Lube is so underestimated. That is, we think so. Especially when you are using a sex toy, lube is not a luxury. And even if you produce enough fluids of your own, lube can add something extra. Many personal lubes have something extra to offer. That’s why I just loved to review two lubes with such an extra: EasyGlide Warming and EasyGlide Relaxing Anal. They were send to us by EasyToys.
EasyGlide is, just like EasyToys, a brand of EDC. This is a Dutch based company, that is also behind the shop of NBRplaza. I received the two little bottles in a anonymous box, together with some other stuff for us to review later.
Both flasks contain 150 ml and have some kind of ‘flip’ cap that is easy to open and close with just one finger. The look of these flasks is – how shall I put it – not especially luxurious, not medical, but just plain straight forward and no-nonsense. Some of the variances of EasyGlide are also available in 500 ml or even 1000 ml with a pump, but not these two.
The EasyGlide Warming has added ingredients that should feel warming during love making according to the description. And the bottle of EasyGlide Relaxing Anal says that it has a slightly unaesthetic effect, to ease anal sex. Both are water based and safe to use with a condom or with toys. Also they have been clinically tested and found to be skin friendly (hypoallergenic). Sounds good.
The challenge of a manufacturer with this kind of packaging, is that you would like as many information on it as possible, but the label is only very small. Now, the manual of a lube doesn’t interest me much. I mean, what is it that you’d like to know? But as a toy-tester one should be curious. Lucky for me I have a smartphone that has the ability to zooms in (note to self: make an appointment at the optician), so we could study the formulation.
The main components are water and a number of thickeners, such as glycerin – to make it feel slippery – and preservatives. Then there are some moisturizers. We couldn’t exactly pinpoint what component should be responsible for the warming effect, but none of the ingredients on the label rang any alarm bells.
EasyGlide Relaxing Anal
This lube also has a number of components that are quite normal in the cosmetics industry. One of the special ingredients is ‘laureth-9’, or ‘Polidocanol’. This is something that is used by the pharmaceutical industry for dermal irritation or the treatment of little wounds. Then there is ‘avena sativa kernel extract’ in this lube. That is obtained from oat and is often used in facial cremes against irritation. A third ingredient is ‘humulus lupulus cone extract’. This is obtained from the hop plant and is relaxing. And there is a hint of menthol. We are glad we don’t see any real anesthetics, like lidocain. So far, nothing wrong with this lube.
And? Does it work?
Let’s start with EasyGlide Warming. What is striking with this lube that it is a bit watery. As soon as you put some on your hand, it runs a bit. Now, that may sound logical for water based lube, but this one is slightly more watery than some other water based lubes I ave used. In itself this is not a bad thing. You can always apply some more. The lube is odorless and flavorless, which I find to be very important for any lube.
More important is the question ‘what does the warming effect do’? To answer that, I applied some on my penis and scrotum and my partner applied it to her clitoris and labia. Now, I must say that it did very little on me. That wasn’t a big surprise, because warming lubes from other brands also had little effect on me. It feels nice, but it isn’t very present. My partner lets me know that it glows just a tiny bit, especially in the area of her clitoris. It gives her a pleasurable feeling and brings her in the mood. After only a couple of minutes the feeling is not noticeable any longer.
Than the Relaxing Anal. EasyGlide Relaxing Anal is flavorless and smells a bit minty. The Relaxing Anal is also a bit thin. If you apply some on your hand it runs. That makes it slightly thinner than water based lubes from different brands. For an anal lube, this is not a good thing though. The anus doesn’t produce any natural lube itself, therefor my partner and I agree that anal lube should be somewhat greasy and thick and it should work for quite some time.
First I tried the Relaxing Anal lube on a glass butt plug and soon I noticed I had applied too little. But when I wanted to add some more, the lube din’t stick, because it was too thin. I applied some more a few times, but I prefer silicone based lube for the use with my glass toys. That is often more greasy and thicker.
Then my partner and I used it for anal penetration (on her). Normally we use water based lube for that from a different brand. We applied a large amount (a couple of pinches) of EasyGlide on my penis and some around her anus. Penetratie was quite easy. The anesthetic effect is not really present. With that I mean that the anus (and the penis) doesn’t feel numb. You can’t compare it with lidocain creme for example, and that is a good thing! What you don’t want, is that your anus is so numb, you don’t even realize that the friction causes small wounds.
These lubes from EasyGlide are by far the cheapest out there (€7,95 for 150 ml is a bargain). They are safe to use with condoms and toys. The flasks are easy to open and dosing is a breeze. It is a fine lube if your standards aren’t too high and you don’t want to spend a lot of money.
Both lubes are a bit watery, though. The warming effect of EasyGlide Warming is on the frugal side. We recommend it for women who are looking for a lube with some extras, but don’t like the intense or burning feeling of a clit-gel. The EasyGlide Relaxing Anal is a fine lube for anal penetration (ass fucking), especially when you are using condoms. For use with anal sex toys, we recommend a thicker silicone based lube. You might want to reapply these lubes during sex.
In short, we give both lubes a passing grade.
EasyGlide Warming and EasyGlide Relaxing Anal are available (among others) in the shop of EasyToys.