K-Y jelly - lubricant by K-Y Brand - review by Vanessa Weiss

K-Y jelly

Lubricant by K-Y Brand

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Looking for water-based lubricant? Skip this former surgical lube turned sex aid and look elsewhere. Even at a bargain price, you're not going to be getting much of a bargain with KY Jelly.
Cheap, widely available, easy to use.
Irritating, gets incredibly sticky, dries up fast, allergy concerns.
Rating by reviewer:
useful review


KY Jelly is another classic water-based lubricant that seems to pop up in everybody's household. This is likely because it is available at almost every pharmacy and supermarket. However, it's just that—a super basic fluid/jelly used to lubricate something for insertion.

The only time I would use KY (if I had to use it at all) is to get a little bit of lubrication going on something I needed to insert, such as an enema nozzle, speculum, or other such implement. That's right, I wouldn't even use it for sex toys. I found it to be irritating to my delicate lady bits.

Texture / Consistency / Thickness / Viscosity

The ingredients that comprise KY Jelly are as follows: Purified water, Glycerin (moisturizer), Hydroxyethylcellulose (thickening agent), Chlorhexidine Gluconate (antiseptic/preservative), Gluconolactone (moisturizer), Methylparaben (preservative), Sodium Hydroxide (preservative).

Besides containing parabens, which can be irritating and are of questionable status in terms of whether they are safe, it contains two things which cause me to pause. An antiseptic preservative (Chlorhexidine Gluconate is used in toothpastes, and as a preservative) and Sodium Hydroxide, which is more commonly known as lye, a corrosive alkaline. They are all in such small quantities that the chances that any of these ingredients will cause you actual harm is low, but they can irritate your skin—they irritate mine!—with prolonged use.

The product is clear, very thick, and has the consistency of, say, hair gel. It works quite well for adding a touch of lubricant to, as I said, the tip of an enema nozzle or to a speculum, but does not work well as a sex lubricant. It does not last long enough and gets quite sticky.

It is easy to dispense given that it comes in a squeeze tube.
    • Sticky
    • Stingy
    • Thick

Taste / Aroma

It has no discernible odor, but has a bitter, chemical taste which seems to coat your mouth even if you only get a tiny bit on your tongue. Just try to not eat any of it—lube doesn't need to be in your mouth, to be honest.
    • Bad taste
    • Bitter
    • No smell


This does not perform well as a sexual lubricant. It gets sticky very fast and the more you add, the more sticky it gets.

KY Jelly was originally used as sterile surgical lubricant, and it does indeed serve that function rather well. With several antibacterial/antiseptic ingredients, it served its purpose in the operating theater rather well. But in the bedroom, I'd recommend you look elsewhere.

It washes off easily, you can even towel it off with a warm washcloth—unlike silicone-based lubricant, this is fairly easy to clean up.

Since it is water-based, it is compatible with condoms and with most toys, should you feel adventurous enough to give it a go.
    • Allergy concerns
    • Dries up too fast
    • Gets sticky
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  • I'll Miss You EF :(
    "lube doesn't need to be in your mouth, to be honest." - I disagree. I love flavored lubricants. They are a great addition to oral sex. I do agree that non-flavored lubricants/ lubricants not specified for consumption shouldn't be in your mouth.
    Nice review.
  • Vanessa Weiss
    Oh, of course - if the lube is specified to be edible then by all means, nom away! I was referring to non-flavored, non-edible ones. Thanks for the comment!
  • Dawn (Lilac Distraction)
    I wouldn't put anything in my vagina, lubricant wise, that I shouldn't eat.
  • Lady Nina
    Thank you for the review!
  • The Mother of a SiNner
    Ty for the review!
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  • tortilla
    good info - thanks
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