Sex Toy Reviews for Experimental Fuckers #2
Hydra Plant Cellulose Personal Lubricant
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Hydra Plant Cellulose Personal Lubricant is a water-based lube from Intimate Organics. The packaging is tasteful, and the bottle shows the same image that’s on the box. The image is a female abdomen from just underneath the breasts to the hip with the focus on the navel and two leaves across the bottom of the picture. There are drops of water both covering the model’s abdomen and on the leaves, so it’s clear that this lube is water-based. This lube is different from other lubricants in that it is vegan friendly. Use it for oral sex because it’s safe to ingest. All of the products made by Intimate Organics contain certified organic extracts. These products are glycerine-, DEA-, and paraben-free, and they are body safe. While it’s true that some water-based lubes contain glycerine, women who suffer from chronic yeast infections or have other sensitivities should use a lubricant that doesn’t contain glycerine. Because I have very sensitive skin and itching that’s triggered easily, I’m careful when choosing a lubricant, and I really liked Hydra Plant Cellulose Personal Lubricant’s specifications and bought an 8-ounce (240ml) bottle, which is the largest size available. DEA is actually used in shampoo, lotion, and other cosmetics, and it is not necessarily harmful by itself, but it can interact with other ingredients to create a carcinogen linked to various types of cancer. Parabens are also found in shampoo as well as products such as shaving gel and toothpaste and can mimic estrogen and cause decreased sperm count in men as well as skin allergic reactions, and parabens can increase the likelihood of developing breast cancer. Exposure to these chemicals over time is potentially dangerous, so I love that Hydra Plant Cellulose Personal Lubricant does not use them. Intimate Organics also doesn’t use synthetic menthol or aluminum sulphate, which can dry or dehydrate vaginal and clitoral tissue and cause irritation. Intimate Organics never tests on animals.
Hydra Plant Cellulose Personal Lubricant is clear. It contains plant cellulose, which is a natural ingredient. This lube feels smooth and slick to the touch and washes off easily because it’s water-based. Although Intimate Organics states that Hydra Plant Cellulose Personal Lubricant has no smell or taste, the lube has a natural smell that is not offensive. This lubricant definitely smells like plants. It’s not a flowery, feminine smell, and it’s not exactly a grassy smell. It doesn’t really smell earthy, and it doesn’t smell like dirt. It’s not really a leafy, autumn smell, and it doesn’t smell even remotely chemical. The natural smell of Hydra Plant Cellulose Personal Lubricant is fresh and pleasant. The taste of this lube also is relatively inoffensive. It isn’t completely tasteless, but the slightly bitter taste isn’t strong or utterly disgusting. It both smells and tastes like the aloe it contains, but again, it’s not an earthy or grassy taste. However, even though this lube is safe to ingest, I wouldn’t want to ingest large amounts of it. It would be a versatile lube to use for any type of intimate activity, including oral sex, but honestly, I’d suggest finding a good flavored lube for oral sex. Intimate Organics makes flavored lubes, but I haven’t tried any of them.
There are various types of lubricants on the market: water-based, silicone-based, hybrid lubes, oil-based, liquids, gels, creams, and sprays.
Water-based lubricants are popular for many reasons. Water-based lubes are the easiest to wash off. Just use a wet wash cloth or intimate wipe. Soap and water often isn’t necessary to feel clean after using a water-based lube. In fact, I just wiped my hands on a dry towel, and this lube came right off. Another great feature of water-based lubes is their ability to reactivate if they dry out during sexual activity. Water – or saliva in a pinch – reactivates water-based lubricants. Hydra Plant Cellulose Personal Lubricant is no different. I placed a bit of this lube on my fingertips and rubbed it into my skin until my fingers felt dry. Running my hand under a faucet was all it took to make the lube slippery again. One problem with water-based lubes is that they quickly can become sticky or tacky. Tackiness is my fiancé’s number one water-based lube complaint. Another issue is that they’re difficult to use in water because they wash off. These lubricants aren’t appropriate for having sex in the shower or tub.
Silicone-based lubes are great for sex in water. A silicone-based lube won’t wash off without soap, so it provides the staying power that a water-based lube won’t. I had heard that silicone-based lubes are better for anal sex, so my fiancé and I tried a silicone-based lube, and it worked just fine, but I never felt completely clean after using it, even after washing it off with a soapy wash cloth. When we used Hydra Plant Cellulose Personal Lubricant for anal sex, my fiancé applied it, and I felt like he used a lot, but the bottle still looked full, and he hadn’t used much at all. Three-quarters of the bottle remains, and it doesn’t expire until April.
Additionally, silicone-based lubes are not always safe to use with sex toys. Silicone-based lubes can degrade some materials – silicone, for example, which is a popular sex toy material because it’s body safe – so a water-based lube sometimes is necessary.
Hybrid lubes are not new, but they are gaining popularity. A hybrid lube is a combination of a water-based lube and an ingredient that’s found in silicone. The first hybrid lube I used was Bodywise Liquid Silk. It’s not clear like water- and silicone-based lubes; instead, it’s white or milky and looks and feels like a thin lotion. Hybrid lubricants are easy to clean up like a water-based lube but long-lasting and slick like a silicone-based lube. While some hybrids claim they are appropriate for use with sex toys, I wouldn’t recommend taking that risk because hybrid lubes contain a small amount of silicone and may degrade silicone and other sex toy materials. When using silicone-based or hybrid lubricants with sex toys, test a small area first to avoid ruining the toy.
Please exercise caution when using oil-based lubes. These can also be called petroleum-based lubes – for example, petroleum jelly or baby oil. Some oil-based lubes are not body safe, and oil-based lubricants in general are not as popular as they once were. They can degrade latex, which can cause latex condoms to slip or break more easily. Never use an oil- or petroleum-based lube with latex condoms. Instead, use a polyurethane condom. It is also believed that oil-based lubes are potentially detrimental to a woman’s vaginal health by clogging pores or causing yeast or bladder infections because oil-based lubes are more difficult to wash off. Do not use baby oil, Vaseline, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, or hand or body lotion for penetrative sex. However, if latex condoms aren’t being used, I have heard that virgin coconut oil is one of the best oil-based lubes because it’s organic and doesn’t contain the chemicals found in commercial lubricants. Coconut oil is also edible and tastes good. Finally, coconut oil may contain virus-, bacteria-, and fungus-fighting ingredients.
Gels, creams, and sprays have gained popularity in recent years with claims that they heighten arousal and sensitivity by stimulating the nipples, buttocks, clitoris, or G-spot. Gels and creams have a thicker consistency comparable to that of KY Jelly or body butter. I prefer a thinner liquid lube over the thickness of KY Jelly. Any of these products can contain ingredients that cause tingling or stimulating, warming, or cooling sensations or desensitize an area. There are too many varieties of flavored lubes for me to list them all here. Try a bunch and find a flavored lube that tastes great. For people who use lube but don’t want to make a mess, there are lubricant sprays, which don’t make hands slippery. Hydra Plant Cellulose Personal Lubricant has a messy cap instead of a pump.
Intimate Organics makes an anal sex spray, too. Their anal sex sprays do not contain desensitizing ingredients.
- Hydra Plant Cellulose Personal Lubricant contains organic extracts and is vegan friendly.
- It’s safe to ingest.
- It’s glycerine-, DEA-, and paraben-free, and Intimate Organics never tests on animals.
- The ingredients in Hydra Plant Cellulose Personal Lubricant condition skin.
- This lube is safe to use with condoms and sex toys.
- It washes off easily with water.
- Water-based lubes reactivate with water or saliva if they dry out during sexual activity.
- Hydra Plant Cellulose Personal Lubricant has a natural aloe smell and taste.
- This lube is one of the most body safe lubes on the market.
- The price is comparable to other water-based lubricant brands in a bottle of the same or a similar size.
- Water-based lubes are not effective in water.
- The cap can make dispensing this lube slightly messy.
- I would still recommend using a flavored lube for oral sex.