If you’re Australian then you’ve probably heard quite a bit about Hero condoms, but let me preface this review by saying that I had very little knowledge of this brand prior to ordering some packs from The Slinky Minx.
What I did know: These condoms had some very colorful-looking packaging (which appealed to my cheeky side) and they are 100% vegan. That was enough to sell me on them.
However, after receiving my quirky packs of protection from down under I decided to do a bit more research (it’s part of the job description after all). The results?
Hero Condoms Uses Fake Tinder Profiles Featuring STIs To Spread Safer Sex.
Why Aussie Women Prefer Socially Conscious Hero Condoms.
Hero Condoms Hit Coles and Woolworths Shelves To Fight HIV.
Hero Condoms (Natural)
At this point my mind went to two different places. The first (and perhaps most befuddling for non-Brits) was “Oh my God, I haven’t heard the name ‘Woolworths’ in years! I miss Woolworths”.
The more productive aspect of my brain started thinking about just how empowering and significant a ‘socially conscious’ condom can really be.
What with a focus on veganism, I had already assumed a degree of ethical consideration from Hero, but their reach stretches far beyond a single social cause.
Every condom, to some degree, is a socially charged and politically engaged object. They give people bodily autonomy, help set personal boundaries, and allow for the promotion of safer sex practices. But, let’s face it, some condom brands are mainly concerned with the product and not the cause.
This is fine when your product can literally have a life-changing impact, of course. But once you’ve perfected the product what then? Do you just stop? Call it a job well done and perhaps work on the next incarnation of your product?
Not if you’re Hero.
Hero have instead decided to heavily invest their efforts in putting their money (and ethics) where their latex is by pledging to donate one condom to a developing country for every one of their condoms sold in an effort to fight against HIV and AIDS. It’s current goal is to donate 4 million condoms, having reached their 500,000 goal back in 2015.
As part of this Hero has also pledged to donate 12 condoms for every bottle of their new vegan lubricant too, widening its influence.
All of this may seem a bit like background chatter at first but let me ask you: How do you feel when using a condom? Is it simply a means to an end or do you find that you have favourites and foes? Likes and dislikes? Perhaps you notice that you grin a bit more when the textured pack comes out, or maybe you feel a rush of excitement when you buy a new flavoured or ultra thin pack.
The condom itself may have a physical purpose but it’s use is equally psychological and the mindset that we approach condoms with can drastically alter our enjoyment of this safer sex tool.
So how does it feel to buy a condom that has an active hand in the fight against STIs in developing countries? For me it makes me feel like a God damned warrior, who can (and does) exercise their moral stance in all aspects of life. It also makes me more aware of my own sexual health status and gets me to consider the issue as a global one rather than just personal. In short, it provides an entirely different mindset that gives me the feel-good vibes before I’ve even cracked out my wand.
Does this affect how the condom feels? I honestly couldn’t tell you, because by the time my condoms arrived I had already researched and fell in love with their ethical considerations.
On the other hand Mr Peaches was blissfully unaware until I asked him for his opinions on the product.
So, allow me to combine our opinions in order to convey how these condoms felt (their use was a team effort, after all).
For me these condoms felt pretty standard. Opening the package was easy enough and the condom inside felt well lubricated (with vegan lube, don’t cha’ know) and rolled out really well.
During use this condom allowed the texture of Mr Peaches’ shaft to come through with a nice amount of clarity, while still providing that layer of smooth latex that I actually really love.
Mr Peaches has a rather fetching coronal ridge and this was able to rub against my vaginal wand unhindered in sensation my the inclusion of the Hero Condom.
Additional lubricant was well-received by the surface of the Hero Condom and, although it was a standard thickness, it felt quite thin to me (in that I didn’t feel like sensation was dulled).
Mr Peaches really liked the packaging for the Hero Condoms (which has since changed, sadly) and broke into the chorus of ‘I Need A Hero’ upon inspecting the brand name.
This is why I love him.
Mr Peaches actually struggled to open each pack and even used his teeth once (much to my dismay). Despite my intuition telling me that these condoms were well-lubricated it seems he required more lube, favouring silicone as the condom and a bit of silicone lube went very well together.
This resulted in an interesting observation: The exterior of these condoms is very well lubricated (enhancing the pleasure for the receiver) but the inside is actually rather lacking (proving an issue for some wearers). I wonder if this is also part of why these condoms are ranked number one among Australian women? The magic of lubricant at work…?
Anyway, in terms of sensation Mr Peaches didn’t consider these condoms to ‘enhance’ sex but was pretty confident that during sex the condom pretty much becomes part of the experience rather than a distraction and the fact he was wearing it rarely crossed him mind during PiV intercourse.
What was interesting, though was that as soon as Mr Peaches found out the ethical approach behind these condoms his already high spirit was even further uplifted. He legitimately felt better about using these condoms and was even willing to ‘overlook their minor downsides’, to use his words, due to the cause that they promoted.
In short finding out that these were condoms with a social drive really did enhance them in a way for Mr Peaches, and left him feeling much more positive overall.
And who said activism was a thankless endeavour?
Overall Mr Peaches and I were very happy with the Hero Condoms, which felt like ordinary condoms but with an extraordinary approach that elevated them in our eyes.
I am a firm believer that sex is never just a purely bodily experience, and for me these condoms validated that opinion–demonstrating the power of constructive activism on a multifaceted level.
We both eagerly recommend these condoms and I know I’ll be making some more Aussie orders in the near future.
Socially conscious condom users.
People who don’t use much additional lubricant.
Do Not Recommend to:
People who dislike having to add more lube.
People who struggle opening wrappers.
People who want super thin condoms (wait til my next Hero review).