This review is for the updated formula for the Give Lube Premium Aqua Gel lubricant. I got it for free from the manufacturer themselves in exchange for this review. After asking them where I should link to, they told me they didn’t mind, so I am using affiliate links in this review, pointing to ÜberKinky.
Rating: ★★★★☆ 4/5
“About a year ago now, I was sent a few samples of Give Lube‘s Silicone+ and Aqua Gel lubricants. At this time, they had just changed their water-based lube’s formula and had brought our their new silicone one. When I offered to review the new silicone lube, they also sent me a small tube of the aqua gel, which I also reviewed. After reading my review for it, they lamented that they must have sent some of the older, thinner formula but left it at that. When I began writing my post about my Quest for the Perfect Lube, I recalled what they had said and requested a bottle of the new formula to try.
In this review, I will now explain to you which of their formulas I prefer and see if this one meets my perfect lube criteria!
The Give Lube Premium Aqua Gel midi comes in an 100ml ‘lubetube’. The bottle design is black with blue, silver and white on it for the fonts and logos. On the front, it has the Give Lube logo, the lubetube logo and the name and size of the product. For the most part, this is all done in silver. On the back, it lists the ingredients of the lubricant, the fact that it is made in Germany by Megasol Cosmetic Gmbh, directions for use, advice and the Give Lube website. This writing is all in white to make it easier to read against the black.
The lid is a standard cap that flicks open easily and closes just as easily. On the inside of the lid, it says the name of the German company again as well as some numbers.
I suppose there is only so many times I can be overexcited about how pretty the packaging of something is before people start to ignore me. As I said last time, I adore the packaging design that Give Lube use on all their products because it feels classy and special. I’m also a sucker for things in a series matching, which they do very well. ⏎
The ingredients of the new formula are actually the exact same as the ones in the old one. I’m not sure what they have changed in order to make this lube any different.
As you can see, this lube is paraben-free, aspartame-free and glycerin-free. It also boasts pH-optimisation and is safe for use with both toys and condoms. ⏎
The first thing I looked at was the thickness and texture of this lube. As Give Lube promised, it is definitely thicker and felt slicker on my fingers. It was easy to spread and left a lot of lube in its wake, just the way I like it. There was no odour as well, which was fantastic.
When it came to the taste, I was quite baffled. Putting the lube on my bottom lip caused it to tingle slightly, which I usually take as a bad sign. As I licked it off, I could taste a hint of mint which made me curious. Though I wouldn’t do this normally, I put more lubricant into my mouth and the effect was instant: it was minty but in a horrible chemically way and it felt very strange in my mouth. The after-taste was unpleasant as well, which was disappointing. For this reason I would not recommend using this for oral.
As the tube claims the lube is odourless, colourless and flavourless I am surprised that it has a flavour at all. The other two things are true though. ⏎
As ever, we used this lube in a lot of ways to get the full measure of what it was like. Though I was a bit concerned about the tingling sensation I had felt before I decided not to let it bother me and to test the lubricant as thoroughly as I could manage. I must admit that I didn’t use it for oral sex at all because I have a very strong gag reflex and wouldn’t get very far, especially not if it tingled and made my throat feel itchy.
Unfortunately, the tingling happened during sex. When Daddy and I used the lube the first time, it began to tingle for us both. For me, it was on the edge of pain and not in a good way. I almost wanted to stop having sex because of it, since I am bad with sensation-giving lubes. I persevered mainly because I wanted to see how it felt other than that but also because we hadn’t had sex in a while and I really wanted to. It was definitely more slick than last time and we didn’t need to add extra even when we switched positions. This was a definite improvement from last time. Of course, when we finished we found that the lube had become tacky and sticky on our skin, which did not feel good at all.
Due to the fact that Give Lube do not mention anything about sensations like this on the bottle or their website, I am left wondering if this is a problem on my end or if anyone else experienced the same issues. You must bear in mind that everyone’s bodies are different and they will not all react in the same way.
The second time I tried this lube I used it for clitoral masturbation by hand. Whenever I use this method I tend to end up using a lot of lubricant so I had to get more a few times. After a seemingly short while, the lube would begin to dry out and become sticky on my fingers, making my movements more difficult to do and pleasure harder to grasp. I did not like using this lube to masturbate with because it took longer than I was used to and didn’t feel as good in the end.
We then decided to try having sex with this lube once more. Though it had felt weird and burning to us both last time, it didn’t happen this time! This was truly confusing because I don’t understand what caused the change. I could claim that it might be to do with my menstrual cycle but that wouldn’t explain why Daddy felt the same things as me both times. ⏎
As mentioned above, this lube gets quite sticky and tacky on your skin when it starts to dry. Though my usual clean up method is baby wipes, they were not very effective with this lubricant and I had to shower it off instead. This is a little less convenient than usual, since I often prefer to wipe it off enough to sleep and then shower in the morning. ⏎
Because it was quite a while ago that I got the last sample and I only got a small bottle that time, I cannot say whether this formula is much better than the last one. With the old formula I never had a burning sensation, however it was much thinner and I ended up using 30ml in one go. This new formula is genuinely thicker and I do think it’s better for that reason. Unfortunately, because it burned me randomly, had a weird chemical flavour and was sticky after use I cannot rate it higher than a 4. I would normally want to give it a 3.5 but since I don’t do half-ratings I rounded it up.
If you don’t tend to be sensitive to any of the ingredients in this lube then it is definitely a good one – just avoid using it for oral and be prepared for a more intensive clean up.”