Review: Shunga Arousal Gel

I’ve been wanting to try a Shunga Erotic Arts product for quite some time now.  When Babelandoffered up the Shunga Arousal Gel for review, I just couldn’t say no.

The Run Down:

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The box

The Shunga Gel comes in a small attractive box.  The front of the box has a partial image of a Geshia’s face and says “Shunga Erotic Art” in small-ish print.  One side of the box says “Jardin ‘Secret’ Garden” and “Female orgasm enhancing cream”.  The other side has a few product warnings, such as to not use it if you’re pregnant or have an STD, and ingredients.  The back, or bottom, of the box has a few direction.  Overall I do like the box.  I think it’s attractive and if you were to keep it in a drawer, I don’t think anyone would really look hard at it.  Inside the box there are two small pamphlets as well as the bottle of Arousal Gel.  The first pamphlet talks about how every woman is unique and some may experience slightly different things.  I think this is a great thing to include because I’ve tried many different arousal products and have read reviews for a lot as well and everyone does seem to have a different sensation from them.  The second one is a bit bigger.  It talks about the history of Shunga and lists all the products they sell with instructions for each.    The bottle is also a unique shape.  It’s a fairly slender but wide bottle.  I like the bottle because it seems unique.  It has the same text as the box and lists the warnings and ingredients.

The bottle and box both state that this is a ‘cream’ but it definitely is not.  It’s completely clear and looks like a standard lube.  It also has a lube like consistency, but it is a bit stringy, not sticky, but if you stick your finger in it and pull it away, it will string a bit.  I wouldn’t suggest using it as a lube though, just because you don’t get a whole lot.  It does get stick though if you just put it on your skin and let it dry.  It is water-based though so a bit of water should reactivate it.  It does have a slight minty smell due to the peppermint oil.  The oil is one of the last ingredients, so I would say it is latex-safe.  It also washes off easily, though I didn’t find the need to wash it off when I used it.

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The bottle

As far as the sensation goes, it’s not as strong or intense as some of the products I’ve tried, but it is very enjoyable.  For me it was a light tingling and cool feeling.  I think it was more stimulating that the feeling let on because I do become quite wet when I use it.  I’m not sure if it enhances my orgasm but it does give me a nice kick start to getting there.  The sensation I get also doesn’t last very long, maybe 5-10 minutes at the longest.  The bottle says it may take some women up to 3 applications (on 3 consecutive days) to feel anything.  You may also feel warming and tingling.  There are a few ingredients in it that cause the sensation.  It has L-Arginie, which if you have genital herpes you should not use, as well as Peppermit Oil, and Capsicum.  It also has a Tunera Aphrodisaca Extract, but I don’t know about that.  It also contains glycerin, so if you’re sensitive to it, you may want to pass or be careful to just dab a small bit on your clit.

Overall, I do enjoy the Shunga Arousal Gel.  It does give a nice sensation.  However, I think it is a little costly and it does contain glycerin and other chemicals.  If you’re looking for something cheaper and more natural I would go with the Blossom Organics Arousal Gel (review here) which Babelandalso sells.

*This review was sponsored by Babeland, the product was sent to me free of charge to provide my honest opinion with no form of compensation*

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