Sliquid Satin Review

Sliquid Satin

The sex educator in me screams with horror every time I need to pick up a prescription from the drug store. Why is that? See, the prescription pick up is facing the section with condoms and lubricants. And every now and then I will see a person buying a KY jelly and my heart sinks. I can’t be that crazy person who talks to random strangers purchasing lubes, about the pH and the osmolality of the product. I can throw at the stranger glycerin and propylene glycol arguments and quote studies. This is a privilege I can exercise when someone consents to talking about sex or intimate health with me. That poor soul just wanted better sex, and not a stranger telling them that the great “deal” they got on the KY is at the expense of their own health. What I can do though, is talk to you. From another post of mine you might already know how important the ingredients of a lube are.

Luckily, everything created by Sliquid has always been glycerin, propylene glycol and paraben-free. Their products are also not tested on animals. Their lubricants are all pH balanced, but the acidity of the products varies slightly. One of the lubes that has a little higher pH, but it’s also approved as a daily intimate moisturizer, not just a sex lubricant, is the Sliquid Satin. Beautiful on the outside, but also created with care and ingredients that help with lubrication in long-term. It’s one of the fanciest Sliquid lubes created so far!

Ingredients and Health Benefits

dscn2884Sliquid Satin, like most Sliquid products, comes in 2 oz, 4 oz or 8 oz bottles, which are recyclable. While Satin is water-based, it’s also infused with Aloe, Carrageenan and Vit E. These three ingredients are not only essential to healthy natural moisturizing, but Carrageenan is linked to lower risk of HPV (papillomavirus infection).

Full list of ingredients: Purified Water, Plant Cellulose (from Cotton), Carrageenan, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Natural Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Cyamopsis (Guar Conditioners), Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid

Sliquid Satin is a slick water-based lube that’s runny and has a similar consistency as Sliquid H2O. It’s colorless, odorless and tasteless. It never gets sticky or hard to wash off. And as I mentioned, it’s designed to be an intimate lubricant as well, making it perfect for people who experience vaginal dryness, due to menopause, drug side-effects, chemotherapy or a number of other reasons.

Using it

I love using it daily for my kegel balls exercises. It’s great for vaginal intercourse too, or combined with oral sex, because it doesn’t have any taste. It’s safe to use with all sex toys and latex products. I don’t find it thick enough for anal sex, but if you are using a smaller anal toy, or putting extra lube with a lube shooter, it could be used for butt play too.

In conclusion

Sliquid Silk is a great body-friendly water-based lube and intimate everyday moisturizer for sex and masturbation; it is also great during menopause or in cases of vaginal dryness. It has some of the best natural ingredients one can expect from high-end Sliquid lubes. It’s a little too runny for me as my go-to lube is actually Sliquid Organics Gel. But I can happily recommend it because of the Carrageenan it contains and the long-lasting, non-messy lubrication it provides. But if you are looking for a good anal sex lube, I would pick Sliquid Sassy or Silver instead.

Use code “Wetlandia” to get 10% off of your purchase from Sliquid.

Disclaimer: Sliquid Satin was generously provided to me by Sliquid in exchange for my honest review. I believe my opinions in this post have not been altered by that. I am using affiliate links in this post, which help me support this blog. By using them you’re giving me the opportunity to keep up the good work.

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The Private Gym Giveaway

Private Gym Penis Kegels

It’s December! 2016 is almost over! But I couldn’t send away this year without running an end of the year giveaway. As you already know, sexual health is one of the things I greatly advocate for. I want people to have happier and more fulfilling experiences in bed. This is why Kegel exercises are of the things that I hugely recommend to everybody! I strongly believe that Kegels are for anyone, regardless of their age, gender or sexual orientation. And without further ado, I present to you this awesome giveaway of $99 value.

What are Kegels? They’re a series of exercises aimed to improve the pelvic floor muscles health and keep them toned and healthy. Kegel programs or vulva-owners often include vaginal balls. Until now there weren’t any programs that offered any kind of weights and resistance for exercises for penises. You can expect my really detailed review of the Private Gym later in December.

Enter Gleam Competition

Private Gym Complete Training Program, the #1 kegel exercise program for men. 

Strengthen your pelvic muscles with the Private Gym Complete Training Program for better sexual, urinary and prostate health. The program includes:

  • FDA registered, patented resistance ring that fits comfortably around the penis and a magnetic weight that attaches to the ring
  • Adjustable, one-size-fits all, penis weights in Charcoal Gray
  • Convenient and discreet carrying case
  • Expertly designed interactive DVD exercise program
  • Free Online Access to the Training Videos

The Competition is open until 12/31 at midnight Eastern time. The competition is open to US and Canada only. The prize is provided and sponsored by The Private Gym and Wetlandia. One winner will be drawn and contacted via email. They must provide their shipping address withing 48 hours, otherwise another winner will be selected.


If you want to learn more about the health benefits of Kegels for penis-owners, here’s some information straight from Private Gym’s website:

TREATS THESE COMMON MEN’S HEALTH ISSUES

  • IMPROVES SEXUAL PERFORMANCE & PLEASURE. Just as fitness training enhances athletic performance and endurance, pelvic muscle conditioning improves sexual performance and endurance.
  • REVERSES & PREVENTS ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION. More than 20% of men under 40 years old and 50% of men over 40 years old experience some form of erectile dysfunction.
  • PREVENTS PREMATURE EJACULATION. A week pelvic floor can contribute to premature ejaculation, the most common male sexual disorder.
  • PROMOTES URINARY HEALTH. Post-void dribbling, urinary incontinence and an overactive bladder can affect your lifestyle and confidence.
  • BENEFICIAL FOR PROSTATE HEALTH. Pelvic muscle exercises can increase pelvic blood flow, which is beneficial for prostate health.
  • HELPS INCREASE BOWEL CONTROL. Strong pelvic muscles can improve the tightness of the sphincter muscles to alleviate bowel urgency and leakage.
  • TREATS PAINFUL TENSION MYALGIA. The Private Gym Program can help relax the spastic muscles by focusing on the meditative, contracting and relaxing muscle phases.
  • EASES AND PREVENTS SADDLE SPORTS TRAUMA. Our pelvic muscle exercise program can ease and prevent compression trauma to the perineum.”

 

And if you can’t wait for this competition to finish and want to buy a Private Gym right now, you can go here.

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Svakom Nova Kegel Balls Review

Svakom Nova Kegel Balls
I used to absolutely love the Svakom Nova Balls. Until I read the manual and went to their website. Then I felt so conflicted that I postponed writing this review for a while. Why was I so torn? Because I loved the product, I still respect the company in many ways, but I have to raise some issues with their marketing.

My Beef (to put it mildly) with their Marketing

I just can’t live in a world where this official product video exists. First sentence: “According to a research from the internet most men prefer a tight vagina over a loose one because tight vagina allows them to have better sexual experiences.” Okay, f*ck everyone from the marketing team who decided this was an appropriate way to market Kegel balls. Loose vagina shaming? And the reason why you should take care of your sloppy, undesirable loose vagina is solely for… male pleasure? Oh, no, no, no! This is just horrible. And from a company that’s trying to be feminist and is supposedly all about female pleasure?

Please, Svakom, take down or edit this video. And edit the copy on the website and the product manual. This is just bellow you.

 

Svakom Nova BallsEven the product manual and the website read “We designed these exercise courses especially to help those who have a loose vagina after giving birth.” There’s a number of ways to describe body changes that occur after childbirth without calling it a “loose vagina”. And there are a million other reasons to use Kegels, besides childbirth. Kegels are for everybody. There are Kegels programs for penis-owners, there are products like the Svakom Nova Balls for vagina owners. And they’re great for all ages and stages of life. Because everyone can benefit from exercising their PC muscles. And because keeping them toned makes women orgasm more easily, enjoy sex more, experience more pleasure during partnered or solo sex. There’s your marketing message. Even if you want to exploit the postpartum market, there are sex-positive messages Svakom can use instead. For instance:  “You are a parent now, but you still deserve pleasure and you are still a sexual creature. Do this for yourself.” Tapping into female fear of loose vagina and their partner leaving them for someone younger and tighter is just a cheap dirty trick.

The Company

Svakom Nova Kegel BallsThat’s strike one, but I am not going to tell you to never buy anything from Svakom. Because there are a number of good things about them (including the actual product that is so terrifyingly marketed). Svakom is an international sex toy company that sells primarily vibrating toys, all designed in the US, according to their website. All of their products are silicone and are body-safe, aesthetically pleasing and high-quality. They make a number of really well received products (such as Keri, Echo, Mini Emma), and actually try to bring innovation to the table. They’ve created a vibrator with a camera, so you can see inside your own or your partner’s vagina, they have vibrators that feature the most long-lasting batteries on the market and provide you with up to 48 (!!) hours of playtime, and they have a couple of warming up vibes, and that’s a category that I think shouldn’t be overlooked, since temperature often is key to arousal and blood flow.

What do Kegel balls do?

dscn3027Kegel balls, or Ben Wa balls are usually a set of two vaginal balls that help you do your Kegel exercises. These are a series of voluntary squeezes of your PC muscles (Pubococcygeus muscles). And since that’s a muscle group that’s really difficult to locate and exercise in everyday life, these balls were created to help you find the muscles and do your Kegels more easily. Yoni eggs or other vaginal eggs made of crystal serve the same purpose. But there are a number of added benefits to using a set of two balls, as well as using balls that are not uniformly made from just one material, such as glass, metal, stone or crystal.

 

Kegel balls made for medical purposes or by sex toy companies have a smaller ball inside a larger sphere. Which makes the balls jiggle every time you move, step, squat, dance or stretch. With the added factor of the weight of the ball and the force of gravity, that makes the balls want to slip out of you, but the slight jiggle makes you tighten up and squeeze your PC muscles every time that happens. Your reflexes would be to not let the balls slip out. So instead of counting and keeping track of your PC muscle workout, you just put them in, walk around or do some chores, while the balls do the rest for you. Another advantage of Kegel systems, such as Svakom Nova, is that these offer progressive weights and sizes, which will allow you to gradually make your Kegel routine more difficult with time.

 

The lighter the ball(s), the easier to hold in. The bigger the size of the ball(s), the easier to hold in. That’s why usually people start with a big light ball, then move towards two balls, and increase the weight while decreasing the size. Small and heavy balls are the most challenging .

What are the benefits of Kegel exercises (aka kegels)?

Svakom Nova Kegel Balls
Toning up your PC muscles will give you better bladder control, stronger vaginal muscles, better genital blood flow; it helps with arousal (especially if you do your kegels before sex), helps you experience more pleasure, achieve orgasms more easily, and even be able to have multiple orgasms. It can reduce pain during intercourse. Clearly these are great for postpartum recovery, but I think everyone can benefit from them, at any stage of life. I would recommend kegels to anyone who’s sexually active. They really help you learn about your own body, and reflect about what feels good. And all of these squeezes and “movements” you are going to learn while squeezing the balls are super fun to apply and use during intercourse.

The Product

Svakom Nova Kegel BallsSvakom Nova Balls come in three different colors: teal, violet and bright pink/red (the teal is just gorgeous). They’re a set of three exercise balls. They come in a beautiful stylish box, which includes a 1-year warranty, and a storage bag.  Nova balls are entirely covered in silicone, including the cord, which makes them seamless and very smooth. This is one of the reasons I think they’re one of the best Kegel programs currently on the market. They’re easy to clean and truly hygienic, as you don’t get vaginal fluids or lube between the  plastic and silicone parts or on the cord (which is the case with most other Kegel Balls), they’re really smooth and feel great during use and upon insertion. The balls do have the name of the brand engraved in the silicone, but if you wash them right after use no fluid get stuck in there.
  • The first one is a big single ball with a diameter of 1.41″ (36 mm). Just for your reference, that’s the diameter of the larger Luna Beads by Lelo. It weighs 49 grams or 1.73 oz.
  • The medium size has two balls connected together, with a slightly smaller diameter of 1.26″ (32 mm) and it’s 2.65 oz (75 grams) heavy.
  • The smallest and heaviest set of two balls is just 1.10″ (28 mm) in diameter (the size of Lelo Luna Beads Mini or Noir) and it weighs 3.35 oz (95 grams) which is much heavier than the Lelo Luna Beads (which weigh a mere 74 grams).
Svakom Nova

Svakom Nova Balls dimensions. Image credit: Svakom for Amazon.

How to use it?

Kegel balls are meant to be used while you are active. They won’t do much if you’re just sitting or lying down. Sure, you can still make some use of them, but then you will have to do your counts and voluntarily exercise. Ideally you should be wearing them while walking, running, dancing, swimming, doing squats or stretching. They’re entirely waterproof. The suggested use is 30 minutes a day. You start with the biggest and lightest ball and use that one for 30 days, and move to the more challenging one after a month.

 

I would suggest using a good quality water-based lube for insertion. Don’t overdo it with the lube because if things are too slippery it’s going to be extra challenging to keep the balls inside (which you can do later when you’ve mastered the heaviest ball to make things even more advanced). The easiest way to place them inside is lying down. If you are new to kegel balls, please do your first experiments at home where you can easily remove them, if needed. The last thing you want to happen is for you to be at the shopping mall or doing your workout at the gym and freak out that the balls are going to slip out. Wearing tight underwear and something that gives more support (panties instead of a g-string) and maybe wearing pants or tights, not a skirt or a dress, can make you feel more comfortable when you wear them in public, so even if they start slipping out, your underwear and clothes can keep them inside instead of rolling down the floor or the sidewalk.

 

Svakom Nova Kegel BallsBen Wa balls are super fun to use right before sex because they will get you really warmed up. You will have enough circulation in your genitals, and you will in generally feel more aroused (I personally feel really horny after my kegels). They’re something really hot for you to include in your foreplay or as a teasing tool. Let your partner know you’re wearing them during dinner. Have them lick the balls clean for you, after you’ve used them. Have them tease your clit or use an external vibrator while the balls are still in. You can wear them vaginally during anal intercourse. Or wear them during oral sex (both receiving or performing). The possibilities are endless. And if you’ve read Fifty Shades of Gray and if you’re wondering: yes, you could wear then while being spanked.

You can get the Svakom Nova Balls from LUVOQA for $59.

Disclaimer: Svakom Nova was generously provided to me by the company in exchange for my honest review. My opinions and thoughts in this post reflect my experience with the product and are not altered in any way. I am using affiliate links in this post, which help me support this blog. By buying through them you’re giving me the opportunity to keep up the good work.


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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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Sliquid Splash Intimate Wash Review

Sliquid Splash

What’s wrong with washing my vulva with soap and water?

Note: Vulva is everything on the outside. Vagina is the orifice. Ergo you wash your vulva, not your vagina. Douching, which is also not good for your feminine health, involves your vagina. While taking a shower, you are washing your vulva.

The vagina is self-cleansing and maintains a very delicate balance. It has a very low pH, which is crucial for the survival of lactobacilli, the good bacteria that help you naturally fight off bacteria and infections. There is already a really long list of things that can affect your intimate pH, such as taking antibiotics, a huge list of medications, a diet with too many sugars, bad lube, your menstruation, sperm (yes, actually sperm is alkaline and if you have your partner ejaculate regularly inside of you, that can be contributing to infections and irritations too). This is why it’s really hugely important to daily wash with a product that is made specifically for the needs of your feminine parts. Unfortunately soap and body washes do the opposite. Soapy water’s pH can vary from 8 to 11, depending on the brand of soap, which is extremely alkaline. The optimal vaginal pH is fluctuates between 3.8 and 4.5 (menopausal women have higher pH), which is acidic. If you are washing your vulva with soap and water you’re only contributing to the problem (remember that list of things that is constantly tipping the scale in the bad direction?). This is why vulva owners should use intimate washes matching the acidity of the region.

Intimate washes are not made-up products. They’re not like intimate deodorants. They are a real thing and using soap instead can cause you really serious consequences. Sadly, there’s a whole industry thriving on creating fake needs and problems, projecting negative body images, and feeding on “The woman’s greatest insecurity: a smelly vagina”. See Sarah Silverman in “We Are Miracles“. And as much as I liked the show and agreed with what Sarah said, nope, you should not wash your vulva with what you’re using for your ass. You can, though, use your intimate wash for your ass too. No harm in that.

Intimate washes are yet another thing you weren’t taught about in sex ed class but they should have. Every vulva-owner should start using one (instead of soap or shower gel) around the age of 10, when hormone changes start occurring. It’s absolutely crucial during puberty, because that’s the time when a lot of girls start getting their first yeast infections (because of menstrual blood, hormone changes, bad diet, not showering right away after gym class, etc).

There are a number of products you can find at the drugstore or at your gyno’s office. While the one’s that your MD recommends are usually a better option, the ones at the drugstore are sometimes of questionable quality and contain harsh ingredients and chemicals too.

About Sliquid

Sliquid is a brand that focuses on healthy, organic, natural, pH balanced, vegan, glycerin, propylene glycol, glycerol and paraben free intimate products. They don’t test their products on animals. Sliquid are most famous for their lubricants (which I absolutely love), but they have a whole line of intimate washes, shaving creams and body oils. Sliquid Splash is their line of feminine washes that only differ in their scents: there’s the Naturally Unscented, Mango Passion, Honeydew Cucumber, and Grapefruit Thyme (which I am reviewing here).

About Sliquid Splash

Sliquid Splash comes in a pretty 8.5 oz recyclable bottle that is completely in line with their other products. Their packaging is really stylish, it looks like any other personal care item you have in your shower or night drawer. It says “gentle feminine wash” in small letters. The bottle is a very good value size that is going to last you a long time.

List of ingredients: Purified H2O, Cocoamphoacetate*, Coco Betaine*, Lauryl Glucoside*, Sea Salt, Citric Acid, Organic Extracts of Hibiscus, Flax, Green Tea, and Sunflower Seed, Potassium Sorbate, Essential Oil Fragrances. * Derived from coconut oil

Sliquid SplashIt has a gentle silky consistency, it’s not too liquidy and you only need a small amount of it. I’ve tried the unscented one at my girlfriend’s house, and it’s really neutral. I would recommend it to people who are too sensitive to scents and aromas. The smell of the scented version is strong. I love the grapefruit-thyme because it has this very refreshing citrus smell, but not everyone likes that for their intimate parts. I’ve used the wash for a fair amount of time and it hasn’t caused me irritations, nor any disbalance (and one can tell pretty quickly if something is throwing their vaginal flora off). If feels really nice and non-intrusive, and it doesn’t have any harsh chemicals in it. I can frankly say it’s one of the best intimate washes I’ve used. (And I’ve been using them since I was 12. Luckily I was taught not to use soap.)

You can get yours directly from Sliquid under their Balance line or at most sex-positive sex stores. It sells for $14 for 8.5 oz.

Use code “Wetlandia” to get 10% off of your purchase from Sliquid.

Disclaimer: Sliquid Splash was generously provided to me by Sliquid in exchange for my honest review. I believe my opinions in this post have not been altered by that. I am using affiliate links in this post, which help me support this blog. By using them you’re giving me the opportunity to keep up the good work.

Sliquid Intimate Lubricants


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Good Clean Love Guilty Pleasure Lubricant Review

Good Clean Love Guilty Pleasure LubricantA 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.

The Company

Good Clean Love Guilty Pleasure

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).

The Vagina

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.

The Product

dscn2965Guilty 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

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.

The Formula 

Good Clean Love Guilty PleasureGood 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.

The Sensations

Good Clean Love Vanilla Cinnamon LubricantWere 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.

Last words

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.

dscn2962One 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.


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