A while ago, I received a box full of fun toys from the sympathetic Dutch brand OhYes. I already reviewed a nice set of buttplugs, a vibrating couples ring, their premium 4-piece silicone buttplug set, their warming Rabbit Vibrator and a set of three metal buttplugs. I almost forgot that I also received a bottle of lubricant, which actually deserves an honest review too.
What is OhYes waterbased lube?
It may seem like an open door to ask this question, but it certainly is not. Because one lubricant is not the other. The difference is always in the exact composition. Now you can graduate on the subject of lubricants and – frankly – someone should. Because there is a great lack of scientific studies when it comes to the use of certain ingredients in personal lubricants.
Well, the OhYes lubricant is free of glycerin and parabens and that can be important if you have a vagina and are sensitive to either of these substances. Glycerine is an alcohol that can thicken water due to its viscosity. It retains and attracts moisture. That is why it is popular in all kinds of cosmetic products. Water-based lubricants very often contain glycerine. The majority of vaginarians have no problems using glycerin, but if you are prone to a bladder infection, glycerin is not recommended. If you want to know more about whether glycerin in lubricant is harmful, I recommend you read my blog post on the subject.
Paraben is another substance often found in water-based lubricants. This is a preservative. More than three quarters of the care and cosmetic products you have in your home contain a paraben. You will find it in sunscreen, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, anti-ageing products and mascara, among others. A small number of people are hypersensitive or allergic to parabens. Some studies suggest that parabens are carcinogenic, or that they disrupt the hormone balance.
Therefore, it is nice to know that the OhYes lubricant does not contain glycerine or parabens! Now, I am always suspicious when a product states that it does NOT contain something. Because in general it means that a substitute ingredient has been used. Sugar-free cola? Then it contains something like aspartame or cyclamate. So it is with the OhYes lubricant. As an important replacement for glycerine, this lubricant contains ‘propylene glycol’. Opinions on this substance are divided. Some dermatologists think it is better to avoid this substance for skin care, because it can dry out and damage the skin. In small concentrations (as in this case), it is safe for cosmetics according to the US Food & Drug Agency (an organisation that allows or does not allow substances in food, cosmetics and medicines for the US market). Not much is known about internal use. So the choice is yours.
- Water-based lubricant
- Without glycerine
- Free of parabens
- Suitable for use with sex toys and condoms
- Formulated and bottled in the Netherlands
- Ingredients: Water, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate
The OhYes lubricant comes in a neat neutral bottle with a dispensing head. You can turn this head a quarter turn to lock it. Every time you press it, a little bit of lubricant comes out.
The label contains instructions for use in several languages (French, German, English and Dutch) and a clear list of ingredients.
The test drive with the OhYes lubricant
I am positively surprised by the OhYes lubricant. It is quite thick and does not ‘run’. A drop stays on the tip of your finger for a very long time. It feels fresh and smells neutral (no chemical smell). It doesn’t taste like anything either.
And – not unimportantly – for a water-based lubricant, it stays active for quite a long time without having to reapply it.
If you are looking for a lubricant that is free of glycerine and parabens, then the lubricant from OhYes might be something for you. It is nice and thick and lasts a long time.
- Water-based lubricant (and therefore safe with condoms and silicone toys)
- Free of parabens
- Does not contain glycerine
- Reasonably thick (does not run or drip)
- Dispensing cap
- Can be locked
- Contains Propylene Glycol instead of glycerin (doubtful)