On most days, you won’t find a discerning lube user shouting from the rooftops about the magnificence of this very well-known brand of personal lubricants. But, could AstroGlide’s brand spanking new Diamond Silicone Gel formula be the gleaming diamond among their usual, “Dang, this is so sticky and runny,” rough?
Over the summer, Spicy Gear Girl reviewed another recent lubrication development by AstroGlide, their Glycerine and Paraben-Free formula. While it only received a two star rating from her, we were both impressed at this seemingly stagnant brand for picking up on body-safe and vagina-friendly trends and noting the major consumer shift towards non-toxic sex toys and more natural and less harsh lubricant ingredients.
Speaking of natural ingredients, this is the first name brand commercial lube I’ve seen to capitalize on the exploding, “Coconut oil is the best lube ever!” craze, by mixing a small amount of fractionated coconut oil into this otherwise pure silicone lube blueprint. As you can see from the ingredients listed below, the majority (first three) components are varieties of silicone, while the fourth ingredient is coconut oil.
Ingredients: Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Fractionated Coconut Oil)
Now, this is where it gets tricky. Technically, this is a latex-safe lube. Morally, I think it’s wrong to label it as such, as I take latex-safe labeling extremely seriously.
Diamonds may be the hardest substance on Earth, but it doesn’t take 14 carats of bling to rip through a paper-thin piece of superheated latex. This lube was made and approved for sale in the U.S.A., and is marketed as latex-safe, but the World Health Organization and the United Nations stand by their 2011 rulings that oil, including coconut oils, significantly degrade latex condoms.
Despite the minute ratio of oil in this lube, I strongly feel as though it does increase the risk of condom breakage, even when present in such small amounts. Personally, due to my uncomfortableness with this oil content, I chose to reduce my anxiety about STD/STIs and unwanted pregnancy by being overly cautious, and refused to use this lube with a latex condom.
As a result, I used this premium feeling no-drip formula with my Pyrex Don Wands Glass Wand instead of with my partner (we didn’t happen to have any non-latex FC2 or lambskin condoms around, both of which are safe for use with oil-based lubricants).
What were my masturbatory findings, you ask?
This is a super high quality, long lasting, premium, no drip, waterproof, odorless, colorless and tasteless lube. But, it will definitely leave a stain on those sheets, destroy your less than 100% silicone sex toy and/or clog those acne-prone pores, so watch out, and be sure to pick up some Pjur MedClean to get any stubborn silicone off of fabrics and skin.
This lube only comes in one size, which is 3 oz (88.72ml). It’s moderately priced at $14.99 and comes in a toothpaste-esque container which resembles a squatty, unopened tube of Crest. I think AstroGlide thrives on this nonthreatening Walgreens-vibe of package design– so sterile, medical and professional. To push the medicinal quality of the product even further, they go on to specify that this shelf-friendly product is preservative-free, hormone-free and non-irritating.
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
I was uncomfortable using a lube containing coconut oil with a latex condom, fearing that my partner’s diamond-tipped drill bit could puncture the oil-weakened latex too easily. Contrastingly, during solo play with my awesome glass dildo, I could relax and enjoy using this thick, smooth and natural feeling AstroGlide Diamond Silicone Gel without a care in the world.