CaraGold CBD Lubricant

Updated on 12/12/2016.

CBD CaraGold Lubricant

You’ve already heard about my love for Good Clean Love. You’ve all seen it on the Netflix Original “Easy“. So what more is there to say? Lube is lube, right? They’re all the same!

Short reminder that this is absolutely not true. 95% of the lubricants are made with petrochemicals, glycerin and propylene glycol. They’re tested on animals and are harmful for the mucous tissue of human vaginas, rectums and penises. They put women at risk of BV and yeast infections, and at 13 times higher risk of being infected with an STI.

We don’t just need lubricants with ingredients we don’t hate, but we need lubricants with ingredients we love; which are not just “not harmful” but are actually beneficial and make your body healthier.

And in this regard Good Clean Love have outdone themselves. It wasn’t enough that they’re making some of my beloved lubes Almost Naked and Guilty Pleasure. When they introduced their newest creation CaraGold, and I read all the educational materials, I was already doing a little happy dance. Little did I know that it was even better in practice than in theory.

The science behind the ingredients

What is CaraGold? Despite what you see in this hypnotic video, no, the actual lubricant is not “golden”, nor it is made with gold (the substance being poured on the tube is not the lube itself). It’s made with something even better. The precious certified organic CBD Hemp Oil.

CBD CaraGold Lubricant

Cannabidiol, or CBD, has strong healing and pain relieving effects. Unlike the better known and more commonly used THC, CBD doesn’t have any psychotropic effect and interacts in multiple ways with the body’s endocannabinoid system. Recent research with CBD has shown significant reduction in inflammation and pain symptoms. It is a healthy and natural analgesic, antioxidant, anti-convulsant and anti-depressant.

Carrageenan, a red algae has been shown to prevent HPV (Human papillomavirus) acquisition. According to the Center for Disease Control roughly 79 million Americans are currently infected with HPV, which makes it the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. And while using barrier protection (such as condoms) reduces significantly your risk of contracting it, that’s not enough to protect you, because it’s transmitted via skin-to-skin contact. Condoms don’t cover the whole intimate area around the penis, nor prevent contact with the vulva (vulva is everything that’s outside: inner and outer lips, clit, etc.). Using dental dams and cloves can help and reduce your risk of getting infected, but again, if you don’t eliminate all the skin to skin action, you’re never entirely protected. Carrageenan has may act as an inhibitor to HPV and it’s a natural and healthy ingredient.

Organic Aloe gives the lubricant a really long-lasting formula, while it helps the skin regenerate and leave it naturally hydrated.

Full list of ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan, Organic-compliant flavor (EU: Aroma), Lactic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Organic Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil.

Packaging

CaraGold comes in a 2 oz tube, placed in a beautiful little paper box that has all the information you will need. It looks really stylish and fancy, it has the usual Good Clean Love Green, but the letters and logos are gold, instead of white. It looks super fancy and is a great gift. In terms of sustainability and being green, I can spare the paper box. It does give a nice finish and makes everything easier to read than the little font on the bottle itself, but I can give up on that and help save some trees instead.

The feel

CaraGold is easily one of the longest lasting water-based, vegan lubricants I’ve ever used. It comes in a thick, gel-like formula, and it doesn’t drip and it doesn’t make a mess. The little pea-size squeeze that you will need stays where you put it, even before smearing it, which in my book is a huge deal. I can’t deal with runny lubes. I want the lube to stay on my sex toy, on my partner’s penis or vulva and not drip everywhere. I basically don’t want more lube on the sheets than on the bits.

dscn9898I don’t know what miracle formula Good Clean Love came up with, but it is soooo long-lasting. They’re recommending it as a natural water-based silicone alternative, and they got really close. What does this mean? Silicone lubes are super long-lasting and don’t dry out, compared to water-based ones. CaraGold is a water-based lube, but with a texture and qualities closer to silicone lubricants. At the same time the water and CBD lube mixes with and compliments your natural fluids, while silicone stays separated. And if I have to be honest it actually feels far better than any silicone lube I’ve tried, because it’s thicker and it blends with my natural lubrication. It enhances my own wetness. You really do need only a small drop without having to reapply too often. Using it for vaginal intercourse helps with my dryness. And not just during the act, but it actually has a long-lasting healing effect. My vagina keeps self lubricating even the day after. It blends in and complements my own lubrication really well.

Where Good Clean Love CBD CaraGold really shines is anal sex. The consistency is very slippery and almost doesn’t need reapplying. I can say that it gave me some of the most wonderful anal sex experiences I’ve ever had.

It doesn’t have any pronounced taste nor smell, and, unlike other organic lubes, it’s not bitter. Which makes it great for oral sex too (and don’t forget that HPV can be contracted via oral sex, so the powers of Carrageenan are helping you stay safer).

CaraGold is really one of the most versatile lubricants I’ve ever used. It’s superb for practically anything. From oral sex and hand jobs to vaginal and anal sex. And it’s even safe to use with your silicone sex toys. It gets a “check” in all of my boxes!

Pro tips

dscn9891-copyI love using it during my period. It helps my body not lose its pH balance, and not get too dry during my monthly flow. I put a tiny bit at the tip of my tampon or on the edge of my menstrual cup. It makes insertion easier, helps with pain and discomfort, and reduces the damage tampons cause to my body (yes, ladies, you know all too well that horrible dryness) or the friction burn from placing a menstrual cup.

And another tip for champions. During play time you can reactivate the lube with water. Yes! Unlike other water based lubes, this one can get reactivated just by adding some water. I would recommend keeping some water spray (like the way you mist your plants with). You need to add just a few drops on the areas where you’ve already had the lube and it will keep sliding.

CaraGold and Condoms

Is what we know about oils and latex really true? It turns out that we don’t know nearly enough, and that what’s backed up by science is that mineral oil and pure coconut oil could damage condoms, but there aren’t studies  showing all oils break down latex. This is why Good Clean Love sent CaraGold to a lab to see if it was in fact not latex compatible. It’s a water-based lube that has a tiny bit of CBD oil. And luckily, the results came out at the end of October and CaraGold is latex condom-safe.

Last thoughts

CaraGold comes loaded with ingredients I love. It made its way to the top in my “most versatile” and “best texture and feel” charts. There isn’t a single thing that I don’t like about it. Except the price. I know that quality ingredients and especially CBD are really expensive, and I know that doing business in a responsible way is really difficult and keeps the costs high. But the truth is that most people aren’t going to be able to afford $20 for a 2 oz lube.

Do I think it’s worth it? I absolutely do because it’s long lasting, you’re not going to run out of it very fast. And if you want a lubricant that has amazing health benefits you should absolutely try it. Good Clean Love offers a pack of three 4 ml sample pillows for $1.99 and this is a good way to check it out and decide whether it’s for you. And subscribe to Good Clean Love’s newsletter, they have some great weekly deals and sales. You can also find it at a number of stores and pharmacies, as well as at most sex stores.

Disclaimer: CaraGold was generously provided to me by Good Clean Love in exchange for my honest review. But my opinions and thoughts in this post reflect my experience with the product and are not altered in any way.


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Safer and Wetter Giveaway

Wetlandia's first giveawayWetlandia is hosting its first giveaway! Who doesn’t love swag, right?

The Winner of Wetlandia’s Safer and Wetter Giveaway is Maya D.

As you probably already know I think using lube during solo or partnered sex is one of the most important tips I give my readers and my clients. I couldn’t emphasize enough how much good lube does for pleasure, sensations and pain-free encounters. But using a lubricant isn’t just for enjoyment: it actually makes sex safer because it reduces the risk of condom breakage by several times, decreases the chance of membrane rupture and micro cuts and tears, which makes the mucous membrane of the vagina or the penis much more susceptible to STIs. Why expose yourself at greater risk, when you can just add a little lube?

This is why Wetlandia.com is giving away a curated “Safer and Wetter” box which features: The Butters oil-based lube (2 oz), a pack of FC2 condoms, Uberlube silicone-based lube (1.7 oz) + Uberlube pillows, a pack of One condoms, a pack of Lelo Hex condoms, and a Pocket Rocket vibrator (no battery included).

First things first: you can use oil based lube with non-latex condoms such as the FC2 condom. Condoms made of latex are safe to use with silicone-based lube, such as Uberlube or any water-based lube.

A little bit about the prizes: The Butters is an oil-based lube that features a blend aloe vera and of 6 oils that a proven to be extremely healthy for yous skin, and for intimate health. It’s a one-man operation, aiming to fill the gap between quality natural lubes and affordable prices. Pair it up with the FC2 or another non-latex barrier protection. Read my full review of Butters here.

Uberlube is simply the best silicone-based lube ever created. It’s non-sticky, non-tacky, and it is water-proof. And like the Butters, it can also be used as skin or hair moisturizer. You can use it with any condom, but you should steer clear of silicone toys.

Wetlandia's Safer and Wetter Giveaway

A Pocket Rocket Vibe is something everyone should have in their bag of tricks. They’re small, affordable, easy to carry in one’s purse or pocket, and they provide a much more pinpoint stimulation, than bullet vibes, which vibrate with their whole shaft. You can easily handhold a pocket rocket, and it wouldn’t make your hand go numb. I would say they’re the best first toy anyone can have (they feel great on balls and on the scrotum, so they’re not just for clits). And it’s made of plastic, so it’s both body-safe and safe to use with any type of lubricant, even silicone ones.

Both lubes were generously provided by the brands, and I am throwing the rest in. Because… moooore swaaaag! The giveaway will be active for 2 weeks. Wish all of you good luck! Have safer and wetter sex!


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20 Reasons Why The Internal Condom Rocks

FC2 condom

The FC2 condom 3 pack with a bunch of coconut stipes from Trader Joe’s. FC2 is compatible with oil-based lubricants, including coconut oil.

The internal condom or FC2, formerly known as the female condom*, has been quite overlooked in North America. Selling much better worldwide, nationwide the FC2 is still predominantly surrounded by lack of knowledge and negative attitudes.

Why is that? Most customers know about and have experiences only with the older version of it – the first generation female condom. It used to be made of polyurethane, which was much more expensive, produced a loud noise during intercourse, and didn’t transfer the body temperature very well. They gave up on the FC1 and never caught up with the FC2. What about younger people? Little or no education is provided during health classes at school. If you happen to have spent your adolescence in any of the 27 states that teach abstinence only sex ed, or in the 32 states that don’t require safer sex practices or contraception to be part of the curriculum, you were left with little to no chance of getting aquatinted with the FC2. Add to the mix the lack of experience with the product among health professionals and MDs usually causes them to not recommend the product to their patients.

The newer, improved version of the female condom, made of nitrile was introduced and distributed globally in 2009, but it wasn’t until 2013 that it got FDA approved and sold in the US.

Why does the FC2 rock?

  1. Much like the external (male) condom – it protects from STIs, as well as unwanted pregnancy.
  2. FC2 is cheaper than the first generation internal condoms – you can get 9 condoms for roughly $15, or a 3-pack for $7.
  3. Health insurance covers them and you can get them for free. A number of college campuses distribute them for free too.
  4. They are latex-free – no allergic reaction risks.
  5. 100% vegan.
  6. You can use ANY lubricant with them: since they’re not latex, you can absolutely safely use coconut oil (Sliquid Soul is a very good choice), silicone or water-based lubes.
  7. If lubricants generally irritate your vagina (some people can’t stand even Sliquid H2O, which is about the purest lube on the market) the FC2 will serve as a barrier between you and the lube. (It comes prelubricated with a silicone lube, but the lubrication on the outside is very mild and usually non-irritating.)
  8. No friction burn for the receiving partner – hot and steamy long pounding session – your vagina or anus won’t be able to tell.
  9. The female or receiving partner is in charge and can take responsibility if the penis owner doesn’t want to wear an external condom.
  10. It’s very loose and spacious and doesn’t make the penis feel confined or too tightly covered.
  11. Provides much more sensation for both parties – usually neither of them can feel it and tell it’s there.
  12. Can be placed in the vagina or anus hours prior to play and intercourse  – no need to stop what you’re doing or interrupt your foreplay to put an external condom.
  13. No pressure to maintain erection the entire time – as it’s secured behind the woman’s pubic bone and can just stay in for hours – you can keep enjoying safer sex without having an erection the entire time. No risk of slipping off if the penis gets softer.
  14. Provides barrier protection for a number of versatile sexual activities, not just intercourse: you can use it for fingering, instead of a glove, you can use it for oral sex performed on the partner wearing it, instead of a dental dam – it covers parts of the genitalia, the outer labia, can even be pulled out a bit so it covers the clit. Or you can just cut it with a pair of scissors, and turn it into a sheet and use it as a dental dam. One condom can be turned into  several dams as it has a bigger surface area.
  15. Great barrier protection for rim jobs and anal sex as well.
  16. Awesome for hot steamy FMF threesomes (two vagina-owners and one penis-owner, aka female-male-female): each receiving partner is wearing their own FC2, no need to put a new external condom when changing partners.
  17. Safe, easy and fantastic for underwater sex. Just insert it before going into the water. Apply plenty of silicone-based lube inside of the condom, as well as on the penis. It’s great for underwater strap-on sex too, especially if you are in a situation where you can’t easily disinfected your dildos and want to use a barrier method instead. FC2 stays in place under water, fits perfectly on the inside of the vagina, so underwater sex is actually much more enjoyable than bareback underwater sex.
  18. The least messy way of having sex during your period.
  19. Food play! If you are into putting Nutella, strawberries in your own/your partner’s vagina, or fucking them with a Twix bar gets you off (don’t laugh, it’s happened to me in Amsterdam, which explains a lot…) avoid a yeast infection or unbalancing your pH by using the FC2 as a barrier between any delicious food and the gentle mucous membrane of your vagina.
  20. One size fits all. Unlike external condoms, here you don’t have to worry about which size to get, no risk of “getting it wrong” and compromising your health. Not having the right “fit” can lead to misusage or accidents when it comes to the external (male) condom. If it is too small and too tight on the penis – it can break, if it’s too big and loose, it can slip out, all of which put you at risk of getting an STI or unwanted pregnancy (if you are not using another form of birth-control).

Where to find the FC2?

Get it online from their manufacturer, go to Planned Parenthood, or check with your OBGYN if your health insurance covers it. Find it in your local sex store, almost any online sex shop, and even Amazon, Walgreens, Drugstore.com, Walmart, and Kmart. In theory CVS should have it too, but I’ve never managed to find it in stock, maybe it’s just the branches that I’ve visited.

Give it a chance

Placing and using the internal condom correctly is a skill. Give it a fair chance, there’s a learning curve. Try to remember how tough and discouraging your first experience with the external condom was. But you moved past it, didn’t you? For best results practice placing it, getting used to the product, and how it feels on your own or in a non-sexual situation. Get to know your own and your partner’s body. Pretty soon you will be a FC2 master.

Learn more

Planned Parenthood on the FC2

The official FC2 website for North America

* Why internal, instead of female?

First of all, not all people who identify as female have vaginas, and not all vagina-owners identify as female. Second of all it can be used for anal sex, ergo by all people who have butts (which covers all of us). It can be used as a barrier protection from porous sex toys, or for strap-on sex in conditions where you can’t sanitize dildos. And last but not least it can be used for so much more than penetrative sex.

Disclaimer: I am still using the term female condom here and there, as I want people to have equal access to this article, and not everybody who needs it knows the inclusive language.


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