Since mine and M’s go-to lube is Sliquid Silk, I was exciting to try the new flavour of Sliquid Swirl from Babeland. This glycerine free, paraben free flavoured lube is available in pink lemonade, green apple, pina colada, blue raspberry, cherry vanilla, and now strawberry pomegranate.
Sliquid Swirl comes in a 4.2 oz bottle with a clip-cap for dispensing. While other reviewers complained about the flip-cap and longed for a pump dispenser, I was quite pleased with the set-up. Yes, it was annoying to try and open the cap while my hands were covered in lube, but it also meant I could throw the bottle in my backpack without worrying about it leaking. Pump bottles are great if you’re keeping it in one place, but I’m constantly bringing things back and forth between M’s dorm and mine. For that, the design of the bottle was perfect.
I was excited that the lube itself can be used anywhere on the body, but less so once I opened it. The scent is strong, and I don’t like it. It smells like super-sweet strawberry candy. In fact, I couldn’t smell an ounce of pomegranate in there anywhere, which was really disappointing. Thank god I can’t smell it when the cap is on tightly.
The lube itself is pretty thick for a water-based formula, and takes a bit of squeezing to get out of the bottle (especially if it’s not full). Because it’s water-based you can use it with your silicone toys, as well. This one of the few flavoured lubes you can use for oral and then move straight to penetrative sex. Because it’s glycerine and paraben free, it’s unlikely to cause irritation.
I might use this for oral sex, but I would really have to be in the mood. The scent is just overwhelming, and it doesn’t really go away. What does go away quickly is the taste. It’s the same sickly-sweet strawberry as the scent, but it disappears after a second or two. Then you’re just left with not-terrible-tasting-lube. But the smell, oh god the smell is still there.
In use, this lube works pretty well but dries out quicker than others. As it dries, it also turns slightly white and tacky. At this point, you can re-activate the lube with water. This only tends to be a problem for penetrative sex, since the saliva involved in oral tends to keep the lube activated and slick. I definitely wouldn’t suggest this for anal sex considering how quickly it dries, not to mention it’s probably not as thick as you would want.
Unfortunately, I found the strawberry-pomegranate Sliquid Swirl to be an honest disaster. The flavour needs to last longer and they should either change the name to “strawberry” or add in some pomegranate. With those small changes, this could be a fantastic lube. You can essentially use it throughout your sex session with no worries about irritation or infection! Right now though, I’m mostly worried about getting far away from that awful strawberry scent. Perhaps I’ll try the pink lemonade instead. Thanks Babeland, for sending this to me for review!
This product was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review. This review is in compliance with FTC guidelines.