jenni!
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    MK434  
    Nice review!
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