Product Review: The System JO H2O Water Based Lubricant

Silicone lubricant is fantastic! The silken sensation as it spreads on the skin, its long-lasting qualities, these are the mark of a truly exceptional silicone lube and is why such lubricants are so popular.

However silicone lubricants come with a catch. A lot of companies still advise that their silicone products aren’t used with silicone lubricants. Why? Well if a product isn’t made from pure premium silicone (or if the lubricant itself isn’t) then a chemical reaction can occur which may cause the toy to degrade over time. When it comes to silicone two positives can very well cause a negative.

And it’s because of this that many people turn to water-based lubricants. While typically not as long-lasting, water based lubricants are very inert when it comes to sex toy materials, making them a godsend for anyone who cherishes their silicone toys and doesn’t want to take the risk when it comes to material damage.

But what if you could have the best of both worlds? The soft, enduring qualities of silicone lubricant coupled with the safety and security of a water-based lubricant? This is the gap that the System JO H2O Water Based Lubricant is trying to fill.

The System JO H2O Water Based Lubricant

Designed to perfectly represent the sensation of silicone lubricant, the System JO H2O Water Based Lubricant proudly refers to itself as ‘The only water based lubricant that feels silky smooth like silicone’. As someone who has tried the finest in silicone lubricant, the pinnacle of water-based lubes, and a few attempts at creating a hybrid or proxy product this naturally appealed to me. But did the System JO H2O Lubricant live up to my expectations? Well yes, actually. I can happily say that I’m impressed…well, impressed with most qualities of this lube.

Let’s dive in to it.

There's no need to be coy: I really enjoyed this lubricant.
There’s no need to be coy: I really enjoyed this lubricant.

Being, as it is, water-based, the System JO H2O Lubricant is 100% latex safe, compatible with all sex toys, and is generally designed to be as user-friendly as possible. The ingredients used are FDA approved as pharmaceutical quality and System JO use a plant-based glycerine which makes it pH-compatible. This is great news for anyone with sensitive skin, like me. I was very happy to find that the System JO H2O Lubricant caused no irritation problems for me. Not even the slightest sting or twinge of discomfort. As someone who struggles with some sensitive-skin products it’s always great to find a product that is compatible with my body. So if you do suffer with sensitive skin you can rest assured that System JO have factored you in.

Because of this plant-based decision this lubricant is also free from animal by-products, which may please some people. That being said there’s no details available on whether this lubricant is tested on animals so if you’re vegan or ethically-minded then this might be something to consider.

The lubricant itself is practically odourless and has a sweet, sharp taste to it which is surprisingly sugary and has a very slight chemical tang. This means that if you did want a lubricant that accommodated oral then the System JO H2O Lubricant isn’t a bad option, especially if you have a sweet tooth.

The lubricant itself is very thin and runny which is deliberate. Silicone lubricants, after all, tend to be extremely slick and have a runny consistency (unless you invest in a gel) so in this System JO succeed at making their lubricant replicate a silicone feel. The similarities don’t end there either.

I have to say, the System JO H2O Lubricant feels wonderfully smooth and has the powdery softness that is typically reserved for silicone lubricants. This dreamy consistency feels divine when it is spread across the skin and leaves a smoothness similar to skin freshly dusted with a body powder. This makes for a wonderful gliding sensation during use which, in my opinion also feels very similar to silicone lubricant. By this I mean that it has the slight not-quite-grainy sensation that high-quality silicone lubricants have, which works well during thrusting, in addition to being impressively long-lasting and slick. I get the impression that a little of this lubricant could go a long way, but I enjoyed using it so much that I often went straight to slathering a large helping on my skin. Its faux silicone sensations are quite enticing.

This lube may look thick and goopy but it's actually wonderfully thin a slick.
This lube may look thick and goopy but it’s actually wonderfully runny a slick.

Being a silicone lubricant this lube also has many of the benefits of a water-based lube. Chief among these benefits is that fact that it’s rather easy to clean off after use without requiring a shower and a lot of effort. Granted if you don’t take a shower then you are left with silky smooth skin which feels like its been moisturized with a high-quality lotion, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

What is a bad thing with this lubricant is the fact that it can stain the sheets. Mr. Peaches and I generally use lubricants that don’t leave a mark, so we were quite surprised to notice markings on the sheets when we were done with this lube. System JO actually warn users about this too, putting on the bottle that you should ‘Clean spills immediately’. However when using lubricant spills are a natural part of the process, so this could be a bit irksome for some users.

The solution to this problem is to simply lay a towel or a throe down on the bed when using this lubricant, but not everyone wants to do this. Because of this I urge you to consider whether or not the silicone-like sensation of this lubricant is worth adding a towel to your own bedroom activities (I personally find this to be no hassle).

Of perhaps more concern are the ingredients listed for the System JO H2O Lubricant, which includes parabens. Most users nowadays try to avoid parabens in their lubricant and most companies are moving towards paraben-free products. Why? Well parabens have been linked to cancer, reduced sperm counts, and skin irritation, so some consumers are naturally cautious when using it internally. Parabens are also available in many daily products, act as a preservative, deterring microbial growth, and are currently considered safe to use in most places so it’s ultimately up to you whether or not you use lubricants with parabens in them.

If you’d rather not there are many paraben-free lubricants on the market, but none of the ones that I’ve tried so far have had the same silicone-like sensation that I’ve experienced with this lubricant.

Final Thoughts

Overall I am incredibly impressed with the consistency and sensations of this lubricant and highly recommend it if you’re looking for a water-based silicone substitute. It is, in my opinion, the best of its kind and I couldn’t believe just how close it was to the real deal.

If you do have health (or sheet-cleaning) concerns then I, of course, understand these. However System JO have been 100% transparent with what their product does and doesn’t do, leaving the ultimate decision up to the user. This is a stance that I can respect and I personally found the System JO H2O Lubricant to be well worth using for that faux silicone experience.

Recommend to:

People wanting a silicone substitute.

People who like long-lasting lubricants.

People who like thin lubricants.

Do Not Recommend to:

People who prefer conventional water-based lube.

People who dislike thin lubricants.

People who want a paraben-free, non-staining lubricant.

The System JO H2O Lubricant was provided to me by Shop Naughty in exchange for an honest review. If you liked this review and want to support my site then why not use the affiliate links in this post?

  • Meghan

    When you reviewed the flavoured H2Os a few weeks ago, you said you wouldn’t use it on your vulva because of the ingredients… The ingredients of this one are the same minus the flavouring, yet you dig it? Not criticizing, but what’s up with that?

    • A very good point! The answer (perhaps unsatisfyingly) is personal preference. With the additional flavouring and the focus on oral sex I personally worry that the concentration of glycerin may be higher in oral lubricants and therefore tend to avoid applying them directly. Each lubricant really does get treated on a case-by-case basis and in this instance I felt it was worth a try (especially as it wasn’t an oral lube). As you can tell I was personally glad that I did!
      I hope that helps clear some things up.