Good lube is the unsung hero of sex. We all know that it makes things just that bit better. Its essential for anal and can enhance and stimulate as well as just reducing friction. I was sent ID Pleasure Tingling Sensation lube by the lovely people at Crimson Princess to review.
If you’ve not come across sensation lubes before they are lubes which add something to sexual play rather than just oiling the wheels so to speak. I used to really enjoy sensation lubes before my great lube revelation a few years back.
Sensation lubes usually add a warming, cooling or tingling sensation once applied to the skin. Sometimes this is achieved via chemicals, sometimes via natural ingredients like menthol. ID Pleasure Tingling lube lists Ginkgo Biloba. Menthol and Red Clover as some of its active ingredients. From reading the front of the bottle this sounds quite natural.
The very first thing I do when I receive lube these days is check the ingredients. Let me explain why. A few years ago, I was using lubes with little idea what was in them. I had noticed recurrent episodes of thrush and various other irritating infections and UTI’s. I visited my GP and she put me through a full screening because they were so recurrent. She couldn’t find a thing wrong with me.
I stopped using all my favourite perfumed bath products and heavily scented washing liquid and continued to have problems. Infectional benching’s are no fun when you want to play. One day I was working on an article regarding lube and did a little research. I was horrified to realise that the problems I was suffering were probably down to my lube.
You see lube is often packed with things like glycerine, petrochemical and parabens. These spell disaster for a sensitive vagina. I’d been using the products a while and then suddenly developed a sensitivity to them. I changed my lube and touch wood since then I’ve had no problems.
Check the Ingredients
So, back to ID Pleasure Tingling Lube. Let’s look at that important list of ingredients.
- Water/Aqua, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Cellulose Gum, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Trifolium Pratense (Red Clover) Flower Extract, Polysorbate-20, EDTA, Carbomer, PEG-90M, Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, Methylparaben, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Menthol.
Straight away, top of the list is that old enemy glycerin. Glycerin is a sugar alcohol used to increase the osmolality of the lube. The vagina can convert glycerin directly into sugar leading to thrush, other yeast in balances and UTI’s. Mmmm sexy.
Petrochemicals and Parabens
Propylene Glycol is a petrochemical, this is often found in “tingle lubes.” It adds to that cold sensation you feel. Petrochemicals are derived from petroleum and Propylene Glycol may also be found in products like anti-freeze. Although it does have a low toxicity rating it’s known to cause reactions in some people. Hmmm.
And then we come to Methylparaben. Parabens are widely believed to be something which should be avoided in products. Once they were common in cosmetics and shampoos. But more and more companies are removing them as they are linked with some extremely worrying medical conditions. Parabens are used a preservative and to increase shelf life.
However, studies have shown that parabens mimic estrogen and this can cause problems with your endocrine system. Potentially leading to things like reduced sperm count, and increased rates of breast, testicular and ovarian cancer. Parabens have also been found in the tissue of cancerous breast tumours.
This is a topic still highly debated and manufacturers often argue the risk from parabens is extremely low. However safe sex educators would argue is this a risk people want to take? I personally avoid lube with parabens in it.
Ok, so the ingredients list isn’t a glowing example of a good lube. But what is the lube like? Clear and thin in nature. There is good spread to the lube and a tiny bit goes miles. After reviewing the ingredients, I decided I wasn’t going to use ID Pleasure Tingling Sensation intimately. I didn’t fancy the potential effects knocking me out of play for a week or so. Disaster for a sex toy reviewer.
I applied a little to my wrist and noticed the strong muscle rub scent from ID Pleasure Tingling Sensation. I braced myself for the sensation. Given the strong scent I was expecting a Deep Heat style reaction. But nothing came at all. No tingling, no heat, no cooling. The scent dissipated, and I wiped the lube off confused.
Reviewing the ingredients again there were a few active ingredients in there which should create a tingling sensation, including menthol. But there was no sensation at all. I applied a little more to the inside of my elbow, looking for thin, sensitive skin areas to replicate the sensation of using it intimately.
Still feeling no sensation at all, this time I rubbed the lube into my arm. I was very confused. So, I decided partially through curiosity and partially through my need to write a thorough review to take one for the team. I applied a little of the ID Pleasure Tingling Sensation to my clit. Well it could just be me, but I still felt nothing. There was no sensation at all.
Given the whopping list of ingredients I was expecting a strong reaction akin to the burning sensations some of the Durex sensation lubes give. As a lubricant I’m sure ID Pleasure works well. There is a good glide to it and you only need to use it sparingly. It’s also water based so is safe for use with condoms and toys.
However, ID Pleasure Tingling Lube isn’t a lube I’d recommend. There isn’t any real enhancement to using it and the worrying ingredients list are just not something I want to risk. Crimson Princess sell ID Pleasure Tingling Sensation for £9.59 in the January sale with regular price being £11.99.