Not so Hydra-ting

I was disappointed. I was hoping for a more pleasant smell of aloe and lemongrass. This smells more like a medicine chest. It'll do in a pinch, but there are definitely better lubes out there.
it's a lube
it's a stinky lube
Rating by reviewer:
useful review


This is a water-based, plant-cellulose lube to use during masturbation and intercourse or with toys. This product should work for anyone, but keep reading.

The ingredients are water, propanediol, cellulose gum, phenoxyethanol, benzoic acid, phenethyl alcohol, PPG-2 methyl ether, methylisothiazolinone, alcohol, lycium barbarum fruit extract (GojiBerry), cymbopogon schoenanthus (lemongrass) extract, aloe barbadensis (aloe) leaf extract, and sodium hydroxide.
    • Masturbation
    • Sex

Texture / Consistency / Thickness / Viscosity

The texture is like your average, decent, water-based lube. Meh. There's honestly not much to say about it—it feels a bit like Astroglide. It's got decent glide, and it's wet, so it's a lube. If it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck, it's probably a duck. It is very easy to pour, and it does stay in place. Keep reading . . .
    • Slick
    • Smooth

Taste / Aroma

This stuff smells horrible! There's no way it's going near my girly bits again. Don't even ask me if I licked it—not a chance. Even though it's organic and natural, it has a very strong, chemical-y scent.
    • Bad smell
    • Strong smell


This stuff doesn't last as long as it's purported to last. The ALCOHOL in the lube (combined with aloe that soaks in anyway) dries it up pretty quick. Yes, it rehydrates if you add a splash of water or another splash of lube, but is it worth the effort? I would have to say no.
    • Dries up too fast
    • Reapply often


Hydra comes in a box that is not much larger than the bottle. There weren't any instructions, other than to apply it to desired areas. The packaging isn't really all that discreet: Hydra Personal Lubricant is in big letters on the front with a dewy underboob and belly all on the front of the bluish box. On the other hand, it's not a picture of a fountain of lube being splashed on a wide-spread vagina either. I don't see the point in keeping it, either for travel or for storage. The box isn't leakproof, and the same stuff is on the bottle's label as is on the box.

I do like the way it has the type of cap that you press the back side and it pops up in the front. I have a tendency to break off the tops of the other flip-caps: you know, the ones with the hinge.
    • Does not leak
    • Easy to use / dispense

Special Features

There are no notable special features, unless prolonging sex by distracting someone with a bad smell or causing them to get done more quickly to get away from the scent is a feature . . .

Personal comments

I'm glad I got this as a freebie from IO and didn't spend cash on it. I would probably regret it if I had.


I just really don't like this lube. I'd much rather use KY or Astroglide. Yes. I went there. I can't say I hate it, because it is good and slick and it'll do if I have a severe cold and can't smell (then again, it might open up my head!). But it smells terrible.
Follow-up commentary
I just can't bring myself to use it again. I really just need to discard this bottle. It's only taking up space because the smell is so rough. I just can't do it!
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  • Contributor: kelaaa33wish
    Sounds like it is one to pass on, thanks for the review.
  • Contributor: Teagan Shepard
    you're welcome
  • Contributor: Antipova
    Huh. I guess they must have needed alcohol to keep some of the ingredients in liquid form or something, but it does seem like a pretty odd addition to a lubricant... I guess I'll try something different from their line.
  • Contributor: Teagan Shepard
    *shrug* i'm not sure.
  • Contributor: Eva Schwaltz
    Oh yuck, I didn't know it was so awful, thanks for reviewing.
  • Contributor: True Pleasures
    I'll agree with you on the smell. It's funky! And, unfortunately, all of IO's lubes seem to smell that way. I got 4 other lubes from them, and they all have the same stench. It reminds me of my grandma's bathroom; the smell of medicine and cheap flower perfume. Oh, and look up methylisothiazolinone on EWG's Cosmetic Database. You definitely won't want it near your girly bits after reading about it.
  • Contributor: LuciFaery
    Thanks for the review!
  • Contributor: Melissa Smith
    Nice review!
  • Contributor: darkr
    Icky smell ... that's a pass. Thanks for the review.
  • Contributor: brevado
    Good to know about the smell. I can understand, it's packed full of chemicals and preservatives.
  • Contributor: rosythorn
    hmm good review.
  • Contributor: darkkitty
    Thank you
  • Contributor: Peres2013
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