I’m sure I’ve made it known (through my many videos and written reviews) that System Jo has been my all time fave brand of lube for quite a while now. Not only do the products maintain their consistency, becoming neither sticky nor tacky during use, but they’re also affordable, latex safe, and have a low consistency of glycerin so I never have to worry about a possible yeast infection when I’m done.
After more than 5 years of being a devoted and loyal System Jo supporter I figured it was time I gave another brand a chance. To my pleasure and surprise I was sent 5 different bottles of the highly recommended Sliquid so I could create a sliquid lube comparison.
The products I was sent included Sliquid Sea, Sliquid Swirl in Cherry/Vanilla flavor, Sliquid Silk a silicone and water based hybrid mixture, Sliquid Silver a fantastic silicone lube, and Sliquid H2O, a basic water based formula.
Rather than doing a full blown review on each of the products I’m going to write a series of mini-reviews that highlight the fantastic (and possibly not so fantastic) qualities of each of these products.
Before I go into the sliquid comparison I just want to inform you of all the basic similarities, as they’d be rather repetitive if I continually stated them in each mini review;
- All of the products are DEA (Diethanolamine), gluten, glycerine, glycerol, paraben, PEG (polyethylene glycol), propylene glycol, sorbitol and sulphate free, so you don’t really have to worry about harsh chemicals or bodily reactions (though I still suggest a patch test just to make sure you’re not allergic).
- They’re 100% vegan friendly, latex safe, hypoallergenic, non-toxic and the Sea, H2O, Swirl versions state that they are non staining.
- The products are all 4.2 oz in size
- Each of the water based lubes (SEA, H2O, Swirl, Silk) can be reactivated by adding a little bit of water (or spit). Silver can be reactivated by reapplying since it’s silicone.
- They’re all professionally, respectfully and beautifully packaged, with nothing on them that’s rude, possibly embarrassing or offensive. They even went the extra little mile and had “please recycle this bottle” included on the labels, a very nice touch.
- All of the water based lubes (SEA, H2O, Swirl) can be used with any kind of intimate accessory. The two lubes that contain silicone (Silk and Silver) I’d only suggest for use with hard plastic, metal, glass or wood products as they’d likely ruin any silicone product.
Sliquid Lube Comparison
Sliquid H20 – Water Based Lube
Sliquid H2O is a translucent, scentless, tasteless, water based lube with a nice beginning consistency that’s rather thick, slippery and silky. With a slight amount of rubbing/friction it becomes a tad gummy and takes on a pasty white color that quickly sinks into the skin/oxidizes.
Fortunately it does a rather good job of mimicking the natural lubrication the female body produces (well, mine at least) and will maintain that consistency so long as the female using it remains “wet”. It didn’t leave any visible residue on me or my partner and was exceptionally easy to clean up.
On the down side, if you happen to no longer be aroused, or have a hard time self lubricating, it might not last very long leading you to reapply often and go through the bottle rather quickly. Considering the bottle is only $12.99 (versus some higher priced, yet lower quality lubes) I think it’s a good value for the money.
Final Verdict: I easily give this lube 4 out of 5 stars with a deduction due to the fact that it didn’t last as long as I was hoping.
Ingredients: Purified water, Plant Cellulose (from cotton), Cyamopsis (Guar conditioners), Potassium Sorbate and Citric Acid.
Sliquid Swirl – Cherry/Vanilla Flavored Lube
Next up is Sliquid Swirl in a surprisingly tasty Cherry Vanilla flavor. I’ll be honest, when I first got the translucent lube I expected it to taste highly artificial, sickeningly sweet, syrupy and leave a lingering burn on my tongue like most lower end flavored lubes.
Instead it tasted like a delicious day old cherry cupcake with yummy vanilla frosting, when I say ‘day old’ I don’t mean stale, I mean muted. Overall the flavor was light, fruity but sweet, slightly juicy, with a subtle hint of mouthwatering vanilla. Thankfully it had no after taste, didn’t burn, sting, or make me feel nauseous, and to top it off left a lovely lingering scent anywhere I put it on my partner.
The consistency was very much like a gel lubricant, there was some thickness but it wasn’t gluey or tacky, and it took slightly longer to absorb or become sticky then the basic H2O version.
Although I’d highly suggest it for oral play, I wouldn’t really suggest it for intercourse as we had to reapply quite a few times (eventually adding some System Jo H2O to the mix).
Final Verdict: Without a doubt I’d give it 5 out of 5 stars for use during oral sex and 3.5 for use during intercourse, though I wouldn’t suggest it for any kind of anal play as you’d likely have to stop and reapply rather often (which can spoil the mood).
Ingredients: Purified water, Plant Cellulose (from cotton), Cyamopsis (Guar conditioners), Cherry and Vanilla flavoring, Aspartame, Potassium Sorbate and Citric Acid.
Sliquid Silk – H2O/Silicone Hybrid Lube
After our previous experiences with the water based products we thought we’d try something different with their hybrid mix of silicone and H2O, Sliquid Silk.
Unlike the other versions this lube was a pasty white color (think Elmers School Glue) with a slightly chemical scent (not too horrible) and an acidic, sour and pungent taste that was exceptionally horrible.
It went on smooth, mixing with my bodies natural fluids rather well, and maintained its consistency for a slightly longer period than the others. Having said that, we found that it needed to be reapplied more when used with our two favorite brands of condoms (Trojan Naked Sensations, Lifestyles Ultra Lubricated). We also found that it thinned out and felt slightly watery (less like a silicone lube) when reactivated with a tiny amount of water (which for some reason didn’t happen when reactivating the other two lubes).
Like the others there was no residue left on the skin and clean up was a breeze; on one occasion we used body safe moist towelettes and the other, simple soap and water.
Final Verdict: I’m still on the fence with this lube; on the one hand I liked the feeling, enjoyed that it didn’t need to be reapplied/reactivated as often as the previous lubes and felt it mimicked my bodies natural lubrication rather well. On the flip side it tasted horrible, made orally pleasing each other rather gross and didn’t work well with our fave condoms. Overall I’d give it 3.75 out of 5 stars.
Ingredients: Purified Water, Plant Cellulose (from cotton), Isopropyl Palmitate, Polysorbate 20, Dimethicone, Emollient Ester, Potassium Sorbate.
Sliquid Silver – Silicone Lube
If there is one type of lube I’m a big fan of it’s a really great silicone. Not only does it maintain its consistency, getting neither sticky nor tacky with use, but it’s also exceptionally slippery, fantastic for use during shower or bath play (since it’s waterproof), goes an exceptionally long way for the little that’s used (which saves you money in the long run) and is pretty amazing for use during anal play/penetration (since you don’t have to keep stopping and reapplying).
Fortunately Sliquid Silver is no exception to the rule; it glided on smooth, made my skin feel velvety and super slippery, had no scent or taste, interacted nicely with my body’s natural lubrication and helped to make the condoms we were using feel like nothing at all.
The only down side was it didn’t last as long as I’m used to when in the shower as I had to reapply twice (I guess System Jo has me spoiled). Having said that, it was still pretty awesome and did everything I hoped it would. On the plus side, it washed off rather easily and didn’t require a heavy or concentrated soap to do so. (my one and only complaint when using silicone lube is that cleaning it off the skin can be a pain in the ass).
Final Verdict: Without question I’ll give this silicone a 5 out of 5 stars for affordability, ease of use, feeling and overall amazingness!
Ingredients: Dimethicone, Dimentheconol, Cyclopentasiloxane.
Sliquid Sea – H2O/Seaweed Infused Lube
Last, but definitely not least, was Sliquid Sea – a fantastic lube that was slippery, smelled a little salty and soapy, had no taste, was slightly thicker than the others, mimicked my own natural lubrication very well and is infused with the following seaweed extracts: Carrageenan, Wakame and Nori.
According to the Sliquid website: “Together, these natural extracts of the sea blend with our Naturals H2O lubricant, to provide a slippery, sensual lubricant with the natural healing properties of the sea.” (to read more click this link)
While I can’t speak for the products health benefits (I haven’t used it often enough, or on a regular basis for that), I can say that it’s a pretty damn fantastic lubricant no matter what you’re using it for. Unfortunately it didn’t last very long in the shower and needed to be reapplied twice. On the upside it left no residue on me or my partner and was very easy to wash off.
Final Verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars with a half point deduction for the salty and somewhat soapy smell.
Overall Final Verdict
When it came to comparing System Jo to Sliquid I had a really hard time deciding which was better, especially considering they have very different ingredients. Having said that, Sliquid comes in second with a photo finish.
Whether you’re new to the idea of lubes, use them on a regular basis, have a favorite brand that you’re getting tired of or are simply looking to try something new, I highly suggest the Sliquid brand of lubes. Not only do they work exceptionally well, but they’re beautifully and respectfully packaged, definitely affordable ($11.99 – $17.59) and free of all the harsh chemicals/fillers you’d find in a lesser brand.
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