Thursday, August 12, 2010

Review: Pink Unity

Once upon a time, I loved a hybrid lube called Liquid Silk. It was a wonderful lube, but our affair was short-lived, for I am hideously sensitive to the parabens it contains. Ever since, I've been trying to find a lube that had the same qualities: the staying power of silicone lube without my lady bits feeling coated for days. When Fascinations offered to let me review Pink's new hybrid lube Pink Unity, I was definitely interested.
Let me get this out there right out front. Pink Unity is a nice lube. It's not great, it's not amazing, it's not a game-changer, but it's nice. It's thicker than your average water-based lube. It's got decent cushioning - it should, since it's one of the thickest water-based lubes I've tried. It's got passable staying power compared to other water-based lubes. It's far better than going lube-less if you need the extra lubrication. Unfortunately, it's far from the fantastic product I was expecting after all the hype I've heard surrounding Pink's label.

The packaging is nice. The bottle is pretty, sturdy, and practical, though it's not something you could just leave on your dresser. The pump locks in two ways: turn it 90 degrees clockwise, and mine could not be pumped. A little plastic sleeve also fit over the pump and neck, preventing the pump from being pressed. With both these in place, I never had an issue with spilling in a bag.

Perhaps I was expecting too much from Pink Unity. It's one of the only hybrid lubes I've seen that doesn't contain glycerin or parabens (known irritants). From the feel of the lubricant, the silicones are present in a much smaller proportion than the water and propylene glycol (a common, ridiculously safe lube and food thickener). Silicones have a very recognizable feel to them when rubbed between fingers - they are basically undetectable in this lube until the rest of the lube evaporates. They give you a bit of extra slick time after the lube goes dry, but not much. It just sticks around and feels funky until you scrub it off.

Pink Unity worked passably well for ye olde quicky penis-in-vagina sex and dildo play, but wasn't enough for extended sessions or anal. It lasted a few minutes longer in the shower than water-based lubes, but it was no marathon runner.

In the end, it all comes down to purpose. Hybrid lubes are supposed to combine the best of both worlds, and be an improvement on both. They are supposed to be lubes you can use for anything. Unfortunately, Pink Unity isn't any better than a "pure" lube. Its staying power isn't all that much better than water-based lubes. Its ability to mimic a natural feel (and ease of clean-up) isn't much better than silicone lubes. While it's a nice lube, there are much better options out there for better prices, even if you have to avoid parabens and glycerin.

Ingredients: propylene glycol, water, cyclopentasiloxane, butylene glycol, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer

This product was provided to me free of charge by Fascinations in exchange for an unbiased review. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.

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