Babeland recently sent me a bottle of their BabeLube Natural to try. As I’ve mentioned before, my skin is rather sensitive, so I avoid potentially irritating products as much as possible.
This all-natural lubricant is made for Babeland by Sliquid, so it doesn’t contain any glycerin, parabens, or petroleum products. Plus, it’s vegan friendly, and as a water-based lube it’s compatible with condoms and all sex toy materials.
BabeLube Natural comes in a plastic bottle with a flip-top lid like the other Sliquid products I’ve tried, and the plain blue label is tasteful and discreet. The lube itself doesn’t have any taste, which is awesome. I can detect a slight soapy scent if I stick my nose right up to the open bottle and take a deep breath, but it’s very subtle and clean-smelling.
BabeLube Natural contains the following ingredients:
- Purified water
- Plant cellulose (from cotton), which is a thickening agent
- Aloe barbadensis, aka aloe vera, which is moisturizing and soothing
- Natural tocopherols (Vitamin E), known for being soothing and good for skin
- Carrageen, a stabilizer and gelling agent
- Extracts of hibiscus, flax, alfalfa, green tea, and sunflower seed, which have healing and soothing properties, as well as antioxidants
- Potassium sorbate, a preservative
- Citric acid (from citrus fruits), another preservative
The ingredients list is very similar to that of Sliquid Oceanics, minus the seaweed. BabeLube Natural is a thicker consistency, though. I love a good thick lube because it stays where you apply it, and I just like the cushiony feel of a nice, viscous gel.
This lube is such a thick get that I really have to squeeze the bottle to get any to come out. However, a little extra effort on the dispensing is more than compensated by the fact that BabeLube Natural won’t drip or run, even with the cap accidentally left open and the bottle laying on its side. I even held the bottle upside-down with the lid open for over a minute and nothing dripped out.
As much as I love a thick gel lube, I wish this one stayed slick longer. It works really well with sex toys that have a smooth surface, like glass and metal, and since those materials are nonporous, this lube lasts a good amount of time. But I found that when used during intercourse, it tends to suds up with just a small amount of skin-to-skin rubbing, and with more vigorous friction it soon dissipates, leaving behind a little bit of residue.
The good news is that it reactivates with a few drops of water or saliva, but that in turn thins out the consistency. So, even though it’s a touch on the thinner side, the Sliquid Oceanics worked better for me personally.