Sometimes you just want to go back to basics. You don’t always need stimulating creams to have a good time. So you keep it simple by grabbing a bottle of water-based, no-frills lubricant.
Except it isn’t always as easy as it seems when you have the options of a simple water-based lubricant with 5 ingredients, or a more expensive, but organic, water-based lubricant. I mean, it’s organic. It must be better, more animal-friendly, more vegan, more everything, right?
But not really.
Appearance, Design, and Advertising
The bottles have caps that pop open at one end when you press down on the other. While they get gunked up with dried lube, it’s not nearly as bad as with thicker lubricants.
As with all lubricants in the Organics line, the bottle of Organics Natural Gel is brown. I know it’s brown for some scientific reason having to do with protecting the ingredients, but I find it very difficult to tell if I’m getting low on lubricant.
One should always know when they are low on lube, because lube is important. No matter your sexual talents, wetness is not always guaranteed, and can fluctuate with hormones, stress, and other unpredictable things. Always, always, always have lube around. And if the bottle is dark and you don’t know how much you have, then get back-up lube.
If it were just up to ingredients, I would go for the H2O, hands down. It has fewer ingredients, and to me, fewer usually means better. It’s also less expensive, which is important to me in my post-college, drowning-in-loans, not-getting-paid-enough-to-be-a-social-worker life. But this isn’t just about me, it’s about you too, and the way you shop. So, here’s a mostly-comprehensive list of ingredients:
Sliquid Naturals H2O is a water-based lubricant, the most basic of the many lubricants sold by Sliquid.
- Purified water
- Plant cellulose (from cotton)
- Cyamopsis (guar conditioners)
- Potassium sorbate (a white salt used as a food [or lubricant] preservative)
- Citric acid
Sliquid Organics Natural is the Organics version of H2O. The Organics line is aloe-based, rather than water-based like H2O.
- Organic aloe barbadensis decolorized leaf juice* (website list does not say ‘decolorized,’ bottle does, sample packet does not mention ‘organic’ or ‘decolorized leaf juice’)
- Organic agar agar (mentioned on website but not on bottle or sample packet)
- Organic guar gum (mentioned on website but not on bottle or sample packet)
- Natural tocopherols (vitamin E)
- Organic hibiscus extract
- Organic flax extract
- Organic green tea extract
- Organic sunflower seed extract
- Potassium sorbate
- Citric acid
- (bottle and sample packet state plant cellulose from cotton that isn’t mentioned on website)
- (bottle and sample packet also state use of cyamopsis [guar conditioners] not mentioned on website)
As in my first Sliquid review, I am finding a problem of consistency between various Sliquid products and their website. As beloved as Sliquid is as a company and a product, they can do better. All information should be provided with consistency between sample packets, products of various sizes, and the website. And I don’t think it’s too much to ask, either.
Taste and Smell
H20 tastes a bit sweetish, in a pleasant, not overwhelming way. Organic tastes extremely similar, but with a more plant-y taste.
These lubricants feel exactly the same. Seriously. Blindfold me and fuck me and I can’t tell the difference between H2O and Organic.
While taking the photographs of the lubricant on dildos, in order to give readers a visual on lubricant consistency, I noticed the H2O dripped down significantly quicker than the Organic. However, this difference in lubricant consistency is not something I was able to feel with my fingers or vagina, so I’m of the mind that, as far as thickness is concerned, it does not make much difference which lubricant you buy.
After testing each lubricant thoroughly, I still stick to my original opinion: get the H2O. It’s cheaper, it has fewer ingredients, and feels exactly the same as the Organic. Plus, you can look at the bottle and see exactly how much you have left.
If you feel differently based on the information above, good for you. It’s important for us to have different opinions, and I’ve provided the information in order to allow you to form your own ideas. If you understand something about the amount or quality of the ingredients that I am not aware of or have not covered here, by all means feel free to comment and give me your insight! I’m always looking to learn new things.
H2O is available for $8-$19 depending on bottle size (option of 2, 4.2, or 8.5 ounce), while the Organics is available for $9-$20 depending on bottle size from Luvoqa. .17 ounce samples should also be available at your local sex shop. I bought this lube, and based this article on my personal experiences.