Having recently tried 5 of the lubes made by the folks at Sliquid (and liking the majority of them – read the review), along with 2 of the 4 flavored Babelicious lubes and 1 of the 8 all natural Body Massage Candles made by Babeland, I just couldn’t say no when Babeland asked if I’d like to try the ‘Natural BabeLube’ they had Sliquid craft for them. Fortunately the product lived up to my expectations for both companies, leaving me thoroughly impressed.
Just like all of the products made by/for Babeland the packaging is respectful, professional and gender neutral with nothing on it that’s rude, inappropriate or possibly tacky, nor is there anything that could cause embarrassment (not that you should be anyways). All you’ll find is a list of ingredients and the benefits and features the product has to offer.
As for the container, it’s a 4.2oz simple dark blue recyclable plastic bottle with a black cap and light blue wrap around label that sports the same + (plus) and – (minus) design you’ll find on most other Bableland products. It’s sweet and simple, something more products should aim to be.
When it comes to things I look for in a quality lube my expectations aren’t that high. In fact, I think I look for the exact same things anyone would if they knew what sets the good apart from the bad. Of course the main challenge is knowing what to look for.
In my opinion a good lube must do the following; stay slippery during use without getting sticky, tacky, goopey or grainy, require little to no reapplication, have a limited amount of harsh chemicals as ingredients, have little to no taste or smell (unless it’s flavored or scented of course), either have a low consistency of glycerin or none at all, leave my skin feeling clean after bathing (rather than still coated in product), and be affordable for the amount I’m getting.
While many of you may think those are reasonably easy things to find, with all the shady companies you’d be rather surprised how challenging it can be. Fortunately this job gives me the opportunity to be in contact with some of the best manufacturers and retailers around, ones that often offer me the best of the best when it comes to lubes and many other intimate accessories. Fortunately for you, I like to write about them! 😉
Having said all of that, the Natural Babelube had everything I was looking for and then some: it’s all natural and contains mostly certified organic botanicals, vegan and cruelty free, water based and water soluble, along with being glycerin, paraben and petroleum free. Wanna use it with condoms, dental dams or intimate accessories? No problem – it’s latex, rubber and plastic friendly too.
As for the lube, it’s a clear thick gel like consistency that spreads nicely while also mixing with a woman’s natural lubricant very well. Like the other Sliquid lubes I previously tried I found it maintained its consistency but required reapplying once, not something I blame the lube for but instead an incompatibility with the lubricant on the condoms we were using (Kimono to be exact – I’ve had the same issues with them and other lubes in the past).
On that note, the lube didn’t burn, sting or make me itch during or after use, nor did it irritate my skin or cause an infection – something I’ve had issues with when it came to lesser quality lubes that were filled with glycerin. What can I say, I’m a girl that tends to learn the hard way.
There’s fortunately also no harsh taste or aftertaste and what you can taste is just a tad salty, being neither too heavy nor offensive. As for the smell, it’s light and has a slight dish soap scent that’s not at all overwhelming.
*Since we had some condom compatibility issues I applied it to the back of my hand and spread it around, quickly finding it thicken up, turn a thin white pasty color and disappear as if nothing was there to begin with. Surprisingly my skin wasn’t left feeling sticky or tacky, instead it was softer and smoother than before. (keep in mind there was no natural bodily fluids to mix with it and help it maintain – hands don’t self lubricate after all).
Ingredients: purified water, plant cellulose (from cotton), aloe barbadensis, natural tocopherols (vitamin E), carrageenan, extracts of hibiscux, flax, green tea and sunflower seed, citric acid (citrus fruits), potassium sorbate. *all certified organic
When it came to things I didn’t like about the product I didn’t really have anything to complain about, even when trying to nit pick. Sure it didn’t last on my hand very long without reapplying (which might make hand jobs a little tough), and I wouldn’t really suggest it for butt play, but for the most part it was a great lube that I’d definitely use on a regular basis.
If you’re looking for a lube that’s all natural, glycerin free and has no harsh chemicals, while also leaving you feeling soft, supple and moisturized, that also doesn’t have a heavy taste or smell and comes respectfully packaged – not to mention being totally affordable for both the amount you’re getting and level of quality offered, I’d highly suggest trying Babelands Natural Babelube, it’s definitely worth the under priced $12.00.
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