Coconut oil is the latest best thing, the must-try, the go-to cheap, organic item. Put it in your hair, in your food, in your vagina, anywhere. It’s the next big utility item.
Into this coconut fad comes Sliquid Soul, a lube made with coconut oil and other ingredients. Right off the bat, before reviewing either lube, I leaned toward Soul, because it’s made specifically for the body. However, coconut oil is significantly cheaper and sold almost everywhere, making it far more available to the masses.
Appearance, Design, Advertising
Soul is advertised as a ‘moisturizer’ rather than a lube, but is still (basically) a lube. This reminds me of lubes advertised as ‘body glides.’ We all know they’re lubes, but for some reason they just aren’t labeled that way.
Soul comes in a dark bottle, which I will always be annoyed by simply because it’s harder to know how much lube is left. The bottle is a push cap, and due to the oily consistency, one use is all it takes to get oil all. Over. The. Bottle. There’s not really a way to avoid this. It’s just going to happen. Another reason to keep tissues on hand during sexy time.
Coconut oil, in a similar vein to Soul, is advertised as a moisturizer (/cooking oil/hair product/coffee creamer/topping) rather than specifically a lube, but it’s still useable as a lube. Coconut oil comes in a clear container, usually with a screw top, and can be purchased for cheap prices in massive amounts. I don’t know how in the world I will ever use up my enormous container of coconut oil, unless I start bathing in the container.
While coconut oil kind of advertises itself these days, Sliquid actually has to manage a website for all their products. Sliquid’s site is easy to navigate, divvying up their products into Natural (their original,water-based line, including flavored lubes), Organics (largely gel-based, thicker lubes), and the Balance Collection (washes, shave creams, and massage oils). Sliquid labels target women (which I find uneccessary and limiting), but their website maintains a fairly gender-less look with a white background and blue strip along the top.
Organic Coconut Oil has one of the most boring ingredients lists I’ve ever come across (though that’s not a bad thing):
- Organic Coconut Oil, 100%
As for Soul, Sliquid actually got the ingredients list to match between the products and the website (a first so far …), which is awesome, because they don’t always do that. The list is much more extensive than the organic coconut oil, though I’m not science-y enough or knowledgeable enough on body products to understand why they needed so many more ingredients:
- Organic Coconut Oil
- Organic Sunflower Seed Oil
- Organic Shea Butter
- Organic Cocoa Seed Butter
- Organic Almond Oil
- Organic Apricot Kernel Oil
- Natural Tocopherols (Non GMO; vitamin E)
Taste and Smell
The oil is slightly gritty in my mouth before it melts into its liquid form. It’s filmy and tasteless, and in spite of the popularity of coconut-scented things, it doesn’t have a smell. Soul is similarly filmy and tasteless, but has a barely-there, vaguely sweet scent.
The filmy-ness is not great, but it’s to be expected from most oils. On a side note, I used coconut oil once when I was sick, rubbing it on my gums and tongue to help keep them moisturized, as I couldn’t breathe through my nose. When I woke up, I had a horrible, meaty taste in my mouth. So, maybe not the best way to use this stuff.
Coconut oil has to be rubbed between your hands, or warmed up and melted in some other way before putting on the dildo, penis, or body. Otherwise you’re just rubbing around little white clumps of coconut oil that fall off the dildo and onto your sheets/body/lingerie/etc and generally make a mess. It’s also not the most appetizing sight to see all those little white clumps scattered around like lint or dead skin. Soul is completely liquified straight out of the bottle, thank goodness.
Each of these oils were extremely runny and watery. I had very soft thighs after sexual activity due to the oils, but that was about all I enjoyed about these. I was not impressed
by either, finding myself craving something with more substance, perhaps of a more gel consistency.
Soul was infinitely easier to use, as it didn’t require any prep beforehand. But I lean towards thicker lubricants, and found Soul to be far too thin for me. My partner felt similarly, asking me to use a different lube during a handjob. He stated that the thin lube was putting far too much friction on his penis.
Also, please be aware that these lubes should absolutely not be used with condoms, as oils will break them down, exposing users to possible STIs and unplanned pregnancy.
If I had to choose, I would go with Soul in order to avoid the grittiness, and because it’s made for the body. However, coconut oil is cheaper, and has fewer ingredients, so it’s not a bad choice. Overall, both are too thin for our tastes. And I like lubricant that can mostly stay on the dildo/dick before insertion, rather than lube that just runs everywhere.
This article is part of my #SlidingIntoSummer series! Soul is available for $12 in a 2ox bottle from Luvoqa. Coconut oil can be bought almost anywhere; I have a 28oz container I purchased for less than $10. I bought these lubes, and based this article on my personal experiences.