(No queen jokes please...)
As a gay man being presented with ‘Royal Jelly’ really did appeal to the inner princess. I, therefore, have high hopes for this lube as this particular princess has royal standards! Just as the princess noticed the pea will this princess notice anything in this lube? Lets see!
This is a water-based lubricant rather than silicone therefore if you cannot work with silicone this may be a good alternative for you. Ingredients include;
- glycerin (a colourless liquid found in all natural fats including those in our own skin),
propylene glycol (a synthetic organic, viscous, colourless liquid which is nearly odourless but possesses a faintly sweet taste),
- cellulose gum (a thickening agent),
- carbomer PEG-90M (a binding agent),
- tetrahydroxypropyl ethylenediamine (a chemical also found in anti-ageing creams),
- methylparaben (a type of chemical that is often used as preservatives to give products a longer shelf life),
- sodium Benzonate (a widely used food preservative, with an E number of E211),
- potassium sorbate (a white salt primarily used as a food preservative with an E number of E202).
If you are vegan or vegetarian there are a couple of things in there that may cause you issues. Nothing stands out as being a major allergen or chemical of concern. Apparently, tetrahydroxypropyl ethylenediamine is a widely used anti-ageing ingredient but I’ve not tested that in my review (but I was tested to rub some in certain areas to see if it worked…).
For a water based lube, it isn’t as ‘runny’ as some of the others. I found it to be thicker but not as thick as a silicone based lube. If you’ve read any of my other reviews you’ll know I prefer water-based lube as it feels far better on the hands and is less sticky than silicone based lubes. This one definitely follows that trend with no sticky feel (when in use) and no odour that I could detect. However, if you do let the lube dry out it does get a little sticky and dries a cream-ish colour.
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Talking of which, how does this clean up when the fun is done? Relatively easily I’ve found. It isn’t as sticky as other based lubes so it wipes away with ease and can easily be wiped off your hands without the need to wash your hands immediately. After play again it’s easy to wash away with water and doesn’t leave that sticky feel or smell on the skin.
The bottle itself is easy to use with a standard flip top lid. Like most lube bottles it does leak out the lid if, during your play, you leave it on its side with the lid open. I used this lube for masturbation and anal play and I found it useful for both. I tried it out with a playmate for some of the larger toys and I would agree with the general recommendation that water based lubes and larger toys do not compliment each other. Therefore be aware, if you do like your play on the larger side then this may not be the lube for you.
This particular brand is on the more expensive side of the water-based lube scale at a cost of around £12 per 130ml bottle. In terms of value for money, as this is a little more on the upper end of your budget you do pay for a better quality water based lube.
Put simply, I like this lube. It doesn’t smell, feels good, can be used for most of what I get up to therefore works for me. I would note that I’m not a vegan, therefore, I don’t have the same potential objections to some of the ingredients therefore overall I’d rate it 9/10.