My sit-upon's new select source of slick and silky!

This water-based lube is wildly slick, slippery, and silky. If you're ok with parabens and glycerin, be prepared for a wild ride!
Light smell.
Extremely effective.
Contains parabens and glycerin.
Unpleasant taste.
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review


System JO's H2O (water-based) formula proves that a lubricant does not have to contain silicone to be long-lasting and extremely effective. While in theory this could be used for a variety of different kinds of sexual contact, I would recommend it primarily as an anal lube.


Let's go over the ingredients list.

PURIFIED WATER - A great start! Water-based lubes are compatible with all sex toy materials, and all barrier methods of birth control like condoms!

GLYCERIN - It's a preservative that imparts a gently sweet smell and taste. According to livestrong, glycerin is responsible for causing yeast infections. Is it worth it to alter the delicate pH balance of the vagina? Also, allergies are quite common. I recommend this lube not be used vaginally.

SODIUM CARBOXYMETHYL CELLULOSE - Despite its terrifying name, it is simply a thickener permitted in a wide variety of foods. It is a synthetic chemical.

METHYL and PROPYL PARABEN - Here's another problematic pair of ingredients. According to, parabens are a preservative. Nobody wants their lube to turn into a petri dish, and I understand the quest for a long shelf life. However, parabens are far more problematic than glycerin. Parabens mimic sex hormones, and frequent use has been linked to tumors. Allergies are common. Parabens are banned at high concentrations, but supposedly safe in small amounts like what one might find in lube.

Having said all of that, I am impressed with almost everything about this lube. Nothing is perfect, and these ingredients are problematic. However, it simply WORKS INCREDIBLY WELL. I have extremely sensitive skin, and can't use many lotions and other skin-care products. So far, I have had absolutely no problem using this lube externally or internally - not even the slightest negative reaction.
  • Who / How / What
    [ ? ]
    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Masturbation
    • Sex
  • Body / part areas
    [ ? ]
    What areas on the body can this product be used / what areas does it stimulate best?
    • Good for anal

Texture / Consistency / Thickness / Viscosity

I have never used a lube formulated for anal sex before. This is clearly different from your average water-based lube. It is thick. It isn't so thick that it becomes difficult to pour. It will still drip down your toys like any other water-based lube. However, since it is water-based, it won't stain! (It may stain until you wash them again, but not permanently.) It is seriously thicker than any non-anal lube I've used. If you're like me and had only tried cheapo lubes, this will blow your mind. While it isn't so thick that it stays in big chunky globs, it does sort of bead up along my toys. In that sense, it is very thick - much thicker than any other lube I've tried.

This lube is seriously slick and slippery. If you need a lot of friction, or if you prefer a thinner lube that closely mimics natural lubrication, this may not be the right product for you. However, if you want a slick and long-lasting anal lube, this is your guy.

It is not sticky or tacky.

The only word I can use to accurately describe its consistency is SILKY.
    • Silky
    • Slick
    • Thick

Taste / Aroma

The aroma inside the bottle is not overwhelming. It is towards the pleasant end of strange smells. The closest I can describe it is like bubble solution for blowing bubbles mixed with dish soap, and a hint of plastic like silly putty. It smells sweet, and a bit soapy. It does not have a heavy chemical smell.

I put one drop on my fingertips and rubbed it in. Less than two minutes later, the smell faded almost completely.

In use and when combined with body fluids, System JO H2O maintained an light but present smell. I don't think this would bother most people, but people who are sensitive to smells will notice it.

As for taste, I did taste a drop and wouldn't recommend it for oral sex. The taste is distractingly soapy.
    • Light smell
    • Light taste


Compared with the average free packet of lube, this stuff is phenomenal. For me, it typically only needs one application, and does not dry up as quickly as other lube I've tried. It can be very distracting to constantly reapply, and this stuff really lasts.

There is a slippery and slick quality to it that other lubes just don't have. It made anal sex so smooth and discomfort-free. I wonder how many people who hate anal sex would like it if they had a thick and long-lasting lube?

System JO H2O has a phenomenally silky quality to it. When rubbed into the skin, there is a noticeable moisturizing quality, though I wouldn't use this in place of lotion. It certainly isn't sticky or tacky, and falling asleep with it between your legs won't leave you regretful in the morning. It is noticeable, though it doesn't dry in a crust or pill up when the skin is rubbed.

It wipes up easily even without soap and water, but it does leave a very mildly greasy feeling until washed off with soap and water. It washes off effortlessly.
    • Absorbs into skin nicely
    • Allergy concerns
    • Long lasting


The product arrived in a bottle similar to other lubricants. The cap is a shampoo-type plastic bottle. The plastic is firm with a bit of give, and sturdier than it looks. I took it travelling and experienced no spills, leaks, or cracks in the bottle.

The design is sleek and non-gender-specific. It is refreshing to see lubricant packaged in a way that doesn't make it look like cologne marketed to middle-school boys or pink bubble bath marketed to children. I appreciate the subtlety and maturity in their limited color palate - the front of the label has type that is mostly blue and black, with anal personal lubricant splashed sideways in red and gold. It looks discreet from the back of the label, with small type and a small banner reading JO H2O.

A vertical strip of the label is translucent, to show how much has been used.
    • Can be opened with one hand
    • Does not leak
    • Easy to use / dispense

Special Features

Water-based lubricants have pros and cons, as do any lube. Here is a quick run-down.

- compatible with all sex toy materials and all barrier contraceptive methods like condoms
- often better for sensitive skin
- does not stain like oil-based lube

- not ideal for sex in water
- not as long-lasting as silicone lube


Although I would love to live a life free of all artificial chemicals, I still eat food with preservatives in it, like delicious Jamaican hot sauce. In fact, this lube is a little like delicious Jamaican hot sauce (though I wouldn't recommend interchanging them.)

A little goes a long way.
Just a little bit can completely transform a bland experience into something powerful.


I will put up with a negligible amount of something dangerous when nothing else can compare.

In my experience, no other lubricant improves anal sex as well as JO H20 Anal Lube.
Follow-up commentary
Since writing this review, I got my hands on some paraben and glycerin-free lube, and I'm totally hooked. JO H2O anal lube is smelly and thick in comparison. I use Sliquid lube for vaginal or clitoral play. I only use this lube anally because of the parabens and glycerin.

What is really fantastic about JO H2O anal lube is how long it lasts. Just a single drop or two of this stuff really keeps on going! I have used the slightest fraction of the bottle, and it's enjoyed weekly use for months and months! Sliquid requires reapplication for me, whereas I can literally use two drops of JO H20 anal lube to put in a tiny plug.

I still love this lubricant for anal use, and it gets frequent use. If you want lube that doesn't quit, try this on for size.

If you're going travelling, make sure to bring a Tupperware or something firm to store this lube in. I took it across the country, and now there is a slow leak out of the bottom of the cap. I didn't lose much lube at all, but it did make a mess. It is interesting to note that the material of the bottle itself is still much thicker and higher-quality than Sliquid bottles.
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    The (sealed) bottle has started to leak when tipped sideways. It's a small/slow leak, luckily, but sticky nonetheless
    Stay tuned for the follow-up review!
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    Excellent thorough review. I hate leaky bottles!!
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