I must admit, I wasn’t overly excited when I received a few of these System JO H20 Flavoured Lubricants free with some recent sex toy shopping. I mean, my partner and I like flavoured lubes, but we don’t like glycerin and parabens, which these lubricants all contain. I wasn’t particularly happy with these ingredients being included, but my partner insisted we tried them out seeing as we received them for free. If you want to find out if I loved or hated these lubricants then read on or simply jump to the quick review to find out the facts and decide for yourself!
I thought the packaging was nice enough, these small sample-sized bottles would be great to travel with. There’s a different colour scheme for every flavour and a small image of the product the flavour comes from on each bottle, which kind of gives away what type of product this is, so I wouldn’t be able to leave them lying around. Each bottle features a foil seal for protection and reassurance that it hasn’t been opened or tampered with prior to its arrival. The bottles are flip top style for easy dispensing and this causes less mess and waste.
I poured a small amount of the product onto my elbow crease before use, as there was no way I was putting this on either of our intimate areas without a patch test first. I am quite sensitive to glycerin, so I was very sceptical, even with no initial reaction to the products. I noticed straight away that the consistency wasn’t what we’d typically go for, as it’s quite thin. We like to use thicker lubricants, even for oral sex as they just seem to work better and last longer in our experience. These lubricants just seemed to be too watery for us.
Cherry Burst was the first flavour that we tried, as we wanted to get what we expected to be the worst out-of-the-way first. I must admit that neither of us are fans of things that are cherry scented or tasting. As we expected, this was the worst of the bunch. It has a very noticeable sweet cherry scent, it’s not quite overpowering, but it is somewhat artificial. As for the taste, I honestly think it tastes like cough medicine that I had as a child, which is not exactly sexy. We’d give this one a 1/10.
We then moved onto the Raspberry Sorbet, which is not a flavour often found with lubricants, so we were interested to see if it’s because it’s too hard to make it un-artificial. This one had quite a strong scent of raspberry, but it wasn’t overwhelming. It wasn’t a bad scent, but neither of us would say that it was pleasant either. My partner described the taste of this as being ‘exactly like it smells’ and it definitely wasn’t a taste he was rushing to try again to expand on. We’d give this one a 4/10.
Next, was the Tropical Passion which was the flavour my partner was most looking forward to. He really likes tropical flavoured things and I knew if he was going to like any of these, it would be this one. The scent is definitely tropical and my partner said it reminded him of a certain brand of sweets, although he couldn’t put his finger on which it was. It’s a pleasant scent though and one I wouldn’t mind bringing into the bedroom again. He said the taste was just like any tropical juice drink, with a slight Calpol aftertaste. This one he liked and would use again if it weren’t for the ingredients. He’d give it a 6/10.
Last but not least was Lemon Splash, one that we were both unsure of. We couldn’t decide whether a citrus lubricant was a good idea, but my partner likes lemon, so he was looking forward to it. He said that the scent is extremely scent and quite tangy, as you’d expect from something lemon flavoured. He describes the taste as ‘cheap lemonade’, which I think was a compliment as he said he’d also use this one again if it wasn’t for the ingredients. He’d give this one a 6/10.
Product name? System JO H20 Flavoured Lubricant
Flavours? Lemon Splash, Cherry Burst, Raspberry Sorbet, Tropical Passion
Product type? Water-Based Flavoured Lubricants
How much product do I get? 30ml, also available in 150ml
How does it dispense? Flip top
Does it contain Parabens? Yes
Does it contain Glycerin? Yes
Latex safe? Yes
Price? £5.95 per 30ml, £12.45 per 150ml
Ingredients? Purified Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Sodium Carboxy Methyl Cellulose, Flavour, Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben