Review: Ansell SKYN Extra Lubricated Non Latex Condoms

My partner and I don’t use condoms on a super regular basis, but we do use them when deemed necessary. If you read my previous post on infertility, then you’ll know that the chances of me falling pregnant are extremely limited and next to nothing, but we like to air on the side of caution anyway. The most common reason for us using condoms is me needing to take a course of antibiotics. These tablets can interfere with my contraceptive pill. I get bad skin flare-ups and end up needing a weeks dose of them a few times a year to clear it up so this is when condoms come in handy. I prefer to avoid latex wherever possible (unless it’s clothing) so when the opportunity arose to try some non latex condoms for Lovehoney I jumped at the chance.

The box of Ansell SKYN Extra Lubricated Non Latex Condoms arrived quickly and the presentation was pleasant. The design is clean, simplistic and the colours used are dark blue and black which makes a nice change from all the garish, bright condom packaging around. The box offers up some information about the condoms such as their nominal width, the material used and basic safety directions. Inside, there was ten individually packaged condoms, a sachet of their Maximum Performance Silicone Lubricant and some standard information such as how to place the condoms on properly and correct disposal methods.

The name may give it away, but these condoms do not contain latex. This makes them a viable option for those who have a suspected or known allergy to natural rubber latex or simply have a preference for other materials. I didn’t have much information prior to the condoms arrival, all I knew was that they were latex free. I wasn’t sure what they would be made from but the packaging later informed me that synthetic polyisoprene was the answer. The brand refers to this material as ‘skynfeel‘ because it’s designed to be soft and comfortable for the wearer, providing a natural fit and feel. I would definitely agree with the natural feeling statement. My partner didn’t lose any sensation during sex and said it felt like he wasn’t wearing anything. He has only ever experienced this with one or two other condoms before with the least noticeable being the Fair Squared Ultra Thin Vegan Condoms. It must be something to do with the absence of latex.

Ansell SKYN Exta Lubricated Non Latex Condoms

Ansell SKYN Exta Lubricated Non Latex CondomsAnsell SKYN Exta Lubricated Non Latex CondomsAnsell SKYN Exta Lubricated Non Latex Condoms

 

 

 

 

In terms of fit, my partner is on the larger side (in both girth and in length) but he didn’t find any issues with stretching these condoms to accommodate himself. He did mention that they are a smidge shorter than other condoms that we’ve used, but he managed to make the fit work there too. He said that these condoms feel tight enough to be secure and stay put, but not so tight that they become uncomfortable or painful.

These condoms are extra lubricated and I’m not sure whether this aided the natural feeling alongside the thin material, but I like it. There have been more times than I’d like to remember when my partner has worn a condom and I have felt some friction that won’t disperse without masses of lube, so I’m extremely pleased to have found some that solve that problem. We thought that insertion of his penis was much easier and more comfortable for me with these than most other brands and we didn’t need to add any additional lube during our sessions. If your partner lasts longer than an hour you may need to make use of the provided sachet, but as PIV tends to be about half that time for us we had no need to.

Are there any downsides to these condoms? Unfortunately, yes. I thought everything was going smoothly until I caught a quick sniff as I placed it on my partner. We have never used polyisoprene condoms before so I don’t know whether this is to be expected or not, but it wasn’t particularly pleasant. I’d liken it to ‘wet dog’ or something similar although it’s only noticeable when putting the condom on or removing it. As I can’t detect the odour when the condom is in use this is not a deal breaker for me. I would of course prefer it to be absent, but I can get over it.

You can purchase the Ansell SKYN Extra Lubricated Non Latex Condoms ($19.95 AUD/£11.95) from Lovehoney.

We received this product free of charge in return for our honest review. This in no way changes our opinion of the item. All views are our own and based on our experiences. No affiliate links have been used within this post.

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Review: Fair Squared Ultra Thin Vegan Condoms

My partner and I have used condoms in the past out of necessity, but we don’t use them on a regular basis. If you read my post on infertility, you’ll know that the chances of me ever falling pregnant are very, very limited but I like to use condoms when needed just to be on the safe side. Recently,  I’ve needed a couple of doses of antibiotics, which can interfere with the contraceptive pill during the surrounding weeks, so I’ve needed a back-up barrier to feel comfortable. We’ve had to do this in the past and resorted to non-vegan condoms as they seem to be most readily available, but I do prefer to use vegetarian or vegan essentials where possible, so I was really grateful to get the chance to try these out.

The Fair Squared Ultra Thin Vegan Condoms arrived quickly and I was pleased with their presentation. It’s a nice change to see a company use a clean simplistic design with minimal colouring on their condom packaging as most brands seem to opt for garish colours and graphics that scream contraception. The box offers up the necessary information regarding Fairtrade as well as basic facts such as how the condoms should be stored. There’s a leaflet inside with further information about how to place the condoms on properly and how to dispose after use.

Fair Squared Ultra Thin Vegan Condoms

Fair Squared Ultra Thin Vegan Condoms

Fair Squared Ultra Thin Vegan Condoms

 

 

 

 

I’ve had reactions to Durex (probably because of the lube used on them) and Mates condoms in the past, so if needed, we’d use Skins Condoms. Now that we’ve tried these by Fair Squared, we won’t be going back to any of those brands. Not only are these vegan friendly (yay, no animal cruelty or casein) and Fairtrade (woo, fair working/trading conditions) they also have a few practical things going for them. For starters, these do not have the strong scent of rubber that I’ve become accustomed to from Durex and Mates, but rather a pleasant odour that’s reminiscent of sweet vanilla.

Secondly, the fit is great. My partner is on the larger side but he found no issues with stretching the latex to accommodate himself. He said that the condom felt tight enough to be secure, but not so tight that it was digging into his skin or restricting the blood flow. I think he will try out the XL version at some point though, just to see how much of a difference there is and which feels better for him. He mentioned that these are well-lubricated which aided application for him and penetration for me. We generally have to add some of our own lube to condoms to be comfortable but haven’t needed to do that with these Ultra Thins yet.

And finally, they are durable. Some of the extra thin condoms that we have encountered during the past couple of years have torn easily or felt as though they might, but these Ultra Thins are robust. I haven’t been worried about them breaking during use and it seems that I don’t need to, as we haven’t had one break out of the pack at all. If my partner and I ever needed to use condoms frequently as our reliable method of contraception then I would be comfortable using these, although I think that the bigger pack of 100 would be better value in that scenario.

You can purchase the Fair Squared Ultra Thin Vegan Condoms (£7.99) from Lovehoney.

We received this product free of charge in return for our honest review. This in no way changes our opinion of the item. All views are our own and based on our experiences. Some affiliate links have been used within this post.