ONO intimate moisturizing balm - water based lube by LELO - review by wildorchid

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Lives Up to Its Name

I still prefer other lubes to this one. I think there are lubes out there better suited to people's needs in a bigger bottle for the same value. It's great for travel, and it really does leave your skin smooth after use. It is nothing special; however, if you simply need a little extra help until your natural lubrication kicks in during sex, then give this a try. You won't need a lot, and you'll probably feel comfortable enough to relax and enjoy the afterglow.
Long lasting, great bottle design, moisturizing.
Chemical smell, does not work with my toys, not versatile enough.
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review


ONO is an affiliate of the much loved and respected LELO line of intimate pleasure items. This intimate moisturizing balm is suitable for anyone who wants a lubricant that offers more than simple lubrication. There are ingredients in this lube that make it so your skin is left feeling moisturized and nourished after intimacy. It is L'Arginine and paraben free and, although glycerin is not one of the listed ingredients, it does contain propylene glycol (some individuals have been known to have reactions to this ingredient).

This is a water based lube, compatible with all toys and condom safe. I personally preferred to use it during vaginal intercourse. It is simply too thin for me to use as an anal lube; however, there is nothing stopping anyone from using it anally. It rolled right off my toys, making it almost ineffective in that capacity. However, it works quite well as a lubricant during vaginal intercourse. It should also be mentioned that this lubricant is too thin and slippery to be used in the shower.
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Texture / Consistency / Thickness / Viscosity

This is a clear fluid that, as mentioned before, is quite thin. However, when compared to Pink Water brand, it is a little thicker. It is comparable to KY. The best thing about this lube is that it's not a gel, so on skin it spreads evenly, which is why it is a good lube for vaginal sex. It is not sticky in the least. Nor does it go tacky or flaky when dry. It washes off very easily with water and does not stain material.

On toys, however, this lube likes to stay with itself. It beads on silicone, metal, and plastic, which is why it is very difficult to use with toys. However, it does wash off extremely easily: a major plus when you're trying to clean your toys well.

Taste / Aroma

This has quite the smell of chemicals to it. It is overpowering and may be a turn off for some.

The taste is bitter and very unpleasant. This lube would not be suitable for oral sex.


Although this product is thin, it lasts a deceptively long time. I did not have to reapply during intercourse and, when rubbed continuously on my hand, it lasted almost 4 minutes before absorbing into my skin and leaving it silky smooth. This also means that the product does not necessarily have to be washed off immediately after sex. It does not flake or feel tacky when dry and washes off easily with just plain water. If a shower is not possible and one feels the need to clean this lube off, a simple wet towel would work perfectly; however, this would defeat the moisturizing qualities of the lube.

As always, reactions - even with paraben free products - are possible. The ingredients are all on the box in plain sight.


The packaging on this product is pretty cool! It is quite feminine with the orange and pink circles; very 70's mod. The bottle is actually a very dark purple plastic (if you hold it up to the light). It has a pump top to easily and cleanly dispense the desired amount of lube. This size is perfect to conceal in a purse or make-up bag for travel. The cap stay on pretty tight to prevent leaks. The pump top cannot be twisted to lock it in place for travel. A plastic bag may be necessary to be safe. It does not blatantly say LUBE! anywhere on the bottle. The description on the back simply mentions the "intimate" qualities of the fluid inside. As far a lubes go: pretty discreet.

The outer cardboard box is identical to the bottle inside and can easily be recycled.
    • Recyclable
    • Travel friendly
    • Very informative packaging

Special Features

I have very sensitive skin and I did not react to this lube.

Personal comments

It should be noted that although it only comes in the one small size, the ingredients in this lube are the exact same ingredients in LELO's name brand lube. So you can purchase bigger sizes if you need to, I suppose.


I do not particularly think this lube is anything too special. I still prefer other kinds that are simply more versatile. However, this lube is affordable and travel friendly and would do in a pinch. It has the added benefit of leaving my skin feeling lovely after use and not like I have to run straight to the shower. I wish it worked better on my toys. The smell is almost too much for me. I can't stand it when lubes have an odor, and it puts me off using them. The one good thing is that the smell does not linger on your skin afterwards. The pump top is my favorite way of dispensing lube.
This product was provided free of charge to the reviewer. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.
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