Product Review: The Yes But Organic Anal Lubricant

It’s been a while since I reviewed a Yes product, but my appreciation for the brand has never dwindled.

It’s been suggested that 60% of what we apply to our skin can go in to the bloodstream, and Yes kept this diligently in mind when trying to produce products that are enjoyable and body safe for all.

The founders behind Yes have a background in pharmaceutical drug safety so their passion for providing high quality lubricants is backed up with a firm knowledge-base and scientific focus.

Yes’ desire to enable safe and enjoyable sexual experiences has also motivated them to make an amazing site of their own, filled with wonderful resources and lubricant guides.

I could never fully do the information on the Yes site justice, so I do highly recommend that you give it a visit if the importance of a good lubricant is of interest to you.

As you can see, I typically look upon Yes fondly; but how did this fare when trying one of the newer products, the Yes But Organic Anal Lubricant? Read on to find out.

About Jo Divine

The Yes But lubricant was provided to me by Jo Divine in exchange for an honest review.

I had the pleasure of meeting the dynamic duo behind Jo Divine in person at the Lelo Hex launch and I was immediately drawn in by their dedication to sexual health and well-being.

Jo Divine have been trading since 2007 and, during that time, they have only ever sold high-quality, body-safe products which they feel comfortable with advocating.

The owners have a background in medicine and this shows, especially in the Jo Divine magazine—which is filled to the brim with useful resources and insightful articles.

Working with Jo Divine is always a delight and I’ve found their communication to be professional, warm, and highly focused on customer satisfaction and reassurance.

My tester items from Jo Divine arrived swiftly and discreetly and I can recommend their site with a smile on my face.

The Yes But Organic Anal Lubricant

The Yes But Organic Anal Lubricant acts as its own little proposition. It’s as if its name says “Yes, a general water-based lubricant is great but sometimes you need something a bit more specialized”, especially when the booty is involved.

This lubricant performs in all the ways it needs to and more.

Oh yes—there may not be an additional ‘t’ but Yes But is definitely dabbling with its own innuendo as it hints at its purpose in the product name, too. The Yes But is Yes’ attempt at making a water-based anal lubricant; one that is gentle of the skin but durable and long-lasting when it comes to performance.

This is particularly tricky with water-based lubricant, as its longevity and thickness can act as a barrier to effective anal use. These are the two key obstacles that Yes would have needed to tackle when it came to Yes But, but it’s apparent that Yes were also very keen on keeping up their usual high standards with this product too.

The Yes But lubricant is completely devoid of parabens, glycerine, or any other obvious irritant which you might not want to get on the skin (or in your blood stream, for that matter). It’s designed to match the body’s natural tissue osmolarity, making in pH balanced and generally well-considered for intimate use.

In regards to ingredients Yes But is comprised of the following:

Aqua (water), Cyamopsis tetragonolobus (Guar Gum)*, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder (Aloe vera)*, Ceratonia siliqua (Locust Bean Gum)*, Lonicera caprifolium extract, Lonicera japonica extract, Sodium chloride, Citric acid, Sodium hydroxide.

*Organically grown ingredients

Some keen individuals might have notices that there are aloe products in this list and that, conventionally, I do struggle with some aloe-based lubricants, but Yes But caused me no irritation and I was able to test and enjoy it without a single itch or other issue. It’s also 95% organic and vegetarian society approved. Thank the lube gods.

Another key aspect of Yes But was to provide a thicker product with longevity that wasn’t oil-based—as oil-based lubricants aren’t compatible with latex condoms. Being water-based, Yes But doesn’t suffer the same compatibility issues, and so gives users more options when it comes to safer sex practices.

In terms of the typical scent/taste/consistency tests the Yes But lubricant was mostly a success in my books.

Scent-wise there is practically no discernible fragrance to this lubricant. In fact, the first time I went to give this lube the scent-test I accidentally ended up dipping my nose in the lubricant because there was basically no scent-cue and my depth perception failed me.

This is great for anyone who needs a discreet item in terms of aroma or those who are sensitive to strong smells.

I wish I could say that the taste of this lubricant was as inert but it’s not. Upon first taste my mind immediately described Yes But to me as ‘lemony sadness’. It was the unwanted, bitter kind of citrus taste that leaves a literal bad taste in the mouth and makes this lubricant a no go for me, at least when it comes to oral sex. This is permissible though as this lubricant was never meant for oral sex, so it’s not a deal breaker.

Perhaps the most important element of this lubricant (aside from safety) is viscosity and I think Yes have hit the nail on the head pretty well here. Not necessarily gel-like, but certainly not thin, Yes But has a light thickness to it, which sounds like a oxymoron but makes perfect sense during use.

This lubricant has a lovely consistency which is incredibly hydrating.

The aqua elements of this lubricant are abundantly clear during use, but its rather goopy thickness allows it to easily enable oral sex and the insertion of even the draggiest of anal sex toys.

A little goes a long way, though for those toys with extra-grip you will still want to be a tad more generous.

Ironically, my first use of Yes But was vaginally and I found that it performed just as well in this regard. I love the consistency of this lubricant, and find that it serves me very well for any form of penetration. It’s also perfect for inserting menstrual sponges—as its thicker consistency stops it from instantly being absorbed by the sponge and gives you a bit more leverage for well-lubricated insertion. This eventually became my go-to use for Yes But.

EDIT: If you do use it vaginally and have sensitive skin like me then Jo Divine also recommend mixing it with the standard Yes water-based formula, as the pH isn’t quite perfect for the vagina. That being said, they would prefer that you use the standard water-based lubricant for any vaginal activity. I’m just a very naughty girl. <3

Mr Peaches was more conventional with his use of this lubricant and found that it served him well when it came to butt plugs. His enthusiasm for this product came in the form of a perky “Yeah, it’s alright—I like it”, which is code for high approval in Mr Peaches’ conventionally British terms.

But what about downsides?

The biggest sticking point for me is probably price. Sure, this lubricant lasts a long time, but it’s still always rather hard to justify £9.99 for 100ml. You’re paying for quality, safety, and a very effective product, but that initial price mark can still leave you on the fence, especially if money is an issue.

I do also wish that the flavor was more inert, especially as I use this lubricant in a variety of ways. ‘Lemony sadness’ isn’t something I’m keen to repeat, which does mean that the moment I apply this lube oral sex is off the table (unless a clean-up occurs).

But neither of these downsides are objective flaws with the product’s quality which is, to be frank, exceptional.

Final Thoughts

Over the past few weeks I have considered Yes But to be a godsend—not just as an anal lubricant but as one I use for my kegel exercisers, my menstrual sponges, my masturbation sessions, and even PiV penetration.

In all cases the Yes But lubricant has performed incredibly well and has left me with quite a soft spot for its paradoxically divine consistency and simple effectiveness.

I highly recommend it and feel that it will serve you well in (almost) all of your endeavors.

Recommend to:

People who like thicker lubricants (without being too goopy or gel-like).

People who like diverse lubricants.

People who value body safety.

Do Not Recommend to:

People who prefer thin lubricants.

People wanting an oral lubricant.

People who dislike water-based lubricants.

A huge thank you to Jo Divine for providing this product in exchange for an honest review.