As this review contains material of a sexual nature i'd advise reader discretion. 18+ only please :)
I got this after seeing it instore at Boots purely because never in my life have i heard of aloe vera lube (how odd!) so picked up a tube of it to try. I paid £4.28 for a 50ml tube which was reasonable but i do feel that with Durex products a majority of the pricing is due to the brands well known name so they feel they can charge that bit extra. I have tried a few durex lubes before and found them to be worth the money due to the high quality, with cherry been my favourite as it's actually really tasty!
The packaging is unisex so neither member of a relationship will feel uncomfortable purchasing a tube (the cherry one is bright pink so may put men off been seen buying it in public!) The colour scheme of this one is green due to the aleo vera with a pearly white background. The durex logo is visible with 'play' written underneath, making it clear that this is a product in the durex play range. At the bottom it says (in green font) 'kind and gentle intimate lube', making it presumably safe for people (like me) with sensetive skin.
The tube/bottle is easy to open and it has a twist pump which is easy to use, simply press down and squeeze a small blob out, massaging it onto the hands to warm it up. The consistency is very thick but it spreads well without too much massaging and warms up nicely on the skin.
The lube is fine for oral, vaginal and anal sex, and anyone with common sense will know that this lube doesn't act as a contreceptive!
Me and my boyfriend only used the lube once or twice for sex simply because i prefer the cherry. The taste of this isn't very sweet and to be honest it tastes a bit like mild soap. I had to stop mid-blowjob because it tasted funny which pretty much momentarily spoiled the mood! Smell wise it's a very light fragrance, which is ocourse aloe vera. It's quite nice but not really a smell that i associate with sex.
The lube is okay to be used on (not pre-lubed) condoms to lube them up a bit and i found that it didn't get sticky or gather up on the condom in a clump like some lubes do. It did make the sex a bit more pleasent and i found that it gave a tingly sensation, which wasn't unpleasent but for me personally it didn't do much for me. The lube warmed up well aswell so it wans't unpleasently cold.
I've used this lube with toys a couple of times and it worked really well. I only used it with toys because i wanted to use it up as i'm not particulary fond of it (the main reason i buy lubes is for oral sex, and this isn't the lube for me!) and my boyfriend has used it for solo masturbation. (I really hope he doesn't come across this review, he'll die of embarresement!) Like all lubes it can be used for solo sex acts. I've not experienced any discomfort, redness or itchiness from the lube and neither has my boyfriend. It's not sticky and as it's waterbased it's easily washed off. No stains have formed on my sheets/any other material that's come into contact with the lube after using it.
Overall, i don't like it. It is fine for vaginal and anal sex (or hand jobs), but i'd advise against this for oral sex due to the soapy taste and unsexy smell. I've found if using it for anal sex, it's handy to have more in close reach while in the act as it doesn't keep the area moist for too long, however vaginal sex it seems to last alot longer, unless you struggle with self lubrication. Cherry or other fruit smelling/tasting lubes are ideal for oral. Atleast because i'm not keen on it it will last longer!
Fine for sensetive skin
Doesn't stain bedding
Easily washed off of skin
Warms up on the skin quickly
Firm in consitency so no worries of it dripping
Lasts well with vaginal sex and with solo use
Smell isn't very sexy!
Requires top ups during anal sex
So, as you can see the positives do outweigh the negatives :-)
If you like the sound of durex flavored lubes but you don't like the sound of this one, there are other flavours available;
I think most people nowadays use lubricant in their sex life, its become such an accepted thing to buy even in your local Boots. Its often hard to know which one to buy, I bought this particular one as it was on sale in Boots, and as it was by Durex which is a respected brand I thought I would give it a go.
I have the newer shaped bottle which is pink, and has an easy to squeeze grip which comes in handy in those moments when you need it quickly.
The actually lube smells a bit funny, not as nice as those flavoured ones, or as tasty. I dont recommend this for oral use at all as it tastes horrible.
The good thing about this lube is that it contains aloe vera, which is quite soothing and cooling on your downstairs department. It also means that anyone with sensitive skin shouldnt have any problems. It works safely with all Durex condoms and it isnt too watery so doesnt immediately slide off and coat your bedsheets.
Its quite a thick lube and can also be used for massaging as well as internal use. It also lasts for ages, I have had my bottle for a while now and I have a lot of sex, so I am impressed with how far it goes.
I would recommend this lube to anyone, even if you think you dont need it, it can greatly enhance sexual sensitivity and make sex fun and just a little bit messy. Love it!
Durex Play - Aloe Vera
When it comes to those intimate moments that never seem to come round often enough, it is essential that you make the most of them whilst you are both in the mood. Using a lubricant during love making can help to increase the level of sensuality by reducing friction and in some cases by adding an extra texture or sensation to the mix. Durex are well known for their range of sexual aids, from condoms to lubricants. There are a wide variety of lubricants on the market, some of these are just plain lubricant, others are specific flavours, and yet more others provide tingling or warming sensations. The product that I am reviewing is Durex Play with Aloe Vera.
Look, Feel, Smell and Usage
All Durex lubricants come in similar tubes. This one comes in a white tube with green writing to represent Aloe Vera. The tubes themselves are very easy to use without making too much mess. The user simply depresses the top to squirt a nice amount of lubricant onto their fingers before massaging this on their pink bits. I think there are two sizes of tubes available, but mine is 50ml. Depending on how often you use the product, and how much you use during each session I have found that these lubes last me quite some time. This is not my favourite lubricant; I am not particularly fond of the Aloe Vera smell which does remind me somewhat of washing up liquid. I much prefer their cherry one!
Slippery Sloppery Sensations
Most users of a sexual lubricant probably use it for the simple reason of reducing friction and particularly for women, topping up their natural level of drippiness. My partner has no problems with regards to self lubrication, but after a little while her natural lubricant seems to run out and this can make her particularly dry and uncomfortable. During sex we often resort to a little added lubricant, and this means that sex can last longer and be more fulfilling.
Mixed action or solo performance?
This lubricant is not only useful for lubrication during sex; it is also very good when it comes to a little solo fun. My girlfriend in particular regularly uses this when she is basting her turkey and she says that it gives her a heightened feeling of sensitivity. I myself have been known to use a little added lubricant when bashing my bishop but these days I tend to just knock one out very quickly removing the need for messy lubrication.
Durex lubes are all suitable for oral sex, although the majority of them don't taste very good. This Aloe Vera one is not one I would recommend for oral sex, unless you particularly like the taste of washing up liquid! Again I would recommend the cherry one!
If you are trying for a baby you should talk to your doctor before using Durex lubricants as they may slow the sperm down meaning they just don't make it to the jackpot. All Durex lubricants are suitable for use with condoms but do not contain a spermicide. These lubricants are available all over the place from chemists to supermarkets and cost around the £3 mark for 50ml, or around a fiver for 100ml tubes.All in all I will say that if you fancy spicing up your love life a little bit, get to the shop and come back feeling just a little juicier!
Durex Play Gel with Aloe Vera is a wonderful lube for those of you who are a little more sensitive to anything chemically enhanced. This formula is natural and will soothe you as well as soak you! Ingredients: Purified Water, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Benzoic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Aloe Vera.