I am very rapidly becoming a huge appreciator of Intimate Organics. I mean what more could a sex toy reviewer want than a paraben-free, propylene-gylcol-free, glycerine-free, organic, vegan water-based lubricant?
Can I hear the chorus of sex toy angels singing? I think I can.
In all seriousness, at £14.95 it might be tricky to justify the cost of the Intimate Organics Defense Lubricant, especially if you’re on a tight budget. But the importance of a good lubricant should never be underestimated and this is a really good lubricant.
The Intimate Organics Defense Lubricant
The Intimate Organics Defense Lubricant pitches itself as a water-based lubricant with a protective element. This is due to the added ingredients of carrageenan and guava bark, which have both been added for their defensive qualities during use.
Now I’m not a scientist, a dermatologist, or anything of the sort. But I do have some pretty decent Google-fu, so allow me to give you a low down on these ingredients.
Carrageenan is extracted from a red seaweed otherwise called Irish Moss. However, the luck of the Irish is a bit hit and miss when it comes to this ingredient.
In theory carrageenan is used as a thickening agent, can help soften skin, increase and retain hydration, and has been used to treat inflammation. All great aspects to include in your lubricant. It’s actually used in a medical capacity to help alleviate coughs, bronchitis, and intestinal problems because of this. It’s used to thicken a lot of beauty products and even toothpaste too.
However it’s worth noting that some studies have found carrageenan to be comedogenic, meaning it can trigger acne, so people who know they have issues with blocked or clogged skin may want to avoid this lubricant just in case.
Still, as it’s highly unlikely that you’ll have this lubricant anywhere near a ‘problem zone’ for acne this would be a very specific precaution and completely up to individual choice.
Guava is a fruit that is well known for its antioxidant properties and has been used for colic, coughs, heart disease, and even cancer. Studies on the medical benefits of guava are limited, though, so this is one super ingredient with a sparse research resume to back up its claims.
One thing that is worth highlighting, though, is that carrageenan has been termed as a ‘potent inhibitor’ of the human papilloma virus in a study by the U.S. National Cancer Institute, potentially helping to prevent the spread of HPV and thus a reduction in the risk of genital warts and cervical cancer.
This is great news for anyone who believes that HPV might be an issue for them or who enjoys the presence of multiple partners and just wants to go that extra mile in terms of safer sex practices (to which I say, dayum you’re sexy as all hell!).
In terms of the full ingredients there are none that are objectionable and my sensitive skin had absolutely no issue with this lubricant. In fact it actually created a rather nice semi-chilling/tingling effect, which may not have been intended but was still appreciated. It felt (to use an apt word) refreshing when applied and I enjoy applying it every time. Buuut just in case you do have allergies here is the full list of ingredients:
Aqua, Chondrus Crispus, (Carrageenan), Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Phenethyl Alcohol, PPG-2 Methyl Ether, Methylisothiazolinone, Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, Alcohol, Certified Organic Extracts (Lycium Barbarum Fruit, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf) Extract, Sodium Hydroxide.
The lubricant itself is semi-thick but still runs smoothly across the skin and is very obviously water-based. When it is spread on the surface of the skin it feels almost glossy as it slides receptively onto the skin and warms quite readily. It retains a wonderful amount of moisture (shout out to the carrageenan) and provides a brilliant buffer even when faced with strong wand vibrators.
The lubricant has a very herbal scent to it and the aloe barbadensis is definitely noticeable in this lube’s natural fragrance. That being said, the scent is still incredibly subtle and you’ll only really get a whiff of it if you’re actively trying to detect it (i.e. putting your nose quite close to the lubricant itself).
Do not. I repeat: Do not taste this lubricant because it is dreadful. Incredibly bitter, very sharp, and not at all pleasant, I always make sure to thoroughly remove any trace of this lubricant before bringing in an oral lube because this lubricant is akin to the flavored nail-varnish that they sell to deter nail-biting (except worst). Because of this I would strongly advise against using this lubricant if you’re planning on oral sex too, because it really doesn’t mix.
Sensation-wise this lubricant manages to feel light, smooth, and very comforting. It’s not hugely goopy and neither is it runny, making it great for both lube veterans and those who are trying lube for the very first time. I found that this lubricant lasted a very long time and a little went a long way.
I always felt like I was using quite a lot of this lubricant and yet, to my surprise when I looked at the bottle I’d barely made a dent. This is definitely one of those ‘TARDIS-tech’ lubes with the ability to keep on going like the Durex bunny, although it does still lack the ultimate longevity of silicone lubricant. Water-based lubricant is compatible with pretty much all toys, though, whereas silicone, oil, and other types of lubricant may not be, so this lubricant is your best bet when involving toys in your sex sessions.
In terms of clean-up afterwards this lubricant never felt sticky, messy, or in any way clingy at all. It wiped off easily and any residue just felt like it merged in to the skin and acted like a moisturizer (as is to be expected really). This makes this lubricant compatible for sex on the go too, and the bottle that the Intimate Organics Defense Lubricant comes in aids in this use (as it’s relatively travel-friendly).
Downsides? It’s a struggle to think of any really.
If we’re talking personal preferences then if you like really runny or really thick lubricants then the Intimate Organics Defense Lubricant will fall short of your expectations. Because of this it’s not wholly suitable for anal use (which is a shame, because some of the ingredients work well to soothe the anus, if Google is anything to go by) but it never really advertised itself as such anyway.
The label on my bottle did feel a bit tacky and amateur—which I wouldn’t expect for such an expensive product—but, to be honest, I’m much more concerned with the product itself rather than its labeling.
In terms of the ‘Defense’ aspect, although there are some valid links to be made with the ingredients and antibacterial properties I do feel like some of the claims are over-inflated or perhaps appeal a bit too much to that cosmetic pandering that you often get nowadays. You definitely wouldn’t want to use this lubricant as your only defense against HPV, or anything else.
Overall I really like how this lubricant feels and its effectiveness during use.
Although the protective qualities may be over-inflated they are still there and are certainly worth investing in if you want that extra assurance and value natural methods of safer sex (as a supplement to condoms and other barriers).
And, to top it all off, this lubricant is organic, making it a great choice for ethical consumers.
I have very little to say against this lubricant and a lot to say for it. I highly recommend it (along with any other Intimate Earth/Organics product) and feel like this lubricant is well worth investing in.
People who want a protective lubricant.
People who want an organic lubricant.
People with sensitive skin.
Do Not Recommend to:
People who want a very thick/thin lubricant.
People who want a flavorless lubricant.
People who have known allergies to the ingredients.
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