K-Y jelly by K-Y Brand - review by Naughty Student

K-Y jelly

Lubricant by K-Y Brand

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Do doctors really recommend this?

This lube works for simple things as vaginal ball insertion or butt plug insertion but it completely fails when it comes to using toys for thrusting or during and penetrative sex. The lube becomes quite gross and dries up quickly when used in this manner. There are better options available.
Glycerin, Parabens, sticky, dries quickly, formation of gross texture
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review


This lube is a simple lube that can be used vaginally or anally. This lube could be used by a novice or a connoisseur. It is not likely to work out well when used in areas where water is involved, such as a shower/bath, spa, or pool. Ideally this is best for inserting vaginal balls or a plug, something that won't be thrusted in and out.

It is waterbased therefore it will not react to any toys per say. It does contain ingredients that can be irritating to some women.

The ingredients are: Purified water, Glycerin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Chlorhexidine Gluconate, Gluconolactone, Methylparaben, and Sodium Hydroxide.

It contains glycerin and parabens, so it can be irritating for some and cause yeast infections for those who are more sensitive to them.
  • 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
  • Body / part areas
    [ ? ]
    What areas on the body can this product be used / what areas does it stimulate best?
    • Anus (butt plug) or vagina (vaginal balls)

Texture / Consistency / Thickness / Viscosity

It is jelly-like in texture. Basically, thicker than regular waterbased lube. It is smooth when rubbed in. It holds its shape very well and will stay put where ever it is applied.

The bottle makes it so that the lube is easily dispensable. Simply open the cap and squeeze. For one session you can re-apply a few times but a dime size dollop is enough to cover a shaft/toy.

The lube is quite smooth, it looks thick but when rubbed in, it thins out quite well without losing its lubricating texture. It does not feel sticky on initial application, it does get stickier over time and needs to be re-hydrated by saliva, water, or a reapplication of lube.
    • Smooth

Taste / Aroma

It sort of has a synthetic smell but it is very minimal. It is quite light and barely noticeable. It has a slight sweet taste but it's barely there also. Therefore, those who don't like flavored lube this might work out better for you compared to other lubes which are flavored.
    • No smell
    • No taste


This lube is not the best I have tried.

It stays wet pretty long during solo use (lasted a little over 30 mins for me) but when a toy is used for thrusting or when it is applied for PIV sex, things go downhill. The lube becomes lumpy. It gathers up into sticky balls reminiscent of glue that you would rub off your hands as a child. It dries up quickly and gets all sticky and full of little sticky lumpy balls. It is not good for anal sex. Although it did not cause any irritation or burning sensations it just dries up quickly and gets gross. It isn't good either for manual stimulation of the penis.

It needed to be washed off every time it had been used for thrusting. When using it for inserting vaginal balls it hasn't lumped together so I would just wipe off the excess lube after use.

It's easy to clean up since it is water based but its not appealing to be lumpy in your sexy areas!


It came in a small cardboard bx with the identical information provided on the tube of lube itself.


I am such a skeptic when it comes to KY. I have tried their products before and they have always failed for me but I thought I'd give this one a try hoping perhaps their formula had changed.

It hasn't! It just made me feel so uncomfortable and so self-conscious to have the lube all sticky and creating those gross little lube balls all over my nether region. It was not a fun experience and I don't recommend this lube to anyone.
Follow-up commentary
I tried using it a few other times thinking if I added saliva to it, it wouldn't become lumpy. I started spitting and spitting to keep it from going lumpy and I thought, "Whats the point of spitting to keep a lube lube-y?"

I know someone who just absolutely loves KY, even after I talked to them about why I didn't like the lube, and I decided to give them the lube when I saw that my comments did not change their appreciation for this product.
This product was provided free of charge to the reviewer. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.
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  • Liz2
    Great review! KY was my first lube and yea, it was gross! I guess it hasn't changed all that much and it hung around on by bod forever!
    Unhappy memories!
  • Naughty Student
    Thanks Liz2!

    My mom uses KY and even if I have suggested her other stuff, she swears by it. I really don't know why though. I think I'll just buy her some lube anyways and let her try it out so she can see for herself how much better other options can be.
  • Liz2
    My mom uses KY as well, she keeps it right on her nightstand, she says it is "fantastic" . I going to subtly drop off something else.
  • Naughty Student
    Excellent idea
  • Midway through
    Eww.. lube balls. Sounds disgusting.
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  • sbon
    Great review! I've never used KY. Even though it's a lube classic, it's never appealed to me.
  • Naughty Student
    Thank goodness it hasn't!
  • phunkyphreak
    They use this at my ob/gyn and I hate that it clings to you
  • Naughty Student
    It is quite gross lol
  • Love Perpetua
    You hit the nail on the head with this one, I cannot stand KY! Somehow it just doesn't agree with me either, probably because of the Glycerin.
  • Naughty Student
    Probably, it is quite the horrible lube!
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  • kadytheredpanda
    Yes! KY sucks! I found that it actually lasted much less than 30 minutes for me. This was my first lube and I have since moved on.
  • MR Chickhabit
    doctors that actually cares about your sex life are usually creepy. KY is a easy thing to sling at people asking akward questions.
  • oldman
    I agree completely. This was all we had available "back in the day"--it sucked then and it sucks now. We used it when we were younger and our doctor would pass it out free, but once other options became available, it wasn't worth it to save a few bucks. It dries, leaves behind crumbs and doesn't help for more than 2 minutes. Re-applying often doesn't even help. We used to keep a cup of warm water nearby and some of that would help a bit, but how often can you keep reapplying and still enjoy the activity? Do not buy this stuff!!
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