Today I’m going to cover a water-based lube, Penthouse Libido Lift. This is another product I bought at a sex shop, but I had first found it online. First, this is not just a regular old lube, but it is an ‘enhanced lubricate’, meaning it has other good stuff in it to enhance the feeling, rather than just make it slick.
The Run Down:
- Manufacturer: Penthouse
- Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, Sodium benzoate, Potassium sorbate, Chlorhexidine digluconate, L-arginine, Sodium hydroxide, Gluconolactone, Methylparaben
- Price: $14.99
- Recommended Use: Don’t.
- Pros: Contain L-Arginine which has been shown to boost blood flow to the area and increase sensation; Water-based lube that is toy-safe and condom-safe
- Cons: No added stimulation; Glycerin is the 2nd ingredient; Thick and sticky; Not long lasting; Contains parabens
- Overall Rating: 1.75/5
- Recommended: No
I had read rave reviews on this lube online, so I was excited to try it. Unfortunately, I was left rather disappointed. The lube itself is a a bit sticky and doesn’t seem to last very long, especially for solo play. Actually rubbing the lube between two fingers it turns white and almost looks like soap; it’s not a slick lube. It almost seems to suck your own natural moisture out. Being that it is an enhanced lube, it’s supposed to increase sensation and arousal. I however, didn’t even get a small zip out of this product. I also tried the lube with my partner, rubbed him up with him and asked him what he felt and his response was “wet”. He also agreed that it was rather sticky and did not like it and I had to clean him up.
In addition to the lube being sticky, glycerin is the 2nd ingredient in this lube. But why is glycerin so bad? Basically, the body breaks glycerin down into sugar. Yeast in the vaginal area thrives on sugar, so if you are prone to getting yeast infections, using products with glycerin could cause one. I personally am not prone to getting yeast infections, lucky for me, so I have never had any issues with products with glycerin in them. Also, the last ingredient in Libido Lift is methylparaben, which is used as a preservative in many cosmetics, lubes, etc. However, up to it’s estimated that up to 20% of the US population has a chemical sensitivity, such as with parabens. Products with paraben’s can cause burning and irritation in those that are sensitive to them. Menopausal women are also at a higher incident of adult onset of this type of allergy due to changes in the body. So, if you know you’re sensitive to glycerin and parabens or just don’t want to risk it, it’s best to stay away from this product. Most likely, however, if you are senstivie or allergic to paraben’s you probably would have seen a reaction in another product because they are found in everything from shampoo to toothpaste and other personal care and hygiene products. Aside from those two items, it is a water-based lube so it is safe to use with all types of toys and condoms.
So what exactly enhances this lube? The packaging and info online states that it contains an L-Arginine boost. L-Arginine is a protein with many functions in the body. One use is that it is used to make nitric oxide which is a compound in the body that relaxes blood vessels and dilates them. This means it can increase blood flow to certain areas. There are many products that are many products on the market that can increase blood flow, most contain menthol however.
I have used other products with L-Arginine in them, mainly Durex Play Utopia, and I do enjoy the feeling. I get a quiet noticeable tingling sensation, like a little drop of instant arousal. With the Libido Lift Lubricant, I felt nothing. It feels like nothing more than a typical sticky lube. My guess would be it has very trace amounts of L-Arginine in it, seeing as it is the 8th ingredient listed.
On a side note, studies have shown that oral supplement of L-Arginine can help with erectile dysfunction. However, please consult a doctor before starting an oral regiment of L-Arginine. That being said, this lube will not cure your erectile dysfunction. There have not bee many (if any) studies on topical applications of L-Arginie and erectile dysfunction. So again, if you are looking for a lube that might help out with your ED, please talk to your doctor before using this, or any other type of lube.
And just one last thing about L-Arginine. I have not researched this, but on some other reviews and forums, I have that in people who currently have genital herpes, L-Arginine can increase the chance of an outbreak. If there is more Arginine in the body than Lysine (which I have used to threat oral herpes or fever blisters) then it can trigger an outbreak. So just because of that, I would not recommend this lube or other products with L-Arginine to anyone who has been diagnosed with genital herpes, but please consult your doctor before hand.
Lastly, I was a little disappointed with the packaging. The flip top tube shown online, is not what I got. I got a clear bottle with fading print. Perhaps my product was old and not nearly as effective anymore, but I don’t believe so, since I bought it at one of the local sex shops I trust.
Overall, I don’t think I would recommend this particular product to anyone. I would recommend glycerin free products with L-Arginine or methol if you are looking for a stimulating product. If you have had a different experience with this product or have questions and concerns, please leave a comment or feel free to contact me.
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*This review was not sponsored by any company, it was a product I purchased on my own and choose to give my independent opinion on*