Sliquid Organics Silk
Here's what Good Vibrations says about this week's toy:
Sliquid took their amazing hybrid formula and replaced all their synthetic ingredients with natural ones, including organic botanicals, making an already fabulous lubricant even better! Half water-based and half-silicone, this hybrid lube has a naturally silk and creamy texture that’s not only long-lasting but perfect for people with sensitivities since its also glycerin and paraben free! Sliquid Organics Silk is easy to clean off the body and is ok for use with all pleasure products materials, making this special lube a natural winner! 4oz, 8oz.
Ingredients: Purified Water, Plant Cellulose (from Cotton), Aloe Barbadensis*, Natural Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Extracts of Hibiscus*, Flax*, Green Tea* & Sunflower Seed*, Isopropyl Palmitate, Polysorbate 20, Dimethicone, Emollient Ester, Phenoxyethanol (Rose Ether)
* Organic botanical extracts are independently certified by Quality Certification Services in compliance with the USDA National Organic Program.
Now, here's what our team of testers has to say...
Not Too Slick for the Stick
Opening the bottle and squeezing some Sliquid Organics lube into my hand, I was immediately surprised by the consistency. What is this, I wondered, staring at the creamy, opaque substance in my hand and immediately getting that familiar tingle in my nether regions?
I imagine that what caused that perhaps not-so-odd-for-Tess reaction is that Sliquid Organics looks a lot like my own natural creamy lube or that I could see it splattered all over my tits in a very spunky manner. Call me crazy if you must, but having my guy come all over me is an enormously erotic sensation. Let’s not even talk about how crazed I get when he swirls his fingers in it and feeds it to me in long dripping strands. Sorry, I need to catch my breath now. Pardon the digression. Though a lube that can call that to mind, well, I’m already sold.
Getting back to my review process, I rubbed some back and forth between my fingers to determine the drying time and was satisfied that it would do quite nicely for the rather vigorous sex I enjoy. Next, the taste test. While I’m not going to be drinking lube out of the bottle, I’m hoping that oral will be part of the repertoire even after a solid banging or two. I found the taste pretty inoffensive. It’s not something I’d be keen on licking up, but with just a residue on my lover's cock, it wouldn’t put me entirely off doing so either. In any case, a damp washcloth solves that problem.
So, I’m sitting there with lube drying on my hand, the slight chemical taste fading on my tongue, and my groin throbbing away thinking, "Ah, Sliquid, you have gone and made me horny." And really a review wouldn’t be complete without using the product for the job intended. My big beautiful Johnny dildo beckoned me to lube it up. This is a dildo for a size queen, one I’d never attempt without lube, and Sliquid managed to get it easily past that initial ohmygod stretch. I added more only once, I like my sex to be very, very wet, before my muscles started contracting around the big cock inside me. Only afterward did I realize that Sliquid Organics contains silicone and the Johnny is a silicone dildo. Do your research first, toy tester!
Sliquid Organics is unique in that it combines a water-based lubricant with silicone, which is what gives it that lovely creamy texture. It is NOT meant to be used with silicone toys. I think my beautiful Johnny will survive; however, I will not be using that particular dildo with Sliquid Organics again. My only complaint is that I think all silicone lubricants should very clearly state NOT FOR USE WITH SILICONE TOYS on the bottle. Yes, in bold letters. I did look at the bottle, in my admittedly very dark and moody bedroom, thought I saw the words water-based and went ahead with my intimate debauchery. I also think that most people will make the assumption that a product labeled "organic" would not have silicone in it, so clear, bold language on the bottle itself would be helpful. The usage of "organic" here refers to the addition of organic botanical extracts.
There are many good lubes out there; Sliquid is not only one of the better lubricants but also a major sponsor of a project I produced last year. The 2009 NYC SexBloggers Calendar benefited Sex Work Awareness, an organization that aims to shed light on the realities, rather than the myths, of sex work and advocates for sex workers. When given a choice, I’m always going to be buying a product from a company I know is a supporter of sex-positive causes and the sex-positive community. I think you should, too.
Tess DanesiTess may be a New Yorker, but she's really a gypsy at heart, albeit a gypsy who sees herself frolicking through the forest clad in garments from the season Givenchy was high on the peasant aesthetic, nimbly avoiding stray branches and skipping over rivulets while kicking up her Prada stilettos. Tess is truly the embodiment of an Urban Gypsy, the title of the blog where she writes dark and moody D/s themed erotica, reviews sex toys, shows off her generous cleavage, and generally reveals too much information. Several of Tess's oh-so-wrong-but-oh-so-right fantasies are scheduled to be published in upcoming erotica anthologies.
This month's product is Sliquid Organics Silk personal lubricant. This lube is a "hybrid," meaning it is both water- and silicone-based. There are several similar-looking lubes in this line—this is the one with the olive green lotus logo. Reading the label might make you think you accidentally picked up your organic tea box for a moment—it has hibiscus and green tea in it! Sliquid seems to have targeted this product to women who are very particular about what chemicals they put inside themselves. It even bills this product as "vegan friendly," bringing a whole new connotation to the word "friendly" in consumer products. The product has no strong taste or smell and feels silky on your tongue.
OK, so the kind of girl who won't eat chewy giant SweeTartsTM because she's not sure if the sugar in them was filtered with bone char would find this lube to have an acceptable ingredients list, but does it work? In a few words, yes, just as advertised. My partner and I used this lubricant with a fine ceramic dildo, and she found it to be effective and comfortable. It comes in an easy to use bottle with a convenient suntan lotion style pop-top, which is easy to open and close, even in the dark.
On a totally random note, it looks just like semen. I leave it to you, my dear readers, to determine whether this is a good thing or not. I'm fine with it.
So let me stress here that Sliquid advertises this product as a female lubricant. But like a crazy person trying to dry his socks in the microwave, I did a bit of "off label" activity with it, and I have to report it's really not good as a male whack-off lube. In this application, it wears off pretty quickly. Because of this, I was deterred from deviating even further from the prescribed use and didn't test it for anal penetration.
So my advice is this: all you ladies who want to give an organic lube a whirl, give this one a try. But for things non-vaginal, keep some old-school lube on your nightstand.
Holden BishopHolden Bishop is a blissfully engaged, sexual adventurous man, originally from the East Coast. While straight, he lives terribly close to the Castro and may be occasionally be seen at Mary Poppins and Evita singalongs with perfectly coordinated shirt-and-shoes ensembles.
To start with, I should say that I am particularly observant when it comes to the lube I chose to use. I've been playing around with toys for longer than most of the other testers have been alive, and if there is one thing I know for sure, it's what my pussy needs! My vagina wants a lubricant that is as similar to her own juices as possible. She does not want a product that starts feeling sticky after a short time, and she certainly doesn't want one that has a weird scent or chemical taste that interferes with the enjoyment of my body's natural emissions.
My ultimate ideal is knowing that I'm using a product on my body that continues to make me feel like me, meaning that I don't want to tell the difference between the product and my own body's rhythms. I believe that the closer the product is to natural and organic ingredients, the more this ideal state is possible. Recently, I have become more and more attuned to watching what I put into my body as well as what I put on it. Sliquid goes right along with that theme. Technically Sliquid is a hybrid product since it is part water and part silicone, so it's not "perfect" in regards to meeting all my hippy ideals. However, it does get major bonus points for lasting longer than other lubes I have used. After I've been playing for a long time, I can re-constitute the lube with my own saliva. Way cool! This means I can buy less. For now, I am a happy convert to Sliquid and give it a big Thumbs Up!