A Love Letter to Lube: Sylk Natural Intimate Moisturiser

The container for Sylk is sleek and unassuming.

Sylk Natural Intimate Moisturiser might not be the obvious first choice for a lubricant review. Indeed, it doesn’t even term itself as a lubricant on its website—preferring the term ‘Intimate Moisturiser’. However, have fond memories of this as one of the best lubricants I’ve ever used, because it was the first lubricant I ever used, and, if I had to write a love letter to only one lube, then this would be it.

When I was still suffering from Vaginismus, feeling frustrated, forlorn and rather dejected, my partner scraped together what little money he had back then (the college student that he was) and invested in a set of dilators for me. These dilators came with a bottle of Sylk Natural Intimate Moisturiser and they changed my life. Sylk was a big part of this.

At the time—being able to insert something into my vagina for the first time ever—I pretty much thought that Sylk was some kind of magical miracle gel. Nowadays I still think it’s pretty great but, naturally, my reasons for this have changed.

Sylk Natural Intimate Moisturiser is aimed primarily at those with vaginal dryness, but it’s also possible to use it as a “natural lubricant during lovemaking”, as Sylk’s website words it. This might sound off-putting for some people, but it does have its perks.

Because Sylk Natural Intimate Moisturiser is meant to help with overall vaginal moisturising, Sylk has put a lot of effort into making sure that this lubricant is body friendly.

It’s Paraben free, water based, and claims to be carefully formulated to have the same PH as the vagina. It uses the vine gum of kiwifruit to gain its texture and PH balance, alleviating any irritation. This gum is also meant to leave the lubricant tasteless, scentless, and is non-staining. Kiwifruit vine gum is also a pretty unusual ingredient for lubricant and actually works pretty well.

I wouldn’t call it scentless and tasteless though. This lubricant does have a subtle, leafy scent about it, but this isn’t entirely unpleasant, if I’m being honest. It’s not tasteless either. I’ve tasted this lubricant a lot, trying to figure out how to describe its flavour and the best I can get is that it tastes kind of like a leaf with a squirt of kiwi juice on it. It’s slightly tangy, slightly fruity, and slightly…green-tasting. Again, this isn’t unpleasant, so it’s not necessarily a bad point, but it’s something to be aware of.

Bit I’m inclined to believe Sylk’s claim that it doesn’t irritate the vagina. I have very, very sensitive skin (and my vagina is no exception) and I rarely have problems when it comes to this lubricant. Texture-wise it’s also very pleasant.

Sylk is slightly runny, but also has the right amount of viscosity to relieve friction. Maybe it’s the kiwi gum talking here, but I find this lubricant gives a very natural experience when in use. It’s great to use with firm toys, and I always use it to insert my kegel exercisers and plan to use it with my Mooncup in the future.

Sylk is slightly runny, but not excessively so.
Sylk is slightly runny, but not excessively so.

Sylk helped me a lot, and alleviated a lot of discomfort I had, and I really can’t stay neutral because of this. However, despite all of the pros that I associate with this lubricant, I will admit that it isn’t without cons.

This lubricant is rather runny, so it’s not really suited for anal use. In fact, this product is very vagina-centric as a whole. Because of its slightly runny texture this lubricant also struggles when it comes to sex toys that are prone to drag, and I wouldn’t recommend using it with such toys.

If you like to use a lot of lubricant then you might also be out of luck with Sylk. Sylk’s recommendation when it comes to sex is to place a few droplets on the entrance of your vagina before sex, or “put a little Sylk inside your vagina and apply some to your partner’s penis” for “complete lubrication”. For anyone who likes to be practically dripping with lubricant this may seem a bit underwhelming. But, at £9.99 (£12.99 with P&P) for 40g I think even the most lube-hungry person would be feeling the need to conserve with this lube.

Needless to say, Sylk is quite expensive for the amount you get. However, to be honest, I think this is a fair price to pay if you feel like Sylk is for you. If you’re someone who is struggling with intercourse, dryness, or sensitivity, then Sylk is a fantastic product. It’s intended to put anyone with these difficulties at ease and help them enjoy a worry-free and fulfilling sex life. And I think that’s something worth investing it.

When I think of Sylk I think of teenage me feeling sexually secure and capable for the first time ever. Sylk made all the difference for me and, perhaps, it can do the same for any of my readers who are also faced with sexual struggles. It’s not for everyone, but everyone should know that it exists and that it can help a lot of people have a happier and healthier sex life.

Recommend to:

Vaginismus suffers.

People with dryness or sensitive skin.

People who like hard toys.

Do Not Recommend to:

People who want an anal lubricant.

People who like to use a lot of lube.

People who use toys with drag.

Sylk provided me with a sample of their product (as it’s currently bottled) in exchange for an honest review. Nicky Gaylor runs Sylk with her dad, who set the company up a long time ago, and she is a delight to talk to. I really believe that both of these people really want to help others, and that attitude is very endearing. The samples arrived promptly and everything was in order.