Lube is perhaps the most underestimated ‘sex toy’ around (I wrote that more often), because lube makes sex so much more fun. Even if the receiving party is a woman that has absolutely no issue with getting wet of her own. Lube is great for PIV (Penis-In-Vagina) sex, but also for manual sex (jerking off, fingering), and it is a must for anal sex and when using a sex toy. Personally, I generally highly recommend lube with additions (like the Pjur Cool, that has a cooling sensation).
Still, there is a lot of controversy around lube. Because, what kind of ingredients have been used and are those safe to use at the intimate places? Fortunately, there is a brand like Pjur that takes health and safety very serious.
Pjur Cool Refreshing Menthol: what is that?
Above all, Pjur Cool is just a water based lube for sex. But what makes it so special is the addition of menthol. That causes a cooling effect, that feels tingling.
If you ever had oral seks and your partner just brushed their teeh, or had a mint in their mouth, you are familiar with the effect. Or when you had a shower with soap that contained menthol, you understand how refreshing and hot at the same time that can be.
If you never experienced this, the sensation can perhaps best be described as a refined tingling, like a thousand little needles that carefully pinch the skin. But nice.
Next to water, Pjur Cool contains a number of ingredients to make the water thicker (propylene glycol, glycerol, ethoxydiglycol, hydroxyethylcellulose). On top of that it has an extract of the guar bean (hydroxypropyl guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride) that soothes the skin. A number of ingredients are used as preservatives (citric acid, methylchlorosothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone). And then there is a natural solvent (benzyl alcohol). The cooling effect comes from menthol (menthyl lactate). All ingredients are safe for normal use and are often used in food and cosmetics. Pjur’s advice is to avoid the glycerine-like substances when you often suffer from fungal infections.
In general, there’s not much to unbox about a lube. It’s a bottle. So what?
Yet, there are a few things that strike me when looking at the packaging of this Pjur product. It contains a number of logo’s of quality certificates, such as the German ‘Dermatest’ and the CE-mark. This means that the product has been dermatologically tested, and complies with a number of quality demands. That is important because the lube does get into contact with the skin and – more important – with the mucous membranes of the intimate zones.
It is also very striking that the bottle has a screw cap and not some kind of pump. The first time I used a Pjur product, I was kinda disappointed about that. But Pjur actually gave it much thought. A pump system has the major disadvantage that bacteria can stay behind in the system, causing your lube to perish. Also, there’s always that little drop that hangs under the pump and dries and perishes. Well, not with Pjur, because they just use a scew cap.
The ‘test drive’
I (male) tested Pjur Cool with my partner (female). As soon as you apply some Pjur Cool on your hand, you can feel the cooling and refreshing effect.
The lube is kinda watery and runny, so if you apply a bit to much on your hand, it will run off easily. So it is probably better to poor some drops directly on the targeted place. Just use a couple of teaspoons directly on the glans and distribute it over the penis and balls. Or drop some on and around the clitoris and distribute over the labia and vagina. If you really like the cooling effect, I recommend you to also put some on the anus (feels really great).
Pjur Cool feels really nice and soft. It’s not sticky. The refreshing feeling is not very strong and disappears quite quickly. Personally I found that disappointing. Also, Pjur doesn’t work very long as a lube. It is absorbed by the skin quickly. After a couple of minutes we had to use some extra Pjur Cool.
Pjur is a reliable brand, that produces lube of very high quality. As a lube, it worked great and the refreshing menthol gave it a nice extra sensation. Pjur Cool is recommended especially to those that used other menthol lubes and found them a bit too much.
The pros of Pjur Cool Refreshing Menthol:
- Mildly refreshing and tingling sensation
- Safe to use with condoms
- Odorless and taste free
- Easy dosage
- Dermatologically tested
- No flavor or coloring added
- Water based, so easy to wash off. Does not make stains.
- Seems to ‘evaporate’ a little faster than other water based lubes
- Less tingling effect than other lubes with menthol
- Contains glycerine. Pure does not recommend this for persons that suffer from fungal infections often. Pjur does have products without these substances.