I had heard great things about Sutil. Several bloggers had mentioned the favored company, so I reached out to them to see for myself what everyone was raving about. More expensive than other lubricants, I wanted to see if their quality could stand up to their word of mouth as well as their price tag.
Appearance, Design, and Advertising
Mellta and Nathanda Swift, co-owners and creators of Hathor, specialize in plant aphrodisiacs, and have a background in creating spa treatment products like therapeutic oils, creams, and lotions. They brought this knowledge into their work in the erotic industry by creating Sutil lubes, as well as a variety of Love Potions that can be used for massage.
The ‘original light formulation’ by Hathor, Luxe is presented in a white tube with a lotus containing a single maroon petal, standing out on the bottle and drawing the eye like a beacon of light. Designed like many lotion tubes, Luxe has a cap with a top that snaps open and closed very easily, and the opening can be easily cleaned, as compared to Sliquid’s push caps, which gunk up rather efficiently.
To advertise Luxe and other products, Hathor uses photos of silk and fur to give the impression of the luxury one purchases with their products. The photos also give a feeling of sensuality, while also remaining genderless. Hathor avoids specific gender pronoun use, opening up their customer base to anyone and everyone, rather than targeting a specific demographic. However, their higher prices do mean less access for those with lower incomes.
I also appreciated Hathor’s consistency. So many lubes I review have missing ingredients and other information between the same product in various sizes, and on the website. Hathor manages to maintain that consistency, and for that I applaud them (though I shouldn’t have to; all lube companies should always do this). Hathor also includes information on what their various ingredients are, which is, I am happy to say, something that most lube companies do. It saves so much time on doing your own research, and ensures customers are fully informed before purchasing.
Almost every ingredient listed provides moisturizing and soothing sensations, which is probably a big reason why this lube went right to the top of my favorites list.
- Propanediol* (Zamea, botanical source; humectant derived from corn through environmentally sustainable process; 100% bio-based; moisturizing and soothing)
- Hyaluronic Acid (Botanical source; found naturally in the body; binds with water to create viscous gel; moisturizing and hydrating; “Nature’s Moisturizer;” plant sourced)
- Nelumbo Nucifera Root Extract* (Lotus Root; it’s water extract provides essential nutrients; moisturizing, nourishing, soothing)
- Oat Beta Glucan* (replenishes moisture to the skin; hydrating and soothing)
- Gluconolactone* (preservative)
- Sodium Benzoate* (preservative)
- Citric Acid
*Eco Certified (this checks for the absence of GMO, parabens, phenoxyethanol, nanoparticles, silicon, PEG, synthetic perfumes and dyes, animal-derived ingredients [unless naturally produced by them], and the biodegradable/recyclable nature of packaging)
Taste and Smell
Luxe has absolutely no smell that I can sense, though keep in mind that my nose is not known for its greatness. The lube has a sharp taste, but it’s not unpleasant. It’s clean and sweet, which I know ‘clean’ is an awful taste descriptor, but it’s the only word that comes to mind. It leaves a slight film in my mouth, but nothing like the butter in a popcorn bag. Just a light, lubricated film that I can hardly sense, and that goes away in a minute.
Water-based lubricants are known for their ability to work well with all sex products are most bodies. They are also infamous for their ability to dry up in no time and become basically pointless. This depends on formula and use. Some water-based lubes are better about lasting, and I’ve found that lube dries up faster between bodies than between a body and a toy.
Luxe doesn’t do this. It stays moist and silky and smooth throughout use with both toys and my partner. Hathor advertises Sutil Luxe as performing like silicone without the silicone, and I couldn’t agree more. It’s long lasting, feels smooth and silky, and avoids the oily feeling of silicone.
For those who complain of lube drying up, but who don’t want something as oily as silicone, open up your wallets for a bottle of Sutil. No regrets, I promise. Sutil is an expensive lube for being water-based; however, I truly believe it’s worth it, considering the excellent ingredients, feel, and overall quality of the product.
This article is part of my #SlidingIntoSummer series! Sutil Luxe is available for $25 for 10 10ml. sample packs, $14.95 for a 2oz. travel-size bottle, $23.95 for 4oz, and $36.95 for 8oz. A flat rate shipping charge of $10 CAD for North American orders and $20 for outside North America applies.
This lube was provided to me by Hathor in exchange for an honest review. This article is based on my experiences, and all opinions are my own.