Ice and fire. Hot and cold. Today may signify the year of the Fire Rooster (Happy Chinese New Year, by the way) but when it comes to dragons it seems like opposites attract.
At least that’s what Shunga had in mind with their Shunga Dragon Sensitive Cream. The Shunga Dragon Sensitive Cream is designed to achieve a job usually reserved to two products—namely both heating and cooling the genitalia. It’s also designed specifically ‘for men’ but, in reality, works well for anyone and everyone as long as it’s applied in moderation (and you don’t have skin like a pansy, like I do).
I mean, one of the specifications of this cream is that, once it’s rubbed in to the penis, it will ‘sensitize and intensify her pleasure’ which (to me) says it’s applicable for all.
That little rant out of the way, let’s look at the product itself, shall we?
The Shunga Dragon Sensitive Cream
The Shunga Dragon Sensitive Cream is an ‘intensifying cream for couples’ offered by Shunga Erotic Art. Shunga has a particular aesthetic and the Shunga Dragon Sensitive Cream is perfectly in keeping with it, coming in a beautifully elegant box that is decorated in Shunga-style art and comes with an opening front panel which documents the ‘Legend of the Dragon’ while also giving a brief run down of the product’s main specifications.
Is this cheesy? A bit.
Is it appreciated? Yes.
What can I say? Sometimes it’s fun to have a little bit of backstory to your cock cream and if anyone can pull it off then Shunga can.
The cream itself comes in a 60ml container so, needless to say, it’s not meant to be used as a conventional lubricant. Instead it’s recommended that users apply a very sparse amount of the product to their genitals and then massage it in to place in order to allow its sensation-producing effects to start taking action.
The cream itself is semi-thick, not gel-like but not watery either. Despite this Mr Peaches has informed me that it does feel watery when spread across the skin, and my own experiments back this up pretty well. Needless to say this cream is lighter than it looks (lighter than moisturizer or similar-appearing products, for sure) but still manages to have a nice consistency that feels substantial.
Although pitched as a sensitivity cream by nature, this product is also flavored, to allow for oral use as well. The flavor itself is fruity and rich with a bitter after-tang which I can’t say I fully enjoyed. I mean it’s not at all a deal-breaker, and this cream is still very palatable, but it wouldn’t be my first choice if I were to engage in oral by far.
If used for oral sex this flavored cream is soon followed up with a cooling sensation which spreads throughout the entire mouth. This allows for a unified sense of shared sensation play during use, which can be rather arousing and provide a good sense of feedback. After all, if it’s working in your mouth then the mind can only imagine what it’s doing for your partner’s genitals.
Scent-wise the Shunga Dragon Sensitive Cream is rather muted, keeping a slightly fruity aroma but nothing over-powerful or even overly noticeable.
This is as good a time to mention that this product is completely fragrance-free in addition to being free from parabens, sugar, and gluten. It’s also completely vegan and latex friendly, which gives more reasons to smile.
That being said, this product has an incredibly extensive list of ingredients, which may give some people pause for thought. It certainly took Mr Peaches aback and he described it as ‘one of the longest I’ve ever seen’. At the end of the day it wasn’t a massive deterrent for him but he did want to highlight it as something for ingredient-conscious users to be wary of.
If curious here is the full list of ingredients:
Water/Eau (Aqua), Glycerin USP/Glycérine USP, Propylene Glycol, Safflower Oil/Huile de carthame (Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil), Ca- pryllic/Capric Triglycerine, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene and Ethylene/Propylene/ Styrene,Copolymer, (And) Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene, Copolymer, Flavor/Saveur (Aroma), Sweet Almond Oil/Huile d’amande douce (Almond (Prunus Dulcis) Oil), Grape Seed Oil/Huile de pépin de raisin (Grape (Vitis Vinefera) Seed Oil), Sesa- me Oil/Huile de sesame (Sesame (Sesamum Indicium) Seed Oil), Avocado Oil/ Huile d’avocat (Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil), Arginine, Mentyl lactate, Cit- ric Acid/Acide citrique, Polyquaterium-7, Polyglyceryl-6 Octastearate, Hydroxytet- hyl Cellulose, Polyglyceryl-10 Mono/Dioleate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sucralose, Carbomer, Vanillyl Butyl Ether, Proprietary Extract Blend of / Mélange exclusif de (Lepidium meyenii root, Epimedium Gran- diflorum C Herb, Tribulus Terrestris, Paullinia Cupana (Guarana) Seed, Ptychopetalum olacoides), Vitamin/Vitamine E (Tocopherol), Capsicum, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT).
Yup, that is definitely a long list.
Because of the warming and cooling effect and the extensive ingredients list I was pretty much certain that this cream would be the bane of my vulva’s usually blissful life. So, was it?
Upon application for me this cream did burn and sting a bit—enough that I wouldn’t be eager to reuse it as my standard sensitivity product—but the burning did very quickly subside and make way for the alternating heating and cooling effect that Shunga promises occurs with this product.
For the most part heat was the default for this cream but if lubricant was applied then it would immediately default to an icy cold sensation which was bracing, engaging, and not at all unpleasant.
And despite my initial stinging sensation this cream did not cause any itching, burning, or skin irritation of any kind. As such I’d say that people with sensitive skin could use this product at their own risk, but results may vary and may not be worth it.
The effects of this product are what I would consider to be incredibly noticeable. They’re certainly effective in that regard and manage to live up to the promises of a ‘fire and ice’ experience.
From the moment I gave Mr Peaches this product he pretty much couldn’t stop singing its praises, either, which is a rare yet pleasant thing to occur. When writing about the product this was what he had to say:
With a name that involved the word ‘dragon’ I can’t say I didn’t expect great things from this product.
Roleplaying nerd and storyteller that I am, I read the background story provided by Shunga and my mind went wild with the sensations that I could experience and share with Emmeline. Honestly I love a good story—it can set the scene brilliantly—so I did appreciate this touch.
So how’s it in use? Really bloody good.
The cream spreads well over my penis and after a couple of seconds it starts to have a noticeable effect. It is both warms and increases sensitivity for me especially around the bottom of my head. This increase in sensation really makes me aroused and has given me reliably enjoyable strong orgasms.
The sensitivity lasts for quite some time after application and the impression it leaves lasts even longer. I would recommend this to people who want to harness the power of the dragon in the bedroom.
I can also vouch for just how good this cream felt during use because, yes, despite the initial stinging I did find that it invigorated my labia and vaginal opening to a degree that my orgasms were accentuated because of it.
With a product like this the downsides are almost a given and are almost always dictated by the ingredients, skin sensitivity, and personal preference.
If you usually dislike heating and cooling products, or are looking for a sensitive sensitivity cream (read: not too potent) then the Shunga Dragon Sensitive Cream is not the right product for you.
It’s also worth saying that, although I get their marketing angle, I’m just not a big fan of the heteronormative, ‘he pleasures her’, male power-fantasy angle that this product is trying to present. It feels wholly unnecessary, especially seeing as this product works well on its own merit.
For those using a condom the intended use of this cream (apply to the penis for sensation then have it transfer to the vulva though direct contact) will be kind of diminished, and it could be argued that such application advice is condoning users to avoid or omit condoms (which could be seen as dangerous) but I don’t think this was Shunga’s intention. And, if you do want to share the sensation, there’s always the option to apply it on the inside and outside of a condom.
Overall the Shunga Dragon Sensitive Cream has been so well-received by Mr Peaches that I’d be remiss if I didn’t recommend it. The sensations it produces are prominent and effective and the subsequent orgasms are reasonably augmented (at least in our experience).
That being said my recommendation does come with a huge asterisks that prompts potential users to consider everything I’ve mentioned in the downside. That huge ingredients list will certainly be the main turn away for some, as will the strength of the sensations, but if neither of these elements both you then there’s a lot of fun to be had with this effective sensitivity cream.
People who like temperature play.
People who like strong sensations.
People looking for a water-based cream.
Do Not Recommend to:
People with concerns over ingredients.
People with sensitive skin.
People who dislike potentially sexist marketing tactics.