For as long as I can remember I’ve had sensitive skin, and this transfers to a very temperamental vulva and vagina too.
This is a frustration, of course, but shouldn’t have to be a hindrance. In an ideal world all lubricants would be body-safe, free from nasty or questionable ingredients (such as parabens), and would be pH-balanced to the body part that it was primarily intended for.
Sadly, we don’t live in an ideal world and thus it’s important to be vigilant about lubricants and what they contain.
Very few companies emphasize this with as much passion and investment as Yes—who have, over the years, provided extensive information about healthy lubricants, the dangers of certain lubricants, alongside a range of their own Soil Association approved, organic lubricants. These lubricants have been refined in every way that you might desire. They are, in execution, the ideal.
But, even then, not every body will respond well to what is, in theory, an ideal lubricant which is where introductory packs come in, and they don’t get much better than the Yes Organic Intro Pack.
The Yes Organic Intro Pack
The Yes Organic Intro Pack is a saving as well as an effective sampler. But, first, what exactly is a sampler pack?
Usually allowing you to try a lubricant without committing to a full bottle of similarly pricey investment. Sampler packs often offer the companies’ flagship items in a compilation of small sachets which, although great, don’t necessarily offer the optimal amount of lubricant to get a real tester for the product.
The Yes Organic Intro Pack avoids this pitfall by, instead, demonstrating not just what lubricants they have to offer but also what receptacles they provide too (and offer an ample amount of each).
When it comes to the Yes Organic Intro Pack this includes the following compilation of products:
- The original 96% organic Yes water based lubricant in a handy-dandy 50ml tube. This tube is perhaps my favourite offering from the selection pack, as it provides ample amounts of the lubricant for users to try while still remaining slim, travel-sized, and generally compact. If I had my way all testers would come in similar measurements and a similarly designed bottle (because, let’s face it, tubes are just brilliant for all sorts of fluids).
- Equally the 99% organic Yes oil-based lubricant comes in a tube, although with a 40ml measurement. This doesn’t make much difference and is a choice made due to the price of this lubricant and its longevity. A little bit of oil-based lubricant tends to go a long way (albeit it does tend to give a bit more of a grippy, engaging motion during intercourse, rather than a slippery slide; think the difference between a matte and glossy silicone dildo).
- Both an oil-based and water-based sachet of 7ml has been provided. This is much more conventional but I certainly don’t mind, as these sachets do have a role to play. I personally like to have them to hand on a night out or when I’m on my period and need something to use with my menstrual cup/sponge. If you use these sachets for the latter then water-based is the way to go. Though, it should be said that all of these lubricants can be used with silicone/wooden/metal/and glass sex toys (but latex and polyisoprene condoms should be avoided when using any oil-based products. They don’t mix).
- A 5ml sample of water-based lubricant in a small applicator tube has also been included. I kind of love this applicator. It’s everything that one might need if they want to slide some lubricant inside themselves discreetly and effectively without having to use your fingers for application. Of course, these are better used if you only want some internal moisture. Thankfully the tube is also thin enough that it could be incredibly helpful for anyone suffering from a sexual dysfunction (such as Vaginismus).
- Adding in a third element, Yes also include another oil-based lubricant, this time 94% organic and using their new and improved formula. As a pro-tip it’s really nice to mix water and oil-based lubricants together for a mixed sensation (just remember: no incompatible condoms if you’re doing this).
In all cases these lubricants are pH-balanced, body safe, and don’t contain any harmful chemicals (such as parabens). They’re made to work well with the body (especially the vagina and vulva) and honour themselves on the integrity of their ingredients lists, which are as follows:
YES WB ingredients
Aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder (Aloe vera)*, Linum usitatissimum (Flax) seed extract*, Cyamopsis tetragonolobus (Guar gum)*, Ceratonia siliqua (Locust bean gum)*, Xanthan gum, Sodium chloride, Potassium sorbate, Citric acid, Sodium benzoate.
*Organically grown ingredients
YES OB ingredients
Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil*, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea butter)*, Prunus dulcis (Sweet almond oil)*, Cera alba (Bees wax)*, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) seed butter*,Tocopherol (Vitamin E).
*Organically grown ingredients
YES OB in applicators
Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil*, Caprylic/Capric triglyceride (Coconut) oil*, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil*, Hydrogenated vegetable oil, Vitis vinifera (Grape) seed oil*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).
*Organically grown ingredients
Yes are completely transparent with their ingredients (as is the Jo Divine page) which is why I must hold my hands up and say that somehow I missed the fact that the non-applicator YES OB has beeswax in it and is, therefore, not vegan. And thus I am a bit disappointed in myself (almost a year on and I still haven’t learned to check every label). But I digress. All of the other lubricants are Vegetarian Society approved and, by the looks of it, vegan-friendly. Phew.
In terms of scent, flavour, consistency and appearance you have, what you’d naturally expect to be, a mixed bag when it comes to this sampler pack.
The water-based lubricant has a very delicate aroma which is wholly natural and indicative of the aqua base that you’d expect from it. The flavour is kind of floral but also a tad chemical (the aloe, I imagine, which always has a bitter tang). I don’t personally like it but it’s not so overpowering that you’d feel completely off-put if it found its way on to your tongue during use.
Its consistency is thicker that some watery lubes but does still have a runny quality. It’s slightly thinner but also moister than the baseline of most natural vaginal fluids (by my admittedly inexperienced estimations).
The standard YES OB almost completely lacks an aroma, which will appeal to many individuals. I couldn’t tell you about the flavour because, although beeswax has inadvertently graced my genitals, I draw the line at my mouth. There was a time when Omni Emmeline tried the oil-based lube and found it to be unpleasant—much like oil-pulling (which I hear is the latest dental trend, right behind charcoal toothpaste).
The consistency of this lubricant is loooovely. It starts off thick and then melts with the heat of your body and can literally be slathered luxuriously over the skin. I’d legitimately use it as a massage lotion if not for bee-based guilt and anyone who has treated themselves to a Lush massage bar knows the luxury that this lubricant can induce.
This makes me very happy that the applicator oil lube is similarly melty but comes pre-softened, which is even more decadent in my opinion. But that might be vegan bias.
I greatly enjoyed the oil-based lubricants and found them to be a creamy delight. The water-based lubricant? Not so much, I’m afraid to say.
The delicate slathering of its slightly gelled consistency was greatly appreciated, and did provided a substantial amount of glide. But, alas, even an ideal lubricant can cause a less-than-ideal outcome and, to be frank, this lubricant burnt…a lot.
This sometimes happens with me when it comes to aloe-based lubricants, although not always, which is perhaps even more infuriating.
But, this is part of the reason as to why this sampler pack is so great. Without committing to a whole tube I have identified which lubricants do and don’t work for me exactly why. Not only that but this experience was over 20% cheaper than if each of these items were purchased individually and came in a pretty purple storage bag. Not too shabby at all.
So, overall I managed to use the Yes Organic Intro Pack exactly as intended and was thrilled to be given such a broad variety of experiences from a rather reasonably priced and incredibly well composed sampler set.
If you have any interest in the Yes lubricants then I can wholeheartedly endorse this set. Just make sure that you’re full aware of the ingredients beforehand. This will help you anticipate any hiccups that might occur and locate any sensitivities that you may be unaware of.
Brilliant experiences from a brilliant brand (sold by a brilliant company). I’m as happy as can be.
People who like variety.
People unsure of their preferences.
People who like massage oils.
Do Not Recommend to:
People with specific sensitivities.
People who know what they like already.