CHRISTMAS 2021 THROWBACK: flavored lube, penis strokers & plugs
Among the perks of the sex blogger life: gift boxes from business partners! <3
This holiday season, XOXTOYS.ca sent me a package full of sexy stocking stuffers — the little things that add a dash of spice to playtime.
The box contained a little something-something for everybody:
- Flavored lubes from System JO, Wicked, and Doc Johnson
- A Tenga GEO Coral penis masturbation sleeve
- A smaller Tenga Easy Beat Shiny Egg
- A Fun Factory Bootie medium plug
- And, my personal favorite, a jizz-like hybrid lube sample from Wicked
Consider the many, many reasons to add plugs, masturbation sleeves, and flavored lube into your drawer of couples’ sex toys!
Flavored personal lubricants, compared
What is the purpose of flavored lube?
Partnered sex doesn’t have to be linear, and flavored lube reminds us of that.
By linear sex, I mean how our culture assumes sex progresses by default: kisses, fondling, oral on her, oral on him, intercourse, end when he finishes.
Not every session has to follow that rut, though; mix up the order. You can intersperse intercourse with cunnilingus breaks. Or fist someone with flavored lube and watch them lick their juices off your fingers. You get the idea.
Consider also lubricating one’s throat during fellatio for easier deep-throating. Or, since latex condoms and dental dams don’t always taste great, use flavored lube to make it a liiittle better for the giver. (Flavored or not, some lube on the receiver’s end is generally encouraged for glide, too.)
How the flavors I tried compare
Here’s my subjective ranking of them, purely flavor-wise.
1. System JO H2O Succulent Watermelon
Reminds me of watermelon Pop Rocks but mild. Not overpowering. Quite watery. Not too bitter, but it may remind you of soap if you use melon-scented Bath and Body Works products.
2. Doc Johnson Pussy Licker oral sex gel
HOOOH, this smells strongly like candy. Like a Push Pop. Slightly medicinal and bitter, but it started to grow on me. THICC.
3. System JO H2O Tropical Passion
Eugh. I can tell they were going for a tropical flavor, and it’s present enough for some effort and style points.
4. System JO H2O Strawberry Kisses
EUUUGH! More tart, less candy-sweet. But way more bitter. VERY cough syrup-like. It will not grow on me.
5. Wicked Aqua Strawberry
Also very medicinal in taste. More candy-like.
A caveat about flavored lubes and vagina-friendliness
I wouldn’t use the above formulas intravaginally. Stick with using them on the external bits.
These flavored lube formulas are way more osmotic than the vagina’s epithelial cells. In other words, they can suck the water out of the tissues, leading to less resilience to friction (i.e., during intercourse!) and increased irritation and risk of infection.
My top recommendation for the best flavored lube
For intravaginal use, I suggest Sliquid Swirl's flavored lube. Its formula is pH balanced and takes into account osmolality.
Instead of hyperosmotic glycerin or propylene glycol, Sliquid’s flavored lube formulas use smaller amounts of cotton cellulose as the thickening agent.
As such, Sliquid’s osmolality is lower and in the vagina-friendly zone. The slipperiness might not last as long before drying, but it’s easy to re-activate it by misting some water.
Tenga GEO Coral super soft masturbation sleeve
What is the Tenga GEO series?
The Tenga GEO masturbation sleeves deliver densely packed, nature-inspired textures to envelop the penis in a DUMMY THICC layer of squishy elastomer. Like, macaroni-in-a-pot level squishing, softer than the softest solid silicone I’ve ever touched, and thicker than the Tenga Easy Beat eggs.
The GEO Coral sleeve's webbing is quite pronounced, with many small peaks surrounding the penis. My partner compared it to “gravel, in the best of ways.” Like fiddling around with smooth rocks in your underwear, but softer and more sensual.
It may be too short for some users, though. If your penis is on the long side, consider using the Tenga GEO just on the tip or mainly on the shaft, like the Fleshlight Quickshot. If an intensely focused and localized textures are what you crave, the Tenga GEO strokers fit the bill.
Also, the lube included? Also THICC. Like, ovulation cum thick. Watch the viscous strands form between your lubed fingers when you slowly spread them apart thick.
Tenga’s Easy Beat Egg sleeves are cheaper and an entry-level upgrade from your hand alone. In particular, the Easy Beat Egg Shiny texture also has a lot of angularity to it, so with many tiny, focused points of contact in the ribbing— almost sharp, but too squishy for that to be quite the right word.
One major perk of a stretchy sleeve over a cup-style stroker is that you can adjust the pressure as you go. Rather than one set tightness level, you can tighten it as you please or loosen your grip after ejaculation when you’re super sensitive.
Unfortunately, the Easy Beat Eggs are easy to bottom out. After a certain point, you’re less sliding the sleeve and more stretching it over the head. They’re best for focusing on the tip but can help you figure out what kinds of textures you like before committing to something pricier.
Ways to use a penis masturbation sleeve with a partner
The “obvious” answer: to enhance hand jobs.
Another fun answer: enhance clit rubbing or use it as a humping toy, too! Slip the stroker, texture-side-out over your hand or onto a Magic Wand. (Yes, there are so many ways to use wand vibrators with partners!) If both partners have penises, consider sticking both of them inside the sleeve simultaneously.
Fun Factory Bootie medium silicone butt plug
What is the Fun Factory Bootie
The Fun Factory Bootie is a slightly tapered butt plug with a generous forward curve for G‑spot or prostate stimulation. Its base is slender and gently curved to fit between the cheeks or lips. I gave it a shout-out in my guide to the best butt toys for beginner and intermediate play.
Why it’s so great
For starters, the Bootie’s forward-leaning bulb presses against the front wall. It slightly tips back-and-forth with your movements; you can’t help but feel its presence every time you clench-release-clench-release.
The neck is slim for comfortable long-term wear. And the base? YESSS, a long and thin butt plug base makes sense! It’s big enough to stay anchored for safety (i.e., it won’t get lost inside you) and comfortably stays put.
And the classic shape comes in three sizes for a variety of experience levels:
- Small — 3” long x 1.1” max diameter
- Medium — 3.5” long x 1.4” max diameter
- Large — 4.4” long x 1.6” max diameter
Ways to use a butt plug with a partner
There's a new Bootie Fem designed with a shorter base, so that it doesn't block the front hole if you have vaginal intercourse while wearing a butt plug.
Wicked Simply Hybrid Jelle lubricant
Ah, I love hybrid lubes for their longevity and cloudy, jizz-like consistency. Hybrid lubricants are a combination of primarily water-based lube with juuuust a little silicone.
They’re longer-lasting than purely water-based but still mostly okay for use on silicone toys. Wicked Simply Hybrid Jelle is nicely cushioned for gliding, and, again, I love how it looks.
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What about you? What's your favorite sexy stocking stuffer for spicing up partner play time?
(Also, just FYI, this post was sponsored and does use affiliate links, which give me a commission at no extra cost to you. <3)
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