A short intro
I feel really strongly about lubricants. If there’s one tip to give to every couple that struggles with somewhat unfulfilling sex life, it would be: just add lube! But then again, this single sentence doesn’t give people the whole picture. They run off to the drug store, and buy a tube of lube they find usually in the condom section. Little do they know about the the poisons that are in them.
So one piece of advice for better and more enjoyable sex: the wetter the better. But also: the better, the better. Okay, I know, it got confusing. What I mean by this is: the better your lubricant is, the more you will enjoy sex and the more you will thrive in good intimate health.
This review is not supposed to be an in-depth intro to body-safe lubricants, nor bad ingredients, so I will leave it at that, hoping you will keep coming back for more, because a ton of awesome articles on lube are coming your way. It’s gonna get waaay wetter and more slippery.
Good Clean Love is an amazing company that takes “responsible” and sustainable to a whole new level. Their creator, Wendy Strgar is doing everything she can, to help young women know more about their bodies and achieve better feminine well-being. But she doesn’t leave it at that. She helps women learn about pleasure and intimacy. Wendy runs a truly inspiring blog about sex and relationships, called Making Love Sustainable. The company works with colleges and provides education, so people don’t start off their sexual experiences in a traumatic, painful or disappointing way.
This company isn’t just your nerdy friend, who knows all their science and spends most of their time in the lab. Oh, yes, they are walking the walk and have done their homework. You can geek out about all the health benefits of using lube, such as lower risk of transmitting STIs, lower risk of developing BV (bacterial vaginosis), lower risk of condom breakage, better intimate flora, and lower risk of yeast infections. They know a ton of information and are not afraid to share it with us. But better lubricant isn’t only about better health. And here’s where Good Clean Love steps in as your bestie and your confidante. They don’t pretend it’s all about being “well balanced”. It’s about pleasure too! Sex is about pleasure (yeap, if you didn’t get the memo: it’s not just for reproduction, despite what your math teacher said in high-school during the awkward health class they were forced to teach).
Despite what fear-based marketing is trying to tell you, your vagina is not dirty, filthy, impossible to clean, and it doesn’t need intimate deodorants, douching and a whole bunch of things. It’s a self-cleaning organ and your vaginal discharge is a normal and healthy part of being a woman. Your delicate plumbing contains good bacteria and lactobacilli, which keep things in a delicate balance. They can fight off infections and make you less susceptible to STIs. When that balance is thrown off by harsh products, this is when things get ugly. When lubricants don’t match your pH (the acidity) of your lady parts, this causes bad bacteria to overgrow, which can lead to BV or yeast infections. This is why it’s hugely important to use personal care products that are heathy and designed with your anatomy and physiology in mind.
Guilty Pleasure, which is part of their Almost Naked line, is a water based scented vanilla-cinnamon natural lubricant. Its ingredients are 95% organic (all of which are certified), it’s 100% vegan and gluten-free, and it’s condom-safe. Being water-based, it’s also entirely sex-toy-safe: you can use it with silicone and any other materials. GCL works with PETA and their products are not tested on animals. Believe it or not, most lubricants are tested on rabbit vaginas. Which, surprise-surprise!, are not like human vaginas. They have a very different pH and what these testings research show is completely inapplicable to humans. Don’t even get me started on cruelty and how messed up it is to test lube on rabbits.
Let’s talk about the 95% organic. Some of you might cry: just 95%? It’s not “just”, it’s as much as it can possibly get, because there are some products that simply don’t exist in organic form. Seaweed (aka Agar, which is natural, but not organic) and xanthan gum, which make 5% of Good Clean Love lubricants, are such ingredients.
Petrochemicals, glycerin and propylene glycol are ingredients you are never going to find in Almost Naked, because the company made it its mission to not include these ingredients. Research has proven that these ingredients cause significant cell damage, and disrupt vaginal, as well as rectal tissue (which makes lubricants that contain these ingredients not safe for anal use either).
Flavored lubes are great for oral sex, or a delicious combo of oral sex and hand-jobs or finger fucking. Unfortunately, most of us have had bad experiences with them. Usually they’re packed with sugars that just feed the fungi in your body and cause yeast overgrowth. This is why things might’ve gotten funky and weird, that time when you used a conventional flavored or warming lube. Good Clean Love Guilty Pleasure is different. It has all the good and organic ingredients of their Almost Naked series, with a hint of vanilla and cinnamon.
Good Clean Love is entirely non-sticky, or tacky. It’s not going to stain your clothes or sheets, it’s not going to be impossible to clean and wash off. It’s not gonna start making a yucky mess after a little bit. What causes other lubricants to do this is usually the glycerin in them. When Good Clean Love starts drying out, it’s just going to evaporate, leaving your skin feeling clean and fresh. Because it doesn’t contain glycerin or petrochemicals, it is going to dry off faster and last shorter than one of the popular brands on the market. Water-based lube can’t last forever, after all, it’s water-based and what water does is evaporate eventually. And yet the lube still lasts significantly long enough to make sex really enjoyable and pleasurable. If things get dryer, just reapply it. With more frequent use, it will restore your body’s ability to self-lubricate more. What other lubricants packed with sugars and chemicals do is suck out all the water from your cells. This is why you might be experiencing dryness and end up needing more and more of them, after a while. Guilty Pleasure isn’t going to compromise your own ability to moisturize and get wet.
What I really loved about the formula is that it’s much thicker than your typical water-based lube. It’s much more gel-like, it doesn’t spill everywhere, before you even reach to the spot when you want to apply it, and it provides a nice cushioning.
Guilty Pleasure ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Xanthan Gum, Agar, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Lactate, Lactic Acid, Natural Flavors. You can find all of your questions about their ingredients here.
Were you looking for a lubricant that tastes like nothing? That doesn’t turn your partner into a birthday cake and allows you to actually experience and enjoy their own skin? If you need something sweet, you might wanna go have a snack, instead of giving a blowjob. Just a thought. GCL tastes like nothing, in the best possible way.
It does have a pronounced vanilla-cinnamon smell, not too subtle, not too overwhelming. It might eventually make you get hungry, because… well, it smells delicious. And these two ingredients are really commonly used in baking, so… your bedroom might start smelling like your kitchen. Which is great if you’re looking for some sensation play, teasing, blind-folding… It is going to make things really sensual.
What about how it feels… down there? If you’ve had a bad experience with lubes irritating you or causing you burning, I feel you. Good Clean Love doesn’t have any ingredients that can cause you allergies, or any irritations. But (!!!) if your natural pH is thrown off balance already and is higher than what it’s supposed to be, you might experience some slight initial burning the first few times when you use Good Clean Love. I would recommend trying it out solo first, and getting used to it. If things are burning a lot, you might want to buy some pH test strips. Your vagina is supposed to be acidic, so anything from 3.8 to 4.5, 5 maximum. (Which are the orange to yellow colors on most pH testers). If things are much higher (green shades on the test), 1. you need to switch to their Balance and Restore line, 2. visit your doctor, because you might have BV. So one reason that your good pH balances lubricant or intimate wash burns is because it has a lower acidity than what you currently have. This is most probably the case if you’ve been using conventional lubricants or harsh intimate products (or soap for your intimate parts, for that matter). Burning from Good Clean Love is not a sign that there’s something wrong with the lube and you’re not tolerating it well, it’s just a sign that things might’ve been thrown out of their normal healthy balance. Nothing to worry about because this is exactly why these lubes are here to help.
An Important Note
If you are using scented or flavored lube to fight back some unpleasant smells from your own intimate parts or from your partner, you might need to see a doctor. If there are some strong smells or discharge that feels different and unnatural, that might be a symptom of an STI or of Bacterial Vaginosis. I would recommend seeing your health practitioner ASAP. If they’re busy or you can’t schedule an appointment in the next few days/weeks, you can test at home for STIs with the help of MyLAB Box and test your pH with home strips (you will need to take some vaginal discharge with the help of a cotton bud and place it on the tester paper). Using a scented lubricant isn’t going to solve the problem, and any unaccounted smells should be treated, not masked.
If you like voting with your wallet, Good Clean Love is definitely a company worth supporting. If I have to be honest, no matter how good of a company they are, if their products were simply good enough, I wouldn’t have bothered with writing this lengthy review, nor with reading and doing further research about the brand and their products. But they truly create awesome lubricants, and they’re one of the few companies I stand behind. I really like how light and natural their formula is, while providing enough thickness and being long-lasting. After more than a month of using them, I can safely say that I haven’t felt healthier and things “down there” haven’t been better.
One common con of all organic lubes is that they’re a little expensive (and yet, if you compare it with all the bad brands, they’re not that much more expensive). Good Clean Love Guilty Pleasure sells for $15.99 for 4 oz and $9.99 for 1.5 oz (which is the size featured in my pictures). They also have cool pillow cases/sachets which are excellent for travel or for spending the night out, or just for trying them out, if you don’t wanna commit to a whole bottle. They have really good sales and promos, which you can always find on my Sales Page. You can order them online from their website, or use their Store Locator to find the nearest retailer. You can also find them at all the reputable sex shops. Get it from Peepshowtoys, Good Vibrations or SheVibe. And if you still have any questions, you can consult the FAQ sheet of the Almost Naked Line.
And don’t gorget that lube is for everybody. There’s a number of reasons for vaginal dryness and it just makes sex more pleasurable. There’s nothing wrong if you’re 20 and you still need lube. If you want a longer feel and water based lubes don’t do much for you, you might want to check out hybrid, silicone or oil-based lubricants. Good Clean Love just introduced their oil-based lube Cara Gold, which I absolutely loved.
Disclosure: Good Clean Love was a gift from Sex Geek Summer Camp 2016. I truly believe in this brand. The opinions and endorsements here are honest and entirely mine.