UTI's Anyone?

The Liquid Silk by Sliquid is not a lubricant I would recommend with anyone who has sensitive skin, allergies, or is prone to Urinary Tract Infections. If you are not concerned with the ingredients that lay within this product it is still not the best lube out there. I highly recommend you continue your search as Eden has a wide array of lubes to choose from.
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Pros:
Long lasting, smooth when applied in bulk
Cons:
May have painful side effects, sticky
Rating by reviewer:
2
extremely useful review

Use

Sliquid’s Liquid Silk is an 8oz water based lubricant that is best for intercourse and male solo use. Even then I would say that using this lube in general should be based first and foremost on the users sensitivity. Meaning that if you are sensitive to glycerin, parabens, or Urinary Tract Infections (UTI's) please stay far far away from this product. If from past experience you know none of these ingredients/infections are likely to happen to you then be my guest.



Ingredients:
Highly Purified Water: Water
Propylene Glycol: A small organic alcohol commonly used as a skin conditioning agent. It has been associated with irritant and allergic contact dermatitis as well as contact urticaria in humans; these sensitization effects can be manifested at propylene glycol concentrations as low as 2%.
Isopropyl Palmitate: A palm oil based emollient, moisturizer, thickening agent, and anti-static.
Dimethicone:A type of silicone, used to moisturize it tends to impart a sheen caused by the flow of the organic polymers.
Cellulose Polymer:Not too sure about what this does but it is used mostly on lubes and shaving gels. There are little to no contamination concerns with this substance.
Polysorbate 60: Used to solubilize essential oils into products with a water base. The number 60 refers to the fatty acids chemically associated with polyoxyethylene sorbitan component of the molecule.
Sorbitan Stearate: A surfactant composed of sweetener sorbitol and stearic acid, a naturally occurring fatty acid.
Cetearyl Alcohol: Keeps a emulsion from separating into its oil and liquid components. This is also used to alter the thickness of liquid products and increase foaming capacity or to stabilize.
Glycerin Stearate NSE: The glycerin does tips me off to the fact that those who are prone to yeast infections should stay away from this lube. But I don't know what the Stearate NSE does.
B.N.P.D.: Could not find facts if anyone has info. please let me know.
Di Sodium EDTA: A chelating agent, used to sequester and decrease the reactivity of metal ions that may be present in a product.
Phenoxyethanol: Protects products from spoiling.
Methyl Paraben:Used to kill unwanted bacteria, fungi and microbes that might otherwise grow in beauty products and be potentially harmful. Unfortunately even though Methyl Paraben is regarded as a safe substance it is known to sometimes causes allergic reactions. Also if it reacts to ultra violet rays it can lead to increased skin aging and DNA damage.
Butyl Paraben: Used as a preservative in cosmetics to prevent decomposition. It can cause endocrine disruption, decrease sperm function, alter metabolic hormones, and has been found in small concentrations of human breast fat in those with tumors.
Ethyl Paraben: Another preservative but like the other parabens mentioned above Ethyl Paraben also mimics estrogen which affects the growth of breast tissue. This can lead to breast cancer.
Propyl Paraben: Also a preservative, for some Propyl Paraben can irritate the eyese, skin intestinal and respiratory tracts upon contact. It can also kill the male sperm count.
BHT: A toluene-based ingredient used as a preservative in food and personal care products.
    • Masturbation
    • Sex

Texture / Consistency / Thickness / Viscosity

The Liquid Silk is, as the name suggests, silky smooth. But in my case I found it to be a little too smooth and slick. As you can see from the picture below this water based lube is running down my fingers in a smooth line. The lubricant was able to stay in a direct line and not splatter everywhere but there were some things about this I was unhappy with. My complaint is that this lube ran rather quickly down my fingers when I poured it.
While too much drag is a bad thing it would have nice to if there had been a little more drag on this product slowing the Liquid Silk down. Instead it took about 5 seconds for this lube to start sliding down my fingers so that I was struggling to get a shot and keep it all in one place. As soon as you push down on the easy-to-use pump to poor it out the Liquid Silk starts to roll and drip down your fingers looking for an escape. Another down side is that once you spread this lube for your intended use it leaves your hands a bit sticky.

    • Creamy
    • Smooth
    • Thin

Taste / Aroma

If you intend to use this lube for oral purposes please refer to the ingredients mentioned above and think twice about your choice. The Liquid Silk is in no way intended as an oral lube and should not be used as one, for all I know over time using this orally may cause you to poison yourself. The smell alone, which while not overtly strong is slightly noticeable, should tip you off that this isn't a tasty product. I'm not sure how to perfectly describe the scent of this lube except to say it's a light but sour aroma. Not like a lemon but just a tad bit off, if it were possible for glue to be sour this is what it would smell like. Yes, I know that's confusing but I just can't think of any other way to describe it sorry.
    • Light smell

Performance

In its defense the Liquid Silk does have some pleasant attributes to it. For one this product does last awhile, when I was using this lube during sex I found that we only needed to apply this once in a 1.5 hour span. That is a definite pro in favor of the Liquid Silk because I would hate for it to dry up and then have to reapply once we've gotten started. The con to this attribute is that usually we had to apply about two pumps worth, i.e. two of the above pictured fingers full. I suppose this balances itself out. At a little over 8oz's you may have to use a moderate amount to get a lasting affect but, depending on how often you use it, the bottle should last you at least over a month.

Another nice feature the Liquid Silk has to offer is that you won't have to wash it off, although now that you know what its ingredients are you might want to. The lube will not dry up on you and become clumpy or icky, it will instead be absorbed right into the skin. This means that when you do decide to clean up later on there won't be too much hassle involved and, as an added bonus, it doesn't stain the sheets.
    • Absorbs into skin nicely
    • Allergy concerns
    • Long lasting

Packaging

Sliquid packages their Liquid Silk in a clear cylinder plastic bottle. The front contains the name of the product and the slogan “The Subtle Art of Making People Fit Together and Reducing Friction in Relationships.” The slogan is clever and if I had to take a guess I would say it was there for the purpose of letting the buyer know what's in the bottle while being descreet. The back lists the ingredients mentioned above. The nice thing about this bottle is that it has a white pump to press down on in order to get the lubricant out of the bottle. Some lubes come with a flip lid that you have to squeeze which can end up being messy and a pain. While the fact that this bottle is clear and the white lubricant can be seen through its container is obvious this packaging is fairly discreet. For anyone who knows anything about lube it will be obvious what this bottle contains but if one of your little ones were to come across this it wouldn't be very notable to them.

    • Does not leak
    • Easy to use / dispense

Experience

I try to present all of the pros and cons in a review before showcasing my personal feelings on a product. So if you haven't noticed yet I absolutely hate this lube. You may ask why that is? Maybe the hinted at UTI in the Use portion of this review tipped you off. If this lube had just been sticky with parabens I would have been generous and given it 4 stars unfortunately for me I wasn't so lucky.
I am prone to UTI's and try to be cautious when it comes to hygienically taking care of myself because of this. That being said I really should have looked at the ingredients of the Liquid Silk before using it. In my defense this was my partners lube and I made the mistake of trusting that he checked the ingredients before purchasing, big mistake. While I have no concrete proof that the burning pee and side pains which continued on and off for weeks were indeed the work of this lube I do have solid suspicion. Here is what I know: that I did in fact have a urinary tract infection as I went to the doctor to have it confirmed and recieve an antibiotic perscription. I know that the UTI did not come into effect until after I used this lube and that I started feeling better once I stopped using it.
Granted on top of not using this lube I did also go on antibiotics so that probably helped. But since I've stopped using this lube I haven't had any other problems as of late. Frankly that's proof enough for me, I understand if that might not be enough for some who are interested in this lube but I think it's fair to warn people who may be interested in this product. I will not be using the Liquid Silk ever again. I recommend that if you are someone who is sensitive to UTI's or any of the ingredients listed above that you do not try this lube. Save yourself some time, money, and splintering pain by choosing something that is body safe.
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Comments
  • Highmaintenancegirl916
    Highmaintenancegirl916  
    Thanks.
  • Beck
    Beck  
    You rocked out this review
  • lilly555
    lilly555  
    Thank you
  • Silverdrop
    Silverdrop  
    UTIs are caused by bacteria, not by chemicals, but it is entirely possible that since the lube is drippier than you are used to, it helped to transfer bacteria from the anus to the urethra during normal sexual activity.

    I'm sorry it didn't work out for you. Liquid Silk is my favourite lube, and I've never had a bad reaction to it, but different bodies have different needs. I hope you have better luck with a different brand.
  • LoveTies
    LoveTies  
    Great review!

    @silverdrop: While, 90% of urinary tract infections are caused by E. coli, there are other factors that can cause a UTI, also
  • lilly555
    lilly555  
    @Silverdrop: I suppose you could be right, but I also made a point to ask around the threads if it was possible for the lube to be behind my pain and recieved several affirmatives. Thank you for the advice though, I'll stay as far away from the runnier lubes as I can.
    @LoveTies: Thank you for readying
  • lilly555
    lilly555  
    whoops
    *reading
  • NurseKitty
    NurseKitty  
    Super job on the ingredients list! I've had a number of people recommend this product to me, it was nice to hear what some one who was not happy with it had to say.

    On the UTI front, certain ingredients in the lube may make a nice host and feeding ground for the bacteria that would other wise not thrive without. The other option is that the lube itself was tainted with something growing in it and it gave you a UTI. Was it a brand new bottle?
  • Lil' Missy
    Lil' Missy  
    Wow! Lots of info. Wonderful review. I know that this is on my radar as "Stay the #3!! away from this lube!" I get UTI's super easy as well. So I feel your pain, and am sorry you had to go through that.
  • Kirill1171
    Kirill1171  
    Great review!
  • JackRaiden
    JackRaiden  
    Excellent review. Thanks especially for the detailed roundup of the ingredients (and reminder about parabens). Liquid Silk performs and feels fine, but (like many other, e.g. System Jo), the ingredients are simply unacceptable. Thankfully Eden has a wide selection of lubricants.
  • TrenchcoatHunters
    TrenchcoatHunters  
    Great review, thanks a bunch!
  • Girly Juice
    Girly Juice  
    Yikes. I'm UTI-prone so I guess I'll be avoiding this one! Thanks for the informative review
  • Cat E.
    Cat Enderly  
    Thanks for the review and for the close-ups of the labels.
  • ff876
    ff876  
  • BlooJay
    BlooJay  
    Thx for the review!
  • amenti
    amenti  

    Thank you for your super helpful review you saved me another UTI. I'm VERY UTI prone myself and can even get one from soap, shampoo, etc. It's a real bitch.


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