K-Y jelly - water based lube by K-Y Brand - review by liilii080

K-Y jelly

Lubricant by K-Y Brand

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So many reasons to love my KY

KY Jelly has a bad rap as your mother's lube but I find it has many applications, some sexual, some not, that keep me coming back to it for more!
Affordable, long lasting, safe.
Not long lasting, contains glycerin.
Rating by reviewer:
useful review


KY Jelly has been around for years (since 1904, if you trust Wikipedia). While it's not as hip or trendy as Maximus, Pink Water, or some of the newer brands, there's a reason it has been around for so long - it works in so many ways. KY is a water-based personal lubricant that has the classic applications as a sexual lubricant, remedy for vaginal dryness, or aid for light anal play. It's safe to use with condoms, a variety of different, common toy materials, it's affordable, and one 4 oz tube goes a long way!

But, the reason I come back to KY Jelly is it also has a number of off label uses that help me in a pinch. If you've ever had trouble getting a ring off your finger or an earring into your ear lobe, a dab of KY will make either task ten times easier. Have you gone running and had chafing on your inner thighs? Rub a little KY between your thighs to ease the friction (and take a little with you, if you need to reapply). If your zipper gets stuck, KY can lubricate and get your zipper moving again. It removes sticky price tags, untangles necklace chains, and can moisturize dry skin in a pinch. I know it's not as tame to parade in front of guests as something like Vaseline, but it gets the job done!
    • Foreplay
    • Masturbation
    • Sex

Texture / Consistency / Thickness / Viscosity

The texture has a medium viscosity as a gel typically does. It is smooth and slippery but not runny. If you put a pea sized dab on your finger it won't go rolling off and is easy to spread and place it where you want it (and not where you don't). It feels a bit like if you've ever gotten raw egg white on your finger and rubbed your fingers together (very slippery).

Because it is water based, the longer you use it, the stickier the texture will get since the water will evaporate. For this reason I wouldn't recommend it for extended anal play, but it is easy to reapply in other contexts if the lube begins to dry up on you.

The bottle, just as shown in the picture, is an inverted triangle with the flip cap at the bottom. It's easy to open with one hand, the plastic is very flexible and easy to squeeze, and the texture of the gel allows you to easily squeeze as much or as little as you need. The bottle design also means lube is waiting for you at the opening and there's no hassle with tipping or banging to get the lube to come down (but you'll never get every drop out of the tube either).
    • Slick
    • Smooth

Taste / Aroma

I wouldn't taste this if you can help it. It's supposedly tasteless, and is harmless if ingested in small amounts, but it wasn't designed to be eaten. This lube is also odorless and colorless. It's the Plain Jane of the lube world but I'm also not allergic and have never had a negative reaction to it. For someone with sensitive skin, that is a big deal.
    • No smell
    • No taste


KY can be a great lubricant if you're using it for less than 20 minutes or to give a little boost to your personal lubrication. If you need a little touch of lube to enjoy a vibrator, to boost your natural lubrication for PIV sex with your partner (especially if you are already a little wet), or to insert Ben Wa balls, KY can take care of your needs.

After 20 minutes (or sooner with very vigorous play), I find the lube begins to dry out and lose that slip and slide it provides. It's easy enough to remedy with additional lube but it's not really fun to have to reapply. If you're going for marathon sessions or need it for more than light anal play, I'd suggest a longer lasting lube that won't interrupt the fun.
    • Absorbs into skin nicely
    • Dries up too fast


The box is plain with some information about the product on the outside in a few languages, but if you're buying it, you know what to do with it. It's so plain and discreet you could easily walk by it and not give it another glance. It's nothing special but it is recyclable!
    • Can be opened with one hand
    • Does not leak
    • Easy to use / dispense

Personal comments

My favorite and most common use for this toy is to insert my Luna Beads or with a clitoral vibrator. For these applications, KY satisfies my needs and I am pleased with its performance.

Lube seems to be a very personal decision when it comes to sexual play and there are a lot of great ones on the market. It's important to tailor your lube to the play you intend to use it for.
Follow-up commentary
I do still like KY. It's not sexy or formulated for her pleasure but it is affordable, gets the job done, and is readily available if you need some in a pinch. With all the things you can use it for, it will always have a place in my medicine cabinet whether I need it to make the sexy time or not.
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  • liilii080
    Thanks for the vote Arien, I guess no one else feels the KY love!
  • ScottA
    So what do you think are the big lube things that KY excels at better than some other lubes?
  • *HisMrs*
    Thanks for the review! Its awesome that you included some off label uses!
  • liilii080
    Scott- for me, it's a matter of convenience and that my skin doesn't react to it. I've had reactions to the ingredients in some other products but have never had a problem with KY. I trust it. Also, it's not as expensive as a lot of other lubes and I use it in a lot of other ways. Since I'm back in school I have to get the most of what I buy. As I said, lube is a very personal choice and I happen to like this one for what I need.

    bsgreen69- thanks! I like things that do double duty around the house.
  • ~LaUr3n~
    Great review!
  • Miss Madeline
    One of the things that I so love about water based lubes (all that I use actually) is that the solution to the lube getting tacky is very simple:

    If your water based lube gets sticky, you don't actually need to apply more, just spritz a little water on the lube and it perks right back up! This is also a fun solution, you can use hot or cold water to incorporate sensation play.

    From one lube lover to another, Thanks and Enjoy.
  • liilii080
    Miss Madeline that's a great idea I never thought of but that sounds like fun. Thanks for the tip!
  • Michelle Conner
    nice review
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