Product Review: WET Naturals Sensual Strawberry

Let me just start off by saying this: I would dribble this lube over strawberry shortcake. Or ice cream. Mmmm. Ice cream.

Seriously. Maybe this is just coming from a strawberry lover, but WET Naturals Sensual Strawberry tastes like heaven. You know I love WET’s other flavored lubes (most particularly their Fun Flavors) and you know I love the other two products in their Naturals Line (Beautifully Bare and Silky Supreme).

I sent this 3.3oz flip-top bottle around the office before sampling it in a more, ahem, appropriate environment. After some surprised noises of delight, we all agreed that it tasted exactly like the frosting on strawberry donuts from Dunkin Donuts.

Which just so happen to be my favorite kind of donut.

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When it comes to flavored lube, I feel like most companies tend to overshoot it completely. They go more for the sweetness and not the natural taste of things. While this lube is super sweet, it tastes more like strawberries than fake, candy strawberries. Which is perfect for someone just trying out a flavored lube for the first time, or someone who’s a little bored with their other options.

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…than this.

Not only is the taste amazing, but the feel is gold star too. Now, this lube is water-based, which means it isn’t going to last as long as the Silky Supreme (which is silicone-based–read my review here). It’s lifespan is more comparable to Beautifully Bare, which is the WET Natural’s water-based product. But being water-based, that also makes it condom safe.

A lot of times, you run into a sticky situation when it comes to flavored lubes. Companies go for the tasty over the feel. Well, that doesn’t seem to be the case with WET Naturals Sensual Strawberry. It may be sweet, but it isn’t sticky. It stays slick, and it doesn’t even get tacky like other water-based lube.

And the best thing about this lube? It’s vagina-friendly. That’s right: if you or your partner have a vagina, this isn’t going to give you a yeast infection or provide any kind of irritation. The flavoring comes from the all natural ingredients. This is one of very few lubes on the market that is both vagina-friendly and flavored.

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Now, it does have Vitamin E Acetate in it, which we’ve mentioned previously, some people have minor allergic reactions to it. So that may be a reason to stay away from it, but if you haven’t previously had any reactions to lube, you’re probably safe. Try a little out first on the inside of your elbow to see if it bothers you.

Also of note: this lube has sucralose in it. From my research, there doesn’t seem to be a link between this artificial sweetener and yeast infections (unlike glucose or other sugars), but again, if you’ve tried lubes with sucralose in them and had a reaction (like WET’s Gellee), you may want to stay away.

And as a final note on the topic, sucralose is an artificial sweetener– which means that it’s a good choice for diabetics. So if you’ve avoided flavored lubes due to health reasons before, this lube may make all of your oral dreams come true.

Final Verdict

I love the taste, my partner loved the feel, and best of all, it gave no irritation. Can’t get much better than that. Now excuse me while I go find some vanilla ice cream.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

 

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VIDEO: History’s Worst Contraceptives

Is your mini pill making you ill? Not so sure about the IUD? Check out these historical examples of contraception from around the world.

Since forever, women have taken potentially toxic risks to keep their reproductive health under their control.

The above film was produced by EngenderHealth, an international company that intends to provide contraception to women all over the world who desire it.

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Their mission can be found at the end of the film– and it is absurd, when you think about it: we have many tried-and-true, safe methods for women to remain childless until they decide otherwise; until they can afford children; until they are mature enough or healthy enough to bear a child; until they are in a safe, healthy relationship with someone who can help them support a child, or a thousand other factors.

And yet, despite having these resources available for the betterment of humanity, we can’t seem to spread them around to those who need them the most. While EngenderHealth’s main mission takes them to some of the poorer areas of the world (you should check out more on their wonderful YouTube page for a sample of their work), because even in the western world, women still have trouble accessing this vital medication.

While many of these methods seem a little on the absurd side, some of them and many other strange methods are still considered to work today. Even though not a single one does.

I remember the Coke myth from high school (which was definitely way later than the 1960’s), only I heard it as Mountain Dew. I also heard if you sit on a cold sidewalk right after sex, the sperm will be attracted to the cold and run right out of you.

So that's what that means.

So that’s what that means.

I don’t know if any of my classmates ever believed that either tactic would work, but I doubt that if they weren’t desperate enough, they wouldn’t have tried anything.

In a world where women are abused and judged for being both sexual and chaste, proper health care can be hard to locate. But groups like EngenderHealth are trying to stop that.

Check out EngenderHealth’s WTFP?! campaign to learn more about how they’re enacting this wonderful program all over the world.

How many of these have you heard of? Have you ever tried any unconventional methods of contraception?

Five Ways to Dress Up Vaginas and Vulvas

Yes, vaginas and vulvas are incredibly beautiful on their own.

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And, the astonishingly wide variety of XX chromosome genitals out there is quite mesmerizing. Take a moment and appreciate the fascinating variety and gorgeous sea of labias and clits there are in the world.

Some people prefer the look and feel of elongated labia or macro clits, while others prefer small and compact genitals which resemble a credit card slot. Whatever kind of vulva you have and/or prefer others to have, one thing is for sure– they’re all great in their natural state.

But, what about those special occasions when you want to dress up your or your partner’s vulva for a party? Here are the top five ways to dress up vaginas and vulvas:

5. Genital Piercings/Dermal Implants

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As I’ve previously mentioned, genital piercings can add a spicy element to the bedroom, both visually and tactilely, but they can also easily compromise the safety of dental dams and condoms and can take a long time to heal properly. So, be sure you read up on how to avoid STDs and other infections if you or your partner has a genital piercing. For a complete and comprehensive guide to the wide variety of female piercings, I recommend checking out The Piercing Bible website (NSFW). Dermal implants are less likely to impact safer sex (once they are healed) and are essentially a way to permanently vajazzle yourself with sparkly studs.

4. Liquid Latex

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Painting a design on a vulva is great fun, whether you self-decorate or make a masterpiece on your partner’s junk. Liquid Latex is super fun, it feels fantastic and it peels off in the shower when you’re over it. Plus it comes in blue, purple and red– so you can have your pick, or create a custom tricolored masterpiece. Great for those who love that second skin feeling of latex, but it should be avoided by anyone with a latex allergy (obviously).

Simply paint it on with a foam brush and let it air dry. A few coats may be needed for total opacity. My only word of advice is– be sure it doesn’t get applied anywhere with hair (see #2 below for suggestions on getting that area as smooth as silk, before application).

3. Non-Invasive Jewelry

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In the same vein of the current body harness trend, non-invasive vulva jewelry can also be very titillating. Basically, it’s a beautifully crafted necklace for your vajayjay. Visit a bead shop and make your own custom design, or buy a pre-made clitoral clamp or clit clip (it’s very similar to a nipple clamp). They are a unique blend of jewelry and lingerie, and make a great gift or accessory for a special occasion.

2. Pube Designs

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I admit, I used to be intimidated by the idea of shaving shapes into my pubes, mainly because I am terribly nearsighted (wearing glasses in the shower is no bueno) and because I’ve had major issues with razor burn and ingrown hairs in the past. For years, I found that using a hair clipper on a short setting was a better idea for me.

Then, I discovered a ‘tattoo’ hair trimmer meant for designing intricate designs by barbers into fade haircuts. With this clipper, I made a heart, a lightning bolt, a landing strip, etc. If it doesn’t look perfect, remember, it’ll grow out. Or, you could just shave it all off if it looks too wonky to handle.

After gaining confidence in my trimmer skills, I bought some Coochy Shave Creme and this was the biggest game changer for me in the wild world of pubes. No more ingrown hairs or rashes from shaving with a razor! In fact, I loved it so much, I gave it an elusive 5 star review!

Shortly afterwards, I tried Inttimo Kitty Shave Kreme (made by WET) with very similar and awesomely smooth and non-irritated results. I wish I’d known about these two protective products many years ago. I would’ve saved my pubis from a lot of razor-related distress.

1. Merkins

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Originally made from hair and designed to cleverly hide symptoms of STDs like syphilis, pubic lice and herpes, which could create unsightly sores on the vulva, merkins are now frequently made from decorative materials and used by burlesque and exotic dancers. Typically, they are highly decorative and cover the entire mons venus area of the vulva (the triangle area on the front of the body).

While the front of the merkin is bedecked out with decorative elements such as rhinestones, sequins, glitter or feathers, the back of the merkin needs to be stuck onto the skin in a secure manner to keep it from falling off. A shaved or closely trimmed pubis is ideal for this, as bare skin will let the merkin stick to the body more effectively and will cause no pain when removed (unlike the ripping out of a full bush).

Double sided tape and spray adhesives from a home improvement store can contain chemicals and can irritate the skin, so I suggest attaching your merkin with Hollywood tape (available at craft stores), which is made for fashion, or with ATG tape, an acid-free, plastic-free adhesive used in art framing (available at Custom Framing shops).

Lube Review: ID Glide

To boil it down to the essence of my experience, water-based ID Glide is my least favorite in the otherwise fantastics line of ID lubes. How disappointing.

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Not only does this top selling lube contain both glycerin and glycol (sugars), they also threw some parabens in there. Here’s a big ol’ sarcastic, “Hip hip hooray!” for those sweet ingredients, ID. The naturally occurring yeast in my vagina just loved all the extra food you provided. In fact, directly after using this lube, I happened to get a raging yeast infection, which is not common for me. Coincidence? Perhaps. Perhaps not.

Thanks for the yeast buffet, ID! The makers of Monistat sure do appreciate it!

Here are all of the ingredients found in this personal lubricant:

Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Cellulose Gum, EDTA, Carbomer, PEG-90M, Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, Methylparaben, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate.

As you can tell, there aren’t a whole lot of recognizable or natural elements in this ID Glide formula, as opposed to ID Millennium, which is silicone-based and only contains 3 simple and body-safe ingredients:

  Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone and Dimethiconol.

Read my rave review on ID Millennium lube here.

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The nicest thing about ID Glide is that is both condom compatible and is safe for use with all toys. As a condom, dental dam, sex toy and dildo lover, I simply can’t argue with those great traits. I also admire the fact that this lube is uncolored, unflavored and unscented, which I’m guessing is why they claim this lube is good for sensitive skin and is hypoallergenic. It’s also nonstaining, so it’s an easy clean up both from the body and from any fabrics that were involved.

Additionally, as a former factory worker, I’m a huge fan of supporting sex products which are made in America, as I mentioned in my iLube by Doc Johnson review, and this one certainly fits the bill. ID Glide comes to us fresh from the Westridge Laboratories in Santa Ana, California, which opened its doors in 1993.

Furthermore, I definitely dig the one handed application capabilities that the bottle design provides. I also find it to be nice that the bottle and cap are fully recyclable. The price is also fairly reasonable. I used the 4.4 oz bottle, which was moderately priced at around ten dollars. It also comes in a larger size of 8.5 oz, which is a better value at around fifteen bucks.

ID Glide? More like ID Dried.

ID Glide? More like ID Dried.

Unfortunately, much like my testing of Pjur BodyGlide Woman, this lube did not provide nearly enough lubrication to do anyone any good. I was instantly dry. I was even drier than I had been before using it, much like the soaring highs and rock bottom lows of a caffeine crash. My partner (who has a penis) observed an almost instantaneous stickiness upon application. Can’t say he was jumping for joy over this product, and neither was I.

In their own defense, ID does state that you can reactivate this lube by adding a drop of water to it. I’m sorry, but if I have to add water to a lube, it’s not a high-quality lube. It should be good to go, right from the bottle to my body with no extra additions needed.

Overall Rating: 2 Stars

Final Verdict:

ID Glide is way better than KY or Astroglide, and it didn’t burn me like some warming lubes do, but you’d be better off with a longer lasting and more vagina-friendly water-based lube like Spicy Gear Girl’s fav– Pjur Woman Aqua.

Product Review: Pjur Woman Aqua

You know I love Pjur, but I’m not always a fan of water-based lubes. However, Pjur’s Aqua For Women still blew me out of the water.

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Right out the door, I love the style of bottle the 3.4 fl. oz Pjur Woman Aqua comes in. I wish more lube came with this type of applicator. It reminds me a little bit of Elmer’s glue (except there’s no point on the tip) or maybe of a Bingo dobber. I’ve never seen that type of applicator before, but it can almost be applied hands-free, which is awesome if you hate getting lube all over your hands.

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Image via rgbstock.

I would, however, suggest opening it pre-coitus. The lid is twisty. I did not think it was, and while trying to open it with a hand already covered in, uh, moisture, things got silly pretty quickly.

I was prepared to not like the feeling of this lube either. If given the choice between water or silicone based lubes, you know I will always pick silicone. But for a water-based  lube, this stuff wasn’t half so bad. Best of all? It’s condom and toy safe, no matter what your toy is made of.

This lube goes on like water, and it stays like that the entire time. But where normal water would dry up or dry out your skin, it doesn’t get tacky when it dies. It stays silky smooth, much like a silicone-based lube like another Pjur favorite, Light Bodyglide.

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With no flavor or fragrance, you know this lube isn’t just going to feel nice on your skin– it truly is made for women because it won’t irritate the mucous membranes of the vagina. However, since it is water-based, we don’t recommend it for use for anal. Check out these lubes instead.

However, there is one thing to note about those ingredients: if you’ve had trouble with glycerin in the past, this is NOT the lube for you. Not only does this lube have glycerin, but it also have propylyne glycol, which we talked about in a previous review being a just-as-bad substitute for glycerin. These two ingredients probably help make this lube so soft and silky, but if you’re prone to yeast infections or if you’ve had allergic reactions to water-based lubes before, choose something else.

Final Verdict

If you’re looking for a great water-based lube that won’t be too intrusive, give Pjur’s Woman Aqua a shot. If you’re not adverse to glycerin, it could leave you soaking.

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

Buyer’s Guide: Best Sex Toy Cleaners

Using sex toys can be fun treat, but using a toy that hasn’t been cleaned properly can lead to health problems, which is no fun at all.

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As mentioned in Keep Your Dirty Stuff Clean and How to: Keep Your Sex Toy Like New, toy cleaners are the most effective means of ensuring your toy is free of any bacteria that can lead to problems down the road such as bacterial vaginosis or vaginitis. Porous sex toys can also harbor fungus and STDs, and cannot be boiled, so it’s particularly important to keep yourself and your partner safe from these potential health threats.

No worries though, because with these best sex toy cleaners it’s easier than ever to stay clean. So, pick your ideal product, wash up and have a happy and hygienic humping session!

Pjur Med Clean Toy Cleaner

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Safe for use on skin and on sex toys made from any material, Pjur Med Clean Toy Cleaner was created to eliminate those difficult to remove silicone-based lubes. It even works on fabric stains made from lube. Just pre-treat the stain with Pjur Med before washing. This spray bottle contains 3.4oz (100ml) of anti-microbial liquid cleanser. It has been tested against viruses, fungus and bacteria and is ideal for those who share sex toys and those who use the same toys for anal and vaginal orifices.

Ingredients: water, phenoxyethanol, cocamidopropyl betaine, chlorhexidine digluconate, PEG-7, glyceryl cocoate, dimenthicone, copolyol, newohesperidine, sorbitol.

Top Cat Antibacterial Toy Wipes

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These super handy wipes are the epitome of you cleaning convenience. Simply wipe throughly and toss the wipe in the trash, and you’re good to go. Top Cat Antibacterial Toy Wipes are also economical and great for outdoor sex and sex on the go, as they are also body safe, for easy personal cleanup afterwards. What makes these wipes different from others is they contain aloe, are non-irritating and are alcohol-free. Each compact and easy to store pack contains ten sanitizing wipes.

Ingredients: water, chlorhexidine, germall plus aloe, fragrance.

Before and After Toy Cleaner

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Before and After Toy Cleaner comes in a user-friendly 4oz. (118.29ml) spray bottle. As the name suggests, this sex toy cleaner is made to be used both prior to toy use as well as after. This spray doesn’t need to be washed off, as it is self-drying. Just spray it on and wipe it off. This eliminates germs, makes toys smell fresh and clean and it restores the natural suppleness of your toy. Since this spray does contain alcohol, beware that it will dry out the skin and is only intended for use on toys.

Ingredients: deionized water, cocamidopropyl, pg-dimonium chloride phosphate, benzyl-alcohol, disodium EDTA, fragrance.

Berman Center Toy Cleaner

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Berman Center Toy Cleaner is a antibacterial liquid which comes in a 6.28oz. (185.72ml) easy-to-use spray bottle. Perfect for those who prefer a larger volume of product for a less expensive price or for those would rather have an unscented sex toy cleaner. Unlike Pjur Med Clean, this spray doesn’t have any glycerin in it, so this is a better choice for those who avoid glycerin due to high susceptibility to yeast infections. Use this cleaner like a soap, by washing your toy with it and then rinsing it off afterwards.

Ingredients: water, cocamidopropyl betaine, benzalkonium chloride, phenoxyethanol.

The Logistics Of A Successful 69

Many get the idea of using the 69 position from watching adult films, but the reality can be a little more complicated, and sometimes far less sexy. If you want to make sure your 69 is going to be more than a D+, take a peek at these hints and tips!

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Hygiene

Obviously, with the where the nose and mouth are positioned, you’re going to want to make sure things are relatively tidy down there. Maybe 69ing isn’t the best position for that day you had to dash out for your date without a shower, but it can make for some great post-bathtime nookie.

Remember, while you’re 69ing, that your partner will be able to see and (most likely) smell your butthole. There’s no elegant or sexy way to say it. It can be difficult to orgasm with a nose full of smelly butt (unless you’re into that, and then, by all means) but it can also be a little unhygienic. Anal douches are safer to use than vaginal ones, but even just a quick wipe between the cheeks with a baby wipe while you freshen up is a great way to make sure things are kosher down there– and kill any harmful bacteria that might escape the butt fortress.

Vulva-having folks, I understand the temptation of the douche. I do, I do. Especially when you’re looking to have someone with their nose up your posterior. But stay away! Douching is incredibly dangerous and can encourage infection– something you really want to stay away from if you’re having an unprotected mouth on your vulva.

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That’s right– I said unprotected mouth. Because your mouth can transmit viruses and bacteria to the genitals just as easily. HSV-1, or cold sores, can transmit to the genitalia if you’re having an outbreak. And random bacteria from your mouth can cause infections. The best route is to use a dental dam if you’re eating out, or a condom if you’re giving fellatio. Why not even go flavored?

And bearded friends– it’s always a good idea to watch the womb broom. While the tickle can be a delight, a freshly shaved face shaken too vigorously can cause a horrifying beard burn on your partner’s genitals. Trust me on this one: no fun.

Position

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There seems to be a belief that the only possible position for a successful 69 is where someone (usually the smaller partner) is on top, ass in the air, and the other partner is on the bottom. It’s a good starting point, but some may find it uncomfortable, especially if they’re always on the bottom.

If this is too much, try lying on your side with your partner lying on their opposite side. Use pillows to prop yourself up properly so you don’t risk any neck strain.

And if you think you can handle it, there’s always the gold star, ten points to Gryffindor move: the legendary standing up 69. This may take a little extra bit of flexibility, strength, and most importantly concentration, but if you and your partner are able, it can be a new and exciting way to make love.

Have the partner who will be upside down kneel on all fours on a bed or couch, facing away from the partner who will be standing up. The standing partner should take their partners legs and place them over their own shoulders, then pull away from the bed. The upside-down partner can walk backwards off the bed until you get into the proper position or, if the standing partner is tall enough, even use the bed as support/to prevent falling. Remember, this is a grade A, 70’s porn star sex position, so don’t attempt it unless you’re ready.

Techniques

  • Don’t just use your mouth. Use your hands too. It can be exhausting to only do tongue work, and everyone knows that the best kinds of oral aren’t exclusively oral. You can even use toys. Penetrate your partner’s vagina with an nJoy toy while licking her clit. Use a prostate massager like the Dr. Joel Kaplan Prostate Massager on your man while you suck his dick.

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  • Sometimes, when your partner is doing too good of a job, it can be easy to forget your role in the action. You may need to take a break from what you’re doing to focus on your own pleasure before getting back to them– make sure your partner knows ahead of time so no one is disappointed.
  • With the above point in mind, alternate bringing one another closer and closer to climax but stop short each time. Do this several times, and then go to town for an exciting and near-tantric orgasm.
  • If one partner takes longer to orgasm than the other, let that partner receive pleasure first. Suggest that they take time before they begin pleasuring you to to relax and focus on their own pleasure so that they don’t become distracted once their own ministrations enter the picture.