Sliquid organics warming - lubricant by Sliquid, LLC - review by chicmichiw

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Not Warming, but Definitely Effective

Despite the title, this baby cools -- and cools it does! I love that it's organic and safe for those sensitive to other ingredients, like parabens and glycerin. It lasts quite well and affects both male and female parts.
Published:
Pros:
Medium-strength cooling sensation
Concentration-dependent
Long-lasting
No parabens, glycerin
Cons:
Not a lube. Must use another product if you want lubrication.
Rating by reviewer:
4
extremely useful review

Use

First things first: even though this is listed as 'warming' this product actually provides a cool sensation.
I'll call it by the name on the bottle, "Stimulating". I have used this product by myself, with a male partner and that male partner has used it by himself. I hope to provide a thorough review with different points of view!

stimulating

This product would be great for those who love the Sliquid Organics line for its ingredients (or lack thereof), want a distinct sensation of coolness, and would like to have a fair amount of the stuff. Additionally, this product is water-based, which means that it is compatible with all toys and is easily cleaned off yourself, partners or any 'extras' used.

Unfortunately, Sliquid Stimulating absorbs when in use and will not function as a lubricant. I found using another product in conjunction was necessary if I wanted the wet feeling I expected from using this product.

One unexpected side effect I found, as a woman, was that this product delayed my orgasm but increased its strength. It definitely didn't prevent me from having an orgasm and the sensation was overcome with a little effort, and it was well worth it. Between the two of us, my partner felt it affected him less strongly than myself. This makes some sense to me, since mucous membranes tend to be more sensitive than even thin skin.

I would rate Stimulating as a 4 or a 5 on a scale of 5 -- 1 being very faint, 6 being 'get it off me!'. Sliquid Stimulating wasn't overwhelming, but it was definitely loud and clear. Keep in mind it's also concentration-dependent: add more to feel more, add less to feel less.

My guy says: I prefer Sliquid Satin and the Gel as lubricants, but Stimulating offered something different. It definitely felt minty to me, so I think warming is a misnomer. I felt the most cooling sensation on the head, since the skin is the thinnest there. Upon application, it feels fairly intense -- about 4/5. It's worth the buy, because it offers something new and Sliquid one of the best lubes out there.
    • Masturbation
    • Sex

Texture / Consistency / Thickness / Viscosity

Out of the bottle, this Sliquid lube feels similar in consistency to the Sliquid Satin. It's a bit thinner than the Sliquid Organics gel, but still slick without feeling oily. It's wet without being runny. Compared to other lubes, it stays in place quite well, but not as well as the Organics Gel.

Line up flat

I chose to compare Stimulating to 2 other Sliquid lubes (Satin and Organics gel), another clitoral gel (Intimate Organics Gentle) and one normal lube (Wet! Original). Check out the drip test, which looks at thickness and consistency:

Drip test

I would say Stimulating and Sliquid Organics Gel feel the thickest between your fingers. In the drip test, they look about the same under the power of gravity.
    • Slick
    • Thick

Taste / Aroma

The Sliquid Organics line doesn't drop the ball when it comes to lubes that are comfortable for all your senses. Stimulating, like Organics Gel, has absolutely no taste. Stimulating should, therefore, be good for oral sex. Be warned, however, that using Stimulating in junction with saliva (or other products) will dilute it and its effects.

Stimulating has a slight scent: somewhat medicinal, a bit like cough drops. You can only smell it straight out of the bottle, when you have about 4 ounces sitting under your nose -- rest assured that the smell is very faint in use and it's certainly not cloying or gross. When you spread it between your fingers, Stimulating has no smell.

    • Light smell
    • No taste

Performance

Stimulating is quite thick, but it absorbs very well into the skin with use. Check out some skin tests:

After about 3 minutes, this is what Sliquid Stimulating looks like on my hand:

3 min

Even after 10 minutes, Stimulating is still a gel on my hand. It's not tacky to the touch, still fairly liquid and moveable. Check out the after 10 minutes picture, after spreading it out a bit:

10 minutes

After 20, yes! 20 minutes, Sliquid Stimulating appears to be absorbed into my skin.

20 min

I would say that in actual use, Stimulating lasts less time than this. With friction and being exposed to a greater surface area of skin, Stimulating absorbs faster. I would suggest using another lube along with Stimulating, after giving it some time to soak in, so you can feel the cooling effect.

The Cooling Effect:
As I've said before, despite being listed as 'Warming', Stimulating is actually a cooling sensation due to the ingredient menthol. This is the same compound in mint and anything mint-flavored that makes it feel 'cold'.

How does your body feel the cooling effect of Sliquid Stimulating? You body senses chemical 'temperatures' like hot chili peppers and mints with chemical temperature receptors, which are proteins on your skin cells that are specific to the different chemicals. The receptor that interacts with menthol is called CMR-1 (cold menthol receptor 1). Other chemicals that give a cool feeling are eucalyptol, which is a common ingredient in cough drops.

These same receptors can be simultaneously stimulated by actual cool temperatures to create a synergistic effect, which is why brushing your teeth with something that tastes minty and then taking a drink of ice water feels really cold!

Ingredients:
Water: as the first ingredient, that's a good sign!
Plant cellulose: this is used as a binding and thickening agent.
Tocopherol: vitamin E, just like it says on the label. I appreciate this.
Cyamoposis: also called guar gum, it's used as a thickening agent in many food and cosmetic products.
Extracts of hibiscus, flax, green tea, sunflower seed: these speak for themselves -- at least it's obvious what they are, unlike a chemical name, but I'm not sure what the real benefits of these extracts are.
Menthol: the cooling agent.
Citric acid: used in food and cosmetics, citric acid acts as a preservative.
Phenoxyethanol: a mild bactericide.
    • Absorbs into skin nicely
    • Feels natural

Packaging

I love the Sliquid bottles. You get a fair amount in a sturdy bottle that's not garish or ridiculous. It does say that it's a lubricant so it's not discreet, but in a classy way?

Front
back

Applicator tip:
As you can see, Stimulating comes in a bottle with a wedge applicator, a bit like shampoo. The bottle is fairly easy to squeeze, but still sturdy enough to not have to worry about in a purse or suitcase.

Applicator
    • Can be opened with one hand
    • Does not leak
    • Easy to use / dispense
Follow-up commentary
This is a pretty good cooling lube -- I've used it solo, with a partner, and my (male) partner has used it solo to great effect. For those looking for a lube that provides an icy breeze and doesn't contain glycerin or parabens, this is awesome. Sliquid does it again!

One note, however, is that (for me, as a female-bodied person), it seems to delay my orgasm. The cooling sensation feels great while it lasts, but I can't seem to orgasm while the feeling is strong. Just a word of caution.
This product was provided at a discounted price in exchange for an unbiased review. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.
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Comments
  • PeaceToTheMiddleEast
    PeaceToTheMiddleEast  
    Great detailed review, thanks for sharing!
  • Lovely Jubblies
    Lovely Jubblies  
    Excellent review and pictures, thanks!
  • spiced
    spiced  
    Thanks for the outstanding review and pics! This sounds pretty awesome; we love the Gel and have been thinking of trying this. Knowing it cools rather than warms is very good to know.
  • sunkissedJess
    sunkissedJess  
    Great review! Thanks for sharing
  • MrWishyWashy
    MrWishyWashy  
    Great job, thanks!
  • Zombirella
    Zombirella  
    Well this might be disappointing to someone wanting it for a warming sensation. Thanks for sharing.
  • Dundiedoo
    Dundiedoo  
    thanks for the review.
  • MK434
    MK434  
    Thanks for the great review and pictures!
  • chicmichiw
    chicmichiw  
    Now that I know this one isn't warming, I wish Sliquid Organics would come out with a warming sensation lube. Oh well! Thanks for reading
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