My partner and I engage in anal play on a fairly regular basis so we rarely say no to trying lubes that can make those sessions go smoother. I’m a bit of a lubeaholic anyway, so I was excited to get my hands on an upcoming release. I wasn’t sure what the product would be when I put myself forward to review it, but after discovering it was Lovehoney’s Discover Lubricant I was rather pleased.
I was expecting it to just be the same as the version I already know and love, but then I read the ingredients list and noted a lot of changes. After spotting that I was naturally curious to give this a go and see how the two versions compared. Check out the quick review for a basic summary or read on full the full lowdown.
It arrives in a sturdy transparent bottle, which I liked as this enables me to see how much product is left, with a non-tacky, unobtrusive label wrapped around it. It doesn’t scream out sexual lubricant in comparison to other brands like Durex. It had been shrink-wrapped for assurance that it hadn’t been tampered with prior to arrival, which was another plus, and the bottle was also locked to prevent spills and mess. This lube dispenses via a pump which is convenient, removes the potential for mess and waste and is my preferred dispensing option.
Before I get into the consistency and how it feels in use, I want to cover some of the other most important aspects. Taste and odour. These are two things that I prefer to know about before deciding to purchase a sexual lubricant. My partner did the taste test and claimed that it’s not very desirable in that department. He likened it to hair gel or something similar and for that reason he would not recommend using this for any sort of oral contact. It was too chemically based for him. In regards to scent, neither of us could pick up anything, pleasant or otherwise, so that’s a positive.
We are very insistent on patch testing before applying lubricant to our intimate areas because of sensitive skin. We didn’t encounter any reactions such as itching, burning or rash developing so we decided to go ahead. I have used the UK version of Discover for vaginal use in the past, particularly when I’ve wanted to use bigger toys as its perfect for lots of comfortable cushioning, but I wouldn’t use this version for anything but anal. The reason for that is that this version includes Glycerin and I don’t like to mess up my vulva with a UTI.
I seemed to be fine with it anally, but I was a bit put off by the inclusion of Methylparaben. I really prefer to avoid any and all parabens in my lubes and would much rather recommend lubricants to others that are paraben free too. If you are like me and would prefer to avoid them or you’re sensitive to them, then I would not recommend this version to you. I would recommend Sliquid Sassy or Sliquid’s Gel Lubricant as an irritant free replacement. If you aren’t so bothered by parabens, then the lube itself is fit for purpose and does the job well.
When I placed a couple of pumps into my palm for the first time I was impressed with the consistency. It’s definitely thick and gel-like as described and I think that’s a great combination for any sort of anal play. It’s pretty thick in terms of texture and has no sticky, greasy feel to it (during or after use) which surprised me. I’ve encountered many lubricants that contain glycerin and nearly all of them have become tacky and gross quite quickly after application. It provides a thick layer of protection to the back door whilst reducing any discomfort that may occur. My partner is well endowed so anal can be painful if not sufficiently warmed up and lubricated. Discover solves that issue. It removes the uncomfortable friction for me without taking away the friction that makes anal sex so great for him.
Overall, I cannot deny that Lovehoney’s Discover Lubricant (US) is fit for purpose. It has a good consistency and thickness for anal play, has no offensive odour and lasts a reasonable amount of time. I’d estimate 20-25 minutes of use before needing to reactivate it. It can be used with any sort of sex toy as its water based and is perfect for removing the drag from a silicone plug, but the ingredients list is not going to be suitable for everyone. If you’re not in the US, Lovehoney’s Discover has a much better set of ingredients and by that I mean no parabens or glycerin. I don’t know why the ingredients had to be changed so much for Discover to be approved for sale in the US, but I’m glad that the consistency was not altered.
Product name? Lovehoney Discover Water Based Anal Lubricant (US)
Type? Water based
Amount? 8.5 fl oz / 250ml
How does it dispense? Pump
Condom safe? Compatible with latex and polyurethane
Does it contain Glycerin? Yes
Does it contain Proplyene Glycol? Yes
Does it contain Parabens? Yes
Ingredients? Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Proplyene Glycol, Cellulose Gum, EDTA, Carbomer, PEG-90M, Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, Methylparaben, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate
You can purchase the Lovehoney Discover Anal Lubricant (US) ($19.99) from Lovehoney.com.
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