Wonderful Lube, Just Not For Me

I found this hybrid lube to be natural feeling, hypoallergenic and free from the ingredients most likely to irritate women, such as glycerin. There are only two drawbacks. The first is that it leaves a flaky white residue upon drying & the other is the chemical sensitivity reaction I had from the formula.
feels natural, hypoallergenic, fragrance free, combines silicone & H2O-based lubes,
dries out after 20-30 minutes & leaves flaky white residue
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review
I have been on a search for a lubricant ever since I discovered toys. Due to medications, I lost some of my naturally heavy lubrication and therefore, found myself wasting time on the usual drug store brands. How I wish I had found Edenfantasys before I worked my way through product after product that caused numerous negative side effects! A lifelong label reader, I was able to identify various ingredients that were causing me such grief as rashes, burning & even bladder infections. I became more educated about how many different alternative lubricants there are. Having already found out many ingredients I couldn't use, I was able to quickly home in on the Sliquid brand. They are known for their focus on body safe, hypoallergenic, vegan, woman-friendly products. They eschew the common irritants found in many other brands, such as glycerin, fragrance, or petrochemicals, while remaining latex & rubber safe. The formula I am reviewing here is the 8.5oz Sliquid Silk, a hybrid lube containing a mixture of water-based & silicone-based lubricants. Here are the ingredients from my bottle's label:

Purified Water, Isopropyl Palmitate, Polysorbate 20, Dimethicone, Emollient Ester, DMDM Hydantoin

I want to point out that I received my bottle directly from Sliquid and it has the older label design, with the above ingredients.

But, it appears more than the label has changed & I wanted to point out a discrepancy. Eden carries the new labelled bottles & has pictures of it on the product page. However, the ingredients on the product page match my older bottle & not the ingredients as listed on the newer purple labelled bottle. I made Eden aware of this months ago, but since the page has not been updated, I will include the ingredient list for the newer, purple labelled bottles as follows. I took this directly from the manufacturer's website:

Purified Water, Plant Cellulose (from Cotton), Isopropyl Palmitate, Polysorbate 20, Dimethicone, Emollient Ester, Potassium Sorbate

You will notice DMDM Hydantoin has been removed while Plant Cellulose (from Cotton) and Potassium Sorbate have been added. I am not going to get into all the individual ingredients & their pros & cons, you can easily see that in many other reviews, as well as all over the Internet. What I will say is that removing the DMDM Hydantoin was a smart move and made this product even more hypoallergenic & non-toxic than ever!

As for the product itself, it's a semi-opaque, milky white liquid with the viscosity of Greek yogurt.

It is easy to pour out of the levered top and has a very slight fruity smell when you bring the whole bottle up to your nose. The hybrid formulation gives it the cool, wet feeling of the water-based lubes, but the silky glide & staying power of the silicone lubes. It stays in place enough that you don't have the problem of it running & creeping everywhere as you do with all silicone lubes. Nor do you have the problem of it melting, running & disappearing or drying too fast, as with water-based lubes. It combines the best of both types of lubes!

I find it applies easily, feels very similar to my natural lubrication and stays in place, rather than wandering away from where I need it. However, for long sessions, it does eventually start to dry up & I find it leaves a white flaky residue on the skin, as well as the toys. The directions state you should add water or re-apply in order to reactivate it. Using a little water worked better for me than adding more product, but eventually, I did need to use more. When using with textured toys or "grabby" surfaces such as some silicone & TPR/TPE, I needed more of the lube & needed to reactivate it more often. That's where the residue issue reared its ugly head.
To enjoy the benefits of a silky smooth, natural feeling lube, without harmful ingredients, I would gladly put up with the dry down & residue issue! But, if I played for more than 20-30 minutes with a toy, it started to dry out on me, necessitating water or more lube. Despite the warning not to use with silicone toys, I have never had any problem using this on any of my premium silicone toys. I attribute this to the fact that they used the more expensive dimethicone instead of a less expensive silicone & because I only have premium, or platinum grade silicone toys..

From the first application externally, it felt natural, cool & comfortable. But, once I introduced it into my vagina, I started to get a very slight discomfort that was difficult to nail down. I didn't outright burn, sting, or itch. I started to worry that I didn't use enough & was rubbing myself a little raw because of it, (as if I was a little too dry). The first use didn't last more than 15-20 minutes and after, I washed off the product because I'd rather be safe than sorry. Within several hours I has symptoms of a yeast infection with a burning, itchy sensation. I treated it with over the counter topical cream. I figured all the symptoms I experienced were from the impending yeast infection, since I am susceptible to them right before my period.

I am sorry to say that the next time I used it, I developed an internal soreness & was uncomfortable for a few days, with a raw, inflamed feeling to my vagina, while my vulva was slightly burning. Believe it or not, I still tried it one more time this morning, not quite sure it was the lube, or a toy. This time I used glass, something that never irritates me. Within several hours, I had a bladder infection which is something that only happens to me when my urethra & vulva become inflamed due to chemicals.

Now, why on Earth am I detailing all that for you? I am trying to convey just how difficult it can be to try & suss out the causes of negative reactions. Basically, my advice is to listen to your body's warning signs. Yours may be quite different from mine, but you will eventually notice patterns. Please, do not keep trying something that is not working for you, or is irritating you! Either way, it will not get better & can certainly get worse. It's not worth it when there are many other alternative lubricants out there. Sliquid has many different formulas including an organic line. Many companies have heeded customer requests & introduced safer alternatives. If it weren't for my chemical sensitivities and my reaction to this, I would rate it a 4 of 5 due to the flaky residue. But, after my negative reactions, I am giving it 3 out of 5 stars.
Follow-up commentary
I now have the photos up! You can see the older label design.

I had to choose "I still don't like it" even though I rated it 3 stars, because I had an allergic or negative reaction to one or more, ingredients.

Other than that very individual problem, the sticky/tackiness as it dries & the resulting flaky white residue are my main complaints. I want to stress that the place I see the most flakiness is on my toys, more so than on myself.
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    • Anyone
    • Masturbation
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    • Genitals
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  • Contributor: Wicked Wahine
    Thanks for the edit charmedtomeetyou! Looks like you are my personal editor!
  • Contributor: Lildrummrgurl7
    That's too bad you had such a terrible reaction to this! I'm also pretty sensitive to a lot of lubes but not nearly as much as you seem to be. The first lube that hasn't bothered me has been Intimate Organics Defense. It's formulated to soothe unhappy vaginas

    It's worth trying if you think the ingredients will work for you
  • Contributor: charmedtomeetyou
    I wish! That would be lovely!
  • Contributor: faust
    nice review
  • Contributor: bayosgirl
    Thank you
  • Contributor: joiedejouets
    Thanks for sharing.
  • Contributor: Trysexual
    Thanks for sharing. You are a glutton for punishment and earned your points for this review. Sorry it didn't work. Try Probe Silky light. I think it would work for you.
  • Contributor: edeneve
    I wouldn't care for the residue. great review.
  • Contributor: Wicked Wahine
    Thanks guys!

    @Lildrummergurl7, thanks for the recommending! I think the "soothe unhappy vaginas" part was hilarious!

    @Trysexual, I still burn! Damn right I earned my points, ha ha! Thanks for the recommendation!
  • Contributor: surreptitious
    I was just about to say "thanks for such the great experience section," but then I realized that that could easily be misunderstood! Thank you for including so many details, even though you had such an awful time! It's a shame that you can never 100% know how ingredients are going to act - even if you're the most careful person in the world, you can still have problems. I love reading your reviews, but it's such a shame when things don't work out for you.
  • Contributor: Wicked Wahine
    @ surreptitious, Thank you for that! I figure if I can spare someone else some of the grief, or educate them about what might happen, then at least my suffering wasn't in vain, If I hadn't been so eager to try out some new toys, I would have approached this more carefully, but my patch tests didn't cause any reactions & I got sloppy. I also was being a cheapskate; I didn't want to waste a big expensive bottle of lube if I wasn't sure it was the problem!
  • Contributor: sunflower
    Thanks for all the neutral info even with your bad reaction... I always have to remember to heed warning sides instead of willfully ignoring, "but I like it so it might be something else, right?
    On that note, time to flush all my leftover bottles of Imitrex. Lmao.

    The lube consistency sounds nice but I'm not sure about the white flakes. I'll add it to the 'maybe' list. Hopefully it will work better for me... Thank you for sharing your experience and I hope you feel better soon!
  • Contributor: sunkissedJess
    What a lovely review! I enjoyed reading it. I'm sorry that you had such a bad experience with it.
  • Contributor: Wicked Wahine
    Thanks sunflower! Don't flush meds!!! use garbage if must OR give to police station when they collect, usually 2 x's per year they let you bring in any unused drugs so no one gets them & so disposed where doesn't get into municipal water system & ground water. There are traces of all sorts of psychoactive drugs in city drinking water!!! As you can tell, I have reactions to stuff, even trace amounts others wouldn't, so I know!
  • Contributor: Wicked Wahine
    Oh, sunflower, if you are naturally still lubricated & not a dried up husk, like my tired old ass, you probably wouldn't have any problem with this drying on you during use, (unless had a fan aimed at your groin). With the newer formula, it is even safer & worth a try, especially if can get a sample, or tiny bottle!

    @ sunkissedJess: Thank you for such a nice comment! I don't think I've ever has a review called lovely, you made my evening! I am already doing better, thank you, but yeah I need to accept I have problems
  • Contributor: ImaGodiva
    Great review! Your details are so helpful! I had a similar request in to IT to change something, and they just now (yesterday) got back to me after several months, so you might want to try that support ticket again now. Good luck!
  • Contributor: Wicked Wahine
    Thanks for the tip, ImaGodiva! As for the details, I decided to err on the side of giving moredetails, rather than less because you never know what tidbit will be important to someone else.
  • Contributor: TiffanyW
    Thank you for your review!!!
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