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There are several different types of lubricants in the Please line made by Pleasure Works. We looked at Please Liquid Lubricant, Please Cream Lubricant, Please Gel Lubricant, and Please Silicone Lubricant. Each one is different and has different applications. None of their lubricants use animal testing, and they do not contain glycerin or parabens.
Please Liquid Lubricant
Water based lubes like this are generally good for all uses. This does not contain glycerin, and there has been some concern about the use of glycerin in lubes. There is no science that I have been able to find to support the idea that glycerin leads to yeast infections, even though many medical doctors claim it breaks down into sugar in the vagina. Human saliva is actually more of a concern, and it is suggested that women who are prone to yeast infections urinate after sex.
That does not mean that we know enough yet to not be concerned, especially about issues such as BV(Bacterial Vaginosis), which is why many experts recommend avoiding glycerin. Products like Vaseline, oils, and vaginal douches are far more strongly linked to BV and yeast infections.
The downside is that in our experience, lubes without glycerin do not stay slippery as long without some form of additional wetting. That is why they may not always be the best option for hand jobs that do not include oral sex. Saliva and natural vaginal secretions can keep the lube slippery for longer.
Because it does not have glycerin, it lacks the slightly sweet taste found in glycerin based lubes. In our testing, the taste was reported as neutral.
It does have a slight odor, reminiscent of Astroglide.
Please Silicone Lubricant
Silicone based lubricants like this stay slippery. This one is very slippery. They even work under water. However, they are much more difficult to wash off, and they destroy silicone based toys.
We found the taste and smell of this to be very neutral. Some silicone lubes do not taste good. It is just a little bit thicker than some other silicone lubes, but still relatively thin. The reason for this slightly thicker feeling is Dimethicone (basically a silicone based polymer), which is a higher quality ingredient. The more of it used in the product, the thicker it generally feels.
It also contains Cyclopentasiloxane (the main ingredient), which in the past has raised concerns. However, 2015 finding of the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety found that Cyclopentasiloxane was safe in consumer cosmetic products, including oral ingestion (although its use as a personal lubricant was not specifically tested). This assumes that a fairly pure form of Cyclopentasiloxane is used in manufacture.
For people who are very sensitive, a silicone based lube is a good choose. The silicone molecule is larger and does not absorb into the skin.
This is a hybrid that contains a small amount of silicone, not enough to damage toys, but enough to slightly increase the slipperiness. It had no odor, but the taste did not get a positive response. It was also much easier to clean up than a silicone based lube.
It does contain sorbital as the main ingredient, and some people think of it as being similar to glycerin. Sorbitol is used in tons of products as a sweetener, for its moisturizing properties, and as a thickening agent. It is also a laxative, which is why we suggest not drinking the entire bottle, but for normal use, this won’t be an issue. There just is not enough science to say definitively that sorbital can lead to UTIs, despite the many online claims (if anyone knows of a study please show me- I have looked). If you get frequent UTIs, go ahead and use lubes without it. Otherwise, until I see some evidence, for most people this should be fine. Lots of people report using it regularly without any problems.
It is not very thick, actually, it looks more like semen in consistency. It does last longer than water based lubes, but not as long as silicone based lubes. Testers like its reported moisturizing properties. It seems to be a very good lube to use if you are a fan of toys, especially silicone toys. It has a very smooth velvety texture than many report liking. We would not recommend it for oral sex applications.
This is a fairly thin gel, not nearly as thick as you might suspect- nowhere near the thickness of something like hair gel. Gels and thicker lubes are generally recommended for use with anal sex, and this is no exception. One tester thought that the silicone was better for anal play, but in general we think it is a solid choice for this type of sexual activity. Lube preferences tend to be very personal.