A whole new category of lubricant has just arrived on the market. We know and trust the water-based lubes, we know and love the oil-based lubes, we may even have slipped and slid with some silicone-based lube, but until now, no-one thought up the ingenious idea of a lubricant based on aloe vera.
Aloe vera is a cactus-like plant which has been known for thousands of years as a herbal medicine. It is often used in cosmetics, but can just as easily be squeezed straight out of a brunch and used to sooth a burn (its great for sunburn) or relieve a chafed nose. It is thought to have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Aloe vera juice, along with the other main ingredient Leaf Juice, would be closest to a water base, with a bunch of natural healing elements. Aloe Cadabra takes this base and adds some Vitamin E oil which provides extra smoothness and healing properties and Organic Vanilla Oil. There is not enough oil to turn it oily or to make the lube incompatible with condoms because full oil-based lubricants can weaken latex and cause it to tear.
Aloe Cadabra is defined as “95% Organic Aloe” so it is not clear to the buyer which 5% is not organic, but we can assume that it is the other additions (Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate or Potassium Sorbate). Compared with the contents of most lubricants on the market, this list is short and the products are relatively natural. It is a good choice for a person who uses organic and natural products whenever possible.
This is a woman’s lubricant foremost. It is gentle on the vagina and vulva and avoids many of the long list of chemicals that some of the lubricant companies include so generously. The price for being such a relatively naked lube is that it tends to dry up with easy when used externally. That means that for use externally on a man, it has its limitations. When spread on the penis for masturbation, it spreads easily (the gel texture makes it easy to apply without dripping) and it feels wonderful and smooth, but will dry up quicker than most of the good lubes, meaning you either have to work fast or reapply. For internal use, it seems to keep wet longer but when it does dry up it leaves a remnant layer, unlike a good, fluid lubricant.
The container is well designed. It has a pop-up lid so it can easily be accessed with one hand, and it stands on its head so no need to start milking the bottle to get to the last drops, when you need them at a moment’s notice. The bottle comes sealed so you know your product is full and sanitary.
The Natural Aloe Cadabra Unscented contains a small amount of Vanilla oil but it is not noticeable in smell or taste. This is practically neutral which are great characteristics for a simple lube. For those who enjoy added taste and smell, there are very exciting flavours – Peppermint Tingle, Tahitian Vanilla, Pina Colada and French Lavender – are each in their own way delicious and transport you into a tropical scene. They are good for people who like to add taste to oral sex, and they will very much over-power the natural scent and flavour, for better or for worse.
- Aloe vera based lubricant
- Thin gel consistency
- 95% Organic
- Comes in a pop-lid tube
- Contains vitamin E oil and vanilla oil
- Contains: 75 ml (2.5oz.)
- Also comes in 4 tastes: Peppermint Tingle, Tahitian Vanilla, Pina Colada and French Lavender
- pH balanced
- Sugar- and sweetener-free
- Condom compatible
- Good for sensitive skin
- Gel consistency is easy to apply
- Easy access container
- Tasteless and practically smell-free
- Good for oral sex
- Easy to wash up
- Does not leave stains
- Dries up quickly, especially externally
- Does not reactive with water
- May be too thick for anal sex