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Organic, Safe, and Slippery

Hydra is not the longest-lasting water-based lube on the market, but its other attractive features more than make up for that drawback: it's slick, body-safe, and free of things you want a lube to be free of.
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Pros:
Very slick, naturally derived ingredients, glycerin-, paraben-, and DEA-free.
Cons:
Gets tacky after a few minutes, but can be reapplied or reactivated.
Rating by reviewer:
4
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Use

Hydra is a water-based lubricant suitable for oral, anal, or vaginal sex. Since it's water-based, it is safe to use with all toys. Hydra boasts an impressive ingredients list: all of the components are natural or "naturally derived" (Intimate Organics' wording). The natural ingredients include water, goji berry extract, lemongrass extract, and aloe. The "naturally derived" ingredients consist of propylene glycol (used as a moisturizer), hydroxyethylcellulose (a gelling agent), methylisothiazolinone (an antibacterial), phenethyl alcohol (another antibacterial), and PPG-2-methyl ether (a solvent). That last list may sound chemically and scary, but each one of these ingredients has been used in cosmetics and soaps for years and have been tested and proven body-safe. Additionally, Hydra is glycerin-, paraben-, and DEA-free, so there's nothing to cause any sort of adverse reaction.

Texture / Consistency / Thickness / Viscosity

Hyrdra is a little on the thin side, so be careful dispensing it from the bottle (it's fairly easy to squeeze out too much). Given this thinness, it may not be the best choice for anal play, but it's certainly safe to use. Once applied to the object in question (toy, penis, etc), Hydra is very, very slick and despite its thinness is not particularly runny. It's not sticky or greasy upon application.

Taste / Aroma

Hydra has a very slightly sweet taste and a slightly medicinal aroma. Both taste and smell are very faint and easily ignored and do not detract from the overall experience. If you're looking for a lube specifically for oral, Hydra won't make anything taste worse, but it's not going to make anything taste better.

Performance

Herein lies the only drawback of Hydra: after two or three minutes of use, it starts to become tacky. This isn't going to be as much of a problem for oral and vaginal use, since the mouth and the vagina produce at least some lubrication on their own (Hydra will reactivate in the presence of moisture). It's more of a problem for hand-jobs and anal use. If you don't mind reapplying or using water to reactivate the lube, no problem. Hydra dries on the skin without leaving a residue or smell, so you don't feel compelled to wash yourself off immediately. Since it's water-based, it can't stain fabric.

Experience

I can be somewhat leery of organic personal-care products (in my experience many do not do as good of a job as their synthetically made counterparts), but Hydra won me over. For me, the benefits (slickness, body-safe ingredients) outweigh the one drawback (having to reapply). The fact that Hydra is USDA certified organic is icing on the very slick cake.
This product was provided free of charge to the reviewer. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.
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Comments
  • Avery Dragon
    Avery Dragon  
    I really liked this review, very informative Smile
  • Sammi
    Sammi  
    One I'd like to try.
    Good review!
  • judy garland
    judy garland  
    What a FANTASTIC lube! Unlike the reviewer, I found that it DID last a long time.. but the best part I agree is that it is toxin-free! I can't wait to try their other products! Has anyone tried the Intimate Organic's anal spray for women? That's what I am buying next!
  • Epiphora
    Epiphora  
    "Both taste and smell are very faint and easily ignored and do not detract from the overall experience." I dunno, man, those are the two biggest problems I have with this lube. I'm glad they don't bother you as much as they bother me, that's for sure.
  • CaptainBunnyKilla
    CaptainBunnyKilla  
    Granted, I didn't ingest a whole lot of it because I wasn't using it for oral. I can totally see how both taste and smell might be more annoying than I found them.
  • ~LaUr3n~
    ~LaUr3n~  
    Good review.
  • al16
    al16  
    Want to try, great review!
  • padmeamidala
    padmeamidala  
    I'd like to try this. Great review. Thank you.
  • sugarbunny
    sugarbunny  
    Thank you for all the information about the ingredients! Great review, I'd like to try this stuff!
  • LuciFaery
    LuciFaery  
    Thanks for the review!
  • Apirka
    Apirka  
    Thanks for sharing!
  • darkkitty
    darkkitty  
    Thank you
  • Peres2013
    Peres2013  
    Thanks!
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