Sex Toy Reviews for Experimental Fuckers #8
Slick Sensations Desensitizing Anal Lube
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Adam & Eve Slick Sensations Desensitizing Anal Lube is a water-based lube that contains lidocaine. Dentists and other doctors inject lidocaine as a local anesthetic for minor surgery. In this case, it’s a topical anesthetic that acts quickly, and its effects last for an intermediate period of time during anal sex “for temporary relief of pain, soreness or burning in the perianal area,” according to the lube’s packaging.
Furthermore, lidocaine relieves itching from sunburn, insect bites or stings, and poison ivy. I was given this lube by Adam & Eve during my time as a Brand Champion on Sex Forums in exchange for an honest review. I no longer see Slick Sensations Desensitizing Anal Lube on their Web site, which isn’t a big deal since I wouldn’t recommend using a desensitizing lubricant for anal sex for safety reasons.
In general, I prefer to use water-based lubricants for their ease of use and quick cleanup. I can wipe off a water-based lube with a wet wipe and don’t need a shower to feel clean. There are thinner and thicker water-based lubricants, including gels and flavored lubes. It’s highly likely that there’s at least one water-based lube out there that’ll suit anyone’s needs. They typically aren’t greasy, and having to reapply is the one major downfall of water-based lubes. In fact, my fiancé’s number one complaint about the water-based lubricants we’ve used is that they start to dry out during sex and become tacky. They just don’t last as long as silicone-based lubricants, but silicone-based lubes are more difficult to wash off. Slick Sensations Desensitizing Anal Lube is quite runny. It’s only about half as thick as Hydra Plant Cellulose Personal Lubricant by Intimate Organics. I put a small amount of each on a plastic bag. The Intimate Organics lube is on the left, and the Adam & Eve lube is on the right.
The Slick Sensations Desensitizing Anal Lube spread out on the bag’s smooth surface almost twice as much. When I picked up the bag from the top and held it vertically, the Adam & Eve lube ran down the surface and reached the bottom almost twice as fast. I’d recommend a thicker lubricant for anal sex because the anus doesn’t self-lubricant like the vagina does. My fiancé and I first used KY Jelly, which is very thick, but I’m really not a fan of KY Jelly and believe we only used it because we didn’t know any better. Liquid Silk is one of my favorite lubes now. It’s actually a hybrid lube, so it isn’t strictly water-based.
Slick Sensations Desensitizing Anal Lube is smooth and odorless. The smell of this lubricant is completely neutral. Like most water-based lubes, it’s easy to clean up with soap and water or just a wet wipe or wash cloth. Because it’s water-based, it’s safe to use with all sex toys. If used with a toy, any toy cleaner will remove it.
I first used this lube while masturbating with a dildo. Instead of getting started and waiting until I was wet enough to use my natural vaginal lubrication for anal penetration, I used this lube. Penetration was easy, and I was able to get the dildo inside me the first time I tried without discomfort or pain. However, no amount or type of lube is going to make anal sex comfortable or pleasurable without relaxation on the part of the person being penetrated, and with a partner who either isn’t gentle enough or enters too quickly, anal sex can still be uncomfortable, even with lube. When I used this lubricant with my fiancé, we had started having sex without lube, and I had thought I was wet enough, but when we tried to switch to anal sex, I had difficulty taking him in. I applied this lube around the outside of my anus and just slightly inside with one finger. We tried again, and I experienced significantly less difficulty. He was able to slide inside me slowly, and my discomfort was significantly minimized. It was still a tight fit, which I expect when it comes to anal sex, but lube will help regardless of type or brand. Slick Sensations Desensitizing Anal Lube definitely makes penetration easier, but any other lubricant would do the same thing, and the lidocaine doesn’t make me feel at all desensitized. I didn’t feel any numbness or tingling when I used this lube, and the active ingredient that desensitizes isn’t going to cause a cooling sensation either. I can’t say that I felt anything.
Ingredients: lidocaine, cellulose gum, diazolidinyl urea, glycerin, isopentyldiol, methylparaben, propylene glycol, propylparaben, water
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I think this is a good place for a health disclaimer. Being desensitized or numb during anal sex is potentially dangerous. Without being able to feel discomfort or pain, a person could get hurt and not know right away. Discomfort and pain are the body’s way of saying that something’s wrong, so if there is any discomfort, pain, or bleeding during anal sex, stop immediately. Be careful when using sex toys anally. Be sure to use toys that have a large enough base or handle to prevent them from slipping completely inside and getting lost. Don’t use any product that actually causes total numbness or loss of sensation. Lidocaine is not recommended for internal use. Warming, cooling, and tingling lubes are safe for anal sex.
- Water-based lubricants aren’t greasy.
- They’re easy to wash off with soap and water, a wet wipe or wash cloth, or sex toy cleaner.
- This lube is safe to use with condoms and sex toys because it won’t degrade latex or cause discoloration in sex toy materials.
- The price is comparable to other water-based lubricant brands in a bottle of the same or a similar size.
- Lidocaine rarely causes adverse drug or allergic reactions.
- Adam & Eve Slick Sensations Desensitizing Anal Lube is “not a strong desensitizing agent,” as one customer stated in their review on Adam & Eve’s product page. In fact, I didn’t feel anything when I used this lube.
- This lube is very thin. I’d recommend using a thicker lubricant for anal sex.
- Being desensitized during anal sex is potentially dangerous.
- The flip cap makes dispensing the lube messy, especially because it’s so runny.
- This lubricant is not paraben- and glycerine-free. While lidocaine rarely causes adverse reactions, women may experience sensitivity to other ingredients.