Hello my amazing readers!
Today I’d like to flash you back to 2017 for a brief moment. It’s the Woodhull festival, the conference rooms are freezing but the atmosphere is more than warm enough to compensate. Sadly it’s the last day and everyone is parting ways. It’s a bittersweet moment but much fun has been had and I’m in the foyer with others hugging those who consent to the action and well-wishing those verbally who prefer that form of platonic love.
Amidst it all one of my stunning girl crushes approaches me, her face bubbly and beautiful as always. Gently she slips something in to my hand with a simple ‘You’re vegan, right? I thought you might like this sample that I got’.
I look at the generous offering – a tiny tube of Sutil Lubricant. Oh, how well this person knows me.
The Sutil Luxe Body Glide Lubricant
As it happens I was given one of two different types of Sutil Lubricant, namely the Sutil Luxe Body Glide Lubricant.
The alternative, for those curious, is the Sutil Rich Body Glide – the main difference being that the Rich is formulated to be thicker and this more anal friendly.
My Sutil tube was just a wee sampler so, of course, it was teeny tiny, but Sutil offers the Sutil Luxe Body Glide Lubricant in 2/4/8 oz. options in addition to offering the sampler and a buy in bulk offering customers multiple options.
The founders of Sutil (and Hathor, which has existed since 1989) are Mellta Swift and Nathanda Swift who come from a background in plant-based aphrodisiacs. As part of Hathor, they’ve long been in the field of spa treatments and related products and, even then, were concerned about parabens and similar ingredients which now cause recognizable alarm.
The result of this long-standing concern and moral approach to cosmetics is a lubricant which is equally environmentally-concerned and as vegan and body-friendly as you could possibly hope for.
The ingredients in the Sutil Luxe Body Glide Lubricant are as follows:
Aqua, Propanediol*(Zamea, botanical source), Hyaluronic Acid (Botanical source), Nelumbo Nucifera Root Extract* (Lotus Root), Oat Beta Glucan*, Gluconolactone*, Sodium Benzoate*,Citric Acid.
As you can see, things are pretty sparse here in regards to anything ‘nasty’ and Sutil have even sought and secured Eco-Certification for their key ingredients.
In addition to providing their ingredients, Sutil also describe why certain ones were included (such as oat beta glucan to add moisture to the skin) and lets you know what some of the more alien-sounding ingredients are and what they’re used for (such as Propanediol, which sounds alarming at first but is actually derived from corn,is 100% bio-based, and moisturizes and soothes the skin).
I really appreciate these additional touches by Sutil and I’d be lying if I said it didn’t endear me to them as a company a bit.
But, you know me – it all comes down to product quality and performance in the end, so how is Sutil?
In terms of sensation this lubricant is actually lovely. Straight out the tube it had a light-yet-substantial feel to it which is semi-gel like and actually made me think it would be anal-friendly.
It spreads like and absolute dream and glides against the skin in a very invigorating and noticeable hydrating manner. As you can tell, this is the type of lubricant which makes you sound like a TV-advert for a cosmetics product with all its descriptions, which I’m going to take as a good thing.
Odor-wise there is no added scent to the Sutil lubricant and its own aroma is practically inert. I really didn’t detect any discernable or obvious scent from Sutil and you’d have to hold it really close to the nose (booping distance) to get a good whiff of anything.
Sutil does market itself as flavourless and, I have to say, that’s only semi-accurate. There’s no added flavour to this lubricant but it does have its own surprisingly sweet and slightly chemical-esque flavour to it. This didn’t deter me at all and was actually a pleasant surprise when I discovered it. I would happily go to town on genitals slathered with this hydrating lubrication and I think most others would be able to as well.
Because its’ a water-based lubricant it tends to merge very well with the body’s natural fluids (or give the impression of natural fluids) and feels very nice when stroked between my labia. The slight thickness that it still retains when applied makes it nice when using strong to textured toys, giving it a bit of durability and the body a slight buffer for experiences that might need (or be enhanced by) them.
I wouldn’t necessarily say that this lubricant altered my sexual experience outside of what a standard lubricant would, but that’s okay. There are some lubricants that are very clearly a ‘next-level’ experience for me but I tend to prefer to keep them as a treat anyways.
In the interim between such treats it’s nice to have a reliable, non-stinging, semi-thick, water-based lubricant that I can use with very good, high-quality ingredients that I can just generally trust or grab whenever…at least is would be, were it not for the fact that I only had a tiny tube.
Which does sadly bring me to the one downside of this product. For what it is, the Sutil lubricant is on the higher-end of pricing. It’s reasonably priced if you’re in North America but when you start to add on shipping (especially international shipping) it becomes harder to justify the prices that are advertised on site.
If Sutil were somehow able to offer better shipping costs then I (and other Brits) might be able to justify the price point but, as is, I can get similarly performing lubricants with similar ingredients closer to home at a better price point.
The expense of the Sutil Luxe Body Glide Lubricant for international customers is a shame, however it doesn’t actually reflect the performance of the lubricant itself.
When considering the Sutil in isolation of its shipping costs this is, without a doubt, an absolutely stellar, eco-friendly, and very body-aware (and friendly) water-based lubricant and would be a clear on-shelf purchase for me. No hesitation.
If you have easy access to Sutil then I highly recommend it for this reason. If not? Well, the choice is yours.